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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”.

 

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

#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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2 weeks ago

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery

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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