Sarah Dressler, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Crafts/Metals. Her focus in college was largely on jewelry and no matter what medium she is working in she continues to work on a jewelers scale to this day. She discovered art dolls in 2001 and fell in love with the infinite variety of materials and styles that can be incorporated into these small sculptures. Sarah does not feel tied to the classical human form and delights in drawing new patterns for her dolls creating new silhouettes and playing with proportions; creating characters and new anthropomorphic creatures. Not content with the generic doll stand she has recently been creating small worlds for her dolls to inhabit, adding layers to the dolls personality.
Since art school she has worked in variety of mediums and in a variety of styles. When her children were young she was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was given the highest possible awards for her contributions to the scribal arts. It was within the SCA that she rediscovered the art of calligraphy. Sarah has been demonstrating the art of calligraphy and illumination as a featured artist at the Medieval Festival and the Sacred Arts Festivals at the Glen Cairn Museum, in Bryn Athyn, PA since 2009.
Robin Burrucker has been an artist since she was big enough to hold a crayon. Having grown up along the shores of the Chesapeake among a family that loved nature and the outdoors, it was natural that her artwork followed in those footsteps. As well as painting, Robin enjoys graphite pencil drawing and photography. Her subjects are always those that walk, swim, crawl or fly. She loves nature and tries to
capture the spirit of each animal she draws or paints. Many of Robin’s renderings reflect some moment experienced that has given her great joy. Her newest endeavor is painting on feathers. If anyone had told her she would be spending her springtime dissecting turkey tails and wings, they would have gotten “that look”. But here she is painting on feathers, her own small contribution to recycling. And what better way to portray nature than on a piece of nature itself? Robin handles each feather from beginning to end, procuring, cleaning and repairing it. They are remarkably fragile, but amazingly resilient. Each feather is used regardless of nicks or flaws. She finds perfection in the imperfect. For Robin, they are more interesting and alive with those little “flaws”.
Something you may not know about Robin...
If your work were edible, what would it taste like?
If my artwork were edible what would it taste like? Ah, I chuckle and have the urge to say, "roast turkey." But, "nah, I cant' say that!" Hmm...I would have to say a salad. Everything of the earth, organic. Fresh, with fruits and vegetables lending their wide variety of tastes, colors and textures. The dressing would be the emotions or the subject; strong, spicy, mild, sweet, intriguing, a never ending choice of flavors. Yep, definitely a salad!
Lynn Strano-Whitt is a jewelry and textile artist who resides in Newark, DE with her husband and two children. Lynn was always enamored with jewelry of all kinds growing up and the gift of a rock tumbler from her grandfather only fueled that interest further. Twenty years later, on vacation with her husband in North Carolina, Lynn encountered a wire jewelry artist and immediately thought, “I can do that!”. Upon arriving home, she ordered her first rolls of bare copper wire from an electric supply company and went about the work of teaching herself how to create wire jewelry (this was prior to Google and YouTube!). Since then, Lynn has continued to refine and enhance her jewelry designs, finding inspiration in all things. Lampwork glass beads, natural stones, crystals, various types of pearls, millefiori beads, polymer clay, porcelain and terra cotta clay, and paste paper are just some of the materials she has used in her jewelry making; although she always returns to her first love, copper wire. In May of 2010, Lynn joined what became The Palette & The Page, LLC and became an integral part of the creation and ongoing management of the gallery and continues to dedicate herself to the gallery’s success. Entirely self-taught, Lynn frequently shares her knowledge and techniques in various local workshops and exhibits her work in the tri-state area. Lynn also enjoys working with textiles. She has created a wide selection of hand-made baby apparel, as well as handbags and totes. Lynn also volunteers as a costumer for Delaware Dance Company’s production of the Nutcracker; working closely with the Artistic Director and other volunteers to create new costumes, update existing costumes and creating headpieces and props.
Carolyn received a wood burning kit for Christmas when in fourth grade. Throughout the years she dabbled with all kinds of arts and crafts. Eventually Carolyn decided that pyrography (wood burning) was what she loved to do.
After raising two boys, in 2010 she decided it was time to really start her pyrography art business. At that time she became a member of The Palette & The Page, which is in her hometown.
Carolyn started out her business creating murals using three dimensional shapes of cut out wood and other sources and adding color and texture to her work. Carolyn does custom order murals by taking photos of homes, businesses, churches etc., and then designs a special mural for personal remembrance. She is always looking for new ideas to expand her wood art and has expanded to wood bowls, platters, lazy susans, spoons and more. Loving what she does, it makes her even more joyful when creating customers ideas and designs on their choice of wood.
Something you may not know about Carolyn...
What does a perfect day look like to you?
It would be a non humid low 70's day sitting and listening to a rushing river/creek with the sun gleaming off the water. I would be reading or just enjoying the view while eating popcorn and a waffle cone with a double ice cream. To top off the day I would then have a camp fire to enjoy the smell and to gaze into the flames. When I got tired I would crawl into my one man tent and sleep to the sounds of nature.
Hi Blog Followers! Thanks for hanging out with us. I've been thinking a lot about art and why having it in our lives is so wonderful and amazing. So... This Blog Posting Thursday I want to share with you what I think are:
7 Benefits to Owning Original Art!
1. The feeling it gives you when you purchase an original piece of work. There can be a sense of well being, happiness. For some people the pleasure of searching and owning artwork might even become an addiction! (sometimes I feel that way!)
2. Art can enhance your room, your home aesthetically. Paintings and sculpture can ground your interior and exterior space by providing a focal point.
3. The love of the particular piece and the joy it gives you just by looking at it day to day.
4. You are supporting an artist, financially and psychologically, giving them the opportunity to continue creating by your purchase. Of course the money is very important, but the knowledge that someone loved their work enough to want to own it can help them get up the next morning and continue to produce their perceptions two dimensionally and/or three dimensionally.
5. Orignal artwork is one-of-a-kind - no one else will ever own that particular piece that you have chosen to display in your home. You get to enjoy something everyday and share something with your family and friends that no one else ever can.
Sta-C Peterson, founder of StormFlight Designs creates Artisan Jewelry for women and men who are looking for uniquely designed, quality, handcrafted jewelry. Sta-C’s formal training began in the mountains of Northern Georgia at William Holland Lapidary School. She has studied gemstone faceting, silver metalsmithing, fold forming, enameling, lost wax casting, stone cutting, stone setting, box making and inlay. Education is an ongoing process she hopes to continue for a long time to come. Stacey is a member of the Tuscarora Lapidary Society of Brookhaven, PA. Inspiration for the creation of her art comes from the love of natural objects like stones and metal. She adds elements from Celtic designs and knots, ancient weaving techniques, and classic influences. Sta-C often scours the internet, catalogs and gem shows looking for striking shapes, colors and unique stones. As she holds a focal stone in her hands, she begins to visualize a completed piece of jewelry. She often admits that each piece has a will of its own and almost seems to create itself.
Something you may not know about Sta-C...
What is on your desk right now?
Besides a lot of paperwork, I have several silver etched tree-of-life pendants half done and ready to put on some patina. I have been enjoying creating tree of life motif jewelry and etching is one of my favorite ways to create the design.
The woman behind BG Books, Janet Youse, has been with “The Palette & The Page” since its very beginning in November of 2009. Janet is from Elkton and with her love of reading has accumulated numerous books over time. It has been a dream of Janet’s to open a gently used book store in downtown Elkton.
There is a beautiful selection of gently used books at 50% to 70% off of the original cover price for adults and children at ‘The Palette & The Page.’ The book collection offered rotates constantly, so be sure to check back often, especially around the various holidays when Janet puts out books related to those special days!
Something you may not know about Janet...
Where is your favorite place to be ?
My home because I don't get to spend enough time there.
Patti Paulus, a founding member of ‘The Palette & The Page,’ was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton. She has lived and studied art in various cities until she finally settled in Maryland in 1987. She currently resides in the Fair Hill region of Maryland.
Words and letters have always interested her and she took her first calligraphy class while studying at the University of Dayton. Since then, Ms. Paulus has studied lettering, drawing, painting and design with artists from all over the United States, England, Italy and Germany. Actively working as a lettering artist since 1982, she practices calligraphy as an art-form and uses hand-rendered letterforms in her graphic design work. She also paints, draws and her new found love of charcoal is opening up fresh avenues of expression for her.
Patti has taught and lectured on calligraphy in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland. Her work has been exhibited in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio, and is in numerous private collections around the world. Hand-rendered lettering designs are on the walls of homes, schools and churches in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Something you may not know about Patti...
If you could have one magic power, what would it be?
I would like to be able to bi-locate in a second. That way I wouldn’t miss being a part of so many really cool happenings! The additional advantage is that travel would be instant too! So I could be in, say, Los Angeles, California at my son Joshua’s concert with the Pacific Symphony and working out with my daughter K in Elkton. So I could be with both of my children at the same time at opposite ends of the country. Of course, there would be other great perks as well - two amazing fund raisers, two great trips…working on two different art projects at the same time.
Yes… we’ve started a blog! Our plan is to post at least every other week on Thursdays. Lauren Permenter Davidson, our fantastic intern, will be doing a lot of the posting. We are so grateful to Lauren for the enthusiasm she has for this project. Until now I (Patti!) have been holding her up :) I thought it would be good to share a bit of our history AND some of the new projects we are working on.
All the best,
(If you have thoughts, or ideas, things you’d like to know about, let us know! The next few blog posts will be about the owners - maybe you’ll learn something new???)
OUR HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL~
What started as a pop-up in November 2009 and continued as a sort of Co-Op in 2010, The Palette & The Page happily became an LLC in 2011. Lynn Whitt lead us on the LLC path and we haven’t looked back! We are a gallery that is owned by four very passionate women - Patti Paulus, Stacey Peterson, Lynn Whitt and Janet Youse. Janet and Patti have been with the Gallery since its inception in 2009. Lynn joined in early 2010 and Stacey joined as a represented artist in 2013 and became the fourth owner of the gallery in 2015 after Margie Blystone left her role at the Gallery.
Since our beginnings, we have been committed to expanding the Arts & Entertainment District in Downtown Elkton through our First Friday Opening Receptions in conjunction with the Downtown Elkton Art Loop. These evenings, from 5pm to 8pm, feature an Opening Reception for the new local visiting artists in our Special Exhibit Gallery in addition to the opportunity to enjoy talking to some of the artists and authors we represent, providing great local live music and refreshments. We pride ourselves in offering something new to our community each month. It has been a part of our mission since the very beginning. Installing a new show every month is a lot of work, but it brings so much opportunity to artist and customer alike for connection, learning and sharing.
We were thrilled to be awarded the Elkton Chamber & Alliance’s Small Business of the Year in 2014. The following year we were inducted into the Cecil County Business Hall of Fame.
For the past six years, we have had a Poetry/Creative Writing evening in conjunction with Cecil