POLKA DOT GALA ARTISTS
Early in 2020, the following local artists painted 2×2 canvases inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama and generously donated them to the Delaplaine’s spring 2020 Polka Dot Gala. These artworks were originally intended to be part of a gala silent auction to raise funds to support our educational public programs and community outreach to underserved and at-risk audiences. Unfortunately, the event had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We extend our deep appreciation to the contributing artists.
The artworks are now on display in our main lobby. The originals, as well as large canvas prints, can purchased for $100 each. Proceeds support the Delaplaine’s educational outreach programs. For information about purchasing one of the artworks, contact us. Click on the links provided for more information and artworks by the artists.
Hailing from Frederick, Maryland, graphic designer and multimedia artist Matt Long uses acrylic paints and Sharpie markers to create fluid forms with vibrant colors and an engaging sense of movement. Matt is a graduate of Shepherd University where he pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design. You can find Matt’s work gracing our nation’s capital this spring as the official artist of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival or cruising around the Mid-Atlantic region on the Sheetz, Inc. truck fleet. You can view more of Matt Long’s work here.
A transplant from Baltimore, Janet Seifert spent a career as a graphic designer before returning to the creative work she loves most. In the spirit of experimental discovery, Janet practices abstract improvisation, creating luminous, color-saturated acrylic paintings that explore aesthetics that express and illuminate the human spirit through the sense of of the beautiful in life. Janet also is a dedicated Delaplaine volunteer. You can view more of Janet Seifert’s work here.
Originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, Taurean Washington came to the area through earning his BA in Studio Art at Hood College. His artwork is an eclectic mix of Modern and Contemporary art. As a fan of hip hop music, he taps into the art of “sampling,” and coined the phrase “Art Hop” to describe the movement of his practice. Taurean’s arts was the subject of a pop up exhibition at the Delaplaine in 2018. You can view more of Taurean Washington’s work here.
Kim Klabe is an artist from Rehoboth, Delaware. In 2017, Kim began working in wine and beer pours, which reconnected her to the creativity and imagination she experienced while in art school. Her pours are made by allowing the poured liquid to reveal images that then are defined with markers and colored pencils. Kim has exhibited throughout the east coast, and you can currently view her artworks at Gallery 50 in Rehoboth, Rehoboth Art League, and District Arts in Frederick. You can view more of Kim Klabe’s work here.
Multi-media artist Dave Moreland lives in works in rural Frederick County. His drawings, paintings, and sculpture come from sources ranging from art historical sources to personal narrative and have a post-modern eclectic quality. Dave is a former art and art history instructor at Frederick Community College. You can view a video of Dave Moreland working on his art here.
Ellen Byrne in Frederick-based freelance illustrator. She is an Abode Illustrator digital vector specialists and National Gold ADDY Illustration Winner. She has worked for clients both large and small throughout the country, her bold, colorful illustrations always attracting attention and conveying a message. You can view more of Ellen Byrne’s work here.
Ed Ramsburg has spent more than 30 years creating abstract paintings. He has won numerous awards for his artwork and has exhibited internationally. In addition to teaching abstract painting classes at the Delaplaine, Ed has taught as an Artist-in-Residence for the Maryland State Arts Council and as an art instructor for Frederick County Public Schools. You can view more of Ed Ramsburg’s work here.