Featured in March – New Work by Gallery Artists

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March means it is time to welcome spring with new work by gallery artists. This month we will introduce the work of several new artists – Greg Challenger and Carroll Klingelhofer. Also included in the show are Leslie Belloso, Ed Challenger, Helene English, Fred Sprock, Christie Taylor and Nancy Richards West. The diversity of their work shows a range of painting styles and formats. The opening reception is First Friday, March 4 from 5 until 8.

Studio Sweep Sale

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6th Annual Studio Sweep Sale

Each December Bishop’s Stock’s artists clean out their studios to offer art lovers a chance to add to their collections or find the perfect gift at great savings. For the artists this gives a chance to sell older work, the last of a series or paintings that just need to go! For those who appreciate local talent this means a great selection of oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Most work is unframed but there is a small selection of paintings ready to hang plus frames to purchase.  Some of the large paintings from our 1-Day Sale will still be available. The sale continues through December and January so there is plenty of time to leisurely search for that perfect find. During this time newer work by gallery artists is also displayed but not at reduced prices.

1-Day Large Painting Sale

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Seldom do paintings 24×36 or larger go on sale. If you are looking for a large painting for your home or office come see selected work by Scot Dolby, Lois Engberg, Helene English, Sharon Himes, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Deborah Rolig, Fred Sprock and Nancy West with the option to buy at a 20-25% discount. Come visit the gallery that day and get a chance to win Kirk McBride’s “Low Tide” with a purchase of $20 or more.


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.


New Work by Fred Sprock Featured in September

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         New Work by Fred Sprock

Fred Sprock moved to Snow Hill a year ago after spending most of his life in his native Charlotte NC. He began painting, taking oil lessons from Andy Braitman at Braitman Studio in Charlotte. His work has evolved from tight representational to a looser, more painterly style. He attributes this to increasing his use of painting knives which often results in less control, leaving it to the viewer to decide “Is that a house, a church, or maybe a shed in the distance? Before moving to Snow Hill, while teaching classes at Braitman Studio, Fred would say, “If you do this, this will happen.” He realized, for him, this bridged the difference between a painter and an artist. Over time, the painter acquires a set of technical skills that enables one to render a strong likeness of the subject matter. The artist abandons that knowledge base and asks, “If I do this, what will happen?” Now that he is finding inspiration on the Eastern Shore, Fred is trying to become an artist – not just a painter. His work is included in the Duke Energy; Womble Carlyle; and Stiles,Byrum and Horne, LLP corporate collections. This is his first featured show at Bishop’s Stock.

Gallery Artists Featured in March

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Exhibit of Work by Gallery Artists

Once a year Bishop’s Stock likes to focus on the diverse talents of the gallery’s artists. It seemed timely to welcome spring with this show in March. Among the artists showing are John Cleary, Denise Dumont, Scot Dolby, Helene English, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Carole Boggemann Pierson, Jim Rehak, Stan Sperlak and Nancy West. This exhibit mixes representational and contemporary work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. The show opens on March 1 and closes April 2. Left: Sunrise by Stan Sperlak; Right: Workboat by Helene English