Artists keep heritage alive in Bel Air show

Visual arts, song extol the county

July 23, 2006

"Pictures of the Past ... Lest we Forget," an exhibit of paintings, pastels, photography, pen-and-ink drawings, poetry and song highlighting Harford County heritage, opened this month at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air and will remain on display through Sept. 22.

The exhibit, a collaboration between the Harford Artists Association and the Rockfield Foundation, features the work of more than 28 county artists. The show comprises about 80 paintings and photographs focusing on the theme of presenting scenes of historic Harford: old mills, schools, churches and rural scenes, ranging across the county from Jarrettsville to Joppatowne, and from Bel Air to Havre de Grace. Each work includes a short history of the depicted scene.

The exhibit was judged, and awards were presented in several categories. The award for "best in show" for paintings went to Martin Scheppelmann of Havre de Grace for his watercolor rendition of the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air. "best in show" for photography went to David Hodge of Churchville for his photo of the historic Noble's Mill.

A roundup of award winners:

Best in show -- painting: Liriodendron Mansion, Martin Scheppelmann, watercolor

Best in show -- photography: Noble's Mill #1, David C. Hodge, photography

Oil, acrylic, alkyd

1st place: Spring at Rockfield Manor, acrylic, Del Hostetler of Bel Air

2nd place: Rock Run Mill - Susquehanna, oil, Robin Capeccio-Pagan of Edgewood

Honorable mention: Goldenrod Meadow, oil, Rita Cooper of Pylesville

Honorable mention: Deserted, oil, C. Barbara Smith of Churchville

Watercolor and acrylic under glass

1st place: Pennington Road, watercolor, Rita Cooper of Pylesville

2nd place: Rudy's Farm, watercolor, Barbara Kirchner of Jarretsville

Honorable mention: The Tree, watercolor, Rita Cooper of Pylesville

Honorable mention: Seneca Mansion, watercolor, Martin Scheppelmann of Havre de Grace

Pastel

1st place: Homestead, Spring, pastel, Barbara Kirchner of Jarretsville

2nd place: Peach Tree at Steppingstone, pastel, Eleanor Mulholland of Bel Air

Honorable mention: Vanishing Landscape, pastel, Lavinia Ellis of Aberdeen

Drawing, pen and ink, charcoal

1st place: Church of the Holy Trinity, pen and ink, Sandra J. Norris of Bel Air

2nd place: Millstone, ink, Barbara Kirchner of Jarretsville

Photography

1st place: Land of Promise, photography, David C. Hodge of Churchville

2nd place: Ruins of Bush Forest Chapel, photography, David C. Hodge of Churchville

Honorable mention: Liriodendron Mansion, photography, Frank Novak of Whiteford

Honorable mention: St. Ignatius Church, photography, David C. Hodge of Churchville

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