Welcome to The Foundry, an art gallery and gift shop nestled in the heart of Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore. Located in Denton, Maryland, and run by the Caroline County Council of Arts, The Foundry hosts local artwork from over forty of Caroline County’s most talented artists and artisans. We sell a variety of pieces that capture the essence of Eastern Shore living, from paintings and photography to handmade jewelry, woodwork, notecards, pottery and other unique items. Also on display in The Foundry are over 75 glazed tiles from our Community Tile project.
Located in Denton’s state designated arts & entertainment district, The Foundry was established on April 4th, 2008 at 401 Market Street, in Denton. To read more about the history of the building (circa 1850), please download a copy of Wilson’s Foundry Dwelling History here.
There’s always something going on at The Foundry. To follow Foundry news and events, please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carolinearts, check back frequently or call 410.479.1009.
If you are a local artist interested in displaying and selling your artwork at The Foundry, please download our Artist Application Packet. Find out more on our Call for Artists page.
Featured Artist: Kurt Plinke
Kurt Plinke has been observing and depicting nature for over thirty years. First studying watercolors in Ohio with Leland McClellan, Kurt has been a student of water-based mediums ever since. In College, Kurt considered becoming a biologist, and studied both art and biology at Wilmington College and Bowling Green State University. Later, Kurt studied egg temperas and painting at Towson University.
Chance landed Kurt and his family in Maryland, where he was taken with the diversity of life along the Chesapeake Bay and its Eastern Shore. Since moving to the shore, Kurt has spent years studying and observing the myriad of intertwined ecosystems there, depicting what he sees in his detailed watercolors. He often becomes fascinated by the overlooked; those little creatures hiding underfoot or overhead. Many of his watercolors reflect this, paintings of insects, amphibians, and moss-covered rocks. Other paintings look at natural patterns and rhythms. Kurt loves to identify patterns in nature, be it as simple as the veins of a leaf or as complex as the repetition of migration and movement. These paintings may be some of his favorites, as they at first appear simple, then gain in complexity as they are viewed.