An Eye for Art: Local artist spent much of his career teaching Carroll County students

An Eye for Art: Local artist spent much of his career teaching Carroll County students
Stanley F. Gilmore Jr. is a local artist who does watercolor, pen and inks and pastels. (Courtesy photo)

Stanley F. Gilmore Jr. is a local artist who does watercolor, pen and inks and pastels.

Gilmore grew up in Vermont. There was no art curriculum in the school system where he lived. It was not until the family moved to Ticonderoga, New York, that Gilmore first became interested in art in middle school.


At that time, he took classes through the mail for two years. He learned to draw through mail order classes and studied perspective and shading. He also got the materials he needed to do the work. Gilmore did the exercises which were critiqued and sent back.

When he attended Ticonderoga High School, Gilmore took all the art he could. He won the Halloween art contest two years in a row. When he graduated in 1964 he moved to Bennington, Vermont.

Gilmore had wanted to go to art school. An art teacher he knew in Bennington asked him if he wanted to work for a famous clothing designer, Tzaims Luksus. Gilmore jumped at the chance.

"We did silk screening, printing on 50 yards of silk at a time. We had to pin the silk down on special tables before we printed it. It took a good part of the day to pin it down tightly.,” Gilmore said.

Patterns were created with a photographic light process onto screens. Then, the 6-foot by 3 ½-foot screens were inked.

While working for Luksus, Gilmore met Rudi Gernreigh, the designer of the topless bathing suit. Gilmore was also photographed working in the shop by The New York Times. The shop also did printing for fashion mogul Neiman Marcus. Many national fashion magazines showed the fashions he printed there that became beautiful dresses.

In 1966, Gilmore was accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art because of the good experience he had in the fashion industry. He studied art education to become a school teacher. Gilmore was the first student allowed to student teach outside Baltimore City. He came to Carroll County.

Gilmore graduated in 1970 and moved to Carroll County to teach art at Charles Carroll Elementary School for two days a week and alternated with Mount Airy Elementary School for three days a week. He did that for five years. Then he taught at Mount Airy Middle School for five years. Finally, Gilmore taught art at East Middle School for 27 years.

While he was teaching, Gilmore focused his art talents on pen and ink. He specialized in local buildings. The Carroll County Public Library system hired him to draw all the libraries in Carroll County. During this time, he sold his artwork at shows. He sold art at local shows such as Hampstead Days and Fall Harvest Days at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

While he was selling at shows, Gilmore often took commissions to do pen and ink images of people's homes. His drawings were always converted into pen and ink. Gilmore has also done pen and ink drawings of local businesses. He is a member of the Carroll County Arts Guild.

Gilmore has also been a member of the Carroll County Arts Council since the1970s. Gilmore helped start Art in the Park that is run annually by the Carroll County Arts Council after he participated in a similar show in York, Pennsylvania called the Riverwalk Art Exhibit.

"Art is a passion. I am always finding myself drawing. I carry a camera to take photographs of interesting buildings. I like the ones with character that are often falling down," he said.

Gilmore also illustrated two books including the "Little Match Girl" authored by Hans Christen Anderson and "The Birth of Christ" for a publisher in Hampstead.

Gilmore has a vision to do videos for instruction for schools that do not have money for a good art programs. He would like to include lesson plans for the schools. A puppet will introduce the lessons.


Currently, he teaches watercolor and drawing at the Adams County Arts Council in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He also teaches for the Hanover Artists Guild in Hanover. He can be reached via email at