From Venetian-style glass fish to acrylic jewelry, wood carvings and traditional paintings, the Annapolis Art Walk offered a look at what local galleries have to offer.

Taking stroll down artists' lanes

Arundel Live

August 26, 2005|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Always a treat, the Annapolis Art Walk seemed better than ever in its 15th year.

Galleries from West Street to Main Street to City Dock participated in last week's event, where artists demonstrated their skills in various media and patrons could peruse the works and enjoy refreshments.

Each of the three West Street galleries visited offered a distinctive ambience. Emily Mills was working outside the ARTFX Gallery at 45 West St., creating modernistic multicolor geometric fish in glass. Inside, ARTFX featured regional artists working in pottery, jewelry, woodturning and glass. Owner Erik Evans pointed out gemstone jewelry by Jeff Delude, his aquamarine pieces perhaps the most striking. Equally intriguing was Carly Sargeant's jewelry featuring huge acrylic glass pendants in brilliant colors.

At 49 West, patrons were lured by the guitar music of Francois Laureuse. Inside were surrealistic photographs of cocktail glasses perched at precarious angles with several breaking in midair. Artist-photographer Ferrell McCollough created the photographs by using a flash with a microphone attached that tripped the shutter at the sound of the glass breaking.

Whitehall Gallery at 57 West St. featured more traditional, realistic artwork, including a charming painting of a mother and daughter enjoying the seashore by artist Penney Babich.

The American Craftworks Collection, near Church Circle at 189-B Main St., was brimming with decorative glass, pottery, wood pieces and jewelry. Inside, Maryland artist Michael Moriarty was carving quarter-scale shorebirds from bass wood.

Main Street's McBride Gallery seems to get better with each Art Walk. Exhibiting some of the best realist art in Annapolis, McBride's demonstrations were by artists Jeremy Pearse and Lois Engberg, who created sunflowers in a room where many of her old masters-influenced still lifes were displayed. Her "Hydrangeas with Honeydew" portrayed full blue blossoms in a chiaroscuro style against a background of dramatic contrasts in light and dark.

Only a short walk from Main Street was Easy Street gallery, at 8 Francis St. The gallery features works from more than 300 established and emerging artists. Proprietor Megan Cureton and her husband, Brett, who created original glass works for the event, directed visitors' attention to recent acquisitions that included Venetian-style glass fish by Berni of Louisville and tiles by Sid Dickens.

Annapolis galleries are generally open late on the third Thursday of each month.

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