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ritterJoyce J. Ritter

pinkdot_smallJoyce J. Ritter, an accomplished Fabric Artist says “If my DNA were to be analyzed, there would probably be threads wrapped around my genes”.  Joyce’s Lithuanian grandfather was a tailor and it was his daughters who taught her to sew as a child.  The craft stood her in good stead and ultimately led her to quilting in 1976.  She has derived great pleasure from making traditional quilts in traditional patterns, but over the last 5 years, she has moved into art quilts.

angelwaves_smallJoyce has found that people respond to fabric – it is familiar and tactile and warm.  But what Joyce values most about fabric is its versatility.  It can tell so many stories, so many feelings.  Joyce’s series of Door Quilts morphed into a meditation on death and dying which helped Joyce’s friend face into her death by cancer.  Joyce was transformed by the experience and her series of abstract pieces about creativity gave voice to both the problems and gratification of creating art.

flowersun_smallJoyce’s primary material is fabric – any and all kinds of fabric.  All artistic techniques and media are fair game for her and they all are applied to fabric:  painting, discharging, dying, beading, hand stitching, paper transfer, gel medium, and modeling paste, for example.  The only thing she will not use in the creation of her art is a computer.  Joyce’s pieces are truly the work of her hands.

window_smallJoyce has a BA from Notre Dame of Maryland with a major in English and minors in Art and Music.  Her career covers everything from secretary to high school English teacher to writer/producer of educational videos.  She has been a member of Faithful Circle Quilt Guild for well over a decade.  And even though Joyce now makes art quilts, the Guild welcomes her and encourages her to explore the possibilities that lie in the realm of fiber art.  Joyce has won awards at local art and quilt shows, exhibited in several galleries in Columbia MD and is currently a resident artist in the Howard County Center for the Arts.

bluedoor_smallJoyce’s quilt “BaltiMORE Jobs, Justice, HOPE” hangs in the Mayor’s Lobby in Baltimore City Hall.  In addition, some of Joyce’s work will be included in a book by one of her favorite teachers, Jane Dunnewold.  But the accomplishment that makes Joyce the happiest is the number of people who are quilters today because of her influence, either as a teacher or “encourager-in-chief”.

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Come Visit us!! Much kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner / Curator
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HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043
Gallery: 410-461-3505
Open Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
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Newer Art at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery:
• Paintings: Brenda Kidera, Nancy Lee Davis, April Rimpo, Stephanie Boyer, Loreen Western, Molly Sims, Deborah Maklowski & Kay Sandler
• Sculptures: Dave Hardell & Bill Knapp
• FiFiber Art: Eileen Williams & Joyce Ritter
• Photography: Linda Schisler & Chuck Aaron
• Woodturning: Allen Alexopulos
• Fused Glass: Chris Guercio & Sarah Pick
• Jewelry: Nancy Ennis
• Ceramics: Bonnie Zuckerman

Come Visit us!! You will be welcomed with beverages, cupcakes and a hug (if you would like one). Much kindness, 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 Daily 11AM - 6PM+ (Closed Tuesday) Open Friday & Saturday until 8:00 pm
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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THIS SUNDAY! October 1st, 1-4PM, Opening Reception for Local Artists Chuck Aaron & Bonnie Zuckerman’s Art Show “Fall for Art” at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Chuck Aaron photographs the beauty of nature, landscapes, and urban scenery, as well as turns wood. Bonnie Zuckerman creates stunning hand-painted ceramic art with unique designs.

Come enjoy their beautiful artwork in the company of friends, with festive beverages and non-nutritional food groups! Also enjoy the original creations of 45 other local artists! Abundant kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
410-461-3505
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 am – 6:00pm, Weekend Open until 8:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016
#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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SNEAK PEAK!! Artwork for this Weekend’s Opening Reception – Sunday 1 Oct, 1-4PM at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery!

Dear Friends, attached are 24 photos of the original artwork from local Artists Chuck Aaron and Bonnie Zuckerman for their Art Show “Fall for Art”, October 1st-21st, 2017 at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Chuck Aaron photographs the beauty of nature, landscapes, and urban scenery, as well as turns wood. Bonnie Zuckerman creates stunning hand-painted ceramic art with unique designs.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1st, 1-4PM. Come enjoy their beautiful artwork in the company of friends, with festive beverages and non-nutritional food groups!

Please come join us for this wonderful art show, as well as see the original creations of 45 other local artists! Abundant kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
410-461-3505
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 am – 6:00pm, Weekend Open until 8:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016
#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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Dear Friends, I am thrilled to present Local Artists Chuck Aaron and Bonnie Zuckerman’s Art Show “Fall for Art”, October 1st-21st, 2017 at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Chuck Aaron photographs the beauty of nature, landscapes, and urban scenery, as well as turns wood. Bonnie Zuckerman creates stunning hand-painted ceramic art with unique designs.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1st, 1-4PM. Come enjoy their beautiful artwork in the company of friends, with festive beverages and non-nutritional food groups!

About the Artists:
Chuck Aaron: His art allows him to create physical objects that express the beauty he perceives in the world around him. His photographs capture visual moments—a bird in flight, fall colors, a child’s joyful exuberance, a rusted street lamp. His woodturning engenders objects that emphasize the beauty of color and wood grain in a way that is both visual and tactile.

Bonnie Zuckerman: She creates highly detailed, one of a kind, hand-painted ceramics. She uses a wax resist technique to create a stained glass effect on her pieces. Each piece of art tells a whimsical story and incorporates imagery from her personal visual lexicon. Favorite subjects include birds and other animals, flowers, and fairy tale landscapes.
In closing: Please come join us for this wonderful art show, as well as see the original creations of 45 other local artists! Abundant kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
www.HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
Robin.Holliday@HorseSpiritArtsGallery.com
410-461-3505
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 am – 6:00pm, Weekend Open until 8:00 pm (Closed Tuesday)
Voted 'Best Art Gallery" in Howard County 2016
#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts
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