September Artist's Program

  • September 25, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD, 2nd floor


  • Join us for one or both programs for one price! Join MDPPA and your registration is included!
  • Free to members!

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JOIN the Conversation!!  Wednesday, September 25th!

Workshop on Goal Setting and 30 Second Introduction with Lisa Stearns


Speaking as Artists: Fine Art Exhibitions, Representation, and Creative Process

Free to Members!  $39 Guests for one or both programs!

3:00-5:30 - Workshop with Lisa Stearns 

5:30-6:30 Dinner Break

6:30-7:00 Arrive and Visit

7:00-7:10 Announcements + Member Nominations for MDPPA Board 2020

7:10-9:30 Speaker Presentations and Panel Q+A

Join the creative community for these exciting programs!

As an artist there are so many considerations when developing your portfolio for exhibitions, publication, collectors, or gallery representation, and living in the creative process is invaluable to the development of your body of work.  As a business person, setting goals and developing an effective description of what you sell is essential.  Join us for a day of engagement in these areas!  

Our afternoon will begin with a facilitated activity on making space for creative process using Visual Goal Mapping.  You will then learn how to fine tune your "30 second introduction," key in order to clearly and confidently express your business to potential clients.  In the evening we will listen to panelists (fellow artists, curators and business owners) explore thought-provoking elements of the artistic process and exhibiting and selling your work.  Following each speaker's presentation, we will enjoy a panel discussion with audience Q+A. 

Your participation is requested!  All are welcome, whether you are new, emerging, or an established artist. Whether or not you are already exhibiting your work, have gallery representation, are documenting your work, working with collectors, or selling your fine art as individual pieces or limited editions, your voice is valued and we would love for you to join us as part of the conversation!

3:00-5:30pm  An Afternoon with Lisa Stearns

Visual Goal Mapping

Wouldn’t you love to both complete your work projects AND develop your personal projects?  Tackle your planning and goal setting with Lisa’s essential Visual Goal Mapping hands on workshop. Go beyond ”to-do” lists and calendars by learning Visual Goal Mapping and Time Blocking, helping you to achieve your personal and professional goals with clarity.  

Fine Tune Your Essential 30 Second Introduction

Maximize the power of 30 seconds!  When you have the opportunity to answer the question “what does your business offer?” are you getting the most out of your 30 second introduction?  Having a very focused, descriptive quick intro is one of the most affordable, and easiest ways to grow your business... provided you are speaking to your specific audience.  During this highly interactive workshop you will hone your message to maximize your appeal so clients self select and friends and power partners can easily refer you. 

7:00-9:30pm   Speaker Presentations

Robin Holliday, Gallery Representation

Thomas Engleman, Exhibiting and Creating A Body of Work

Karen Isailovic, Jurying an Exhibition, Life and the Creative Process

About the Speakers

Lisa Stearns, Certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator, Certified Assertiveness Coach, Certified Getting Real Coach/Getting Real Couples Coach, Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor

Entertaining and energetic, Lisa delights audiences and clients with her unique blend of wisdom, honesty, quick wit and her complete open generosity of heart. Lisa's clients say she helps them create order out of chaos, and replace overwhelm with a sense of calm and focus. 

Lisa is a master educator and connector when it comes to empowering women of all ages. Whether through her Dream Team Mastermind Groups, presentations, motivational speaking, empowerment and mindfulness programs, her publications, or her highly successful Ms Biz Networking organization, Lisa's passion is in seeing women succeed.

With a long history in designing educational programs, her work as a sports trainer/yoga/mindfulness instructor, author/publisher, as well as her many certifications in the art of business and communication, Lisa is known as a go-to resource in the area of business, communication, networking and work-life integration.

Having a deep belief in lifelong learning, Lisa is currently pursuing a certification in MBSR, (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and is excited to be sharing this exciting and life changing information with her clients, and hopes to continue studying mindfulness and its wide ranging benefits.

Robin Holliday, Owner/Curator HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Historic Savage Mill, Savage, MD. 

After working in National Security for 26 years, Robin Holliday experienced several life-changing events that helped her realize that life is precious and short. She decided to leave her career to pursue her life-long dream, to embark on her own personal journey as an artist and to own an art gallery.

Robin envisioned an eclectic, uplifting gallery representing only local artists, a sanctuary from the outside world where artwork could remind people of the goodness of life. She also wanted to create a community of artists who support one another.

In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, a small, one-room gallery where she exhibited her own artwork and that of a few local artists. In 2015, she moved HorseSpirit Arts Gallery to Old Ellicott City Main Street, where it continued to grow until she represented over 40 local artists. After suffering significant losses from two devastating floods in 2016 and 2018, Robin chose to leave Old Ellicott City.

In November 2018, she reopened her gallery at Historic Savage Mill, MD with 42 local artists. The gallery now includes paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, mosaics, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and fiber and wearable art.

Robin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gemstones. She also creates crystal sun catchers and mobiles. Her jewelry is made from stones such as Amethyst, Pearls, Turquoise and Black Onyx, combined with her metalwork. Her sun catchers & mobiles are styled using faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) and hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prisms, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room. Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.

Thomas Engleman, Assistant Professor, Art Director, Howard Community College Art Galleries, Columbia, MD.  

Thomas Engleman is a multi-discipline studio artist with a background in commercial printmaking and art handling.  Engleman keeps an active studio and professional life guest curating exhibitions, hosting printmaking workshops, participating in art panels and exhibiting nationally and internationally.  These pursuits and experiences inform his pedagogical pursuits within the classroom and influence the cultural and curatorial decisions he makes as the Director of Galleries at Howard Community College.

Karen Isailovic, Owner/CEO, Root Studio, Creative Wellness Center, Columbia, MD.  

Karen Isailovic is a creative visionary with much experience curating exhibitions, the largest project showcasing over 50 artists. She opened her business, Root Studio, in Columbia in 2017. There are four pivotal “seeds” which nurtured Karen’s vision for Root Studio.  They are: openness, community, innovation, and wellness.  Karen is extremely passionate about the creative process and dedicates her life’s work to inspiring and encouraging others to utilize creative practice as a means to mental wellness - self-care for their mind, body & spirit. Today, Karen continues to bring together artists who work in a variety of media – from painting to audio and digital media – in a cluster of spacious studios tucked into Rivers 95 business park on Guilford Road.

Beginning in 2002 Karen began training as a painter through courses in the continuing studies program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.  In 2015 Karen dove deep into abstract painting, which continues to be her chosen genre.

Karen sells and exhibits her work locally.  She has exhibited in Howard County, Frederick, Annapolis and Baltimore galleries.

We are looking forward to welcoming our speakers!

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