Stu­dio tour con­tin­ues with more artists

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Ch­ester­town RiverArts Stu­dio Tour will take place over this week­end from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2930, rain or shine.

More than 50 artists will greet vis­i­tors mainly in their own stu­dios. How­ever, there are sev­eral venues that vis­i­tors won’t want to miss be­cause there are guest artists who will be show­ing their work and in many cases demon­strat­ing their tech­niques.

In Ch­ester­town there are three such lo­ca­tions: Robert Or­tiz Stu­dio, the RiverArts Clay Stu­dio and Sum­ner Hall.

Robert Or­tiz de­signs fine, con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture in the Shaker and Ja­panese tra­di­tions. Cus­tom-crafted from ex­quis­ite woods, selected with Or­tiz’s artis­tic eye, each piece, a chair, ta­ble, cabi­net or bed, is cre­ated to re­al­ize the client’s as­pi­ra­tions for their home.

Join­ing Or­tiz are JoLe­cia Crowe and Stephanie Somers. Crowe makes del­i­cate jew­elry with poly­mer clay.

Somers is a pho­tog­ra­pher and print­maker. She works with a range of print­mak­ing for­mats cre­at­ing etch­ings, mes­sot­ints, wood­cuts and mono­types.

Dur­ing the Stu­dio Tour the RiverArts Clay Stu­dio will have pot­ters con­duct­ing demon­stra­tions of the pot­tery wheel, hand­build­ing and other as­pects of the pot­tery mak­ing process. A range of pot­tery in­clud­ing stoneware, raku and talav­era will be dis­played and for sale, all sales are con­sid­ered do­na­tions to the Clay Stu­dio.

Sum­ner Hall is not a stu­dio but one that has a rich his­tory. In 1882 black Civil War vet­er­ans or­ga­nized the Charles A. Sum­ner Post #25 of the Grand Army of the Repub­lic. In 1908 the hall was built by the Land­ing fam­ily and oth­ers, in­clud­ing Black Civil War Vet­er­ans. It is one of only two U.S. Col­ored Vet­er­ans Halls still stand­ing in the U.S. to­day.

Re­cently re­stored, it houses a small mu­seum and en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tional spa­ces. Five artists will be show­ing their work here: Allen John­son, Joe and Bon­nie Masslof­sky, Anne Singer and Heidi Wet­zel.

John­son is a painter and wood carver. His thought-pro­vok­ing paint­ings ex­plore African Amer­i­can themes and his carv­ings vary in size from small folk art ob­jects to won­der­ful sculp­tures of faces and an­i­mals.

Joe and Bon­nie Masslof­sky cre­ate one-of-a-kind gem­stone and sea glass jew­elry. Joe wire wraps his jew­elry with ster­ling sil­ver and 14K gold filled wire. Bon­nie likes to com­bine her pen­dants with semi-pre­cious stones.

Singer dis­cov­ered art in 2011 on a trip to Paris. She works pri­mar­ily in oil and pas­tel. While ob­sessed with study­ing the fig­ure and por­trai­ture, she also has a love of cap­tur­ing na­ture’s beauty.

Wet­zel is a fiber artist and bas­ket weaver. She uses unique and in­dige­nous ma­te­ri­als as well as ma­te­ri­als that she brings back from her many trav­els. Her work ranges from tra­di­tional, sculp­tured, to con­tem­po­rary.

In Up­per Queen Anne’s County is the stu­dio of Marcy Dunn Ram­sey who has in­vited Fredy Granillo to share her space. Dunn is a por­trait artist, teacher, graphic de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor, print maker and painter.

Granillo is a painter and a pot­ter from El Sal­vador. In Cen­tral America he re­searched the use of lo­cal plants and wood ashes as a dec­o­ra­tive ma­te­rial for PreColumbian ce­ram­ics. Since mov­ing to Mary­land in Fe­bru­ary he has been in­spired to ex­per­i­ment with lo­cal wood ash to cre­ate his clayslips. Granilio will be show­ing talav­era as well as terra cotta toned pot­tery and minia­ture talav­era tile ear­rings.

Marti Hawkins’s Stu­dio at Hawk­point, and her guest artists are Sue Basener, Char­lotte Guschl and Ju­dith Gunter.

Na­ture is the prom­i­nent sub­ject of Hawkin’s work. Her style is sumi-e, or Ori­en­tal brush paint­ing. The tools she uses are unique to this dis­ci­pline…bam­boo han­dled wolf hair brushes, rice pa­per, Chi­nese wa­ter­col­ors, and hand ground ink made from stick and stone.

Basener said that tak­ing pictures was im­printed on her as a child when she watched her grand­fa­ther work in his dark­room. After she re­tired from teach­ing, she bought a film cam­era and learned dark­room tech­niques. In 2008 she switched to a dig­i­tal cam­era.

Guschl was in­tro­duced to the art of jew­elry de­sign eigh­teen years ago by her sis­ter. The ini­tial con­tact was through the lost tech­nique of mak­ing rose clay beads from rose petals. Each unique piece con­sti­tutes us­ing the tra­di­tional mean­ing of the stones to re­flect the per­son­al­ity of the wearer.

Never want­ing to have a quilt that was like some- one else’s, Gunter be­gan to ex­plore the use of color, tex­ture and form within her de­signs. Her art quilts are cre­ated through us­ing ac­tual strips of fab­ric that are stiff and can pro­vide a di­men­sional fac­tor.

Cindy Stafford has a large red barn as her stu­dio in Bet­ter­ton. Stafford’s guest artists are Joy Berghaus, Ron­nie Edel­man and Joan Strand.

Stafford fell in love with wa­ter­col­ors dur­ing a high school art class and wanted to paint ever since then. Stafford likes to paint on wa­ter­color pa­per, yupo (plas­tic sheet­ing) and clay board. Her work is representational, usu­ally done on small pieces with fine brush­work.

Berghaus is well-known for her unique wear­able art pieces – no two are ex­actly alike. She is in­spired by the col­ors and com­bi­na­tions of glass beads, sil­ver plated metal, charms, crys­tal, porce­lain, shell beads and semi­precious stones. Bracelets can be made for chil­dren or adults.

Re­cently Berghaus be­gan cre­at­ing neck­laces with a fo­cal sec­tion that is made of bead strung sil­ver plated wire, knit­ted and then strung with the ad­di­tion of sim­ple beaded strands.

Edel­man learned to knit from a neigh­bor as a child. She made sev­eral sweaters dur­ing the sum­mer at the beach while in high school and then only oc­ca­sion­ally un­til she re­tired. Her fo­cus is on women and chil­dren’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories.

Strand will be ex­hibit­ing both pot­tery and jew­elry dur­ing the tour. Her pot­tery is all hand built. Most of her pieces are dec­o­rated boxes or vases. Her jew­elry is mainly ear­rings and neck­laces with pen­dants.

Three venues with guest artists are in Ch­ester­town, the other three stu­dios with guest artists are out in the coun­try­side. Oc­to­ber is the per­fect time for vis­it­ing them. There’s noth­ing like a beau­ti­ful fall day for a ride to visit stu­dios with lots to see.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Stu­dio Tour, visit www. chester­town­river­


Jodi Bortz demon­strates how to use the let­ter­press at Blue Ca­nary Let­ter­press on Satur­day. The Stu­dio Tour al­lows vis­i­tors to see artists in ac­tion along with fin­ished pieces. The tour will con­tinue for an ad­di­tional week­end, with stu­dios all over Kent County open to vis­i­tors Satur­day and Sun­day


June Gar­den, by Sue Basener, is one of the many types of art on dis­play dur­ing the Stu­dio Tour. Stu­dios and gal­leries all around Kent County will be open Satur­day and Sun­day for vis­i­tors to see the artists in ac­tion.


Mary Ge­deny, of Kennedyville, learns how the art­work at Hege­land Glass is cre­ated from the artist her­self, Patti Heg­land, right, Satur­day dur­ing the Stu­dio Tour.

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