Through sculpture, artist strives to inspire others

December 06, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

SMITHSBURG - Public artist and sculptor Heidi Lippman - whose work is on display on Washington, D.C.-area rooftops, at the parking garage at the New Carrollton Metro station and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, among other places - will be among the 57 artists to display work in the juried Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition.

"We had a really strong showing in sculpture this year," said Jennifer E. Smith, curatorial coordinator at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, which is hosting the exhibit.

The exhibit opens Saturday, Dec. 8, and will run through Sunday, Jan. 27.

The show includes all art forms except photography. There were 149 entries, but only 79 pieces were accepted - 10 of them sculptures, Smith said.

Cash prizes were given out across nine categories, Smith said. Mark R. Brockman, of Orrtanna, Pa., won top prize with an oil painting, "The Fallen."


Lippman, 62, who lives in rural Smithsburg, entered two sculptures; her hammered-lead piece entitled "Earth" won the Museum Award for Sculpture prize.

The message behind her work: "I'm trying to talk to everyone," Lippman said. "We are all capable of doing things like this."

Lippman, who doesn't favor one medium over another, said she likes lead because of its malleability. "All you need is a rubber mallet," she said.

She began working with lead after a loved one passed away, creating a series of lead tear drops to symbolize the weight of grief.

Her lead sculptures have since taken on a fleshy quality, at times resembling parts of the body. "Earth" is a bit of a deviation, Lippman said, because it was inspired by the trees around her home.

She said that her work often takes on a science and technology theme. "I get a lot of inspiration from my husband," Lippman said. Her husband, Stephen Lippman, is an endocrinologist.

Lippman, who got her start carving drywall, recently has had some large-scale commissions in the Washington, D.C., area including rooftop "paintings" created from colored gravel, a series of glass mosaics at BWI and another mosaic at the Metro parking garage.

If you go ...

WHAT: Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 27. There will be an informal opening reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in City Park, Hagerstown.

COST: Admission to the museum is free, but donations are accepted.

MORE: Call the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 301-739-5727, or go to

Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition winners

· Best of Show Museum Award, $700, open to all media - Mark R. Brockman, "The Fallen," oil painting.

· Museum Award for Sculpture, $100 - Heidi Lippman, "Earth," hammered lead.

· Museum Award for Graphics, $100 - Judith Einstman, "Still Life with Paintbox," pastel.

· A. Lesley Gardner Landscape Award, $100, open to all media - Anne H. Finucane, "Field at the End of the Lane," colored pencil.

· Washington County Arts Council Inc. Award, $200, awarded to a resident artist of Washington County, open to all media - Morgan Ballard, "Quiz," acrylic.

· Betty Holladay Award for Watercolor, $100 - P.A. Weneck, "Ray of Hope," watercolor.

· Valley Art Association Award, $100, open to all media - Carolyn Thome, "Delger River," acrylic.

· Maryland Metals Inc. Award, $100, for outstanding entry in metal - Paul Rhymer, "Blue," bronze.

· Hagerstown Area Religious Council Award, $100, for outstanding entry with spiritual content, open to all media - Jean Barnes Downs, "Passages IV," monotype.

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