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.


Featured Artist in November – Scot Dolby


November is the month Bishop’s Stock celebrates the beginning of a new year on Green Street. It is hard to believe we have been open 13 years and have staged 140 shows and 13 Paint Snow Hill events. Some things have changed. Doug Fisher is our resident artist two days a week and our shelves now stock wine instead of fine craft. What hasn’t changed is the amazing talent we  represent. Our November featured artist has been showing with us from Day 1. Scot Dolby was at that time a favorite teacher for Snow Hill students with many coming to see his work. Fast forward and Scot (and his wife Jean) are retired, enjoying being near their daughters and not being “retiring” at all. Scot’s work is known to fall into two categories – vast landscapes (local and some far away) and fish (a fly fisherman’s dream.) Scot also has a number of collectors of his mixed media paintings on cigar box tops.

Book Signing with Jen Labesky

And Then She Flew


Jen Labesky will be signing her newly published novel And Then She Flew. Come talk with this Snow Hill resident about her life goal to write a novel and what has motivated her. In her early 20s armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University, Jen started writing fiction but soon realized her writer’s voice needed more time to develop.  Fast forward  10 years, a marriage, 2 sons and a move to the Eastern Shore and  her first  manuscript is published. Come chat with Jen and find out more about where she is headed with her writing – and other endeavors. Check


Small Business Saturday – November 28


Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday AND all year long. Look for special promotions that say “thank you” for shopping with us.

Taming of the Shrew – Free Shakespeare in Sturgis Park

ShrewPoster1The Brown Box Theatre Project brings free Shakespeare to Sturgis Park presenting the Taming of the Shrew. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy Shakespeare along the Pocomoke River. Learn more about Brown Box Theatre at this link.

Erick Sahler Presents My Hometown – Snow Hill

Snow Hill by Erick Sahler

On First Friday Erick Sahler presents his Snow Hill serigraph in his My Home Town Series. For sometime Erick has been intent on finding an appropriate icon for Snow Hill. This image hits the right mark for our small town. If you know anything about Sahler’s work you will see his “drive down Green Street” is full of color and great composition.