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Painters Paint Date welcomes all artistic levels

Howard County Times

When Greenbridge Pottery hosts a Painters Paint Date on March 19, Becky Moy Behre, owner, knows that the property's scenic six acres, barn and various buildings will be popular subjects.

She won't be surprised, however, if her chickens become popular subjects, too.

"They have so much personality and their bodies are so cute," Behre said, of the 60 chickens that call Greenbridge home. "They make great subjects for artwork."

Karen Isailovic knows firsthand the appeal of Greenbridge Pottery. Since moving to Howard County 18 years ago, Isailovic has gone to Greenbridge to paint. A former leader of Plein Air artists group, Isailovic would often organize trips to Greenbridge for the group.

"It is a great place with a great vibe," Isailovic said. "I wanted to share that with other artists."

Having recently taken a job as the business manager at Greenbridge, Isailovic wants more artists to discover the property's picturesque beauty. With Behre's approval, Isailovic organized Painters Paint Date.

"I like bringing people together," Isailovic said. "Becky is so supportive of other artists. She would love to have more people here."

Behr also knows firsthand the allure of her property to other artists

"Over the years, a lot of painters request coming here to paint the landscape," Behr said. "It is always a pleasure to have them come and paint on the property."

After purchasing the property in 1984, Behr opened Greenbridge Pottery a year later. Her mugs, plates and bowls can be found in local establishments such as Crossroads Pub in Dayton; The Great Sage Café in Clarksville and Bean Hollow in Ellicott City. She also attends a few festivals in the area, including the popular Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

In February, Greenbridge hosted a successful "Chicken or the Egg Show" which introduced the studio's new items featuring Behr's beloved chickens.

"Our chickens are gorgeous and friendly," Behr gushed. "We handle them more than a lot of people. That's fun for people to do. People get a glowing look when holding a baby chicken."

Everyone is welcome to attend the free event on March 19. Isailovic plans to be painting, too, and will offer advice and tips if wanted to other artists.

"Critiquing one-on-one can be really helpful," Isailovic said. "I like to do this format ... an open studio. You discuss what you're working on. For me, it is about the process."

All artists must bring their own supplies. If there is a light rain, the event will be held on the rain date of April 9.

Behr converted the barn into a gallery where she displays not only her pottery, but the work of other artists.

"We're a group of friends that all work together and display our work together," Behr said. "There is a fiber artists and painters."

With two full-time potters handling Greenbridge's orders, Behr now has more time to focus on her own art.

"I'm going to develop some ideas I've had for a long time," Behr said. "Very sculptural and very simple."

She is also going to continue to welcome other artists to her grounds.

"I am happy to be able to share this beautiful place with people. It is a wonderful thing to do," Behr said. "Surrounded by suburbia, this nice little plot feels like stepping into another world."

Painters Paint Date will take place March 19, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Greenbridge Pottery, 5159 Green Bridge Road, Dayton. Free. 410-531-5920.

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