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April M. Rimpo

Sometimes April Rimpo thinks that she doesn’t select her subject matter, it selects her. This might explain why you will see landscapes, urban scenes, or paintings of people doing everyday things. She has always loved learning about other cultures and places, so in her artwork she strives to show bits of life that grabbed her attention and made her feel she just had to tell the story.

April works in transparent media, including watercolor, fluid acrylic and fused glass. Her fused glass work is primarily sculptural exploring galaxies, flora, fauna, and non-objective abstracts. Watercolor and fluid acrylics allow April to be more interpretive than her earlier oil and pencil work.  She believes it is the fact that watercolor and fluid acrylic flow in unpredictable ways that inspire her.  These media absorb her into the work; allowing the piece to develop in directions not fully planned, but with more passion. This is part of the thrill of working in watermedia that she didn’t find in other media. By adding more of her emotional content than in the past April thinks those who see her art are more drawn to the story. In fact a visitor at one exhibit told April that she thought my artwork was very happy and that she felt drawn into it in a way that a photograph could not accomplish.

April feels a piece is complete when she thinks the mood she wants is achieved and the story shines through in the finished painting. Real success comes, however, when others tell her the story they see in the painting. Often their story is quite different than hers, but it doesn’t matter! She feels a tremendous sense of satisfaction for having been able to evoke a memory or an emotion in her viewer. What more could she ask for as an artist?

April has been involved in art to some degree her entire life. Her father and grandfather had both painted so her inclination to draw came naturally.  Toward the end of high school she took classes from a local artist which led to her first exhibit, where an art material manufacturer offered to purchase her painting to use in an ad for his materials.  Despite the positive feedback, April knew she was not ready and has continued to take countless art classes and workshops throughout her life.

In college April studied Electrical Engineering. she believes her engineering background taught her to see the world in a broad expansive way, through the eyes of others, and from different perspectives. Her artwork reflects that background.

During 2012 April started to enter national exhibitions and had paintings accepted into several, including the National Watercolor Society’s Exhibition; the Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors; Illinois Watercolor Society (IWS), Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), Louisiana Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WAS-H).  April has been granted Signature Member Status in PWS, IWS, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and Washington Water Color Association. Most recently she was accepted for the third time in the WAS-H 40th Annual International Exhibition, which will earn her Signature Status in that organization. April currently exhibits with Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC and New Masters Art Gallery in Rockville, MD. In 2012 and 2013 she had work in Agora Gallery in New York City. Her fused glass has been shown in a variety of exhibits and included in Celebration of the Arts for several years.

April has received a variety of awards including Excellence in Figurative, First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mentions. Two of  her paintings were included in Northlight’s book, “AcrylicWork 3: Creative Textures” and one painting will be in the 2017 edition “AcrylicWork 4: Celebrating Color.”

See more of her artwork at www.AMRart.org.

 
Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

Dear Friends, I am excited to announce that HorseSpirit Arts Gallery's new home is Historic Savage Mill, Maryland. It is an absolutely beautiful location in the town of Savage - located in Howard County. It is located just off the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 32. I plan to open in early November 2018.

In my quest for this new location after the Old Ellicott City Flood(s), my husband (Max Crownover - also known as Sweet Max) and I looked at over 55 places and drove past at least 100 more. Our wonderful realtor Don Barrick (www.bafgroup.com), found us a 3500 square foot space in Historic Savage Mill - in a building called the "Cotton Shed". Don helped negotiate on our behalf and we signed the 5-year lease last Friday! If you are familiar with Historic Savage Mill, our building looks like a barn and we share a parking lot with Rams Head Restaurant and The Queen's Ink art store. Our new space is 2.5 times bigger than our previous space in Old Ellicott City and has 25 foot ceilings. With some paint, elbow grease and love, it will make for a beautiful art gallery!

I would also like to thank our lawyer Tom Coale (tcoale@talkin-oh.com) for reviewing and further negotiating our lease. He is the best!

In closing, I feel very welcomed by the Owners & Team of Historic Savage Mill, as well as by the other business owners! I am excited about this move. I will keep you posted! Abundant Kindness, Robin
Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8600 Foundry Street, Savage MD, 20763
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Cell 410-782-5677
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016

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Dear Friends,
Thank you for your generosity, support, compassion and kindness over the last 2 months. Many of you held my hand (virtually and physically) while I fell to my knees over the magnitude of this 2nd flood loss. I have taken the last few weeks to emotionally face into what has happened. That is why you have not heard from me. But I am now rising (slowly and steadily) to rebuild my Gallery. And I want you to know that HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will return – better than ever! Of note, the two beautiful (award winning) watercolor paintings featured here are by Artist Brenda Kidera.

I also want you to know how very important you are to me… a blessing in my life. Many of you have contacted me to express your compassion and support. It means more than I can say…. and I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed by your generosity contributing to our GoFundMe site and making separate individual donations. Your kindness brings me to tears. I have always loved being with you in the Gallery and helping you find that special something – a piece of art that you connect with. I know we will be together again soon.

Recovering the art was ONLY possible because of the tireless efforts of the many of the Gallery Artists and members of the Gallery Operations Team. They trekked through the mud with us for several days to retrieve art, load it in a moving truck, haul it to our home, and then clean up and inventory all of it. They also dug through 6 inches of mud (on their hands & knees) to recover over $20,000 of art on the first floor (e.g., jewelry, pottery & metal sculptures). And they spackled & repainted walls and took things apart for the professional movers. They are “Angles on Earth” and I feel blessed to have them as part of the Gallery. I am also grateful to some dear friends who joined into help – as well as a few total strangers! I am tremendously appreciative of our friend & website developer, Karen Brand (www.wingsofthesun.com), who set up the Gallery’s GoFundMe Site. The goodness of people has been so apparent during this harsh time.

A Final Note about the Flood: This flood was worse than the 2016 flood. I originally thought the water rose to 7 feet in the gallery, but at the 3-minute mark in this YouTube video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSdCMk5gTeg&feature=youtu.be) you can see the water crash into the gallery at the 12-foot mark. The water rises, then recedes and then crashes into the gallery at an even higher level. Also know that when we got into the gallery we realized that the 2nd floor mezzanine level had flooded, also.

MOVING FORWARD!
Finding our new home: “Sweet Max” (my wonderful husband) and I have enlisted the help of a very capable Commercial Realtor, Don Barrick, (www.bafgroup.com) to help us find a new home for the Gallery. Don and his wife Suzi Padgett are heavily involved in Howard County Arts. Don is on the Board for the Columbia Orchestra and Suzi is the Chairman of the Board for the Columbia Festival of the Arts. We have already looked at over 2-dozen properties in Howard County and we will continue our search for the right place to call home for the next 20 years.

Gallery Art for Sale: We were able to remove ALL the art on the upper floors and the salvaged over $20,000 worth of jewelry, pottery, and other art from the first floor. Many of the items that were in the gallery at the time of the flood are in perfect condition and ready to find a new home. If there is a particular piece of art that you had your eye on in the Gallery but thought you would buy it next time you visited, there is a good chance it survived. If you are still interested, please contact me and I will let you know if it is still available. We are also going to pursue selling some of the gallery’s art via social media in this interim period before we can reopen.

Howard County Arts Council is AWESOME!! Coleen West, Executive Director of HCAC, reconstituted the “ReCREATE Relief Grant” for Artist who lost artwork in the flood. Many people generously donated to this grant. In 2016, this grant significantly offset the losses suffered by HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Artists, as well as other artists in Old Ellicott City (OEC). Thanks to Coleen’s tremendous efforts, I anticipate that once again, this grant will be a godsend for all the artists. Thank you to all those who donated to this grant! I don’t know who you are, but on behalf of all Artists in OEC, I am enormously grateful!!

In Closing: Through this second tragic flood, I have once again seen the very best of humanity. And I gained a renewed faith in the goodness of people and the importance of friends. And as I more forward, I am dedicated to giving back to others the way you have given to me. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

www.gofundme.com/horsespirit-arts-flood-relief-2018
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Gallery Hours: CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016
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4 months ago

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

Dear Friends, These are photos of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery POST FLOOD (May 2018). I have added a few photos of what the gallery looked like in December 2017. I am moving my Gallery outside of Old Ellicott City (OEC) to another part of Howard County (new location TBD). Thank you all for your compassion, generousity and understanding. You are a blessing in my life. Much kindness, Robin Holliday, Owner/Curator, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery
www.gofundme.com/horsespirit-arts-flood-relief-2018
8090 Main Street, Ellicottt City, MD 21043

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What Businesses are Staying and which are Leaving Old Ellicot City? The link below is to a Baltimore Sun Article that provides some information. While I am moving HorseSpirit Arts Gallery out of Old Ellicott City to a different location (to be determine later), many businesses are planning to stay. Old Ellicott City will rise again. Much kindness, Robin

www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/bs-md-ellicott-city-businesses-20180529-story.html#nws=trueT
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