At Treetops Gifts of Art and Nature, we highly value hand made, one of a kind, locally sourced pieces. Because of this value, we have a rotating list of local consignors who sell their wares in our shop. We try to carry a wide variety so everyone can find something they love.
Sarah and Robert started Amused Studios as a home based pottery in 2006. They like the name Amused Studios because it was open to other kinds of art which they are both interested in. The two also have a small lampworking studio where they make pendants, beads, marbles and rings. Sarah enjoys it because it is more immediate than pottery and she can work on it while the baby naps, then have finished pieces the next day. It's quite relaxing and mesmerizing. The two are on the board for The Art Institute and Gallery and put on a yearly show for the Clay Guild of The Eastern Shore. They are also working with 1st Saturday a free monthly music series which they co-ordinate the Arts Market for. Art their passion and livelihood.
Princess Anne, MD
Bling Doctor Jewelry is custom, handmade, fashion jewelry by Dr. Charlene Herzins. Charlene is a retired educator who taught choral music, was a guidance counselor, and ended her tenure in public education helping other teachers to teach more effectively. She has taught at the university master level students who are preparing to be psychotherapists and counselors. A published author, she continues to lecture and give seminars on topics relevant to educators. Since childhood, when her aunt would give her broken pieces of jewelry to play with, she has had a passion for jewelry. As a little girl many a summer day was passed doing fashion shows of high fashion using ‘sheer curtains’ and ‘broken jewelry’ on a picnic table runway with friends. During her last years in education she used her talent for making jewelry/accessories to create incentives for teachers and students, and upon retiring, decided to open a jewelry and accessories business. Partnering with her husband, they opened their business in November 2009. Bling Doctor designs have been worn at the White House and have traveled back home with customers to Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, North Korea, Great Britain, Spain, Canada and literally all over the United States.
Charles “Charlie” Berry’s knowledge of wildfowl began early in his life when he used most of his leisure time hunting, trapping, and fishing in season. Around 1970, he grew tired of hunting and began sculpting wildfowl from wood in his spare time from being a teacher. Of all the miniatures he carved, Canada geese were typically his favorite. He went on to compete in numerous carving competitions. Charlie loved working with his hands and owned many different types of tools. He carved with knives and occasionally rotary tools for the heads of his pieces. He referred to himself as a “tool-o-holic” because he spent a lot of time and money buying new tools, even if he didn’t plan on using them. Charlie was affiliated with the Ward Museum, where he sold his pieces at the gift shop for over twenty years, and took great pride in creating them. Despite his passing in 2010, his family honors his wishes by continuing the sale of his work to the public. Proceeds benefit the artist’s family and the Ward Museum.
Porter Hopkins was born in Baltimore, MD in 1930, and grew up in Maryland and Maine. As a youth he was encouraged to draw by his parents, and he began keeping journals and sketch pads with detailed notes and drawings, often while hunting and fishing. Later he studied pre- architecture at Princeton University, and developed an interest military and engineering sketches while working at the Maryland Historical Society. An avid hunter himself, Hopkins became fascinated with duck hunting on the Chesapeake in the 1960s, and had the opportunity to meet, and was inspired by, Lem and Steve Ward. Hopkins first tried his own hand at carving duck and pigeon decoys by the late ‘60s, and began carving decorative miniatures after that. In 1978 Hopkins moved to a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he lives with his wife Patti, also an artist. The Hopkins’s farm is home to Porter’s barn and studio. Works in progress are surrounded by shelves filled with dusty decoys, carvings, feathers, old tools, curios, and remnants of a long and interesting life.
Ellen Lawler grew up in Philadelphia, PA, in a family that often took outings such as drives in the country or trips to museums together. Being exposed to the natural world in such a way, she developed an interest in art and wildlife early on. Despite being a college biology professor by trade, she has been painting and drawing seriously and consistently for the last 20 years. Her favorite part about her art is going into the field to draw birds, as it forces her to really study them closely; even as they fly by her, she observes them and tries to capture their personality. Ellen is inspired by wildlife artists Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia, who she has taken workshops with, as well as world-renowned artists like Johannes Vermeer. She hopes through her work, she conveys the beauty and the wonder in the remarkable creatures that are around us every day, and ultimately, increase someone’s awareness of the need to preserve our natural heritage.
Erick is an American Screen Printing Association certified graphic artist and screen printer who has designed thousands of illustrations, graphics, cartoons and logos on the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 1983. Erick Sahler Serigraphs was launched in 2011. In addition to art, he enjoys long road trips, rooting for the home team, dirt track racing, tinkering with his ’73 Camaro and hanging out with the family’s Chesapeake Bay retriever, Chance. All of his artwork is hand printed. For each color, he creates a stencil in a high-mesh screen through which ink is “pulled” with a squeegee. Colors are hand printed one sheet of paper at a time, usually working from the lightest to darkest colors, at a rate of two colors per day. It takes a week or more to complete the printing on most of his editions. While the process is more labor intensive than printing a digital image or giclee, serigraphs are more bold and vibrant than other types of art prints. In addition, small variances in the screen-printing process make each serigraph a unique work of art.
Havre de Grace, MD
John H. Clark was born on December 21, 1949 and has worked as a shop foreman for the Maryland National Guard. From the time that he was six years old Clark grew up hunting. However, it was not until 1981, after being inspired by Pat Vincenti, that he began making decoys. In an effort to make sure his birds look different from anyone else’s, Clark prefers to make gunning style birds (gunning style means there is a weight, ring, and staple on the bottom of the decoy) with ornamental heads on them. Clark often has help completing his decoys as his wife contributes by sanding, puttying, and priming the birds. Clark has stated that “decoy making is a funny business, but it is the best business to be in. People that you thought would never help you out with a problem will be more than willing to help if you ask. Carvers are a special breed of people.” Not surprisingly, John’s son, John Jr., has also taken up carving in the footsteps of his father and mother.
Paul comes from a family of artists and has drawn and painted his whole life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college in 1984, he accepted a job at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making and retired in 2010. As a result of so much three-dimensional work in his museum job, his own personal artwork gradually began to transform from painting and drawing into sculpture. Being an avid birder, waterfowl hunter, and taxidermist gives him constant anatomy and behavioral learning experiences that inspire his sculpture. Paul’s work has been exhibited in such prestigious art shows such as the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Animal Artists and Birds in Art. His wildlife sculpture is at the National Zoo, National Museum of Natural History, the Denver Zoo, Woodson Art Museum, Hiraim Blauvelt Museum and various public buildings and parks and private collections thought the US. He is on the Boards of Directors for the Society of Animal Artists and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
Purple Lily Studios
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been making pretty things with my hands. I used to make birthday cards for family members. My parents still have their wedding anniversary present I made them so many years ago - it was fashioned from an empty egg carton. A lot has changed since childhood, but I still love making things. I have been making jewelry since 1998 and I am continually fascinated by the mathematics of chainmail. I also am a paper crafter and mixed media artist. I love playing with different mediums and experiencing the thrill of a great finished project. My newest love is soap making. It began when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. In an effort to pursue a more natural, healthier lifestyle, I began making my own soap. People loved it and I began selling. I love thinking of soaps as blank art canvases and love to give my soaps pretty swirls in different colors. I hope you enjoy using my products as much as I love creating them.
Riley Mica Designs
Hand Painted Pendants
Leela Rae Hein lives in Maryland with her Husband and seven year old, Riley Mica. They are her best friends. She loves to read, draw, paint, sculpt, and generally create, listen to music and play outdoors. She has a strange obsession with all things cephalopod, Steam punk, hidden passages or rooms, anything sparkly or glittering, old keys, door knobs, old doors, dragon flies, lightning bugs, and basically anything strange or different. She briefly attended art school at the Corcoran College of Art and is mostly self taught through trial and error, as well as life itself. Leela works in pencil, pen and ink, clay, polymer clay, beads, watercolors, acrylics, and anything she can get her hands on.
Vesna Zidovec spends her days immersed in clay, wedging, shaping, carving and decorating. Zidovec runs her own business with her daughter, Mara Davis, creating unique clay products such as tiles, mirrors, clocks and dishes. This mother-daughter duo’s combined artistry is a formula for success. Though Zidovec has not always worked with clay, she has always been interested in arts. She was born in Rome, grew up in Argentina and traveled as a painter throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. Zidovec received recognition and prizes in fine arts throughout her travels. She moved to the Eastern Shore over 25 years ago, and for the past 15 years has been focusing her artistic talents on clay. Her son was the source of her inspiration. When he was 2, he was fascinated with clay, and often Zidovec would sit and play with him. “He eventually stopped, but I haven’t,” Zidovec says. “Clay work is just a wonderful thing to do,” Zidovec says. “In this world things are so difficult and sometimes you cannot influence anything. Everything is so out of hand. So many things you cannot change or do anything about, but you can do something with a little piece of clay.” Zidovec is currently a member of the Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore of VA.