“Endless Summer” Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery, August 4 to October 1

“Endless Summer,” a juried show featuring members of the St. Michaels Art League, will open at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, located at 408 South Talbot Street in St. Michaels on Friday, August 4 and run through Sunday, October 1.  The judge will be David Grafton, award-winning landscape artist, Easton Plein Air participant, and owner of the Grafton Gallery in Easton.

Tattered Wall oil painting by Pat Lang

The gallery is open Friday and Saturday , from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be receptions open to the public, in conjunction with the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Michaels, on August 12 and September 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The St. Michaels Art League encourages public participation in the fine arts in St. Michaels and the greater Talbot County area. Visitors are welcome to their monthly meetings held at 9:30 am on the third Monday of the month, September through May, at Christ Church Parish Hall on Willow Street in St. Michaels. For more information , visit the Art League’s website at www.smartleague.org.

The British textile designer from the Victorian era, William Morris, has said: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So while you are decluttering your house of useless items, stop by the gallery and pick up something beautiful.

New Executive Manager at Church Hill Theatre

The Church Hill Theatre Board of Directors proudly announces that Hester Sachse will become the Executive Manager of Church Hill Theatre, a non-profit arts and education organization, on August 18, 2017.  She will replace Nina Sharp, who will be pursuing other theatrical opportunities in the Baltimore area.

Hester Sachse (center), incoming Executive Manager for Church Hill Theatre, stands with outgoing Executive Manager Nina Sharp (right) and current Administrative Assistant Liz Clarke (left).

Hester Sachse holds a BA in Drama from Washington College, where she concentrated on all aspects of stage production. For her senior thesis, Sachse directed William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  After graduation, she was active as a counselor and Assistant Director of the Playmakers’ Camp at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. This experience will be particularly valuable in organizing and running CHT’s annual Green Room Gang summer program for children and teens. Sachse also served as a programming assistant for the Prince Theatre Foundation, gaining expertise in program development, running workshops, coordination with other institutions and the day to day management of a non-profit arts organization.

Church Hill Theatre’s final productions of the 2017 season will be the drama Doubt: a Parable, running from September 8 – 24 and Carrie the Musical, a collaborative show with Chesapeake College running from October 27 – November 12.  As always, these productions will require actors, musicians, stage crew and front of the house volunteers. Hester invites CHT members and potential volunteers to stop by the office, located across the street from the theatre, meet her, and learn more about CHT’s ongoing activities.  The office is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please feel free to call the office at 410-556-6003 or visit the website www.churchhilltheatre.org for additional information.

Dorchester’s Newest Mural to be Dedicated July 21

Dorchester County’s newest public mural will be dedicated on Friday, July 21, at 4pm near the corner of Maryland Avenue and Route 50 in Cambridge. All are invited to attend the dedication.

The mural highlights Cambridge’s rich African-American history, culture and heritage, particularly in the community around Pine Street, which is one of the oldest African-American communities in the country that dates back to the mid-1800s. The 11-foot-by-48-foot mural was created by artist Michael Rosato, whose studio is in downtown Cambridge. Rosato’s work is featured in museums, public spaces and private residences across the country, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.

The mural gets some final touch-ups at Maryland Avenue and Route 50 in Cambridge.

Rosato met with community members to discuss the mural’s design and to get ideas about the people and places they thought should be included. The final product is a mix of some of Dorchester’s most well-known citizens, as well as “ordinary” people. Rosato explained that the design of the mural is very deliberate.

“At the center of the mural is Harriet Tubman, who is a symbol of courage, hard work, perseverance, and loyalty to her family and community,” Rosato said. “Everything radiates out from her, from her heart and center.” (Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County, just a few miles away from the mural.)

To Tubman’s left and right are leaders, including Gloria Richardson Dandridge, a key figure in the civil rights movement in Cambridge in the 1960s, and small business owners and everyday people whose contributions may not be as well known but resonate to this day—a bricklayer, a barber, a baker, a farmer, a high school athlete, and more. Other figures in the mural represent a Tuskegee airman; Dr. J. Edwin Fassett; Nurse Maxine Magee, one of the first African-American public health nurses in the country; and Ella Fitzgerald, one of many popular African-American musicians who performed on Pine Street.

“Several of the people in mural are looking out, engaging you, inviting you to learn more about them,” Rosato explained. “To me, it’s a very upbeat, positive look at this vibrant community and its accomplishments over the decades.”

Rosato, who has lived in Dorchester County since 2002, said that living here and being able to create this mural added extra meaning for him. “Living here makes a difference,” he said. “You know there have been tensions and struggles, and dialogue is going on and it’s getting stronger. In a sense, I’m painting a part of that dialogue. It’s a dialogue with a very positive vibe to it.”

“The City of Cambridge is excited to have this mural,” said City Planner Pat Escher. “It’s an interim display representing Cambridge’s rich African American heritage. We anticipate a full community outreach process for the final design of the gateway project once more funds are available.”

Greg Meekins, a Cambridge native, 50-year graduate of Mace’s Lane High School, and long-time member of the Elks Lodge #223 on Pine Street, said that 2017 was the perfect time to create the mural. “This mural and its celebration of local African-American heritage ties in perfectly with other big events this year, particularly the opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and the 50-year commemoration of the civil rights unrest in Cambridge,” he said. “We see the mural as a powerful way to share our history with everyone passing by on Route 50.”

The mural dedication is part of the “Reflections on Pine” series of events scheduled for July 20-23, which will commemorate 50 years of “civil rights, change, and community” in Cambridge. The events include a community conversation, church service, dinner, and more – all designed to encourage dialogue and healing in the community.

“The mural is an opportunity for us to share yet another chapter in the unique evolution of Cambridge that makes our city historically rich,” said Dion Banks, co-founder of Eastern Shore Network for Change, the organization planning the Reflections on Pine events.“It makes us proud to live here. Our visitors can continue their experience of learning by picking up our Pine Street Walking Tour Guide, schedule to be unveiled on July 20.”

For more information on the Reflections on Pine events, visit ReflectionsOnPine.org.

The mural was funded through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Federal Highway Administration, and is one of a series of murals throughout Dorchester County that are part of the Chesapeake Country Mural Trail. Find out more about all the murals at bit.ly/MuralTrail.

Academy Art Museum Announces August Events

Pictured are guests enjoying AAM’s Members’ Exhibition.


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

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

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


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


Michael Allen, a participant of Open MIC (Music, Ideas Culture).

HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM & GARDENS: Spectacular Gems and Jewelry
Date: Wednesday, August 9
Cost: $85 Members, $102 Non-members (includes admission, guided tour and lunch)
Nestled in the hills of northwest Washington, D.C., Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world with its gracious hospitality. Escape into an oasis only five miles from downtown D.C., explore the Mansion, dine at the Café, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the formal gardens. Spectacular Gems and Jewelry will display the greatest examples from Hillwood’s collection, left by Marjorie for the benefit of future generations, along with important loans of pieces once owned by Post but currently housed in other museum or private collections. The exhibition will afford the opportunity to examine the great quality and beauty of gems in the collection, their historical significance, and the evolution of twentieth-century jewelry design from the 1900s through the 1960s.



Pastel Summer Workshop: People at the Beach
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
1 Day: Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $75 Members, $90 Non-members
Seeing children and adults on a sunny beach is a wonderful sight. This class will take you through the steps of placing the human figure in the pastel painting with confidence. The class will cover design, perspective, scale and composition – all elements of a successful painting – with the additional challenge of integrating the figure in the environment. Bring your photos or Katie will provide the student with reference photos.


Spectacular Gems and Jewelry will be on display at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

Summer Challenge—A Painting a Day for 15 Days!
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
3 weeks: Saturdays August 5, 12 & 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $144 Non-members
All mediums, all levels of experience. Based on the philosophy of the Daily Painting movement; creating one small artwork each day is a great way to improve quickly, loosen up, and develop the discipline to get into the studio every day. Paintings are typically 6”x 6” or 5”x7” and can be any subject, painted from life or from photos. The first session briefly introduces the concept; then the challenge begins with the instructor and enrolled artists all painting together in the Museum’s studio. Over the following two weeks, enrolled artists paint one painting a day in their home studios; then the current week’s work is brought to class for an individual critique and discussion of each artist’s work. The instructor will take on this exciting summer challenge alongside the enrolled artists, and offer her insight and tips along the way. A very popular event, this challenge should fill fast! Don’t miss it! dianeduboismullaly.com

Telling Stories with Small Paintings
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$195 Members, $225 Non-members
Matthew is teaching a workshop on how to paint a small painting (not a miniature) with figures, animals and boats as subject matter. He will show the student how to take a concept and to work out the problems in the initial study. Values, color and composition will be addressed and there will be several demonstrations by the instructor. A small painting can be a short story, a study for a larger piece or a beautiful little gem that stands on its own. This promises to be an exciting workshop so please register early as the class will fill. This workshop is not for beginners.


Diane DuBois Mullaly

For the Pastelist: Summer Mentoring Sessions
Mentor: Katie Cassidy 4 Sessions: Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: 4 Sessions $110 or $35 per session drop-in fee
Spend the hot August days in a cool studio working with fellow pastel artists on individual projects of your design. Katie will be there working on her own pieces and mentoring other artists as needed. Use the time to try new subject, new techniques or materials while you relax and create in a supportive environment. Each session ends with an informative and lively critique. Open to all levels. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 16.

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


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

A student having fun at AAM’s Summer Camps.

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp
Ages 6+
Week # 2 Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4
Instructors: Maria Sage and Theresa Schram
12:30–3:30 p.m. daily each week
Cost: $105 Museum members; $115 non-members per week

This signature multi-media camp will feature opportunities each week to explore and develop projects from observation and imagination. Drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking may be included. Each week is different. All materials provided. Grand viewing of the week’s projects and party on the last day. Parents are invited!

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

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
Grades: 7–12
Instructor: Katy Trice
Monday–Friday, August 7–11, 10 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $110 Museum members; $120 non-members

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction and Short Stories
Grades: 7–12
Instructor: Katy Trice
Monday-Friday, August 7–11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $110 Museum members; $120 non-members
These are the perfect classes for students who find themselves constantly writing down phrases, stories, stanzas, or narratives. Each day students will start with a free-write prompt, move into reading and reviewing each other’s work, and then play some creative writing games. The morning session is Poetry, and the afternoon session is Fiction and Short Stories. Students are encouraged to sign up for the one they are most interested in, or both if they can’t decide!

The Art Studio
Ages 7–10
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Monday–Friday, August 14–18, 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Cost: $130 Museum members; $140 non-members
A week full of imaginative activities! The Art Studio is a complete art experience that blends fun and creativity. Each day will bring a new project, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, memory jars and more. If you’ve taken one of Ms. Horsey’s camps in the past, you’ll be happy to know that this summer’s Art Studio will feature all new projects. All materials provided.

Dive into the World of Math and Art!
Grades 6–8
Instructor: Deborah Scales
Monday – Friday, August 14-18, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $125 Museum members; $135 non-members
This fun and challenging five-day workshop is for any middle school math student who wants to discover an exciting way to learn math through art-making. If you like art, you may find that you also find a new love for math. We will explore art-making through mathematical strategies, skills and problem solving. We will use basic operations of arithmetic, algebraic formulas, scientific notation, geometric figures, precision measuring, ratios and proportions, linear-point perspective, transformations, and platonic solids. You will begin this school year with a kaleidoscope of math knowledge! In fact, one of our projects is to make M.C. Escher kaleidocycles. M.C. Escher is a famous artist who said, “I was a particularly poor student in math.” Yet, the funny thing is, mathematicians love his art! The instructor, Deborah Scales is a certified K-12 art teacher and teaches middle school math at Lighthouse Christian Academy on Kent Island.

Sketch it! A Sketchbook Journey
Ages 8–13
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Monday–Friday, August 21–25,10 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $130 Museum members; $140 non-members
The ability to quickly sketch an idea or image is a fundamental skill. This camp is for children who love to draw, paint and create, while developing their skills and techniques. A variety of media will be explored, including pencil, pens, watercolors, and colored pencils–all in students’ sketchbooks. Together we’ll make art a daily event, drawing inspiration from nature and our surroundings. All materials provided.

Architecture Camp
Ages 10-13
Instructor: Andrea Milito
Monday–Friday August 7–11 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members; $135 Non-members
Calling all builders and designers! In this camp, students will explore the world of architecture in a hands-on environment. They will learn about the structural differences of various types of buildings and interiors they see every day, work to design a building, and create their own cityscapes! This is a chance for students to learn new skills and see the world around them in a new light.

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

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

Mini Masters Summer Camps (For Ages Three through Four)

Building and Construction!
August 14 through 17
9 a.m. to noon
Participants will spend the week building and constructing things out of recycled and other materials. Vehicles, buildings, robots, and child-created designs will be some of the items created.


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


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance
Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088. www.dancingontheshore.com.

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

Lewin’s “Orlando Rising” Debuts at Church Hill Theatre

BC Productions proudly announces the premiere of Orlando Rising, the latest script by Chestertown playwright Earl Lewin. Set in November 1963 on the heels of the Kennedy assassination, this drama in two acts will have its premiere at Church Hill Theatre Friday, July 28.

Wally (Chris Rogers) and Ruth Kristine Kinlock ruminate over Wally’s grandmother’s visit and the memories created by Orlando Rising. (Photo by Jane Jewell)

The script conveys the contorted journey of Wally, a college professor, and his wife Ruth as they play temporary host to the family matriarch, Nana. This high tension drama unravels when events surrounding the Kennedy assassination open a festering family secret that has lurked in Wally’s subconscious since childhood.

Wally teaches literature with a current focus on the plays of Henrick Ibsen. As he prepares his lectures through study of Ibsen’s dark and disturbing themes, something unspoken begins tugging at his childhood memories and his image of his Uncle Orlando. Can Wally find a way to confront Nana and to obtain the truth about Orlando? Is Orlando really secure in the mental hospital that he walked away from so many times in the past, or is he going to suddenly appear and cause havoc in their lives?

Nana, a product of the Victorian Age, has hidden these events for three generations. Why is Orlando kept in a mental hospital? Why does no one ever discuss it or visit him? Wally remembers visits to the hospital with his mother and Nana when he was very little. He remembers Orlando’s uncontrollable rage about the government and his anger with Nana; his threats to kill her.

Wally harbors a disquieting memory of Orlando rising like a specter in the darkened living room of his childhood home following an escape from the hospital. Wally lives with the suppressed fear that one day Orlando will once again appear to threaten their lives.

The cast includes Chris Rogers as Wally. Rogers is a well-known, local actor and cofounder of the Shore Shakespeare Company. He recently made his directorial debut with the Company’s summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Portraying his wife Ruth is Christine Kinlock who was recently seen in Shore Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Church Hill Theatre’s Jake’s Women. Nana, Wally’s grandmother, is played by Kathy Jones who is a familiar talent on stages at Chesapeake College, Church Hill Theatre, and Colonial Players in Annapolis.

Howard Mesick portrays Wally’s father Jack. Mesick is both a playwright and a familiar face on local stages playing lead roles at both the Garfield Center for the Arts and Church Hill Theatre.

Jean Leverage, who plays Alyson, Wally’s mother, has appeared in several musical productions atChurch Hill Theater. Childhood Wally is played by Aaron Sensnsig, and his childhood friend Dick is portrayed by John Crook. Orlando is portrayed by local actor Tom Dorman who has played a wide range of roles at Church Hill Theatre. Eddie Dorman and Jan Eliassen round out the cast playing police officers.

Assisting Lewin with the production is an equally experienced and accomplished crew: Eliasson (Stage Manager and Copper); Eddie Dorman (Stage Crew); Lewin (Set Design/Construction); Patrick Fee (Sound Design); Doug Kaufmann (Lighting Design/Operation); and Barbi Bedell (Costumes).

Most recently, BC Productions collaborated with Church Hill Theatre to present Lewin’s dramatic comedy, Saint Georges Blues in 2016, the dark comedy Accidentally Wealthy in 2015, and the romantic comedy, Visiting Sam in 2014. Orlando Rising marks Lewin’s fourth production to be staged at Church Hill Theatre in as many years.

Lewin, a published playwright, having had two one act plays published by Baker’s Plays, brings his extensive experience to directing his own script. Church Hill Theatre has a collaborative history with Lewin having provided a venue for original scripts including two musicals She Stoops to Conquer, The Musical and Celluloid, both featuring musical scores by Dick Durham. Celluloid played Off Broadway in 2010. His murder-musical The Burgundy Wine Mob also debuted at CHT to go on to an Off-Off Broadway production in 2012. Lewin’s short script entitled Not Responsible was also featured in the Short Play Lab’s MidTown Festival in New York City in 2013.

Please plan to join Lewin and his accomplished cast and crew as they unveil the layers of Wally’s memory to reveal Orlando Rising. Performances of Orlando Rising will be held at Church Hill Theatre from  Friday, July 28 to Sunday, August 6. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

All tickets are $15 (cash or check only) and may be picked up prior to performance at the box office. Reservations are suggested. Call Church Hill Theatre at 410.556.6003.

AAM Summer Camps Offer Creative Alternative to Summer Vacation

The Academy Art Museum is offering a variety of summer camps through the end of the summer that offer a creative alternative to summer vacation. The camps are offered for children of all ages and include a variety of mediums and topics. Children ages 6 years and older can attend two weeks of the Museum’s signature multi-media camp, Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp, (July 24–28 or July 31–August 4, 12:30–3:30 p.m.).

Pictured is a camper at one of the Academy Art Museum’s creative summer camps.

Children ages 10 through 13 can participate in camps for Papier Mâché Sculpture (July 17–21, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.); Play with Clay (July 24–28, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon); and an Architecture Camp (August 7–11, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.).

The Museum is offering three new camps: Dive into the World of Math and Art! for grades 6 through 8 (August 14-18, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.) and two new creative writing workshops for students in grades 7 through 12: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry (August 7–11, 10 a.m.–12:00 noon) and Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction and Short Stories (August 7–11, 1 – 3 p.m.).

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

Plein Air Exhibition and Lecture at the Avalon Theatre

“Sunday Brunch” by Tracey Frugoli to be featured in this year’s exhibition.

During the upcoming Plein Air Easton Festival, the Academy Art Museum and the Avalon Foundation will present at the Avalon Theatre the exhibition, “Curator’s Choice,” featuring Plein Air paintings selected from the Museum’s Permanent Collection by Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg, PhD. Through a new collaboration between the Academy Art Museum and the Avalon Foundation, the exhibition highlights prize winners and leading pieces from Plein Air Easton between 2006 and 2008, including works by popular plein air artists Tim Bell, Jill Carver, Stephen Griffin and others. The paintings were donated to the Museum by a generous patron of both institutions.

Another feature of the new collaboration is a free slide lecture on “The History of Plein Air Painting,” given by Van Wagenberg on Sunday, July 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or pleinaireaston.com.

Celebrate Plein Air in St. Michaels on July 18

“Celebrate Plein Air in St. Michaels” will take place on Tuesday, July 18, at Muskrat Park in St. Michaels.  The Plein Air Kids’ Paint Out is a beloved part of the day, with children (ages 4 and up) painting their masterpieces in the park.  Registration begins at 9:30 am, and the Paint Out will take place from 10 am until 12 pm.  Local artist mentors include Vickie Fisher, Judy Bittorf, Donna Finley, and members of the St. Michaels Art League.  Prizes for the Paint Out will be presented at a 12:30 p.m. awards ceremony in the park.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Candleberry Gallery, St. Michaels Art League, St. Michaels Family YMCA, and St. Luke’s Church School.

Kids of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the various art stations that will be available from 10 am until 1 pm in the park.  Tracy Cohee, Executive Director of the St. Michaels YMCA, will be organizing a Fun and Fitness Center with healthy snacks and prizes for completing the course.  Blair Shelby, Director of St. Luke’s Church School, will entertain the kids with a sensory art program using the most unbelievable painting tools. Heidi Wetzel, a local fiber artist, will teach the kids how to weave a pencil box. There will also be face painting and various arts and craft tables.  The children will be entertained by Cascading Carlos who will amaze them with his juggling skills while he teaches them how to juggle.  He is not a clown or magician; he is a juggler who clowns around and has many illusions in his juggling show.  Children will have the opportunity to tour the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Fishmobile and touch a variety of turtles and reptiles.

We would like to thank Phillips Wharf Environmental, Destination Imagination Team of Talbot County, NAHS St. Michaels High School, NAHS Easton High School, and the Town of St. Michaels for helping us to bring this event to St. Michaels. Kids’ Day is supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue from the Maryland State Arts Council.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge.  Pre-registration is requested to help with purchasing supplies, and can be made by contacting Candleberry Gallery at 410-745-2420 or emailing info@candleberrygallery.com.   However, children can also register at the park at 9:30 am that day.  Donations are gladly accepted.

Two Upcoming Concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Oxford

Come join us for two upcoming concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Oxford.

Melissa Wise Slacum & Friends on Sunday, July 16th at 4:00 pm. Melissa is a Cambridge Maryland resident who sings regularly at local events and area churches. She has studied with the legendary well-known vocal pedagogue, Cornelius Reid. Presently Melissa is a music educator with Dorchester County Public Schools. She will be joined by area artists for an afternoon of great music! Come support our local musicians!

Monte Maxwell on Saturday, August 26th at 7:00 pm. Monte serves as the Chapel organist at the United States Naval Academy, where he is the principal organist in addition to working with the Chapel Choirs, the Chorale, Glee Clubs and oversees the Chapel Organ Concert Series. A highly-respected organist, Monte performs concerts and recitals nationally and internationally. We are excited to welcome Monte for a return concert, performing on our restored pipe organ. Monte’s Oxford concerts are always a delight!

For more details, visit our website http://www.holytrinityoxfordmd.org.

July at Candleberry Gallery

In the heat of summer, come cool off with a visit to Candleberry Gallery at 210 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels.  July is full of local Plein Air events, and our special exhibition upstairs features the Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay.  This talented group will share their paintings of local land and water scenes.

Maggii Safarty

The Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay (PAPCB) started in April 2014 when Jackie Pfaff-Pratt, Elaine Shortall, Kate Quinn and Diane DuBois Mullaly began painting outdoors together on Tuesdays. This group came into being after the long established Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore (PAPES) stopped organizing weekly paint outs. The Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay now has over 40 members and paints together every Tuesday, April through October, at Mid-Shore farms, private estates, villages and parks. Membership in PAPCB is free, and all mediums and skill levels are welcome. For more info and painting locations, please email Kate Quinn, shadowkhq@earthlink.net or Diane DuBois Mullaly, dunepainter@earthlink.net.