My husband, Randy, and I are Worcester County natives and lifelong residents. We have been involved in many community and regional organizations over the past 35 years. In 2003 we decided to devote our energies to our Snow Hill, Maryland community. We seized an opportunity to bring a new presence to the downtown business district by redeveloping the corner of Green and Bank Streets as “art central” with a gallery devoted to showcasing the work of local artists. We continue to be passionate about what we do keeping things interesting for our visitors. The recent addition of the wine gallery has allowed us to be open 6 days a week all year long. Plus the addition of Doug Fisher to our staff has also made us a “working” studio. Doug is a woodcarver and the gallery serves as his workspace on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Now a Bishop’s Stock experience includes tasting wine, watching a working artist and browsing the work of some of the most talented artists in the region.
Visual and performing arts are truly alive in Snow Hill and in the area. Snow Hill is one of 19 Maryland communities with an Arts & Entertainment District designation. This designation is an outgrowth of many things Bishop’s Stock started 8 years ago. First Fridays, Community Art Projects, Paint Snow Hill and music events like Blues Jam fill the Snow Hill Arts & Entertainment calendar. The designation is also the result of many talented people choosing to call Snow Hill and the surrounding area “home.” Snow Hill’s historic charm and character combined with the natural beauty of the Pocomoke River and surrounding fields and forest provide a wonderful, creative environment. Our proximity to the Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay makes Snow Hill a great place to visit as well as a wonderful place to live.
My close friend and “talent scout” Noreen Godwin and her daughter Gilly Godwin continue to keep their eyes out for new artists. We have many contacts in the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia arts community but we are always discovering new talent and new artists are finding us. Even if we are unable to show a particular artist’s work, we gladly refer interested buyers to other galleries.
Our desire is to promote Delmarva artists and stimulate interest in their work. Additionally we hope to stimulate local interest in art and encourage people to follow their creative instincts. I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.