Twenty-one artists have put paintbrushes, pens and pencils to canvas and paper, all with the same theme in mind -- water.
These artists' conceptions of seascapes, lakes and ponds will be displayed at Carroll County Arts Gallery beginning tomorrow. "Water, Water, Everywhere," a group exhibition by Carroll County Artists Guild, will run through Oct. 28.
A reception with the artists will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, at the Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.
The event is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
"It's a very nice exhibit," said Fran Nyce, president of Carroll County Artists Guild. "All of the mediums must have water in its liquid form, no ice or steam."
Most of the 21 artists are county residents. The guild has 36 members.
The artists include:
Sandra Cook, a resident of Mount Airy who paints for self-fulfillment.
Dorothy Wilson Eby, a resident of Westminster who has painted for more than 25 years.
Her medium is acrylic, but she also works in pastels and watercolor pencil.
Suzanne Mancha of Manchester teaches watercolor and paints primarily in watercolor but also does photography and sumi, a Japanese style of painting with sticks of soot, as an alternative.
Emily H. Murray of Westminster has been painting for about 25 years. She works with watercolors.
Kenneth I. Herim Sr. of Sykesville works in oils and watercolors with landscapes as his prime subject. His work was awarded Best in Show for the 1994 Maryland You Are Beautiful fine arts competition.
Mrs. Nyce, also of Westminster, began studying watercolor painting in 1991 and won Carroll County's Best in Show award in the first Maryland You Are Beautiful Senior Art Competition in 1992 and Best Watercolor in 1993.
Lillian Osten lives in Westminster and has a background ranging from dressmaking and design to interior design and drafting. She has served on the board of directors of Carroll County Arts Council and is art show coordinator and hanging chairwoman for Carroll County Arts Guild.
Allen Potter, a resident of Reisterstown, has always been interested in oceans and life on the seashore. He has taught in Carroll County schools for 25 years, including adult education courses. He works with oils, acrylics and assemblages.
Barbara Schnell of Hampstead has been teaching art privately in Carroll County for about 10 years. Her choice of media is oils or pastels.
Kathryn Shaffer of Sykesville is a colorist who uses oils. Her style is representational but deviates from true realism.
Jeanette Ripley of Finksburg has exhibited at the Council Gallery, Carroll County Office Building, Gateway Medical Center, Carroll Community College, Lutheran Village (Change) and Carroll County public library.
Lula Thomas began painting in oils 20 year ago. The Westminster resident has studied watercolor at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida and has won several awards in its juried shows.
Bobbi White has been painting for 25 years, beginning with adult education classes at Westminster High School. She also has studied tole, or enameled metalware, and decorative painting and watercolor. Her pen and ink drawings have been published in Carroll County Genealogical Society's "Churches and Cemeteries of Carroll County" series.
Marge Wickes has taught preschool and middle school children for 20 years as well as senior citizens. The Finksburg resident works for Carroll County Therapeutic Council at Shoemaker Center, teaching a program she developed called "Creative Awareness." She uses watercolors as her medium.
Lois Wright, a resident of Sykesville, learned drawing and composition through a self-paced self-study course starting in 1993. She mainly works in watercolor and paints portraits, but has done other subjects.