Friday, February 19, 2021

February 2021 Newsletter

You are invited to the 'On Paper' show at Annmarie Garden opening this weekend. Visit in person or virtually. Read on for details… 


"On Paper" show at Annmarie Garden

Dear friends,

I am honored and pleased to have 4 artworks included in the ‘On Paper’ juried exhibition at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. The show opens this weekend in The Kay Daugherty Gallery. 


This extraordinary exhibit features over 90 works. You may visit to tour the exhibit during normal visiting hours – Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday Noon-5pm. Masks and social distancing are required to visit the gallery.


Or, visit annmariegarden.org for a virtual tour, videos from participating artists, and more! Follow @annmariesarts on Instagram as they acknowledge some of the many participating artists and give sneak peeks of this beautiful new exhibit.

Love,

Barb

On Paper: Printmaking, Book Arts & Beyond

Opening Celebration

February 20 & 21, 2021


Exhibition

February 20 – September 26, 2021

Please observe appropriate safety measures when visiting.


13740 Dowell Road

Solomons, Maryland 20688

https://www.annmariegarden.org

410-326-4640


A short video about how I made the 4 monotype prints in the "On Paper" exhibition.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

January 2021 Newsletter


In which I reopen my shop, slash prices, have a flood, rebuild, burn stuff, make plans & whew, that seems like enough for 1 newsletter. Read on…

After the Flood Sale!


After the Flood Sale!

In honor of (finally) reopening my shop today, I'm having a pop up sale!

* 50% off all framed paintings

* 50% off all big unframed paintings on paper

* more than 50% off small unframed paintings

* free US shipping included

* sale runs through January 31st

Happy New Year!

Love,

Barb

Shop the SALE

Pandemic Shipping Policy

NEW! Shipping Policy

A) I only ship on Fridays to minimize the number of trips I make to the Post Office.

B) I ship artwork via USPS Priority Mail, fully insured. 

C) But I have no control over items in transit, their progress, or their delivery date. It is unreasonable to expect this of me. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and a USPS service crisis. And so…

D) An item needs to be missing for 8 weeks (from the ship date) before I launch an USPS investigation or discuss a refund. If something has truly been lost in shipping, I want to hear about it.


Before & After the Flood Pics

After the Flood

Back in November, our basement--where I have my painting studio--flooded. Many hours of work and a trip to Ikea later, it's much, much nicer. Check it out!

Burning damaged artwork

End of Year Bonfire

While the worst damage was to flooring, doors & supplies, the flood did destroy more than 50 artworks. They were mainly sentimental losses, like paintings & engravings I made in college & early 20s. I gave them a toasty send-off in the fire pit. Seemed like a fitting end for 2020.


Bishop's Stock is open

Bishop's Stock

Did you know that Bishop’s Stock is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11a to 5p? If you want to come on a different day, you may make an appointment to visit. Please mask-up & practice appropriate Covid safety. And if you are not nearby, they ship. Super convenient! Contact the gallery for more info (410-632-3555).

Last chance to order 2021 Calendar

Last Call

The 2021 tree calendars will be available through the end of the month. Order HERE.


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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Updated Shipping Policy for the Pandemic

Time for some real talk, friends.

I am planning to reopen the online shop in the next few weeks. I also plan to continue shipping artwork via USPS Priority Mail. But yesterday I received several Christmas cards postmarked Dec 7 and 8. And the day before I received a message from a customer irate that they hadn't received a coffee mug ordered around that same time, demanding a refund. 

I have zero control over the progress of items in the custody of the mail service, nor do I have a crystal ball that gives me double-secret tracking info. It is unreasonable for a collector to expect this of me.


Here is my firm boundary:

An item in transit needs to be missing for 8 weeks before I launch a search or discuss a refund. Period. No exceptions. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and a USPS service crisis. 


The available options for collectors are: 

1) to wait to purchase artwork until after those situations are resolved;

2) to purchase artwork online now, and bear with reality; or

3) to put on a mask, visit Bishop's Stock, and purchase artwork in person.


The bottom line is that I received my Christmas cards. The slow-shipping mug is going to arrive at the unhappy person's house eventually. And the logjam at USPS will clear. Please be patient with the world and people in it, as we're all in uncharted waters. I think that's all.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide

 A quick guide to what art's available, what’s on SALE & where to shop. Place online orders by Dec 1st for Christmas delivery. Happy Holidays! Read on…

Holiday Gift Guide

Dear friends,

What a long, strange year this has been. My studio flooded last week. Nearly all the paintings are fine. In the rush to move things to higher ground, my inventory system got completely jumbled. *sigh* Until I figure out what's where, I have closed my online artwork shop. 

But you can still find my artwork and gift items this season. I have abstract paintings at Bishop's Stock and plein air paintings at Annmarie Garden--all of them framed and ready for gifting. And, of course, my online gift shop is still open. Details and links are below.

Please have a happy & safe holiday season!

Love,

Barb

Abstracts at Bishop's Stock

Bishop’s Stock

Add some sparkle to the season with small abstract paintings framed in rose-gold! Each piece is $75 and measures about 7” x 9” with the frame. Bishop’s Stock has lovely holiday gifts for all budgets—and wine! Please contact the gallery for purchase (410-632-3555).

Landscape paintings at Annmarie Garden

Annmarie Garden

The Small Gift Sale at Annmarie Garden is on!  Six of my suburban landscape paintings are there, marked down to $250 (original price $350). Also be sure to check out the ornament sale, Postcards from the Pandemic exhibition, and Garden in Lights. Please contact the arts center for purchase (410-326-4640).

Printed tote bag

Painterly Gifts

Visit my printed gift shop for colorful grocery totes, coffee mugs, glass cutting boards, fanny packs, calendars, and lovely hardback journals. They make excellent gifts and stocking stuffers. Yes, you may use coupon codes if you have them. For Christmas delivery, please place orders by December 1st, to give my printer plenty of time to create and ship your stuff. 

2021 Trees Calendar

SHOP ALL PRINTED GIFTS


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Fall Migration Gala & Silent Auction

You are warmly invited to the Ward Museum's Fall Migration Gala and Silent Auction. For more details, please read on...


Dear friends,

You are warmly invited to the Ward Museum's Fall Migration Gala and Silent Auction. The gala is completely online this year, and will take place tomorrow, Friday, November 6th, from 7-8pm. You won’t want to miss the musical performances, arts demonstrations, and fun!

This virtual event will feature: jazz by Harvey, Allen, & Stanley; bluegrass by Nate Clendenen, a painting demonstration by Nancy Richards West, a carving demonstration by National Heritage Fellow Rich Smoker, a visit from the Salisbury, MD Poet Laureate, Nancy Mitchell, special guest appearances, and more.

All proceeds raised during the gala and auction will benefit the Ward Foundation – the nonprofit that staffs and runs the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University.

Follow the link to the virtual event (below) for directions on how to attend, either through FaceBook Live or on Youtube.

Hope you can make virtually it!

Love,

Barb


FALL MIGRATION GALA


Online Gala Event

Friday, November 6, 2020, 7-8pm

https://givegrove.com/2020wardgala/


Silent Auction

Already in progress

https://givegrove.com/2020wardgala/silent/


Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art 

Salisbury University

909 South Schumaker Drive

Salisbury, Maryland 21804

410-742-4988

https://www.wardmuseum.org/

Clock Calm - in the Silent Auction

Silent Auction

For the past decade, I have been a plein air painter focusing on the natural beauty in and around Snow Hill, MD. This acrylic painting on wood panel called "Clock Calm" was done in early spring at the Ocean City Harbor and measures 9"x9". The boat is named Dream Catcher. 

This painting is regularly priced $350, but your winning bid may be far less. Celebrate 52 years of the Ward Foundation by bidding on any of 52 unique works of art, decoys, gift-able experiences, and more—now through November 8 at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds raised during the gala and auction will benefit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University.

The bidding has already begun!

Silent Auction

https://givegrove.com/2020wardgala/silent/

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

The Ward Museum’s vision is to be a leader at the crossroads of the arts, heritage conservation, environmental education, and community service. They create inspirational, innovative, and accessible exhibits, educational programs, and public events that build on the legacy of pioneering decoy makers Lem and Steve Ward.

The Museum has a variety of educational programs for both children and adults. It sponsors a members’ wood-carving club at the Museum; and gives a group bird walk every Tuesday morning with the Museum’s education staff gathering data on the different species of migrating birds the data from which is sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where it can be accessed by researchers.

Your support will help the Ward Museum reach 20,000+ students annually through the Ward Museum’s educational programming, and over 12,000 visitors who enjoy low- and no-cost programming and exhibits each year at this unique, accredited institution.