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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

Gallery Hours

MONDAY 10am–6pm
TUESDAY closed
WEDNESDAY 10am–6pm
THURSDAY 10am–6pm
FRIDAY 10am–8pm
SATURDAY 10am–8pm
SUNDAY 10am–6pm

4 days ago

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

Dear Friends, come find holiday artful treasures for your loved ones, friends and yourself from HorseSpirit Arts Gallery’s 40+ local Artists. We are now open 7 cays a week! When we open our doors at 10:00am, we will welcome you with hot coffee and treats throughout the day, stickers for children and dog treats for your four-legged loved ones. See you soon!! Abundant Kindness, Robin

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
Cotton Shed (Barn) Building
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063, Savage MD, 20763
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Gallery: 301-490-2001
Robin’s Cell 410-782-5677

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2 weeks ago

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

Dear Friends, Please come enjoy this weekend for a festival of lights at Historic Savage Mill! On Saturday (Dec 1st) the Mill will be hosting the annual lighting of the “Historic Bollman Bridge” starting at 6:00pm. And for the young and old, Santa Clause will be visiting from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

We at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm, We will welcome you with hot coffee and treats throughout the day, stickers for children and dog treats for your four-legged loved ones.

Later in the day, we will begin serving festive beverages (even bubbly ones). At 5:00pm, we will take a moment in the Gallery and raise a glass to all the people in our lives and things that we are grateful for.

Gift Certificate Winners from Small Business Saturday Weekend: I thank you again for your kindness, compassion and support that has allowed us to rise and rebuild the Gallery. So, I held a door prize opportunity over Small Business Saturday weekend for you to win a Gallery Gift Certificate ($100, $50 and $25. Below are the winners:
$100 Gift Certificate: Mary Alice Silverman
$50 Gift Certificates (3 winners, $150 total): Char Daniel-Green, Josh McBee and Nancy Kutler
$25 Gift Certificates (30 winners, $750 total): Jean Haley, Sharon Freeman, Barbara Kellnor, Jean Reicher, Betsy Smith, Andrea Levinson, Janis Johnson, Mary Lou Clark, Allison Bishop, Debbie Bastacky, Sharon Fuller, Nina Wachsman, Melinda Hamilton, Lisa Stevens, Matt Straus, Linda Langr, Celeste Lee, Nina Kelly, Emily Geller, Carlen Capenos, Karen Jack, Heather McCabe, Lisa Yanguas, Victoria Weiskopf, Jennifer Sheats, Harriet Parke, Cathy Parrish, Mary Smith-Luther, Dave Holdeter and Elizabeth Hossick.
I have your gift certificates at the Gallery. Just stop by to use them!

Before I close, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes with you. It is particularly important to me at this holiday season. “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle you know nothing about”. May we all be a little more kind.

I look forward to helping you find holiday artful treasures for loved ones – including yourself - from the Gallery’s 40+ local Artists. See you soon!! Abundant Kindness, Robin

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
Cotton Shed (Barn) Building
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063, Savage MD, 20763
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Gallery: 301-490-2001
Robin’s Cell 410-782-5677

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2 weeks ago

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Thank you again to Senator Ben Cardin, Myra Cardin and Calvin Ball for visiting at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery on Small Business Saturday! #shopsmallJoined by Senator Ben Cardin and Myra Cardin at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Special thanks to Robin and Sam Waid for welcoming us as we #shopsmall ... See MoreSee Less

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We are so honored to have Senator Ben Cardin and Calvin Ball kick off Small Business Saturday in our gallery!
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We’re open until 8PM today so be sure to stop by & shop small today🎁🖼
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3 weeks ago

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

Dear Friends, I am so very thankful to have you in my life! Your kindness, compassion and support have allowed us to rise and rebuild the Gallery. So, for this long weekend, I have some ways of giving back to you! We will be raffling off a thousand dollars ($1,000) of Gallery gift certificates! They will come in the form of $25, $50 and $100 certificates.

We will have hot coffee and treats throughout the day, stickers for your children and dog treats for your four-legged family members. We will be dressed as elves, reindeers and more. And we will begin serving festive beverages later in day and into the evening.

Our hours:
Black Friday: 10:00 am -8:00 pm
Small Business Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Quiet Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fun Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Included are some photos of our artful treasures from Local Artists that you may want to take home with you - to give to a friend/loved one or keep for yourself! I can’t wait to welcome you! Abundant Kindness, Robin

Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
Cotton Shed (Barn) Building
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063, Savage MD, 20763
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Gallery: 301-490-2001
Robin’s Cell 410-782-5677

#hocoarts #hoco #ArtGallery #HoCoArts #handmadewithlove #handmade #mainstreet #marylandart #marylandartists #maryland #localart #localartists #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #painting #ceramics #sculpture #fusedglass #horsespiritartgallery #fineart #local #HistoricSavageMill #SavageMill #SavageMD
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