Artists

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Doug's Turnings

3300 Whippoorwill Dr., Taneytown

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Doug’s Turnings

Doug Heck, 410-259-6406

www.DougsTurnings.com

I am a self-taught Carroll County wood turner, enjoying the beautiful wood that God has given us. He puts the beauty in – I get to show it off. I began turning wood in 2004, finding that wood-turning was to become my new passion. Most of the wood I turn is from the Maryland area and from trees that must come down or have already fallen. It’s hard for me to see a fallen tree on the side of the road and not imagine what could be created from that wood. I cut and haul most of the wood that I use. I also turn most of it green, meaning while the wood is still wet, which is a whole process in itself.

I find relaxation in the craft. I also enjoy reading books on the topic and researching techniques others have used that help tackle the many challenges involved in turning wood.

I reside in Carroll County, Maryland, with my wife Susie. When I am not wood-turning, I enjoy beekeeping.

Photo credit: Kelly Heck Photography

ALSO SHOWING AT STOP #1: John Long, painter/pen+ink, 443-789-7575

Toll House Studio

955 Baust Church Road, Union Bridge

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Stop #2a: Toll House Studio

Linda Van Hart, 443-340-0955

www.tollhousestudio.com

Linda Van Hart sculpts botanical portraits. Rather than gems, surface texture and form are the focus. The scale of the work is dramatic but the fluidity of diminished diameter forging and undulating surfaces lend a rhythmic grace to the body adornment.  In business and teaching metalsmithing for over 30 years, Linda’s nature inspired work is easily recognizable.

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Stop # 2b: Bent, Wrapped and Hammered

Max Groft, 410-861-1629

www.bentwrappedandhammered.com

The original core intent of Bent Wrapped and Hammered was as an outlet for students of Linda Van Hart (Tollhouse Studio) to expand beyond the classroom studio to present their work for exhibition and sale.  A few of the founding artists have moved on to start their own businesses and Bent Wrapped and Hammered continues under the ownership of Max Groft, one of the founding artists.  

Working with Linda and her students in the classroom facilitated the exploration of a wide range of tools, techniques, media and genres. Max not only had the privilege of  learning under artist Linda Van Hart, but after completing her courses, remained as one of her teaching assistants as well. Working in Linda’s classes for many semesters has taught her that she will always be a student. 

ALSO SHOWING AT STOP #2: 

Mimi Hay Designs, mimihay7@yahoo.com

Hats by Tatiana Rakhmanina, hatbytr@gmail.com

Magnolia House Studios

3438 Littlestown Pike, Westminster

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Magnolia House Studios

Jaqui MacMillan, CZT, 410-346-6884, drumforjoyjaqui@gmail.com

 
Jaqui MacMillan has been an artist her whole life. She earned her degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art at the University of Maryland in the early 1980’s. Having lived in Washington DC for 20 years, she created businesses with handpainted clothing and polymer clay bead making. She did oil and acrylic paintings on canvas which she showed at small galleries and restaurants and also designed and painted many murals in and around the DC area. Her work has been featured in books, calendars and on several CD covers. 
 
After moving to Union Mills fifteen years ago, she opened Magnolia House Studios, an art studio and shop where she creates and sells prints of her paintings and her polymer clay ornaments, boxes, shakers and jewelry. Jaqui became a Certified Zentangle Teacher, (CZT), in 2016. She has been teaching Zentangle workshops at her studio, along with classes at the Carroll Arts Center, Carroll Lutheran Village and Carroll Community College. She also teaches workshops at her studio on polymer clay techniques. 
 
Jaqui is also an award winning percussionist who specializes in West African drumming. Her studio includes a music room with hundreds of drums and percussion instruments. The shop at Magnolia House specializes in “new age” products including crystals, incense and candles, along with local art. Jaqui believes in the healing power of art and music.

Tom's Cabin

916 Silver Run Valley Road, Westminster, MD

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Tom’s Cabin

Tom Berry, 443-789-1775 

I was born in Salisbury, Maryland to parents who were both creative and artistic. My father’s love of water-foul-carving was the inspiration for my passion of wood-working.

After graduating from Millersville State College, I located to Carroll county in the fall of 1981 to teach Industrial Arts.

In the summer of 1990, I built my home in Silver Run.  I have always enjoyed building, restoring and repurposing. Searching for old lumber, hardware and glass, I enjoy creating a variety of objects that are unique and functional.

My store, Tom’s Cabin, is where I display and sell my creations as well as antiques, vintage items, and recycle Americana.

Thomas Sterner's Art Factory

235-R Leppo Road, Westminster, MD

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Thomas Sterner’s Art Factory

Thomas Sterner, 443-201-6126

www.SternerArtFactory.com

Thomas Sterner is a full-time artist in northern Carroll County, where he built his ‘Art Factory’ studio, with a large woodshop and weld fabrication space, and a painting/printmaking loft, nestled in a forest on the edge of farmland.  He works in various materials including steel, stainless steel, wood, paint and ink.  Recent additions of an outdoor welding area with hoist and trolley assists in the fabrication of large public sculpture commissions.  He has produced 7 large public sculptures since 2019.  Thomas is a member of NOMA Gallery in Frederick and the Baltimore Sculptors, and exhibits regionally and internationally.  The goal of his art is to make people think and smile.   

Shiloh Pottery

1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead, MD

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Shiloh Pottery

Ken and Marty Hankins, 410-239-8888

www.shilohpottery.com

I am Ken Hankins, owner of Shiloh Pottery, Inc., located on our family farm in Carroll County, Maryland. I would like to introduce you to what is happening at the pottery. Please visit our web site to learn about our farm and pottery. Shiloh Pottery was created in 1972 when my wife, Marty, and I returned to Maryland from graduate school at Alfred University in New York State.

Over the years we have made stoneware pots, run a potters’ supply business, made and sold kick wheels, and fired salt-glazed pots with gas or wood. We have attended many craft fairs and shows, taught classes of all kinds in our studio, schools and colleges, and run workshops with famous and talented potters, all the time raising 2 children, Matt and Meg. We have been part of the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour for all of its 15 years and then some!

Elizabeth Shaw Woodworking

3831 London Bridge Road, Sykesville

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Elizabeth Shaw Woodworking

Elizabeth Shaw, 410-340-6254, bluecrows@verizon.net

I had always been interested in woodworking, so when a tree on our property needed pruning, I decided to try turning the branches into a chair. I’ve now been building rustic furniture for about 25 years. The design of each piece is largely dictated by the materials and my imagination, and the joinery is traditional mortise and tenon. If you look at a piece I have built, and you smile, then I’ve done it right.
 
 
 
 

Virginia Sperry Studio

415 Heath Dr., Sykesville

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Virginia Sperry Studio

Virginia Sperry, 443-474-4714

www.virginiasperry.com

Imagine walking among several life-sized steel animals set in the landscape of a six-acre property in Carroll County. Stick your tongue out at a kangaroo or drink with a giraffe. Walk to the bottom of the hill and hang out with a musk ox.

Then come in to the studio where you can see the most recent artwork that Virginia is working on including her fabulous paper collages! Virginia’s work can regularly be seen at NOMA Gallery in Frederick, MD.

You can see Virginia’s sculpture “Great Blue Heron” at Piney Run Park in Sykesville, MD.

Rosebud Studio

1328 Gold Court, Sykesville

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Rosebud Studios

Teri Koenig, 410-549-6317

http://www.rosebudstudioschina.com

“Painting is a passion…I can’t stop, its a quest to keep trying something new.”

My love for ceramics started as a small child in Carroll County. This passion eventually evolved into a local business. 

At Rosebud Studios, everything we do is fired in a kiln.  We do both high fire and low fire ceramics, as well as kiln fired glass painting.  Our favorite type of work is overglaze paint on porcelain. This art form is full of techniques and kiln surprises. The artistic ideas are endless! Our goal is to create beautiful and functional art for your home. 

In addition, I offer group and individual classes in and out of the studio.  I have taught classes for home schooled children, scouts, and at the County Parks and Recreation Department.  I have also taught in-house classes at local retirement communities. Contact me if you want to learn more about learning this process!

Mud Pi Studios

1596 Daisy Rd., Woodbine, MD

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MudPi Studios

Lori Baker, 410-499-8156

www.mudpistudios.com

MudPi Studios was born from the creative passions of Lori Baker and is currently located at Heron’s Meadow Farm in Woodbine, MD.  Heron’s Meadow Farm is Maryland’s first (and only) tea farm and is host to many inspirational views, wildlife, and MudPi teapots. Visitors to the farm can sample some of our teas, shop for their new favorite mug from the mug tree, walk through herb gardens, or simply relax on the patio.  Whether it’s a new tea to try or a new stoneware creation on display in the pottery studio, there is always something exciting happening at Heron’s Meadow Farm.

Ashby's Agates

524 Bear Branch Road, Westminster, MD

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Ashby’s Agates

Brian and Denise Ashby, 410-549-7461,

Preserving an Ashby tradition of three generations, we are rockhounds. We maintain a lapidary and design shop where we transform precious stones and minerals into jewelry. Many of the stones we like to work with are found in our annual travels to well documented collecting areas through the western US. Because camping in the desert is as much a part of the process as is running a rock saw or playing with wire, we have built a collection of material primarily based on where we like to go, so you’ll see a lot of things from Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho. At our house, every rock has a story.

Angellocks Fiberworks

406 Muller Road, Westminster

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Angel Locks Fiberworks

Angela Muller, ​443-536-3480

https://angellocksfiber.square.site

Angela’s love of knitting and yarn led her to start raising sheep and spinning her own yarn. Angela loves creating unique yarns from her small flock. All of the wool used in her products are from her sheep or other small local farms. 

Hill Farm

935 Bloom Road, Westminster

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Hill Farm

Gwen Handler and Larry Fisher, 410-596-6096

www.hillfarmsheepandwool.com

Hill Farm is home to Norwegian Fjord Ponies, Leicester Longwool sheep, various birds, dogs, cats, and chickens. Products of the farm include yarn, fleece, roving, sheep skins, lambs, hand-woven blankets. Raising lambs, foals, puppies, chicks, ducks, and kittens are all wonderful experiences to be a part of. We find this lifestyle, not necessarily easy but always rewarding. I can’t think of a better place to raise a child. Being in touch with the land, the animals, and the seasons give life a true sense of purpose.

Homestead Forge 'N Wood

1843 Ridge Road, Westminster

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Homestead Forge’n Wood

Reb Staup, 410-259-6392, homesteadforge@msn.com

www.homesteadforgenwood.com

Joseph C. “Reb” Staup is a native to Carroll County and grew up in Shipley, Maryland, just south of Westminster. He is also a veteran of the U. S. Airforce and has enjoyed history and the ability to make something out of raw material for most of his life. In the year 2000, Reb had the opportunity to join a Civil War reenactment group and become part of the time period. After doing portrayals of dismounted cavalry, medical, and living history as General Fitzhugh Lee, he finally settled into the art of blacksmithing in 2004. Working with fire and hot iron to create historical pieces for the reenactment community as well as those who love historical items and the outdoors. He continues participating in the period festivals and reenactments from the 1730 pirates through to the Civil War. He has been head blacksmith for the 1797 Union Mills Shriver Homestead located in Union Mills, MD, just north of Westminster, MD since 2005.  

In 2012, while blacksmithing at an event in Brunswick, MD, he met members of the Mid Maryland Wood Turners Club and found he enjoyed working with wood. This new-found passion included carving bowls and utensils as well as turning wood on mechanical and foot powered lathes. He decided to add his talent for woodturning to his thriving blacksmithing business. Reb began including and selling his hand-made wood products at the historical events that he attends and on his webpage homesteadforgenwood.com.

Not only enjoying demonstrating the old world trades and crafts at different venues and shows, he has taught classes at the Union Mills Homestead and Carroll County Farm museum.  He has been a juried member of the Carroll Arts Centers Gallery of Gifts for many years as well as an Early American Life Craftsman in both metal and Wood for the Early American Life Magazine and other historical events.

Cat Track Studio

811 Rolling Ridge Drive, Westminster

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Stop #15a: Cat Tracks Studio

Carolyn Seabolt, 410-848-1452

www.cattracksstudio.com

My name is Carolyn Seabolt and I create my art work at Cat Tracks Studio. I am a native of Carroll County and hold a BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I have illustrated several children’s books and written articles for art education journals. I enjoy teaching and sharing a variety of different art techniques with students of all ages. If you are interested in classes please let me know. I work in a variety of media, my favorites being handmade paper, ceramics, silk painting and batik. I also work with watercolor and create 1800’s style tinsel paintings My silk paintings and batiks can be found framed and also in wearable works of art. Most of my work has a feline theme, and because of the many gardens that surround the studio you will also find a lot of flora in my work. 

NOTE: During the studio tour you can meet the characters of my books in person and take a photo using our selfie frame to remember the visit!

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Stop # 15b: Sharon Schaeffer Basketry

Sharon Schaeffer, 410-967-4482

swschaeffer-baskets.blogspot.com

Sharon Schaeffer is a Westminster artist, teacher, and basketmaker. Her baskets reflect a blend of traditional and contemporary styles,  techniques, and materials.  Reed, ash, oak, pine needles, gourds, seagrass, beads, and found objects are used in Schaeffer’s handmade vessels.

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Stop #15c: Animal Faire

Gayle Mathues, 803-645-3964, gemathues@yahoo.com

It gives me great pleasure to bring little creatures to “life” using just wire, wool and some needles. All my life I have wanted to have some creative outlet for the would-be artist within and I found it in the world of needle-felting sculptures of animals, and other figures. I have been needle felting for several years off and on and now consider it my business and my calling.

Mini-Met Gallery and Studio

208 Main Street, New Windsor

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Mini-Met Gallery and Studio

Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon, 443-536-9198, lindemon3@aol.com 

The Mini Met is a brand new gallery space in New Windsor and the studio of Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon, a painter and mixed media artist who is just now embarking on the full time creation of her artistic vision.  She is inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Carroll County and the architecture of the historic homes in New Windsor that drew Sharon and her husband to settle down there back in the ‘90’s.  Her love of the surrounding land can be seen in her paintings and mosaics, and her exploration of artistic and recycled materials can be seen in her abstract, mixed media pieces.  

Sharon earned her BFA from Salisbury University and her MAT from The Maryland Institute College of Art.  She then taught Drawing at SU and a variety of classes at the MICA Young People’s Studios for ten years while also beginning her full time career as an art teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System where she has taught for the past 30 years.

Do Martian’s Recycle is the name of a book written and illustrated by Sharon and inspired by artistic endeavors between her and her son.  She also illustrated a book by Dr. Mel Gilley entitled Sam and the Sad Dinosaur.