Saturday, August 27, 2016

Margaret Smith Gallery, and Points Beyond

I am spending the entire day adding new items to my Etsy shop. In light of the fact that I have temporarily lost my gallery representation due to the recent flooding,  I am spending time attempting to get much of my inventory online. Shipping on most items is FREE. Pictured is the Margaret Smith Gallery in it's heyday. Mostly everything being added is Ellicott City related... So check it out!, and check in often, as it is an ongoing process.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Updates to Wine and Paint Samples

I've finally gotten around to updating my Wine and Paint samples page. There are now 27 examples of what can be taught in a 3 hour class. At the moment, I am only teaching at my home studio, and the South Carroll Senior Center, but am looking for a new temporary location to work in Historic Ellicott City.  Here is the link

A schedule of upcoming events is listed on my Facebook page for Purkey Fine Arts


Sunday, August 14, 2016

All Roads Lead to Historic Ellicott City

It may seem that our lives are on hold because of recent events, but they're not. Perspectives Art Gallery in Historic Ellicott City, where I often show,  has been uprooted, and they must find a new location. My upcoming show, "Then, Now, and In-Between" has been canceled. But, as cleanup work continues, so do other projects.

So, while I wait for my little corner of the universe to be set upright, my projects continue, at least most of them. I have been working on producing three coloring books of local scenes, 2 are now on hold, the work on one continues. "Ellicott City in the Civil War" has taken a back seat. Some of my early work of the town has come to light, and new prints will be forthcoming.

My appreciation of Ellicott City is at the core of my very artistic existence. If there was no H.E.C. I most likely would no longer paint, If there was no H.E.C. I would eventually move out of Maryland.

I started writing a book about the town at least twenty years ago, and have also been working on a book of my own creative work of town. In my world, projects always swirl around, some land in the real world, some begin and go nowhere, and some are completed.

The current catastrophe is a reminder for me to get moving again on some of those loose ends, so at least one book will once again get "moved to the front burner". Each passing day means less time for us all. Time to focus on what's important.

This self portrait done a couple of years ago shows what I think is important... "Ellicott City Forever".


Friday, August 12, 2016

Paint Classes, and Where Do We Go From Here???

I will be removing my artwork from Perspectives Art Gallery in Historic Ellicott City this Saturday. All Wine and Paint Classes at that location have been cancelled. It will likely be months before there is a semblance of normality in EC. Until that day arrives, I will be doing those classes at my home studio, at the South Carroll Senior Center, and other locations as yet undetermined. Those wanting to keep in touch should do two things. One, subscribe to my email on the left, and two, find my Purkey Fine Arts page on Facebook, and "like" it.

Wiley Purkey - "Painter of Ellicott City History"
Remember, you can find my prints of Ellicott City here

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Temporary Setback

As we all know, Historic Ellicott City has been put out of business by a catastrophic flood. Lives, businesses, jobs, livelihoods, homes, history and much more were lost, some forever.

As a result of the flood, I am temporarily without gallery representation. If you are looking for my images of Historic Ellicott City, you can just visit my Etsy shop. In the coming weeks, I will be adding many more images that are not currently available, so keep checking in.




Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Enchanted Forest Castle at Perspectives Art Gallery Cancelled

Due to the fact that Historic Ellicott City has been once again destroyed by a flood, this class has been cancelled.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Starry Sunflowers class at Purkey Fine Arts

I will be teaching "Starry Sunflowers" at my studio classroom on Saturday, July 23rd, from 1 to 4. Tickets are only $35, and includes all art materials, instructions, snacks, drinks and wine. Small class, individual instruction.

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