Eyes on the future

January 22, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

For some artists, the act of declaring a work "done" is kind of like a clingy mother being forced to cut the apron strings and expose her baby to the scrutiny of the outside world.

But artist Mike Edelman doesn't have the luxury of being overprotective. As a metal artist, he said he has to know when to say when. His metal sculptures take days to create and can be as tall as 5 or 6 feet.

Physically, he might not have the energy to mull over his work.

"It's something that comes with the medium," Edelman said. "It's almost like a sport."

Edelman, 26, of Frostburg, Md., is part of a dual exhibit on view at the Washington County Arts Council. The exhibit, "Blink," also features the work of Susie Mulligan, 22, of Williamsport. Mulligan's preferred media are charcoal on paper.

The exhibit concludes Friday, Feb. 6.

Mulligan said "Blink" is supposed to be an exhibit about memory and is a theme she interpreted more literally than Edelman, as she drew influence from elements of her childhood in South Carolina.


But it also showcases what happens when two young artists hit their strides and begin to refine their own artistic voices. For "Blink," Edelman said he wanted to explore the concept of giving dimension to linear objects. As a fine art, blacksmithing has lots of uncharted artistic territory, Edelman said.

Mulligan, who only months ago graduated from college, said this exhibit is closing off a chapter in her life. Mulligan is a graphic designer for RidgeRunner Publishing, which publishes Hagerstown Magazine. She said the subject matter for her work always had an air of nostalgia. That was the inspiration for this exhibit.

She said she's now ready to move on to other themes.

"I sort of feel like I've closed the book and finished that part of my life," she said.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Blink," a dual exhibit featuring the work of blacksmith Mike Edelman and charcoal artist Susie Mulligan

WHEN: The exhibit concludes Friday, Feb. 6

WHERE: Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown

MORE: Call the Washington county Arts Council at 301-791-3132 or go to

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