This morning my husband calls me from work to say that he would like to take me to Berlin, MD. for their 2nd Friday art stroll….um, ok!! My mom sweetly volunteered to watch our son so that we could stroll sans stroller (see what I did there? clever, huh?). As if the beautiful weather, live music, pumpkin pie and amazing art wasn’t enough, I got to see a couple of fellow art friends there too.
The Worcester County Arts Council is featuring David Simpson’s beautiful landscape paintings this month. It was so nice to see both David and his new works since we used to be painting friends years ago in college (has it really been over 10 years?!) I have to say that David has an amazing ability to capture light and texture. As a viewer, you can almost breathe the ocean air that he has painted. He also has a friendly, personable demeanor that I find to be rare in the art world. He has stayed true to himself, and the people who know him respect his work. So, if you’re looking to see some absolutely stunning locally inspired paintings this month, head over to Berlin and check him out. You won’t be disappointed.
After leaving there we headed over to The Globe Theatre for their photography show, featuring local images of Berlin. I have to say that I was disappointed with this show. It wasn’t that the images were bad. In fact, most of them showed iconic Berlin views that anyone would recognize. What bothered me was the use of all the extra stuff: unnecessary digital editing and cheesy canvas wrapped photos. There were even typed signatures added in photoshop. Ugg. In my opinion, and yes this is probably just my opinion, it would’ve been a much more intriguing show had there been just “plain” ol’ pictures in frames. It’s too bad that something as classic as photography has to be modernized in order for it to be interesting.
Down the street at Baked the oil paintings of Sarah Grangier are featured this month. Also a graduate of Salisbury University, she specializes in oil landscapes and wildlife. Her work has been featured in many galleries and museums in Maryland. Check her out! And, while you’re there, get a piece if the homemade pumpkin pie.
Well, that sums it up. If you’ve never made it to America’s Coolest Small Town for a 2nd Friday, please go. It will be an enjoyable experience, i guarantee it.