Exhibit – Liquid & Translucent: Watercolors

Exhibit – Liquid & Translucent: Watercolors

Visit the galleries at the Liriodendron Mansion* between May 9 and June 23 to see the works of Elizabeth Burin, Joan-Elisabeth Reid, and Annabelle Thurlow.

The fifty luminous watercolors in this exhibition transport the viewer from the detailed beauty in the fields and gardens of Maryland to abandoned places in the Southwest… and further still to the wilds of Namibia, Africa.

Each of the three artists express light and color through their keen observations and skilled compositions.

The exhibit will be on view each Wednesday from 1 to 6 pm, and on Sundays May 9 and June 13 from 11 am to 3 pm.


Social distancing protocols will be observed – masks are required.

*Please note that, due to the historic nature of our venue, there is limited access to the 2nd floor gallery space.


Exhibit: Works from The Maryland Center for the Arts’ 6th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival

Exhibit: Works from The Maryland Center for the Arts’ 6th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival

The Liriodendron Foundation is proud to present images from  The Maryland Center for the Arts’ 6th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival in our 2nd floor Gallery rooms (limited access.)

The exhibit will be available for viewing on Sunday October 11, 11am – 3pm and on Wednesdays (October 7, 21, and 28) from 1 to 7 pm.

You may see all the paintings from the 2020 Harford Plein Air Painting Festival and the Quick Draw Competition at http://www.mdcenterforthearts.org/gallery.html .


Some programs of the Maryland Center for the Arts (MCA) are sponsored, in part, by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Harford County Cultural Arts Board with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development.  The Quick Draw Competition was supported by a gift from the Bel Air Cultural Alliance.

The MCA is grateful for additional support from the Harford Artists’ Association, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, It’s PayDay, Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan, Knights of Columbus Bel Air Council 4714, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Steven & Cherie Christy, Ph.D., Carolyn W. Evans, Esq., the Thornton Family.



Season’s End – Final Art Show of the 2019 Season

Season’s End – Final Art Show of the 2019 Season

Visit the Liriodendron for the final art exhibit of the 2019 Season from Sunday, October 20 through Sunday, November 10. 

The exhibit will feature the work of four eclectic artists: Trevor Slade, Bryan O’Neil, John Hardwicke, and Brent Crothers, along with the works of other pop-up artists.

Trevor Slade will share his paintings and drawings. His works have been exhibited throughout the Baltimore area. 

Trevor has stated “Timeless is the human experience of pain and pleasure, hardship and will. I strive to depict that as one would feel it—and, more importantly, as one would see it. Upon this meditation I will create art that can connect to the living, breathing person. A good artist cannot approach their work with the same irrationality and folly it aims to depict, but approaches art with discipline in practice, a respect for the meaning-seeking viewer, and a responsibility to make valuable contributions to the most life-affirming tradition in the history of humankind.”

Bryan O’Neill is an intermedia artist who earned his MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Intermedia and Digital Art in 2019, and his BFA in photography from Towson University in 2016. The artist uses sculpture, photography, and performance to create work which explores the intersections of mankind and nature. Focusing on “American ideas of wilderness, survivalism, manliness, and absurdity,” he explores the ecological thought and the performance of masculinity in the culture of the outdoorsman. His process focuses heavily upon repetition to create installations which reveal hours of meditative effort through salvaged wood, camp rope, and resin.

John Hardwicke’s  work features images that are a combination of photography and computer programming, producing surreal landscape collage prints. Says the artist “These worlds are inhabited with individuals and creatures whose origins are of my making and photographed personages of my wife’s soft sculptures.” John is one of the Liriodendron’s Gallery Directors.

Brent Crothers grew up the son of a plumber in Harford County. At twenty-four, he purchased 20 acres of undeveloped forest. It was there that he says he “started trusting my intuition and allowed myself to play with the materials of the forest. There I owned the artist in me.” He earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1989, and an MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture  in 2003.  He has exhibited in 10 states, in the District of Columbia, and China including the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Art Museum of The Americas in Washington, DC.

A special opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 1 to 4 pm. 

The exhibit will be available for viewing on Wednesdays from 1 to 7 pm and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm through November 10.

Autumn Opening – An Exhibit

Autumn Opening – An Exhibit

Art Exhibit: Autumn Opening  September 22 – October 13

Featuring the works of George Figgs, Kevin Quantmeyer, Ellen Baer, and Ki Crittenden   and other pop-up artists

The Liriodendron is thrilled to exhibit the works of four artists, all with their own unique style and point of view.

Baltimore native George Figgs is a musician, actor, film historian, and visual artist. Figgs is one of the original “Dreamlanders” and appeared in a number of early John Waters productions including Pink Flamingos, Mondo Trasho, and Female Trouble. He later worked in film production and then, from 1991 to ’99 was the proprietor of Baltimore’s Orpheum Cinema.

Kevin Quantmeyer is a graphic designer with a background in drawing and painting who attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and Harford Community College.

Ellen Baer‘s work evolved from her experiences as a child near Buffalo, New York. Lake Erie, Niagra Falls and fossil-rich shale beds, and the weather in that area fascinated her, and led to her interest in natural processes, such as erosion, sedimentation and freezing and thawing.

The forces of nature such as gravity, layering, heat and wind are used to create her work. Her paintings explore the edge between the conscious and the unconscious mind by working with materials in an intuitive way.

Through the use of amorphous imagery and ambiguous space her work signifies feelings of uncertainty in a world which cannot be fully understand through our senses. In her work she contemplates upon the beauty of the ephemeral and the fragile nature of our thoughts, our existence and the natural world.

Ki Crittenden is a ceramic artist of over 30 years. Her work is influenced by nature, trees, ocean life, light, and earth tones.

She studied fine arts at Incheon University in South Korea and then began creating and selling art in Seoul, Korea. After immigrating to the United States, her career as an artist blossomed in Seagrove, North Carolina, a haven for many distinguished potters.

Moving to Pennsylvania has allowed Ki to bring her work to a much larger audience. Ki’s work can be found at local exhibits, galleries, and art shows. 

The exhibit is available for view on Wednesdays from 1 to 7 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. A special opening exhibit will be held on Sunday, September 22.

Multimedia Art Show

Multimedia Art Show

 Multimedia Art Show – August 25 – September 15

Featuring the works of Craig Haupt, Terri Slack Hardwicke, and Christopher Winslow 

The Liriodendron is excited to exhibit the works of three eclectic artists, along with additional pop-up artists.

Craig Haupt is largely self-taught. Combining a long career of drafting skills with selected sketchbook doodles, he has been creating a menagerie of whimsical subjects. He now works primarily with oils, but still continues to produce numerous images with watercolor and pen & ink. 

A graduate of Towson University, Craig has exhibited in various locations throughout Maryland, and in Brooklyn, NY. 

“Visual Arts has been a series of ebb & flows throughout my life. During 1995, the strongest flow washed over me and has sustained to this day,” says the artist.

Terri Slack Hardwicke is a multi-media artist who is also one of the Gallery Directors at the Liriodendron. She creates whimsical pieces out of up-cycled furniture, glassware, and other items.

Christopher Winslow is a painter who had his early education in California and Papua New Guinea (1971 to 1975) and at the
 Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Republic of Ireland (1976 to 1980.)

Thirty years ago, he settled in Maryland and began his career as a decorative painter.

“Over the years I have had the good fortune to be able to focus on privately commissioned paintings, portraits, and murals. In my commercial work I paint in many styles and replicate different periods of art, depending on what the interior designer or client wants. This has given me a great opportunity to explore and combine many genres of art and design, creating a new and fresh look.”

A special opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, August 25. The exhibit will be on view through September 15 on Sundays from 1 to 4 and Wednesdays from 1 to 7.

Summer at the Gallery

Summer at the Gallery

Visit the Art Gallery at the Liriodendron from July 28 through August 18 to view the beautiful works of Ellie Tryon Elgin, Rhoda Seiden, and Barbara Love – all painters skilled in the art of Plein Air.

Ellie Tryon Elgin Ellie has a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.A.T. in Museum Education from George Washington University.  Ellie teaches art at the McFaul Senior Center and at Harford Community College. 

Ellie has recieved commendations, recognitions and certificates of appreciation from Animal Rescue Inc., the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland and in the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center exhibit on “Creative Women of Maryland” for her artistic contributions.  

Ellie is a member of Harford County Artists Association, Arts by the Bay Gallery, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. ​

Besides her love of animals, Ellie loves exploring the Maryland countryside painting the beauty of the MidAtlantic area. Ellie is currently working on a series of paintings that celebrate and portray the beauty of Harford County and surrounding areas. Most Wednesdays you can find Ellie along with her fellow artists at Liriodendron for an informal art critique of their latest works.

Rhoda Seiden works in both acrylics and watercolors.  Some of her watercolors reflect her interest in Japanese ink painting which she studied for several years.   In these, she attempts to combine the oriental style with the use of color more common to traditional watercolor paintings.  Other paintings treat the subject in accordance with a more conventional watercolor style. 

Both her watercolors and acrylics focus on color, light and rhythm, and she attempts to depict a variety of subjects in unique ways.  Landscapes, however, are a favorite subject.

Rhoda has traveled extensively in the Southwest and finds much inspiration in the colorful scenery, architecture, and art of that region.

Barbara Love has been actively painting for 35 years.  She formally trained at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. 

Barbara’s work is based on the fundamentals of design and composition, thus creating a finished work that will provide pleasure to both the emotions and the eye through many generations regardless of current and passing fashion trends.

Barbara has exhibited in galleries in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and her works can be found in many private collections. In addition to her original works, Ms. Love is a registered copyist at the National Gallery in Washington, DC and the Musee de Louvre in Paris.

Ms. Love regularly conducts painting classes and workshops.  She is an active member of the Wednesday Artists’ Group which meets at the Liriodendron.