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“A Brush With History” Artist Reception with Wiley Purkey

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This special reception celebrates the installation of the Columbia Art Center’s exhibition of Ellicott City paintings by Wiley Purkey in conjunction with Howard County’s annual Road to the Arts weekend!  Long-time Ellicott City artist Wiley Purkey’s infuses his own past experiences and memories into his “A Brush With History” series which features 50 paintings of the historic town.   Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist and experience a whimsical tour of historic Ellicott City through Wiley’s eyes.  Hear Wiley’s stories about his paintings and their special frames, and enjoy a reading of selected poems from Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s EC250 “See through Poems” series. 

ABOUT WILEY… Wiley Purkey has been painting in the Historic District of Ellicott City for over fifty years. He took up painting at the age of thirteen, after purchasing his first oil painting set at Olin’s Art Shop on Main Street. His creative energy was ignited in 1967 by the colorful album cover and interior art of the Beatles’  Sgt. Pepper album. Wiley’s work is the end result of having been born in the Ellicott City Historic District, growing up in the the town as it experienced it’s rebirth, and returning to paint the town and be part of it’s continuing history. He and Ellicott City and their journey together are inseparable, and it shows in his life’s work, his art.

TAKE A WALK WITH WILEY… through Ellicott City, Maryland’s yesteryears as he talks about a few of the paintings in his “A Brush With History” series.


September 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


EC250 Inc.
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Columbia Art Center
6100 Foreland Garth
Columbia, MD 21045 United States
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(410) 730-0075
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