Bonnie Howell is gallery’s featured artist for November

CHESTERTOWN — Bonnie Howell is the featured artist at The Artists’ Gallery for the month of November.

Her exhibit is titled “Of Wings and Waterways.”

“My husband and I have long been bird watchers, and to that end, regularly keep three bird feeders going year-round. By also having a large pond which we view from our house, we are able to watch larger feathered friends as well,” Howell said in a news release.

She said it seemed fitting to include some of these winged visitors in her show.

“Painting in oil from my studio is how I can focus on the images I use to create my work. Photos taken while on the water and from along the pond give me much inspiration. The many moods of water — peaceful and calm, rhythmic, reflective and abstract — continue to challenge and simulate what I like to paint. If you can feel the moment, the lap of the tide, the wet in the reflection, then I feel the painting is a success,” she said in the news release.

The public is invited to join Howell and her partners for the opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

The gallery is located at 239 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

For more information, visit www.theartistsgalleryctown.com.

Howell earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from St. Andrews University in North Carolina and a teaching certificate from Washington College.

She taught art in both public and private schools during her early career, and painted wildlife and portraits as a freelance artist before forming The Artists’ Gallery LLC partnership in 2003.

She has continued her art studies with noted portraitists John Sanden of The Portrait Institute of New York and John Ebersberger of Maryland Hall, Annapolis.

She also has taken classes at the University of Maryland and graduate-level studies at the University of Delaware.

She is a member and past president of the Working Artists Forum of Easton.

Her works are in many private collections across the United States as well as local and public collections such as UM Shore Medical Center, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Washington College, H.H. Garnet Elementary School, Dr. Todd Hichman’s office and The Watershed Restaurant, all in the Chestertown area, and the Turnersville Assembly Hall in New Jersey.

Howell works primarily in oils and regularly features paintings of water and nature as well as portraits at The Artists’ Gallery.

Now in its 20th year, the gallery welcomes exhibiting artists in many mediums and an assortment of fine crafts as well.

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