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OPEN Weekends May - December and by appt.
A unique gallery nestled in the woods of Swallow Falls. Our gallery features art inspried by nature and the local area.
Four Storm Gallery is home to Hawks Flight Studio Nature Photography. I am pleased to be joined by my family in showcasing the work of the Blizzard family and several other talented local artists.
If you are interested in being one of our visiting artists please contact us.
Newly Renovated "Storm Cellar"
OPEN MAY 28th weekends through December 17, 2011
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
anytime by appointment
2107 Swallow Falls Road
Oakland, Maryland 21550
Caroline has had a life long interest in studying nature. She grew up in LaVale , Maryland and has been a resident of Garrett County since 1993. As a naturalist for the last 16 years, Caroline has honed her skills of observation of nature.
Her photography business began after receiving a camera as a present from her grandparents. Shortly after, both her grandmother and grandfather passed away. This personal tragedy moved Caroline to use photography as a way to express the hope and beauty found within nature. Combining this motivation with her love and knowledge of the out of doors, Caroline is able to see nature in a unique way. Her passion for nature and photography has led her to many unique places in the world including, The Galapagos Islands, the over- wintering sites of the monarch butterfly in the mountains of Mexico and deep into the Amazon rainforest of Peru.
Caroline has refined her photography skills through experience, self teaching and time in the field with her father, also a photographer. By doing her own matting and framing she is able to incorporate in every aspect of her art her vision of each moment captured by her camera.
From my home in LaVale, Maryland, I got my start as a back yard photographer. My interests are anything in the outdoors. My range of interests have taken me from the bird migration flyways of Cape May, New Jersey, to the Sierra Madre Mountains of central Mexico following the Monarch Butterflies into their wintering sacntuaries.
Being retired allows me to spend a lot of time wherever the outdoors takes me, be it swamp, woods, stream or other outside ventures. I am able to watch and wait to capture the perfect image at the perfect time.
I am always seeking to learn more to enhance my craft. I have taken several workshops at Sanctuary Studio, and spent many hours reading and practicing to improve my skills and techniques. I strive for color and sharpness to make the image pop. http://ruddy-duck.smugmug.com
Julie began fusing glass in 2003. Originally trained as a professional musician, Julie is accustomed to spending hours perfecting a task. It takes discipline to become an artist of any genre and transferring her passion and drive from music to glass was a natural and logical course. She knew that one day, even if that one day began in her retirement, she would be working in this medium. The combination of her creative energies and musical instincts became her greatest asset. Her pieces sing and take center stage in any environment.
Josh Brown made his first mug in kindergarten. After a brief hiatus for grade school, Josh returned to clay at Frank B. Kellogg High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working as the pottery teacher’s helper, he mixed clay and glazes, loaded kilns, and spent lots of time at the wheel. After high school, Josh hitchhiked all over the U.S., visiting all of the states except Hawaii. At the University of Minnesota, Josh studied with some great potters, including Warren McKenzie.
While working at a recording studio and playing in a band, he continued with clay at community extension classes and primitive pit firing at home. By a stroke of luck, Josh was apprenticed to Chris R. Smith, a Master potter in lovely Pequot Lakes, MN. Living in an un insulated room tacked on to an old barn, many lessons were learned and any illusions of an easy life were dispelled. When the pottery closed, Josh went back to school and got a degree in electronic technology, then slaved for one evil master after another. Getting married led to travel in Central America and living in Argentina for a year or so, ending up inexplicably in Frostburg, Maryland. Upon meeting Jackie Brown, (no relation), the Diva of Clay at FSU, Josh quickly got back into clay and became a professional potter in ' 91.
Largely working with stoneware clay, Josh makes functional pots for everyday use, but also produces porcelain pots covered with a jewel-like crystalline glaze.
Bead For Life
Karina supports Bead For Life. Putting women to work in Uganda in a sustainable way.
Flowers have always been a passion in Karin’s life. That passion has inspired her to press and preserve them.
Many years ago she began to experiment with pressing flowers under glass to capture their beauty. Karin began perfecting different techniques and, as a result, her designs now come to life. Her own personal garden beds, where she grows all the flowers used in her art pieces, became bigger and bigger. Soon there were flowers everywhere!
Botanical challenges were met along the way, such as which flowers were more suitable for pressing and which would hold their true colors? As Karin’s talents and techniques flourished, she began incorporating a variety of other natural items into her designs such as lichen, leaves, moss, grasses and bark. Karin has devoted many years to improving the quality and style of her designs. She has been featured in numerous regional art galleries, including The Saville in Cumberland, MD.
Karin is a native of Germany and long-time resident of LaVale, MD. When she is not in her studio creating new designs or spending time with her husband and two daughters, she is out tending to her gorgeous garden that will ultimately become Picture Perfect Flowers. Her work is available for viewing at her home studio at 301-729-4970.
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Gene is an accomplished woodturner and craftsman who has been working with wood for over forty years. He has been turning on a lathe since 1993. He enjoys turning one-of-a-kind pieces that highlight the natural beauty of wood and then he finishes each piece to perfection.
His turnings are pleasing to the eye and create a natural desire to be touched. When handled, one experiences the sensuality of the wood and the beauty of the design. He turns a variety of local woods and often integrates their natural characteristics into the finished pieces of art. His turned work covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the simple childhood toy, a top, to ornamental hollow vessels, unique bowls and bark-edged vases.
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Designs by Dan
Robert Strasser is a resident of Frederick County, Maryland, and has been making ceramics throughout his adult life. His creative influences include an eclectic mix of styles and influences, including English slipware, Japanese mingei (handcraft), and Middle Eastern hand drums. Explorations of the decorative patterns and textures on three dimensional surfaces, as well as capturing small details of natural diversity, are recurrent themes in his studio work. In 2002 he completed a 4 month studio residency in Shigaraki, Japan. In addition to his studio work in clay, he works professionally a biologist.
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