September Featured Artists – Christie Taylor & Fred Sprock

Christie Taylor and Fred Sprock, natives of North Carolina, discovered the Eastern Shore through friends. In 2012 the marshes overlooking Chincoteague Bay drew them to a new home which provides inspiration for both of their artistic talents. At that time Christie was still the managing partner of a Charlotte consulting firm specializing in promoting original art in the workplace. After setting her retirement for 2018, Christie wanted to expand her artistic experiences as a Fellow at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. In 2017 and returning in 2018 she spent 5 weeks each visit being drawn by the Irish landscape which parallels her fascination with Eastern Shore marshes. Her work in the show reflects how the rocky coast of Ireland serves as a vehicle to explore her interest in line and shape. Christie calls this Rock Scissors on Paper.

After Fred retired from a marketing career he studied with
artists he admired accepting the challenge to become an artist, not just a
painter. His move to Maryland gave him a renewed focus on having his work
become a personal statement about his artistic exploration. His imagery, either
a landscape with simple structures or an element in a natural setting, is
painted with translucent quality diffusing light so the subjects and setting
work together. His subjects are based on his attraction to simple architecture,
nature’s simplicity and simple bucolic settings. Inspiration comes from
exploring the Eastern Shore and the many places he travels.

August Featured Artist – Beverly Perdue AWS TWSA

Our featured artist for August is Beverly Perdue AWS, TWSA, a native of Salisbury who now lives in suburban Richmond, Virginia . Over the years Beverly has been a regular visitor to Bishop’s Stock while her mother, Madeline Perdue was still alive. Mrs. Perdue grew up on a farm outside of Snow Hill and was a contemporary of many in the Snow Hill area. She liked to “catch up” by visiting the gallery. These visits were always enjoyable but they also made me aware of Beverly’s artistic talent. She has shown with us before but now as our featured artist we will see a cross section of her work in watercolor and oil. Beverly is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and she now works in oil to expand her growth as an artist. In this show titled Oil and Water Beverly will debut a recent oil painting she created of her Grandmother, Pearl Perdue standing in front of a chicken house she helped build in 1920. This iconic scene, created from an old photograph, represents the beginning of Perdue Farms and will be installed in the Franklin Perdue Museum at the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in 2020.

Beverly Perdue AWS TWSA
Beverly Perdue AWS TWSA

July’s Featured Artists – Deborah Rolig & Barry Mason

When an artist who has shown with us asks if he can show again, we are pleased but when he asks if he can show with a specific artist, we are ECSTATIC! So in July our featured artists are Barry Mason and Deborah Rolig (Barry’s choice.) They met in February 2017 through the abstract show. Barry was drawn to the artistic “voice” that drives Debi’s expressive paintings. Similarly Debi was inspired by Barry’s constructed paintings. The opening reception for Debi and Barry is First Friday, July 5 from 5 until 8.

Debi’s paintings in July will echo the creative stimuli she uses in her large and smaller paintings. As she says, when she starts a painting “images seem to pop right out of my head” reflecting personal feelings and thoughts. Recently Debi has been curating an annual show for the Art League of Ocean City focused on the creative work of women who she feels also integrate their feelings and thoughts in their work – both 2 and 3 dimensional. This year’s show, Rise, opens in October.

Barry’s work in the show will continue his fascination of constructing canvases on wooden frames to make them float. This approach makes the shape as important as the actual paint on the canvas. As a native of Snow Hill, Barry’s attraction to the vast scenic landscapes, the beaches and islands along the Eastern Shore blends with the work ethic taught by his ancestors as a lifelong source for his creativity. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, Barry now lives in Mt. Vernon, New York, and is a successful photographer, artist and teacher. It is always a pleasure when he comes to the gallery on family visits and a bigger pleasure to have him showing with us.

Deborah Rolig
Barry Mason

June’s Featured Artists – Lois Engberg & Carole Boggemann Peirson

One of the things we like to do at Bishop’s Stock is pairing
artists together for a featured show. Our Featured Artists in June, Lois
Engberg
and Carole Boggemann Peirson, were last featured in 2017.
Carole showed with Barb Mowery and Lois showed with her daughter, Katie. Since
Lois and Carole have traveled together and often find time to paint together,
they are a perfect “pairing.” Lois is known for her classic “Old
Master” still life paintings of seasonal flowers taken right from her
garden but she also follows her love of nature’s bounty as a plein air and
studio artist. Elements of Eastern Shore life fill her paintings. After being
an accomplished still life artist Carole was introduced to plein air painting
in 2008 and she has not stopped painting the beauty of nature. She is
fascinated by light and hidden elements revealed in landscapes, county roads,
dunes and marshes. Lois and Carole will fill the gallery with light and color.
The opening reception is First Friday, June 7 from 5 until 8. We will
offer wines from Spain for tasting.

April Featured Artists – Lynne Lockhart & Kirk McBride

In April Bishop’s Stock comes alive with shrimp boats, dinghies, sycamores, dogs, goats and lots of nostalgia. Many patrons know this means New Work by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride. During the past year Lynne and Kirk have been using their creative energies to further explore subjects using different palettes, painting sizes and techniques. Lynne has gone through old photos to capture a feeling of simple family life. The workshops she has taught on animal studies have added to her small painting series. Kirk’s work reflects his love of old vehicles (desert bug to work trucks) and boats docked or sailing in the bay and small creeks. He has continued his series of New York City streetscapes and magnificent trees. Some of the work in the show is shown but you can see all of the paintings check their albums on our Facebook page.

Moonrise Jewelry Trunk Show

 

On Saturday, December 8, we will have a trunk show with Moonrise Jewelry designer Meredith Lusk from Cape Charles,VA. Meredith is a talented artist who uses natural elements in her designs. She does amazing creations with Fish Peel and Real Orchids. Meredith will be here from 11 to 4. Check Meredith’s website to see new items she will offer.

Opening Reception for December Featured Artist Helene English

 

During December Helene English will be featured in our front gallery. Her paintings are so lively it is hard not to smile and chuckle about what story Helene is “telling.” She paints with very clean lines capturing things she captures in the world around her – pets, boats and even manhole covers! She will be here to tell her tales!

December Featured Artist – Helene English

 

 

 

 

 

Helene English, our December featured artist in the front gallery. Helene’s paintings are so lively it is hard not to smile and chuckle about what story she is “telling.” She paints with very clean lines capturing things she sees in the world around her – pets, boats and even manhole covers. On December 7, she will be here to tell her tales!

Opening Reception for November Featured Artist Scot Dolby

 

Our featured artist in November has been with us for 15 years. Scot Dolby continues to find memorable landscapes wherever he travels but particularly when he is looking for the perfect fishing stream. Come see his most recent work. We will be tasting wines from Bolivia.

November Featured Artist – Scot Dolby

 

Our featured artist in November has been with us for 15 years. Scot Dolby continues to find memorable landscapes wherever he travels but particularly when he is looking for the perfect fishing stream. His show, A View from a Stream, is inspired by great fly-fishing areas from Montana, Maine, Vermont to the Eastern Shore. As he finds a perfect stream Scot does not forget the beauty of the surrounding landscape. He actually carries that memory back home to his studio. His tonal style makes these discovered landscapes so serene. They seem to carry forth a surrounding calm that attracts the fish and the fisherman. The opening reception is First Friday, November 2 from 5 until 8.