March-April 3/1 - 4/28, 2019
Meet the Artists
Opening Reception Saturday, March 9, 4 - 7pm
More than Meats the Eye
Amber Maurer Farran & George Maurer
Amber Harte Maurer Farran
Beauty and Loss
I grew up at my father’s butcher shop and living on my grandfather & uncle’s dairy farm. I have always felt very passionate about local agriculture, its importance to American culture, and its survival for future generations. I draw and paint what I know, and what I think is important to our society. When I’m not at work as a graphic designer, drawing, painting, or taking photos, I enjoy taking ballet lessons and hanging out with my husband, family, and corgis.
I display the destruction of nature and agriculture and its importance to American culture. My art depicts both Mother Nature and the local agriculturalist, along with the difficulties both face competing with the corporate man. Destruction of nature is represented by the omission of the environment; farm and forest animals are rendered on a white abyss. Counter to the removal of naturally occurring art, the pieces focusing on agricultural skills and trades, specifically butchery, bring to light these disappearing artisans. This catalog of endangered Americana is my attempt to remind us that what we have may not always be if it is cast aside.
Off Track Art Gallery
A Fine Art and Gift Gallery in Westminster, Maryland owned and operated by the artists.
Monday through Thursday
Friday 12 - 4
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4
Stop by to see our
new gallery show,
"Baltimore Screen Paintings"
Archive of Previous Events
at Off Track Art Gallery
Bev Mey Artist Show - “Love of Nature”
3/10 Opening Reception 4:00 - 6:00pm
Off Track Art is featuring new Associate Partner Bev Mey in a one woman show, Love of Nature. Bev is a local artist who paints landscapes and still lifes in oil. Her show runs from March1 through – April 29 with an opening reception March 10th 4-6pm coordinating with Second Saturdays in downtown Westminster. Bev has been painting in oils for many years. Her work represents the beauty of nature.
Shelley Steinle Artist Show - “Creatures of Wondrous Design”
5/12 Opening Reception 4:00-6:00pm
Artist talk and book signing will begin at 5.
Shelley says,“ My love of nature, especially wildlife, motivates me to paint animals in a realistic style. The process for me is to “capture” the creature that I would not be able to actually hold in my hand and then observe in detail it’s various characteristics. Many of my subjects are literally in my own back yard. Others, I have to seek in different environments. When finished, the goal is to share the painting with others so not only can they enjoy it but perhaps observe the subjects more closely and understand how important even the tiniest creature is to our world. Whether you believe that they were created by God or came into being by some form of evolution, you must admit that they are all “creatures of wondrous design”.
Shelley’s mom, Betty Lueberman, and her mom were all artist/teachers so she was literally raised by artists. A lifelong love of drawing has resulted in the publication of an illustrated book titled “Birds of Paradise”. The volume is a collaboration between Pamela S. Wright, her college roommate, and Shelley. Their college dream became a reality in 2017. Books will be available for an autograph for your collection at the opening!
July - August 6/28 - 8/19/2018
"Richard Anderson - just a boy taking pictures"
7/7 7 -9 pm Opening Reception for Common Ground on the Town
Richard has now turned his attention to making films, largely for educational institutions, which include The Peabody Conservatory, University of Baltimore, Cedar Crest College, The Purnell School, The Derryfield School, and Graceland University, among others.
On a parallel track, Richard has also been producing documentary films. His first documentary (2012) was "The Sudden Pianist", the fascinating story of Michael Hersch, contemporary composer/musician. This film was featured as an audience favorite at the American Documentary film festival in Palm Springs California and is available through Amazon. Richard recently finished his second documentary “Mike Morningstar: Here’s to the Working Man” (2017). It is the story of Mike Morningstar, a West Virginia singer/songwriter and Vietnam veteran. This film has already been featured in three film festivals, The West Virginia International Film Festival and The Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City, and most recently the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muscogee, Oklahoma. Richard has just begun a new Documentary to be titled “Auburn West Virginia”. It will examine the decline of the small town culture throughout Appalachia by telling the story of the people of Auburn, those who have stayed, and those who have left.
Richard Anderson, in his own words: "To me still photography is a way to show someone else something that I found visually delightful and/or emotional. This is true both of what I would call “personal” work and what I would call “commercial” work. I always felt that commercial projects were more or less an opportunity for me to be somewhere unique and possibly even inaccessible to the average person. Baltimore’s Center Stage theater was one of those places and some theater images are represented in this collection. All the others are me just saying “hey look at this…”
September - October - August 8/31 - 10/28
Closing Reception Friday 10/26 6:00-8:00pm
Maggie Ball & Robert J. Waddell
"Clothing Optional: The Body Addressed"
From earliest figure drawing Maggie has loved the female form in all of its complexity and nuance and is in awe of its power. For this exhibit, both Maggie and Robert address the significance of our “containers”. Robert is exploring Migration, Placement, Shifting, Re-Settlement and Displacement which has increasingly occupied his thinking about the planet's people. He is drawing the human form purposely dismissing a head or racial identification or features, whereas Maggie is creating disguises focusing on her inclination to see the torso in nature and in found objects, observing and adorning. She sees the body as a blank canvas onto which we can apply decoration in the form of clothing, jewelry and ornament to create an enhanced self. Robert explores the oneness and sameness of us as human beings yet describes our unique and unadulterated selves.
Robert J. Waddell
Off Track Art at Mistletoe Mart
Come Visit our Booth
Thursday NOVEMBER 8TH 10 AM TO 8: 00 PM
Friday NOVEMBER 9TH 10 AM TO 8:00 PM
Saturday NOVEMBER 10TH 10 AM TO 4:30 PM
THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
23 NORTH COURT STREET
WESTMINSTER, MD 21157
Mistletoe Mart is a well-known holiday event in our area, featuring more than 50 vendors. Artisans from all around will be featuring pottery, jewelry, wood crafts, stained glass, home and garden decor, textiles, baskets, fine chocolates and more. Find Off Track Art there, with unique hand-made gifts, as well as in our gallery at 11 Liberty Street, Westminster.
November - December - 11/1 - 12/23
Opening Reception Saturday 11/17 4:00-6:00pm
Marilyn & Rick Smith
"FIBER ARTISTRY: From Tree to Table"
FIBER ARTISTRY: From Tree to Table
Marilyn Smith’s talents lie in fiber arts design. After over 40 years of sewing experience, six years ago, she added quilting to her repertoire. Currently, she uniquely designs and makes table runners, placemats, wall hangings, appliqued pillows, and tote bags. Her table runners and placemats, which often include embroidered designs, are finished with a hand-hemmed, French-fold binding.
Rick Smith has been a lover and worker of wood for most of his life. He is dedicated to revealing the beauty that Nature has hidden in the wood of her trees. A particular emphasis is art fashioned from the wood of Maryland’s beloved State Tree, the Wye Oak, and from local trees. In the tradition of the Colonial woodsmith, these works of woodturning art are never filled or stained in order to preserve the natural color, character, and history of the wood. These creations from the Maryland Wye Oak (our State Tree) and other woods include bowls, vases, candleholders, rolling pins, wine bottle stoppers, and jewelry; all designed and finished by the artist.
With their artistic powers combined using different aspects of the same medium, this artistic duo will be collaborating on a unique show at our gallery. Opening Reception November 17, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm.
Carroll County Artists' Studio Tour
December 1 & 2, 2018
10am to 5pm
Enjoy a free, family friendly, self-guided tour of 13 art studios and two galleries located around Carroll County, MD. Off track Art is one of those two galleries!
Be sure to include a stop at OTA on your tour. We will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Pick up a brochure and map at Off Track Art or see the Studio Tour website: www.ccartists.com