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!

Things Are Looking Up...

So lots of good things have been happening in my little world in the past few months and I wanted to tell you about some of it... First of all, THANK YOU to all of the folks who came to my show "Still Standing" hosted by Pure Wine Cafe and presented by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Ellicott City. What a thrill it was to be able to share with you my work and see all of my pieces hung together in one space. If you followed me in the process of creating my solo show, "Still Standing," you know how the last two years have been for me and the struggles I have overcome to make this happen.

This show, for me, was really a dream come true. Looking back at the work created, the opening reception, the love I received, I am overflowing with joy. I am grateful to have so many people in my life that love me and support my work. I never really considered myself a "fine artist," and never thought I would have the need for true self expression. I now have a desire to continue down this path and see what I can do with it. Perhaps I will enter into some juried exhibitions, and maybe approach some galleries in the region. I will also have prints of the works that were on display in my new eCommerce shop! You can also click "Shop" in the menu bar above. And both "Retired" and "Moved on are on display and available for purchase at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. If you are interested in the other paintings that were in the show please contact me. Thank you to those of you who bought pieces!

I am planning to create some new works, having been inspired by my recent two-week solo trip to New Mexico this past April. I'll be sharing that in a following post. I am in love with the west, and there was so much inspiration for me that I know I'll be back.

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In addition, I have also begun to sell my jewelry. I've never considered it before but a close friend kept encouraging me and so I finally decided to go for it. Again, it's in my new eCommerce shop.   And if you are local, you can see some of my pieces in person at my friend Kelly's new shop "Made on Main" on Main Street Ellicott City (of course!)

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Speaking of jewelry, I have been ruminating on the idea of working that into my fine art. I am not really sure how yet, but thought I would put it out there and see what comes back to me in the form of inspiration. I just took a workshop at the Baltimore Jewelry Center with Robert Ebendorf, who happens to live in Santa Fe! More on that to come.

There are a few other things that are happening but I am not ready to share yet. They are big and exciting and scary and thrilling and I can't wait until they're more materialized so that I can tell you all about them!

So please keep in touch and find me on Instagram and Facebook.

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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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Biting the Bullet

I did it! I finally put it out there that I wanted an intern and voila! Kenna contacted me after hearing about my post on Facebook through her mom, who dates my neighbor, Chuck Gamber of Jack of Arts. Those of you that know me know that I am a perfectionist and letting go of control is a huge hurdle for me. After writing about changing up how I do business, I realized I need to put my words into action and decided to post on Facebook about my need for an intern. IMG_2262

Kenna is a graduate of Towson University, my alma mater, with a degree in Photography. She even had one of my professors, Haig Janian! Kenna is also a former gymnast and coaches in Owings Mills. She has been a huge help in the few weeks she's been here. I put her to work on her first day painting a phrase on a bulkhead in the Narrows Restaurant on Kent Island. She's also helped me on an installation for Hobson Financial in Annapolis.

Narrows Restaurant, Melissa McLay Interiors

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Hopefully in the weeks and months to come, I'll be able to offer more to Kenna but in the meantime I am thankful for her help and so glad she is here. Here are the finished pictures from Hobson Financial.

Modern Decorative Installation using glazes and aluminum leaf.

Modern Decorative Installation using glazes and aluminum leaf.

DC Design House

Untitled Its a very small part, but I am a participant in the DC Design House thanks to my new designer friend Melissa McLay!! Melissa and I met through Houzz. She works all around Maryland and DC as well as northern Virginia and is based in Severna Park. She has a great website and blog, "Pretty Inspirational."

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Melissa was selected to design one of the third floor bedrooms in this year's DC Design House. In order to achieve her vision, Melissa had me do a pinstripe around each wall and ceiling and I was happy to oblige.

photo-73 I completed the renderings for Melissa's design Board submission and she said they helped her win her space.

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I have to admit I had some celebrity shock when I was there working. There were designers participating that I have admired for years since becoming a decorative painter so I was totally flubbered when I got to meet one, Mr. Chad Alan (apparently flubbered is not a word, but anyway.) It was fun to see all of the rooms in progress, I can't wait to get back to see them finished!

There's a great article in the Washington Post about the house where you can see photos of the rooms.

I hope you can make it down, its a pretty nice drive.  I don't even have to touch 495!