Volume 12, Issue 30 ~ July 22-28, 2004
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On Exhibit

photos courtesy of ARTFX
Jimmy Reynold’s Annapolis City Dock (top) and Fleet & Cornhill Streets.
Jimmy Reynolds at ARTFX’s Folk Art Exhibit
Dip into layered Mid-Atlantic history

Just past ARTFX’s crab pottery, beeswax candles and jewelry, this month you’ll encounter the maritime folkart paintings by Eastern Shore artist Jimmy Reynolds.

These are not your usual scenic illustrations. Historical research into the Mid-Atlantic waterfront towns he paints adds genuine and story-telling detail to his work. But don’t expect the story to be a snapshot. Reynolds is fond of blending time periods, so that you see history’s layers all at one time.

“City Dock,” for example, a panoramic view from a nautical vantage-point, shows early Annapolis with unpaved streets, the Market House and boats bringing in oysters and produce — plus a 21st-century landmark, Armadillo’s.

“Mt. Vernon Place” includes both a colonial flag and contemporary flag, carried by Union soldiers encountering the white stairs of the Baltimore landmark. “Old Ocean City” portrays an old-time beachfront with a train running through where trolleys followed.

Reynolds doesn’t stop at Annapolis, Baltimore and Ocean City. His shore background influenced his selection of a variety of coastal towns for subjects. Other paintings depict Chestertown, Chincoteague, Betterton and Lewes.

It seems only right that historical interpretations of these towns should be backed by old wood. Reynolds prefers oak, plywood, pine panels and any other kind of old boards to ordinary canvas. Many of the works have a painted border, over which Reynolds has extended clouds or scenery.

Thick dabs of paint give texture to the paintings. Reynolds’ heavy, bright brushstrokes also incorporate dark acrylic pen strokes in the boards of docks or lines of ships.

The combination of pen and paint bring sea breeze to his pieces. In “Plantation Fleets,” for example, you feel the gusts of wind feathering the clouds and churning the green waters where sailboat and schooner push through.

Sun. Aug. 1-See Reynolds’ paint brush in action at ARTFX’s painting demonstration noon-3pm. Featured artist thru July 30; 11am-6pm Tu-Sa; 1-6pm Su @ ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis:

Maryland Folk Art at ARTFX
Thru July 30-Jimmy Reynolds’ folk art reflects Maryland’s colonial and maritime heritage painted on oak wood. See Carrie Steele’s review. 11am-6pm Tu-Sa; 1-6pm Su @ ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis: 410-990-4540.

Red White and Blue
Thru July 31-Watercolorist Howard Eberle’s simple subjects of Pennsylvania’s rural countryside and the Atlantic Shore. 10am-5:30pm M-Sa; 10-9 Th; noon-5:30 Su @ McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis: 410-267-7077; www.mcbridegallery.com.

Ceramics at Garden Architects
Thru July 31–Ceramic vases, candle lanterns and water fountains exploring the elements by Megan Evans. 9:30am-6pm @ Garden Architects, 115 West St., Annapolis: 410-267-1046; www.gardenarchitects.com.

Quiet Waters
Thru Aug. 1–Potomac Valley Watercolorists. 9am-4pm MWThF; 11-4 SaSu @ Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis: 410-222-1777.

Hibberd at Hard Bean, Annapolis
Thru Aug. 4-Nature photography and drawings by local artist Shannon Hibberd. 6am-10pm Su-Th; 6am-midnight FSa @ Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers, 36 Market Space: 410-263-8770.

Go Figure
Thru Aug. 8–Artists across the country competed to show their work inspired by the human figure. 11-5pm Tu-Su @ Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis: 410-268-4566.

Chinese Ancestors at Hard Bean, Severna Park
Thru Aug–Antique Chinese ancestor paintings and pine furniture. 6am-10pm Su-Th; 6am-12pm F; 7am-12pm Sa; 8am-5pm Su @ Hard Bean Cafe, 562 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park: 410-518-6077.

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