Virtual Art Tour Sale!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the cancellation of our annual open studio event in conjunction with the Garrett County Artist Studio Tour. While we’re disappointed that we can’t open up for this year, we’ve come up with a few ideas not to let a year go by without some form of an event. Let’s start with a Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County art sale.

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County Art Sale

Every year during the tour, we like to offer some “show specials” in the way of either discounted prints, original art, or cards. It has varied from year to year, but it’s our way of thanking people for coming out. This year we have put together a virtual gallery of select original art featuring images from around the Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County area. All artwork featured in this gallery will be offered at 20% off the listed price. Also, we are offering free shipping within the continental United States.

The Edge

How to Purchase a Sale Item

If you are interested in purchasing a piece from the Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County gallery, here is how it works.

  1. Please send an email to, letting us know which pieces you are interested in purchasing. Please put “Virtual Studio Tour Sale” in your email subject heading and include your shipping address in the email.
  2. We will send you a secure electronic invoice that you can conveniently pay with a credit card. The invoice will reflect the 20% discount from the list price.
  3. Once we receive payment, we ship your art via US Postal Priority Mail.

Please note:

  • Only art within the Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County virtual gallery is eligible for the discount.
  • Artwork is sold on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Work on paper is sold unframed.
  • If you have an address outside the continental United States, we will provide you with a shipping quote before sending your invoice.
  • If you reside in Pennsylvania or Maryland, your purchase will be subject to sales tax.

View the Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County Art Tour Gallery here.

If you have questions, please drop us an email at

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!