Working Artists Forum Chesapeake College Memorial Exhibit

Members of the Working Artists Forum will honor the memory of late members of WAF with an exhibit entitled the “Chesapeake Memorial Exhibit”. The exhibit is held at the Todd Performing Arts Center building of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, and will be open to the public during the college hours of operation, and during special events at the Arts center.

Rocky Coast by Amy Cummins

Working Artists Forum is a juried membership of 101 professional artists who meet monthly at the Academy Arts Museum in Easton to share in their experiences, critiques and demonstrations.In addition, they offer surrounding areas their talents and provide donations to local students and schools for expansion and experience of art in their communities.

The exhibit will run from April 3rd through the 30th,and will be judged by Kurt Plinke.  Awards  will be given: Best of Show, three Awards of Excellence and three Honorable Mentions. Judge Plinke is a well-known visual artist who works in water-based mediums and maintains a studio in Greensboro.

The Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College is located at 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679.   Art work will be on sale and can be purchased through the artists.  For more information on the exhibit and the Working Artists Forum, and to view art work by its members, visit

Academy Art Museum Announces April Events

Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition

The Academy Art Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition
March 10 – April 4
March 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m. – Grades K – 3
March 13, 4:30 – 6 p.m. – Grades 4 – 8
March 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Grades 9 -12

The Museum is pleased to present its annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition. This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of K-12 students from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Kent counties. As in past years, visitors can expect a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. The Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition has been a Museum tradition for over 25 years and is the largest and most prestigious student art exhibition on the Eastern Shore.

New Photography: National Juried Exhibition
April 14 – July 15, 2018
Photographic artists of all walks are invited to submit their latest works to a new national juried show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. Artists may submit all types of photographic works including digital, analog, alternative processes, etc.

Matt Moore, Desert Shores, CA, 2016, Collection of the Artist.

Elizabeth Casqueiro: Entrances and Exits
April 14 –July 15, 2018
Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England and grew up in Portugal, studying art at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, the Corcoran School of Art, and the Washington Studio School. Her work is an exploration of masked identity and taps into the playful and entertaining origins of identity through a series of works involving the action hero, the stage actor, and what she calls “the cheesy plot.” Following her fall solo gallery show in Portugal (2017), the Academy Art Museum is offering her a first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Part I April 21–July 8, 2018, Members’ Reception: Friday, April 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Part II July 28–October 14, 2018, Members’ Reception: Friday, July 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Docent tours: Wednesdays at 11 a.m., meet at Front Desk

In 1958, the Academy Art Museum opened its doors to the public as the Academy of the Arts. In 2018 the Museum invites all audiences to celebrate its 60th anniversary, honoring the past and celebrating the future. Program highlights include a special two-part Diamond Exhibition, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the seventeenth century to the present. The AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition will showcase a representative range of treasures works including prints from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, from Rembrandt and Goya to Whistler and Picasso, and selections of its holdings in other media, including painting, photography and sculpture. AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition will be accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue.

Elizabeth Casqueiro, Do Something Batman, 2017 Acrylic and oil on canvas.


Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series
These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature.
Cost: $24 Members, Non-members $29. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at

American Fine Art Photographer Overview
Tina Barney, Highly-Acclaimed Fine Art Photographer
Friday, April 27, 2018, 6 p.m.
Tina Barney is an American photographer best known for her large-scale color portraits of her family and close friends. Her work is in the collections of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.


The Verona Quartet featuring pianist Daria Rabotkina
Friday, April 6, 2018, Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. & Concert: 6 p.m.
Cost: $55 Members, $66 Non-members
The Verona Quartet is currently the quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Training Program. The group has garnered worldwide recognition by winning top prizes at international competitions across four continents, including the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.

Miró, Joan (1893 – 1983), Oiseau Zéphyr, Color lithograph, 1960.


Open MIC
April 9, 7 – 9 p.m. – Theme: When It Rains It Pours
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. All ages and styles of performance are welcome! Contributors are invited to relate to a monthly topical theme which may be interpreted as directly or abstractly as desired! Visual artists are welcome to display 1 to 3 pieces of their work during the event. Beer and wine on sale to those 21 and over. Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.


Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
Four evenings: April 3, 10, 17 and May 1
Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $88 Members, $105 Non-members, plus $30 materials fee for papers and inks

Tina Barney

Birds, Boats and the Bay
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
6 weeks: April 7 – May 12
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $210 Members, $252 Non-members

Beautiful Blooms: Painting the Garden in Pastel and Oil
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
3 weeks, April 24, May 1, 8
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Cocktails and Canvas: Giorgio Morandi Still Life
Instructor: Constance Del Nero
April 25, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $45 Members, and $54 Non-members

Saturdays en Plein Air!
Mentor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Monthly: the last Saturday of each month, April – October, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE to Members of the Academy

Verona Quartet and Daria Rabotkina

Photographing Art
Instructor: Sean McCormick
Saturday: April 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members, $138 Non-members

The Importance of Being Framed (Properly)
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One Day Workshop, April 24, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 Members, $42 Non-members

Movies, Music and Smart TV: Entertainment for the Whole Family
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days, Wednesdays, April 4 and April 11
Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

iPhone Class
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days, Wednesdays April 18 and 25
Wednesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $80 Non-Members

Katie Cassidy

Fine Art Inkjet Printing
Instructor: Todd Forsgren
Saturday: April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $100 Members, $120 Non-members (plus $25 materials fee)

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
One 6-week session: April 30 – June 4
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
One 6-week session: April 30 – June 4
Mondays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Family Programs

Todd Forsgren

Earth Day Arts Extravaganza
April 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Save the planet and get creative! Before you throw out that old can, bottle cap, magazine etc… think about what you might do with it to keep it in use. Better yet, come to the Academy Art Museum’s eARTh Arts Day Extravaganza and make some great projects to take back home.

Performing Arts Classes

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

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for information at (410) 829-2525 or
Whether you are interested in singing with a choir, becoming a soloist, getting a lead in the high school musical or community theatre production, joining a barbershop quartet, or preparing your audition for a conservatory, good singing requires a skill set that is developed over time.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit

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

Summer Arts Scholarships Announced by Talbot County Arts Council

The Talbot County Arts Council has announced its nineteenth annual program of summer arts scholarships for Talbot County residents now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. The program provides grants for advanced art studies during Summer 2018 to students with outstanding artistic promise. It is named in honor of the late Willard A. Lockwood, longtime president of the Arts Council, under whose guidance it was developed.

There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources. For example, if a program costs $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council. The $3,000 that is available for summer arts scholarships this year was provide by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Programs that qualify in the visual, musical, performing, or literary arts include summer art camps, music camps, and writing workshops, as well as other group or private programs or lessons in art, music, and writing. Contact the Arts Council with questions on program eligibility.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Arts Council by April 30, and selection decisions will be announced in late May. Scholarships are talent-based, not need-based, so no family financial information is required— although a letter may be included from parent or guardian indicating any special considerations. Applications must be co-signed by student and parent or guardian; include one supporting letter from an arts educator knowledgeable of the candidate’s artistic history, ability, and potential; as well as an example of the student’s work in electronic form.

For further information on the scholarship program, including application materials, contact Gerry Early, executive director, Talbot County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6, Easton, MD 21601 (office phone 410-310-9812/e-mail

Recovery: Healing Through Art at the Raimond Building in Chestertown

Art is perhaps at its best when it heals the human soul. While there remains an aesthetic enjoyment that comes from both the artist and his/her audience in most work of art, the use of visual creativity to help people overcome loss and addiction is a particularly forceful phenomenon.

That was the impression when the Spy stopped by the Vincent & Leslie Prince Raimond Arts Building yesterday for a look the recent art exhibition sponsored by the Kent County Art Council new show entitled “Heroin and Healing” curated by Baltimore artist Peter Brunn.

As the father of a daughter lost to a heroin overdose, Brunn is not a passive bystander in this show.  While it includes six remarkable artists that have used photography, video and visual art to express their journey of healing and recovery from their own addiction or those of loved ones, it is Peter’s work that the Spy found the most powerful.

An example of this is the overwhelming forceful visual graph entitled Toshio Hosakawa, Landscape II, which charts the extraordinarily painful journal of daughter Elisif’s arc of depression and addiction, ending with the unimaginable phone call Brunn received informing him of his daughter’s death with the words from a stranger saying, “Hello, is this Peter?”

This video is approximately one minute in length. “Heroin and Healing” will be on display at the Raimond Art Building 101 Spreing Avenue in Chestertown from March 2 to March 31. A Film and Discussion on the topic is scheduled for March 30 at Norman James Theatre at Washington College. For more information please go here



Tick, Tick, Tick: Talbot County Arts Council Grant Application Cutoff Is March 31

The Talbot County Arts Council reminds local arts organizations and programs about the deadline for applications for community arts development grants for arts activities that will occur between July 2018 and June 2019. The cutoff date for grant applications is March 31, and those selected will be notified by April 30.

The requested Arts Council funding must be matched on at least a one-for-one basis in cash by the requesting organization. An applicant must be either incorporated as a nonprofit in the State of Maryland, with IRS tax-exempt status, or government-related entity such as a library or parks and recreation department.

Application packets have been sent to organizations that received grants during the past two years. Packets are also available for downloading from the Arts Council=s website: Applications must be submitted electronically as email attachments in either Word or PDF format.

For further information or hard-copy application forms, contact the Talbot County Arts Council by phone 410-310-9812 or e-mail

AAM Showcases Over 800 Works of Art from Mid-Shore Students

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, recently hosted openings for its annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition, to be on display through April 4. This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of K-12 students from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Kent counties. As in past years, visitors can expect a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. The Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition has been a Museum tradition for over 25 years and is the largest and most prestigious student art exhibition on the Eastern Shore.

Photo: Pictured front row, left to right, are Cathy McCoy, President, Academy Art Museum Board of Trustees; Gabby Lambeth, Easton High School; and Constance Del Nero, Director of ArtReach and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum. Pictured middle row, left to right, are Natalie Jones, Queen Anne’s County High School; Emly Vanderlinden, Queen Anne’s County High School; Paige Friedman, Easton High School; and Alison Ortel, St. Michaels High School. Pictured back row, left to right, are Jessika Diggs, Queen Anne’s County High School; Emma Kelly, Sts. Peter and Paul High School; Elizabeth Scharch, St. Michaels High School; and Melissa Gill, Queen Anne’s County High School.

This year’s 2018 Student Art Exhibition Winners from area high schools were First place: Jessika Diggs, Queen Anne’s County High School (Assemblage Paper/Gold Wire), Elizabeth Scharch, St. Michaels High School (Graphite Lion), and Natalie Jones, Queen Anne’s County High School (Mask); Second place: Joey Odenwald, Easton High School (Asian Winter Scene), Emma Kelly, Sts. Peter and Paul High School (Oil Portrait of a Woman), and Melissa Gill, Queen Anne’s County High School (Altered Book); Third place: Anna Maloney, Home School (Pastel Bat), Gabby Lambeth, Easton High School (Oil on Paper Portrait), Jordan Lecompte, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (Indian Elephant Collage), Sheryl Collins, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (Leaf to Fish Metamorphosis), and Morgan Reeley, Easton High School (Bones of the Hand); Honorable Mentions: Jessica Hagan, Queen Anne’s County High School (Bird with Skull Head), Hannah Kerr, St. Michaels High School (Two Fish), Kelly Van Dyke, Queen Anne’s County High School (Triptych), Paige Friedman, Easton High School (Asian Landscape with Bird), Alison Ortel, St. Michaels High School (Batik Elephant), Emly Vanderlinden, Queen Anne’s County High School (Wire Hand), DaShawn James, Queen Anne’s County High School (Graphite Portrait), and Caroline Lenkiewicz, St. Michaels High School (Batik Flowers).

The Academy Art Museum Hanging Team included Julia Alley, Glenda Dawson, Doug Fahrman, Elaine Gallagher, Carol Minarick, Boots Robinson, and Theresa Schram. Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop supplied the awards for the exhibition.

Early Music Ensemble to Perform Irish Music

On Sunday, March 18 at 4 pm, the early music ensemble Trio Galilei will present a concert of music at Christ Church Easton.  Part of the Christ Church Concert Series, this accomplished trio is making its second appearance on the series.  Specializing in music of the British Isles, the group will perform a mostly Irish program in a nod to St. Patrick, a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.

Trio Galilei began at the Mologne House at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring where the ensemble performed every Friday that they were not out on tour since November of 2008. After six months of giving away Ensemble Galilei recordings at Mologne House, Carolyn Surrick, the group’s founder, decided that they needed to record the music that they were playing for the wounded warriors and their families. She called her friends in the industry and everyone agreed to donate their time—the recording engineer, to the studio, the mastering engineer, the photographer, the graphic artist, and the compact disc manufacturer.  That effort resulted in the creation of Above and Beyond, and since its release in 2009, four thousand compact discs have been given away to wounded warriors, their families, and the medical practitioners at Walter Reed. When the recordings are sold to the public, the money goes to manufacturing more CDs and then if there is money left over, the group donates it to The Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This year, at the urging of their audience at Walter Reed, Trio Galilei recorded a new CD, titled Home. Again, all of the aspects of the recording were donated by members of the recording industry, including Bias Studios in Springfield VA, Oasis Disc Manufacturing, local designer Marilyn Drea and photographer Burgess Blevins.

The group was also honored this year when they received the William Donald Schaefer People Helping Award for their ongoing work at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. The ensemble can still be found every Friday afternoon, from 11:30 to 1:00, playing music for wounded warriors and their families at the Warrior Café. However, it would be easier to hear them while they are in town, and their Irish concert is one you won’t want to miss!

The Christ Church Concert Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.  This Sunday’s concert is free and open to the public.  Christ Church is located at 111 South Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  A freewill offering will be received.

Easton High School Warrior Chorale to Perform Spring Concert

The Easton High School Warrior Chorale, under the direction of Andrea Stewart Davis and accompanied by Amy Morgan,will present their Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Easton High School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of choral music from classic choral standards to more contemporary choral pieces. There is no admission fee for the concert but tax-deductible donations will be happily accepted.

The Warrior Chorale is coming off a stellar performance at the ECAS High School Choral Competition and will be performing their competition set, which includes Morley’s Renaissance madrigal My Bonny Lass She Smileth, choral favorite Mendelssohn’s Die Nachtigall, and new work Dies Irae by Ryan Main in addition to other selections.

The Warrior Chorale is an auditioned ensemble comprising students in grades nine through twelve. The ensemble rehearses daily and performs a wide variety of music. The Warrior Chorale is an in-demand performing ensemble throughout Talbot County. If you are interested in having the Warrior Chorale perform, contact Mrs. Davis via e-mail

Andrea Stewart Davis directs the Warrior Chorale and is the theater arts instructor at Easton High School. Additionally, she is the artistic director of the Smyrna Singers and is an in-demand musical director and conductor throughout Delmarva. Mrs. Davis made her international performance debut at Lake Como, Italy, and recently conducted internationally at the Delaware Choral Academy in Aix-en-Provence, France. Her choirs are praised for their musical nuance, energy and enthusiasm as an ensemble.

The Working Artists Forum Promotes Art at Local Schools

Each year the Working Artists Forum hosts an annual art exhibit at the Tidewater Inn in Easton called Local Color. This exhibit is held in conjunction with Plein Air Easton.

The juried art participants in the exhibit showcase their art for sale throughout the weekend at the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn.  From the sale of art during Local Color, WAF is able to designate a portion of proceeds to benefit the surrounding community elementary schools’ art programs.

Judy Bittorf, member of WAF, presents a Dick Blick gift card to Betsy Dykes, art teacher at Ocean City Elementary School.

As a result of Local Color 2017, WAF was pleased to help foster the visual arts at area schools by presenting gift cards valued at $150 each for art supplies from to the schools’ art departments in six counties, to include Queen Anne, Caroline, Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, and Worcester.

The Working Artist Forum is a group of  101 professional artists who are juried into membership, and whose members’ portfolios and background in painting bring years of recognition in achievements and awards. In addition, the WAF is committed to its community outreach to promote the arts.   WAF will again host the 2018 Local Color from Friday, July 20th through July 22nd.

Visit for more details on WAF’s endeavors, members and exhibits.

From Above: Hunter Harris Brings Home Five Ribbons for Aerial Photography

There is no secret that the Spy loves the world of Eastern Shore aviation. And this is particularly true of the adventures of one of the Mid-Shore’s most well-known pilots and aerial photographers, Hunter Harris.  Whether it’s flying Fuji blimps, helping create safety regulation for drones, or his endless documentation of the Chesapeake region from above, the Kent County native, and now Talbot County resident, has had a remarkably diverse career in the exclusive world of flying.

This time around, we caught word that Hunter has just returned from the annual Professional Aerial Photographers’ Association conference in Charleston, and had been rewarded with not one, not two, but five award ribbons for his work in aerial photography.

The Spy chased down Harris in his downtown Easton office to talk about the three photographs that so vividly capture this remarkable region and his extraordinary gift of photography in the skies over the Eastern Shore.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Hunter and aria photography please go here.



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