Boxing Day

by Karen Peacock. 0 Comments

Origin Story by Karen Peacock. Mixed Media

Origin Story by guest artist Karen Peacock

The Artists’ Gallery’s 13th Annual Box Show opens  Friday. More than 50 artists participate, both TAG members and their guests. It’s always a fun exhibit, but this could be the best yet.

We were each given a box and had several weeks to create a work of art with it. This year, instead of the usual simple wooden boxes, we got to choose from an array of cigar boxes. It took awhile  to decide; there were some beauties! I chose a fairly small, plain one with a sliding lid. I liked the idea of something hidden peeking out.

The head and arms came from two different baby dolls I picked up at yard sales. Creepy. Now there’s a headless doll and an armless one in a drawer in my studio.

I then attached toothpicks, small shells and rocks.

Finally, the doll and the box were painted with acrylics, including the inside to simulate a cave painting. A flameless candle stands in for a fire.

While delivering my box, I got the chance to see a few others: a robot, a comfy chair, a flock of chickens. I can’t wait to see the rest.

If you’d like to post your box-show creation on this site, send a photo (no larger than 1MB) and a description to


— The Artists Gallery’s new location is 216 N. Market Street in Frederick.

— There will be an opening reception on June 7 from 5-9 p.m. and a closing reception on June 28 from 5-8 p.m.

— Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

— Sales will be made by silent auction. You can place a bid anytime during regular gallery hours. Bidding ends June 28 at 8 p.m.

— More questions? Call 301-696-8197 or visit


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