The artists Karin Birch and Lisa Sheirer begin their residency at the Y Arts Center

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September 29 – Frederick County’s YMCA, the Y Art Center, will launch its artist-in-residence studio program on October 1st with two Frederick County artists, Karin Birch and Lisa Sheirer.

The AIR studio program in the Y Art Center offers residents private studio spaces and a micro-gallery exhibition as well as marketing and professional support.

Karin Birch has been using hand embroidery and hand-sewn beadwork in combination with acrylic paint as a medium for art production for 35 years. The act of hand sewing threads and beads is a slow and repetitive process that leaves room for uninterrupted thought. The act of painting is spontaneous, in the moment, physical movement. The combination of these two opposing states gives form to an endless exploration of the mystery of being. Birch works intuitively by evaluating personal experiences, energy, exercise, nature and occasional external disruptions in politics.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally with works in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, and the US Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Her work is represented by the Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia, where her work will be featured in a special exhibition in October, and the NOMA Gallery in Frederick.

Lisa Sheirer is a retired art and design professor and lives in Frederick. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from West Virginia University and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Notre Dame. Sheirer has been creating works of art for over 40 years.

Although known primarily as a graphic artist, Sheirer works in a variety of media including pixels, clay, wood, glass, found objects, and cast iron. Her current series “Stratum” shows landscapes and flowers painted on paper.

Her public art projects include a ceramic mural at Baltimore Washington International Airport commissioned by the Maryland Department of Transportation and a glass mural installed in the new lobby of the Western Maryland Health System. Most recently, Sheirer was a featured artist at the Hillyer Art Space Gallery in Washington, DC. She is also a board member of the Frederick Book Arts Center and her work is represented by the Jo Fleming Contemporary Art Gallery in Annapolis.

The Y Art Center is located at 115 E. Church St. in downtown Frederick. Visitors can immerse themselves in this installation during the gallery opening hours from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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