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Located in the heart of Ellicott City’s Historic District, the 10,000 square foot Collective includes boutiques, studios and artisan workshops.
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Photographer John Stier and ceramic artist Kathy Swan combine 2D and 3D media for their show, Multiple Dimensions, during the month of May at Artists’ Gallery.  This collaborative exhibition includes work that combines Mr. Stier’s photographic images fired onto Ms. Swan’s ceramic pieces, providing another dimension to both artists’ work. The show runs from April 30-May 26, 2019 with a reception on Saturday, May 11 from 3-6 p.m. at Artists’ Gallery, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.

Mr. Stier’s photographs do not follow any particular theme. Rather, they are a selection of some of his favorite images from various travels.  The photographs include locations from as far away as Hawaii and Australia but also as close as his back yard in Columbia.   The collection includes flora and fauna, city scenes, landscapes and some natural “abstracts.”

Ms. Swan creates functional stoneware pieces with botanical motifs. In Multiple Dimensions, she combines bittersweet vine handles and some of Stier’s photographs with her hand-painted ceramic surfaces to create varied layers of visual and tactile texture. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

1-4 pm

Ms. Swan invites participants to create their own personalized textured dishes out of stoneware clay. The $25 fee includes all materials and firings. This event is age appropriate for adults and children 10 and above. To reserve your space call Tylor’s Collective at 410-988-8949; for questions, contact kathyswan@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 5, 2019

1-4 pm

Mr. Stier will demonstrate his photographic post-processing workflow using Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop software. He will start with the original image files from the camera and take you through to the finished product ready to print.  This will include adjustments to contrast, saturation, cloning, dodging, burning etc.  He will also discuss monitor calibration and the settings used to set up the printer.  There will be an open discussion on techniques, paper, printers and more.  This event will take place at the Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City.  There is no fee and all levels of experience are welcome.


Julie Gross will present a series of dynamic urban landscapes that explore the neon color palette associated with Miami, Peru and the Caribbean in her show, “Color and Places” at Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City. The show will run from March 26, 2019 through April 27, 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 6 from 3-5 p.m.

“My urban landscape series began with Baltimore city, but as I began traveling the world, I realized that every place has its own color palette. With my discovery of the magic of color, I realized the joy in simplifying shapes and examining the effects of light. In my current body of work, I’ve examined the effects of black light and neon oil color,” Gross remarked.

Travel connects Gross with the simple pleasures in life: a sunset, a walk, the sights and sounds of a new place. “My newest work explores the idea of removing complexity from the places I visit. I also experiment with size in this series, with pieces as large as six feet and as small as five by five inches,” she commented.  “I like these small pieces because they are like little jewel boxes that hold small, brightly colored memories.”

Ellicott City artist, Leah Lewman, interprets the constantly changing earth and the toll humans take on our planet in her dynamic show, “Fire and Flood.” The show runs from February 26 – March 24 with a reception at Artists Gallery at Taylor’s Collective on Friday, March 15 from 4-6 PM, with wine and other refreshments.

“Nature seems to be defending itself with geological extremes — fire and water. Nothing has made me more aware of this than the repeated flooding of my own hometown, Ellicott City,” commented Lewman. “In the effort to safely house our growing population, there is now too much concrete in the area and no place for the water to go. This work has been my way of coping with the idea of impending change that may be painful, but necessary. And the change is not only here. Fires in California are erasing even more of the human landscape than the water is in our little town. In these tumultuous times, Earth can be a violent place. I hope to make something beautiful rise out of the ashes and mud.”

Lewman is an artist whose current work focuses on the visual struggles between manmade structures and natural landscapes. She has exhibited her work in spaces across the country, including the 2012 National Juried Exhibition at the Art Institute & Gallery in Salisbury, MD; Landscape at Escape Velocity, a 2015 exhibition at Fine Arts Complex 1101 in Tempe, AZ; and the 2016 Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, IL. Most recently she participated in Pushing Paper at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and The Built Environment at Orr Street Studios in Columbia, Missouri.

Lewman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2013 from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. In May 2017, she received an MFA in 2D Studio Art at the University of Arizo-na, Tucson. She currently teaches as Adjunct Faculty at both Frederick Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park. 000000

Come in from the cold!

The Artists’ Gallery at Taylor’s Collective presents “Art Work to Warm the Soul” – featuring work by all of the gallery’s member artists.

January 8– February 24

The Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City will offer an exhibition of artwork to inspire gifts for friends, family and loved ones during the months of November and December.  “The Gift of Art,” is an all-member show that will feature two- and three-three-dimensional art work, including wooden bowls and boxes, ceramic pieces, jewelry, small paintings and other interesting works with gift-giving in mind. The show will run from October 30, 2018 through January 6, 2019.  There will be a holiday reception on Saturday, November 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Artists’ Gallery, 8197 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland.


Other November and December events at the gallery will include:


Shop Small Saturday, November 24 (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) Artists demo and free artist greeting card to first 20 visitors.

Ellicott City Holiday Hop, Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday December 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (refreshments, kid’s art project and artist demonstration)

Ellicott City Midnight Madness, Friday,  December 7, 7 p.m. till midnight.  Artists’ Gallery will be open to offer holiday cheer!

The Artists’ Gallery at Taylor’s Collective:  Antiques, Art, Artisans, in conjunction with the Howard County Arts Coalition’s 2018 Road to the Arts celebration, will host a reception and book signing for  MILE MARKER 10,  Sunday, September 23 from 2 to 4pm.   The newly released historical fiction mystery novel is set in Old Ellicott City.  Author Michael Maloney and cover artist Bonita Glaser will be available to answer questions and sign copies of the book on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4 p.m. Copies will be available for purchase.


Columbia artist Joyce Bell will share her stunning watercolors in a show titled “Real and Imagined” at The Artists’ Gallery; the show runs from October 2-28 and there will be a reception at the gallery, located at Taylor’s Collective:  Antiques, Art, Artisans,  8197 Main Street, Ellicott City, on October 6 from 3-5 p.m.
The images are mostly floral with some figurative and still life work. Bell commented:  “As I was planning for this show, I thought about the images that influenced my choices over the past 25 years. I realized my garden and its beautiful flowers were always calling to me. Walking along the garden path with friends and watching all the wondrous little critters has always brought me joy, so it’s no surprise I would choose these things to enlighten my paintings. I love drawing real images but I prefer to choose my own imagined colors and surrounding elements for enhancement. I hope visitors who see these paintings feel the joy I do. “
Bell received a master’s degree from Towson University and taught art to elementary and middle school students for the next 30 years throughout the Baltimore County school system. She is a signature member of the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society and has studied with many nationally well-known artists. Bell has received numerous awards in the Baltimore area. Presently, she is a member of The Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City and teaches watercolor to adults at the Columbia Art Center.

Pauline Rakis celebrates the joys of the grape with her exhibition, “Celebrate with Fruit of the Vine,” at Artists’ Gallery on Main Street. The show runs from August 28 – September 30 with an opening reception on September 8 from 2-4 p.m. at 8197 Main Street, Ellicott City.

“It is amazing how the humble grape becomes one of the most enjoyed and appreciated beverages. It makes an appearance at every celebration of happiness and joy. It can be red, white, rose, sparkling – something for everyone. From weddings and grand events to friends meeting to reminisce and share stories, each gathering is enhanced when we raise a glass or two with each other,” commented Rakis.
In this show, the images emit the same feeling of warmth with bright, colorful swaths of acrylic paint. Texture is added with strategically placed collage pieces in several of the paintings. The whimsical nature of the paintings give the viewer the opportunity to recall times of happiness, joy and celebration. Cheers!
Pauline Rakis brings an element of discovery to her paintings. Laying down shapes and colors, usually with acrylic paint, often unveils unexpected images in her landscape, still life and seascape works. Some of her paintings are representational while others are impressionistic. She often uses tinted tissue paper in her collage pieces. She has been featured in several solo shows and many group shows on the East Coast and has won numerous awards for her work.

Terry Pellmar will display an exhibition of dynamic digital paintings titled “City Sights” at Artists’ Gallery on Main Street. The show runs from July 31-August 26, with an opening reception on August 5 from 2-4 p.m. at 8197 Main Street, Ellicott City.

“City scenes are a contrast to my usual landscapes that provide the serenity I often seek. Cities challenge me – tall buildings and a frenzy of motion. With the images in this exhibit, I try to capture the humanity of the city, whether it is in the laundry hanging in the window, the traffic in the streets, or the men working on the sidewalks,” Pellmar commented.

Pellmar is a Maryland-based, award-winning, digital artist. After her retirement from a scientific career she taught herself digital art techniques and trained with local artists in traditional artistic media. An electronic stylus is her paintbrush and a computer screen is her canvas. She prints on traditional and non-traditional surfaces and often enhances the product with an overlay of paints and/or pastels. Her blending of digital and classical approaches results in a style uniquely hers.

Pelllmar’s artwork can be seen in a number of venues in the Washington DC metropolitan area including a recent curated exhibition at 505 North Gallery in Frederick, juried shows such as Laurel Art Guild and Brookside Gardens, as well as many other solo and group exhibitions. Her work regularly hangs at the Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City. To see more of her work, visit:  http://tpellmar.wix.com/digital-creations

Artists’ Gallery is a member-owned gallery representing media that include oil, watercolor, collage, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, ceramics, traditional photography, hand-colored photography, digital painting, stained glass, wood-cut prints, mixed media, jewelry and wooden objects.
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While working in very different styles and media, local artists, Ellen Corddry, with her woodcut prints and watercolors,  and Kathy Swan, with her ceramics, both depict the beauty of nature in their work. Their show,  “In Sight: Observations of Our Natural World” will run at Artists’ Gallery in Ellicott City from May 29-June 24.

A reception to meet the artists on Saturday, June 9 from 4-6 p.m. Corddry will give a woodblock cutting demo at 4:30 pm and Swan will give a talk on ceramic techniques at 5:00 pm.