Madison Dutterer is a 12-year-old local artist. When she was 5 years old she began to draw. She drew people, flowers and animals.
Last March, Dutterer took an art class at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center (theeich.org) in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where she also takes ballet lessons. She took a class on acrylic painting techniques. The class also made papier items. Dutterer created a papier mache deer.
Dutterer and her grandmother, Trish Gorman of Westminster, volunteer at the Carroll County Humane Society. They walk the dogs and help with the horse. The pair have volunteered there for almost two years.
Dutterer used to have a dog that passed away three years ago. Dutterer wanted to give back to animals, so she went to the Humane Society more. “I saw more animals and wanted to put them into my art,” she said. At first, she painted on the back of boxes. Her first piece was a little white dog that had been at the Humane Society for two years before he got adopted. She painted it on back of a “Chewy” dog food box.
This year, the Humane Society of Carroll County (hscarroll.org) held their annual Wolfstock, fundraiser hosted by the Ruhlman Brewery in Hampstead. There were vendors at the event, live music food, pet contests, goat yoga, horse shows, dog shows and pet adoptions. The music was provided free of charge by Scott Knowles, Voodoo Tuesday, Shelly McCarthy and Marshall. My K 9 Buddy provided demonstrations. Two pets were adopted at the event as well. The event raised $8,000 for the Carroll County Humane Society.
Lisa Katz is an artist in her own right. She used to do oil painting and has started using acrylic. Lately, she has been moving into 3-D art. When pursuing her graduate degree at McDaniel College, she fell in love with jewelry making in Linda Van Hart’s class.
Her artworks included a pig, a koi fish, dogs, a cat, a dandelion, horse, unicorn and a hummingbird. While she was at the event, Dutterer painted a rock with a German Shepherd on it and sold it the same day.
Dutterer has no fear of animals. Recently at the Buddy Walk for benefit of Down Syndrome, she held all kinds of animals, reptiles and insects, including snakes, tarantulas, lizards and even a hissing cockroach.
She has drawn and painted natural things in her home-school classes such as trees and flowers. She even painted an image of a volcano. Dutterer also completed a commission for flower paintings for a customer’s home.
Dutterer just started at New Oxford Middle School this year and hoped to take art classes there. She had been home-schooled and was able to study art curriculum books with her mother. She has learned to make different textures using other materials.
“I am thinking about doing interior designing. It is really interesting. I am very organized and I like to put things in special places. I like to make it my own style,” she said. “Art is relaxing. When I am bored I sit down and do artwork. I will scroll through on my Dad’s computer to see art and then I make my own version of it.”