Call for Artists: Adkins Arboretum to Sponsor 2018 Juried Art Show

Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., will sponsor its nineteenth annual Juried Art Show, to exhibit in February and March 2018. The theme of the show—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. Named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, the Leon Andrus Awards for first and second places will be awarded.

“Chives” by Paige Billin-Frye was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s eighteenth annual Juried Art Show.

The juried show is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. It will be juried by Benjamin T. Simons, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Simons previously worked for the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and was chief curator of the Nantucket Historical Association. He holds a master’s degree in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a master’s degree from Yale University and an AB from Harvard University. He also attended the Getty Leadership Institute for museum professionals in Claremont, Calif. Simons has authored collections and exhibition catalogues, written two books on private art collections and served as editor of the award-winning quarterly Historic Nantucket.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 28, 2017. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist should be sent to Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture) and artist’s name, address and phone number. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

Artists whose work is selected will be contacted by Jan. 13 to submit the original work ready to hang by Feb. 3. The exhibit will run from Feb. 5 to March 30, 2018, with a reception on Sat., Feb. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no entry fee, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or send e-mail to

The 2018 Juried Art Show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists.

Christ Church Ensemble to Welcome Guest Musicians

On Sunday, October 22 at 11 am, the Christ Church String Quartet will be joined by bass player Christopher Hofer and local flautist Sally Montgomery.  One of two resident ensembles, the other being the Christ Church Brass, the quartet is a flexible ensemble that occasionally expands to include a variety of chamber ensemble configurations.  Also included in Sunday’s  appearance will be Dale Krider on the continuo part.  The ensemble will be directed by music director Wes Lockfaw.

The repertoire for Sunday will begin with a prelude starting at 10:50 am.  The first selection will be the four-movement Chamber Suite in D by George Frideric Handel.  Following the baroque sonata da chiesa form, meaning church sonata, the work was transcribed by Samuel Applebaum from the original Violin Sonata, Op. 1, No. 15.  The first movement Adagio is through-composed, a very common feature in many baroque compositions.  That is, the movement has a continual generation of thematic ideas.  The second and fourth movements, faster in tempo, are in sonata-allegro form which evolved from the binary dance form.  Movement three, like the first, is a slower Andante movement.  Following the suite, the chamber ensemble will perform a 2010 composition by German composer, Joachim Johow.  The piece which prominently features the flute opens with the flute on a simple but elegant theme accompanied by string orchestra and harpsichord.  Before proceeding to the second section of the work, the opening section repeats but with a much more complex and fluid flute part.  Like the opening section, the second section of the piece ensues with the flute playing a part that resembles the mood of the opening section, then following by a more improvisatory repeat.  The piece concludes by recapitulating the opening section.

During the service, the chamber ensemble will join the Christ Church Choir in a rendition of “O God Beyond All Praising” derived from the tune THAXTED.  A very familiar piece, the tune originated from Gustav Holst’s 1918 composition, The Planets.  At the communion, the string orchestra will render J. S. Bach’s beloved “Sheep May Safely Graze” followed by a hymn based on the lovely chorale “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” also by Bach.  Concluding the musical feast, Dale Krider will perform a Toccata by French composer and organist Théodore Dubois.

The public is cordially invited to attend Sunday’s presentation of music.  For more information contact 410-822-2677.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.

Academy Art Museum Announces November Events

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


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
Through November 5, 2017
Curator-Led Tours: 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
Through December 31, 2017
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.

The Caprichos: Goya and Lombardo
November 21, 2017–February 25, 2018
The Caprichos by artist Emily Lombardo is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both series address major cultural issues of their times through the medium of print. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has generously agreed to lend the complete set of Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799 for the exhibition. The exhibition is supported by the Childs Gallery, Boston.

David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.

The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo
November 18, 2017–March 11, 2018
The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints which represent excavated hearts from Magic 8 Ball toys that are positioned as divine relics of cultural nostalgia. The Magic 8 Ball was created in 1950, invented by Albert C. Carter, inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant.

Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection
Through 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.


Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month
7 to 9 p.m.
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. The theme for November 13 is “Gratitude.” Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.

Fall Portfolio Night
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 6–8 p.m.
Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to the Museum’s Annual Portfolio Night to receive expert tips on what makes a winning portfolio from a panel of art school representatives and professional artists. Contact the Museum’s Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at or 978-902-1993 for more information.

Francisco de Goya, Spanish, 1746 1828, From Los Caprichos, 1799, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999.


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

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Friday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members


Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
National Gallery of Art
Tuesday, November 7
Cost: $60 Members $72 Non-members


Mini Masters Academy
An Early Enrichment Program for Children ages 2–5 Years Old
In Partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Morning or Full-Day Program – Classes through May 24, 2018
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.

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

Painting with Photoshop
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Students Grades 4–8
Dates: 6 classes–Mondays and Wednesdays: October 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members


Adult Classes


The Landscape in Ink Washes
New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: November 1–December 6 (no class November 22 for Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Member, $210 Non-members


Get Painterly! Palette Knife Painting in Oil or Acrylic
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
2 days: November 4 & 5 Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $145 Members, $174 Non-members

Rosemary Cooley

Oil Painting: Creating Color Harmonies
Instructor: Bradford Ross
4 weeks: November 7 – 28, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $125 Members, $155 Non-members


Pastel: Sunrise, Sunset and a Nocturne
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: November 29–December 20
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members


Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
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.)

Printmaking Workshop: The Poetry of Water Woodcut Resist Monoprint
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3 days: November 3, 4 and 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members (plus $35 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)


Movies, Music and Smart TV – – Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 6–8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members
High School Students Outreach

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

Mary Poppins Flies into Easton High School Auditorium October 20 to 28

Mary Poppins is set to fly onto the stage of Easton High School October 20, 21, 22, 27, and 28.  This high energy, toe tapping, chimney sweeping, high flying family musical will be one you will not want to miss.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received 44 major theatre awards from around the globe.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert (Matthew Keeler), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Disconnected and disjointed George Banks (Jonah Sanders) and his wife Winifred (Haley Anderson) are struggling to run their household under George’s strict reign. Young Jane (Claire Weedon) and Michael (Connor Flaherty) have sent many nannies packing before Mary Poppins (Madelyn Hancock) arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she takes the Banks Family on a journey where they must learn how to value each other again. Things take a twist, however, when George’s old nanny, the nasty Miss Andrew (Eve Van Horn) shows up and tries to offer her version of “Spoonful of Sugar”, which happens to be “Brimstone and Treacle”. Along this journey, the family also encounters The Bird Woman (Emily Wittman) who teaches and represents hardship, love, compassion, empathy, and hope—the themes of this musical.

Easton High’s production features a cast and crew of over sixty, as well breathtaking flying effects provided by “Flying by FOY”, who provided the flying effects for the original Broadway production. Illusions, spectacular dancing, elaborate scenery, special effects, stunning original costumes, and some of the most beloved and memorable songs ever written for a musical including “Spoonful of Sugar”, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Step in Time”, “Feed The Birds”, and “Jolly Holiday”, as well as several new songs that have been written just for the stage production.

Director, Richard A. Vitanovec, states, “The musical MARY POPPINS is a beautiful fusion of various elements from the beloved Disney film and the classic series of books by P.L. Travers. The characters that everyone has grown up with and the values and message that the musical presents, is a heartwarming story that everyone young, old, and those in-between needs to see.”

Show days and times are Friday, October 20 at 7 pmSaturday, October 21 at 7 pmSunday, October 22 at 2 pmFriday, October 27 at 7 pm, and Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm.

Tickets for the show are $10 for an adult ticket and $5 for a child/student ticket (18 years and under) and are on sale at the door or in advance ONLY at Easton High School’s Main Office.

Remembering Bill Cummings at Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

Well known artist, Marc Castelli, has created a very unique print exclusively for the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum.  When Tilghman artist Bill Cummings passed away in September of 2014 he was working on another painting. Marc and Bill had become very good friends and in light of their friendship, Mr. Cummings’ daughter asked Marc if he would do a painting based on Bill’s last sketch.  The result is “Remembering Bill, Remembering Fishing” painted by Marc in December, 2014. Marc has worked with Museum to issue 25 limited edition prints with the remarque of Bill’s sketch attached. The 25 prints produced will be named, numbered and signed by Marc Castelli. The cost of each unframed print will be $800.  All proceeds benefit the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum  which is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history, traditions, heritage and culture of Tilghman Island.

Dr. Rachel Franklin Presents “William Wyler, The Films and His Music”

Dr. Rachel Franklin presents William Wyler, The Films and His Music at the Academy Art Museum to close Chesapeake Film Festival, Sunday, October 29, 4:30 p.m. Tickets for sale at $12/ticket or $50 for a Sunday pass.

Dr. Rachel Franklin, a British-born concert pianist, and a renowned speaker and performer in the Mid-Atlantic, will present a lecture on film music, William Wyler, The Films and His Music, at the Academy Art Museum.  Her performance closes the 2017 Chesapeake Film Festival. A reception follows with an awards presentation for the Festival’s best films in different categories.

Director William Wyler made some of the most memorable films in the Hollywood canon, and worked with many distinguished composers. Among the dazzling array of musical talent are Max Steiner, Miklos Rosza, and Aaron Copland.  How did Steiner conceive his score for Wyler’s Ben-Hur and what unique qualities did Aaron Copland bring to his exquisite and searing music for The Heiress?  Audiences will thrill to Jerome Moross’ fabulous theme to The Big Country and admire the subtle, heartwarming genius of Hugo Friedhofer’s score to The Best Years of Our Lives.  Franklin also discusses the near miraculous ability of Wyler to frame a great shot and how his composers managed to reflect his masterful intentions.

The 2017 Chesapeake Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a series of national and local films followed by film maker Q & A, and expert panel discussions.  The CFF headquarters is the Avalon Theatre. Satellite theaters include the Talbot County Public Library, Easton Premier Cinemas, and Academy Art Museum. This year, for the first time, CFF extends to a second city at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas.

Chesapeake Film Festival Hosts a Day of Film and Discussion about Climate Change

On October 28th, the 2017 Chesapeake Film Festival shows the power of documentary film in a full day of national and local films on the topic of climate change.  A subject widely discussed and sometimes contentious, audiences will view a series of dynamic films that both inform and entertain.  Thought leaders in the field will be on hand to clarify the impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and beyond, and on the human, public health, and economic losses for those who live on the shoreline and work its waters.

The Avalon Theatre opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. with a series of environmental shorts: When I Plant A Tree, directed by Jonah Moshammer; Fisherman Without A Sea, directed by Lucas Bonetti; The Next Epoch Seed Library, directed by Candace Thompson; and The Last Boat Out, directed by Laura Seltzer-Duny.

The program’s formal launch begins at noon with opening remarks from Program Chair and Tilghman resident George A. Nilson, and from Charles O. Monk, II, Board of Visitors Chair of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES, Horn Point).

Leonardo DiCaprio has long brought his celebrity to raising awareness of climate change.  In National Geographic’s Before the Flood produced by Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio meets with scientists worldwide to discuss the impacts of climate change. The film opened to acclaim at the Washington DC.

Environmental Film Festival last April, and CFF Artistic Director Cid Collins Walker succeeded in securing permission to show the film in the Easton festival.

A partnership with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy brings substantive expertise to the film discussions.  Following the DiCaprio film, Town Creek Foundation Executive Director Stuart Clarke will moderate a discussion among Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Benjamin H. Grumbles and Dr. Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) until September 2017. Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program has been invited and confirmation is pending.

The next film, The Ashes, also a NatGeo film, is directed by Michael Bonifiglio, and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  The devastating impacts of coal mining, storing and exporting are vividly shown. The film presents the divergent views between the miners, environmentalists, and government policy makers.

Next up are three films presented together that present the dangers we face on our treasured bay and shoreline.

Waterman, directed by Jess Jacklin, presents a portrait of her grandfather Harry and his relationship to the Chesapeake Bay. After writing songs for over 50 years spent out on the water, Harry performs at the Waterfowl Festival for the first time at age 87. The film follows his journey- a last attempt to save the bay advocating through his music, aiming to remind us all of what’s at stake.

In The Ballad of Holland Island House, director by Lynn Tomlinson uses clay-on-glass animation to tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay, off Tilghman Island.

In High Tide In Dorchester, writer and narrator Tom Horton recalls hitting softballs with friends in front of his dad’s hunting and fishing cabin on the Honga River in lower Dorchester County.  Today, the ballfield is four feet underwater and 200 feet from the shoreline.  The film addresses the lack of adequate planning needed to meet the imminent challenges of living on the edges of a rising tide.

The discussion following this trilogy of films will be moderated by Brian Ambrette, Coastal Resilience Manager, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and includes William C. “Bill” Boicourt, Professor Emeritus, Horn Point Laboratory UMCES, Tom Horton, Writer, High Tide In Dorchester; David Harp, Director, High Tide in Dorchester; Jess Jacklin, Director, Waterman (and her Grandad appears in the film), and Laura Seltzer-Duny, Director, The Last Boat Out.

Following a late afternoon reception, at 7 p.m.Oyster, an Australian film directed by Kim Beamish screens. It tells the story of a passionate Australian  oyster farmer who swears that the water is getting warmer and the storms more severe.  The only oyster legal for them to grow is the gourmet’s delight, the Sydney Rock Oyster. The story follows his work to keep a few million oysters alive, and necessary decisions to deal with the pressures of climate change and environmental damage, and their  far reaching consequences.

And finally, Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, addresses the progress made to persuade government leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. This film will be shown at the Easton Premier Cinemas on Saturday, October 28, at 9:30 p.m., and on Sunday, October 29 at 1 p.m.  In Cambridge, the screening is on October 29 at 7:45 p.m.

The Avalon Theater is the Chesapeake Film Festival headquarters, with satellite venues at the Art Academy Museum, Talbot County Public Library, and Easton & Cambridge Premier Cinemas.  Tickets are reasonably priced: $12 per film, or $50 for a full day program.  Friday Opening Night tickets are $30. Saturday and Sunday programs combined are $85.   For further information about all films and special events, and to purchase tickets, visit

The Chesapeake Film Festival welcomes public support with sponsorships and program advertisements.  Please contact to support its mission.

National Chaplain to Speak at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

The Rev. Dr. Don Saliers, National Chaplain of the American Guild of Organists, will be the guest speaker at St. Mark’s United Methodist church on Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Saliers retired in 2007 as the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology.

An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews.

This program is sponsored by the Mid-Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Spy Intern Minute: “Wind and Oyster Jack” with Marcia Moore and Heather Crow

After years of preparation, Talbot County’s Marcia Moore, author of “Wind and Oyster Jack”, is ready to present her story to the world. With the help of her sensational illustrator, Heather Crow and her beautiful imagery, Oyster Jack’s story will inspire children from the Eastern Shore to hop on a Skipjack and set sail! “Wind and Oyster Jack” will premiere on October 28th at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest in Saint Michaels. This is Marcia Moore’s first children’s book but hopefully, not her last.

For more information on Wind and Oyster Jack, click here

Tori Pack is the Talbot Spy intern for 2017-18. A graduate of Easton High School, Tori has spent the last year as a mentor in the non-profit organization, Talbot Mentors. Tori’s interest in writing and film have ushered in a young voice for the Talbot Spy that still has much to say.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Diana V. Saez & Friends

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Diana V. Saez & Friends: Hispanic Heritage. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on October 10, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A native of Puerto Rico, Diana V. Saez is a widely renowned singer and musician, choral director, and champion of the arts. She founded and for 25 years directed Coral Cantigas and presented an acclaimed series of concerts celebrating diverse song traditions. Diana has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Director of the World Bank-IMF Choral Society, and co-founder of the children’s music group Cantaré, Diana V. Saez knows how to create fun, entertaining experiences for audiences young and old. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Diana and Friends!

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

These monthly 45-minute performances are FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations for $2.75. RSVP: 410-822-2869 /

More information: or 301-466-0183 / Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore