Avalon’s Weekend Marquee Update

The Talbot Spy will be sharing with our readers each week the MCTV produced Weekend Marquee with Tim Weigand as host. We hope you enjoy this short two minute preview of what’s coming up over the next few days.

Spy Minute: Talbot’s Crashbox Theatre Company with Ricky Vitanovec and Kelly Bonnette

Crashbox Theatre, a summer program directed towards Talbot County youth, illustrates the unbelievable talent in theatre arts in our community and a direct link to the professional talents of New York City.

Richard (Ricky) Vitanovec, who serves our community as theatre teacher at Easton Middle School and Easton High School, is the Executive Director ~ Crashbox Theatre Company, and works tirelessly to develop relationships in New York that transfer to direct opportunities for local youth.

The latest partnership brings Brian Michael Hoffman from the SEUSICAL Off-Broadway show, loaded with experience from touring nationally with ANNIE, and Internationally with HERCULES, THE MUSE-ICAL. He even served on the film team for ANNIE and THE WIZ LIVE with Sony Studios and NBC’s PETER PAN LIVE. Hoffman specializes in Character Voices and Improv, while teaching expertexpert technique for acting for live audiences. Having his attention on our youth opens doors for the future.

Vitanovec attracts the experts due to his earned reputation in New York City as a serious talent developer and show producer and director. He holds a master’s degree in theatre production and has directed over thirty-three productions. He further contributes to our community by acting at Church Hill Theatre, Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre, Tred Avon Players and the St. Michael’s Community Center

The Spy sits down with Ricky  and Kelly Bonnette, the volunteer president of Crashbox, for an exclusive on what to expect this summer for our young actors and actresses.

As they say in theatre, the show must go on!

This video is approximately two minutes in length. Find out more about Crashbox please go here.

Spy Profile: Telling the Story of Veterans with Word and Music

The powerful synergy between the spoken word and music has been the source of some truly extraordinary moments in the history of storytelling. From symphony orchestras playing as the backdrop to poetry to prose interjected into rap songs, the human need to combine these powerful forms of communication into one is a time-honored tradition.

This form of fusion seems to have unlimited applications, but nowhere does it triumph more than when pairing the flexible range of jazz to a human being’s very special, and sometimes horrific journey after being at war.

A recent example of this merger can be found in Modern Warrior, a musical drama of a soldier’s journey towards post-traumatic growth. In this case, Dominick Farinacci, the gifted jazz trumpeter, composer and favorite performer at Chesapeake Music’s annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, connects through mutual friends with Jaymes Poling, a returning vet, to explore how Farinacci’s music may work collaboratively with the narrative of Poling’s moving war and postwar experience.

The early results of this teamwork appear to be a stunning success. Through the support of benefactors, many of whom make the Mid-Shore their home, Dominick and Jaymes have already created a “pilot” for the musical with a premier expected in New York City, and later Easton, at the end of the year.

The Spy caught up with the co-creators of Modern Warrior at Bullitt House last week to talk about the project.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about the Modern Warrior project please go here.

Chesapeake Film Festival Hosts Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Film Critic

Ann Hornaday, the Washington Post’s Chief Movie Critic, comes to Easton, MD on Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 to discuss Talking PicturesHow to Watch Movies, her new book for people who want to look at film with a more critical eye.  The Chesapeake Film Festival hosts the interactive evening, where audiences can discuss with Ann their favorite films and exchange views how some movies come to be meaningful and have a lasting effect long after leaving the theater.

Eric Kohn, chief critic, Indiewire wrote, “Ann Hornaday knows movies, but more importantly, she knows how to write about movies for a diverse readership.  This book is an extension of that essential talent, a clear-eyed assessment of what makes this art form so engaging, and how to ask hard questions of it.  Anyone remotely intrigued by the film making process will learn something new about it – I know I did –and come away with a fresh toolkit for debating movies old and new.  Hornaday’s book is a quintessential reminder that movies are a major art form, and it’s a must-read for anyone who feels the same way.”

Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated cum laude with a degree in Government from Smith College. After working at Ms. Magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, she became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995, she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at the Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.

The Chesapeake Film Festival presents Maryland’s Eastern Shore best in cinematic storytelling. This 2017 Festival —October 27th – 29th —celebrates CFF’s 10th anniversary year.  More than 1,500 guests are expected to review 40 films at Easton’s historic Avalon Theater, and at other locations.  This year’s Festival explores such wide-ranging themes as climate change, social justice, the challenges of aging, and recreation that distinguishes the Eastern Shore.

Date: & Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: With lite fare at Scossa Restaurant & Lounge, Easton, MD
Tickets: $50 Event only; $77.60 Event + book
Purchase tickets online at www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com

The Festival is funded in part by grants from the Maryland Film Office and the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Academy Art Museum Announces July Events

Reni Gower, Fragments Entwined.


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

Through July 9, 2017
The exhibition FABRICation is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department (ESWA.org).

Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford
Through July 9, 2017
Steven Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates. The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls. Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. Steven Ford is represented by Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Ford, Brick Wheel 1, 2009 Linocut & collagraph with chine collé, Collection of the artist.

Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen
Through July 16, 2017
Shelley Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. Robzen has a sophisticated sense of form, volume and line. Her sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity. Her sculpture is included in private collections in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, Israel and Japan. Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery. The Academy Art Museum is presenting her marble and bronze sculpture in her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S.

Diana Kingman: Easton Abstract June 3–July 19, 2017
Todd R. Forsgren Northern Saw-whet (Aegolius acadicus), 2013 Collection of the Artist
Diana Kingman was born in Philadelphia (1940) and knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. Kingman majored in Art History, including a Junior year in Paris in 1960. Upon return she moved to New York, where she graduated with a degree at Columbia University School of General Studies, then worked at the Bettmann Archive. After travels in East Africa, marriage to a Canadian and two children she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their four-year program in painting. During art school and for a number of years afterward she worked in a realistic style, painting still lifes, landscapes and the human figure. In the mid-1980s her style evolved into abstract, eventually dropping all references to subject matter, painting in acrylics on paper. Her work has been shown at galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Lyon, France, and Kingman is represented in a number of corporate and private collections. Since 2004 she and her husband moved to Easton from the Philadelphia area where she actively continues to paint in her home studio.

Shelley Robzen, Anima #2, Carrara White Marble.

Annual Members’ Exhibition July 29–September 4 (Labor Day), 2017
Members’ Reception and Judge’s Awards: Friday, July 28, 5:30–7 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition. This exceptional tradition represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends. It should be noted that in the last five years, several members have been offered solo exhibitions after having participated in the Members’ Exhibition. The Annual Member’s Exhibition remains one of the Museum’s most popular offerings, providing a venue for our many talented artist members to showcase and sell their works. While updated guidelines are in place to streamline the process, this year’s Annual Member’s Exhibition continues the honored tradition of making the Museum available to all of our members for the exhibition of their artwork.

The Myth Makers in Maryland: The Mighty Merganser Continuing
Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers) built one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. Literally speaking, the bird sculpture is based on the Hooded Merganser, a bird which is common in Maryland. Figuratively, however, the artists’ intent is to create a bird sculpture which represents a proud monument to independent thinking and bravery, referencing Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass.


Diana Kingman, Sunny Cove, 2002 Acrylic on paper Collection of the Artist.

Open MIC
2nd Monday of each month including:
July 10 (Rebellion) and August 14 (The Future)
Open MIC is a supportive space for our community to share and cultivate the creativity and talents that thrive here. A variety of performances, demonstrations and presentations are welcome. It is open to all ages. Each month will have a topical (and optional) theme to which contributors are encouraged to relate as directly or abstractly as desired. The Museum will provide a PA system, sound engineer, Steinway grand piano and reasonably-priced refreshments. Email RayRemesch@gmail.com for more information.


July 31-August 5, 2017
The Museum will travel to Maine from and visit the state’s leading museums, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art (where former AAM Director Christopher Brownawell serves as Executive Director), the Colby College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, and more. Led by Director Benjamin Simons and Senior Curator Anke van Wagenberg, participants will enjoy private visits to some of the leading private collections in the region, take in Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, and explore the region’s other cultural offerings and fine dining. For further details, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Damika Baker, Director of Development, at dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.


Pictured are guests enjoying the Academy Art Museum’s Members’ Exhibition.


Pastel Summer Workshop: Boats and the Bay
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
1 day Workshop: Saturday July 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $75 Members, $90 Non-members
The Eastern Shore is rich in beautiful scenes on and about the water. This class will go right to the heart of the fundamentals of pastel painting – perceiving and recording the values and color; understanding the properties of light; and drawing skills – with a concentration on this specific subject matter. There will be personal attention to help with each student. Class will work from photos and, if needed, photos will be provided by the instructor.


Workshop: Fundamentals of Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
2 Days: Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $110 Members, $132 Non-members, plus $15 Materials Fee payable to instructor
This adult class provides first-time/beginning students with a solid foundation in drawing. Working with pencil and charcoal, students learn to use line, value, composition, and perspective. Students also learn to develop the ability to see as artists. Students often repeat Katie’s drawing classes to refine their control of the medium. A good class for all levels including beginners. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 10.

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer
Time and number of weeks: variable
Cost: per hour fee
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Full Version or Elements), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame. Contact: George Holzer geo@georgeholzer.com or 410.310.2604 (cell)


Pictured is Michael Allen, a participant of AAM’s new Open MIC (Music, Ideas Culture).

Animal Art Adventures (Including a visit from the Salisbury Zoo!)
Ages 7-13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Wednesday-Friday July 5–7, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $175 Museum members; $185 non-members
This fun and exciting camp offers young artists opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt while discovering the wonders of the animal world. Children will learn realistic art techniques, learn about animal artists of the past, and study a variety of animals through art. Projects will include animal illustrations, mask-making, animal sculptures and much more. On Thursday, July 6, an animal handler from the Salisbury Zoo will bring some exotic live animals for the children to draw.

Puppet-Making Workshop
Ages 6–8
Instructor: Alanna Berman
Monday-Friday, July 10–14, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $125 Museum members; $135 non-members
Puppets are part of our lives. Students can learn how they are made at this interactive camp. The camp will get behind the scenes to see how storytelling works and campers will get hands-on experience in creating a puppet and puppet theater and in learning voice acting. On the final day, there will be a grand performance! Campers will take home their puppet and a video of the performance. All materials provided.

Medieval Castles, Art, and All the King’s People
Ages 6–8
Instructor: Alanna Berman
Monday-Friday, July 10–14, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $115 Museum members; $125 non-members
Do you love stories of brave knights, crazy kings and bold princesses? This camp will show children how to role play their favorite characters by creating flags, hats and 3-D castles. Campers will even create the monster their character must vanquish or the mythical creature it will befriend. Parents are invited to the final day where students will present their characters and their stories! All materials provided.

Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, Maine.

Fun with Tie Dyeing
Ages 11–15
Instructor: Katy Trice
Monday-Thursday, July 10–13, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $135 Museum members; $145 non-members
Students will experiment with resist dyeing, spray and scrunch dyeing, and fold dyeing. On the first two days, they will practice folding, binding and tying small squares of fabric and on the last two days, they will create their own design and dye their tee shirts. Students should wear old clothes or bring a smock. All materials provided. Price includes tee shirt. Shirt size needed from each student.

Papier Mâché Sculpture
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Monday-Friday, July 17–21, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $120 Museum members; $130 non-members
This dynamic and creative class focuses on 3-D papier mâché sculpture. Teaching artist Theresa Schram will show students how to manipulate the materials and create unique pieces of art. Students will complete two projects—a papier mâché animal head using molding templates and a sculpted 3-D animal of their choice. The projects will alternate each day to allow the previous day’s work to dry. The final day will be spent adding paint, fun details and decorations. All materials provided.

Play with Clay
Ages 8-13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday-Friday, July 24–28, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $120 Museum members; $130 non-members
Students will explore sculpting with different types of molding materials. Aspiring sculptors will learn how to work with different types of clays and sculpting tools, while creating whatever interests them and pushing their creative limits. Various types of ceramic clay, Sculpey polymer clay, salt dough, and paper clay will be explored in this exciting 3D art class. All materials provided.

Sumi-e Painting
Ages 8–14 (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday-Friday, July 31–August 4, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $115 Museum members; $125 non-members
Students in this workshop will learn a unique method to meditate and relax, while painting the “chi” of the nature around them, as Buddhist monks called the Chan did 1000 years ago. This class will teach a simplified version of the traditional meditative Eastern approach and style to nature painting. Participants will learn about traditional Eastern painting media, such as the bamboo brush, sumi-e ink, rice paper and suzuri inkwell. All materials provided. If the weather is nice, we may be able to go outside to do some ink paintings in the Talbot Historical Society Gardens. Signed permission slips will be necessary for this option. Please bring a hat and sunscreen.

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp
Ages 6+
Week #1 Monday-Friday, July 24–28
Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram
Week # 2 Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram
12:30–3:30 p.m. daily each week
Cost: $105 Museum members; $115 non-members per week
This signature multi-media camp will feature opportunities each week to explore and develop projects from observation and imagination. Drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking may be included. Each week is different. All materials provided. Grand viewing of the week’s projects and party on the last day. Parents are invited!

Fun with Photoshop
Grades 5-9
Instructor: Garnette Hines
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $140 Museum members; $150 non-members
Easton High School’s digital media specialist, Garnette Hines, teaches students the basics of digital storytelling using the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop. In this class, students will try their hand at Photoshop painting, create mythological creatures, learn how to create animated gifs, and transform photos of themselves to create surreal special effects, such as flying and other superpowers.

Band Camps
Instructor: Ray Remesch Ages: 7-10 years
Dates: June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug 4
Ages: 10+ Dates: June 26-30, July 17-21 and August 7-11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day
Fee: $155 Members, $186 Non-members per week
Band Camp is an opportunity for young musicians to practice effective teamwork and creative expression. The daily schedule will include musicianship masterclasses, group improvisation games and rehearsals for a short Friday afternoon concert. This camp is open to singers and all types of instruments including, but not limited to, the guitar, piano/keyboard, violin, percussion, clarinet, sitar and kazoo. Ray Remesch (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com.

Katie Cassidy

Recording Arts Camp
Instructor: Ray Remesch Ages: 9+ Dates: July 24-28 and August 14-18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day
Fee: $155 Members, $186 Non-members per week
The Recording Arts Camp is designed for kids who have an interest in DIY music production and want to professionalize their sound. Campers will learn practical strategies they can use whether they’re recording with a phone, a home computer or in a professional studio. The week’s itinerary includes creative group and individual projects, focused workshops and fun challenges/games. Ray Remesch (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com.


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesh (410) 829-0335
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during holidays or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance

Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088. www.dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Upcoming Programming at TCFL in July


Saturday Matinee: Moana
Saturday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. Blu-ray on big, professional screen with surround sound.

Minecraft Mondays
Mondays, July 3, 17, & 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ages 6 & up.
Beginners and experienced builders may build in creative mode on our MinecraftEdu server. Limited space.

Virtual Reality Roadshow!
Wednesday, July 5, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Experience virtual reality on a variety of platforms—Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, and more! Coaches will guide you through the experience and library staff will tell you about opportunities to further explore virtual reality in our community.

Saturday Matinee: Sing!
Saturday, July 8, 2:00 p.m. Blu-ray on big, professional screen with surround sound.

Story Time
Tuesdays, July 11 – 25, 10:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Reptile Wonders
Wednesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Regional Library.

Foot Soldiers Collage Workshop with artist Jeffery Weatherford
Thursday, July 13, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. A family program. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Registration required.

Saturday Matinee: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Saturday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. Blu-ray on big, professional screen with surround sound.

Stitching Time
Monday, July 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Book Discussion: Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog
Wednesday, July 19, 11:00 a.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.

Turtle Dance Music
Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. Supported with funds from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Saturday Matinee: Zootopia
Saturday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. Blu-ray on big, professional screen with surround sound.

The Juggling Hoffmans
Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday Matinee: Jungle Book
Saturday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. Blu-ray on big, professional screen with surround sound.

St. Michaels

Movies @ Noon: Moana
Monday, July 3, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family, friendly film on the library’s big, professional screen.

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, July 6, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens, or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative.

Movies @ Noon: Monster Trucks
Monday, July 10, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family, friendly film on the library’s big, professional screen.

Irish Culture Celebration
Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. Irish crafts, Irish dance, and an Irish Tea Party with Irish dancer Megan Harper, director of the Harper Academy of Irish Dance. Harper placed 2nd at the All-Ireland Championship and placed 4th at the World Championship. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For all ages (children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult).

Story Time
Wednesdays, July 12 & 26, 10:30 a.m. For children age 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, July 12 & 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome.

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, July 13 & 27, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, July 13, 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult).

Movies @ Noon: Lego Batman Movie
Monday, July 17, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family, friendly film on the library’s big, professional screen.

Movies @ Noon: Storks
Monday, July 24, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family, friendly film on the library’s big, professional screen.

Family Crafts
Monday, July 24, 3:00 p.m. Summer Crafts

Puppet Show: The 3 Little Pigs
Thursday, July 27, 3:00 p.m. The adventures of three little pigs and a wolf. Performed by the library’s own Ms. Carla. For ages 1 to 7 accompanied by an adult.

Movies @ Noon: Nine Lives
Monday, July 31, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family, friendly film on the library’s big, professional screen.

Coloring for Teens & Adults
Monday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring.

Contact Person: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626, e-mail: mcpeak@tcfl.org

Note: All library programming is free and open to the public.

Oxford Prepares for Plein Air 2017

The picturesque town of Oxford, Maryland will host 2017 Plein Air Easton artists throughout the day on Sunday, 16 July. This will be a great day in our watermen’s town, with artists painting at various historic and scenic places in Oxford. To mark this occasion, a full day of events has been planned for our locals and visitors alike. We hope your plans for the weekend include a stop in Oxford to watch this year’s Plein Air Easton artists paint one-of-a-kind scenes from the town and waterways.

The Oxford Business Association is sponsoring this event, with support from the local businesses. It will be a ‘family–friendly’ day, with music and activities for everyone. You can bring your pooch along, too; we even have a dog park for him. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair to relax in the park, or to take in the live music, which will be offered in the afternoon at the Oxford Community Center.

For early risers, the Oxford Market will offer ‘free coffee with purchase of a muffin’ to start the day. A short stop away you’ll find the Oxford Museum open from 11 am to 4 pm. Outdoor activities during the day include watercraft rentals at the Strand from Dockside Boat Rentals, 1 – 5 pm. No visit to Oxford is complete without a ferry ride. Be sure to hop aboard ($5.00 per pedestrian) and traverse the Tred Avon River to enjoy the scenery. The ferry is an iconic landmark not only in Maryland, but also on the entire Eastern seaboard. A walking tour of Oxford will leave from the Ferry Dock at 10 a.m. Join Oxford resident Leo Nollmeyer for the history of our town.

Thirsty? Stop by the Treasure Chest from 10 am to 4 pm; free lemonade will be available. You are sure to find a variety of unique gifts and artwork inside, as well. Yacht and Home, newly opened across from the Oxford Market, will be offering iced tea and Plein Air Sugar Cookies to their visitors.

Oxford is also home to Mystery Loves Company Booksellers – a truly special bookstore located conveniently next to the Oxford Town Park. To mark the occasion of the Second Annual Paint Oxford Day, author Stephanie Verni will be on-site (1-3 pm) and signing copies of “Inn Significant,” appropriately set on the Eastern Shore, of course.

Be sure to take a stroll down Tilghman Street to the Scottish Highland Ice Creamery, which will be open from noon until 8:30 pm. They will feature a special “Plein Air Sorbet” as well as several other original and tempting flavors of the day.

While you watch the artists at work around town, you’ll no doubt notice a variety of painted picket fences prominently on display. Be sure to pick up a Picket Fence Map at local business locations, and stroll through town to view another form of original artwork. There are 9 new picket fences this year, as well as several others from years past.

Towards day’s end, head to the Oxford Community Center to see the artists’ completed, framed accomplishments. Paintings may be on display as early as noon for viewing and purchase, but the full Artist Exhibition (accompanied by available nibbles and beverages) will be from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Capping off activities at that venue, the President of the Oxford Business Association will announce and present the coveted Artists’ Choice award.

By then, you’ll be just in time to enjoy dinner at one of our many fine restaurants before leaving town. Where will you be on 16 July? Why not ‘Come see why we love it here?’

For more information, go to portofoxford.com

“Humanity” is Main Street Gallery’s Summer Show

According to a wikipedia definition, Humanity is simply “the condition of being human”. The word can also refer to “a set of strengths focused on “tending others” “ or it could reference the human species as a whole. Humanity is a broad subject open to many artistic interpretations and for their July/August show the artists of Main Street Gallery will share their very personal visions of this theme through their drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, fiber and mixed media works.

”Humanity” which will be on view from June 30 through August 28 was inspired in part by the 50th anniversary of the racial disturbances in Cambridge and in part by Barbara Lockhardt’s moving novel, ”Elizabeth’s Field” about a freed slave woman who owned a farm in Dorchester county. The artists are very excited to announce that on second Saturday, July 8, Barbara Lockhardt will do a book signing at the gallery from 5-8 pm.

There will be two artists receptions for “Humanity” on second Saturdays, July 8 and August 12 from 5-8 pm. The receptions are free and everyone is invited. Light refreshments will be served. Main Street gallery is located at 518 Poplar St., in Cambridge, directly across from Jimmie and Sooks Restaurant. Their regular hours are Friday through Monday 11-4pm. There is parking on the street and behind the gallery.

For more information go to the gallery’s website at www.mainstgallery.org or phone the gallery at: 410-330-4659

AAM Spring Event Raises $130,00 To Benefit Education and Outreach

Academy Art Museum Board Chair, Carolyn Williams and Honorary Co-Chair Gray Boutté.

The Academy Art Museum welcomed 250 guests to its recent Spring Event, raising $130,000 to benefit the Museum’s educational and outreach programs. The theme of the event, “The Art of Color,” was inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions, “Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works By Steven Ford” and “FABRICation.”

Event chairs Caroline Boutté, Peter Gallagher, Gray Boutté and Krista Boutté made color abound throughout the Museum to compliment the colorful artwork in the Museum galleries.  Music at the event was provided by The Eric Byrd Trio.

Sponsors for this year’s event included Mr. Bruce Wiltsie and Mr. Bill Davenport, Maxine and Bill Millar, Clark Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Saul, Carolyn H. Williams, Catherine Collins McCoy, Mr. and Mrs. George P.A. Eysymontt, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Granville, Amy Haines and Richard Marks, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hunter, Tim and Pat Roche, JT and Mary Tydings Smith, Judy and Henry Stansbury, Mr. and Mrs. John “Chip” Akridge, Nancy and CG Appleby, Richard and Ellen Bodorff, Caroline Boutte and Peter Gallagher, Craig and Karen Fuller, Jeffrey Parker and Chance Negri, Mr. and Mrs. David W. Willse, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Doehler, Holly and Paul Fine, Rodanthe and Paul Hanrahan, Robin Johnson, II, and Ruth Noble Groom, Simma and Ron Liebman, Robert and Doris Fischer Malesardi, Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Pickle, Mr. John Pinney and Ms. Donna Cantor, Franklin Raines and Denise Grant, The Seip Family Foundation, Peter and Hanna Woicke, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Wyman. Corporate Partners included Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, PNC Wealth Management, The Star Democrat, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop, Ashley Insurance, Wells Fargo Advisors, What’s Up Media, and Sugarplum Tent Company.

The Other Side: Spiritual Medium Scheduled for June 22 through 24

Roland Comtois, Internationally acclaimed Spiritual Medium, Grief Specialist, best-selling Author, and Inspirational Speaker is visiting the Eastern Shore June 22nd through June 24th and will be offering 3 channeling/messaging events and a Meet & Greet event in Easton and St. Michaels for the public to attend. Roland will be providing messages, address how to remain connected with your loved ones who have passed, overcoming grief, and the eternity of love.Roland’s following includes a global audience of all faiths and ages who look to him for affirmations that love is eternal and heaven exists. Join us for memorable events as Roland steps into the hearts of those present, touching everyone with powerful, life-changing messages that heal with hope, and demonstrates with his pre-transcribed signature Purple Papers, that spiritual connections are possible in every moment of time. Random attendees to the events will receive sacred messages from their loved ones, and some may also receive a Purple Paper, Roland’s signature documented messages he receives from loved ones in mediation daily.

Roland will bring his remarkable signature “Purple Papers” with him to the channeling events, each one documenting a unique message sent to him from those who have passed for the people they left behind, with specific information that only the recipient would know and understand. Roland writes the messages before every event as he receives them, and oftentimes it can be months or years before he connects the recipients to the papers through his events or Facebook. The experience can be life changing, not only for the people who receive them but the entire audience as well. This is such a compelling experience to help those who have suffered loss to find strength through the love they share.

The schedule for the channeling “Validating the Afterlife: Messages of Hope and Love” events are as follows:

Thursday June 22nd at Evergreen Easton Point, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Friday June 23rd, the St. Michaels Community Center is sponsor at the St. Michaels Inn from 7 PM to 9 PM

Saturday June 24th a free Meet and Greet at Simpatico, Italy’s Finest in St Michaels from 11 AM to 1 PM,Roland will sign books, talk about the annual Spiritual and Cultural Italy Group Trip he co-hosts with Bobbi Parlett of Simpatico, talk about the Purple Papers

Saturday June 24th the wrap up dinner event starting at 5:30 PM to 7 PM at Scossa Restaurant & Lounge for dinner, and the channeling/messaging from 7 PM to 9 PM.

The events are open to the public. The tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.rolandcomtois.net for pre-registration in advance (dinner on the 24th at Scossa billed separately the night of the event). People who attend Roland’s events leave his presentation with a lighter heart and much needed comfort from grief and loss, and some may leave with a priceless Purple Paper. Roland will also be signing copies of his page-turner books: ‘And Then There Was Heaven’, and ’16 Minutes’ after all events.

Roland is being introduced to us by Bobbi Parlett, of Simpatico, Italy’s Finest, in St. Michaels; Roland’s messages from Bobbi’s husband Ed in the year following his passing and since then have been major factors in her grief journey of healing and moving forward, and understanding there truly is always a connection that never dies with your loved ones. One of the purple papers Bobbi has received is shown here. Roland wrote this paper in advance of seeing Bobbi in June 2015; the paper was written earlier in June on the same day she went to see her granddaughter and they made a sea shell stepping stone out of a sea shell collection they had gathered together earlier that year. The stepping stone was in the shape of a heart. Bobbi collected shells always when she and Ed traveled to Exuma and she has boxes of them and still collects more anytime she finds shells on a beach; Ed would always joke about what was she going to do with them all. This purple paper was evidence Ed was there in spirit as Bobbi and her granddaughter made the stepping stone.

Set apart by his dedication to helping people recognize that life – and love – do not end when someone passes from this plane, Roland brings his audiences not only messages from loved ones who have transitioned, he also brings inspiration and reassurance that engender acceptance of all that life brings.

Cost for the events is $45, 10% donated to Evergreen Easton Point for the Thursday event, and 10% donated to the St. Michaels Community Center for the Friday event tickets.

For more information on Roland, and to purchase tickets for any of the events you can go to www.rolandcomtois.net and click the Events tab. For questions about the events call Bobbi Parlett on 610-209-5409.