Delmarva Review Selects Cover For Tenth Anniversary

Regional photographer Calvin “Cal” Jackson’s color image “Recycle” was selected for the tenth anniversary cover of the Delmarva Review, to be published on November 1.

“We’re excited to feature cover art from the strong work of regional artists, including photography and paintings,” said Emily Rich, editor of the review. “The richness of regional art provides a compelling folio for the quality of stories and poetry we publish annually.”

Cal Jackson’s cover image “Recycle” shows shucked oyster shells, in rustic bushels, to be spread on bay oyster beds, providing a solid hold for oyster larvae to grow into the future.

The photographer, from Easton, is exhibiting at the BWI Airport gallery, by the International Terminal, and in a Maryland Federation of the Arts “Global Perspectives” online collection during August. His photos are among exhibits at galleries in Easton, Cambridge and Chestertown, Maryland, as well as Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Jackson is a retired accountant and former audit manager for information technology with the U.S. Army.

“Under the Tent” St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Weekend Sales

Painting by Donna Finley “See Forever”

The St. Michaels Art League announces it’s Annual Art Show and Sale Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, under a tent at St. Luke’s united Methodist Church located at 304 South Talbot Street, St. Michaels.  The show is free and open to the public. Over thirty league artists will display their work. Drop by to see demonstrations featuring various mediums by art league members: Pastel: Jayne Hetherington; Oil: Judy Bittorf and Nancy Lee Davis; Watercolor: Jo Merrill, Marianne Kost, Joan Cranor, and Valerie Sunderland; Colored pencils; Lee D’zmura; Ceramics: Paul Aspell; Pottery. Also, the original framed designs for the “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners that hang on Talbot Street every year will be for sale, as well as actual street banners from previous years.

For more information visit www.smartleague.org or contact Joan Cranor at 410-310-8382 or Janet Prieger at 410-745-2329.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Academy Art Museum Announces September Events

Bennett Bean, M# 1806 Triple on Base, 2015 Pit fired, painted and gilded earthenware clay Photographed by Barbara Livar.

EXHIBITIONS

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

Bennett Bean: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With
September 16–November 5, 2017
Curator-Led Tours: Wednesday, September 20, 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 11 a.m.
Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. He works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, and painting. The Easton exhibition, his first solo museum exhibition.

David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints
September 16–December 31, 2017 (with interruption from October 18–22 for Craft Show)
Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, PhD, (1931) is widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field. The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, ME, and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME.

David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.

Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection
September 16–November 26, 2017
Helen Siegl (1924–2009) used an unusual printmaking technique—often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks. She designed these when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations.

Annual Members’ Exhibition
Continuing through September 4 (Labor Day), 2017
The Academy Art Museum’s Annual Members’ Exhibition is an exceptional tradition which represents the best of the region’s artists and offers an opportunity to view the creative talents of colleagues and friends.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Academy Art Museum Instructors’ Open House
Saturday, September 9 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come meet the Museum instructors, view their work, watch art demonstrations, and enjoy refreshments while learning about fall courses at the Museum.

Helen Siegl, Goose Waddle, Woodcut on tissue paper, AAM 2012.012.34.

Craft Show Luncheon Lunch with Bennett Bean
Friday, September 15, 2017, Noon–2 p.m.
Scossa Restaurant
$140 per person (Limited Seating)
Enjoy an intimate lunch of classic northern Italian cuisine prepared by award-winning chef and owner Giancarlo Tondin of Scossa Restaurant and listen while ceramic artist Bennett Bean shares his inspiration for his prolific body of work.

Open MIC
September 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Theme: Changes
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

LECTURES

Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series

These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Series Tickets: (6 lectures) $125 Members, $150 Non-members. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at academyartmuseum.org.

Museum Instructor

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Friday, September 29, 6 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members

ARTS EXPRESS BUS TRIPS
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Wednesday, September 6
Cost: $72 Members $87 Non-members (includes admission, guided tour)

Black, White & Abstract: Callahan, Siskind, White
Baltimore Museum of Art
Wednesday, September 27
Cost: $55 Members $66 Non-members

Vermeer

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

Mini Masters Academy
An Early Enrichment Program for Children ages 2–4
In Partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Morning or Full-Day Program – Classes begin September 6, 2017
Mini Masters Academy introduces young children to new ideas through a thematic approach to learning that emphasizes relationships and the ability to make meaningful connections. The rich resources of the Academy Art Museum offer a wonderful venue for teaching these sensory explorations. Enrollment is ongoing. Contact Janet Hendricks for program details at jhendricks@academyartmuseum or (410) 822-2787.

Home School Art Classes
Fridays from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Early Fall Session: September 8–October 13, 2017
Ages 6 to 9 years (Please do NOT register 5-year olds in this class)
Constance Del Nero
Ages 10+
Susan Horsey

Andrew Wyeth Winter, 1946 (detail) Tempera on board North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Fall Session: October 27–December 15, 2017 (Note that there are NO classes on November 10 or 24)
Ages 6 to 9 years (Please do NOT register 5 year-olds in this class)
Constance Del Nero
Ages 10+
Susan Horsey
Cost (per session): $90 Members, $100 Non-members
After the first full-priced tuition, siblings attend for $60/67! Pre-registration is advised as space is limited in each group.

After-School Art Clubs
Students Grades 1 – 8
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Students Grades 4–8
Eight Thursdays: September 21–November 30 (No class on October 19, November 9 or 30)
3:45–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-members

Mini Masters at the Academy Art Museum

Li’l Kids After-School Art Club
Students Grades 1–3
Eight Fridays: September 22–December 1 (No class on October 20, November 10 or 24)
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members, $125 Non-members

ADULT PROGRAMMING

Workshops

Photographing the Log Canoe Races
Instructor: Jay Fleming
1 day: Saturday, September 9
Cost: $335 Members, $402 Non-members (includes the boat fees)

Botanical Watercolor Workshop
Instructor: Hillary Parker
3 days: September 22, 23 and 24 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $225 Members, $270 Non-members

Jay Fleming

Adult Classes

Drawing

Introduction to Basic Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: September 12–October 17 Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $220 Non-members

Intermediate Drawing: Interiors and Still Life
New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: September 20–October 25 (no class October 18)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Brad Ross
5 weeks: September 21 – October 26 (no class October 19)
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $165 Members, $198 Non-member

Matthew Hillier

Painting

Beginning Painting: Studies in Color
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
September 12, 14, 19, 21 and October 3 and 5
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $135 Members, $162 Non-members

Painting Birds in the Landscape
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
6 weeks: September 16–October 28 (no class Oct. 21)
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $190 Members, $228 Non-members

The Next Step – Oil Painting for New or Returning Painters
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
3 weeks: September 16, 23, October 7
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Sheryl Southwick

Pastels

Still Life in Pastel
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: September 13–October 4
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members

Watercolor

Watercolor: Beginning Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Heather Crow
5 weeks: September 12 – October 10
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members, (plus, a $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor at first class)

Collage

Mulberry Paper Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Mornings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
1 day: September 20, Wednesday, 2–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 Members, $54 Non-members, (plus materials fee of $6 due to the instructor at first class)

Printmaking
Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
3 sessions of 4 weeks: Session I–Sept. 12, 14, 19, 21, Session 2–October 10, 12, 17, 24, Session 3–November 7, 14, 16, 21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m. Cost: $80 Members per session, $96 Non-members per session (plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)

Digital

iPhone Class
Instructor: Scott Kane
Class 1: 2 Days, Wednesdays, September 6 and 13
Wednesdays: 6–8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-Members

Organizing, Taking, Storing and Sharing Photos with Your Smart Phone
Instructor: Scott Kane
Class 1: 2 Days: Wednesdays, September 20 and 27
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

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

Artworks for Freedom/Easton Debuts September 8

Artworks for Freedom/Easton is a multi-media exhibit that uses the arts to inform, educate and transform public perceptions about the rapidly growing crime of human trafficking and modern day slavery, and to give a voice and support to survivors. The exhibit will run from September 8 through October 1, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Mondays) in the Waterfowl Building in Easton.

The event will also include curated films, a panel discussion and lecture in collaboration with Frederick Douglass Day Celebration, as well as educational and interactive art experiences. Films will include Food Chain, a film investigating agricultural servitude, and I Am Jane Doe, a film exposing the collusion of Backpage with online sex trafficking. All events are free to the public.

The Waterfowl Building, located at 40 South Harrison Street in Easton, will serve as headquarters for the event, with art in varied mediums by survivors, internationally recognized artists, and specially created installations by local artists. Educational materials from global and local partners, and interactive art opportunities will also be featured. An outdoor mural, “What You See Is Not Who I Am,” created by high school students from New York, will be in place across the street from the Waterfowl Building during the three-week event.

Maryland consistently ranks among the top 10 states in per capita incidents of human trafficking. Human trafficking is also a growing problem on the Eastern Shore, reflecting the fact that, globally, the rapid proliferation of modern slavery is second only to drug trafficking. In response to this problem, the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, in partnership with Artworks for Freedom (artworksforfreedom.org) is staging this multi- media art event.

Artworks for Freedom is a global initiative that uses the arts to:

*Raise awareness of human trafficking in its many, often difficult to detect, applications;
*Give a voice to survivors to enable them to find dignity, freedom, justice and healing;
*Educate the public about the many deceptive ways that victims can be lured into enslavement; and
*Alert parents that teens and preteens, no matter what their socio-economic status, are the populations most at risk.

Carol Gordean and Mary Ann Schindler, Co-chairs, Artworks for Freedom/Easton, comment, “Artworks for Freedom is a global anti-trafficking initiative based in Washington, DC. Easton’s event in September will signal the kick off of an even larger metro wide campaign in DC throughout October. Our goal is to raise consumer awareness of products that abuse human rights, and to unite the diverse Eastern Shore public interest groups in a local grass-roots campaign to provide useful information to the public and continue the fight against modern day slavery.”

Sponsors of the event include the Talbot County Art Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. For further information, contact artworksforfreedomeaston@gmail.com or visit artworksforfreedomeaston.org.

Easton Choral Arts Society Plans Auditions for 40th Season

The Easton Choral Arts Society, founded in 1977, has announced auditions for its 40th concert season. Composed of members from all over the Delmarva region, the Society performs a variety of music, ranging from classical to works by living composers. Auditions are scheduled by appointment, and interested singers may contact ECAS through the website EastonChoralArts.org or by e-mail at eastonchoralarts@gmail.com. Rehearsals will be held Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:00, at Christ Church in Easton beginning Aug. 22.

Look for a surprising and thrilling concert season as Easton Choral Arts Society, presents a wide span of choral works from a rich array of music ranging from Medieval through twenty-first century composers. Information on specific selections can be found on the ECAS website.

Guiding the chorus to the threshold of its fifth decade of performance and choral excellence, Maestro Wes Lockfaw will direct the chorus along with guest artists throughout the season.

The Easton Choral Arts Society is supported by grants from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Choptank Electric Cooperative, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Get Ready for Oxford Artist Studio Tour September 3

“Oxford Town Park” by Joanne Boughner

Get ready for the third year of the Oxford Artists’ Studio Tour. The event on Sunday, September 3 from noon until 4pm.  As many as twelve private studios and gardens will be open. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the Treasure Chest in Oxford on Morris St. beginning Aug 15. All proceeds benefit a local charity. Rain or shine.

Candleberry Celebrates Tilghman and Supports Island Youth

August is a time of sweltering days at the pool, cool time on the water, and beautiful weddings. Visit Candleberry Gallery at 210 St. Talbot Street in St. Michaels to escape the heat, enjoy art from talented local artists, and find the perfect artistic gift and card for newlyweds.

This month, Candleberry Gallery is celebrating the beauty of Tilghman Island, a close-knit community of watermen and those who love the slower pace of island life. On Saturday, August 12, at 6 pm, Tilghman native Vickie Fisher will teach a workshop where participants will get to paint a maritime design on a wine bottle that can be used as a lamp. The daughter of a waterman, Vickie grew up in a farmhouse on the water built by her grandfather 130 years ago, and enjoyed capturing the beauty of her surroundings with her love of drawing and painting. With Vickie’s expert guidance, anyone can create their own one-of-a-kind work of art. The Wine Bottle Lamp workshop is only $35 and includes all materials (including lights for inside the finished lamp) and a glass of wine to enjoy while painting. Pre-registration is required for this special Second Saturday class by calling 410-745-2420.

The Gallery’s special exhibition this month is a display of special artistic items that have been generously donated to the Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA), including beautiful large Art LaMay waterfowl prints, special seaglass jewelry, Longaberger baskets, and a gorgeous quilt. Proceeds from any of the items sold will be given to TAYA, a small local non-profit that does big things in the island community. TAYA provides quality afterschool enrichment programs for youth, fun summer camps and community events, many performing arts & science assemblies and programs at Tilghman Elementary School (TES), and a free yearbook to all TES students each year. On display as well will be artwork created by Tilghman children during some of TAYA’s programs. Please stop by the Gallery to see this unique exhibit and support Tilghman Island youth.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Gallery will host two special events with all proceeds going to TAYA. On Tuesday, August 15, from 6 to 8 pm, Vickie Fisher has volunteered her time and talent to lead a special Paint Night, where pairs of participants will get to paint an island design on canvas. Each pair can be a child (age 6 and up) with any special adult in their life — parent, grandparent, guardian, mentor, or friend. They will each get to paint and keep their own canvas — and there will be oyster shells on hand for participants to design and paint a special oyster shell ornament. If participants are willing, they can leave these ornaments at the Gallery where they will be sold at the holidays with all proceeds going to TAYA. In this way, the kids themselves are helping give back to their afterschool and island programs in a meaningful way. This class costs $35 total for each pair of participants (a real deal!) and all the money goes to support TAYA’s programs. Sign up by emailing tayadirector@gmail.com your name and child’s age and mailing a check payable to TAYA, P.O. Box 55, Tilghman, MD, 21671. Call Ann Farley at 410-253-0967 with any questions.

Lastly, Tilghman youth will be doing a bake sale at the Gallery on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to Noon, with all monies raised supporting the Tilghman Area Youth Association’s programs.

Thank you for visiting Candleberry Gallery to support our local youth as you celebrate the beauty of our area, shop for a unique gift, and enjoy the talents of local artists in our community.

Open Auditions for “Carrie the Musical” at Church Hill Theatre and Chesapeake College

Calling all performers, no experience necessary! Carrie the Musical, a musical based on the unforgettable Stephen King novel with book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, will be coming to the Church Hill Theatre and Chesapeake College’s Cadby Theatre stages. This collaborative production will be directed by Dr. Robert Thompson, instructor of theatre at Chesapeake College, and will run October 27th through November 12th, 2017—just in time for Halloween! Performances will play opening weekend at the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, then travel to the CHT stage for the remaining two weekends.

This chilling musical tells the story of outcast Carrie White and the bullying she faces not only with her high school peers, but also from her unstable mother. Catchy and sometimes haunting music and an unsettling story make Carrie the Musical a Halloween treat. When a young woman confronted with social pressures discovers hidden powers fueled by her emotions, her senior prom is bound to be “A Night We’ll Never Forget!”

Open auditions for Carrie the Musical will be held at Church Hill Theatre on Saturday, August 19th at 12:30 p.m. and at Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Casting needs will include 2 female leads, 4 supporting roles (2F/2M), 2 male feature roles, along with at least 3 male and 3 female parts in the ensemble. Please note that the script does involve mature themes and some language, and parents should consult with the director prior to auditions to discern if their child should audition.

Please come with sixteen bars of a prepared song and sheet music if possible (two copies). Sides from the script will be available for cold readings—no audition monologue required. Technicians for the production are also needed and should attend auditions to submit their interest.

Carrie the Musical will play weekends from Friday October 27th through Sunday November 12th, 2017. For more information, email the director Rob Thompson at rthompson@chesapeake.edu. For more information on auditions, performances, and membership opportunities, please contact the Church Hill Theatre office at 410-556-6003, via e-mail at office@churchhilltheatre.org, or visit the  Church Hill Theatre Facebook Page.

The Green Phoenix features “Ribbons Across the Chesapeake” by Wende Woodham

This August, The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the colorful, finely crafted works of fiber artist Wende Woodham. Her unique “woven pictures” are constructed from a large repertoire of ribbons and trims collected from throughout the United States, Europe, and the Orient, with some designed by the artist herself. From them, Woodham creates cheerful one-of-a-kind Chesapeake Bay images of flora, fauna and landscapes.

“Since my tree-climbing tomboy days, ribbons have woven their way throughout my world. My discovery of a robin’s nest cleverly entwined with brand new hair ribbons— the likes of which had mysteriously disappeared from my sister’s bedroom window ledge— opened the door to my lifelong passion for weaving and design. Fascinated with the beautiful effects achieved through the use of unusual color and texture combinations, I create my own designs in a line of small home decorator pieces. Every twist of ribbon yields new and exciting possibilities!”

Much of her artistry was put on hold while Woodham enjoyed a successful military career, but after retiring from the US Army in 1999, Wende was determined to turn her love for designing fiber art into more than just a daydream. Today, in her home studio on Kent Island, she creates beautifully woven ribbon and fiber art pieces which include wall décor and pendants.

Gallery owner Andi Tassencourt invites the public to The Green Phoenix on First Friday, August 4, from 5 to 8 pm, to meet Woodham, see how she weaves her works;and to enjoy some wine, yummy finger foods, good company and conversation. Says Tassencourt, “By layering the inspiring qualities of fiber art, as embodied by Wende’s work, into our eclectic mix of fine, artisanal crafts by local artists, Fair Trade gifts from around the world, and oil paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly, we offer an environment with a full range of creative arts for the community to enjoy!”

And FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, located inside The Green Phoenix Gallery,adds even more interest, featuring a new collection of its own line of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns.

The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm.  www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery

New Community Children’s Chorus

The Allegro Children’s Chorus will be launched on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the Fall of 2017.  The Chorus will provide a superior music education and choral experience for youth in grades 4-12 with two groups, a junior chorus grades 4-7, and a senior chorus grades 8-12.  All youth in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent counties, and surrounding areas are invited to sing.

Singers will gather weekly for rehearsals at Trinity Cathedral in Easton and prepare music for seasonal and community events. The Children’s Chorus will be under the direction of Amy Morgan, who holds music degrees from Salisbury University and Messiah College and serves as Music Director of Trinity Cathedral.

Participants will pay a fee of $125 each semester, September-December and February-May and will be provided with concert attire.  Full scholarships are available through Allegro, a music outreach program at Trinity Cathedral in Easton.

An open house for families will take place August 7-10 and August 14-17.  For more information, contact Amy Morgan at 410-603-8361 or amy@trinitycathedraleaston.com.