Thursday, July 17, 2014

Frederick Faces: Jean Frank

Ever since she was a little girl, Jean Frank, Gift Gallery Manager at The Delaplaine Arts Center (40 S. Carroll Street), knew she wanted to be involved in art in as many ways as possible. The Maryland native began her career in the arts right after high school as a photographer. After working for 8 years and being featured in several exhibits, Jean decided to take up framing as well, which led to the opening of an art and framing shop in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Through her photography and framing career, Jean became well-acquainted with many local artists, who she continued to support when she began working at The Delaplaine Arts Center in 2000. 

The Delaplaine was established in 1986 as a non-profit dedicated to visual arts and has since developed into a social and tourist attraction in the City of Frederick.  In addition to its galleries, the Delaplaine has a gift shop that offers fine art and handcrafted gift items by local artists for visitors to purchase. “It’s a wonderful opportunity and a good exchange of support,” Jean says about their bimonthly Featured Artist gallery. 

Much like many other downtown merchants, Jean’s favorite thing about her job is the people and atmosphere associated with Frederick. With over 200 artists on display, the Delaplaine’s collection brings in both local art enthusiasts as well as tourists seeing what Frederick has to offer, and Jean enjoys meeting and connecting with people who share her and the artists’ passion. Jean also loves that she has the opportunity to work with art in Downtown Frederick. ”The downtown area is vibrant with so much to see and do. There is a good vibe, with good food, good people, and good art!”

Jean’s interest in art is apparent in her personal life in addition to her professional one. As a member of the Frederick County Art Association for the past 20 years and a frequent participant in the Barnstormers and the Box Show at The Artists Gallery, Jean has supported artistic growth and exposure in the area as well as worked on her own artistic creations. “I work in pastel, drawing on black paper is my favorite, but it is very messy. I also like working in acrylic when I get the time.”

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