Exhibit of St. Michaels Watercolorist, Barbara Jablin

“Nest” Barbara Jablin

An exhibit that will explore the 75 year art history of St. Michaels watercolorist, Barbara Jablin, will take place at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland from April 8 to the 30th. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 5 to 7 pm at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, as part of the Second Saturday St. Michaels Art Walk.

Barbara Jablin has had a long career as an artist. You are invited to experience this artist’s early work as a courtroom artist, illustrator, teacher, and today’s exquisite watercolor paintings.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays to Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm. For more information please call 410/745-5059, email amgart@aol.com, and visit www.amgravelygallery.com.


St Marks United Methodist Church Concert

Award-winning cellist, Ismar Gomes and Taiwanese pianist, Wan-Chi Su will be featured in concert on April 2nd, 3pm, at St Marks United Methodist Church.


Mr. Gomes has performed internationally as a chamber musician, and soloist. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), he has established himself as a captivating young artist, delivering exciting and innovative performances. He has appeared Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Evolution Contemporary Music Series, String Fest, Le Petit Salon, Early Music at St. Mark’s, and Old Town Hall Concerts, and many more. His collaborators include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as members of the Johannes, and Brentano Quartets. Also in demand as an orchestral player, Mr. Gomes was the Baltimore Symphony’s Fellow for the 2015 – 2016, and is a member of both the Virginia Symphony and the Delaware Symphony.


Recent appearances have taken Mr. Gomes across the US performing on a number of prestigious series, including many recitals with his Duo partner, Taiwanese pianist, Wan-Chi Su, with whom he has been touring for several seasons. Ms. Su enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber musician, performing to great acclaim at venues throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Her performances have been featured in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (NYC), Salle Cortot (Paris, France), National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), Mannes Concert Hall (NYC), Staller Center Recital Hall (Stony Brook, NY), Poquatuck Hall (Orient, NY), Bliss Recital Hall (Youngstown, OH), Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), Friedberg Concert Hall (Baltimore, MD), Chih-Shan Hall (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Canyon Wren Recital Hall (Leavenworth, WA), among others. Wan-Chi has won prizes at numerous national and international piano competitions; she recently received the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying (2016) and the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music (2013) from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore.

The program at St. Mark’s is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. To further cover expenses, a love offering will be taken at the concert.

Sanctuary, State Action, and Engagement by Stephen Buckingham

On Sunday, March 26, at 10 a.m., Mr. Stephen Buckingham will give a sermon entitled “Sanctuary, State Action, and Engagement” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Since the election, many UUs have asked what they can do to preserve the progress our nation has made toward the beloved community. In this service, we will explore how we got off the path and some actions we can take to bend the arc of the universe back towards justice.

Special music for this service will be performed by pianist Dick Durham.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Bernard A. Cheezum, Jr., Chosen for Leadership Maryland

Willow Construction, LLC vice president/owner and Centreville resident is one of 52 selected for professional development program.

Leadership Maryland announced that Bernard A. “Andy” Cheezum, Jr., CHC ’17, Vice President/Owner at Willow Construction, LLC, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Cheezum is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 25th class – the Class of 2017, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will be followed by a one-day closing retreat in November and a graduation celebration in December. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“The selection process for the Class of 2017 was very competitive this year, as we had an extraordinary pool of diverse and experienced applicants to choose from,” said Renée M. Winsky ‘05, president and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Maryland. “The 52 selected participants represent a diverse and broad spectrum of highly-qualified executives from across the state, and we are confident that their Leadership Maryland experience will help them to play an even greater role in our unified effort to shape the future of our state.”

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland members have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information about Leadership Maryland, please visit www.LeadershipMD.org, call 410-841-2101 or email Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland
Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

Iconic Luxury Yachts and Motor Boats in St. Michaels Harbour

Forget the Spring Equinox. Eastern Shore residents know the season has arrived when our boats go back in the water.

On March 30 at 2 p.m., all four of Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond’s signature “Stars and Stripes” blue boats will sail into St. Michaels Harbour as a fleet and kick start what General Manager Reginald Archambault promises to be an activity-packed spring and summer.

Star Bright, Star Light, Harbor Star and Midnight Star spent the winter in Annapolis and will depart at approximately 10 a.m. with Captain Jason Pinter at the helm. They’ll cruise the beltline of the Chesapeake together, corner Bloody Point into the Eastern Bay and file down the Miles River for a stunning return home.

Star Bright is an Alerion Sport 38 that is uniquely equipped to accommodate a full weekend cruise. Her traditional topsides are couple with not only an advanced underbody but also an advanced rig. An Alerion Express 33, Star Light turns heads with her sheer, classic overhangs, thoroughly modern underwater shape and low coachroof. She pairs purity of line with unsurpassed performance.

Launched in 1991, Midnight Star is a Tadorne 26 and immediately aroused interest and admiration. Her hull and deck are made of polyester with a teak and varnished mahogany finish. These three yachts are the stars of the Inn’s sailing academy, which reopens April 8 and offers ASA 101 and ASA 103 certification courses for basic keelboat sailing and basic coastal cruising, respectively.

Harbor Star is an Andreyale 33 French Canal Commuter ideally suited for brisk, two-hour cruises and half- or full-day charters. Boasting a roomy cockpit and elegantly appointed salon with large beveled glass windows and satin mahogany finish, she reaches top speed at a whisper-quiet 18 knots.

Inn at Perry Cabin’s 2017 fleet also will include a new Friendship 40 named Stargazer and Five Star, a 55’ Hinckley yacht. They will arrive at port along the East Lawn of the Inn in April and May, respectively.

You can also contact Carol Peach-Woods for more details:

Carol Peach-Woods
Director of Sales and Marketing
(443) 258-2231


Free Family Law Public Seminar

“Family Law for the People: Understanding the Law and Court Process” is a free informational seminar for individuals interested in learning about common family law issues and court procedures. Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 & Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Futures for Families Center, 29466 Pintail Drive, Suite 10 (Behind Walmart), Easton, Maryland 21601.

Featuring experienced family attorneys, the seminar will cover the following topics (in order of presentation):

• Child custody/visitation and support;
• Starting a case;
• Trial process and procedures;
• Finding and working with an attorney;
• Finding other resources
• Alternatives to trial, including mediation
• Divorce grounds
• Alimony
• Division of property in divorce.

Family Law for the People was developed by the Department of Family Administration of the Administrative Office of the Courts — Programs, the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and the People’s Law Library of Maryland.

The seminar is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. Please do not bring children. No child care provided.

Please register by calling Jessica Milligan, Family Support Services Coordinator at 410-228-1395 or email her at jessica.milligan@mdcourts.gov. Registration information is confidential and is used for the purposes of notifying participants of any changes in the schedule and for statistical reporting. Attendance is required to obtain the written handouts.

Talbot County Department of Social Services Seeks Faith Community’s Help

The Talbot County Department of Social Services recently shared information about its Foster Care Program with parishioners with First Baptist Church in Easton. Foster care provides safe, stable and temporary out of home placement for children who can no longer remain in their own homes. On the average each year, there are 20 Talbot County children in foster care. Of these, 86% of children are placed in Talbot, Dorchester or Caroline counties.

Staff with the Talbot County Department of Social Services discussed “out of the box” ways people can support this population of children in Talbot County, as well as introduced participants to the foster care process. Linda C. Webb, LCSW, Director of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, comments, “Caring for children is a community effort, and we rely on community partnerships to fulfill our mission of protecting children and promoting the safety and well-being of Talbot County citizens. The faith community is an important partner in achieving that mission.”

Photo: Back row – Drew Jensen, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Easton; front row, left to right – Karen Martins of Easton, Paris Quillet, Special Projects Coordinator with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; Christine Montague, Coordinator, Option Respite with the Talbot County Department of Social Services; and Crystel and Thomas Cheney of Federalsburg. The Talbot County Department of Social Services is sharing information about its Foster Care Program with members of the faith community in Talbot County. 

For further information about becoming a foster, respite or adoptive parent or to schedule a foster care presentation for your church, call Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

Photographer Johnny Bivera at Tidewater Camera Club April Lecture

50States_34The Tidewater Camera Club is pleased to present Photographer Johnny Bivera on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room.  Mr. Bivera’s talk is entitled “Love the Project, Enjoy the Work”.  He will speak to photographers regarding hitting a creative wall, the point at which they feel that their work is monotonous and stagnant.  Johnny says that this has happened to him many times and he will share his photography career experiences spanning thirty years.  From digging desert foxholes with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan to walking with penguins in Antarctica to being a fly on the wall of the President’s oval office, he will answer the question of how one attains success and consistency when it comes to imagery.  Johnny believes that personal projects are key and states that, if you love the project you’ll enjoy the work.  He also says that some of the best work produced originated from someone’s personal initiative, from ideas of deep interest, fascination and vision.  Johnny will discuss how his projects have led to jobs, greater initiatives and to learning more about who he is and the world around him.  The public is invited to attend.

Bivera_HeadshotJohnny Bivera is the principal of Visual Media One and executive director and founder of Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops.  He is a freelance photojournalist with over 30 years’ experience in visual storytelling by capturing images worldwide from everyday life to the hostilities of war.  He was an official videographer to President of the United States Bill Clinton and executive photographer to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.  He has covered combat and humanitarian missions to maritime operations such as the Bosnia/Herzegovina conflict, the Israeli-Jordan Peace Treaty, Turkey’s tragic earthquake and the war in Afghanistan.  Johnny retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 and has traveled to all continents visiting places such as Antarctica, Galapagos, and Papua, New Guinea.  He currently documents news and media events for a variety of clients and his work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines and video documentaries.   He was personally profiled on PBS’s Jim Lehrer News Hour, C-SPAN’s American Journal and NFL Films ‘American Postcards’.   Johnny has worked on numerous book projects with publishers such as Harper Collins and the National Geographic Society.  He is an education outreach member of the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographers Association’s Department of Defense Liaison, a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and a past president of the National Association of Naval Photography.  Johnny is also a founding faculty member of the Red Badge Project, a storytelling workshop for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Founded in 1963, the Tidewater Camera Club strives to promote interest and participation in photography for all skill levels and ages.  For more information, go to www.tidewatercameraclub.org.

Barbara Jablin Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery April 8-30

On Saturday, April 8, from 5-7 pm, the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels, Md. will host an opening reception for an exhibit of Barbara Jablin’s artwork. The show and sale celebrates the artist’s 75-year career, including her work as an illustrator, years of teaching and her exquisite watercolor paintings.

A native of Baltimore, Jablin graduated with honors from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also taught fashion illustration. She was a commercial artist in retail advertising and a court artist for the Associated Press, in addition to teaching for more than 70 years.

IMG_0142  Hooper Strait LighthouseAfter she and her husband retired to the Eastern shore 40 years ago, Jablin indulged her passion for painting. Now, at the age of 94, she teaches two watercolor classes each week in St. Michaels, and continually inspires her students, fellow artists and many friends with her talent, generous spirit and joyful life.

Jablin is a founder of the Working Artists Forum in Easton and a member of the St. Michaels Art League, the Traveling Brushes and the Academy Art Museum. Her awards include several First and Best in Show in Watercolor from the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Rehoboth Art League, Napa Valley Award and Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor competitions. She also participated in an invitational show of flower paintings at Washington College in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Her watercolors and other artwork are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, the Bahamas, and Europe.

The A. M. Gravely Gallery is at 408 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, and is open Sun-Tues, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through April 30, includes framed and unframed art for sale, as well as paintings on loan from private collections. Barbara Jablin’s Chestnut Street Studio is open by appointment.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Court Liaison Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Mid-Shore Pro Bono is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Court Liaison Program. Introduced in 2016, this initiative places a liaison from Mid-Shore Pro Bono at area courthouses to support the region’s overburdened courts, and provide direct services to clients including intake and applications, and referrals to other community resources. The program has been extremely successful in its first year and a second liaison was hired to meet the community and court system’s demand. In addition, Spanish interpreter services were added in October 2016.

Court Liaisons

The Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Court Liaisons are on site at area courthouses to connect clients with legal services and other community resources. Pictured are Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s two Court Liaisons, Ivette Salarich and Cappy Callahan.

“The Mid-Shore’s rural character and expansive land area present unique challenges to citizens looking for legal advice,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “The Court Liaison program is our way of bringing legal services to the public and giving them access to advice through local volunteer attorneys and referrals near their homes or work.  Connecting those in need with vital legal resources truly makes us a community-based service provider.”

Mid-Shore Pro Bono currently has Court Liaisons in Kent, Dorchester, Caroline Counties and Queen Anne’s County and in the process of expanding services to Talbot County to ensure access in each county the organization serves. This program is supported by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration. For the Court Liaisons’ schedule, please visit the Mid-Shore Pro Bono website at www.midshoreprobono.org, or by calling the main office at 410-690-8218.

To reach more citizens in need and to expedite the intake process, Mid-Shore Pro Bono now offers their application process online at www.midshoreprobono.org. Staff members are also available to give presentations on all of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s services to area businesses, churches, state agencies and all other community programs to help raise awareness and connect low-income individuals with the services they need.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information, to apply for services or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.