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Former featured artist becomes host

(Sept. 10, 2015) Artist Kate Cashman is no stranger to 2nd Fridays in Berlin, having been a featured artist herself and an instructor to several other artists who have displayed work at shops in the downtown area.
With the recent move of her gallery, Random Juxtaposition, to Berlin, Cashman will now play host during the town’s monthly art strolls.
Her experience in art dates back to early childhood, when she started to develop an interest while growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By the age of 10, Cashman was taking lessons with a professional artist.
She continued her studies in college, earning a bachelor of fine arts in interior design from Moore College of Art and Design.
“I didn’t major in painting because I wanted a job,” she quipped.
Cashman moved to the Berlin area in the mid 1990s after her parents bought a business – a garden center – on Route 113.
“My husband went to Temple for landscape design and horticulture, and it sort of seemed like we’d all have our own little fit with the whole thing,” she said. “Then they re-routed 113, and the business closed.”
After the family business collapsed, Cashman landed a job working for local artist Patrick Henry, and from 2005-2011 she taught all the art classes at Wor-Wic Community College.
Then, when Wor-Wic cancelled its art program, Cashman opened her own gallery in Ocean Pines.
“I had opened my own studio there. At that point, our youngest was still in school,” she said. “I wanted to be close to (Stephen) Decatur (High School) to car pool and everything and it was just really convenient for us at the time.”
Still, it was a struggle drumming up business. Finally, when Cashman learned her building was being demolished last month, the move to her new space on Old Ocean City Boulevard was something of a no-brainer.
“I think [Berlin] is really where I belong,” Cashman said. “I’m really excited to be here in town. Access to Berlin, of course, is ideal, and I’m looking forward to being part of the arts stroll. I’m hoping people will hoof it or drive here for the openings.”
One room of the gallery will be dedicated to an artist of the month in conjunction with 2nd Friday. Cashman said she also has 600 additional square feet of space at the new location, as well as a better overall layout thanks in part to custom renovations courtesy of her landlord.
“This is much more of a gallery and a studio space,” she said. “My kids came and saw it and said, ‘this is like our house!’”
Cashman teaches classes at Random Juxtaposition, starting with age 5 and up, and offers beginner-though-advance sessions in oils and acrylic paint, mixed media, watercolor, pastel and drawing.
She hopes the new location will also allow her to add figure-drawing classes.
This month, Cashman will feature Bishopville artist Isabel Morris during 2nd Friday.
“She’s been studying with me for a few years,” Cashman said. “She originally started studying art in Maine years and years ago and then raised her family. They live on a farm over in the Bishopville/Cape Isle of Wight area, and she does watercolor and oils. Her work is, I think, stunning.”
Future featured artists will likely be selected by raffle, according to Cashman.  
As for the future of her new gallery, Cashman insisted she would not attempt to reinvent the wheel.
“I’m hoping to just expand a bit on what I’m doing as far as having more people,” she said. “I do ‘Paint Nites’ once a month, and I do kid birthday parties, so that’s sort of a fun thing, and the space is much more conducive for it than where I was before. I’m hoping to build upon what I have been doing without any major changes.”
Random Juxtaposition, located in the Union Station complex on 9928 Old Ocean City Blvd, Unit 9, is open Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 443-880-3050, visit, or search for Random Juxtaposition on Facebook.
Berlin’s 2nd Friday festivities will feature more than a dozen different art displays in shops throughout the downtown area, along with sales and specials in area restaurants from 5-8 p.m.
For more information visit, or search for Berlin MD Arts & Entertainment on Facebook.