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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.

We’re located in Historic Old Town Ellicott City at
8090 Main Street

Gallery Hours

MONDAY 11am–6pm
TUESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY closed
THURSDAY 11am–6pm
FRIDAY 11am–7pm
SATURDAY 11am–7pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm

Dear Friends, Please join us for Local Artist Beverley Hunter’s Demonstration of how to create a Mosaic at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, next Saturday (24 February), 1-3PM. Festive beverages & desserts served!

About Beverley Hunter:
For Beverley, Mosaic Art is a culmination of all of her creative passions from a very early age including portraiture, needlepoint, quilting, ceramics, incessant drawing and an adoration for color! She uses many types of media in her art including glass, ceramics, beads, tiles and unique found treasures.

Beverley's education and professional background includes graphic design, so composition is in her nature, and to apply this in a 3-dimensional way, creating a detailed extravaganza of tactile shape and color, is supremely rewarding to her. Beverley is thrilled when people enjoy the artwork that she has gained such satisfaction in creating.

Beverley received her Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design, Textile Design and Fine Art from St. Albans College of Art and Design, St. Albans, England in 1985. She then received a Bachelor’s of Arts with Honors Degree in Graphic Design from Canterbury College of Art/Kent Institute of Art & Design, Kent, England in 1988.

Beverley started her professional life in Graphic Design at John Michael Design PLC, London, England, 1988 – 1990, where she was the Design Manager. Once stateside she worked at Beth Singer Design, Washington DC, 1992 – 1993, as their Production Manager, she was then with Kinetik Communication Graphics, Washington, DC, from February, 1994 – January 2016 where she was the Production Director. Beverley is now with HZDG (Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group), she is responsible for buying print for their Rockville headquarters, as well as for the New York, Baltimore and Santa Cruz offices.

Throughout her career, Beverley has continued to pursue her own art. She has shown and sold her work in the House of Fish Gallery in Pensacola, FL, and the Mariposa Gallery, in Orange Beach, AL as well as numerous craft shows in MD such as Artscape in Baltimore, Sugarloaf in Gaithersburg and Paragon in Silver Spring.

Beverley currently resides in Gaithersburg, MD with her son, two daughters and their small, adorable dog Kittee.

In Closing: Please come see how Beverley creates her lovely Mosaics, along with the original creations of the gallery’s other 45 local artists! Festive beverages and desserts served! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

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Dear Friends, Artist Rhona LK Schonwald in moving to Florida and all her artwork is now 20% off at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Rhona is a nationally known artist who creates beautiful abstract oil paintings, bronze and ceramic sculptures, photograph and more. Her last day at the gallery is 1 March 2018 – when all her artwork will be packed up and shipped to Florida. If you have your eye on one of Rhona’s pieces, NOW is the time to buy! Included here are photos of some of Rhona’s work in the gallery.

In Closing: We are going to miss Rhona tremendously! But we wish her much success in Florida. Please come see Rhona’s beautiful artwork and find a treasure! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, THIS SUNDAY, 11 February, 1-3PM, come meet the 45+ local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. View their new art work – as the Gallery has been “refreshed” will their latest original creations! The weather is supposed to in the low 60s - much better than the 20-30 degree temperatures we have had lately. So, grab your umbrella, take a break from the outside world and come enjoy fellowship and beautiful art! Bubbly-festive beverages and a 2018 celebratory cake will be served. Look forward to seeing you soon! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday 11AM-6PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, On Sunday, 11 February, 1-3PM, come meet the 45+ local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. View their new art work – as the Gallery has been “refreshed” will their latest original creations! Bubbly-Festive beverages, a 2018 celebratory cake, and other desserts will be served with a very cheerful & uplifting attitude! Come take a break from the outside world and enjoy fellowship and beautiful art. Look forward to seeing you soon!! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday 11AM-6PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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Dear Friends, Please join me in welcoming Local Artist Alison Leigh Menke to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Alison is a Fine Art, Plein Air Oil Painter. She is exceedingly gifted and I am absolutely thrilled to have her join the gallery! Come meet Alison in person on Sunday, 11 February, 1-3PM – along with the other 45 local Artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery! Festive beverages & desserts served!

About Alison Leigh Menke:
Alison is a conceptual plein air impressionist. Her subjects depict the natural beauty of light in the landscape, while emphasizing the rich colors our world has to offer. The vast majority of her work is created in open air, often backpacking to remote locations, or navigating city sidewalks. Alison loves painting directly from real life and experience. Her approach stresses the importance of expressing a true sense of light and place while showcasing the qualities of oil paint and brushwork. Painting thick and thinking abstract design, she loves to use texture and color to move a viewer around her painting.

Alison Leigh Menke was born abroad in 1987 and raised in Howard County, Maryland. Growing up she was impressed by the art of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. These strong women and their paintings enchanted her throughout her youth and help inspire her today. Her great-grandmother, Georgia Leigh Caldwell, was an American Impressionist. In 2010 Alison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Art and Art History. She has studied art abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece and in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has attended over a dozen workshops with talented artists around the world. Her journey into landscape painting began in 2011 when a three-week solitary trip to Colorado turned into a five-month foray into plein air. She painted every day, camped in national parks, sold studies out of the trunk of her car, and created over 150 paintings. With a desire to travel and learn from her peers, Alison has spent the past three years attending plein air competitions and festivals. Between the plein air seasons of 2016 and 2017 she attended 26 competitions along the eastern seaboard and was honored with 26 awards. Her successes have garnered attention from local newspapers, Plein Air Magazine, Art Connoisseur, and various publications.

Travelling is a large part of Alison’s artistic inspiration. She loves the freshness of new locations and loves to explore how much her palette changes from landscape to landscape. By no means is Alison a nomad. As far as her travels may take her – there is no place like home in Clarksville, Maryland.

Organizations: Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) – Paint-out Coordinator Board Member (2014 – present); American Impressionist Society (AIS) – Associate Member (2017 – present);
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) – Artist Member (2015 – present); Washington Project of the Arts (2011 – 2015); and Junior Member of the Arts Club of Washington (2014- 2015)

Teaching: Chesapeake School of Fine Art – Oil painting and landscape instructor; Private studio classes (2016 – present).

In Closing: Please come see Alison’s beautiful artwork, along with the original creations of the gallery’s other 45 local artists! And I look forward to seeing you on Sunday 11 February, 1-3PM, for a “Meet the Artist” event at the Gallery. Festive beverages and desserts served! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
Robin.Holliday@horsespiritartsgallery.com
HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Monday 11AM-6PM, Tuesday & Wednesday CLOSED, Friday & Saturday 11AM-7PM+, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#hocoarts #hoco #ECStrong #EllicottCity #HoCo #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #OEC #VisitOEC #oldellicottcity #handmadewithlove #handmade #historicellicottcity #mainstreet #mainstreetellicottcity #ellicottcityart #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #ellicottcityart #local
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