I owe today’s post to a tweet from the Downtown Columbia Partnership, featuring a painting by artist Mary Jo Tydlaka:
Recognizing the #DowntownColumbiaMd Lakefront and what looks like a @ColumbiaAssn concert with some Dancing Under the #PeopleTree in this Mary Jo Tydlacka artwork.
Mary Jo Tydlaka (Howard County)
Uppity Blues Women ll. Acrylic. 2017
From the artist:
My artwork is my response to the world around me and it is also my participation in the world. Over the years my subjects have been homes, neighborhoods, families and cities. During the last several years I have focused on the outdoor Shakespeare plays at the Patapsco Female Institute Ruins and other locales. I attend the plays , multiple times if possible, and sketch. The plays are a combination of my interests in landscape, weather, classic architecture, groups of people and Shakespeare.
I love this work. There’s so much going on here, and the colors are exceptionally notable for their warmth. I think of the Lakefront as a sea of blues and greens and pale cement. This is fiery.
I would like to know about those buildings across the lake from the bandstand, though.
I was curious about the title of the painting and did a little digging around. It’s amazing what you can find in Wikipedia. Although this was painted in 2017, I’m thinking the concert took place long before that.
I took a look into the virtual art show and was soon drawn to this piece by Howard County mosaic artist Lisa Scarbath.
Body of Water, 2021
Ms. Scarbath is also the creator of “Pieces of History: EC250 Mosaic” which is currently on display at the Howard Count Arts Council Center. It will soon take up residence in a store front on Main Street. In addition to enjoying Ms. Scarbath’s work in this exhibit, you can follow her on Instagram at piecefuldesignsmosaics.
About the exhibit:
The Maryland State Arts Council presents Maryland Regional virtual exhibition series to showcase multidisciplinary artists from all five different regions of Maryland. This is a year-long series and starts with Series #3 Central Maryland. We hope you enjoy 45 different artworks from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard County, and Baltimore City. (March 18 - May 13, 2022)*
*I was still able to access the exhibit this morning,