Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

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Frederick businessman shares his artistic side

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Photos courtesy of Scott Grove
Left:”Isle of Palms, SC” On the cover: ‘‘Faithful Sentry” by Scott Grove
For years, public relations guru Scott Grove has been penning press releases and handling marketing materials for various organizations such as Frederick’s Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick.

In fact, in that role, he often wrote about artists displaying their various paintings, sculptures and drawings.

But after 20-plus years on the business side of the artistic exhibits, Grove has finally decided to venture into the creative aspect.

A painter for the last five years, Grove said he was ‘‘curious and wanted to put my paintings out into the public marketplace.”

Grove’s first exhibit ever, ‘‘Away From Color,” will be displayed throughout February at The Muse, 19 N. Market St., Frederick, and features 10 pieces he’s painted over the past year.

Taking its name from the brilliant colors the artist uses throughout his work, the show is something Grove has worked toward for several years.

Whitney Bingham, owner of The Muse, is thrilled that Grove chose to have his debut exhibit at her shop.

‘‘I’m honored because his things are beautiful and with all the color in his work, my store is the perfect place to display it,” she said.

Although he began dabbling in painting as a serious hobby just five years ago when he started taking various classes, Grove said he grew up in an artistic family with several family members who were successful artists.

Grove’s exhibit kicked off Saturday with an opening reception and demonstration on how he pours colors together to create his masterpieces. Calling the event ‘‘successful,” Grove garnered attention from many residents, including parents with small children.

Bingham, who is a longtime supporter of the arts, features a local artist each month in her shop. She also sells artwork by local artists, including high school students and one local 10 year old.

Although exhibiting for the first time, Grove is no stranger to showing off his talents to the public.

Over the years, he’s donated many of his pieces to charity auctions and always received good reactions, sometimes raising thousands of dollars with his work.

The artist, who also owns his own public relations and marketing firm in Frederick, paints using both acrylic abstract and watercolor techniques.

‘‘Both are fun and wonderful for different reasons,” he said, crediting several well-known artists both regionally and nationally for teaching him various techniques.

Already getting feedback on his exhibit, Grove said he had the jitters before the show, but was feeling confident before the opening reception.

‘‘Just five years ago if you would have told me that I would love painting, I would have thought you were crazy,” he said, laughing.