HAVE COME TO FREDERICK COUNTY!
Visit each Main Street and stamp your passport!
Stop by the Frederick County Visitor Center or Maryland Welcome Centers for an Art on Main Brochure Passport or click to download a printable version. When visiting each sculpture, you will find a box attached to the Art on Main Sign with a stamp for your brochure. Send a fully-stamped image of your passport to firstname.lastname@example.org and enter to win a quarterly drawing for gift cards from each Main Street!
One-of-a-kind, community-inspired creations on display in Frederick County Main Streets!
The five Main Streets in Frederick County—Brunswick, Thurmont, Middletown, New Market, and Downtown Frederick—all celebrated their towns with tailor-made temporary tile sculptures crafted by the talented artist and ceramicist, Parran Collery. Through her craft and influenced by our Main Streets, Parran has wrote her love letter to Frederick County—and for an entire year, these colorful creations were a source of pride for those who call Frederick County home
This project originated as a temporary art sculpture collaboration funded by Frederick County Tourism. The temporary displays ended in November 2021 and became a permanent alliance with Brunswick, Middletown, New Market, and Thurmont to continue the Art on Main sculptures. These sculptures include tiles made by residents of each unique community. The four participating Maryland Main Street communities have added a passport incentive to explore and visit all four displays and towns. The Downtown Frederick Partnership participated in the temporary art sculpture display and removed their sculpture in November 2021.
Each unique sculpture reflects the town in which it resides. Residents of each town put their own touch on the piece, by submitting a flower design which was included in the finished ceramic piece—truly making it a work of community art.
About the Artist
Parran Collery was chosen to be the artist for this project because of her truly original and colorful work, which speaks to each of the five communities involved, and for her desire to include community contributions into each individual sculpture. She creates beautiful sculpted tiles with terracotta clay that reflect the small, yet inspiring parts of nature, like flowers, butterflies, leaves, seeds, and birds. Parran has a knack for finding the magic in the little things and transforming it into something larger than life.
“These sculptures are meant to highlight and commemorate these historic Main Streets. Public art encourages people to have a new perspective on the beauty of their own communities. This project in particular will also spark a desire to travel to other towns in the county, and build a sense of ownership for everyone.”