Sunday, November 21, 2010

Studio Touring

For the past three years, I have been a part of the Mountain Maryland Studio Tour in Cumberland. But this year, I opted out which gave me the opportunity to actually visit the studios. My friends, Meg & Dave Romero own one of the early 1900's brick buildings right downtown. The first floor is a retail antique emporium, the second floor is Meg's studio, Dave uses the third floor as his studio and they live on the fourth floor.

Dave is a photographer, printing very large pieces on canvas, paper and metal.

Macee, another fellow artist (jewelry maker) joined me for the tour. She's shown in quite a few shows lately too so we both enjoyed a day off.

Meg creates fanciful furniture, building it all from scratch.

She starts out with a miniature paper version...

then works her magic and a wonderful piece of whimsy appears.

Her studio is a bit like Alice in Wonderland meets...

Wizard of Oz.

I love looking at artist's supplies. They're colorful and meaningful, simple and earnest. They have such potential.

Tangram Woodworks is owned by another friend, Terry Bachman. Terry turns wood into masterful furniture and art pieces.

His studio is very organized, with the 12' lengths of wood neatly stacked and labeled.

Terry is informing us of the qualities of various woods.

He has two gallery spaces and a very large workshop. There is a place for everything and everything in its place!

In the other gallery space, Pat had her amazing and beautiful pastels. Her landscapes are bold and inviting.

Penny Knobel-Besa and her husband, Hilmar Gottesthal, have a sweet studio nestled in the woods.

Some of the artists host a party. Josh Brown served hot stew, brownies, cider, wine and good times. His pottery was quite good too.

Party on

After touring around the county, we wrapped it up with lunch at The Creamery in Cumberland.

It was nice being on the other side of the tour, as a customer. Our studio tour is just around the corner and I'd better get back to work! Cya

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