Monday, November 16, 2009

December at Arts at Canal Place...

The Hard & Soft of It

by Mary A. McCunn & Jean Barnes Downs

Arts at Canal Place - Featured Artists
December 3, 2009 - January 9, 2010
Opening Reception w/ refreshments: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Hours: 6 - 8 pm
Arts at Canal Place, Cumberland, MD

Along with some of what you normally see from Mary, will be a strong presence of steel in her jewelry and sculpture. The typical feel of her current works will be there, but with a new and occasional soft direction, by incorporating wool and other softer materials into her work. She will utilize her metal techniques, presenting work that has both a soft natural and organic feel, while also blending it with a harder edge using geometric shapes and harder lines. As in nature, these two usually can be found together, the soft fuzzy baby chick awaiting feeding in a hard branchy nest or perhaps the soft flowing hay around a piece of farm equipment or a steel metal bridge or especially a lamb by a steel barbed fence. Always present is this natural hard and soft pairing.

Jean Barnes Downs
Planting Roots
Monotype with pastel

Downs' monotypes will feature strong simple abstract compositions with blocks of color and variations of hard and soft edges suggesting tender plants growing in a rock crevasse or water cascading over solid stone. Geometric shapes will be offset with the flowing contour line of drawing as she plays with mixing mediums incorporating pastel and the printing process of chine collé. Ever present are her multiple layers of color and texture drawing the viewer into each piece to seek out a story hidden there.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

1 studio tour weekend down, another to go!

The first weekend of the Artists Studio Tour kicked off last Saturday and Sunday. Of the many people who stopped by, lots checked out the merchandise on this fantastic weekend!
We talked about the antique power hammer and its purpose.
I talked about parts used to create jewelry with a fun couple from Little Orleans.

Hazel stopped by and joined in on the beautiful day.

Checking out product for Christmas gifts.

Pam is enjoying a yummy cup of home made beef and barley soup! Or should I say two!!!

Stamping some copper on an old rail road piece.
Our final weekend of the studio tour is this Saturday (14th) and Sunday (15th). Drop by and say hi. We will be around from 10-5 each day. Review the prior blog post for details and directions and we look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

For the funkiness in all of us...

Turkey Teaser! Cuddlies A very contemporary, fuzzy & fun, one-of-a-kind line of jewelry made of: plastic, wool, copper, steel, brass, and bullet casings! There are caterpillar, rock, disk and cocoon necklaces. Also, some earrings and really fun and unusual bracelets. If you like wacky and off the wall, stop in and check them out. They won't be a regular from Meadowbrook Arts and are limited in quantity.
Arts at Canal Place - Featured Artists
November 1, 2009 - November 30, 2009
Check out our "extra" inventory as a teaser of the show to come in December at AaCP. We will have two full cases available for those who want to GOBBLE up unique pieces prior to "The Hard & Soft of It" show in December. Ask anyone working at AaCP where our two cases are and happy shopping! Ho Ho Ho!
Hours: 10-6 Daily
Arts at Canal Place, Cumberland, MD

Friday, November 6, 2009

Studio tour begins tomorrow, come say hi!

2009 Mountain Maryland
Artists' Studio Tour

37 articipating Artists including Mary A. McCunn
Two weekends: Nov 7 & 8 10-5
Nov 14 & 15 10-5

It's going to be a fabulous weekend for weather so come join Mary at her studio in Cresaptown, MD for a tour of her studio, see her old Fairbanks antique power hammer, her pappap's old anvils, see some demoing (I'll more than likely be hammering on jewelry), enjoy free refreshments and purchase some jewelry or sculpture for someone for Christmas. Sip on some hot Aspen mulled cider and eat some home made beef & barley soup while we catch up. It will be fun!

Directions: From I68, take Exit 42 and follow 220 South (McMullen Hwy towards Keyser). After about 5 miles, go straight through next 2 lights (in Cresaptown). Make 3rd RIGHT onto WYOMING (before Scarpelli's Funeral Home). Make IMMEDIATE RIGHT onto CONNECTICUT. Make next LEFT onto FLORIDA. 13817 is at the top of the street on the RIGHT before it T's. White rancher w/red shutters. Red studio behind the house.

Meadowbrook Arts studio: 301-729-3750 if you get lost!

For more information on this event and to receive a beautiful guide book with directions to all of the participating artists, contact the Allegany Arts Council at 301-777-2787 or visit their website to learn more.