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2014 Members in the News Archives

December 2014

On Dec 6 Louanne Van Fossen displayed art at the Susquehanna Symphony’s Christmas Concert at the Bel Air High School. As a result of participating in the art exhibit, she sold a giclee of her award winning watercolor of lavender Iris, “Morning Glow”.

Member Tom Norris was featured on ArtBeat radio show on Tue, Dec 16.

Jo Houtz is the featured artist in the December 2014 issue of Harford’s Heart magazine. Jo discusses how she works with Japanese masa paper. Jo also mentions our Harford Artists’ Gallery and our upcoming Artists’ Studio Tour in May. Thanks Jo.

November 2014

Maxine Kutcher has added new skills on her LinkedIn Page - Fundraising and Social Networking.

The cover story for the Oct/Nov issue of Harford’s Heart magazine is about HAA, our recent juried art show, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and our gallery’s fifth anniversary celebration. Ursula Cain-Jordan’s painting “Your Vote, Your Power”, which won Best in Show, is on the front cover. There’s an excellent article about our anniversary celebration with info given by Pattie Stonesifer, Rodney Cook who judged the show, Ursula Cain-Jordan, Annabelle Thurlow, Louanne Van Fossen, and Alexandra Kopp. Photo credits were given to Frederick S. Brundick and Louanne Van Fossen.

Thank you to Frederick S. Brundick for his photos of our Family Fun Day. You can find a link to his flickr photo album for this event on our Welcome and Gallery pages of our website. Click on our website link below to see them. It looks like everyone had a good time. Read the 5th Anniversary Committee’s review of the day’s events in the attached PDF.

Annabelle Thurlow, Louanne Van Fossen and Patricia Stonesifer will be exhibiting their art at the December 6 Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Concert to be held at the Bel Air High School. Each artist submitted photographs of their work for acceptance. From Pattie Stonesifer

October 2014 News

Frederick S. Brundick has been busy recently. He entered several photos at the Harford County Farm Fair and the Maryland State Fair this year. At the Farm Fair his “Tower Bridge, London” earned 2nd place for Cityscape, Color. “Chief Mate’s Stateroom, SS John W. Brown” won 1st place in B&W, Other and also Champion, B&W. It’s currently on display in our Gallery.

New member, Carmella Fifty, is inviting us for Model Sessions starting October 14. See message delivered 10/8/2014 by Janet Fox for Harford Artists.

Alexandra Kopp added a photo of her recent painting, “White Peony”, to our HAA Blog. Her submission shows how you, too, can add publicity info about you and your art to our blog. Give it a try. Contact Alex for more info.

Lise Lorentzen is teaching an “Introduction to Rosemaling”, a Norwegian Decorative Art, at the Arts by the Bay Gallery in Havre de Grace, Md. On Sat, Oct 25. For additional info or to reserve a place, call Lise or email her. Website is Also, see attached PDF.

As our Publicity Chairperson, Alexandra Kopp is working hard to get Harford Artists and our information out to the public. She has been working with The Aegis to make sure our info is published. Also, the Bel Air A&E website as well as the Cultural Arts website posted our story about our Pictures at an Exhibition juried show. Thank you, Alex.

Member, Andrea Kipp is busy, too, adding new skills to her skills inventory on Linkedin. She just added Pen and Art History skills.

Ursula Cain-Jordan has also added a new skill - Art Exhibitions. Have you updated your skills list recently?

Here is a photo of long-time HAA member, Joan Preston, in front of a recent display of paintings entitled, “Images from HCC Campus” painted by the Deer Creek Harmony Church Plein Air Group in Darlington, MD. HAA participants were Eleanor Mulholland, Joan Preston, and Loretta DiLoreto. Joan is standing in front of her painting of the Hays-Heighe House. Eleanor Mulholland’s painting is just over her shoulder on the second shelf. It seems that the giant tree near the Library entrance was the most popular to paint. From Loretta DiLoreto

September 2014 News

Audré Concini has been in the hospital and returned home recently. Notes and cards might be appreciated.

HAA member, Lynne Kramer, has been conducting art activities with children at the Harford Family House which is an organization in Aberdeen that provides apartments and assistance to families who have become homeless. The art activities have centered around exposing the children to different artists and to different materials. This past year, the children began by using a variety of materials to form a collage that told something about themselves and by learning about Romaire Bearden. They made paintings in the style of Paul Klee’s “The Golden Fish” and in Jackson Pollack’s “splatter” style. They also used clay and other materials for some craft activities. Lynne says, “The children have been a pleasure and I hope to continue working with them in the upcoming months. Thank you to the generous members of HAA who have helped by contributing materials.” From Pattie Stonesifer

Our member, Ursula Cain-Jordan, was on the ArtBeat Radio Show on Sep 16. This show is produced by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board (HCCAB) and airs on Tue at 12:30 p.m. Ursula also recently issued her latest ElizaJane Fine Art Newsletter.

Lise A. Lorentzen has once again earned a ribbon for her unique Norwegian Folk Art. She won a white ribbon in rosemaling for a Hallingdal-style trunk at the Norwegian-American show in Decorah, Iowa, in July. From Loretta DiLoreto

A new “Heart” entitled “Creating Community through the Arts” has been added to The Town of Bel Air at the District Court Building at 62 South Bond Street. HAA artists (L to R) Sandy Norris, Alexandra Kopp, Barbara Love and Robin Capecci designed and created the heart.

The Gallery sign at the entrance to Rockfield Manor was recently refurbished by Louanne Van Fossen and Pattie Stonesifer.

Thank you to HAA member, Frederick S. Brundick, who took photos of our winning artists and their paintings for our current show, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Our Scholarship winner Katelyn Privett - will speak at our Sep 28 meeting.

Recently, member, Sandy Norris held a fundraiser for her granddaughter, Lindsey, who has Mitochondrial Disease. If you were not able to attend the fundraiser but would like to help, you may donate at Lindsey’s Research Fund.

Warren Hillstrom has just reported that today’s Festival of the Arts show was a grand success. Three paintings by Robert Hofherr and one painting by Nancy Lloyd were sold. Pottery was very popular too. Of course, lots of cards, jewelry, prints and other smaller items sold well.

August 2014 News

July 2014 News

One of Jill Plaisted’s painting is on the front cover of the June-July 2014 issue of “Harford’s Heart” magazine. You can find Jill’s interview in the “Interview with an Artist” section of the magazine. Jill was awarded a commission to paint one of the “Hearts of Harford” displayed around the Town of Bel Air. Her “heart” is located at the Historical Society and represents the carriage-making industry.

Many thanks to Audré Concini for putting post cards in downtown Bel Air businesses since 2009. Audré has “retired” from the position, and thanks to Sandy Molinaro who has picked up Audré’s beat. Additional thanks go to Jody Karantonis for covering upper Fallston, Shirley Boats for distributing in lower Fallston, and June Arrington whose territory is Festival and surrounding businesses. These ladies have been instrumental in increasing awareness of the Gallery and, as a result, increasing sales.

June 2014 News

On May 31, thirteen people visited our HAA Gallery as well as a select group of other art-related sites in our county. Loretta DiLoreto made sure some of our plein air painters were on hand to show our visitors what we are about. Our plein air painters were Robin Capecci, Don Wilhelm, and Loretta DiLoreto. After touring our grounds and Gallery the Curate Maryland visitors went on to visit Tudor Hall, Edwin Booth’s family home.

May 2014 News

At our April meeting, Patricia Stonesifer and Louanne Van Fossen gave tips on how to present your artwork for a juried show. Here we see Louanne Van Fossen on the left and Patricia Stonesifer on the right during their presentation.

Jo Houtz’s two-day Open House was very successful again this year. She sold 40 pieces of art work representing a combination of originals, tiles and prints. Jo really appreciated the number of HAA members who came out to support the Open House. From Patricia Stonesifer

Two HAA members were award winners at the “Gallery at the Liriodendron” Baltimore Watercolor Society show. Germaine Hughes was awarded Third Place for her “Day by Day” painting (shown on left below) and Louanne Van Fossen received Honorable Mention for her painting “Morning Glow” (shown on right below). From Patricia Stonesifer

June Arrington printed and donated signs for our artists to use at their displays for Marketplace on Main. Thank you, June. From Alex Kopp

Eliner Tryon Elgin - Arts d’Tryon Studio - recently issued a newsletter - use the link below to view it. Thank you, Ellie, for also showing information about The Harford Artists Association, Inc.

You can see Ursula Cain-Jordan’s newsletter which was sent to us on 5/13/2014 through Janet Fox. Two of Ursula’s paintings in the Station North Arts Cafe Gallery May show sold at the reception. Ursula says “I am still surprised, but delighted when this happens.”

Loretta DiLoreto said that the six artists at the last paint out at Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville had such a good time that they are going back to Jerusalem Mill this Wednesday. Next Wednesday the artists will meet at Mariner Point Park in Joppa.

April 2014 News

Dorothy Dunsmore gave a bas-relief self portrait workshop at Plaza Art on April 12. The workshop was a success, and participants left with a sculpture that they were happy and proud to have completed. One student (a grandfather) had not touched clay since high school and another worked on the wheel. A good time was had by all, including Dorothy.

Germaine Hughes and her art were highlighted in the April/May edition of the “Harford’s Heart” magazine. You can see more of Germaine’s art at her website at

Seven of our members, who are also Baltimore Watercolor Society Signature Artists, will be exhibiting in a BWS “The Gallery at Liriodendron” show. Those entered are Germaine Hughes, Annabelle Thurlow, Louanne Van Fossen, Barbara Kirchner, Marilyn Moore, Sinikka Benson and Patricia Stonesifer. The exhibit is open April 27 through May 18 on Sundays only from 1 to 4 p.m. From Pattie Stonesifer

Bruno Baran is now a Board Member and Newsletter Editor at Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. See more about this group on our Links page.

Sinikka Benson and Dorothy Dunsmore had three paintings recently exhibited at The Schuler School of Fine Arts “From Furs to Feathers Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition of Animal Art” show. This exhibit was held from March 29 through April 6.

Loretta DiLoreto sold a painting at Barnes & Noble where members from the Harmony Church Plein Air Painters are displaying their art until May 2.

Rotating Exhibit Sales at Dr. Leary’s office: Patricia Stonesifer - painting, David Hodge - photograph, William Turner - painting.

In case you missed the news, Our Hearts of Harford are all over Town! Jo Houtz painted the “Maryland My Maryland” Heart located at Gold Medal Physical Therapy. Jill Plaisted painted “Bel Air’s Carriage Horses” Heart for the Historical Society of Harford County. Look for a new Heart sponsored by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board to be installed at the Courthouse on Bond Street. This Heart is painted by Robin Capecci, Alexandra Kopp, Sandra Norris and Barbara Love.

March 2014 News

Ursula Cain-Jordan Baltimore’s UNSUNG “A Salute to Baltimore’s Artists” was held at the Downtown Cultural Art Center in Baltimore, on Sat, Feb 22. Forty-five Baltimore area African American artists were juried into the event. Some of the participating artists have national and international acclaim, yet go unrecognized within the Baltimore community. The goal of this exhibit was to honor the rich legacy of visual artists in the Baltimore area. Ursula was very much surprised and honored to be one of the eight artists selected for special recognition of Life Achievement Awards. The opening program included a panel discussion. Established artists were encouraged to mentor emerging artists. Programs containing photos of artists and their art were provided. A great time was had by all. This photo shows Ursula with Kyle Hackett, a young emerging artist who was also in UNSUNG.

Baltimore Watercolor Society Pattie Stonesifer and Louanne Van Fossen have gained status as signature members of the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society. Congratulations, ladies!

Dorothy Dunsmore Congratulations to Dorothy Dunsmore on the beautiful painting on the cover of the current issue of Harford’s Heart magazine. Dorothy cautions our members, though, that “whenever asked to submit information for publication, always ask to proof read the final wording to assure that it is correct.” Dorothy said that there were some incorrect statements in the article about her and she would have liked to verify the information before printing.

The painters at the gallery were: Pam Burton, Nancy Lloyd, Rosemary Hertsch, Jo Houtz, Sandy Molinaro, Annabelle Thurlow and Patricia Stonesifer.

On Mon, Feb 17 volunteers met at the Gallery to clean the rooms in preparation for a new coat of paint on the walls and trim. These generous folks swept, vacuumed, cleaned glass, wiped down dust which coated much of the Gallery from the work done to open the wall between Gallery B and D, moved furniture to the middle areas to make room for the painters, and cleaned the storage and office areas in the basement because of the dust and dirt which sifted down from the upstairs renovation. from Annabelle Thurlow. Thank you to Shirley Boats, Shirley and Dave Dixon, Jody Karantonis, Richard Mouré, Mary Rose, Penny Schmidt, Pattie Stonesifer, and Annabelle Thurlow.

February 2014 News

Congratulations to Jenny Parker who sold a painting at our Rotating Exhibit at the Bel Air Rehab Center, Bel Air, Md.

Lynne and Alfred Kramer are heading an art program for the Harford Family House in Aberdeen. They would appreciate donations of art supplies for their work with homeless children and adults. You may bring your donations to the February HAA meeting or contact Lynne at If you would like to help at the center, contact Lynne. Shown to the right is a picture of some of the participating children and their art work.

January 2014 News

Thanks to Tom Norris for another Corporate Member: Craig R. Tilghman, CFP, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Phone 410-836-8082 1201 Agora Drive, Suite 1B Bel Air, Maryland 21014 Website:

Patricia Stonesifer, Louanne Van Fossen and Annabelle Thurlow were invited to display their paintings in Side Street Framers in Severna Park, MD. Their work was hung from November 16 thru December 11. Patricia sold one painting. Dawn Wilson, one of the owners, is inviting Harford Artists members to exhibit there. If you are interested, contact Dawn at or 410-544-9050. Side Street Framers will take a 50% commission for work sold. They are located in a very high walk-in traffic area in a large shopping center. Dawn lives in Harford County and you can make arrangements with her to pick up and return your work. She is interested in 3D and 2D work for display in the store.

Welcome to the New Year. Hope things are well with you. This past Saturday Rita Cooper gave a well-attended watercolor workshop. I got a congratulatory e-mail from one of the attendees thanking HAA for sponsoring “this truly wonderful fun event…Rita is a fantastic teacher and I always learn new techniques and see improvements in my own work after taking the workshop.” I am always glad to hear compliments.

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37 North Main Street - Suite 104
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Phone:  410-420-9499