Friday, September 30, 2011

Itty Bitty 2 opening Sat. Oct 1st 6-8 pm...

Arts at Canal Place co-op gallery is featuring the work of member artist, Mary "Macee" McCunn in "Itty Bitty 2". The solo jewelry show opened Sep. 25th and is going on through October 30th. McCunn will be present to discuss her work and greet visitors at the Opening Reception with refreshments on Saturday, Oct. 1st from 6 to 8 p.m.

McCunn is know for her sculptural jewelry that has an antiqued textural appearance and includes earrings, necklaces, rings and other items made of silver, brass, steel and copper, yet with a subtle primitive appearance. All work is handmade through the forging process as performed by many blacksmiths and metalsmiths from the earliest of times.

The typical feel of her current works will be available, but also a repeat of her new dainty and more delicate line of necklaces, earrings, bangles and rings called "Itty Bitty" that was introduced successfully last fall. The new line is perfect for those who want the look that the artist is know for, but that want something more light and airy to wear. "I constantly re-evaluate my merchandise and listen to what the customers want and the "Itty Bitty" line adds another choice so there is something for everyone for the holiday gift giving season" says McCunn.

You can learn more about McCunn, her upcoming shows and where you can purchase her work at other galleries by visiting her blog at or Meadowbrook Arts on Facebook.

McCunn's work can also be found at Lost River Artisan Cooperative, Gifts Inn Boonsboro, The Gallery (Oakland, MD) and Mountain Made (Thomas, WV).

Arts at Canal Place is a local co-op artists' gallery. Any artists that may be interested in jurying in to become a member is encouraged to call (301) 777-8199 for information regarding becoming a member. The gallery, located at 16 Howard St. among the Shops at Canal Place Heritage Area is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Festival summer & fall list 2011, what we are planning...

A quick recap of upcoming shows....

Frederick Festival of the Arts
Carroll Creek Linear Park
Frederick, MD
June 4 & 5

Arts on the River
Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park
Morgantown WV
June 11 & 12

Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry MD
September 10

Itty Bitty 2
Arts at Canal Place
Cumberland MD
Sep 25 through October 30
Opening receptions Oct 1 from 6-8pm

Springs Folk Festival
Springs PA
October 7 & 8

Mountaineer Week Craft Fair & Quilt Show
Mountainlair WVU Campus
Morgantown WV
Oct 28 - 30

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Inspiration at any age!

We are blessed in life if we find those individuals we can look up to, but even luckier if we find it in a different generation. I find a kinship in such a person - Willard Dominick. The gap in our years is large, almost by 50 years! That, however, doesn't stop the flow of conversation. Though our visits tend to be short and few and far in between, they are always interesting and dearly precious to me! This is someone who I could sit with for days, just taking in all the wonderful stories that come from his life. Maybe it's because he reminds me of my grandfather, Pappap, who passed away some years ago. They both have this innovative and creative nature and it makes me feel at home in my own skin. Willard is my kin, even though it is through being only an in-law... he is a brother-in-law to my father-in-law! Sounds funny, but he is my family, none-the-less. We had a chance to visit him at his Retrospective show "Viva L' Arte" that was on display at the Gallery at the Gamble Mill in Bellefonte, PA last weekend.
The Last Supper - Urban Renewal is a favorite. I remember seeing this oil painting (dated 1962) in his absolutely fabulous studio!
The event was held at Gamble Mill, which is rich in history dating back to 1786. This fabulous old mill has been through many conversions and several owners, of which, it now houses a wonderful restaurant and microbrewery. It was the first building in Bellefonte to be placed on the National Register for Historic Places (

Stone Henge was in a show in New York, back in the day.

Baths of Caracalla and Villa Petto, Chiesa are two of my favorites!
Love the textured details in this acrylic!
And the use of color.
Carved Fish, is actually a carving before it's painted and very fun.
Music is a part of his life, so I'm not surprised to find this Split Violin assemblage. It is interesting if you walk through the show or check it out online to see the diversity of his work and characters over the years. Truly an inspiring man and I'm lucky to have met him.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jewelry, pottery & Nora Roberts....

Come have fun with us at the Open House and the book signing event! Mary McCunn & Steve Sullivan Open House at Nora Roberts' - Gifts Inn Boonsboro. 4/2/11 SATURDAY 11-3p.m. Stop by & visit Mary (jewelry) & Steve (pottery) in Nora’s giftshop that features regional artists. Next door at her bookstore, Turn the Page, Nora will be signing her new book (Chasing Fire)!