The Green Phoenix Gallery Featured Artist, Joanne Gelles

“Sailboats” by Joanne Gelles

The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature mosaic artist Joanne Gelles on Friday, April 7, from 5-8 pm, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.The public is invited to meet and talk with Joanne, and watch her demonstrate how she makes her mosaics. Her creations include large mosaics made in old repurposed window frames, plus smaller vases, candle holders, mirrors and decorative objects – all infused with the special beauty and fun whimsy that the artist brings to her work.

“What inspires me to create is the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore: the trees, the water, the sky. I like to use materials that I find in my environment, like real stones, shells, sand, and sticks, and then mix them with colorful glass shapes and mirror pieces. My images are flowing and organic, touched with a bit of fantasy. My concepts come from memories, photos and sketches. What I love about the medium of mosaics is that it gives me the ability to add light to everything I create–the sunshine can make a vivid transformation of every image.”

The Green Phoenix Gallery always features a unique and beautiful selection of fine, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts by local artists, and Fair Trade gifts from around the world. You will find interesting items for all ages — from charming wooden toys to lovely seaglass jewelry, from elegant scarves to whimsical clocks and mobiles– something for everyone. There is also an impressive collection of attractive ceramics, quilted wall hangings, woven baskets, fragrant soaps and lotions, and an excellent array of seasonal items for your special shopping needs.  There is an exclusive, ongoing exhibit of original plein air and studio oil paintings by award-winning local artist, Diane DuBois Mullaly, with new works fresh from her easel added each month. In addition, FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, (now located inside The Green Phoenix) features a sumptuous new collection of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns.

The public is invited to The Green Phoenix Gallery for all ‘First Friday Gallery Walks,’ from 5 pm until 8 pm each month, to meet the featured local artist and enjoy some wine, finger foods, good company, and conversation. We hope to see you there! The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 4 pm.

Academy Art Museum Presents Lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes

Frederic Church, Mt. Desert Island, Maine Coast, 1850 (detail), Oil on cream wove paper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

On Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, John Wilmerding, Christopher Binyon Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University, will present a lecture on Frederic Church’s Maine Landscapes.  Wilmerding will concentrate on the two areas Church painted in Maine: Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin. His presentation will touch on the major factors stimulating his visits: the example of Fitz Henry Lane, his mentor Tomas Cole’s trip to Maine, and Thoreau’s writings about Mt. Katahdin. The lecture will also examine three major phases seen in Church’s painting: art history, national history, and personal history. The cost for the lecture is $20 for Museum members and  $24 for non-members.  Pre-registration is suggested. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Exhibit of St. Michaels Watercolorist, Barbara Jablin

“Nest” Barbara Jablin

An exhibit that will explore the 75 year art history of St. Michaels watercolorist, Barbara Jablin, will take place at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland from April 8 to the 30th. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 5 to 7 pm at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, as part of the Second Saturday St. Michaels Art Walk.

Barbara Jablin has had a long career as an artist. You are invited to experience this artist’s early work as a courtroom artist, illustrator, teacher, and today’s exquisite watercolor paintings.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays to Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm. For more information please call 410/745-5059, email, and visit


Academy Art Museum’s New Art @ Noon Program

Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator, Academy Art Museum will host a new program at the Museum, ART @ NOON From Rembrandt to Picasso, beginning on Tuesday, March 28 and continuing through April 25, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Participants can bring lunch and the Museum will provide the art! Topics will include Rembrandt (March 28); Canaletto (April 4); Turner (April 11); and Picasso (April 25). These original artworks, all from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, will be placed in context so participants can sit back, relax and eat their lunch while enjoying the textbook-free slide lecture.

The Academy Art Museum Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg holding a print by Alexander Calder in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Van Wagenberg will host a new program at the Museum, ART @ NOON From Rembrandt to Picasso, beginning on Tuesday, March 28 and continuing through April 25, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Participants can bring lunch and the Museum will provide a textbook-free slide lecture.

Anke van Wagenberg has a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and has published widely on Dutch and Flemish painting. Join the Museum for a mini-course in Art History based on works in its Permanent Collection. The cost for the series of four lectures is $100 for Museum members and $120 for non-members. Individual lecture tickets are $28 for Museum members and $33 for non-members. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Annual Spring Group Show at Troika Gallery

Troika Gallery features an Annual Spring Group Show with an opening on April 7, 2017, with exciting new masterpieces. The First Friday opening will highlight the spring season with light fare, beverages, and visits by Troika Artists. The show runs through May 30, 2017.

Lookie Here, Lynne Lockhart, oil on canvas, 9 x 12

Lookie Here oil on canvas, 9” x 12”, by Lynne Lockhart

Troika is proud to represent Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, Dmitry Dorokhin, John Ebersberger, Deborah Elville, Laura Era, J.A. Ferrier, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Bo Jia-Middle Kingdom, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, Victor Letonoff, Lynne Lockhart, Peter S. Loonam, Kirk McBride, Lou Messa, Raoul Middleman, Terry Miller, Dorothy F. Newland, Victor Nizovtsev, Brendan O’Neill, W. Stanley Proctor, Christopher L. Richard, Ann Didusch Schuler, William Storck, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Matthew Zoll.  Original works in oil, watercolor, pastel, bronze, acrylic, porcelain and clay by these renowned artists are displayed, with new work constantly refreshing the exhibit spaces.

Featuring “The Finest of Fine Art” in historic downtown Easton since 1997, Troika Gallery is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore.   Selected four times as the Best Art Gallery by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine, the pleasant atmosphere found in the gallery has  loyal followers. Whether you are an art collector, an art lover or an art browser, you will enjoy your visit to Troika Gallery.

Professional Artists and co-owners, Laura Era and  Jennifer Heyd Wharton, along with Gallery Manager Peg Fitzgerald, will welcome and answer your questions on art, portraiture, and framing.  Troika Gallery is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday by appointment, 410-770-9190,

Academy Art Museum Hosts Cocktails and Concert

The Academy Art Museum in Easton is hosting Cocktails and Concert on Friday, March 24, 2017, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the concert following at 6 p.m. Performers include Jason Buckwalter, baritone; Kimberly Christie, soprano; and Andrew Stewart, piano.

(Photos – Jason Buckwalter, baritone; Kimberly Christie, soprano; and Andrew Stewart, piano will appear at the Academy Art Museum’s Cocktails and Concert on Friday, March 24)

The three will explore the American Songbook featuring composers such as Johnny Mercer, Heusen and Cahn, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Loewe and Lerner and many others. The program will feature all the classic hits of cabaret, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood while learning about some of the singers that made them famous.

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

The Harlem Quartet at Inn at Perry Cabin

Chesapeake Music of Easton, Maryland and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Harlem Quartet to St. Michaels, Maryland for an exclusive performance on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Harlem Quartet is one of today’s hottest musical ensembles. The Harlem Quartet was the Silver Medal prize winner at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Competition, one of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions with one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes.

Pictured (left to right): Violinist Ilmar Gavilán, violinist Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky. (Photo by Amy Schroeder)

Since their debut in 2006, the New York-based foursome has performed in chamber music series around the world and collaborated with the likes of Itzhak Perlman and jazz legend Chuck Corea, to name only two of many.

In fact, it was the Harlem Quartet’s album made with Corea and Gary Burton, “Mozart Goes Dancing,” that won them the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2013. They have been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House.

Violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky each are seasoned artists in their own right. Individually, they have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Julliard, National, New World, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico and Utah symphony orchestras.

Not only exceptionally talented and musically versatile, the Harlem Quartet also is civic minded. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The group will soon launch its fourth album—a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta featuring a new arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story.

Tickets for the Harlem Quartet’s performance at Inn at Perry Cabin are limited and available on (443) 258-2230. $85 buys entry for one to the performance as well as admission to a pre-performance cocktail reception. Dinner and beverage specials will be tailored to the evening in both Stars restaurant and Purser’s Pub. Reservations are recommended for Stars and available at (410) 745-2200 and

Photographer Johnny Bivera at Tidewater Camera Club April Lecture

50States_34The Tidewater Camera Club is pleased to present Photographer Johnny Bivera on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room.  Mr. Bivera’s talk is entitled “Love the Project, Enjoy the Work”.  He will speak to photographers regarding hitting a creative wall, the point at which they feel that their work is monotonous and stagnant.  Johnny says that this has happened to him many times and he will share his photography career experiences spanning thirty years.  From digging desert foxholes with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan to walking with penguins in Antarctica to being a fly on the wall of the President’s oval office, he will answer the question of how one attains success and consistency when it comes to imagery.  Johnny believes that personal projects are key and states that, if you love the project you’ll enjoy the work.  He also says that some of the best work produced originated from someone’s personal initiative, from ideas of deep interest, fascination and vision.  Johnny will discuss how his projects have led to jobs, greater initiatives and to learning more about who he is and the world around him.  The public is invited to attend.

Bivera_HeadshotJohnny Bivera is the principal of Visual Media One and executive director and founder of Shoot Off Visual Media Workshops.  He is a freelance photojournalist with over 30 years’ experience in visual storytelling by capturing images worldwide from everyday life to the hostilities of war.  He was an official videographer to President of the United States Bill Clinton and executive photographer to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.  He has covered combat and humanitarian missions to maritime operations such as the Bosnia/Herzegovina conflict, the Israeli-Jordan Peace Treaty, Turkey’s tragic earthquake and the war in Afghanistan.  Johnny retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 and has traveled to all continents visiting places such as Antarctica, Galapagos, and Papua, New Guinea.  He currently documents news and media events for a variety of clients and his work has appeared in major newspapers, magazines and video documentaries.   He was personally profiled on PBS’s Jim Lehrer News Hour, C-SPAN’s American Journal and NFL Films ‘American Postcards’.   Johnny has worked on numerous book projects with publishers such as Harper Collins and the National Geographic Society.  He is an education outreach member of the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographers Association’s Department of Defense Liaison, a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and a past president of the National Association of Naval Photography.  Johnny is also a founding faculty member of the Red Badge Project, a storytelling workshop for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Founded in 1963, the Tidewater Camera Club strives to promote interest and participation in photography for all skill levels and ages.  For more information, go to

Tred Avon Players Auditions for Production of ‘The Odd Couple’

The Tred Avon Players have scheduled auditions for August performances of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” directed by Ed Langrell. Auditions will take place Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center. If you are unable to make either of the two audition dates, please contact the director for alternate arrangements (details below.)

The principal characters are Oscar Madison, a slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter, and Felix Ungar, a fastidious, hypochondriac news-writer whose marriage is ending. Supporting characters are poker buddies Murray, a New York City policeman; the sarcastic Speed, mild-mannered Vinnie; the witty Roy, Oscar’s accountant; and Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, Oscar and Felix’s giggly upstairs neighbors, a pair of English sisters.

“The Odd Couple” will open at the Oxford Community on Thursday, August 10, and run weekends through Sunday, Aug. 20.

The Tred Avon Players are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

For further information, contact Ed Langell at or call (410) 310-5660.

Barbara Jablin Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery April 8-30

On Saturday, April 8, from 5-7 pm, the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels, Md. will host an opening reception for an exhibit of Barbara Jablin’s artwork. The show and sale celebrates the artist’s 75-year career, including her work as an illustrator, years of teaching and her exquisite watercolor paintings.

A native of Baltimore, Jablin graduated with honors from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also taught fashion illustration. She was a commercial artist in retail advertising and a court artist for the Associated Press, in addition to teaching for more than 70 years.

IMG_0142  Hooper Strait LighthouseAfter she and her husband retired to the Eastern shore 40 years ago, Jablin indulged her passion for painting. Now, at the age of 94, she teaches two watercolor classes each week in St. Michaels, and continually inspires her students, fellow artists and many friends with her talent, generous spirit and joyful life.

Jablin is a founder of the Working Artists Forum in Easton and a member of the St. Michaels Art League, the Traveling Brushes and the Academy Art Museum. Her awards include several First and Best in Show in Watercolor from the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Rehoboth Art League, Napa Valley Award and Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor competitions. She also participated in an invitational show of flower paintings at Washington College in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Her watercolors and other artwork are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, the Bahamas, and Europe.

The A. M. Gravely Gallery is at 408 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, and is open Sun-Tues, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through April 30, includes framed and unframed art for sale, as well as paintings on loan from private collections. Barbara Jablin’s Chestnut Street Studio is open by appointment.