The weather is warming (ok, soon). Then the 2016 Festival Season will be upon us! We participate in a few festivals each year and we love seeing our fans and interacting with people we meet at festivals. Here's the first for this year. Hope to see you there.
P.S. We'll be introducing quite a few new images and products this year.
Update: Despite a scary squall line of showers that moved through the area, the Seafood festival was a grand success. We met SOOO many wonderful new friends! And ate some really yummy seafood, too! Not a bad day when seafood is good!
From September 2015:
It's SEAFOOD FESTIVAL TIME!
Come join us at the Maryland Seafood Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 12th & 13th
Sandy Point State Park by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
There'll be tons of fun things to do and tons of seafood to taste! Visit the Festival website http://www.mdseafoodfestival.com/ for details on the happenings. It's going to be a great time! Stop by our booth in the Crafters area and see us! We'll have all sorts of new products, new holiday card designs, and we'll be offering show specials!
We are very pleased to announce an addition to our retail family. Some of Jonathan Brown's artwork prints featuring Baltimore Baseball and Football can now be purchased at:
Baseball Card Outlet
7502 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
For over 40 years, Sunny Day Guide has provided Ocean City visitors with detailed listings of all the activities, festivals and concerts that are happening throughout the year. With so many ways to eat, shop and spend the day in Ocean City, let Sunny Day Guide help you discover your ideal vacation.
Jon Brown, whose art pieces are available at Ocean City's Ocean Gallery is once again showcased as a featured artist:
Brown, a Baltimore-area native, is best known for incorporating his home state into his work. He began drawing blue crabs in 1994, partly because so many illustrations of local crabs were inaccurate. Under Brown’s deft hand, the area’s beloved crustacean is often incorporated into a scene with local landmarks, such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and collectors eagerly await a new series each year. Not surprisingly, Brown has been dubbed “Maryland’s Crab Artist.” “I’ve gained a certain notoriety for it,” he acknowledges. However, rockfish, celebrities and Baltimore sports teams also provide inspiration for Brown’s work.
His limited-edition pencil drawings are in high demand. This year, he’s also offering giclée canvases. While his pencil images are often 16” x 20” when matted, the giclée – fine art digital prints – can be quite large, which is ideal for homeowners with two-story great rooms and foyers. “The power of the images gets stronger when you magnify the size,” he notes.
To create the giclée art, Brown devised a digital paint process that combines photographic elements on the computer screen, which he digitally hand brushes. The technique allows him to better paint certain scenes, such as a female crab nesting in grass underneath the water. “It’s hard to capture that with a graphite pencil,” he explains. “This new process opens doors.”
He’s also used the digital process to paint landscapes, such as a three-piece panorama of the Inner Harbor, waterfowl and Maryland icons. “Cross Street,” an homage to the Cross Street Market, features a plate of gleaming oysters on the half shell, two frosty bottles of National Bohemian Beer (Natty Boh) and the Ravens’ emblem.
Those who collect his work in pencil needn’t fret. He’s still drawing, coloring, shading and adding texture to bring his subjects to life, a process that can take up to 600 hours. That doesn’t include the research involved to accurately depict the Maryland memorabilia that makes viewers wax nostalgic, such as a newspaper with the headline “Would You Believe It? Four Straight!,” which refers to the Orioles’ sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series.
You can view Brown’s new giclées in the Celebrity Room at Ocean Gallery, which is large enough to accommodate them. Ocean Gallery is located at the Boardwalk and Second Street, Ocean City, MD. (410-289-5300). Or, visit www.oceangallery.com. Brown is a frequent visitor himself, and if you time it right, you might catch him drawing on the boardwalk out front. You can also visit Brown’s website, www.jwbartunlimited.com. Come back often. The prolific Brown’s offerings change frequently.
Shouting out a HUGE thanks to all who came out to the Arbutus Arts Festival this past Sunday!
It was raining pretty steadily as we set up our gallery booth. But later, the heat rose, the sun came out and the street fair was filled with people enjoying their Sunday afternoon!
It was a pleasure meeting everyone who stopped by our booth! Our new line of stretched canvas images were a hit! Unfortunately, we don’t have the space to display all of the canvas images we’d like to show – perhaps we’ll have to arrange for a larger gallery booth for next year!
The artist Jon, otherwise known as JB, continues to create so be sure to check back often for new postings. And of course, we’ll be posting news on where he’ll be for summertime personal appearances in Ocean City and elsewhere.
Enjoy your summer! We look forward to seeing you soon!
We're participating in the Arbutus Arts Festival again this year. We love this festival! There's tons of food, music and fun and good people!
2014 Winner for Best Community Event in Baltimore County
Sunday, May 17th 2015, 10am-5pm
We're bringing all sorts of new items for sale this year. Jonathan has been busy all winter creating new canvas images and we can't wait to show them off! See you there!!!
Here's where you can find more information about the Festival: http://arbutusartsfestival.com/
I will be hanging out again this Saturday afternoon and evening, August 2nd, at the Ocean Gallery on Second Street and the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. It's almost time for the annual White Marlin Open! And, we'll soon be announcing a special image on stretched canvas of "White Plunge" the White Marlin -- dedicated to the largest sport fishing tournament held in Ocean City each year. Stop by, say "Hello" and have your print or canvas signed.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day for a street festival. Frederick Road was closed down again for the annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival. The street was filled with people and kids browsing and shopping the many booths of crafts, products and culinary goodies.
We want to thank everyone who came out to visit us at the festival yesterday, and especially those who came by our gallery booth to congratulate us for winning the 2nd Place Prize in the Fine Art category judging!!!!
We'll post a notice if we decide to do more festivals before the holidays arrive!
For those true "planners" out there -- yes, it's only August, but soon the kids will be back in school. Then... it's a slippery slope to Halloween, Thanksgiving and then on to Christmas! It'll be here before ya know it!
Check out JB's selection of Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore themed artwork turned into holiday cards. They're fun to send out to Marylanders. They're also fun to send out to friends or sports fans in other states.
You'll be hearing Christmas music in the malls and stores very soon.....
Joe Kro-Art, owner and founder of the Ocean Gallery in Ocean City, Maryland is featured in an article in this month's issue of Baltimore Magazine. Pick up a copy today. Joe and I have a long-running relationship as an artist successfully selling artwork through the Gallery -- I even got a mention in the article!