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2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Posted: March 4, 2022

Susan Due Pearcy

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home.

Pearcy studied art education at Southeast Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in Printmaking, Painting and Sculpture from New York University. She continued studies at the Art Student’s League in New York City, Fort Mason Art Center and Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco, plus numerous continuing workshops. She has taught in schools, community centers, Alzheimer’s facility and volunteered with children hospitalized at the National Institutes of Health for over 20 years.

Photo by Chris Li

Susan has explored a variety of media, including watercolor, oil painting, pastel and printmaking. She usually carries a sketchbook with her, especially on travels and her sketches have been displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and are in the permanent collection there and at the Library of Congress, the Rare Book Collection at the National Gallery of Art, Georgetown University and others.

Pearcy has exhibited across the country and abroad and is in numerous private, public and museum collections including the Pushkin Museum (Russia), Chemalier Museum (France) and Museum of Modern Art (Argentina).

Susan comes from a family of artists. Her mother was a watercolorist in St. Louis, Missouri, where Susan was raised. Her husband Glen Pearcy was a filmmaker/photographer and their two adult children pursue careers in the arts.

Susan is part of the Countryside Artisans Gallery/Studio Tour (www.countrysideartisans.com) where she opens Sugarloaf Studio to the public. Please come visit!

Susan Due Pearcy
Sugarloaf Studio
21900 Beallsville Road
Barnesville, MD 20838
www.susanduepearcy.com

Photo by Dalis Davidson

COVID-19 Protocols

Posted: February 19, 2022

Last updated: 4/29/2022

In order to protect all attendees, vendors, and volunteers, especially those most vulnerable, we strongly recommend that everyone age two and older wear a mask while indoors at the festival. There is also a chance that wearing a mask will be a requirement for admittance to specific indoor locations, i.e., you will not be allowed to enter those buildings if you aren’t wearing a mask. Therefore, if you want to experience the full range of what the festival has to offer, you should come prepared to wear a mask.

These protocols are subject to change. It is possible that they will be more relaxed by the time May arrives; it is also possible that they could become stricter if conditions warrant. We will be keeping a close eye on the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant to see if that will impact our policy.

List of Venues Requiring a Mask (as of 4/29/22):

If the Festival were held today, everyone ages two and older would be required to wear a mask in the following venues:

  • Fleece Show & Sale Building
  • Saturday Night Spin-In in the Dining Hall
  • Sunday Lectures in the 4-H Hall
  • Additional locations may be added.

Special COVID-19 Protocols for Fiber Arts Seminars

This policy applies to the Fiber Arts Seminars only.

You will be asked to acknowledge and agree to these policies before you are permitted to complete registration for any of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars. If you do not abide by these policies, your class registration fees will be forfeited. These policies apply to EVERYONE – all teachers, students, and volunteers – participating in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars.

Please note that, because of the pandemic, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars will not be able accommodate anyone who cannot wear a mask or who needs to lip read as a consequence of hearing impairment.  

As of April 28, 2022, these are the policies for participation in Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars:

  1. Show proof of full vaccination.

Full vaccination means the individual must have all required doses and initial boosters recommended for a vaccine approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 14 days before first day of attendance at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars in 2022. Note: As of March 29, 2022, the CDC now allows for an additional booster in certain situations, but this additional booster will not be a requirement for participation in the Fiber Arts Seminars.

Please provide proof of vaccination in advance (following the instructions provided by Lessonface when you register), or be prepared to show your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card on your mobile device, as you enter your classroom.

AND

  1. Wear an N95 or KN95 mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when inside; as of 4/28/22 students also have the option of wearing a surgical mask. Other masks will not be permitted. A mask must fit snugly against the sides of the face and cover the nose. These masks are currently available at low or no cost at many pharmacies.

Our instructors fully support the above requirements.

Eating and/or drinking will not be permitted in the classrooms.

We know these policies may make it impossible for some to attend classes this year. We ask for understanding and patience as we try to find the best path to keep students, instructors, and volunteers safe. We will miss those of you who cannot attend and look forward to welcoming you in the future.

Registration for 2022 Fiber Arts Seminars is now open!

Posted: January 30, 2022

  • New Platform! This year we are moving the registration process for our in-person classes from the Eventbrite platform to Lessonface.
  • Registration is now open at at https://lessonface.com/sheepandwool2022.

Click here to download the complete class list.

Complete registration information and class descriptions are also available on Lessonface.


COVID-19 Policy

Note: This policy applies to the Fiber Arts Seminars only. We are still developing our Covid-19 protocols for the rest of the 2022 festival. See https://sheepandwool.org/covid-19-protocols/ for the most up-to-date information.

You will be asked to acknowledge and agree to these policies before you are permitted to complete registration for any of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars. If you do not abide by these policies, your class registration fees will be forfeited. These policies apply to EVERYONE – all teachers, students, and volunteers – participating in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars.

Please note that, because of the pandemic, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars will not be able accommodate anyone who cannot wear a mask or who needs to lip read as a consequence of hearing impairment.  

As of February 13, 2022, these are the policies for participation in Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars:

  1. Show proof of full vaccination.

Full vaccination means the individual must have all doses and boosters recommended for a vaccine approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 14 days before first day of attendance at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars in 2022. Please be prepared to show your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card on your mobile device, as you enter your classroom.

AND

  1. Wear an N95 or KN95 that covers your nose and mouth at all times when inside. Other masks will not be permitted. A mask must fit snugly against the sides of the face and cover the nose. These masks are currently available at low or no cost at many pharmacies.

Our instructors fully support the above requirements.

Eating and/or drinking will not be permitted in the classrooms.

We know these policies may make it impossible for some to attend classes this year. We ask for understanding and patience as we try to find the best path to keep students, instructors, and volunteers safe. We will miss those of you who cannot attend and look forward to welcoming you in the future.

As new information develops, we may change these requirements in the interest of public safety.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

Posted: October 28, 2021

While we will be returning in May with our usual stellar lineup of in-person classes, we know a lot of you are only able to participate virtually, and it’s just not feasible for us to offer online and in-person classes at the same time. Our solution is to bring you two days of virtual fiber arts seminars on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. Winterfest 2022 will be held on the same Lessonface platform that served us so well for the 2021 virtual festival and will feature the following instructors:

  • Jillian Moreno – Spinning
  • Kristen Walsh – Felting
  • Maggie Casey – Spinning
  • Kira Dulaney – Knitting and Crochet
  • Janine Bajus – Knitting
  • Judith MacKenzie – Spinning
  • Dia Robinson – Spinning

Our keynote lecture on Sunday will be The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Pat’s popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. The lecture is free but registration through Lessonface is required.

Schedule

Saturday, January 29

Time (Eastern)ClassTypeInstructor
10 a.m. to 12 noonDrafting for Size and Consistency (part 1)SpinningJillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Needle Felted SnowmanFeltingKristen Walsh
Teach Your Old Wheel Some New TricksSpinningMaggie Casey
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Drafting for Size and Consistency (part 2)SpinningJillian Moreno
Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting MistakesKnittingKira Dulaney
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Needle Felted Winter LandscapeFeltingKristen Walsh
Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 1)KnittingJanine Bajus
Twist UnraveledSpinningMaggie Casey
Color Without a Dye PotSpinningJudith MacKenzie
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Spinning the Perfect WarpSpinningJudith MacKenzie
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Intro to BriocheKnittingKira Dulaney

Sunday, January 30

Time (Eastern)ClassTypeInstructor
10 a.m. to 12 noonDefault Yarn: The Key to Your SpinningSpinningJillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Inspirational Blending on a Blending BoardSpinningDia Robinson
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Cultural History of Natural DyesLecturePat Brodowski
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Colorplay and Singles YarnSpinningJillian Moreno
Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 2)KnittingJanine Bajus
Altering Knit and Crochet Patterns for Size, Gauge or StyleKnitting/CrochetKira Dulaney
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Finishing Your YarnSpinningMaggie Casey
Spinning for Texture: Not Your Grandmother’s YarnSpinningJudith MacKenzie
30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Wool CombsSpinningJudith MacKenzie
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Crochet LaceCrochetKira Dulaney

Registration is now open at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.

Proposals for 2022 Fiber Arts Seminars now being accepted

Posted: June 15, 2021

We are now accepting proposals for fiber arts seminars to be held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which will take place in person on May 7 & 8, 2022 in West Friendship, Maryland. Many seminars will be held Wednesday-Friday of the week leading up to the festival; all seminars will be held in person. The Fiber Arts Seminar Committee invites instructors from every heritage, culture, belief system, and lifestyle to submit a proposal.

Submit your proposal(s) here.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15.

2021 Festival Gear Now Available

Posted: April 6, 2021

2021 festival gear is now available in our online store!

T-Shirts – Sweatshirts – Tote Bags – Posters – Note Cards

Also available for in-store purchase at the Sheepman Supply showroom in Frederick, Maryland.

Your purchases help support the Festival.

49th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Posted: June 15, 2021

May 7 & 8, 2022
8:30AM – 6PM Saturday
8:30AM – 5PM Sunday
Rain or shine!
Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD
Admission $5.00 per day for adults; under 18 admitted free
No pets…please leave your dog at home

Tickets and catalogs are now on sale at https://mswf2022.eventbrite.com/
 
Order Festival merchandise online at https://www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/ through April 27.
 
Register for Fiber Arts Seminars through noon on Sunday, May 1 at https://lessonface.com/sheepandwool2022.
 
See https://sheepandwool.org/covid-19-protocols/ for the most up-to-date information on our Covid-19 protocols for the 2022 festival. 
 
Hope to see you in May!

 

 

Welcome to the 48th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Posted: May 1, 2021

We’re glad you are here to help us celebrate all things sheep and wool, staying home and staying safe until 2022. To get started, just go to our Virtual Festival Home Page, which has all the information you need to get started. No admission tickets, no log in, and no secret passwords needed!

For background information on why we made the move to a virtual festival, read this statement from December.

2021 Catalog Cover Artist

Posted: March 2, 2021

George Maurer

George Maurer’s name is well known to Maryland shepherds, and it’s not because of his artistic talent. Recently retired, George was a partner in the family meat processing business, Maurer & Miller Meats in Manchester, Maryland for more than three decades. George’s family moved to Maryland in 1960 from Kalamazoo, Michigan where his father worked at a meat packing plant. In 1962, George’s father incorporated Maurer & Miller Meats with his friend and fellow Marine Eugene F. Miller. In 1987, George, his brother Stephen, and his brother-in-law Tom Richards bought the business from his father, George J. Maurer. George patiently coached many local (and not-so-local) shepherds on raising the best possible lamb for the dinner table, however, working 12-hour days, sometimes six days a week, didn’t leave much time or energy to paint. Since his retirement, he has spent much of his time pursuing his passion for painting.

Photo by Kelly Heck Photography

In an article in the July 2020 edition of the Mason Dixon Surveyor, George said, “I don’t have any formal training, but I was interested since I was a kid”. He enjoyed art at North Carroll High where he graduated in 1971. “I never took an art course when I went to Frederick Community College, but I would always walk through the art building to see what they were doing.”

A turning point came when his daughter entered elementary school and Maurer started taking her to Barbara Schnell’s studio in Hampstead, Maryland. “My Mom knew that I like to draw so she signed me up for lessons,” says Amber Maurer Farran, who graduated from McDaniel College in 2009 with an degree in art. “It was mostly little kids in the basement—4th or 5th graders—and it was only an hour class.

“At first, my Dad waited in the car, but then he came in and started drawing, too.” George Maurer explains, “I’m not going to drop you off and come back to pick you up. The class wasn’t that long.” Father and daughter ended up painting together in Schnell’s basement all the way through middle and high school. When Amber eventually stopped going, he continued. “I think he was inspired by watching me paint,” she says, “and he started to paint the kill floor at the butcher shop. Paint what you know, right?”

George is intimately attuned to the natural environment, local agriculture, artisans, and trades which compete agribusiness. He is a member of the Carroll Arts Council. In January 2014, George and Amber had a show together at the Carroll Arts Center entitled “Meat the Maurers,” and in Spring 2019 they had another show together at Off Track Art in Westminster, Maryland entitled “More Than Meats the Eye.” George also has art hanging in Dutch Corner Restaurant in Manchester and he participates in the Annual CCAC Members Art Show.

See George’s Facebook page

 

Maryland Sheep & Wool Virtual Online Festival

Posted: May 1, 2020

Since we won’t be getting together in person this year, we are hosting a virtual online festival instead. Watch this space for information and links to the following activities, which will be published on Saturday morning.

  • Virtual Vendor Marketplace
  • Virtual Fleece Sale
  • Online Swag Store

…and much, much more!

Our home base will be the new Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Online Community group on Facebook. This group was set up to allow the greater festival community to interact, inspire, and share with one another. Anyone is welcome to post in this group. However, if you want to post about items for sale, you must be a current Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival vendor or be part of in the virtual fleece sale.

Don’t forget, 2020 catalogs can ordered through Sunday night https://mswf2020.eventbrite.com/. Your purchase helps offset the printing expense (and we’d rather get them in your hands than send them to be recycled). While you are there, you can also donate to help offset the expenditures we had already made prior to the cancellation. And a big virtual hug to all of you who have already donated!

#mdsw2020 #virtualonlinewoolfestival

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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