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,
"Cold Hands Warm HeART"
in January and February
Nicole Diem is a graduate of Towson University with a Masters in Art Education, she has been an art educator for over 24 years. She is a ceramics teacher at McDaniel and has taught at Century High School in Carroll County where she has taught for the past 18 years. Nicole is a partner at the “Off Track Art Gallery” in Westminster and has work on display at the Clayground in Ellicott City. She participates in several artisan shows throughout the year.
Although I am a functional potter and make everyday ware, I am also a decorative potter and have participated in the Carroll County Artists Studio tour for over 10 years as a guest Raku artist and demonstrator at Shiloh Pottery in Hampstead. There I create my trademark Raku pottery of horse hair and peacock feathers delicately burned into white and pastel colored pottery. People come from all over to participate in the actual firing process bringing their own horse’s hair to commemorate their deceased horse or pay tribute to their living animal friend. Offering this opportunity and experience is a rare treasure and gift to not only me but, also to those dedicating precious memories.