Opening Reception – New Work by Gallery Artists

 

March is a month that makes the change of season a reality. Daylight Savings Time returns March 11 and the Vernal Equinox on March 20 lets us welcome Spring. At Bishop’s Stock our March show reveals what gallery artists have created during winter hibernation.

March Feature – New Work by Gallery Artists

March is a month that makes the change of season a reality. Daylight Savings Time returns March 11 and the Vernal Equinox on March 20 lets us welcome Spring. At Bishop’s Stock our March show reveals what gallery artists have created during winter hibernation. Themes in their new work range from unique still life subjects to interesting travel destinations. The landscape shown below, Bunatrahir Bay Study, is by Christie Taylor done during her 5 week fellowship in Ballycastle, Mayo County, Ireland. Other artists – Petra Bernstein, Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Linda Epstein, Jim Rehak, Fred Sprock, Nancy Richards West – will be showing with Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride offering a sneak peak of their April show. Erick Sahler will be here for the opening with his work. Rule #1 (No Ketchup) is a new take on Thrashers French Fries.

Opening Reception for Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock

Come visit with Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock as we open what we hope will be an annual show for them.

September Featured Artists – Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During September Bishop’s Stock is featuring two artists who moved to the Snow Hill area several years ago. When Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock discovered Worcester County’s proximity to coastal bays and adjacent marshes they knew this was where they wanted to build a home and settle into Eastern Shore life. One of the driving forces in this move was to create studio space for each of them in a setting surrounded by the landscape they love.

Both Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock call themselves “landscape artists” but that is about as close as they get with their unique painting disciplines and techniques. Several years ago Christie, an art consultant, returned to painting to focus on the beauty of the salt marshes surrounding their home. Christie does studies in acrylic on paper and creates oils on panels – all that reflect a time and place that constantly changes with time of day and season. Her painting style “utilizes” the freedom nature holds over marshland and gives her a chance to “escape” to her studio.

Fred Sprock is a full time painter who is quite disciplined. He considers himself a landscape artist who scouts compelling imagery that ranges from a dying tree to the architectural interest of a farm house. When a subject or image catches his eye he takes photographs to use as references. He returns to his studio and does studies that may or may not become larger studio paintings. Even his still life paintings he considers “landscapes” since they are part of a smaller setting. His paintings have a luminescence he gets from layering paint many times with palette knives, scraping off to leave depth then finishing 10% of the painting with brushes.

 

September Artists-in-Residence – Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock

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Come visit our featured artists for September, Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock. Find out more about the inspiration this area provides their creative endeavors.

Opening Reception for Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock

 

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In September Christie Taylor is joining Fred Sprock as featured artists. Sprock has shown with us several times but this will be a “first” for Taylor. Having relocated to the Eastern Shore from Charlotte, NC, Taylor and Sprock have focused more time on their painting.

 

Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock Featured Artists in September

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September’s feature shows  just what can happen when a couple is drawn to the beauty of an area with the desire to make a change. In 2012 Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock found the marshes along Chincoteague Bay to be so compelling they decided to build a home and move from their native state of North Carolina. For two artists with a love of nature the end result is a home that brings light to their individual studios and creates gallery space for their art collection.

Christie manages Hodges Taylor, an art consultancy in Charlotte, North Carolina but for this show she has put her bright studio to good use. Her work in oil focuses on landscapes with abstract elements of space, light and shadows. The change of season is a compelling subject for Christie as one can she on her website.

Fred’s move to Maryland has offered concentrated time to paint and the opportunity to take his technical skills to new levels. His website shows how he has challenged himself to be an “artist” not just a painter. Fred’s newest work draws the viewer with new depth and atmosphere taking him to a new level as an artist.