What’s All The AMP About?

Posted January 25th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, latest, Preservation Maryland, Tanglewood News, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Imagine being a student that loves going to class…

It’s hard isn’t it? For some of us growing up, high school was nothing more than just a place you go to hang out with friends and learn things you’ll never use once you graduate. But for the students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Production (AMP) Program, going to class is much more than sitting and listening, barely paying attention; it’s about putting your mind, creativity, and craftsmanship to the test while learning practical skills that translate to real jobs after high school.

If you were to walk into our event this past week, you would have seen a group of students passionate about making the most of their skills, and excited to start building their dreams (literally and figuratively) in the coming week. At Tanglewood, we improve our community by partnering with Caroline County Public Schools and local businesses to give students a chance to discover what drives their passion and build a career that is satisfying and will provide financial stability in an economy where university degrees aren’t always worth what they used to be. By giving students who are gifted in working with their hands an opportunity to pursue and develop their talents, we hope to prepare them to not only contribute to the economy of our community, but more importantly, to empower them to do what they love.

An important aspect of this event was giving the parents, faculty, and participating businesses a chance to interact and get excited about the coming year. And it was a big hit! One parent even said,

“For those who didn’t attend it was a missed opportunity…this program is really going to change our community and children in a great way”

And we agree. Being able to partner with several other businesses based on quality hand-made craftsmanship with an emphasis on creating a strong sense of community is a privilege and wonderful opportunity to pass on our skills to the next generation of artists and craftsmen.


PRS Guitars

Hinckley Yachts

Winchester Construction

Combined Technology Solutions

REC Inc.

Warrens Wood Works

MD Plastics

Dart Container

Dixon Valve & Coupling


The world is changing, and it’s up to us to make sure students are prepared to take on the new challenges. Another parent described best why we participate in this program,

“WOW – the event was a hit! The attendance was great, and the students are genuinely excited about what opportunities there are when they graduate the program”.


We hope to inspire this feeling in every student we work with this year! When asked about the event, Tanglewood Conservatories Co-founder, Nancy Virts summed up the event perfectly when she stated,

“It really felt like a community tonight. Even though we all produce very different products, we are all working toward the same goal. It was great to see everyone and getting to know the businesses right in our backyard.”


To learn more about the AMP Program, the Untangled Minds Foundation, and how you can get involved visit https://www.untangledminds.org/ and https://www.carolinebusiness.com/workforce/#cctc or join us at our next event so that we can continue to support the community and provide opportunities for growth for all of our students!

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Why buy ordinary?

Posted January 5th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, General, Uncategorized
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The Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City is just around the corner! This exciting opportunity is a must attend event for art enthusiasts, interior designers, and families looking for the perfect piece of functional art for their home. Creativity is on full-display from artists and craftspeople of all types, but one of our favorites is Invictus Steelworks. Truly one of a kind;  it can be the perfect décor for your conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure.


A one-of-a-kind, custom piece for your one-of-a-kind, custom room.

In their profile on the design show’s website, Robert Simmons (co-founder and artist), chose to include a piece from the beautiful poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which demonstrates the fundamental motivation of Robert and his wife Beth (co-founder):

“It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

It is clear by the quality of Robert’s work, and passion with which he and Beth partner with their clients, that these words ring true and can be seen in every piece of functional art Robert creates. Since in 2015, Robert and Beth have worked together to build Invictus Steelworks into not only a place to buy high quality décor, furniture, and gazebos, but also an opportunity to participate in an experience solely focused on the client’s needs. As the sole designer and fabricator, Robert serves as a guide to explore their imagination to design the perfect piece for their home, office,  or commercial project; he is a true artesian.


Starting as a welder apprenticing with a sculptor, Robert discovered the beauty that can be found in a light, unique design, and went on to create works of art that were displayed around the country. As he and Beth continued to grow Invictus Steelworks, they realized that functional art was the future for their business because it gave them the wonderful opportunity to work more closely with clients to satisfy their exact needs, and to build personal, hands on relationships. To make this happen, Robert often must think “outside of the box”.

Drawing on examples from historical designs and craftsmanship, much like Tanglewood, Robert absorbs these ideas and uses them for inspiration to push boundaries and experiment with concepts and ideas to improve his craft and provide the perfect complement to the client’s unique environment. Starting from a simple, hand-drawn sketch, you work directly with Robert and Beth to develop a concept, view several perspectives, and become an active participant in every stage of creation, almost as if you are creating the art and merely guiding Robert’s experienced hand in bringing your concepts to life. It is this commitment to craftsmanship and dedication to you that makes Invictus Steelworks stand out to us. We are passionate about creating beautiful works of art from historic inspiration and bringing our client’s outward expressions of their inner vision to life.


Take a stroll through some of their work. And please, do yourself a favor – check out their amazing work in person at the Architectural Digest Design Show (Booth M802) from March 22nd-25th, 2018!


Contact Tanglewood | 410 479 4700 | Contact Invictus Steelworks | 801 605 8082


Imagine… giving the gift of a perfect holiday to a child in need…

Posted December 28th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, General, Tanglewood News
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People all over the country are finding the perfect gift for their loved ones, watching the delight spread across their face as dreams become reality right before their eyes. Many others choose to spread the spirit of the holidays by donating time and energy to charitable causes. Combined, we find the true purpose of the holidays we celebrate: bestowing joy in others and empowering our communities. Tanglewood Conservatories is passionate about this and fulfills this promise each day. Our team not only works to empower students and children through our Untangled Minds Foundation, we also work diligently to hire team members with similar passions.

Meet our Global Sales & Project Manager, Mike Eline; a shining example of this dedication. His story serves as the embodiment of holiday spirit and kindness.

As a member of the Salisbury Optimist Club, Mike and his fellow members organize community programs aimed towards providing children opportunities to grow in healthy and meaningful ways. Every year, Mike gives back to the children of Salisbury by dressing as Santa Claus and traveling around to the local homeless shelters, giving children the chance to experience the magic of Christmas. To many of these children, Santa is only a story, but thanks to Mike and the Optimist Club, the magic of Santa is brought to life. The children get to spend time with Santa, ask for presents, play games, eat, and most importantly, they get a framed picture of their family with Santa to cherish; a luxury these children rarely get to experience. When asked why he has participated in this event for such a long time (eight years running!), Mike stated that as a father, he has developed a passion for improving the lives of  our youth.


“The kids are always amazed and excited when they see us. It’s such a treat seeing the smile on their faces”

                                             -Mike Eline


We are inspired by the dedication of Mike and the Salisbury Optimist Club. They serve as an inspiration and an example of what love, hard-work, dedication, and a little holiday spirit can achieve for the community we live in.

Do you know of an organization or individual who exemplifies the meaning of the holidays? Tag us on social media with your story!

From our family to yours: Happy Holidays and have a WONDERFUL and PROSPEROUS New Year!

An Everlasting Holiday Experience

Posted November 22nd, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, Travels
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Imagine… one room that will shape your family’s holiday experience for generations to come…

As a slow sleepy yawn spreads across the faces of the children, the quiet mumble of adults shuffling around the house reached the excited children’s ears. Grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, all laughing and loving as the holiday spirit filled the home and hearts of the family. From under the sheets, the children can smell the holiday dinner, prepared and baked with the special family recipe, and cascading above the rest of the delicious sides and desserts made communally by the family. It is a time for community and a time for togetherness. The children make their way to the conservatory, a place that has come to be known as the gathering spot for family events, feasts, and celebrations. From inside, they’ve watched the seasons change, the trees slowly changing from green to a beautiful array of orange and red, as if a painter runs their brush across the landscape each day. The children scan the beautiful glass of the conservatory and in the reflection; they see a history of preserving and protecting life. It continues to inspire growth not only in plants but in the children and their families alike. Its inspiration will last for generations. Inside the conservatory, the children can see how dreams, hard work, and a community can come together to make something beautiful; a legacy. They dream of a beautiful meal and family moments to be cherished. Through teamwork, their dreams are created every year, and a tradition is born. Just as the architects dreamt of providing a living example to continue to inspire these ideals in those who get to experience the conservatory.

Make the Holiday’s Last

Across the country, people are coming together to celebrate the holidays in a conservatory at events such as:

Winter Light Garden at the Phipp’s Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.

A Longwood Christmas at the Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.

Seasons Greetings: Roadside Attractions at US Botanical Gardens in Washington D.C.

Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, CA

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY

Each event is a wonderful opportunity to experience conservatories for their intended purpose; to celebrate with family and friends. Each event offers a unique conservatory to explore and in which to draw inspiration. From model trains, to hundreds of trees, to singing carolers serenading the guests, the holiday spirit will come to life under the encouragement of the conservatories.

Let us know which conservatory your family visits – Tag us on social media!

And when you’ve found that inspiration – Start your conservatory dream project

| Contact us at www.tanglewoodconservatories.com/contact or give us a call 410-479-4700 |

A Designer’s Vision: Spotlight on Diane Page

Posted November 9th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Community
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Diane Page is an award-winning Interior Designer specializing in residential projects, something she has been doing exclusively for nearly 25 years. Recently, Diane talked with us about a client’s conservatory project she has been working on with Tanglewood:


The Project –

Diane was challenged by a client to help create an enclosure featuring glass-work that would allow them to feel the “great outdoors” comfortably and stylishly inside, starting from where a mere trellis with pavers previously was. Diane suggested a solution from conservatory architecture – an “orangery” – a Particular Passion of hers.

Originating in Renaissance Italy, orangeries feature expanses of glass and lattice work that were originally meant to incubate the fruit trees and other exotic plants of the Elite. Today, they offer a warm and cozy environment where home-owners can spend their leisure time enjoying the natural light of the Great Outdoors, indoors.


Diane shares her passion for the past with Tanglewood’s crafts-people and in-house designers, a trait that came in handy as the Clients expanded their initial idea of a screened-in porch to a fully formed, enclosed room with glass and wood treatments. Listening to her clients Diane relates that she told them that if they wanted that, “then why don’t we just do something beautiful!”

Diane chose to work with Tanglewood Conservatories to make that “something beautiful” a reality. With our extensive conservatory experience and expertise, Diane knew that We would be a natural choice to work with. Like Diane, Our People rely on the knowledge of the past to bring innovation to the future – Your Future. (It’s a passion commonly found in Tanglewood’s Collaborators, Designers, Craftspeople, and Suppliers – See our previous blog post about Our recent Italian trip to meet the crafts-people at Brombal, crafters of the custom Windows and Doors featured in our constructions.

Diane relates that her clients were very enthusiastic at her suggestion. Working together with Tanglewood, Diane and Tanglewood helped bring her clients’ desires to fruition by designing and crafting a 263 square-foot, China-White interior-painted home-addition constructed of Sapele Mahogany Wood, and featuring such additional details as:

Ø  A Grooved Wood Ceiling

Ø  An Extruded Aluminum Glazing System

Ø  Built-In Gutters with a Copper Lining

Ø  And Motorized, Easily-operable Windows to Effortlessly Let the Fresh Air In


The Passion –

Diane comments that she loves the work of interior design and plans on doing it “forever … as long as I can!”. She prefers residential projects over commercial ones because “… They’re shorter span projects and they’re a lot more creative”, as well as being a more intimate sort of architecture that allows her to have a freer rein with her imagination – an imagination that includes the pre-Modern Italian, French, Jeffersonian, and Georgian traditions and styles that Diane loves and which are not currently in favor for most Commercial buildings.

And in addition to being an accomplished Designer, Diane is also a skilled draftsperson, with over 40 years of experience in both designing and drafting. Her draftspersonship comes in handy with Clients since Diane likes to communicate her visions via her custom hand-crafted drawings. In fact, she notes that most of her clients “don’t know what they want until they see it”, an envisioning that she is more than happy to help guide them with personally. As Diane relates, “The more pictures you draw the better (your clients) feel about what you’re doing”.

Diane is just one of the many outstanding creators and innovators who work with Tanglewood to make your dream project come true. At Tanglewood Conservatories we believe in engaging with the best designers and artisans to bring You or Your Clients estate enhancements to Life and construct some of the best home-additions in the World.


Contact Tanglewood and Diane today to find out more about designing and constructing you or your clients next home addition, whether it be an orangery, a conservatory, a greenhouse, a skylight, a pool enclosure… the sky and your imagination are the limit! We have extensive experience working with homeowners and professionals to make their dreams come true. And Innovative Designs are Our Specialty!

Diane Page Design | Diane Page dianepagedesign@hotmail.com

Tanglewood Conservatories | Jennifer Beletsky 410-479-4700 Or You can fill out Our contact form at http://tanglewoodconservatories.com/contact/ and We will respond promptly.

At Tanglewood, We believe in crafting Quality You can Live in. After all, “Anything else … is just another room!”.

Great Conservatories of the 19th Century & The Architecture Behind Them

Posted October 26th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, Insights, latest, Lectures, Preservation Maryland
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Will you be attending?

Alan Stein says that the more he learned about building conservatories, the more impressed he became.

The co-founder of Tanglewood Conservatories with his wife, Nancy Virts, Alan will give a lecture on “Great Conservatories of the 19th Century & The Architecture Behind Them” at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore. Wine and light fare will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Joining Alan will be Daniel Russoniello, AIA, of Archer & Buchanan Architecture in Philadelphia. Dan has many years of experience in planning and design of institutional and commercial projects. He has worked with botanical gardens around the country and will speak about the relevance of conservatories in the modern age.

 “Conservatories are not well understood,” Alan said, “and the importance and impact they had on architecture is not well appreciated.” He said he’ll “take people back to when they were first invented, the forces behind their development … and the sociological, technological impacts they’ve had on art and architecture as well as everything from city planning to shopping.

An architect and builder, he said he always liked building things. He was asked to design and build a conservatory. “So we figured out how to build it. And then, somebody else asked for one. After the second one, we fell in love with them.” Tanglewood was founded about 25 years ago. Alan has also written a book, “Conservatories,” that covers the historical development and modern relevance of the conservatory, topics he’ll address Nov. 2.

The Rawlings Conservatory opened in 1888. It is the second-oldest steel framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States. Alan was visiting the Rawlings Conservatory some years ago and wanted to help preserve it and help it grow, hence his lecture, which benefits the conservatory.

People are still building conservatories now. The technology has really changed. Why are people still building conservatories? There must be something important about the role that they play and what they are used for,” he said.

You can learn more about that role at his talk on Nov. 2. He said, “It’s going to be really interesting.”

For information and tickets to the lecture, visit www.rawlingsconservatory.org.





A Greenhouse Gallery Art Auction

Posted October 12th, 2017 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Community, Events, Insights, latest, The Arts
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A note from the Rawlings Conservatory –



Works that reflect nature in several different media will be part of A Greenhouse Gallery Art Auction Oct. 20-29 at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore.

As part of Free Fall Baltimore, the show is free to the public and is the second event in the Emergence Art Salon, which celebrates the synergy between art and the Conservatory.

Indeed, curator Kathleen Hamill, of K. Hamill Fine Art, has asked the artists to showcase work that is influenced by nature.

Preview party, Oct. 19 — The art will be for sale at a silent auction at the preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, which will include live music and light refreshments. Remaining art will be on sale all week at the opening bid price.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Conservatory, with artists donating at least 30 percent of proceeds.

More than 25 artists will participate; for some of them this will be the first public showing of their work.



Among the artists are Wendy Doak, who says she is visually inspired by everything around her. “My subjects vary from still life to seascapes, and my style changes from impressionist to abstract depending on my mood.”

Artist Minás Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint. He creates his textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time, according to his website.

Stephen Reichert’s work includes non-representational markings and circles. Some marks are finely and meticulously applied with brush or knife while others are pulled or smeared in larger quantities across the canvas, wood or metal, with rubber, metal, wood and plastic objects, often repeated numerous times before completion.

The show will also include some photographs by Vivian Doering and other photographers, and perhaps even a performance art piece, Kathleen said.

She thanks the committee that is managing the auction and the hospitality: Rebecca Murphy, Angela Lykos, Mitzie Hughes and Jennie Ray.

Emergence Art Salon

Oct. 20-29, during regular Conservatory hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Rawlings Conservatory, in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, at Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCulloh Street.

Greenhouse Gallery Auction: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19

Also coming up: the Rawlings Conservatory will be part of Doors Open Baltimore Oct. 28-29, when more than 50 city buildings will be open for free tours. Details at www.doorsopenbaltimore.org.