The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore



Today's Screen Painters


Yesterday's painters were all either direct or indirect disciples of William Oktavec. Current artists learned from Oktavec's students or imitators. Later generations have been self taught or benefited from Painted Screen Society workshops, school classes or the How to Paint a Baltimore Screen DVD. As times change so do the materials they use and the subjects they and their customers choose.

In Memory of Dee Herget

1935 ~ 2024

"We are diminished by one colorful, whimsical, screen adoring soul. She might have once said “Painted Screens are Life.” 
How she will be missed by the thousands of people whose lives she touched. 
The family has asked for donations in her name to be sent to The Painted Screen Society, 610 Park Ave, Balto 21201." - Elaine Eff

Delores A. "Dee" Herget was featured in the documentary "The Screen Painters."

Delores A. ‘Dee’ Herget, practitioner of Baltimore tradition of window screen painting, dies

- The Baltimore Sun News/Obituaries, Sat, February 15, 2024


Master Painter 
Like much of his family, John Oktavec is a natural artist. He follows in the creative footsteps of his grandfather, William who brought screen painting to Baltimore, and his father Richard who inherited the family mantle. Their styles are interchangeable. John fills commissions from his studio in Anne Arundel County. He works for a commercial sign painting firm and enjoys taking screen art into futuristic realms.  E-mail
Master Painter
(1935-2018)
Tom began painting window screens in 1945 at age ten. He watched an itinerant screen painter, later identified as a Canton neighbor, Alonzo Parks. The similarity between the two masters' work is evident in every aspect of their signature Red Bungalow. After a career with Baltimore City, Tom rekindled his painting career in the 1980s and had been one of the most active teachers of screen art.

Master Painter 
(1935-2024)
After quitting her City job due to a hearing loss, Dee asked elder artist Ben Richardson for a lesson. A quick study and  natural artist, she worked from her Highlandtown home, offering her work through hardware stores and ads in the East Baltimore Guide. Today, she works from her own little waterside bungalow in Essex, MD. 

Anna LipkaWestminster, MD, Apprentice to Tom Lipka

Anna Pasqualucci, Linthicum, MD, Master Painter

Brenda Foehrkolb, Chestertown, MD 

Catherine "Pat" Michalski, Glen Burnie, MD 

Clare Chesnavage, Hedgesville, WVA

Jeff Bodick, Catonsville, MD

Jennifer Crouse, Baltimore, MD, Apprentice to Dee Herget

Jenny Campbell, New Orleans, LA  

John Iampieri, Bishopville, MD, Master Painter

Lisa Penn, Ocean Pines, MD, Apprentice to Anna Pasqualucci

Michael Seipp,  Baltimore, MD  

Monica Broere, Highlandtown, MD, Apprentice to John Oktavec

Paul Dorr, Baltimore, MD

Rosalee Velenovsky, Hamilton, MD

Troy Richardson, Baltimore, MD


Please click here for an updated contact list and artists' bios.



Tom Lipka
Sadly, we lost a beloved master screen painter on April 4, 2018. 
Tom Lipka, his teachings, his art, and his life-long dedication and enthusiam for screen painting will be sorely missed. 
Farewell Tom. We hope you are painting beautiful colors across the sky. 


Memorial service for Tom was held at Marzullo Funeral Chapel, 6009 Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21214 
Please click here for memorial service information. 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=188664727