Spy Moment: Really Fine Art in Oxford, Really…

The Spy couldn’t resist checking out the Fine Arts @ Oxford show at the Oxford Community Center this weekend. While we love the fact that the event has a history of quality exhibitors, and that the proceeds go to support the OCC, what we like most of all is that many of these artists are based in Talbot County.

Given that pertinent fact, we sent a spy on Saturday morning to document just a small sample of these extraordinary pieces on display to encourage others to celebrate the great depth of our local artists.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about Fine Arts @ Oxford please go here.

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.

Rep. Andy Harris Working to Defund NPR

Current Magazine, a division of American University School of Communication, is reporting that Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who railed against public media content during a House subcommittee meeting in March, wants Congress to defund NPR and the Independent Television Service.

During CPB President Pat Harrison’s testimony on public media’s federal funding request, Harris accused CPB of pushing an “agenda” with ITVS films such as The New Black, a documentary about the African-American community’s debate over gay marriage. Admitting he had not seen the films, Harris also cited Kumu Hina, focusing on a Hawaiian transgender woman, and Baby Mama High, about a pregnant teenager. All of the films he mentioned were funded by ITVS and aired on Independent Lens, PBS’s documentary showcase.

Read the full story (warning paywall exists) here.




Mid-Shore Arts: Fighting the Limitations of “Signature” with Marcy Ramsey

One challenge that many successful artists must confront is a simple fact that they have established a particular style, a clear signature, that defines their work. In many cases, it has taken them decades to build this kind of identification, and yet at the same time, this success can establish self-imposed boundaries that could lead to a stifling lack of room to grow and experiment.

That is one of the real dilemmas that face artists like Marcy Ramsey. For almost 20 years, Marcy through sheer discipline has been living and painting in the micro world of the Chesapeake Bay, and the astonishing aesthetic found its shoreline. While it has been extremely gratifying, every few years the rebel in Marcy wants to break out that box and this year’s show at the Massoni Gallery demonstrates her determination to find a new way to share the wonders of this unique ecosystem in a new light and color.

The Spy spent some time with Marcy at her studio on the Chester River to talk her about work.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about the Carla Massoni Gallery and Marcy Ramsey please go here

Marcy Dunn Ramsey | Balancing Act
May 12 – June 17
Opening Reception: Opening Cocktail Reception – Friday, May 12th, 5-7 pm
Open House – Saturday, May 13th, 11-3 Artist Talk 12 noon
Chestertown June First Friday Reception – June 2nd, 5-7:30 pm

Fine Arts @ Oxford Welcomes Seven New Local Artists

Constance Del Nero

The 33rd annual Fine Arts @ Oxford, a juried exhibition and sale, kicks off with a gala celebration on Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Mary 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oxford resident and well-known artist Howard Lapp is the 2017 featured artist; his striking and distinctive “Morning Shadows” will grace the event poster and other promotional pieces. New local artists include Constance Del Nero of Easton, MD, Kevin Garber of St. Michaels, MD, Kathy Kopec of Bozman, MD, Carol Meers of Denton, MD, Sheryl Southwick of Trappe, MD, Carol Wetovich of Annapolis, MD, and Paul Winters of McDaniel, MD.

Del Nero has been enchanted by the visual arts since childhood, and has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field. She serves as Director of ArtReach and Community Programs at the Academy Art Museum and displays her work at the Green Phoenix Gallery, both in Easton. Garber has been in the art business since the mid-1970s. Following nine years of teaching and collaborating with artists, he began painting in watercolors upon his return to the East coast in 2008. With birds as his favorite subject, Kevin is able to address environmental issues and to continue his love of drawing and painting. Kopec has experienced a lifelong love of art. She has studied locally with Nancy Tankersley, Ed Cooper and Sara Linda Poly; has memberships in the Academy Art Museum, Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League; and is a SMAL board member. She has also participated in the Arts in Easton banner program for several years.

Meers grew up in Chicago and had the great good fortune to attend classes at the famed Art Institute from elementary through her high school years. She earned a B. F. A. from Bradley University, and went on to teach art at elementary and middle school levels in Iowa, Missouri and California. She is now able to pursue her own endeavors in art. Southwick, a native of the Baton Rouge, LA area; grew up within an artistic, creative and musical family which provided much opportunity for exploratory discovery both indoors and out. She has taught and/or facilitated numerous classes and community programs locally (Academy Art Museum, Pickering Creek, Arts by the Park, etc.); and has been on the MD State Arts Council approved-instructor/program list. Following many successful years as a camera operator in the television and film industry (“The Wire,” “Spin City,” the Academy Awards, etc.), Wetovich switched it up to pursue her true passion: creating art. She is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, the Annapolis Watercolor Club and the Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore. Winters’ love affair with glass began in 1974 when he discovered the scrap heap at a stained glass studio in North Carolina, and he has been working in the medium ever since. He opened The Caledon Glass Works, his studio in St. Michaels, in 2000; church windows, public installations, and numerous doors, sidelights and transoms for area private homes resulted.

Kevin Garber

Additional artists completing the full roster of exhibitors include David Aiken (Weems, VA), Norm and Paula Bell (Oxford, MD), Carole Boggemann-Peirson (Townsend, VA), Katie Cassidy (Easton, MD), Fred Craig (Ruxton, MD), Gerry Czajkowski (Grasonville, MD), Lois Engberg (Salisbury, MD), Beverly Ford Evans (Franklin, TN), Ned Ewell (Cockeysville, MD), Rae Hamilton (Parkton, MD), Mary Ellen Mabe (Bozman, MD), Diane DuBois Mullaly (Easton, MD), Stephanie Nadolski (Shady Side, MD), Steve Rogers (Lewes, DE), Bradford Ross (Easton, MD), John Schisler (Georgetown, DE), Douglas Sefton (St. Michaels, MD), Nick Serratore (Lewes, DE), Sharon Stockley (Easton, MD), Nancy R. Thomas (Ridgely, MD), W. Robert Tolley (Cambridge, MD), Nick Vincent (Westminster, MD), Betsey Von Dreele (Harbeson, DE), Sean Wells (Philadelphia, PA), C. Keith Whitelock (Salisbury, MD), M. Joyce Zeigler (Denton, MD) and Barbara Zuehlke (Easton, MD).

The Oxford Community Center is especially pleased to announce Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury as the Fine Arts @ Oxford Presenting Sponsor.

Advance purchase of Fine Arts @ Oxford Preview Gala tickets ($80 per person) is recommended. In addition to that first glimpse of quality art; an evening of savories, sweets and full bar offerings; each ticket includes event entrance for the whole weekend. All are welcome at the gala; visit www.oxfordcc.org to buy directly or call/e-mail the Oxford Community Center (410-226-5904/oxfordcc@ verizon.net) to receive a mailed invitation. Otherwise, the cost of admission is $7 per person/per day on both Saturday and Sunday; raffle tickets ($10/book of 6) may be purchased throughout the weekend. The OCC is located at 200 Oxford Rd. in Oxford, MD; it is a 501c3 organization and 30% of all art sales directly benefit the Center and its programs.

Music for Brass Planned for Sunday, May 14th

This Sunday, May 14, the Music Ministry of Christ Church will present an uplifting and resplendent repertoire of music featuring multiple combinations arranged for brass.  The Christ Church Brass Ensemble, formed in the fall of last year, will perform numerous pieces arranged especially for brass quartet as well as pieces for brass and organ, brass with choir and organ, and also solo work for trumpet.

Beginning approximately ten minutes prior to the 11 a.m. service, the Christ Church Brass will begin with three pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn juxtaposed by a newly composed piece for brass and organ by composer Jeremy Niles Kempton.  The piece, is a bit of a musical sandwich in that it opens and closes with fanfare sections joined by the King of instruments but with a chorale in the middle section reminiscent of J. S. Bach along with many others.  The piece spares nothing in its lusterful conclusion which brings both the brass and the organ to a compelling conclusion.  Also programmed are numerous other pieces by Sir Edward Elgar, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Friderick Handel, and an anthem for choir, brass, and organ by the late Martin Shaw.  Shaw, known for more than 300 published works including “With a Voice of Singing”, wrote the piece in 1923 for the Annual Festival of the Rochester Diocesan Choirs Association.  Ninety-six years later, the piece remains a part of the repertoire for many collegiate and parish choirs today.

For more information about this week’s music or other musical events at Christ Church, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.

Avalon’s Weekend Marquee Update

The Talbot Spy 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.

Continuum Dance Debut Performance Scheduled for May 13

Zoo, performed by Continuum Dance professional and apprentice dancers. Pictured from left: Malley Hester, Chloe Tong, Adrianna Smigo, Camilla Smigo, Katherine Kilbourn, Rachel Andrew, Shari Smigo, Julia Eismeier, Allison Speight.

Continuum Dance invites the public to attend a debut performance on May 13. Pieces, choreographed and performed by local artists, include Watercolors, You Are Your Own Noose, and Zoo.The performance includes accompaniment by musicians of the Front Porch Orchestra.

Saturday, May 13 show times are set for 3:00pm and 7:00pm at the Oxford Community Center, with a reception to follow each performance. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door for $15 adults and $10 students and seniors.

Through professional performance, education, and outreach, Continuum Dance is committed to providing greater accessibility and knowledge of artistic dance in the greater Delmarva community. For more information or to get involved, visit www.continuumdancecompany.org or email continuumdanceinfo@gmail.com.

Academy Art Museum to Open Four New Exhibitions

Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV, 2013, Fabric, embroidery, paint, Collection of the artist.

On April 22, 2017, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD will open four new exhibitions featuring both nationally and internationally-known artists. Three of the exhibitions will be the first solo exhibitions for the artists in the U.S. Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator at the Academy Art Museum, comments, “We are proud to offer these exceptional artists their first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and are excited to be a part of their thriving careers.”

The exhibition, FABRICation, is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of University of Nevada-Reno, Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, Reno, NV. 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, which closes on July 9, was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

The exhibition, Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford, is Steven Ford’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Ford, who studied glass and painting at Washington University in St Louis, MO, received a BFA in painting and printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1986. 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. The exhibition is sponsored by Steven Ford’s gallery, Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia. After it closes at the Academy Art Museum on July 9, the exhibition will travel to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.

Todd R. Forsgren, Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012 Collection of the Artist.

Internationally-known sculptor Shelley Robzen will present Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Originally from Pennsylvania, Robzen studied Fine Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where she received her BFA in sculpture in 1974. After graduation, she moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, an international center for sculptors who work in marble and bronze. She has been living and working there ever since. She came to Pietrasanta determined to learn everything she could about marble. Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. She has a perfect sense of form, volume and line. Her marble and bronze sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity as her artist statement reads, “Simplicity of line seeking the purity of form is the essence of my sculpture.” Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery.

Finally, the Museum will feature the photographs of Todd R. Forsgren in Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, he uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques.  Forsgren’s ornithological photographs depict birds that have been caught in mist nets as part of scientific surveys and ornithological research. Today, many bird-watchers share a similar goal to the famous bird painter, John James Audubon: to record every species in the country on their personal “life lists.” He resides in Alexandria, VA. The exhibition, which is his first solo museum exhibition, will be on display through June 30, 2017. Forsgren states, “My photographs are a reflection on this need to personally see, observe, and capture diversity.”

These Academy Art Museum exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.   There will be curator-led tours for the exhibitions on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 12 noonFor further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Spy Sneak Preview: Get Ready for Four Hands on One Piano

Get ready for four hands on one piano,poerty by Robert Frost, and music by Brahms when the the Easton Choral Arts Artistic Director Wes Lockfaw conducts Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes on April 28 and 29. Joining regular accompanist Rebecca Zinser on the four-hand piano accompaniment will be University of Maryland professor, Veronica Tomanek. Also on the program is Frostiana, a choral work based on the text of seven Robert Frost poems set to music by American composer, Randall Thompson. Fern Hill, a poem in three parts by Dylan Thomas with music by John Corigliano and Rene Clausen’s arrangement of Black is the Color of My True Love’s’ Hair will conclude the performance.

The concert will be held at Christ Church, Easton on Friday, April 28 and Sunday, April 30, 2017. Tickets are $25 general admission in advance, or $30 at the door. Students are admitted free (reservations required). Purchase tickets at EastonChoralArts.org. 410-200-0498.