Our next dynamo is Lauren Barnes from Poplar Brook Arts.
Lauren is an emerging stained glass artist located in Mount Airy, Maryland, and owner of Poplar Brook Arts.
A lifelong Marylander, Lauren grew up on her family’s farm in western Howard County. She attended
Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Lauren
recently stepped into the world of stained glass after she took a local introductory class and immediately felt drawn to the medium. Lauren’s inspirations come from nature, Art Nouveau motifs, and historical stained glass designs.
You can find Lauren at www.poplarbrookarts.comand on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/poplarbrookarts/
By day, I look for patterns in data as a biostatistician. By night, weekend, and the occasional day off, I make patterns with plant-based epoxy resin, stone, and metal. My jewelry is bold in shape and color and reflects my love of midcentury geometric designs. I‘ve studied etalsmithing at the Delaplaine Arts Center and participated in Artomatic @ Frederick in 2016.
A portion of all my sales are donated to Heartly House (http://www.heartlyhouse.org/) which provides comprehensive services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape/sexual assault and child abuse.
You can find Sarah online at pihole.etsy.com and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/piholedesigns/
Bette is a self-taught mixed media artist specializing in handcrafted journals/books, paper design, mixed media, & unique jewelry. Retired from the corporate world, she is now a full-time artist.
Bette’s passion is creating in all aspects of her life; finding the beauty in everyday surroundings. Bette is a woman who finds meaning and purpose by expressing herself through art.
Bette is open to many different art forms which has given her a broad perspective on the arts allowing her to mix different art forms together. This can be seen in many of her works.
Bette has a special fondness for all things rusty & vintage and often incorporate these into her art. Combining found objects/antiques, paper, and metal in her artwork gives it a unique appeal. Bette paints, collages, metal smiths, weaves and felts. She loves learning new ways to create art.
Bette’s artwork can be found inside The Shops at Damascus Electric (Damascus, Maryland) where Bette has an open Studio & Art gallery and also of course at ART COLLECTIVE in Frederick.
Find her at www.bettescreations.com and on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/bettescreations/
Rachel Stewart is a mixed media artist who sometimes can't decide between watercolors or glitter so she just uses both! Her company, Cackle & Swoon (previously Circus Meets Boardroom), much like her life and personality, is a fabulous combination of rich colors, multiple layers, and eclectic themes all bound together by precision handiwork. She enjoys creating all kinds of art which includes ice dyed clothing, whimsical jewelry and candles and soap!
You can find Rachel at www.circusmeetsboardroom.com and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cackleandswoon/
Chelsea is a Mixed Media Artist who loves to bring fun & whimsy to our everyday lives. She currently works to
balance her time between making mobiles and creating custom one-of-a-kind art bags. Designing & constructing mobiles & bags that evoke a send of playfulness thrills her to no end. Chelsea also has a passion for all types of mixed-media goodies. Over the last 6 years she has participated in numerous pop up shops and festivals. She created the Art Collective for her group of artists to have a place to sell their works and have classes.
You can find her on Instagram at