Visit the Gallery Shop

The Gallery Shop, home of the Garrett County Arts Council, in Oakland, Maryland is now open by appointment. They are also open to the public on certain days of the week. Follow their Facebook page to make an appointment or learn about upcoming walk-in hours.

Heading Up is my latest piece to hang in the shop. I encourage you to visit and support this shop, where you can view art from many talented artists in Garrett County.

Virtual Studio Tour 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Garrett County Artist Studio Tour has been canceled. This event is traditionally an opportunity for people to visit different artists around the county, viewing their work and studios. It’s also a chance to see the artists at work. While it’s certainly a disappointment, as many things have been this year, I will do my best to bring you a “virtual studio tour” during July.

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County Art Sale

To thank people for visiting during the Tour weekend, I’ve always had some show specials at the event. With that in mind, a selection of Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake themed original art will be offered at a 20% discount during July. Work will include scenes from the lake, sailing, farms, and other areas of Garrett County. A link to this virtual gallery will be posted on this blog starting July 1st.

Greeting Card Packages

Many of you like to purchase a supply of art print cards every year. If you’d like to restock your supply, we can do that. We will prepare cards in packs of six. Cards retail for $5 a card, but we will offer our traditional “studio tour special” of $25 for six cards. They will be packaged by subject matter – more information to follow on this as well.

Videos and photos

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While it certainly won’t replace seeing everyone in person, we hope that you can “visit” over the coming month.

Virtual Tour of Ireland: Part Six

Continuing our virtual tour of Ireland takes us on to the Ring of Kerry. If you missed the previous posts, in this series, start here.

Dingle to the Ring of Kerry

After leaving Dingle, it’s on to the Ring of Kerry. Paul Brown of Kenmare Taxi & Tours was the guide for this leg of the tour. Leaving Dingle offered a chance to take in the breathtaking view at the top of Conor Pass, one of the highest points in Ireland.

Driving this route is not for the faint of heart. The road weaves its way around sharp cliffs. There are some narrow passes where only one vehicle can pass, and drivers need to stay alert. Thankfully, Paul Brown’s skillful driving meant the trip down was pure enjoyment. This video gives a sense of the pass, along with some commentary from Paul. Paul is an expert guide and offers tours of Kerry and beyond. Make sure your speakers are on! Yes, the video looks upside down, but it will play in the right orientation.

Next Stop: Killarney National Park

Since they had two days with Paul on the Ring of Kerry, he was able to take them on a lesser-traveled route through the Macgillycuddy Reeks down to Killarney National Park.

Panoramic view with the Lakes of Killarney in the distance

Killarney National Park

Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in County Kerry. Next door is Killarney National Park. There are many things to see and do in the Park, including the Victorian mansion Muckross House.

A popular activity is to hire a jaunting car in Killarney town. Jaunting cars are a traditional feature of the National Park. Below is a rendering of the jaunting drivers around Muckross.

Drivers at Muckross

Killarney Town

Killarney is a busy tourist town as it’s the most frequented overnight stop for tourists visiting the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park. This painting is of the corner where Casey’s combination audio/visual and liquor store sits.

Lovely Kenmare

Kenmare is also a great launching point for the Ring of Kerry. The town is quieter than Killarney but filled with interesting and friendly places.

Whispering Pines B&B is an authentic and friendly B&B
Kenmare has its own stone circle. Very cool.

Stay tuned for our last post in this series, where we’ll wrap it up with some final thoughts and pieces of art from some other areas of Ireland.

A Note

We hope you are enjoying the virtual tour of Ireland.

Our hearts go out to all of the people that helped to make our various trips to Ireland special. We know that the current situation is making life difficult for people at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the day we can get back to Ireland and other beloved spaces!

Virtual Tour of Ireland: Part Five

Dingle, located in County Kerry, is Ireland’s westernmost peninsula.

Dingle Way
Different hues, same area…..The Ramp

Petunia did not have much rain during her trip, but the day on the Loop was an exception. This picture the clearest one from that day.

Dingle Town in County Kerry is the only town on the Peninsula.

Petunia’s Tips:

Sciuird Archeology Tours is a great way to tour the ancient sites in the area. Michael Collins keeps his tour groups small and gives a very informative two and a half hour tour. Since it’s a half-day tour, you can make room for some other sightseeing on the same day.

While in Dingle, visit St. Mary’s Church and tour the Harry Clark stained glass windows.

Take your time to linger in the different pubs in Dingle. Don’t be afraid to stop in the ones that seem to be small or obscure. Pictured here is Petunia in a snug at Dick Mack’s. Everyone has their favorite. Hers was J. Curran’s Shop Bar.

A Note

We hope you are enjoying the virtual tour of Ireland.

Our hearts go out to all of the people that helped to make our various trips to Ireland special. We know that the current situation is making life difficult for people at home and abroad. We are looking forward to the day we can get back to Ireland and other beloved spaces!