Art Howard County 2017 - Juried Exhibition

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UPDATE: My piece "Wood and Lace" received "Honorable Mention!"

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I'm so excited!! I was accepted into my first juried art show, "Art Howard County 2017" juried by Thomas Engleman, Gallery Director and Professor of Visual Arts, Howard Community College. All three of my submissions were accepted and are for sale. Contact me for more information: dee@lenehanstudios.com or 410-707-9246

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The show takes place at the Howard County Center for the Arts and is put on by the Howard County Arts Council. The show runs from November 3-December 15th, 2017. The reception (which I will sadly miss) is November 10th, 6-8pm. (8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043, 410-313-ARTS)

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Be sure to take some time and check out the incredible works on display and support your local art scene!

Unveiling of Ellicott City Mural

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Earlier this month I was honored to unveil my painting of Ellicott City donated to the Howard County Government.  My dear friends from high school, Theo Schlossnagle and Lisa Marini Schlossnagle donated the funds to purchase the mural which went to the Ellicott City Partnership for their Flood Relief Fund.  Fatimah Waseem wrote an excellent article detailing the event.

With the sale of the prints and the original mural, Cunningham Studios was able to raise $6500.00 toward the Flood Relief fund! Thank you!!

 

 

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The Faux Team Class Recap

We had a BLAST this past weekend at the studio! Henri Menendez and Chris Burke, aka the "Faux Team" hit it hard with their expertise on cabinet refinishing and faux finishing work. We learned about how to apply professional finishes to cabinetry and furniture and Firenze Plasters. A lot of knowledge was shared and students came all the way from Upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina....and TAIWAN!! Thanks to everyone for making it out, I hope you enjoyed Ellicott City and can't wait to come back! To find out about upcoming classes, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

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Studio Party Recap and Small Miracles Donation

studio pic 19 In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I made the decision that I needed a party. The reasons were numerous; winter needs to end, Cunningham Studios is officially up and running, and my Mom's birthday was on the 27th. In her honor I decided to donate 5% of any job or sale made during the month of March to her favorite charity, Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue in Ellicott City MD. Mom loved to volunteer at the shelter and often would foster kittens that needed extra care before being adopted. Two of those kittens became ours.

Mom with her boy, Leo.

Our two furbabies, Ray Ray and Sancho Pancho.

Despite the frigid temperatures, several friends, clients, colleagues, and family came out to party with me and I couldn't have been happier. I announced that as of the 28th I would be able to donate $1200 to Small Miracles. That may go up as there are a few more contributions in the mail. I'm sure mom would be thrilled.  A huge Thank You to everyone who came out to celebrate with me this past Saturday!

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Thank you to Paula and April for taking pictures, I completely forgot!!

West End Studios Art Opening Recap

In case you missed it, we had four of our artists who have studios at the West End of Ellicott City participate in an art show at my studio. The way it all began was Bill Knapp, Ewan Tulis, and I were kicking around ways to get our work out there and make some contacts and possibly sales of our work. I offered up my space because its the biggest one and set the date. (In retrospect we will keep this event in the cooler months, particularly Spring and Fall, because the lack of air conditioning made it rather warm.) Having a date on the calendar, and announcing it on Facebook, made it official so we were on! Studio Pano The week before we began with figuring out how to set up the space. My dear friend and designer Paula Henry helped with the plan. She's good at laying out rooms and with flow of traffic. Plus the four of us artists were too close to our own work to really see how best to set it up. An outside perspective was what we needed. After that, I draped all of the tables and covered the less sightly things like paint shelves, slop sink, and ladders with canvas drops.  Finally we were able to start hanging art and installing lighting. Bill and Ewan did an incredible job with what we had on hand and surprisingly it actually looked like a gallery!

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Friday evening we had our "Reception/Preview Party" and had plenty of snacks and beverages on hand. Several friends came by and our first piece was sold! I had been so worried that it would be a total flop and no one would show. So when so many people came and we made a sale I was over the moon. Whew!

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Saturday saw more people come through and by the evening we were ready to wrap. The reason it was only two days was that it is my working studio and I had to get back to work. It was bittersweet to have to strike the show but so glad it was a success.  We are planning to do another one in Spring, with other members of the West End Studios. In case you didn't know we have 9 artists up at the West End!

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The next event that will have our studios open will be the second annual Artwalk coming up on October 11th. Check out our Ellicott City Arts Coaliton website for more information.

Barry's Sculpture

Stay tuned for more art!