Celebration of Art Brings Artist, Designer Louis Shields to Cylburn Arboretum

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Louis Shields, “Delphi”, 2014

When planning the third Celebration of Art at Cylburn, committee members were given a task:  Find a brunch speaker who could address how to integrate the beautiful pieces for sale at the show into lives and homes.  Luckily for Clyburn, committee member Oriet Milmoe, owner of Oriet’s Fine Art, had someone in mind perfect for the job: Louis Shields.  Interior decorator, contemporary artist, as well as a designer of furniture and an expert antiques’ restorer, Shields uses his many talents in his Middleburg, Virginia business, Hastening Design Studio, where his projects take him around the world with current projects in Nantucket, Middleburg, Paris and Palm Beach.

Louis has been an artist since an early age starting, as most of us do, with crayons and pencils and graduating, as he grew older and with training, to a highly representational style, distinguished by its perfection and precision.

“My later life as a designer and my work and study in European antiques depended less on my ability to depict elements precisely, and drew me more into line interpretation, conceptualization, and indirect expressionism,” he says. “Although abstract, these paintings do reference principles that governed architectural structures from antiquity.  They exude balance and incorporate subtle elements of pure color combined with line and texture, creating depth and the illusion of multiple dimensions.”

Three of Mr. Shields’ paintings will be on display and for sale during the Celebration of Art. He is also part of a group show “Three Good Men” in June in Greenwich, Connecticut at the SM Gallery.

His lecture, “Art in the Interior: How Color and Design Affect Us and Our Personal Environments” takes place on Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 pm at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.cylburn.org or by calling 410-367-2217.  The Classic Catering People will serve a Champagne Southern Brunch.  Attendees will preview the Celebration of Art Sale, and be able to purchase the works of the 56 participating artists before the evening gallery reception.

All Celebration of Art events and art sales benefit the nature programs, children’s camp, weekend and evening programs at Baltimore’s historic arboretum. Located at 4915 Green Spring Avenue, Cylburn is situated on 207 acres just off of Northern Parkway near Sinai Hospital. A green oasis within the city, Cylburn features the original 1868 mansion designed by George A. Frederick for Quaker businessman Jesse Tyson, 20 well-maintained gardens and 3.5 miles of walking trails. For further inquiries about Mr. Shields’ paintings please call 410-960-6023 or visit orietsfineart.com.

Baltimore Fishbowl is a media sponsor for Cylburn Arboretum’s Celebration of Art.

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