Garrett Arts Council Holds Annual Meeting; Names Stutzmans As Friends Of The Arts

Last Updated on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:30am | Arts & Culture

Article courtesy of NCWC Media.  Reporter: Mary McEwen, Editor, The Republican. Photo credit to Mary McEwen.
The Garrett County Arts Council held its annual membership meeting on Tuesday, June 27, and — as is tradition at the yearly get-together — named this year’s Friend of the Arts recipients. This year’s honor went to artist duo Mark and Laura Stutzman of Mtn. Lake Park. Two high school artists were also recognized.
The Stutzmans were selected for their many contributions to the community through their artistic talents and offerings. Both have worked on local civic projects and have created artwork to enhance local branding projects, town improvements, and more.
They also worked to establish Oakland as a state of Maryland Arts and Entertainment District, which, as announced at the meeting by Karen Reckner, GCAC executive director, has been granted.
The evening event, to which all members of the arts council were invited, was held in a yurt at Wisp Resort. A variety of appetizers and beverages was offered to guests, and guitarist Seth Maynard supplied musical entertainment.
Among those in attendance were the three county commissioners (Paul Edwards, Jim Hinebaugh, and Larry Tichnell), Sen. George Edwards, Thomas Bose (the new director of the Ruth Enlow Library), and several representatives of arts council grantee organizations.
The business meeting was conducted by outgoing president Joan Lyon, who has served on the board of directors since 2009, and has been the president since 2012. Her tenure was extended one year beyond the usual number, by special vote, as the board was managing an interruption in operations caused by an unexpected event in the former gallery.
In addition to being the president, Lyon has served as hospitality chair and grant committee chair, in addition to volunteering at many events and for many projects. She has been active in arts advocacy, both regionally and at the state level.
Lyon currently serves as secretary/treasurer on the Maryland State Arts Council board as well.
Lyon first recognized Gabrielle White of Northern High School and Olivia Shaffer of Southern High School, whose artworks were among the winners in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which is hosted each year by Maryland 6th District congressman John Delaney.
The young women both submitted pieces to the competition, and both won. Their pieces were part of a month-long exhibition at the Weinburg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Both young women and their families attended the annual meeting.
Lyon then presented the Friend of the Arts Award to the Stutzmans, noting the numerous artistic contributions made by both Mark and Laura.
Best known for his rendition of the young Elvis Presley United States postage stamp in 1993, Mark’s illustrations are used in advertising, on products, posters, magazines, book covers, and other niche markets. His work is well-known in the entertainment business. On New York City’s Broadway, he created the poster and other branding artwork for Young Frankenstein, The Musical and Annie Get Your Gun, as well as for magician David Blaine.
He has also created artwork for movie products and premiums for Batman, Jurassic Park, and Space Jam, as well as book covers for Steven King, and is an acclaimed playing card artist. His partial client list includes McDonald’s, DC Comics, MAD magazine, The New Yorker, Nickelodeon, Rolling Stone, Microsoft, Time, and Esquire.
Locally, he was commissioned by the Mountain Lake Park mayor and town council to create a commemorative poster for Deep Creek 2014 (International Canoe Federation’s Slalom World Championships), which took place at the Adventure Sports Center International, McHenry. He created murals in the town of Oakland as well, celebrating the history of the area, and commemorating those who work in emergency services.
Laura Stutzman’s illustration career started in Washington, D.C., after leaving agency work in 1982, and spanned the next 25 years. Her work was inspired by Dean Cornwell and N.C. Wyeth, with their narrative sensibilities and impressionists, Sargent and Hassam. It is most recognized by its confident, painterly style, a blend of traditional technique and contemporary imagery. Clients have included PBS, MCI, CBS, Simon & Schuster, National Geographic, U.S. Postal Service, Zippo, Time/Life Books, and the U.S. Mint.
She entered the children’s book market in 2003 with “B is for Blue Crab,” an alphabet book of Maryland and an updated retelling by Alisa Grodin, of Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince,” both published by Sleeping Bear Press.
Locally she has engaged in branding efforts with businesses and organizations, including the Garrett County Arts Council, for whom she provided the new logo and signage design, and donated her work. Laura also designed and published a souvenir program book for Deep Creek 2014, which was sold as a fundraiser for the event.
“Both Mark and Laura have a deep and abiding love for Garrett County, and have gone out of their respective ways to support, enhance, and celebrate the arts here on the mountaintop,” Lyon said. “They are to be commended for their dedication, their volunteerism, and their willingness to share their extraordinary talents in making this a great place to live.”
Lyon’s “retirement” from the board was then recognized by incoming board president Mary McEwen, who with Reckner presented her with a piece of artwork from the Gallery Shop. It was a mixed media drawing by artist Joy Sanders. She was also given a gift certificate for a local restaurant.
Reckner said Lyon has worked tirelessly for her entire tenure, and her dedication and constancy will be missed.
The other business taken up by the directors was to announce the slate of candidates nominated to serve on the board for the next two years, and to name the slate of executive board members.
The new members, who were all voted into positions on the board of directors, are April Hershberger, Kendall Ludwig, Kirk Miller, and Sarah Myers. Remaining members are McEwen, Barbara Baker, Caroline Blizzard, Jack DuBose, Susan Johnston, Rebecca McClive, M.C. Pratt, Marcia Warnick, Angie Sincell, Frank Shap, Joshua Sines, and Amy Umbel.
The executive officers are McEwen as president; Warnick, vice president; Shap, treasurer; and Umbel, secretary.