Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arts at Canal Place Closing Its Doors December 31, 2011

After nearly 9 years in the Shops at Canal Place, the Arts at Canal Place Co-op Gallery will be closing its doors. After many months of study by a Sustainability Committee and discussing ways to keep the gallery open in the fragile economy, on Tuesday December 13th, the membership voted to close on December 31, 2011.
Arts at Canal Place opened on May 1, 2003 as one of the original shops at Canal Place, offering fine arts and crafts to the community. The shop has remained open 7 days a week staffed by member artists. Many local artists from the tri-state area have participated in this unique business. Seven of the current 27 participating artists are founding members.

The co-op members wish to express their gratitude to the community and their loyal customers who purchased artwork for themselves and gifts for others. "Our thanks are extended to the Allegany Arts Council whose generosity made the gallery possible and supported it through the years", said Jean Barnes Downs the current gallery coordinator.

A program of the Allegany Arts Council, Arts at Canal Place offered opportunities for artists of all media to exhibit their work. The gallery provided a venue for sales and promoted relationships with other artists for networking and growth.

December has been designated as Customer Appreciation Month and the featured artist show in the gallery loft highlights the work of many of the member artists. Stop by in the next few weeks, say goodbye, and pick up some unique gifts. If you are holding a Gift Certificate from the gallery, please be sure to come by to redeem it before December 31.

The gallery is located in the Shops at Canal Place, 16 Howard St., Cumberland. Hours are 10-6 daily, with extended hours until 8:00 p.m. on December 16 and 17. There is free parking in the Canal Place lot on Howard St. The phone number is 301-777-8199. After the closing of the gallery, artist contact information will be available on the website at .

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Unique Gifts for Unique People - show opening Dec 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Arts at Canal Place invites you to Celebrate!
Unique Gifts for Unique People
Open House December 11, 2-4
Live Music & hors d'oeuvres
Celebrate Art and Creativity
The Artists of Arts at Canal Place invite you to the special Open House, and to come us in the month of December so we can say Thank You to you, and so you and the community can see the unique gifts available . Elegant or whimsical, these distinctive offerings have been handcrafted or painted by talented local artists and reflect the high quality that says to the recipient, "You are a treasured part of my life. Thank you!"

Arts at Canal Place is a program of the Allegany Arts Council and showcases the work of over thirty local artists. Located at 10 Howard Street, Cumberland, in the Shops at Canal Place Heritage Area and free parking is available - Open 10-6 daily and until 8 on Saturdays during December

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Stop by on BLACK FRIDAY November 25th 10:00 am till 9:00 pm

Stop by on BLACK FRIDAY November 25th 10:00 am till 9:00 pm
Gift with Purchase During Tree Lighting Ceremony Downtown 6 - 9:00 pm
~ Great Hand Crafted Christmas Gifts ~
With Free Gift Wrapping!

Decoys, Jewelry, Paintings,Photography, Pottery, Printmaking,Sculpture, Iron, Driftwood and Stone Art, Stained Glass, Ceramics.
All made in the Tri-State Area!

The Gallery will have refreshments, a cozy, warm fire pit, and some
cool and interesting artists! Also visit the Cumberland Trail
Connection – open 12 Noon till 9:00 pm with refreshments.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BEAUTY IN ACRYLICS Reception Saturday, November 5, 2011 8-10pm

Arts at Canal Place invite you to an opening for their featured artist, Stacie Hettel. View nature and our surroundings as painted in acrylic by Stacie from her photographs and those of other members of the gallery. Stacie’s work will be featured during the entire month of November.

Reception on Saturday, November 5, 2011 8-10pm
At the Gallery at Canal Place (Shops at Canal Place)
16 Howard Street, B-12 Cumberland, MD 21502

Wine and refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 26, 2011

"ITTY BITTY 2" SHOW Featuring Work by Mary "Macee" McCunn September 25, 2011 to October 30, 2011

Featuring Work by Mary "Macee" McCunn

September 25, 2011 to October 30, 2011

Arts at Canal Place co-op is featuring the solo jewelry work of member artist, Mary "Macee" McCunn in “Itty Bitty 2”. McCunn will be present to discuss her work and greet visitors at the Opening Reception with Refreshments on Saturday, October 1st, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

McCunn is known for her sculptural jewelry that has an antiqued textural appearance and includes earrings, necklaces, rings and other items made of silver, brass, steel and copper, yet with a subtle primitive appearance. All work is handmade through the forging process as performed by many blacksmiths and metalsmiths from the earliest of times.

The typical feel of her current works will be available, but also a repeat of her new dainty and more delicate line of necklaces, earrings, bangles and rings called "Itty Bitty" that was introduced last fall. The new line is perfect for those who want the look that the artist is known for, but that want something more light and airy to wear. "I constantly re-evaluate my merchandise and listen to what the customers want and the "Itty Bitty" line adds another choice so there is something for everyone for the holiday gift giving season" says McCunn.

You can learn more about McCunn, her upcoming shows and where you can purchase her work at other galleries by visiting her blog at or Meadowbrook Arts on Facebook.

McCunn’s work can also be found at Lost River Artisan Cooperative, Gifts Inn Boonsboro, The Gallery (Oakland, MD) , and Mountain Made (Thomas, WV).

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"RAKU" Featuring work by Steve Sullivan Steve Sullivan August 21, 2011 - Sept 24, 2011

Stop by Arts at Canal Place on Saturday, August 27th between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to meet this months featured artist, potter Steve Sullivan. This month's show in the loft features recent wall-hung and freestanding Raku and Pit-Fired work. Steve will also have a variety of functional work on display on the first floor of the gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Steve graduated with a degree from Frostburg State University and shortly thereafter spent two years in Japan, that had a profound effect on his perspective as an artist. He studied wood-block prints, pottery, sculpture, architecture, paintings and photographs. What he saw broadened his perspective, helping him further appreciate, define and create art. His goal, whether throwing, glazing, altering, decorating or firing a pot, is to create surfaces that reflect the process and forces that go into turning a piece of clay into a finely crafted piece of art. Steve now lives in Frostburg, Maryland, where he works as a full-time potter from his home studio. He typically works in mid-range, stoneware, Raku and pit-fired ceramics. Occasionally, he wood-fires or soda-fires at the facilities at Frostburg State University with a dedicated group of local potters.

Steve's work can be found at Arts at Canal Place in Cumberland, Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, The Gallery Shop in Oakland and Gifts Inn Boonsboro in, where, else, Boonsboro.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Plein Air Pastel Workshop with Patricia Hilton, September 23-24, 2011

Experience the excitement of learning about and painting outdoors with pastels—an accessible, portable art medium. This workshop will prepare participants to paint ‘en plein air’ (in the open air). Discussion will include interpreting a scene; endeavoring to capture the quality of light; and conveying an individual viewpoint—through use of color and contrast, and depicting reflected light. The class will begin on Friday afternoon with a discussion focused on a set of examples. Guidance will be provided to help participants plan and prepare for working in the open air. The next day, the group will work outdoors; or in the case of inclement weather, outdoors under shelter. The cost of the workshop is $75; deadline for registration is September 9. For full information, call 301-461-2379. To register, visit Arts at Canal Place, 16B Howard Street in Cumberland.