The Green Phoenix Gallery Featured Artist, Joanne Gelles

“Sailboats” by Joanne Gelles

The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature mosaic artist Joanne Gelles on Friday, April 7, from 5-8 pm, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.The public is invited to meet and talk with Joanne, and watch her demonstrate how she makes her mosaics. Her creations include large mosaics made in old repurposed window frames, plus smaller vases, candle holders, mirrors and decorative objects – all infused with the special beauty and fun whimsy that the artist brings to her work.

“What inspires me to create is the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore: the trees, the water, the sky. I like to use materials that I find in my environment, like real stones, shells, sand, and sticks, and then mix them with colorful glass shapes and mirror pieces. My images are flowing and organic, touched with a bit of fantasy. My concepts come from memories, photos and sketches. What I love about the medium of mosaics is that it gives me the ability to add light to everything I create–the sunshine can make a vivid transformation of every image.”

The Green Phoenix Gallery always features a unique and beautiful selection of fine, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts by local artists, and Fair Trade gifts from around the world. You will find interesting items for all ages — from charming wooden toys to lovely seaglass jewelry, from elegant scarves to whimsical clocks and mobiles– something for everyone. There is also an impressive collection of attractive ceramics, quilted wall hangings, woven baskets, fragrant soaps and lotions, and an excellent array of seasonal items for your special shopping needs.  There is an exclusive, ongoing exhibit of original plein air and studio oil paintings by award-winning local artist, Diane DuBois Mullaly, with new works fresh from her easel added each month. In addition, FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, (now located inside The Green Phoenix) features a sumptuous new collection of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns.

The public is invited to The Green Phoenix Gallery for all ‘First Friday Gallery Walks,’ from 5 pm until 8 pm each month, to meet the featured local artist and enjoy some wine, finger foods, good company, and conversation. We hope to see you there! The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm.  www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery

Academy Art Museum Presents Lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes

Frederic Church, Mt. Desert Island, Maine Coast, 1850 (detail), Oil on cream wove paper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

On Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, John Wilmerding, Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University, will present a lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes.  Wilmerding will concentrate on the two areas Church painted in Maine: Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin. His presentation will touch on the major factors stimulating his visits: the example of Fitz Henry Lane, his mentor Tomas Cole’s trip to Maine, and Thoreau’s writings about Mt. Katahdin. The lecture will also examine three major phases seen in Church’s painting: art history, national history, and personal history. The cost for the lecture is $20 for Museum members and  $24 for non-members.  Pre-registration is suggested. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Working Artists Forum Annual Show Opens at Chesapeake College

On Monday, April 3rd, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) will open their Annual Spring Show at Chesapeake College in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Member artists of WAF will display original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. The Spring Show at Chesapeake College is a yearly judged event, showcasing talented member artists united in an exhibition that displays an exhilarating diversity of style and technique.

“Better Days Ahead”- oil by Amy Cummins

The Working Artists Forum is a non-profit organization of 90 professional artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for discussions, demonstrations and critiques by acclaimed artists. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. WAF members actively exhibit their work separately and together, and have pieces in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.

David Diaz, a formally trained, award winning plein air painter and teacher, currently based in Annapolis, Maryland, will be the judge for this show. Mr. Diaz’s works are included in collections within the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Working Artists Forum Spring Show at Chesapeake College is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday and during specially scheduled weekend performances. This show will hang in the lobby gallery of the Todd Performing Arts Center throughout the month of April. For more information about the Working Artists Forum, please see their website: www.workingartistsforum.com.

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.

 

Academy Art Museum’s New Art @ Noon Program

Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator, Academy Art Museum will host a new program at the Museum, ART @ NOON From Rembrandt to Picasso, beginning on Tuesday, March 28 and continuing through April 25, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Participants can bring lunch and the Museum will provide the art! Topics will include Rembrandt (March 28); Canaletto (April 4); Turner (April 11); and Picasso (April 25). These original artworks, all from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, will be placed in context so participants can sit back, relax and eat their lunch while enjoying the textbook-free slide lecture.

The Academy Art Museum Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg holding a print by Alexander Calder in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Van Wagenberg will host a new program at the Museum, ART @ NOON From Rembrandt to Picasso, beginning on Tuesday, March 28 and continuing through April 25, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Participants can bring lunch and the Museum will provide a textbook-free slide lecture.

Anke van Wagenberg has a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and has published widely on Dutch and Flemish painting. Join the Museum for a mini-course in Art History based on works in its Permanent Collection. The cost for the series of four lectures is $100 for Museum members and $120 for non-members. Individual lecture tickets are $28 for Museum members and $33 for non-members. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

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.

Annual Spring Group Show at Troika Gallery

Troika Gallery features an Annual Spring Group Show with an opening on April 7, 2017, with exciting new masterpieces. The First Friday opening will highlight the spring season with light fare, beverages, and visits by Troika Artists. The show runs through May 30, 2017.

Lookie Here, Lynne Lockhart, oil on canvas, 9 x 12

Lookie Here oil on canvas, 9” x 12”, by Lynne Lockhart

Troika is proud to represent Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, Dmitry Dorokhin, John Ebersberger, Deborah Elville, Laura Era, J.A. Ferrier, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Bo Jia-Middle Kingdom, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, Victor Letonoff, Lynne Lockhart, Peter S. Loonam, Kirk McBride, Lou Messa, Raoul Middleman, Terry Miller, Dorothy F. Newland, Victor Nizovtsev, Brendan O’Neill, W. Stanley Proctor, Christopher L. Richard, Ann Didusch Schuler, William Storck, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Matthew Zoll.  Original works in oil, watercolor, pastel, bronze, acrylic, porcelain and clay by these renowned artists are displayed, with new work constantly refreshing the exhibit spaces.

Featuring “The Finest of Fine Art” in historic downtown Easton since 1997, Troika Gallery is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore.   Selected four times as the Best Art Gallery by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine, the pleasant atmosphere found in the gallery has  loyal followers. Whether you are an art collector, an art lover or an art browser, you will enjoy your visit to Troika Gallery.

Professional Artists and co-owners, Laura Era and  Jennifer Heyd Wharton, along with Gallery Manager Peg Fitzgerald, will welcome and answer your questions on art, portraiture, and framing.  Troika Gallery is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday by appointment, 410-770-9190,  www.troikagallery.com.

Mid-Shore Arts: Kevin Garber and His Birds

Kevin Garber’s road to the Eastern Shore, like many artists, was not a direct one. A native of Pennsylvania, Kevin headed west rather than stay on the East Coast to pursue his career in the fine arts, and eventually became a professor of printmaking and drawing at Washington University in St. Louis. And in that capacity, he was part of the famed Island Press, perhaps the most highly respected printmaking workshop in the country.

During that time, Garber was at the forefront of some of the innovative printing techniques that pushed printmaking into the high ranks of contemporary visual arts in the 1980s and 1990s. Working alongside such renowned American artists as Nick Cave, Tom Friedman, Willie Cole, and Ann Hamilton, Kevin devoted most of his energy to the workshop and his students and put on hold his lifelong passion for drawing and painting birds.

But after decades in St. Louis, Kevin, and his wife, Kathy Bosin, made the difficult decision to return to the Mid-Atlantic to be closer to aging parents in 2008. And with that move, Kevin finally returned to his first love of capturing birds on canvas.

The results of that return can now be seen at the Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery in Easton this month. From large scale watercolor monoprints to tiny renderings of birds from around the world, Garber practices his drawing skills and mark-making with these simple shapes to indicate a more complex view of the natural world.

The Spy spent a few minutes with Kevin at the Bullitt House last week to talk about his birds and his return to painting.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. There will be an opening reception on Friday April 7 from 5-8 during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The Trippe-Hilderbrandt is located at 23 N Harrison Street. For more information, please go here 

Academy Art Museum Hosts Cocktails and Concert

The Academy Art Museum in Easton is hosting Cocktails and Concert on Friday, March 24, 2017, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the concert following at 6 p.m. Performers include Jason Buckwalter, baritone; Kimberly Christie, soprano; and Andrew Stewart, piano.

(Photos – Jason Buckwalter, baritone; Kimberly Christie, soprano; and Andrew Stewart, piano will appear at the Academy Art Museum’s Cocktails and Concert on Friday, March 24)

The three will explore the American Songbook featuring composers such as Johnny Mercer, Heusen and Cahn, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Loewe and Lerner and many others. The program will feature all the classic hits of cabaret, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood while learning about some of the singers that made them famous.

For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

The Harlem Quartet at Inn at Perry Cabin

Chesapeake Music of Easton, Maryland and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Harlem Quartet to St. Michaels, Maryland for an exclusive performance on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Harlem Quartet is one of today’s hottest musical ensembles. The Harlem Quartet was the Silver Medal prize winner at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Competition, one of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions with one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes.

Pictured (left to right): Violinist Ilmar Gavilán, violinist Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky. (Photo by Amy Schroeder)

Since their debut in 2006, the New York-based foursome has performed in chamber music series around the world and collaborated with the likes of Itzhak Perlman and jazz legend Chuck Corea, to name only two of many.

In fact, it was the Harlem Quartet’s album made with Corea and Gary Burton, “Mozart Goes Dancing,” that won them the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2013. They have been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House.

Violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky each are seasoned artists in their own right. Individually, they have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Julliard, National, New World, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico and Utah symphony orchestras.

Not only exceptionally talented and musically versatile, the Harlem Quartet also is civic minded. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The group will soon launch its fourth album—a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta featuring a new arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story.

Tickets for the Harlem Quartet’s performance at Inn at Perry Cabin are limited and available on (443) 258-2230. $85 buys entry for one to the performance as well as admission to a pre-performance cocktail reception. Dinner and beverage specials will be tailored to the evening in both Stars restaurant and Purser’s Pub. Reservations are recommended for Stars and available at (410) 745-2200 and www.opentable.com/stars.