SMAL Workshop by Lisa Mitchell

St. Michaels Art League is pleased to presents a workshop entitled Textural Variations in Landscape Painting (Pastel and Oil) with Lisa Mitchell to be held Wednesday, Thursday, Friday —  May, 10, 11, 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Calhoon MEBA Engingeering School, 27050 St. Michaels Rd, Easton, MD 21210.  Fees are  members $395; non-members $435.  Registration is currently full, but a waiting list is being formed.

Making the Rounds by Lisa Mitchell

Making the Rounds by Lisa Mitchell

This workshop is designed for both Pastel Artists and Oil Painters and is a unique opportunity to study with talented painter and instructor Lisa Mitchell.  Oil Painters will learn to use a variety of brushstrokes, thicknesses of paint and painting knives to create the illusion of texture on the painting surface.  Pastel Painters will experiment with under painting. They will use the painting surface, the pressure of the pastel stick and mark making to achieve textural contrast.

Lisa Mitchell received her formal art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. After a twenty year career painting children’s portraits, Lisa now focuses primarily painting landscapes in oil and pastel. She is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, a Signature Member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Oil Painters of America. Lisa has won numerous regional awards for her pastels and was juried into the 2009 National Plein Air Easton Competition, Easton Maryland. To view Lisa’s work and complete list of awards go to  www.lisamitchellstudio.com.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland States Arts Council. www.smartleague.org. For more information and to register, go to www.smartleague.org or call Judy Bittorf at 410-745-9004.

Tidewater Singers to Perform Spring Pops Concert

The Tidewater Singers will present a Spring Pops Concert on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Easton and on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

Under the direction of William Thomas, the Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. The goal is to bring varied and exciting quality choral music to the Eastern Shore.

The Tidewater Singers concert will feature madrigals, a medley from Les Misérables, and Gershwin favorites. The choir will perform both a cappella and accompanied by Lyn Banghart on piano.

Arrangements from Les Misérables include popular pieces such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”  Among the Gershwin arrangements are “Summertime” and “Embraceable You”.  The concert will also feature the imaginative and compelling work of Eric Whitacre including “Water Night” based on the poetry of Octavio Paz and the fun and fanciful “Animal Crackers”.

Now in his ninth season as artistic director of The Tidewater Singers, Thomas is associate professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels.

Commenting on the concert, Thomas said, “This concert offers a wide range of popular and entertaining music from delightful madrigals to sweeping and inspiring songs of Broadway.”

Advance tickets for the Easton performance on Friday, May 12, may be purchased online at www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton and Reeser’s Pharmacy in St. Michaels. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and students are free. Trinity Cathedral is located at 315 Goldsborough Street.

The Oxford performance on Saturday, May 13, features a goodwill offering at The Church of the Holy Trinity. Reservations may be made at 1-888-752-0023 or tidewatersingers@gmail.com.

The Tidewater Singers gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Talbot Sings! to Benefit Talbot Interfaith Shelter

Have you ever wanted to perform with a nationally renown musician? Here’s your chance! Join us at the Avalon Theatre on Saturday, April 29th at 2:30 pm when Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson will be helping our community raise its voice for a wonderful cause. All you need to do is come with a $5 minimum donation to Talbot Interfaith Shelter (in the form of cash or check at the door), and you will learn Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Willy’s original song “Human Kindness” and perform them with Willy and Carmen for a viral video we are shooting! Then make sure to come back later that evening to see Willy and Carmen rock the Avalon stage.

Buy tickets here.

Elisabeth von Trapp at The Church of the Holy Trinity

On Sunday May 7, at 7 pm Elisabeth Von Trapp will perform a concert at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Oxford, MD.

We are very pleased to welcome back Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp for whom “ the sounds of music “ are part of her earliest memories. Elisabeth’s voice has been heard from the subway platforms of New York City and small folk clubs and concert halls to the White House, National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center. She has released five self-produced albums including an album of Episcopal hymnody, and her music has been featured on BBC-Radio, Japanese National Radio and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s Eye on People, ABC’s Good Morning America and BBC-TV. Describing her unique musical approach, The Chicago Tribune says that “Elisabeth von Trapp sings with an astonishing clarity about disappointment, the power of love and coming of age…” Elisabeth packed the house at her last Holy Trinity performance and left the audience breathless in awe and delight. Please join us for a lovely Spring concert. Free will donation accepted at the door.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris St. Oxford, MD
Phone: 410-226-5134
Web address: holytrinityoxfordmd.org

“Out of Africa” Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Conviction”, oil, by Joan Hart

An art show by two eastern shore artists – Georgette Toews and Joan Hart, will be held at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, in St. Michaels, Maryland, from May 5 – 28th, 2017. A reception will be held to meet the artists at the Gallery on Saturday, May 13th, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 408 Talbot St., St. Michaels. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, and Sundays to Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm. The A.M. Gravely Gallery website is www.amgravelygallery.com. Telephone 410/745-5059.

This show is quite unique in that it presents original paintings gleaned from the artists’ safaris in Africa in the past few years. Countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Tanzania are represented. I have attached a press release and several photos for your consideration and we would greatly appreciate your announcing the show in your publication leading up to the start of the show on May 5th.

“Spring Into Summer” Art Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

The A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland, is pleased to announce an art exhibit by local artists with the theme “Spring Into Summer.” The Exhibit will take place from May 5 to May 30 with a reception open to the public on Saturday, May 13, 5 to 7pm.

Local artists will show work from abstraction to realism, small and large. Regular gallery hours at Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm, and Sundays to Tuesdays, 10am to 3pm. The gallery website is www.amgravelygallery.com. Telephone 410/745-5059.

String Ensemble to Perform for National Music Festival’s Resonance Finale

Violinist Elizabeth Adams serves as a Mentor for the National Music Festival and is the leader of the Kassia Music Collective.

The ten musicians of the Kassia Music Collective & Friends will fill Chestertown’s Emmanuel Church with string music when they perform at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 22 to close the first season of Resonance, the National Music Festival’s chamber music series. Tickets are $20 and are available on the Festival’s website, www.nationalmusic.us, or at the door.

Before the concert, join us for Fabulous Finger Food, Wonderful Wine and Decadent Desserts! Dine in elegance at the famous Widehall home (101 N. Water Street) from 5pm to 7pm. Hear about the upcoming National Music Festival season from Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg, and about the story of Widehall from its owners. Then make the leisurely walk to the concert at Emmanuel Church. The proceeds will go support the Feed the Festival program of the NMF Hospitality Committee and will help serve apprentices and mentors during the Festival. Tickets are $50 and are available online at http://nationalmusic.us/get-involved/special-events/.

The Kassia Music Collective is a newly formed chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the D.C. area. By focusing on the work of living composers, they play pieces that infuse classical music with different genres and styles, thereby shaping the direction of the western classical tradi­tion. They believe that contemporary music can entice listeners as it challenges them, can excite without abandoning the forms of music from the past, and can evolve without sacrificing beauty.

Their program includes a work by the group’s composer and pianist, Samuel Post, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Concerto for Two Violins in d, and a string symphony by Mendelssohn.

As the program also features Phanos Dymiotis’ Suite for Strings, the National Music Festival has designated this event as the 9th Annual Phanos Project Concert. While The Phanos Project began, informally, before the formation of the National Music Festival, it is now a part of the National Music Festival organization. Dymiotis was a violinist and composer from Cyprus, who lived and performed in Maryland until his death at age 41 in a collision with a drunk driver. He performed frequently in Kent County and on the Eastern Shore. The Phanos Project was formed to keep his music playing.

The Kassia Music Collective & Friends concert is the finale of the National Music Festival’s fall-to-spring monthly Resonance chamber music series. Resonance was formerly Kent Chamber Music. For individual tickets as well as annual NMF and Resonance passes, go to: http://nationalmusic.us/events-and-tickets/tickets/

Garfield Center Open Auditions

Mike Cades and Kayla Klugman in the 2016 SAST festival.

The Garfield Center for the Arts seeks actors for “Short Attention Span Theatre” (our annual 10-minute play festival) and “Hey! Wait a Minute!” (One-minute plays).

Auditions will take place at the Garfield Center on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7pm
Thursday, May 4 @ 7pm
Sunday, May 7 @ 11am

Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from provided scripts. No experience is necessary.

Short Attention Span Theatre will run three weekends: June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9.

Everyone is encouraged to audition. Those who are unable to attend auditions can contact the theater at 410-810-2060 to make other arrangements. Stage crew, set builders, set painters, costumers and assistant directors are also needed. Anyone interested in helping should stop by the Garfield during auditions to leave their contact information.

For more information, contact SAST producer Mark Sullivan at sast@garfieldcenter.org, or call 410-810-2060 or visit our website www.GarfieldCenter.org.

About Short Attention Span Theatre (SAST)
At the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, playwrights, directors and actors who delight in the art of the 10-minute play are at it again! Short Attention Span Theatre offers an evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just long enough. The plays will feature a multitude of actors, directors and authors, as well as the world premiere of original works by local playwrights.

Aspen Institute Hosts Peabody Conservatory Honors Ensemble Concert

Trio ex Animo members from L to R, Ethan Sandman, cello; Helen Wong, violin; and Timothy Jones, piano.

The Aspen Institute will host a concert on Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 PM at the Inn at River House on the Institute’s Wye River campus off Carmichael Road in Queenstown. The concert will feature Trio ex Animo, comprised of Helen Wong (Violin), Ethan Sandman (Cello), and Timothy Jones (Piano). The three musicians are currently pursuing studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and were named an “Honors Ensemble” for 2016-2017 via audition. The concert program will include Anton Arensky, Piano Trio in d-minor, Op. 32 and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97. A reception will follow.

“We are excited to bring these three outstanding young musicians to the Aspen Institute’s Wye River campus,” said Judy Price, Aspen Wye Campus Manager. “These concerts are an important part of the Wye Fellows annual programming, complementing monthly dialogues with world thought leaders and opportunities to attend the Institute’s events in Washington, DC. We are pleased to host this event for friends of the Institute’s Wye campus and members of the public.”

Helen Wong began studying the violin at age six, has won several competitions in upstate New York, and has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she was a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra and toured across the United States and China under the batons of Maestro David Robertson and Maestro Charles Dutoit, respectively.

Ethan Sandman is a cellist from Southern California. He was a recipient of the Young Artists Foundation’s David Weiss scholarship and was named the Grand Prizewinner in the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s Scholarship Audition. Ethan was a frequent guest on the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art’s radio broadcast classical music series, Sundays Live. He has also been featured on Israeli Public Radio as part of a live broadcast at the Tel-Aviv Opera House, and was awarded a scholarship to participate in Kronberg Academy’s biennial cello mastercourse, Cello Without Borders, in Germany.

Pianist Timothy Jones has taken prizes and participated in a variety of competitions. He was a prizewinner in the 2012 Austrian International Piano Festival Competition. While on tour in Austria, he participated in a benefit concert playing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, raising enough money for a young girl to receive a complex medical procedure. Timothy has performed and participated in many festivals, including Meadowmount School of Music, Southeastern Piano Festival and Summit Music Festival.

The talented members of this ensemble have appeared at numerous concert venues around the world, some of which include Stadthalle Kronberg, Carnegie, and Shenzen as well as the Hong Kong and Tel Aviv Cultural Centers.

The concert is sponsored by the Aspen Wye Fellows and the Friends of Wye, support groups of the Institute and its Wye River campus.

The event is free with a limited number of seats available to the general public. Seats may be reserved by calling Mary Ann Dodd at 410-820-5433. To learn more about the Aspen Wye Fellows Program, which features monthly discussions with diplomats, influential policymakers and world thought leaders, contact Judy Price at judy.price@aspeninstitute.org or by calling 410-820-5432.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.  

St. Michaels Art Trail Opens May 1st

Winners of the competition to install sculpture on the St. Michael’s Rails to Trails bike path have been announced.  Five proposals will take shape on the trail May 1st between Boundary Lane and W. Chew Ave. Local author and retired real estate broker Ann Hymes conceived the idea and sponsored the $500 prizes for each winner.  The Commissioners of St. Michaels approved the idea for a one-year trial, with artwork remaining up for six months.

“Submissions were an interesting mix of ideas, color, texture, and fun,” explains Hymes.  “The other two judges and I were looking for sculpture that would interest and delight walkers and bikers on our wonderful bike path.  “Multiple entries were welcome, and I am thrilled with the enthusiasm and response.”

The winners are:  “Cosmic Energy, Earth’s Life Forces,” by Mario Tama, with Leah Bell & Nick Frock; “Seeking Refuge,” by Karen O’Dowd; “Y Recycle?” by the St. Michaels YMCA; “Yarn Bombing” by Parker Herron; and “Fisher King” by Cole Meyerhoff.

The public is invited to come meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the W. Chew Ave. end of the Art Trail, at the park:  Monday, May 1st, at 5:00.