Crashbox Theatre Brings Broadway to Talbot County!

Crashbox Theatre Company is a direct link to the professional talents of New York City!  Richard (Ricky) A. Vitanovec, who serves our community as 6-8 Theatre Teacher/Director ~ Easton Middle School, 9-12 Theatre Director ~ Easton High School,  Executive Director ~ Crashbox Theatre Company works tirelessly to develop relationships in New York that transfer to direct opportunities for our youth.

The latest partnership brings Brian Michael Hoffman from the SEUSICAL Off-Broadway show, loaded with experience from touring nationally with ANNIE, and Internationally with HERCULES, THE MUSE-ICAL. He even served on the film team for ANNIE and THE WIZ LIVE with Sony Studios and NBC’s PETER PAN LIVE. Hoffman specializes in Character Voices and Improv, while teaching expert technique for acting for live audiences. Having his attention on our youth opens doors for the future.

Vitanovec attracts the experts due to his earned reputation in New York City as a serious talent developer and show producer and director. He holds a master’s degree in theatre production and has directed over thirty-three productions. He further contributes to our community by acting at Church Hill Theatre, Hugh Gregory Gallagher Theatre, Tred Avon Players and the St. Michael’s Community Center.

What does all of this talent mean to your aspiring theatre kid? Hope and a professional leg up.Dreams combined with skills creates realities.  It assures us that in our small arena we can develop talent ready for the larger stage.  If you have a child curious about the theatre world and truly wants to explore all the different technical jobs and roles for talent that can ignite that passion, then they need to sign up for a Crashbox Theatre Company Summer Camp. There is also room for adults.

The musical theatre camps are offered for elementary students starting July 25th for seven days 9:00am – 11:00am for $175. Middle School children starting July 25th for nine days 9:00am – 3:00pm for $325. These camps specialize in songs, scenes and choreography.  The technical camp for 8th grade- adult starting July 25th for nine days 3:00pm – 6:00pm for $285 focuses on set design, paining techniques, stage makeup, sound and stage lighting. The tech camp even includes a full (large) makeup kit. Discounts are available for siblings and multiple classes. All camps are held at the Easton High School Auditorium.

Whether you are just starting out, or already active, these camps have something for the community both on and off the stage. Find out more at crashboxtheatre.com

Anyone for Cappella? Learn About it June 6

The Bay Country Chorus, an all male A Cappella chorus in Easton in partnership with Harmony on the Bay, a ladies A Cappella chorus from Centreville are presenting an informative evening for men and women of all ages to learn more about A Cappella singing. Admission to this event is free and will be presented on June 6 at the Senior Center at 400 Brooklets Ave in Easton. Registration begins at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 pm. Both chorus’ will perform at this event and members of both groups will talk about singing and the work of they do in the community. Light refreshments will be served. C

all John Crovo for additional information at 410-820-4761.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery to Feature The Working Artists Forum

“A Brush with Summer” featuring members of The Working Artists Forum will open at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland on Friday, June 2nd and run through July 30th, 2017. The Working Artists Forum (WAF) is a non-profit organization of 90 professional working artists from the Eastern Shore and surrounding areas who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for lectures, critiques and demonstrations and exhibit their work in a variety of venues throughout the year. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. WAF members actively exhibit their work separately and together, and have pieces in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.

“Blackwater Wildlife Refuge II” oil by Evie Baskin

For this show, member artists of The Working Artists Forum will display original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see their website: www.theworkingartistsforum.com.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located in a restored Victorian home built in 1860 and on the Maryland Historic Register. Gallery hours are Friday – Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday – Tuesday from 10-3. Receptions for this show will be held on June 10th and July 8th, from 5-7 p.m, when all the galleries in St. Michaels open their doors to celebrate Second Saturday St. Michaels Art Walk. For more information please call 410/745-5059, email amgart@aol.com, and visit www.amgravelygallery.com.

Adkins Arboretum Hosts David Haskell for “The Songs of Trees”

Every living being is not only sustained by biological connections but is made from these relationships. In his newest book, The Songs of Trees, Pulitzer Prize finalist David Haskell visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers—trees—and shows how this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature and ethics. On Thurs., June 8, join the author for a discussion of how biological networks surround all species, including humans. Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, the program begins at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.

Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary and contemplative studies of the natural world. Chronicling his year’s observation of one square meter of forest, his 2012 book The Forest Unseen was instrumental in galvanizing a renewed interest in observing and documenting nature among citizen scientists and nature lovers. A New York Times profile says of Haskell, “[he] thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

In The Songs of Trees, Haskell brings his powers of observation to a dozen trees around the world, exploring their connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants. An Amazonian ceibo tree reveals the rich ecological turmoil of the tropical forest, along with threats from expanding oil fields. Thousands of miles away, the roots of a balsam fir in Canada survive in poor soil only with the help of fungal partners. These links are nearly two billion years old: the fir’s roots cling to rocks containing fossils of the first networked cells.

By unearthing charcoal left by Ice Age humans and petrified redwoods in the Rocky Mountains, Haskell shows how Earth’s climate has emerged from exchanges among trees, soil communities and the atmospheres—and how humans have transformed these networks by tending some forests but destroying others. Haskell argues that when we listen to trees, nature’s greatest connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance and beauty.

Haskell is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways in which they combine scientific exploration, contemplative practice and action in the community. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the year for Tennessee, an award given to college professors who have achieved national distinction and whose work shows “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.” Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds and poetry.

The program is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration is requested at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Academy Art Museum Hosts First Studio Sale

On Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Academy Art Museum’s instructors, artists and students are cleaning out their studios and selecting artwork to be featured in a one-day sale at the Museum. No artwork will cost over $300. The Studio Sale will include framed and unframed drawings, paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, pottery, art prints and large quantity of art books. The sale offers the opportunity to purchase original art from some of the region’s best artists.

Many Academy Art Museum artists will participate in The Studio Sale on June 3, 2017. Pictured left to right are participating local artists Heather Crow and Katie Cassidy.

According to local artist Katie Cassidy, Educational Consultant at the Museum, “Many people would like to buy original art for their homes, but often find it to be too expensive. This is a great opportunity to buy original art from 40 local artists at a very reasonable price. We are excited to hold this event at the Museum.”

Contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net for additional information. The rain date is June 10.

Shore Shakespeare to Present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

To sleep, perchance to … Dream?

Shore Shakespeare is delighted to announce its forthcoming 5-county tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Written in 1596, this magical play has been in production constantly ever since!

Lovers and faeries, magic and mayhem, pageantry and poetry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has it all!  Directed by Christian Rogers and produced by Shelagh Grasso, the production highlights the talents of Patrick Fee, Avra Sullivan, Brian McGunigle, and Colleen Minahan, with Christine Kinlock, Heather Oland, Robbie Spray, Troy Strootman, Lindsey Hammer, and Greg Minahan.  They are joined by Josh Hanson, John Terebey, Jane Terebey, and Sarah Gorman.

Choreography and original music are by Greg Minahan, with Magic direction by Ian Flinn.  Costumes are designed by Barbi Bedell.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on June 2nd with three special performances at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD.  Tickets for these performances are $15 and may be purchased directly from the Arboretum’s website.  Proceeds benefit the Arboretum and Shore Shakespeare Company.

Our Free Tour of performances opens with performances on June 9th and 10th at 6:00 pm at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford, and Idlewild Park in Easton on June 11th at 3:00 pm.  Then it’s on to Cambridge, with a performance at Long Wharf Park on June 16th at 6:00 pm, and two performances on the Cray House lawn in Stevensville, on June 17th at 6:00 pm and June 18th at 3:00 pm.  The tour concludes with two performances at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, on Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 pm.  Complete information and directions to all venues are available at Shore Shakespear’s website.

All tour performances are free and open to the public.  Donations in support of Shore Shakespeare are certainly welcome!  A donation of $15 per person is suggested but never required.  As an affiliate of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, all donations are fully tax-deductible.

 

Shore Shakespeare to Present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”

To sleep, perchance to … Dream?

Shore Shakespeare is delighted to announce its forthcoming 5-county tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Written in 1596, this magical play has been in production constantly ever since!

Lovers and faeries, magic and mayhem, pageantry and poetry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has it all!  Directed by Christian Rogers and produced by Shelagh Grasso, the production highlights the talents of Patrick Fee, Avra Sullivan, Brian McGunigle, and Colleen Minahan, with Christine Kinlock, Heather Oland, Robbie Spray, Troy Strootman, Lindsey Hammer, and Greg Minahan.  They are joined by Josh Hanson, John Terebey, Jane Terebey, and Sarah Gorman.

Choreography and original music are by Greg Minahan, with Magic direction by Ian Flinn.  Costumes are designed by Barbi Bedell.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on June 2nd with three special performances at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD.  Tickets for these performances are $15 and may be purchased directly from the Arboretum’s website.  Proceeds benefit the Arboretum and Shore Shakespeare Company.

Our Free Tour of performances opens with performances on June 9th and 10th at 6:00 pm at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford, and Idlewild Park in Easton on June 11th at 3:00 pm.  Then it’s on to Cambridge, with a performance at Long Wharf Park on June 16th at 6:00 pm, and two performances on the Cray House lawn in Stevensville, on June 17th at 6:00 pm and June 18th at 3:00 pm.  The tour concludes with two performances at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, on Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 pm.  Complete information and directions to all venues are available at Shore Shakespear’s website.

All tour performances are free and open to the public.  Donations in support of Shore Shakespeare are certainly welcome!  A donation of $15 per person is suggested but never required.  As an affiliate of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, all donations are fully tax-deductible.

“A Quilted Garden,” a Gorgeous Display of Artistic Talent

Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is presenting their Biannual Quilt Show, “A QUILTED GARDEN” on June 2, 3 and 4, (10:00am to 4:00pm Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00 pm Sunday) in picturesque OXFORD, MD. Over 200 member made quilts will be displayed hanging from the rafters in the main show at the Oxford Community Center, 201 Oxford Road. Boutique items made by Bayside quilters and quilts will be for sale. A Vendors Mall will be held in the Oxford Fire Hall and antique quilts will be displayed in two historic churches.

Admission is $10.00 and all locations are handicap accessible.

Sponsored in part by the Talbot Arts Council.

Also on Saturday, June 3, Oxford Garden Club will have their garden show, Secret Gardens of Oxford with tickets available at the Oxford park.

Working Artist Forum Group to Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Summer on the Lake” oil; Artist: Mary Ellen Mabe

The Working Artist Forum Group (WAF) will have an exhibit entitled “A Brush with Summer” at the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels between June 2 and July 31. There will be receptions open to the public, as part of the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Michaels, on June 10, 5 to 7pm and July 8, 5 to 7pm.

The Working Artist Forum started in 1979 and became a nonprofit in 1991. It is an organization of 90 professional working artists exhibiting individually and as a group. WAF also donates funds and mentorship to students in the Talbot, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne, and Dorchester county schools to promote the visual arts.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday through Tuesday, 10a.m. to 3pm. The website is at www.amgravelygallery.com. Email: amgart@aol.com. Telephone 410/745-5059

Timeless Beauty Paintings by Kevin Fitzgerald at Troika Gallery

Troika Gallery is excited to announce Timeless Beauty, a show featuring recent works of noted landscape artist Kevin Fitzgerald. Opening on June 2, 2017, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk at 5 pm, the gallery will be serving refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.  Kevin Fitzgerald will address questions about his art beginning at 7 pm.

Rose Dawn, 18 x 24, oil on canvas, by Kevin Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald’s paintings are highly sought after by collectors and known for their ethereal quality. Kevin has a great reverence for the land and sea and fully expresses it in his tonalist paintings characterized by neutral hues, muted atmospheric tones, and mystery. “Be brief, use the least to say the most.  To gain the particular is to lose the infinite. Painting is a solitary communication and strives to go beyond words,” Fitzgerald comments.  Inspired by the French mid 19th-century romantic landscape painters, Fitzgerald’s paintings are evocative and spiritual. His fields of color are both suggestions and subtle depictions. “The landscape, both cultivated and wild, can serve as a reminder of the beauty and power that exists beyond our grasp.”

Fitzgerald attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied with Raoul Middleman, Chairman of Painting. After receiving his B.F.A. from the Institute, Fitzgerald pursued his M.F.A., under the full fellowship, at George Washington University. His work is collected by  known celebrities, as well as private collectors, both national and international.

Art by 35 other Troika Gallery artists is on display during the Fitzgerald show, with new work constantly refreshing the exhibition space. Troika Gallery features The Finest of Fine Art and is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday by appointment. For more information, please visit the website at www.troikagallery.com. Timeless Beauty will run through July 3, 2017.