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New TAG Location

March 17, 2021

March 2021

501 N Market Street, Frederick, MD
TAG/The Artists Gallery
has moved to its new location! 
Opens April 2021!
501 N Market Street

"We Feel Good" as we move into our new home!

Do you remember that birthday when the chocolate cake was three layers, all your friends were there and you got that shiny new bike with the streamers on the handles? Well, that kind of Euphoria is happening at TAG/The Artists Gallery right now! We are all doing our happy dance and humming “We Feel Good” as we begin to move into our new home at 501 N Market Street.

Never has painting, scrubbing and cleaning been this much fun. We are all reveling in the beauty of our new space, coffered tin ceilings, big beautiful windows, an abundance of light and an inviting patio.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony in May with the mayor and dignitaries. The champagne will flow and pass the truffles!

One of our greatest joys in finding this space is its proximity to our new next door neighbors, NOMA, The Griffin Center, and a short hop to Gallery 322. Frederick’s little SOHO Arts District anyone?

As we open a new chapter at TAG we also welcome a new member, Lusmerlin Lantigua. Lusmerlin is, quite simply, a dynamo. We found her art and artistic spirit inspirational. Please stop by the gallery during our April opening to meet and welcome her.

We have ascended from our 2020 quarantine cocoon and we are ready to take wing and fly into 2021. It promises to be a full year of group shows, solo exhibitions, art talks, invitationals and workshops.

We look forward to seeing everyone in April!

Lusmerlin Lantigua
 "Oneself," pastel on card, 18” x 24”

GILLIAN COLLINS at the Florence Biennale

Gillian Collins is about to enter the international art world. Her work will be displayed in Florence, Italy. The Florence Biennale is the major contemporary art and design exhibition in Florence and one of the world’s leading contemporary art exhibitions. Artists and designers from 78 countries participated in the latest edition, which has been held under the patronage of the European Parliament, Italian Commission for UNESCO, Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Tuscany Region, and Municipality of Florence, and was attended by more than 10,000 visitors.

Bravo Gillian!


JULIE MAYNARD at Annmarie Arts Center

Julie Maynard had a piece accepted in the national juried show “On Paper” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center near Lusby, MD. Her collage “Slow Light” received one of the three Juror’s Prizes. Annmarie Gardens is affiliated with the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. The show runs from February 19 through September 26 at 13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD, 20688.

“Slow Light,” 42” x 26”, Paper collage on cradled board

RHONDA SMITH at Maryland Federation of Art

Two artworks of Rhonda Smith were selected for inclusion in the "Art on Paper" exhibition, April 2 - May 1, at the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD.

A Walk Along the Creek, Linocut and Intaglio, 72” W X 24”H
During the spring the Bluebells dot the banks of the creek. As spring gives way to summer it is the Daylily that blooms along the creek bending toward the light. A Walk Along the Creek is a passage of time, reflected in the changing flora.

Reaching for the Moon, Linocut with intaglio, 24” x 48”
A flock of Birds fly toward the moon as we stand amongst the weeds on the bank of a creek looking toward the distant landscape. Our gaze pushes us to that flock of birds as they reach for the moon.


The Juror’s Tale
by Karen Peacock

On March 2, I had the privilege of serving as one of the first-round jurors for the 2021 Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists, more commonly known as the Bettie Awards. Frederick County students in grades 9-12 were eligible to apply.

We combed through scores of entries online and gave each a numerical ranking. Congratulations to finalists Pheonix Cardwell, Lea Dorcus, Virginia Gibson, Annaelle Le Guellec, Olivia de Guzman, Clara Hardison, Lark Houldsworth, Christina Hviid, Sandhya Krishnaswamy, Julia Meredith, Lynne Regules, Natalie Savage, Faith Thumma, Ashlyn Turner, Meadow Webster, and Katie Xiao. They will each receive an award of $100. Their work will be included in an exhibit at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick from March 13 to April 23, 2021.

After the show is hung, a separate group of judges will select the 2021 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner who will receive $1,000. A People’s Choice Winner will also be selected by visitors to the Delaplaine.

As always, I was impressed by the quality of work created by Frederick County art students. Their accomplishments are even more remarkable when we consider how their lives have been changed by the pandemic.

I’m hoping these talented young artists will apply to show at TAG this summer when we’ll share our walls with local and regional guest artists. More info on this exciting exhibit will be coming soon!


Tom Semmes Teaching at Delaplaine
Tom Semmes will be teaching a class at the The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD, on Beginning Oil Painting. The class runs for six weeks starting on April 8 on Thursdays from 6 to 9pm. We will be working mostly from the still life similar to the one pictured here.
“Wake Up Call,” Archival paper, 10” x 12”



Tomatillo walking the plank. (Well, the husk of it.) This is just one of the miniature sculptures that melted out of the snow in my winter garden.
“Tomatillo On the Edge,” 8” x 8”, Digital photo


• Marie Riccio's paintings in the 
"Winslow Art Center Winter 2021 Online Juried Show," 
www.winslowartcenter.comtill March 31 and The Painting Center's "One in a Year" exhibition, www.thepaintingcenter.org, till April 20.

• View Karen Peacock's 
72 Film Fest movie “Transitional Objects” at