The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland is currently featuring the work of two local artists in an exhibit titled ‘Down to Earth’. The raku and pit-fired pottery of Steve Sullivan is paired with rural area scenes by photographer Michelle Arrington in a display that showcases the artists’ uncomplicated, natural style.
Sullivan graduated from Frostburg State University with a design degree and then spent two years in Japan. This experience had a profound effect on his perspective as an artist. “I’ve always been obsessed with composition, form and line quality. While I focus on utilitarian work, I do indulge myself on occasion and create pieces that are simply to be enjoyed by the eyes” says Sullivan. He currently lives in Frostburg and works as a full-time potter from his home studio.
Arrington was born and raised in Baltimore but has always loved the mountains and the natural world. With a degree in forestry, trees are naturally a favorite subject, along with pastoral country scenes. She “enjoys showing people that beauty can be found in simple ordinary objects such as woodland trails and old barns.” She moved to Western Maryland 23 years ago and currently resides in Springfield, West Virginia.
artists will be held Friday, August 30 The work will be on display and available for purchase through September 27. For more information, contact Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.