Westminster Patch Artist Profile: Carolyn Seabolt Keeps the Art of Tinsel Painting Alive

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Carolyn Seabolt, artist, teacher and illustrator aims to revive the dying art of tinsel painting.
By Kerri GaitherJanuary 3, 2012
Carolyn Seabolt is working to keep the art of tinsel painting alive. 
Seabolt, who was the art department chair at Westminster High School, said that when she was in her 20s she saw a woman exhibiting the now-rare tinsel painting at a fair in Pennsylvania. She was so impressed that she learned as much as she could about the craft; gaining knowledge and skills that she now passes on to her own students in an effort to keep this “dying art” alive. 
Tinsel painting was highly popular in England and France in the 1800s. It started as an artistic way for women to re-purpose foil, or tinsel, as the English called it, from teas that their husbands brought home. Tinsel painting involves painting in reverse on glass with stains and acrylic paint. Once painted, foil, or tinsel, is placed behind the transparency, giving it a glitter.
“Tinsel painting is a beautiful type of art that is not around anymore. I teach it in hopes that the craft will not die out completely” Seabolt said.
Seabolt spends her summers teaching silk scarf painting and tinsel painting at Common Groundheld at McDaniel College. She also teaches watercolor classes at Carroll Community College and at her very own Cat Tracks Studiohttp://westminster.patch.com/articles/artist-profile-carolyn-seabolt-keeping-the-art-of-tinsel-painting-alive
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Seabolt’s works can be viewed at the Shop at Cockey’s, Mat About You in Ellicott City, and by appointment in her own Cat Tracks Studio.


“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St – in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM – 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

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