A Gallery with Attitude and Diversity

The Candleberry Gallery has a fresh new look for fall under the management of Judi Miller. Judi has welcomed a variety of new, local and talented artists to join with the already eclectic group of painters, photographers, mixed-media, woodworkers, potters, and jewelers. These new talented artists – Lisa Pierson, Tom Payne and Susan Burlingame – truly make Candleberry Gallery a St. Michaels Community Art Gallery.

Lisa Pierson, also known as Gypsy Mountain, has been making her unique hand crafted jewelry for over 10 years. A St. Michaels local, Lisa has a great love for the mountains of the west, often traveling there, recharging her creativity and studying her craft. You can see influences of those travels in her jewelry. Dedicated to using as many green methods as possible in the creation of her jewelry, Lisa uses eco-friendly polishes and pickle, recycled silver and conflict free gems and fair-trade beads.

Tom Payne is the newest artist at the Candleberry Gallery and is a retired Maryland educator now pursuing his love for fine art. Tom is an avid nature and wildlife photographer who also enjoys songwriting, painting and boating. He currently spends his days creating and transforming photographs into works of art. His inspiring “photoart” evokes emotion, stimulates thought and uplifts the human spirit. Tom’s work has been exhibited at the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Himmelfarb Gallery.

Susan Burlingame, also known as Grace Creek Ceramics, was first introduced to the art of ceramics in her teenage years and held a passion for the feel of clay in her hands throughout her adult life. Susan’s career as a nurse took her in a different direction and she feels fortunate to have come back to the art of ceramics in 2008 at a local studio. She practices daily to make pieces that feel good in her hands and warms her heart. They are for the most part pieces of function. Susan is a part time resident residing just outside of St. Michaels. Her inspiration of glaze color and texture is linked to the Chesapeake Bay and its beauty.

The Candleberry Gallery is always looking for new local talent to showcase their work. Contact Judi at 410-745-2420 for more information. Located next door to the gallery, the Candleberry Shoppe is a great place to find gifts for holidays, birthdays and everything in between. The Shoppe and Gallery are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free parking behind the building at 210 South Talbot Street in St. Michaels.

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