Earth Matters, Collages by Fran Skiles, on View through Sept. 26 at Adkins

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There’s so much to look at in Fran Skiles’s abstract landscapes that you’ll want to linger over each and every one. On view through Sept. 26 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, her mixed media collages are bold and energetic and full of fascinating intricate details. There will be a reception on Sat., August 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

CUTLINE: “The Order of Nature” is among Fran Skiles’s works on view through Sept. 26 at Adkins Arboretum.

CUTLINE: “The Order of Nature” is among Fran Skiles’s works on view through Sept. 26 at Adkins Arboretum.

With a masterful eye for composition, Skiles focuses on earth tones with occasional flashes of bright red, blue or purple as she deftly layers photos, paint, paper and fabric. She is deeply influenced by nature, especially the lush landscapes of Shepherdstown, W. Va., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she lives. As she works, her images evolve, just as nature evolves. And just as landscapes are formed from a range of geological forces, seasonal changes and human activity, her collages incorporate many sources.

“It’s intuitive,” Skiles explained. “I don’t start with an idea. I follow my instincts as far as color and shape, but my work is landscape based.”

In the early 1990s, Skiles was creating art quilts. Intended to be hung on a wall, they were stitched together in a patchwork of different fabrics, some printed with photographs, some painted as one would paint a canvas.

One of these quilts, “Blue Fish,” is included in the Adkins Arboretum show. A large fabric panel of glowing blue and shadowy black, it brims with activity. There are veils of color, scribbly marks and sweeping gestures of creamy paint along with a wonderfully mismatched variety of textures. Some are visual—a photo of a fish with delicate scales, patterns of stenciled paint— while others are physical—neatly stitched seams, unfinished fringed edges of fabric stiffened with paint, and a section of coarse netting with metallic glints showing here and there.

The process of piecing quilts together naturally led Skiles to work with collage on paper, fabric or board. Although these multilayered works are abstract, they’re full of animated movement. It’s as if you had just caught a glimpse of the graceful slope of a hill, a bristling tangle of weeds, or an animal darting for cover. And they are full of mystery. Deep dark blacks give way suddenly to surprising patches of vibrant color or unidentifiable fragments of photographs. Semi-transparent Japanese rice paper half hides the washy stains and brushwork underneath. Everywhere, there’s a feeling of solidity but also a sense of change that seems to speak of seasons and time passing.

When she works, Skiles has paint and drawing materials at the ready, but she also relies on a collection of what she calls “parts,” different kinds of paper that she has already painted, printed or sketched on, along with photographs and pages from old books.

“I could spend a month or more strictly making parts,” she said. “A really basic part of the work is to have this collection.”

Pointing to a collage with a piece of semi-transparent Japanese rice paper spattered with ink marks, she continued, “I didn’t create that for it. I went into my box of parts and found it and put it there. It’s part no plan, part plan, but mostly no plan. I wait and hope the piece develops its voice so it will direct me what to do with it. I really depend on that, the piece itself asking for what it needs.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Sept. 26 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

717 Gallery Hosts Plein Air-Easton Events


717 Gallery will host the following events during the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, which takes place July 12-20.

  • Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16, daily from 10:30am-4pm

“Y’Art Sale” featuring used picture frames, artist gator board panels, art catalogs/books, oil paints, and various art items.

  • Friday, July 18, 2-3pm and Saturday July 19, 2-3pm

Interactive Panel Discussions with D. Eleinne Basa, John Michael Carter and Louis Escobedo. The panelists will conduct an interactive discussion about their art careers and influences, along with a question and answer session. Reservations recommended, please contact 717 Gallery to reserve a seat.

Through July 25, 717 Gallery continues the National Artists Invitational Exhibition featuring nationally-known artists from across the country. The artists in this exceptional exhibition are: Carolyn Anderson from Montana, Garin Baker from New York, D. Eleinne Basa from New Jersey, Marcia Burtt from California, John Michael Carter from Kentucky, Romel de la Torre from Illinois, Louis Escobedo from Maryland, Max Ginsburg from New York, Peggi Kroll-Roberts from California, Robert Lemler from Arizona, Jennifer McChristian from California, Ned Mueller from Washington, Ray Roberts from California, and William Wray from California.

The gallery will host a reception on July 11 from 5-8pm during Easton’s July Gallery Walk.

Located at 717 Goldsborough Street (across the street from the Country School), 717 Gallery is the gateway to the arts in Easton from Route 50—stop here first! Additional parking is available at the Country School. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm, or by appointment.

: “Portrait of Amy” by Garin Baker from New York. Baker, a Gallery 717 artist, won the 2013 Plein Air–Easton! Grand Prize, and returns this year to compete against 57 other artists from across the country.

: “Portrait of Amy” by Garin Baker from New York. Baker, a Gallery 717 artist, won the 2013 Plein Air–Easton! Grand Prize, and returns this year to compete against 57 other artists from across the country.

More information is online at and on Facebook. Or contact Yolanda Escobedo by email,, or phone 410.241.7020.


Arts Snapshot: Vicco von Voss Out of the Box at the Academy


Emerson noted that one should “admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.” And this is certainly the case with artist and wood craftsman Vicco von Voss in his solo exhibition at the Academy Art Museum this month.

Moving outside of his comfort zone, or his “box” as he calls it, von Voss decided to create a body of work that not only included his primary material of wood, but for the first time started to experiment with other materials like stone and plexiglass, as well as work collaboratively with other artisans to create the dozens of new pieces now on display.

In his Spy interview, Vicco talks passionately the challenges and excitement that come with working with new materials and new collaborators. He also highlights the impact of an entirely new funding tool called SEED, created by his friend and Chestertown art gallery owner Carla Massoni, that allowed the artist to have the freedom and support to experiment at an unprecedented level with entirely new forms.

The video is approximately five minutes in length

Academy Art Museum
MAY 10 – JULY 13, 2014

Members’ reception: Friday, May 9, 5:30-7:30pm
Curator-led tours: Wednesday, May 28, 12 noon & Friday, June 20, 12 noon

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council Offering a Variety of Classes in Visual Arts

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The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council has a variety of Visual Arts Classes available in our Summer Class schedule. Our skilled instructors are offering classes designed to renew existing artistic interests and develop new skills. Classes are limited in size to ensure quality individual instruction.

Learn to paint birds. The journey begins with information on avian anatomy as an aide to understanding their characteristics. Instructor Ric Conn will teach a variety of painting techniques with an emphasis on “Painting Birds in Gouache”. Classes will be held Tuesdays May 6 – June 3 from 10-noon.

Enjoy the fun of learning the basics of “One-Stroke” painting, loved by beginners and experienced artists as well! Ann Pyper will provide step-by-step instruction in the painting techniques of using One-Stroke to create beautiful designs…to decorate your home, paint a gift for a friend, or even start your own business. One-Stroke blends, shades and highlights all in one stroke. Painting with acrylics allows you to paint on almost any surface including mirrors, glassware and ceramics, mailboxes, slates, wood, walls, fabric, and canvas. You can find examples of Ann’s work on display at The Creamery. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 1-3 pm May 7-21.

Wye River Designs, Candice Liccione, will offer several classes including her popular “Clay Mosaics”. Take mosaics to a different level by creating your own mosaic pieces and combining them with other elements to create a 12”x 12”mixed media mosaic. Making clay mosaics allows you to personalize a mosaic with names, favorite words or symbols. Join Candace Liccione for an afternoon of rolling out clay, stamping it, painting and embellishing your clay creations for your project. The workshop is June 8 from 1-3 pm.

Make a work of art to wear and learn” Epoxy Clay Jewelry Making”. For those who didn’t win this much sought after piece during Small Works, come and create your own amethyst jewelry with Instructor Janice Colvin. Using two-part epoxy clay and crystals you will design your own incredible necklace and earrings. Class will be held June 14 from 1-3 pm.

Learn to weave a beautiful woven vase with a glass liner in a matter of hours. This is a great project for a group of friends! Award winning local fiber artist and basket weaver, Instructor Heidi Wetzel welcomes all skill levels. Spend an afternoon learning this timeless technique. Class will be held July 26 from 10-2 pm.

Receive discounts on events and classes by signing up for a yearly membership now – $25 individual/$35 family. Visit for our full listing of classes and events. You can register on our website or call the Arts Council at 410-758-2520. Classes are held at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD 21617 unless otherwise noted.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts.

Arts Snapshot: The Lines of Linn Meyers


The love of lines for Linn Meyers started, at least at the subconscious level, when she would watch her father, an architect working in the days before CAD software, draw thousands of them when she was growing up. In later life, she has skillfully used her own mix of thousands of painstakingly drawn lines to create striking images on both the micro and macro points of contact with her art.

The Spy spoke to Linn last week about her approach to her work, now on display at the AAM, and how she always needs to navigate carefully between beauty and preciousness.

The video is approximately two minutes in length.


The Troika Features Lou Messa in “A Wall of Small”

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Troika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “A Wall of Small” during its March show, which runs March 1-April 1. The exhibit features a collection of small paintings by Lou Messa, one of the gallery’s most popular artists. The gallery will host an opening reception on March 1 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk.

“Meadow” by Lou Messa, featured artist during Troika Gallery’s March exhibit, “A Wall of Small.”

“Meadow” by Lou Messa, featured artist during Troika Gallery’s March exhibit, “A Wall of Small.”

Lou Messa is a master painter whose works can be found in collections throughout the United States. Messa discovered his artistic talents at an early age, growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “It was the late 1950s,” he recalls, “and I was one of countless artistically-inclined teenage boys who honed their skills by drawing pictures Rat Fink [an anti-hero to Mickey Mouse], the risqué, hot-rod driving rodent.”

Messa’s art teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents, and he went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Messa was drafted into the service during the Vietnam War, and trained as an illustrator for the Army. Following his discharge, he continued as a government illustrator creating training aids at Cameron Station in Virginia. Three years later, he started his career as a professional artist.

Messa and his wife made their home in central Virginia. “I am constantly reminded of the beauty of nature around me,” he says. Messa is primarily a landscape artist, but he also paints vintage aircraft, old cars, and motorcycles. “I paint what people would like to see in their homes,” he adds. “My objective is to portray something that strikes a pleasant memory, something my clients will never grow tired of seeing.”

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at For more information, email or phone at 410.770.9190.

Review: artNOW Philadelphia at the Kohl Gallery by Mary McCoy


On the same day that “The Monuments Men” started playing at the Chester 5 Theatre, a new exhibit called “artNOW Philadelphia” opened at Washington College’s Kohl Gallery. The two could hardly be more different in their approach to art but they both make you think a lot about its nature and value.

The movie is an entertaining story that would warm the heart of any art lover. It’s a film based on the true story of the rescue of thousands of masterpieces of art stolen by the Nazis in World War II. Over and over again, you gasp as the actors discover a Michelangelo, Van Eyck or Rodin hastily stashed in a mine or a castle, and more than once the question is asked, “Is art worth dying for?” Of course, the answer is yes.

In the Kohl exhibit, the questions are very different and the answers far more elusive. On view through March 7, artNOW Philadelphia is the third of the College’s series of exhibits featuring work by prominent young artists from nearby cities. It’s a show that asks a lot from the viewer, probably more than most will want to bother with.

Assistant Professor Benjamin Bellas makes his aim in curating artNOW abundantly clear in his accompanying essay. Set in the form of a detailed definition of the words “challenging” and “challenge,” it’s a provocation to do your best to comprehend the assembled work by these seven artists from Philadelphia, work that is by turns discomforting, humorous, irritating, inspiring, opaque, and highly thought provoking.


Amze Emmons’ “Modern Popular Movement,” graphite, gouache, acrylic on panel, 20 x 24”, 2011.

“The Monuments Men” presents art that’s breathtakingly beautiful (as well as familiar to anyone who’s taken an art history class) but in this exhibit, even when it’s present, beauty isn’t the issue. Julianna Foster’s photography-based images are eerily lovely, and Amze Emmons’s illustrative drawing style is exquisite in its clarity and simplicity. On the other hand, Leslie Friedman’s neo-Pop Art installation is purposefully crass and annoying. As if Andy Warhol was still alive and well, its row of silkscreened green nudes line up across from a pile of oversized multi-colored Coke cans and sugar substitute wrappers where an endlessly repeating video loop shows a masturbating woman.

Like the other artists in this show, Friedman is less concerned with the aesthetics of art than with the ways we communicate and build our belief systems. Her in-your-face look at consumer culture’s passion for overstimulation and vacuous pleasure is fairly predictable, but it offers a cursory nod to the fact that in a world of titillating underwear ads, graphic news videos and online pornography, art long ago lost its power to shock.

Tim Portlock’s work also considers consumer culture but in a more penetrating way. His urban landscape sprawls into the distance under windswept clouds bathed in the kind of transcendent light you’d find in a 19th century painting by Albert Bierstadt or Thomas Cole, artists who celebrated the scale and rugged beauty of the American landscape. At six feet wide Portlock’s archival inkjet print, “Clone,” shares the expansive quality of their inspiring vistas, but under its heaven-lit sky is a flat, gray landscape of empty buildings. Houses, restaurant and big box stores are all up for sale as new construction waits unfinished. Reacting to the thousands of buildings standing abandoned in Philadelphia, Portlock reconsiders the American dream, suggesting that in the postindustrial age, capitalism’s faith in unlimited growth is no longer viable.

Ryan Wilson Kelly and Marc Blumthal also play with how our perceptions of America’s history and values have been shaped. Blumthal impishly cuts and pastes a speech by George Bush into a rousing jumble of nonsensical phrases that retain a very American-sounding flow of political rhetoric, while Kelly has great fun turning our nation’s history into myth. His video, “The Wizard Franklin,” is an engaging little story that retells the American Revolution in condensed form, turning three of the founding fathers into beings of mythological stature.


Leslie Friedman, “Tastier”, 2013

In many ways, there’s a wide gap between “The Monuments Men” and “artNOW,” but both make you ponder art’s raison d’état. Many of the paintings and sculptures in “The Monuments Men” were commissioned by patrons of the church with the purpose of educating and inspiring by illustrating stories from the Bible for an illiterate congregation. Some might also call it propaganda or even brainwashing.

The artists in this show all use art as a method of investigating the impact of how information is presented. Living as we do in the Information Age, we see images of disaster constantly. Amze Emmons borrows such images from the media, honing, editing and splicing them to suit his purposes. His work distills instantly recognizable signs of poverty, environmental degradation and refugee displacement into engaging, beautifully drawn and cheerfully colored scenes. Disaster is commonplace, they seem to say, but it’s okay, life goes on. We’re constantly bombarded with this message, so why should we not believe it? Why worry?

Whether in terms of politics, culture or human nature, artNOW is intended to raise questions. If you want to get something out of this exhibit, you need to spend time with it. If you don’t, you won’t begin to understand the layers of meaning and intercultural discourse that went into Ruben Ghenov’s work. His paintings are consummate exercises in spatial gymnastics, abstractions that promise glimpses into complicated realities without offering specifics. You can simply appreciate his prodigious skill, or you can take the sparse clues he and Bellas offer in the catalogue and do some research. The internet is the perfect place to start. For Ghenov, as for all artNOW’s artists, you’ll find websites and links to articles and interviews, as well as to related work by other artists, poets and writers, and you’ll be launched into a process of reading, investigation, consideration and synthesis.

This show is all about being willing to explore and go beyond the boundaries of convention to open to new ideas. Julianna Foster has a magical way of questioning conventional thinking. She “documents” what she terms a “fantastic event that allegedly occurred” with images of patterns of lights suspended in the night air, strangely shaped clouds over water or low hills, and a house apparently floating in the sea. Obviously, whatever this mysterious occurrence was, it can’t have been real, yet allegedly there were witnesses.

Foster is asking a series of questions. How do we take in something that we can’t conceive of being true? Why is it so difficult to admit the existence of something outside the bounds of accepted knowledge? And if it’s a challenge to an individual’s belief system, how much more so for the established institutions of government, science and religion?

In assembling the work of these artists, Bellas dares students, viewers and citizens in general to take the initiative in searching out greater knowledge and widening our perspectives. The rescue efforts of “The Monuments Men” were aimed at not just at recovering beautiful objects but also the ideas and ideals spawned during a thousand years of culture. ArtNOW challenges us to practice learning and thinking creatively, for these are the most necessary skills we humans can possess in these times of unprecedented global change.

SpyShots: The Academy’s Anke Van Wagenberg on Chul Hyun Ahn’s Infinity

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While it might not be a certified blockbuster for the Academy Art Museum, the exhibition of South Korean-born Chul Hyun Ahn’s work has become one of the museum’s most popular shows in recent memory. So much so that the AAM has extended the exhibition until February 23.

The Spy talks to Academy Art Museum curator Anke Van Wagenberg about why Ahn’s work is so unique and how he uses several tricks of illusion to successfully, as the title of the exhibition suggests, allow viewers to perceive infinity.

The video is approximately two minutes in length

Chul Hyun Ahn: Perceiving Infinity
November 16, 2013 – February 23, 2014
Academy Art Museum
106 South Street
Easton MD, 21601

Academy Art Museum March 2014 Events Released

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The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Oxman. Other Side of the Air. 1986. Koh collectionKatja Oxman: Aquatint Etchings
Through May 4, 2014
Munich-born, Maryland artist Katja Oxman (1942) has been creating richly textured color etchings in her precise signature style for over twenty years. Oxman’s multi-plate aquatint etchings present complex still lifes of richly patterned Oriental rugs upon which rest an overwhelming array of the artist’s treasured objects: opened letters and envelopes; picture postcards from museums; birds, feathers and nests; potted plants, oriental boxes, fruits and vegetables. Steven Scott Gallery in Baltimore has represented the artist since its opening in 1988.

Caption: Katja Oxman, Other Side of the Air, 1986 Color etching with aquatint, diptych On loan from Susan and Barry Koh, Easton, MD

Greg Mort workingThe Art of Greg Mort:
Selections from The Hickman Bequest II
Through May 4, 2014
Greg Mort is an internationally-acclaimed, self-taught artist who hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints and canvases. Recognized today as one of America’s leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Corcoran and the White House. When Washington, DC, lawyer David Hickman died from multiple sclerosis in 2011, he graciously left over 30 paintings by Greg Mort to the Academy Art Museum making it the largest public repository of the artist’s work. This exhibition is the second part of selections from the Hickman gift.

Caption: Greg Mort in his studio in Port Clyde, Maine
Bobbie Seger: Painting with Nature
Through March 9, 2014
Roberta Seger (“Bobbie”) lives and paints on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her oils, watercolors, and acrylics communicate an immediacy of place and mood, providing the viewer a glimpse of life on the Chesapeake. She is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Fine Arts and member of the Academy Art Museum, where she has taught painting classes for over 16 years.

Linn Meyers Blue Study 122013Linn Meyers: Blue Study
March 1 – May 4, 2014
Curator-led tours: Friday, March 21, 12 noon and Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon
Washington, DC-based artist Linn Meyers creates densely configured compositions that shimmer like the play of light moving across the surface of water. These intricate works of art are created through a process by which the artist lays down consecutive strokes of acrylic ink, creating rhythmic and repetitive patterns. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the country, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; and The Phillips Collection. Meyers is represented by Sandra Gering Inc in New York.
Caption: Linn Meyers, Blue Study, 2013, Ink on Mylar, 12’ x 9’ Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Japan exh 2014 Owl (511x640)East Meets West: Contemporary Japanese Prints from the UMUC Collection
March 1 – May 4, 2014
Curator-led tours: Friday, March 21, 12 noon and Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon
Composed of gifts from faculty and friends, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) collection of Japanese prints exemplifies a long-standing relationship between East and West. Over the past 33 years, the prints have made their way to the UMUC Maryland headquarters, largely one by one, with the exception of a very generous presentation of 20 Yoshitoshi Mori pieces by the artist himself, and the remarkable donation of the collection of Emory Trosper, longtime professor at UMUC’s Tokyo campus. A selection of some 20 prints will be on view at the Academy Art Museum.
Caption: Akiyama Iwao, b. 1921, Owl, 1977 Woodblock, 20” x 17” University of Maryland University College Collection Dedicatory Gift

The Election and Impact of Pope Francis
Fr. Thomas Reese
March 20, 6 p.m.
Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series
$15 Members, $20 Non-members
Pope Francis was selected as the “Person of the Year” for 2013 by Time magazine. Learn more about this engaging international figure from one of the experts in the field, Father Thomas Reese SJ, a Senior Analyst for the National Catholic Reporter and author of “Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.”

Philadelphia Flower Show
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (all day)
Fee: $75 Members, $95 Non-members (includes transportation, tip
and admission) In partnership with Adkins Arboretum
In the 10-acre exhibition space of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, ARTiculture will explore how exquisite landscapes, gardens and floral arrangements have inspired artists from the Old Masters to the Impressionists to the most creative forces working today.

andrew sauvageau grayscale small (819x1024)Informance Program: A noontime program featuring a combination of lecture and performance
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12 noon
Andrew Sauvageau, Baritone Program
Cost: $25 Members, $60 Non-members for each program (includes a boxed lunch)
Explore a masterwork of high romanticism from two geniuses of the 19th century. The shady symbolism and ambiguous landscapes of Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff’s poetry collide with the emotionally charged music of Robert Schumann in this powerhouse of the artsong repertoire. Baritone Andrew Sauvageau reveals some of the secrets and symbols of the era, joined by pianist Andrew Stewart.
Caption: Andrew Sauvageau, Baritone

Cocktails & Concerts:
Lyric Opera
Friday, March 28, 2014– Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert beginning at 6 p.m.
Cost: $42 Members, $75 Non-members
Natalie Conte, Soprano; Catrin Davies, Mezzo Soprano; Peter Drackley, Tenor and Kevin Wetzel, Baritone will be joined by Maestro James Harp in “Opera Extravaganza” – an Evening of Opera Favorites. Arias and ensembles from “Madame Butterfly,” “The Barber of Seville: “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” and others will be featured in this presentation of opera favorites.

Digital Studio Open House
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s new digital studio which is offering classes in web design, graphic design and Photoshop for teens and adults. Demonstrations and refreshments will be served.

Back to Basics – Drawing Fundamentals
Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: March 4 – April 8, 2014
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$175 Members, $210 Non-members
Drawing is the foundation for all art; it is the primary and essential discipline for the goal oriented. This class will concentrate on shapes, values, edges and composition – everything except color. This is a great class for students of any level.

Basic Relief Printmaking
Kevin Garber
4 weeks: March 5 – 26, 2014
Wednesdays: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$175 Members, $210 Non-members
This course uses linoleum and wood block printmaking to make a small edition of prints. The pre-requisite for class is that students will need to research print process and develop sketches.

Head Drawing Fundamentals
Patrick Meehan
6 weeks: March 6 – April 10, 2014
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$185 Members, $215 Non members (plus small modeling fee)
The class will focus on proper lay-in, placement and structure of the facial features with the goal of learning to understand and describe form as it relates to the head.

There are No Rules in Photography
Steve Dembo
4 weeks: March 7 – 28, 2014
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$175 Members, $200 Non-members (Brief 30-minute after-class, one-on-one reviews are available. Please add $25 to the cost.)
There are no “Rules,” only simple guidelines to help students master composition, texture, pattern, form and color to create great photographs. Students will learn how to make great photographs with their cameras and how to edit ‘in-camera,’ – no matter if it’s an advanced SLR, a new mirror-less CSC, a Point & Shoot, or a camera phone. The class is open to all levels.

Creative Photography: Advanced Level
George Holzer
7 weeks: March 11 – April 22, 2014
Tuesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
$175 Members, $210 Non-members
Weekly shooting assignments for this class will provide opportunities for you to explore through photography, discover new visual interests, find new ways to “see” and work toward the development of your own vision and style.

Figure Drawing
Patrick Meehan
6 weeks: March 18 – April 22, 2014
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$185 Members, $215 Non-members (plus small modeling fee)
The class will focus on providing the student with the skills necessary to draw the human figure with sound structure and accuracy.

Landscape Painting
Patrick Meehan
6 weeks: March 18 – April 22, 2014
Tuesdays, 1– 4 p.m.
$185 Members, $210 Non-members
Students will work from their own reference (photos or oil sketches) to execute studio landscapes. The object of this course will be for the painter to have a point of view about the reference and then work towards developing a personal style.

Painting the Flowers of Spring in Oil
Rita Curtis
4 weeks: March 26 – April 16, 2014
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$145 members; $175 Non-members
Beginning with a strong composition, the class will focus on simplifying the shapes of different types of blossoms and pay attention to how their stems define their character. With colorful flowers as inspiration, the class will explore how an artist’s vision is the key to creating fine floral paintings.

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
George Holzer
Time & number of weeks: variable
Cost: per hour fee
Private lessons include digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, and specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.

Open Studios
A Museum membership is required to participation in these studios.
Open Portrait Studio
Mondays, 9:30am – noon
Group meets weekly with a live model. Model fee collected weekly.

Open Studio with Live Model
Mondays, 1-3:30pm
This studio provides the opportunity to study the human figure and its action, volume, structure, anatomy, design and expressive potential. Model fee collected weekly.

Collage Studio
Second Saturday of each month
This studio is for those interested in collage, assemblage or fibers. Artists are invited to come and work on a project they would like to start, or have begun. There is no designated instructor.

Summer Camps
The Museum will offer a variety of summer camps and classes for children ages two through high school. Popular camps include graphic design, figure drawing, printmaking and our signature Kaleidoscope camp. Look for our summer camp schedule online March 1, 2014.

Young Explorers Program
The Young Explorers program puts art and museum objects at the center of a child’s day, encouraging exploration and discovery. As a part of Young Explorers children will have ongoing opportunities to interact with professional musicians and artists who perform, teach, or exhibit at the Museum. They will learn about the creative process through active participation with these visiting artists. For additional information, please contact Melanie Young at 410-822-2787.

Voice Lessons (ages 10 through adult)
Suzanne S. Chadwick
Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly at (410) 963-0893 for lesson schedule and cost.

Flute Lessons (ages 8 through adult)
Irene King
Study the elements of flute performance; repertoire; and management of performance anxiety and audition preparation. Contact the instructor directly at (443) 834-3010 for lesson schedule and cost.

Amanda Showell
Tuesday and Thursday night dance classes in bolero, tango, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Latin Variety, Rumba, and Samba. Contact the instructor at (410) 482-6169 or visit

artNOW: Philadelphia coming to Kohl Gallery

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The works of art that will be on display in ArtNOW: Philadelphia, the seven-person exhibition opening February 7 at the Kohl Gallery at Washington College, defy easy description. And that’s the point, says exhibition curator Benjamin Bellas. “It’s intentionally varied in an attempt to show a range of exciting work happening now in Philadelphia, and it includes painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, performance, video, and new media,” he explains.

If there is any unifying theme beyond the city where each of the artists lives and works, it might be creative fearlessness. “As curator, I selected artists who are willing to take risks in their processes, and whose work can be challenging for the viewer,” says Bellas, an assistant professor of art at the College.

The artNOW: Philadelphia exhibition is the final show in a three-city series that began in 2012 with artNOW: Baltimore and continued in 2013 with artNOW: DC. In each of the three, the curator has focused on younger talents whose work collectively reflects the creative identity of their city. The artNOW: Philadelphia exhibition will open with a special reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will continue through March 7, 2014. The reception, like the exhibition, is free and open to the public. The Kohl Gallery is located on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

The following artists are featured in artNOW: Philadelphia:

Trained as a studio painter and with experience as a community-based muralist, Tim Portlock now uses 3D gaming technology and special effects software to create large inkjet prints with a photographic feel. His post-industrial landscapes evoke both imagined and real-world spaces, and many are inspired by the abandoned buildings and foreclosed properties near his home in Philadelphia. A member of Vox Populi artist collective in Philadelphia, Portlock teaches at Hunter College of The City University of New York. A 2011 Pew Fellow, he has exhibited his work at venues that include the Tate Modern in London; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Printmaker Leslie Friedman uses screen-printed repeat patterns on materials such as wallpaper and linoleum tile to transform spaces into what she describes as “bright, glossy, sparkly surfaces with subversive content below.” As a student of art and political science, she is intrigued by the power of a visual vocabulary to set the stage for political dialogue. “Screen-printing allows imagery to be peeled away from its original sources and built into something else altogether,” she says in her artist statement. The result “is a fantasy world that combines identifiable elements from the everyday with my own over- imagination” and that leaves the viewer “in a state of overstimulation.” Friedman holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and a master of fine arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She cofounded the artist-run project space Napoleon and is a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Painter and sculptor Rubens Ghenov draws inspiration from across the globe and back through time to create imaginative works that reference real cultural touchstones—often works of film, music and literature. To provide a fictional context for his art, he has been known to create characters whose backstories make them vaguely reminiscent of real people. Ghenov was born in São Paulo in 1975, and came to the U.S. with his family as a teenager but continues to draw from Brazilian culture and history in his work. He earned his BFA from Temple’s Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, both in painting. He has exhibited at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia; the Gelman Gallery in Providence; the Alogon Gallery in Chicago; and TSA in Brooklyn.

Marc Blumthal appropriates items as diverse as the words of a George W. Bush speech, family photos and the cremated remains of his cat and then manipulates them into reflections on American culture and identity. He has been featured in solo shows at The Print Center and Napoleon in Philadelphia and SpaceCamp Gallery in Indianapolis. He earned an MFA from the School of Design at University of Pennsylvania, a BFA and MA from Eastern Illinois University, and an AA in Studio Art at Arapahoe Community College.

Fine-art photographer Julianna Foster’s work embraces the fundamentals of narrative to examine and comment on the human experience. It also reflects her interest in cinema and the way an image—or series of images—can portray a psychological relationship between characters. “By exploring how the individual image can transcend its own limits and, by association, provide the opportunity for a pictorial narrative to unfold,” she says. “I hope that each story forms something of a larger narrative that continues to reveal itself in a variety of forms, be it a photograph, book or video.” In addition to creating her own photography projects, Foster regularly collaborates with other artists on book projects, gallery shows and videos. A senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, Foster has mounted two solo shows at Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery and has participated in group shows in London and New York. She received a BFA in design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in book arts and printmaking from the University of the Arts.

A ceramicist who also creates videos and installations, Ryan Kelly has found himself drawn into puppet theater and prop construction for low budget films, including the Green Porno series by Isabella Rossellini. He is a founding member and co-curator at Practice Gallery in Philadelphia and spent five years as an artist in residence at the Clay Studio. With a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from Ohio State, both in ceramics, he now teaches at Temple’s Tyler School of Art and at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Amze Emmons is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His cheerfully colorful, cartoon-like images of abandoned and blighted spaces create intrigue and dissonance for the viewer. Emmons says his work is inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals. The artist received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Boston and has won numerous awards, including fellowships at the Independence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony. Emmons teaches at the Tyler School of Art and is a contributing editor of, an art blog he cofounded.

Kay MacIntosh