“Paint Down Main” Quick Draw Event, Historic Ellicott City

20 08 2016

On July 9, 2016, talented (& calm) artists created artwork that they painted in historic downtown Ellicott City during a TWO hour period.  “Paint Down Main”, Quick Draw competition was held on a hot, but beautiful, Saturday morning and it was an AMAZING event to watch! “Paint Down Main” Quick Draw event is within the Paint It! Ellicott City Plein Air Event. How awesome for spectators to witness a piece of art created and completed in such a short amount of time!

The sponsors of this creative and challenging event were Mat About You Custom Framing & Gallery, Ellicott City Partnership (ECP), Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Tourism.

At noon, the blow of the horn sounded, signaling the finish time, painters gathered at the Howard County Tourism lot, displayed their artwork and waited patiently 🙂 while the jurors judged their art. Judges Steve Stannard of Steve Stannard’s Salient Group,  Char Randolph of ClayGround and Sara Arditti, of Still Life Fine Art Gallery, chose winners in the competition for cash prizes. Patrons could then purchase their favorite painting directly off the easel or visit the Paint Down Main exhibit during the Ellicott City 2nd Sunday Art Market, held at Mat About You Gallery on July 10th.

This awesome event is the brainchild of Chuck Gruss of Mat About You, “We hold this event to give the town’s visitors, a chance to see a piece of art work come together from start to finish.  It’s not too often someone gets a chance to see that happen in a such a short amount of time”.

Last year, 2015, was the inaugural year and welcomed 33 participants competing for $600 in cash prizes! This year, 2016, there were 48 participants competing for $1200 in cash prizes!! Mat About you Custom Framing and Gallery, Ellicott City Partnership and Chesapeake Fine Art Studio all donated toward the cash prizes.

Winners from the “Paint Down Main” Quick Draw;

1st Place “Main Street Ellicott City” by Alison Leigh Menke
2nd Place “Little House, Big Woods” by Courtney E. Lee
3rd Place “Wired” by Ray Ewing
Top Non-Juried “Tiber River Under Parking Lot” by Jane Knighton
Honorable Mentions:
-“Old Columbia Pike” by Tara Will
-“Ask Not” by Joanna Burnum
-“Tiger & Blues” by Ann Crostic
-“Tongue Row” by Deborah Cole
-Under 18 Winner “Oriental Rugs” by Ashley Hof
-Under 18 Honorable Mentions, “Park” by Laila Lowery and “City Shop” by Jonathan Storch
-People’s Choice “Old Columbia Pike” by Tara Will

This is one of the many cultural events held in Historic Ellicott City throughout the year. I am looking forward to having our street back and rockin’ the events again!

As I walked around the Quick Draw boundaries, searching for painters, I was in complete awe with what I saw.  Each painter interpreted their views so differently and every single one of them, so magnificently. I loved seeing the many different techniques the artists displayed, the different interpretations of the same landscape. The unique color choices, some muted, some vibrant. Yet they all had something in common, they each produced incredible and beautiful pieces of art.

I hope you enjoy these photos.

Thank you to everyone involved! Hope to see you next year!

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Job very well done, everyone! Thank you for another awesome day in Ellicott City!

I’d like to remind our readers, that if you’d like to donate to the Ellicott City Partnership for the assistance of the flood victims, the link is: Flood donations, thank you for your consideration. 

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Visitors – thank you for checking out images and information about the another event from Historic Main Street.

If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to chat with you. Here’s a little more info about us…..Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town of Ellicott City, MD, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at
410.988.5563 or
email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation.

We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!:-)





#ShopSmall in Historic Ellicott City!

28 11 2015

Let’s face it, nobody likes driving around a busy parking lot, looking for a space to park only to find one and somebody from the opposite direction snags it from you. 😦 This time of year you aim to get somewhere early to avoid blowing though half a tank of gas driving around…and around…and around the parking lots looking for that one empty space.  Well, Historic Ellicott City has a solution for you!

Do you know about the stairs that connect Main Street to the Courthouse Parking lot?  It’s as if a new parking garage was built without the nuisance of a new parking garage being built! 🙂     Thank you, Lyndsey, for helping me showcase the Ellicott City Stairs!                                        Ellicott City Stairs Steps to Courthouse Pam Long Photography

These stairs lead you to hassle free parking! Located upper Main, behind the The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and close to The Wine Bin, the stairs serve as a great solution to parking challenges and may be used in the evening and weekends. Gone are your parking issues! Now you can easily support your local small businesses knowing that you’ll have plenty of parking on weekends!

Check out how fast you can get to Main Street when you park at the Courthouse:

Along with the newer parking option, Historic Ellicott City has several different parking areas along with street parking. You can find the specific lots listed here.

Here’s Howard County Councilman, District 1, Jon Weinstein and Howard County’s County Executive, Allan Kittleman, at the top of the stairs (nobody was blinded by the sun in the making of this photo 🙂 ).

Ellicott City stair Kittleman Weinstein Pam Long Photography

Ellicott City’s Historic District is a wonderful shopping destination with a diverse offering of goods, services and restaurants and is home to a thriving art community.  You can find a list of businesses and events here.

Rachel Rawlings, manager of Salon Marielle, 8239 Main Street, shared with me, “Our salon guests love having the option of parking at the courthouse and taking the stairs. Especially during busier times like during our wonderful festivals. It’s a beautiful view and walk down from the top of town.”

Our charming town provides a plethora of choices for you and you’ll be certain to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

A Journey From Junk shopping Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Evenings are magical, come on down to shop or dine!

Night Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Many great shops and boutiques, art galleries, antiques and collectibles, a diverse shopping experience for everyone!

Ellicott City Main Street Howard House Pam Long Photography

Shopping Historic Ellicott City Photographer Pam Long Photography studio Howard County

Ellicott City Main Street shopping Pam Long Photography

Howard County’s Welcome Center is part of our Main Street community. This photo is from last year’s tree lighting ceremony at Midnight Madness.  Be sure to catch it this year on Friday, December 4th!                                         MIdnight Madness Tree Lighting Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

So, head on down to Main Street in Ellicott City, support small businesses and don’t forget, parking is easy peasy!

When you’re on the stairs, be sure to take a selfie, use  #ECstairselfies and perhaps you’ll be added to the Instagram page! 🙂

ECStairsSelfiePamLong

Here’s how Richard Ellsberry, an Ellicott City resident, feels about the addition of the stairs, “For me, any long-term solid infrastructure is a good thing, and those stairs are going to be there in a hundred years. They look great & help with storm water management.”

Not only do these stairs help us by providing an entire new parking option, but as Richard mentioned, they have a phenomenal other purpose. Check out this amazing video, made by Cecilia Lane!

Shop Small Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Shuttle Service today too!

Shop Small Historic Ellicott City Pam Long Photography

Head to Historic Ellicott City and #ShopSmall! Have fun!

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost and considering your visit to Main Street, Historic Ellicott City .  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us….. Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 or email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!





Historic Ellicott City is Alive with Incredible Events this Weekend!

11 07 2014

Amazing opportunities to check out in our wonderful Historic Ellicott City!  Hope I don’t miss anything, here are a few things going on this weekend!

West End Studios Art Opening/Pop Up Gallery Show is this evening, 7:00 – 10:00pm and tomorrow,  10:00am – 6:00pm.  Check out amazing artists, Dee Cunningham of Deelite Designs, Scultors Bill Knapp and Barry Sheehan, Woodworker Ewan Tulis.  They will all have their incredible works on display for purchase.  Grab your art loving friends and be prepared to be amazed!  Their talent is off the charts!  The show is held in Dee’s studio, located on the west end of Main Street at:  8602 A Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. For more info, please click here for the Facebook event page.

Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin tonight, 6:00 – 9:00pm! Be sure to bring your furry friends, enjoy live music and Parfections chocolate tasting.  Each Yappy Hour event, The Wine Bin collects donations for different charities.  Tonight, they are collecting cat food for their pet food drive, so be sure to share your love and bring some food to donate.

Plein Air, Paint-Out event in Ellicott City starts today! You’ll see creative artists throughout town with their easels and favorite mediums, creating their vision of our historic town. More information can be found here.  The artists will have their finished works displayed at the Howard County Center for the Arts on July 16th, 6:00pm – 8pm. at a free reception.  You will have the opportunity to purchase their art pieces.

Farmer’s Market, tomorrow, 9:00 – 2:00pm.  Enjoy this awesome, weekly event and take advantage of purchasing locally grown, farm-fresh vegetables, fruits and yummies!  Remember, there are 2 locations.  The Courtyards of Tonge Row will have live music from Jared Denhard! He’ll be performing with his Celtic Harp, Vintage Ukelele and Early American Gourd Banjo!!  Over at the Wine Bin market, Colamiles will be adding his rhythmic sounds as your enjoy the sunshine and shop local! A big thank you to everyone involved in organizing and participating in Ellicott City Old Town Market!  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to “like” their Facebook page by clicking here!

July’s Second Sunday Art Market is this Sunday July 13th. The will have 11 artists & vendors attending with their works for sale.  The judged participants in the Plein Air Paint It  contest will have some of their other works on display and for sale at Mat About You as well.

The Wine Bin’s Outdoor movie tomorrow night is Moonstruck!  Be sure to grab your chairs and head to The Wine Bin for the 9:00pm showing.  They offer coolers of ice to chill your beer and wine that you purchase from the Bin.  They also offer popcorn and bottled water to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County.

Celebrate History Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13th with the Monocacy Commemorative Weekend! Please check out the Howard County Historical Society’s website for all of the information. Historic Sites open 10:00am – 4:00pm with awesome activities taking place at the Thomas Log Cabin, Firehouse Museum, Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City Colored School Restored, Emory United Methodist Church, to name a few.  There will be Civil War re-enactors throughout town, children’s activities. Please click here to check out the details of this wonderful event. Gosh, I hope I didn’t leave anything out!  That’s one packed weekend of goodness taking place in our charming, historic town of Ellicott City!  I hope you have a chance to take advantage of some of these events! Have a wonderful weekend!

Gosh,  hopefully I didn’t leave anything out!  I hope that you’re able to enjoy some of these wonderful events that are taking place this weekend in our charming, historic Ellicott City!

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

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Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come. To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!

 

#hocomd