Posts Tagged ‘Frederick’

Countdown to Artomatic

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 at 3:24 am


Things are coming together at 115/117 Church Street. Most of the spaces are finished — or close to it. There is still a lot of energy as people scurry around transforming the 27,000+ square-foot behemoth into an arts showcase.

Artomatic will open to the public at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.  About 350 visual artists with a variety of styles and media are exhibiting. There will also be plenty of other activities: swing dance class, drawing from a costumed model, and poetry.  This is a good problem to have: too many interesting things going on at the same time.

On Thursday Griffin Art Center will present a portrait demo featuring Adam Silcott. Poetry will hosted by John Holly.

Then there’s the meet-the artists night on Friday . . .


Beer and wine will only be available  at 117 Church Street. But many of us at 115 will at least be providing snacks. You will find chocolate in room 35 so come see us!

Another treat: Dave Scenna will be taking professional photographs of the artists from 5-9 Friday night. This is a great addition to promo material.

At the Saturday grand opening you can hear The Olney Big Band, Adrienne and the Merrylanders and Blind Man Leading. Signs Point East will be having their CD release party at 10 p.m.

Sunday will feature children’s activities and a painting demonstration.

Make sure to check out the calendar for more fun stuff. Things keep getting added so it’s a good idea to check often.


Artomatic Fanatic

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

The new year lands on the wrong day. January 1 is in the middle of winter and feels like an inauspicious time for new beginnings. Maybe it comes from years of starting school in the fall, but that’s when I find myself eager for new projects and experiences.  This year I’m getting my wish.

Artomatic is returning to Frederick in just a few weeks. If you visited or participated in Artomatic@Frederick 2011 you know what I’m talking about.

If not, imagine hundreds of artists showing work in a wide range of media and styles. There will also be live music, film screenings, drawing sessions with costumed models, poetry readings, fashion, dance and other performances. And it’s all free!

Like last time, it will be in the old board of education building at 115 Church Street in Frederick. This year the adjacent building has been added, so it should be even bigger and better than before.

There are still good spaces left and I encourage any artists who are still undecided to join us. There’s no jury. Space assignments are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Thursday, August 15 at 12 a.m., so hurry!

Everyone does 15 volunteer hours and pays $100. The fee may seem like a lot, but I thought it was well worth it for a five-week show. That said, most of us would be disappointed it we saw this event solely as a way to make the big bucks. You will meet a lot of cool people and get great exposure. I only made two small sales at the event that barely covered expenses, but I got some design jobs and a show (with good sales) as a direct result of the 2011 Artomatic. And you can’t put a price on the sense of community and the chance to show your art your way.

If you’re not an artist and are looking for something fun to do, I invite you to visit. It’s pretty overwhelming so you’ll probably want to come more than once.

Artomatic@Frederick 2013 runs from  September 4 – October 5. Hours are: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 11p.m. and Sundays from 12 – 5 p.m.

80-Hour Film Fest

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 at 4:38 am

This year I participated in Frederick’s 72 Film Fest. My teammates and I had the difficult task of making a five-minute movie in just one weekend. It was aggravating and exhausting and strangely fun. In short, the best kind of learning experience.  There were some problems with what we turned in, but as beginners we were happy to have something ready by the deadline.

I spent another day editing the project so we’d have a decent DVD for our actors and for any future use. This one was was much better. Too bad it wasn’t an 80-hour film fest.

Room 37

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

My space at Artomatic Frederick is centrally located and looks good at night and incredible during the day. There are two big windows that let in north light. Though we didn’t meet until, Artomatic, Julie Maynard, Shannon Beatty, and I create art that works well together. There’s something to be said for contrast, but we enjoy our room’s cohesive, garden atmosphere. And I couldn’t have asked for nicer “roomates.”

I defined my space with Behr paint that was left over from a home DIY project. (This isn’t an advertisement, but I must mention that the stuff covered red in only one coat.)

I meant to do something creative with signage, but it’s been a busy fall so it just wasn’t happening. I made a couple of simple versions in InDesign and tiled and printed them on my home printer. I sloppily taped the best one together and hung it up to make sure it worked. Then I had an intact version printed and dry mounted.

I knew three of my mixed media paintings with vintage dresses would anchor the space. I put the largest on an old aluminum easel in front of the door. The easel was covered with paint from numerous projects, so I just slapped a coat of the wall color on it and it looked pretty good.

Once the other two paintings were hung, I needed to figure out how to fill in. I had a lot of smaller pieces to choose from. To make it easier, I made patterns by tracing the art onto brown paper, cutting it out, and taping the paper in place. This was really helpful in visualizing the layout before pounding any nails.

Because the building is 27,000 square feet and there are over 250 artists to check out, we thought it would be good to give people a place to rest . . . while looking at our work. I brought in two metal patio chairs that fit the space physically and aesthetically.

The room was completed with Susie Remmers’ beautiful plants. The company she owns provided plants throughout the building which makes it all seem more permanent. Thanks, Susie!

Artomatic Frederick

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

windowI’d been thinking of participating in DC’s Artomatic since its beginning in 1999, but never got it together. Now there’s no excuse.  This uncurated behemoth is coming to Frederick’s former Board of Education building, a short walk from my house.

Artomatic Frederick will transform the 27,000-foot space into a venue showcasing hundreds of visual artists.  And if that’s not enough, music, poetry, and theater will be featured during the 5-week event. During that time there will be two First Saturdays, In the Street, the 72 Film Fest, and Halloween. So there should be plenty of visitors . . . and with luck, art buyers.

Artists’ registration  will begin on August 1st; and the exhibition runs from September 28 to November 6.

One of the coveted spaces with plenty of natural light. Some rooms in this historic building have built-in shelves that would be perfect for ceramics and small sculptures.

Pursuit of Happiness

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

July 4th

American Style Magazine recognized Frederick, Maryland as one of the Top 25 Small Art Cities in the United States. Frederick came in eighth in the competition, preceded only by Asheville, North Carolina; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Gloucester, Massachusetts; Saugatuck, Michigan; Sarasota, Florida; Sedona, Arizona; and Key West, Florida.

The artistic spirit was evident during Frederick’s July 4th celebrations. Individuals, groups, families, companies, and non-profits decorated boats for The Great Frederick Float. And then there were those who turned themselves into living art projects. It was great fun, even before a single firework was launched.

Swimsuit Goddesses

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

With beach and pool season here, I’m reminded of a project I finished in March 2011 for The Earth Day Art Challenge. The show was sponsored by The Muse in Frederick, Maryland.

earth detailThe inspiration came from molded plastic torsos that held bathing suits purchased at Costco. I was irritated by the amount of packaging that came with such a small amount of fabric, but over the years I bought two of those suits. I kept the torsos, certain that they’d eventually find themselves in an art project.

I’ve always enjoyed collage cloud detailthat incorporates found objects. Using the torso as a base, I added: feathers from an old Halloween costume; scraps of wrapping paper, wallpaper, magazine photos, dress patterns, and rice paper; broken jewelry; pieces of a crocheted tablecloth; and ribbon and silk flowers from a discarded wreath. In keeping with the upcycling theme, I also used leftover paint from DIY painting projects (bathroom and hallway) instead of acrylics from the art supply store.

Besides costing nothing and being environmentally friendly, these pieces are extremely lightweight. They look substantial but could be hung on the wall with a thumbtack.

Sky Goddess, 14" X 34"

Earth Goddess, 14" X 34"

Getting Handy at HandsOn

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Before the transformation

I recently finished a mural for  HandsOn Frederick, an organization that matches volunteers to community needs. Their logo was the inspiration: multicolored dots forming a hand in the negative space. While brainstorming with Melissa Sines and Tricia Thompson, we decided to feature the circles and add some imagery that reflected both the city of Frederick and Frederick County. The “clustered spires” were an easy choice for representing the city, and a farm scene made sense for the surrounding area.

I created the design in Adobe Illustrator. This made it easy to preview different background colors. While a black background was striking, all agreed that it wasn’t the best choice for a basement office.

Because there are now almost 250 HandsOn centers in the U.S. and 11 overseas, we thought others might benefit from our experience:

Creating a Large Mural for under $60

Prepare the Design. After the design was finalized we had a transparency made. This can be done at just about any copy center for around $2. They can work from hard copy (digital or hand drawn) or a digital file. Luckily there was an overhead projector readily available. Freehanding the design onto the wall would have taken much longer.

Choose the Colors. I stopped by the Home Depot and grabbed stacks of paint samples. It’s almost impossible to correctly judge color by memory. And when you’re matching a logo, the right colors are crucial. I took the samples back to the office and compared them with the logo on their front door.

Buy the Paint. Next up was a trip back to the store. I bought five quarts of custom-mixed Behr paint. The colors were: Scotland Isle, Asparagus, Squirrel, Black Bean, and Tropical Splash.

Trace the Design. Tricia had kindly prepped the wall with a fresh coat of white paint saved from a different project. As I was tracing the design onto the wall, Melissa asked if there was a way to incorporate hands into it. I liked the idea because it would be another opportunity for creating an image with negative space. So I simply traced my own hands onto the circles, one in the small ones and two in the larger ones. If you decide to do this and plan ahead, you could use the hands of your staff and board members. Or perhaps it could be a fundraiser with donors paying a certain amount per hand to be immortalized on your mural.

Painting at Last. Then it was just a matter of filling in with color. I penciled in the names of the colors onto the circles as I traced. It was like working on a paint-by-number project because there was no need to keep checking the transparency. I worked with only one color at a time to cut down on brush cleaning.

Creating accent walls with leftover paint

Assess and Add. When it was finished, I decided to add a few circles behind a pole and on the pole itself. While those areas weren’t “officially” part of the mural, it made a nice transition. There was no need for another transparency. I just traced a few plates and saucers. Find a hula hoop if you want bigger circles.

Bonus! There was plenty of leftover paint, so they were able to paint several accent walls. It truly looks like a different office.

If you’d like to try this, contact me and I’ll email a PDF of my design free of charge. If you’d like customized graphics for your own geographic area, they would be only $20 each. So even with two graphics, your mural would still come in at under $100.

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own space!

All done! To see more of my work, please visit peacockartanddesign.com.