By Jillian Amodio
The Chesapeake Art Show, a travelling art exhibit founded by Dave Murphy and Steve Bleinberger, is in its third year promoting the work of artists from the Annapolis and St. Michaels areas. The show will come to Gallery 564 in Severna Park from February 8 to 24.
The group began with 12 to 14 members, and about 17 artists currently contribute to its various shows and galleries. Members aspire to portray the beauty and appeal of the Chesapeake Bay, which has a rich history and culture that is unique and intriguing to native Marylanders and tourists alike.
Since its inception, the Chesapeake Art Show has held events in the Annapolis Maritime Museum, various churches, and even assisted living centers like Ginger Cove in Annapolis.
“We have experienced much success and enjoy putting on shows for those who like art and have an appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay,” said Murphy, whose work can be seen at www.chesapeakewatercolors.com.
While all pieces included in the show must be bay related, this does not necessarily mean that all pieces depict the Chesapeake Bay. Pieces include scenes with native plants and animals, and area businesses, landmarks and pastimes.
Artists in the show choose to display their bay appreciation through a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paint, mixed media, ink, ribbon, pastels and folded paper.
Two of the featured artists are Katherine Carney and Brenda Larson. Carney lives on the Wye River and has resided in the Annapolis area for the majority of her adult life. “I am primarily a coastal artist,” said Carney “and pull much inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay region’s extraordinary beauty.” Carney said she never tires of painting coastal scenes, because the color palette options and ever-changing scenery offer a multitude of opportunities for creative outlet. Carney has three pieces featured in the show at Gallery 564 and more of her work can be found at her website, www.paintingsbykatherinecarney.com.
Brenda Larson, exhibitions coordinator for the Chesapeake Art Show, is self-taught. After retiring 10 years ago, she began taking classes and workshops, and she regularly donates her art to various charities for auction. Those charities include Ronald McDonald House and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Larson’s subject matter is diverse but much of it pertains to the Chesapeake Bay. Every summer, she takes her boat out to enjoy the scenery and take photographs of osprey in their nests.
While the gallery shows are free and open to the public, all artwork displayed is available for purchase. To learn more about the show, the art and the featured artists, visit The Chesapeake Show on Facebook. While the show will run through February 24, art lovers are encouraged to attend the opening and reception on February 8 at 6:00pm.