Mary Fisher, 11, of Westminster, is a local artist. Fisher attends St. John's Catholic School in Westminster. She is now in sixth grade.
Her grandfather, Charles Fisher, is also a Baltimore abstract expressionist who attended Maryland Institute of Art, now Maryland Institute College of Art, in the 1960s.
Mary Fisher participated in the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair (carrollcountyfair.com) this year and has been participating for several years. This year she won four first-prize ribbons and two second-prize ribbons for her art and crafts.
To execute one piece of her art she drew random lines on a piece of paper. Her mother showed her how to create art in this manner. Then she outlined them with a pencil. Her mother showed her how to do the process of making a piece of art like this. She also entered a butterfly drawing she did with crayons.
Fisher participated in the Carroll Community College (carrollcc.edu) camp this year. The camp is called Summer Kids @ Carroll plus Teen College. The college offers half and day long classes that include art, cooking, robotics, video game design and more.
Fisher took art lessons at the camp from artist Ken Ecker. At first, she learned charcoal drawing and later in the week they progressed to colors. First, she chose three items to draw including a plate, a bottle, and a water pitcher. She drew them in a light charcoal and then darkened it with pastels. It is called "Playing with Shadows" because there were shadows in the pieces and some of the charcoal from her drawing showed through the pastels. This won first prize in the pastel category.
Another first prize received by Fisher was in the paper craft category. She made a "Dancing Flower" out of colored card stock in shades of green, pink and purple. She then hot glued the cones together and put on a base. The circular wreath shape can be a table decoration for the spring and summer months and can also be hung on a wall.
Fisher also made a clothes pin wreath in a seaside theme. It is titled "Summertime Wreath." It took her three to five days to paint the clothes pins blue and purple. She added shells as a final accent that she had collected on the beach at Ocean City. It was also a first-prize winner.
Fisher also raised chickens this year that she has entered in the 4-H Fair contests. She has a Rhode Island Red named "Caramel," a Barred Rock is named "Ruffles," a Buff Orpington chicken named "Summerblossom" and two Easter Eggers named "Skunk" and another named "Marshmallow." An Easter Egger is any chicken that has the blue egg gene but does not meet any standards set by the American Poultry Association for a specific breed.
"I like that you can express yourself no matter what mood you are in," Fisher said. "When I am older I want to be an abstract artist like my grandfather because you can express yourself more than with other forms of art. I also want to do crafts. The different colors inspire me and what you can do with them."
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Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmos Art in Westminster. Her column appears on the first and third Thursday of each month.