St. Michaels Art League Meeting February 19

St. Michaels Art League will be having a meeting on February 19th, 9:30am-12pm, at Christ Church Parish Hall, Willow St., across from the church. Public invited. Non-members interested in finding out more about the league welcome. Guest artist: Daniel Riesmeyer, painter. For more info go to

A Free Video Course at St. Michaels Library February 15

The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library are pleased to offer a FREE video course:“Mark Making and Drawing” with Dawn Emerson. One session Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10 to noon at the St Michaels Library.

If you want to enhance your drawing skills and make your art more creative and free, this course is for you. Using pencil, ink and pastel, Emerson gives you permission to use your imagination while building on solid art principles – composition, line, shape, texture and more. You will find Emerson to be an energetic, inspiring instructor. This course is a great way to hone new skills and loosen up!

Bring your own materials to draw along (sketch pad, pencils or charcoal) or just watch. You will also learn how to make a simple monotype using water miscible oil on a plastic plate.

The course is FREE and open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary and no prior registration is needed.  For more information go to or contact Camille Woodbury at or 410-253-3262.

Drawing the Classical Figure – A FREE Video Course with Robert Liberace

The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library are pleased to present a free video course, “Drawing the Classical Figure” by Robert Liberace. The video course will be presented in the St. Michaels Library on four Friday mornings, 10 am to noon, beginning January 5, 2018 and ending January 26, 2018.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn the techniques of figure drawing by a master artist and teacher. Robert Liberace is an inspiring, informative and entertaining instructor. The course will focus on classical figure drawing inspired by the masters – Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.  Students can expect to learn basic figure drawing in simple step by step lessons.

Artists should bring a large sketch pad, pencils, conte or pastel crayons and follow along, or if you prefer, just watch!

The course is FREE and open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary.

For more information go to or call Marianne Kost at 410-745-5146.

Winners of St. Michaels Art League Member Show “Around the Town”

A month long art show titled “Around the Town” was held in October at the St Michaels Library. The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce the winners of this show that was judged by Brad Ross of the Art Academy Museum

“Sunset from the Drawbridge” by Sandy Alanko

The first place winner was Sandy Alanko for “Sunset from the Drawbridge”; Second place was Kathie Rogers for “Flow Blue”, and third place went to Arlene Zachmann for “Autumn on the Porch”.  Honorable mentions were also awarded to Leah Bell for “Pride”; Camille Woodbury for “Fall Leaves”; and Anne Allbeury Hock for “Bar Neck Cove House”.

This program and many of the programs for the league are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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SMAL Exhibition and Sale During Christmas in St. Michaels Weekend

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is pleased to present its 2nd annual show and sale during “Christmas in St. Michaels” weekend, December 8 through December 10, at the Clark Gallery of Fine Art. Owners Heidi Clark and Patricia Spitaleri have again offered space for SMAL to exhibit during this special holiday weekend in historic St. Michaels. The Clark Gallery of Fine Art is located at 308 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels MD.

Valerie Sunderland painting of carolina shrimpers

Artwork by SMAL members will be available indifferent mediums, sizes and price ranges; framed and ready for hanging.. There will also be a collection of smaller works of art, “Small Treasures”, for under $100.00.  Many works feature local scenes capturing the unique beauty of our Eastern Shore.

The St. Michaels Art League invites everyone to get into the spirit of the season. Come to the Clark Gallery of Fine Art during “Christmas in St. Michaels” weekend and find that unique, original work of art for your home or office, or to give as a special holiday gift.

To find out about membership in the St. Michaels’ Art League and other upcoming events, visit our website

The St. Michaels Art League is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

St. Michaels Art League “Around The Town” Art Show and Sale

“Chantal dans le Jardin” by Mary Ellen Mabe

The St. Michaels Art League will have an exhibit of members art in a show entitled  “Around The Town” during October From 10/2 through 10/30, at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library located at 106 Fremont Street.  This will be a judged show by Alan Brock, who is the owner of the South Street Gallery in Easton, and who is an artist, an architect and  a collector of many pieces of fine art.

The show will feature a variety of mediums and subject matter and is open to the public during normal library hours on Monday and Thursday from 9am until 8pmTuesday and Wednesday from 9am until 6pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.  Art will be offered for sale through the artists.  Put this lovely exhibit on your calendar of things to do for October.

This event in sponsored, in part,  by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council.

Calling All Artists and Art Lovers

Are you an artist, or simply love the arts but cannot be actively involved in arts organizations that hold meetings during the day because you still work full time?  The St. Michaels Art League is hoping to change that by gauging the interest of artists and art lovers who are employed full time and wish to join the League by holding  some of the meetings in the evening to accommodate their schedules.   The Art League will hold its first-ever evening meeting as an “Open House” on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. at Christ Church Parish Hall at 103 Willow Street, St. Michaels, MD.

Butterfly – Lee D’Zmura

According to Donna Finley, President of the St. Michaels Art League, “There is so much the Art League has to offer.  We have demonstrations by award-winning regional artists; workshops and classes with regional and nationally-acclaimed artists;and the opportunity to display and sell artwork at open and juried member exhibitions held at various galleries in Talbot County.  There is also the chance to give back to the community by displaying art in one of 20 retail establishments in St. Michaels during our annual Art Scavenger Hunt in July, which attracts tourists and residents alike, and benefits the businesses through increased traffic into their stores. Creating the original artwork that is made into the banners that hang along Talbot Street in St. Michaels from April through November each year is another of the many free community programs that membership offers.  Participation in the annual ‘Under the Tent’ Labor Day Weekend Art Show and Sale, that draws people from around the county to see and purchase the art on display, is always popular with our members. This year, member artists also will demonstrate their process to create art in oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media and ceramics at various times throughout the weekend Labor Day Show. ”

Ms. Finley continued, “The SMAL organization recognizes the limitations that daytime meetings place upon those who work that would otherwise become members if the meetings were in the evening.  We know there are many artists and art lovers living on the Mid-Shore that are not yet members of the Art League. So, the Board has made the decision to reach out to this underserved constituency by extending an invitation to come to a meeting in the early evening, giving them a chance to get to know us, see the many opportunities to get involved by talking with the Committee Chairs, and watch award-winning artist, Lee D’Zmura, lecture on the history of botanical art while demonstrating her technique.  Refreshments will be available.

If this meeting draws the kind of interest the Art League hopes, more evening meetings will be held to accommodate the schedules of those who work.”

For more information contact, Donna Finley at or 410-822-3017.

St. Michaels Art League October Library Show “Around the Town”

Gossip at French Market by Mary Ellen Mabe

The St. Michaels Art League October Library Show with the theme “Around the Town” will open Monday, October 2nd and will be on display through October 30th. This exhibit will showcase original artwork exclusively by St. Michaels Art League members. Members were challenged to depict scenes in a 2-dimensional media of subjects in a town which could mean a landscape; a still life; an architectural rendering; abstract or photo realistic…in other words, “the sky is the limit”.

This exhibit will be judged by Alan Brock who is an architect, the new owner of South Street Gallery and an avid collector of fine art.

The Talbot County Free Library is located at 106 Freemont St. in St. Michaels and the gallery is located in the rear of the library. The library hours are 9am to 8pm Monday and Thursday; 9am to 6pm Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9am to 5pm Friday and Saturday.

If you have any questions regarding this show, please contact Mary Ellen Mabe, 410-745-6436 or go online to to see more information about the organization.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Children’s Art Day September 16

It’s that time once again for your budding Picassos to join the St. Michaels Art League in their annual Children’s Art Day. This year the event is on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to Noon on the lawn of St. Lukes Methodist Church, 304 S.Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD.  This event is free and open to all children from Kindergarten to the 8th grade. The materials, including acrylic paints, art panels, brushes and easels, will be provided by the Art League and our members will offer assistance.  It is recommended that your children wear old clothes.

Please come and join us for a fun morning of painting in beautiful St. Michaels, sponsored by the SMAL, the Talbot Arts Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  Any questions call Joan Cranor, Chairperson of Children’s Art Day for St. Michaels Art League, at 410-310-8382 or email

SMAL is supported in part by the Talbot Arts Council with revenue from the Maryland State Council of the Arts.

SMAL Exhibit “Endless Summer” Reception on September 9

Garden Nymph by Kathy Kopec

The St. Michaels Art League exhibit, “Endless Summer,” at the A.M. Gravely Gallery continues through Sunday, October 1. The members’ best works have been selected for exhibit and sale. A special award has been given to the work of art chosen by votes from visitors to the gallery. The David Grafton People’s Choice Award is in honor of David Grafton, a well known local landscape artist and owner of the Grafton Gallery in Easton who recently passed away, and will be greatly missed by many.

The gallery is located at 408 South Talbot Street in St. Michaels. It is open Friday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a reception at the gallery open to the public during Second Saturday Art Walk, on September 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The St. Michaels Art League welcomes all those in the greater Talbot County and beyond who share an interest in the fine arts. Their monthly meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on the third Monday of the month, September through May at Christ Church Parish Hall on Willow Street in St. Michaels. For more information visit

If you haven’t yet seen this wonderful exhibit by these talented local artists, now is your opportunity to see, and perhaps own, an original painting for your home to enjoy for years to come.