Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle July 26


From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buy boat, Winnie Estelle. During the cruise,CBMM’sAssistant Curator of Watercraft Richard Scofield will share his experiences building, racing, and growing up with log canoes.

These sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, and Tred Avon Rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, with crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself. “It’s a sight you’ll never forget,” comments Scofield.

The two-hour trip aboard Winnie Estelle will offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from an experienced log canoe team member. The cost to participate is $25 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with space limited and advanced registration required. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-745-4941.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering a chance to watch sailing log canoe races while cruising along the Miles River aboard its 1920 buy boat, Winnie Estelle. Space is limited on the two-hour cruise, with advanced registration needed. Call 410-745-4941 to make reservations.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is offering a chance to watch sailing log canoe races while cruising along the Miles River aboard its 1920 buy boat, Winnie Estelle. Space is limited on the two-hour cruise, with advanced registration needed. Call 410-745-4941 to make reservations.




The New Look of Online Journalism

A view from the back of Barnhill facing towards the most northerly point of the Island. The white spec in the far distance was the house of Orwell's nearest neighbor. Text and photo by Matthew Bremner

A view from the back of Barnhill facing towards the most northerly point of the Island. The white spec in the far distance was the house of Orwell’s nearest neighbor. Text and photo by Matthew Bremner.


Chasing Orwell’s Ghost is a strong example of current online journalism tactics—to inhabit the electronic page naturally, with breathing room for graphics and growing room for an expansive narrative. Here, Matthew Bremner writes for about a reclusive period in George Orwell’s life as he worked on 1984.

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Plein Air: A Discussion With the Founder by Bob Hallsr

Eugène Boudin: On the Beach of Deauville, 1869.
Eugène Boudin: On the Beach of Deauville, 1869.

Eugène Boudin: On the Beach of Deauville, 1869.

I had just returned from a holiday in France, where I had an unsettling experience. While touring Paris, the other day, I heard a loud scream, then someone calling my name which seemed to originate in a cemetery in the Montmartre Quarter. Looking around I spotted the Saint-Vincent Cemetery. The source was an audible protest from a grave marked with a stone with the name of Eugene Boudin (1824-1898). I not sure of the reason for this outburst but I was willing to bet that Boudin’s ghost heard about our home town’s Plein Air celebration held every year in Easton, MD. It seems that after several decades of misunderstanding his concept of the Plein Air art movement, he couldn’t take it any longer.

“Monsieur Hall,” he said, “I tried to reach you in my favorite town of Deauville but you did not hear me. I know that you feel the same way as I, that some Americans do not understand my art movement,” especially this group that calls itself “Plein Air” artists.

The immediate cause of his outburst was a so called “Plein Air” painting depicting a truck moving about the city of Easton, MD.   “What does this noisy monstrosity of metal on wheels spewing fumes in the air have to do with theinterplay of the sky, the earth, water and subjects,” Boudin said. “M. Boudin, I agree with you, it seems that they have taken the expression “ Plein Air” and applied it to anything painted outside.

M. Hall, our desire was to capture roadsides, mountains, the seaside and fields in their natural, thriving elements, we also experimented with reproducing the light, shadows and colors of the moment as the changed during the day. How does this fit depicting painting portraits and houses?”

“M Boudin, I understand your confusion, my understanding of your movement was to to capture the charm of the landscape using energetic brush strokes and apply the magic of capturing the fleeting and beautiful effects of light, shadow and colors peculiar to the place. Plein Air focused on all of the natural elements in a contrasting amalgamation. I’m also wondering how in the the dickens Plein Air artist’s competitions include still life, a building or a truck.”

M. Hall “what do American cowboys have to do with Plein Air art?” “Cowboys, M. Boudin? Oh, you mean the quick draw competitions. The artists compete with one another to finish a painting in two hours or less.” “Well, M. Bob, this is another misconception of our intent to capture the same light especially in the early morning and early evening when the light changed dramatically after a short time. Capturing light and shadows and moving clouds was never supposed to be subject to a stop watch.”

“Oh oh, M. Boudin, it’s worse than that, are you sitting down? “Sitting down, eh, M. Bob do you not recollect that I am lying down.”   “To make matters even worse, M. Boudin, the contestants are given a small area to paint, usually in the middle of a town, far removed from natural landscape and seascape settings, that you and your Impressionist friends painted so magnificently.”

“Bob, what can we do to remedy these false impressions?” “I can’t help you, M. Boudin, because this misdirection has become somewhat of a standard in the American art world. Try to remember all of the good times and the esteem that you were held by your friends Corot, Monet and Baudelaire. You can sleep well knowing that you were also the bridge between Naturalism and Impressionism. We can only pray that a countermovement will redress all of these wrongs.

2014 Tour de Talbot – Riding for Clean Rivers



Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) and Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will host the 10th Annual Tour de Talbot on September 7, 2014, at the grounds of the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School on the banks of the beautiful Miles River. The ride will finish with a BBQ lunch and live music to celebrate your ride.

Come ride for clean rivers! Early registration at is discounted. Register as an individual, join a team, or create your own team. Last year’s 375 registrants included pro riders, kids, and all cycling levels in between. Help us reach our goal of 500 riders for this year’s Tour de Talbot.

Registration includes lunch and a drink ticket, a tee shirt, rest stops with food and drinks, fully supported and marked routes of 20, 55, or 100 miles, and cheering crowds at the finish line. Kids under 16 ride free. Routes follow the flat, scenic back roads of Talbot County and multiple rest stops are located on the banks of the Wye and Choptank Rivers.

The ride supports the work of MRC to preserve and protect the Miles, Wye, and Choptank Rivers and Eastern Bay. And this year for the first time it also supports the work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Save the Bay. Once you register, you can raise funds using the event website, and win prizes too! The rider who raises the most money will win a Diamondback road bike that retails for $2,200! Don’t miss it! Visit for all the details.

Event sponsors for the 10th Annual Tour de Talbot include Bicycling Magazine, Bike Doctor, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Dock Street Foundation, Calhoon MEBA Engineering School and Bay Pediatric Center.

Eighth Annual ‘Local Color’ Exhibit and Sale

The 8th Annual ‘Local Color’ Exhibit and Sale will be held at the Tidewater Inn, located in downtown Easton, from Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th.

Local Color is a judged and juried art show, held in the Crystal Room at the Tidewater Inn. This show features some of the finest artwork by artists representing the Delmarva Penninsula.   Local Color is sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) and is a primary component of the 10th annual Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival. 

The entry juror for Local Color this year was Nancy Tankersley, the 2013 second place winner of Plein Air Easton.  The judge of Local Color 2014 will be Garin Baker, 2013 Plein Air Easton grand prize winner.   Judging will take place on Friday, July 18th at 12:00 noon

This year’s Local Color Show is dedicated to the memory of artist Marianne Hollis, a member of Working Artists Forum and the early visionary and chair for many years of Local Color. Marianne’s dedicated leadership was instrumental in elevating Local Color to the fine art show it is today and a special award of excellence will be bestowed in her honor.

The following 36 artists have been chosen to exhibit in ‘Local Color’ this year:

Evelyn Baskin, Chestertown, MD

Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Townsend, VA

Jane Bollman, Easton, MD

Margery Caggiano, St. Michaels, MD

Katie Cassidy, Easton, MD

Fred Craig, Oxford, MD

Dudley Davis, Wittman, MD

Nancy Davis, Tilghman, MD

Jill Ferrier, Easton, MD

Perry Foster, Oxford, MD

Gerilyn Gaskill, Georgetown, MD

Doris Glovier, Pocomoke City, MD

June Hock, Arnold, MD

Patti Lucas Hopkins, Cambridge, MD

Susan Horsey, Easton, MD

Betty Huang, Easton, MD

Carla Huber, Woolford, MD

Linda Kirvan, Bethesda, MD

Kathy Kopec, Bozman, MD

Marianne Kost, St. Michaels, MD

Mary Ellen Mabe, Bozman, MD

Robert Manning, Preston, MD

Myrna McGrath, Salisbury, MD

Diane DuBois Mullaly, Easton, MD

Nancy Mysak, Allen, MD

Elinor Peterson, Bozman, MD

Vanessa Piche, Easton, MD

Doug Sefton, St. Michaels, MD

Sarah Stolte, Trappe, MD

Nancy Thomas, Ridgely, MD

Nancy Richards West, Chincoteague Island, VA

Donna M. Winterling, Chesapeake City, MD

Karen Wood, Easton, MD

Dennis Young, New Castle, DE

Joyce Zeigler, Ridgely, MD

Barbara Zuehlke, Easton, MD


Local Color is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will be open noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 18th; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19th; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th.   

During  three days of Local Color, there will be five free artist demonstrations for the benefit of all interested artists and the general public.  These art demonstrations will take place daily in the Rose Room adjacent to the Local Color Show in the Tidewater Inn, and will be presented by five of the winning artists from 2013 Plein Air Easton. For more information, call 410-822-7297, email or visit

Tech Thursday: Smart Lightbulbs Can Reveal Wifi Passwords?


Here’s an interesting site, The Internet Patrol, offering daily techie tidbits for those interested in having “The Internet and Technology Explained in Plain English.” Here’s an example:

“A lightbulb as a port of entry for a hacker to steal your wifi password? Yes! Specifically the LIFX smart lightbulbs, but it could be any smart bulb, or for that matter any other ‘smart’ thing connected to that Internet of things.”


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Mary Pritchard & Hai-Ou Hou at South Street Gallery

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Vibrant surfaces unite the work of Chestertown pastel artist Mary Pritchard and oil painter Hai-Ou Hou in their two-person exhibition, “Celebrating the Surface,” at South Street Art Gallery, 5 South Street, Easton, MD 21601, from July 3 through August 30. The Gallery Walk reception to meet the artists is July 11, 5-8 p.m., (postponed one week because of the July 4 holiday.)

"The Space Between," pastel, 7 " x 14." by Mary Pritchard

“The Space Between,” pastel, 7 ” x 14.” by Mary Pritchard

Mary Pritchard focuses on rural landscapes, especially the farms and rivers of the Eastern Shore, using the pastel medium’s flexibility to create surface treatments that range from transparent to opaque. In addition to her popular barn images, she is developing a new series of studio pastels based on grasses and reflections seen on local waterways like Swan Creek. She received a BA in studio art from Mount Holyoke College and has master degrees in both art
and journalism. She is a popular instructor who teaches classes in her High Street studio. She will do a pastel demo at South Street Art Gallery on Sunday, July 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Hai-Ou Hou is known for her expressive brushwork and dynamic compositions depicting figures,portraits and landscapes. Originally from Beijing where she studied at the Central Institute of Art and Design, she received her MFA from Towson University. She is owner and director of Chesapeake Fine Art Studio where she teaches and hosts workshops conducted by some of
the best-known national artists.

Both artists are veterans of numerous plein air events including Plein Air Easton. Hai-Ou Hou continues to participate in regional and national competitions while teaching at her Kent Island studio. Mary Pritchard now limits most of her plein air activities to mentoring students.

For additional information contact:

Gail Clark-Brodt

Intro to iPhone Photography Workshop July 26


iphone-photography-by-sam-alive-reveals-hidden-landscapes-designboom-07Intro to iPhone Photography (4-hour workshop)
With Karen Klinedinst
Saturday July 26, 9-1 (adults) $35 and  2-4 (teens) $15

Inside your iPhone is one of the most inspiring and fun imaging systems in allof photography. More than just a snapshot device, the iPhone is a powerful tool for creating art. With the iPhone, you now have a camera and darkroom that is always with you! In this workshop, you’ll learn camera capture techniques that are exclusive to iPhone photography; find out which apps are best for contrast, color, sharpening and stylizing your captures; and study combinations of apps that transform your images into fine art.

Karen Klinedinst is a landscape photographer and graphic designer from Baltimore. She graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She has exhibited her landscape photography in galleries throughout Maryland and the East Coast, including a solo exhibition at Adkins Arboretum of her landscape iPhoneography.

This workshop is part of ARTfest 2014 and is sponsored in part by ATT.
To register go to  or call 410-745-0002

Pecometh Camp Offers Farm to Table Dinner July 27

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Join Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries for their second annual, locally- sourced, five-course Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday, July 27, at 4:30 pm. You’ll hear how Pecometh’s efforts to model sustainable living are bearing fruit and a whole lot more. Last year’s menu included such delights as grilled rockfish and peach cobbler, and this year’s menu promises to be just as superb. Vegetarian options will also be available.

Tickets are fifty dollars each. Proceeds support Pecometh’s Sustainable Garden. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets early online at or call Dana Squares at 410-556-6900 extension 105.

717 Gallery Hosts Plein Air-Easton Events


717 Gallery will host the following events during the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, which takes place July 12-20.

  • Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16, daily from 10:30am-4pm

“Y’Art Sale” featuring used picture frames, artist gator board panels, art catalogs/books, oil paints, and various art items.

  • Friday, July 18, 2-3pm and Saturday July 19, 2-3pm

Interactive Panel Discussions with D. Eleinne Basa, John Michael Carter and Louis Escobedo. The panelists will conduct an interactive discussion about their art careers and influences, along with a question and answer session. Reservations recommended, please contact 717 Gallery to reserve a seat.

Through July 25, 717 Gallery continues the National Artists Invitational Exhibition featuring nationally-known artists from across the country. The artists in this exceptional exhibition are: Carolyn Anderson from Montana, Garin Baker from New York, D. Eleinne Basa from New Jersey, Marcia Burtt from California, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Romel de la Torre from Illinois, Louis Escobedo from Maryland, Max Ginsburg from New York, Peggi Kroll-Roberts from California, Robert Lemler from Arizona, Jennifer McChristian from California, Ned Mueller from Washington, Ray Roberts from California, and William Wray from California.

The gallery will host a reception on July 11 from 5-8pm during Easton’s July Gallery Walk.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across the street from the Country School), 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50—stop here first! Additional parking is available at the Country School. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment.

: “Portrait of Amy” by Garin Baker from New York. Baker, a Gallery 717 artist, won the 2013 Plein Air–Easton! Grand Prize, and returns this year to compete against 57 other artists from across the country.

: “Portrait of Amy” by Garin Baker from New York. Baker, a Gallery 717 artist, won the 2013 Plein Air–Easton! Grand Prize, and returns this year to compete against 57 other artists from across the country.

More information is online at and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email,, or phone 410.241.7020.