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babchakTrudy Babchak

girlspaint_smallBeing the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Trudy Babchak has always been interested in exploring the conflicting emotions that accompany survival.  Being an impressionistic painter, the challenge of rendering joy, relief, fear, and guilt all at once has been both daunting and irresistible–a chance to contrast the innocence of life with the rigid terror of something like the Nazi regime.

coraldance_smallA recurrent theme in Trudy’s paintings has been girls dancing. The initial story behind this imagery was inspired by a photograph of girls in white dresses dancing on a mountaintop by a convent. These children were being hidden from Nazi persecution and playing joyfully.  Aesthetically, her palette and imagery are meant to capture the innocence and even joy of life, not the specific experience of those who were trapped during the Holocaust.  The outlines of clothing, gestures, and movements are meant to create a sense of general anonymity and lost identity.

Trudy’s goal is to render a mood to the viewer.  She uses bright colors and negative space to create images that dance, play, and hold hands through dreamscapes of warm orange, pastel pink, and other tones. There is no sense of a specific place or time, but every canvas is meant to impart a feeling of openness focusing on the figures.

gecko_smallPersonally, painting has brought the shadows of Trudy’s family back to her. The paintings are about survival, but beyond that, transformation.  She wants the viewer to see beyond the use of color and imagery to create his or her own stories, and not necessarily view Trudy’s historical inspiration as the best way to interpret her work.

greenpeople_smallTrudy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed the Post Baccalaureate Program at Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA). In addition to having studied art, she also teaches oil painting at the Columbia Art Center in Columbia, Maryland.

3ladies_smallTrudy has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows at local and Baltimore galleries. She has received critical acclaim and been featured in news articles in The Columbia Flyer, Baltimore Sun and Jewish Times. Her works hang in homes and offices throughout the United Stated and she happily accepts commissions.

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WEDNESDAY 11am-7pm
THURSDAY 11am–7pm
FRIDAY 10am–8pm
SATURDAY 10am–8pm
SUNDAY 10am–6pm

Dear Friends, Let me introduce you to Local Artist Jennifer Hudson who just joined HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Jennifer creates beautiful, intricate cut paper artwork.

About the Artist: Jennifer Hudson is a Maryland based artist, who has close ties to Howard County and Ellicott City in particular. An avid animal lover, Jennifer began her career as a watercolor painter with an emphasis on realistic nature scenes and surreal illustrations. Jennifer’s love of the natural world is evident in the use of flora and animals in her work. Jennifer studied watercolor painting with Brenda Kidera. She continued her visual arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts with a concentration in painting.

After graduating in 2014, Jennifer continued to paint but was intrigued by the world of contemporary paper art. Inspired by the elaborate costume and art design of television shows such as Game of Thrones, Jennifer became interested in textile-based work, especially that of Jeff Nishinaka, creator of the Night King paper sculpture. Jennifer’s visit to Hillwood House Museum’s Pret a Papier exhibit served as additional inspiration and an introduction to “Pulp Fashion”, the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.
Self-taught in cut paper art, Jennifer uses an exacto knife and her imagination to craft delicate works in 2-D that display movement, texture and dimension akin to sculptural works. As she continues her exploration, Jennifer strives to create pieces that will demonstrate a finely-honed technique and be a source of delight to the viewer. Continuing motifs are foxes, wolves, delicate flowers and lace-like structures.

Jennifer has exhibited works across Maryland including: The Columbia Mall, The Baltimore School for the Arts Segal Gallery, BWI Airport, Howard County Department of Education, Howard County Center for the Arts, Center Stage, Hotel Brexton, XS Restaurant, Night Owl Gallery, Vintage Vault and Gallery, The ClayGround Studio and Gallery, and Mt Vernon Marketplace.

Her paper work “Night Fox” was the Juror’s Choice winner at Art Howard County 2017. Outside of her art career, Jennifer is a fan of the Nerdist podcast and is owned by a Jack Russell Terrier named Tyrion.

In closing: Please come see Jennifer’s lovely artwork along with the original creations of 47 other Local Artists. I look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery. Abundant 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: Monday-Thursday, 11AM-7PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM-8PM, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016

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OPEN TODAY and EVERY DAY between now & the end of 2017! We will greet you beverages, cookies, candy and festive attire! Look forward to seeing you! 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: Monday-Thursday 11AM - 7PM+, Friday & Saturday 10AM-8PM+, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
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#OEC
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Roads icing up (Saturday 9 Nov) so HorseSpirit Arts Gallery closing at 7PM. Please be safe tonight. Much kindness, Robin ... See MoreSee Less

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HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is OPEN today until 8:00pm! (or later). We have hot coffee, cookies and chocolate kisses awaiting you! Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear Friends, Gifts for the Holidays are waiting for you at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Old Ellicott City, MD. Come find a unique treasure for a friend and loved from the original creations of our 47 local Artists. And enjoy all the shops and restaurants in Old Ellicott City! We look forward to welcoming you. 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: Monday-Thursday 11AM - 7PM+, Friday & Saturday 10AM-8PM+, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Voted "Best Art Gallery" Howard County 2016
#ECStrong, #EllicottCity, #HoCo, #ArtGallery, #HoCoArts,
#OEC
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