Free Pastel Painting Video Course Offered by SMAL

Owl by Dawn Emerson

The St. Michaels Art League is sponsoring a free, one-day video course on pastel painting entitled “Pastel Painting Innovations: Expressive Art Techniques with Dawn Emerson” . The course will be presented at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library, 106 Fremont, St. Michaels; Thursday, March 15, 10am-12pm and is for both beginners or experienced artists. Just come and watch, or bring materials (paper, pencils, pastels or charcoal etc.) to work along. Painting an owl, Emerson demonstrates easy to follow ways to make expressive art using pastels as a wet or dry medium. The event is open to public and no registration is necessary. For more information, visit or call 410-253-3262.

Chesapeake Film Festival Joins with OCC for “REEL GEMS” Series

Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) announces the kick-off of CFF REEL GEMS – Talbot County, a pilot Winter/Spring film series that will screen selected films from the CFF film library. This first series highlights standout films and filmmakers from past Chesapeake Film Festivals since its inception in 2007. CFF REEL GEMS in supported by the Talbot County Arts Council. Films will be screened in Oxford, St. Michaels and Easton, MD.

The Oxford Community Center launches the CFF series with three of the four films whose filmmakers who live, or have lived, in Oxford. The Center is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD 21654. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at Chesapeake Film or at the door.

March 16th, 5:30- 7:00 p.m. Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss

ARC OF LIGHT: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss is about an artist, architect and designer who has devoted her life to the creation of works of art that explore the complex intersections between art, technology, science, nature, poetry, mathematics, and architecture. The film looks at the astonishing range of Bliss’s work, from small painterly and digitally based studies of color and light to architectural site commissions of immense scale. It also puts her work in art-historical context and traces her Modernist influences, including the Bauhaus artists of the 1920s. The film includes compelling interviews with the artist’s husband, architect, and furniture designer Robert Bliss; filmmaker Judy Hallet; and professor of architecture Stanley Hallet.

Filmmaker, Cid Collins Walker in attendance. Cid is the founder of Black Opal Productions and is a resident of Oxford. Her husband Richard wrote the screenplay for ARC OF LIGHT. The film received its East Coast premiere at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in March 2012 as part of the Environmental Film Festival. It was further screened at many museums in the U.S. and ultimately was televised on PBS.

March 22nd, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Film: Flash of Genius

When college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) develops an intermittent windshield wiper, he believes he, his wife (Lauren Graham) and their children will be set for life. Though the invention is a big hit with automakers in 1960s Detroit, Kearns finds himself forced out of the picture. Determined to collect the recognition and financial reward due him, he wages an arduous legal battle with the auto industry.

Filmmaker Tim Kearns in Attendance. Tim Kearns is the son of Robert Kearns who is the featured subject of the film. The Kearns family reside in Oxford and provide a wonderful Q&A about the actual invention as well as the making of the film.

April 20th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Film: Swimmers

Swimmers is a 2005 American independent drama about Will Tyler who struggles to hold on to his livelihood on the Chesapeake Bay. He and his wife suffer from the financial woes of a poor fishing season, the sudden loss of Will’s boat and Will’s fierce pride in not having to ask for handouts.

Filmed in Oxford, Swimmers premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2005, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film from the Seattle International Film Festival. The title and theme of the film were inspired by the Latin name for the Chesapeake Bay’s indigenous Maryland blue crab – Callinectes sapidusCallinectes translates as “beautiful swimmers.”

Filmmaker Doug Sadler will be present. Born and Raised in Oxford, son of Ken and Sarah Sadler, Doug filmed this movie in Oxford and sold the rights to Netflix to enjoy a successful career as filmmaker and as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins/MICA.

April 27th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Film: TRI

Natalie, an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.

Filmmaker in Attendance: Co-Producer and Casting Director Kimberly Skyrme will be in attendance.

The Oxford Community Center, Inc., is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to enrich community life by fostering educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Event proceeds benefit future programming at the Center. Visit us on Facebook at Oxford Community Center, Inc. or at

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) is the only film festival on the Eastern Shore to bring together filmmakers and diverse audiences of film enthusiasts for an annual weekend festival in Easton, MD and throughout the year in its series, REEL GEMS. CFF offers educational opportunity through cinematic presentations, lectures, and panel discussions of CFF initiatives. Visit us on Facebook or at

Academy Art Museum Features Selections from Vogel Collection

At the end of 2008, the Academy Art Museum was selected to receive 50 works of art from New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel as part of a national gifts program entitled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States. The Vogel Collection has been characterized as unique among collections of contemporary art, both for the character and breadth of the objects and for the individuals who created it. Herbert Vogel (1922 – 2012), spent most of his working life as an employee of the United States Postal Service, and Dorothy Vogel (b. 1935), was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. From January 20 through April 1, 2018, the Museum will feature a combination of works that are part of the larger Vogel Collection in its Spitaleri Gallery.

Moshe Kupferman, Untitled, Gift of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel 2008.

The Vogel gift, and the resulting exhibitions such as this, was many years in the making. The National Gallery of Art has worked closely with Dorothy and Herbert Vogel since 1991, when it acquired a portion of their collection, through partial purchase and gift from the Vogels.

“Gifts such as this and its subsequent display are energizing to the community,” says Academy Art Museum Curator Anke Van Wagenberg, “As our audience well knows, the Vogel gift changed the future of the Academy Art Museum and other recipient institutions by strengthening its collection of contemporary holdings.”

The best-known aspects of the Vogel Collection are minimal and conceptual art, such as the numerous sheets by Richard Tuttle or the sculptural work of Cheryl Laemmle and John Francis Torreano. This exhibition makes clear, however, there are many figurative and expressionist works by artists, such as Lucio Pozzi, Mark Kostabi, Peter Hutchinson, and Moshe Kupferman, to name just a few. These works blend nicely with the Museum’s other strong contemporary holdings.  In addition to the Spitaleri Gallery selections, the Museum’s Calvert Gallery will be dedicated purely to small works on paper by Richard Tuttle, whose delicate watercolors are both minimalistic and evocative.

The Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

WC Launches Piano Festival, Invites Students to Apply

Washington College this spring is holding its first Piano Festival, an event in which participants of all ages can further develop their talents through workshops, performances, lessons, and competitions. The Piano Festival is set for April 21, although the Department of Music is seeking participants to apply by March 1. The event is geared toward high school and college students.

The featured guest artist, Lydia Artymiw, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota, will teach a master class and present a concert at 7:30p.m. in Decker Theatre in the Gibson Center for the Arts as part of the Washington College Premier Artists Series. For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, see the Washington College Concert Series at

The Washington College Piano Festival is an immersive educational experience, geared to advancing participants’ skills and talents while also having a lot of fun and meeting other pianists. The festival kicks off with a piano competition in Hotchkiss Recital Hall in which students perform a single piano piece for a panel of Washington College faculty judges. Up to $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners, and they will also be featured in the festival’s student concert later that day.

Other events include an informational workshop providing an overview of Washington College’s Department of Music and a Q&A about practice techniques and possible careers in music. Students will have the opportunity to meet and have piano lessons with Washington College’s piano faculty, Matthew Brower and Woobin Park.

Students’ families are welcome to stay during the event and to observe.

To apply, students must submit a completed application, found on the Washington College Music Department Events webpage, along with a recording of a single piece and a $25 application fee by the March1 deadline. Applicants will be notified by March 15 if they have been accepted and will not have to pay an additional fee to participate in the festival.

For more information, call 410-778-7839 or email

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at

Three Women Artists Featured at The Green Phoenix Gallery

THE GREEN PHOENIX GALLERY Reaches Across the Bay and into Delaware to Find Three Remarkable Artists

This March, The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of three remarkable women artists.

Clara Nilles, from Ellicott City, Maryland, and now living in California; offers highly colorful original paintings of animals in acrylic, and giclee prints on canvas. “I believe color is the universal language that speaks positive energy and communicates strong emotions. I also think that animals bring out the magic and wonder within us. I strive to capture the unique personality, engaging look, or the lively spirit of the animal. My paintings are frequently imaginative, fun, and simply happy! I want folks to smile and laugh when viewing my work.”

Nicole Kristiana, of Bellefonte, Delaware, paints original art in layers of gouache, watercolor or oil; from which she has published a line of greeting cards and matted prints. Blending classical training and current conceptual art together in a uniquely expressive way, her subjects are animals painted with intricate patterns from around the world. Her colors and designs are inspired by Asian artwork, and influenced by Zen, rhythmic lines and butterflies. “Creating art is the passion of my life. My art is ever evolving and so is the butterfly. To me, the butterfly represents being free. I feel true freedom when I’m creating. The focus is meditative as I delve into the layers. I work back and forth, much like the movements of the butterfly.”

Rebecca Hanna, of Randallstown, Maryland, is an assemblage artist who creates earrings, pins, hair ornaments and shadow boxes. Her metaphysical approach to her found object assemblages results in beautiful works imbued with a compelling narrative. “Building a story around something I have found is interactive poetry. Re-framing found objects into some other invented context stirs my imagination. I am highly energized by the process, which is similar to lucid dreaming. The dream comes on its own, but I am aware that I can direct it.”

“In addition to these three remarkable artists”, says gallery owner Andi Tassencourt, “the international flavor of hand crafted works by our Fair Trade artisans, in combination with our eclectic mix of fine, artisanal crafts by local artists and oil paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly, offers 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. Stop by to see and feel the yarn for yourself, and ask about knitting and crochet lessons and groups.

The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. For the month of March 2018, the hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm.

“High Tide in Dorchester”: Special Community Film Preview and Q&A

“If the consequences of global warming and rising sea levels and the worsening erosion and the high tides they bring seem a little hazy to you, come take a tour of Dorchester County, where the future is now,” says Tom Horton at the beginning of the new documentary film “High Tide in Dorchester.” The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at the worsening global threat of sea level rise through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most vulnerable county.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory and Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth will host a special community preview of the one-hour documentary “High Tide in Dorchester” on Friday, March 9, at 447 Venue, 447 Race St, Cambridge. Doors open at 5:30 film starts at 6. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

Tickets are $15 in advance ( and $20 at the door. Price includes refreshments and one free drink. For more information, contact Carin Starr or 410-221-8408.

Created by the gifted local team of writer Tom Horton, filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown, and photographer Dave Harp, “High Tide in Dorchester” looks closely at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where scientists and managers are already dealing with the impacts of the rising tide. It encourages discussions and actions concerning sea level rise, erosion, and climate change in Dorchester County.

Historically, millions of people have sought to live as close to the shoreline as possible, but many communities are still grappling with how to meet the imminent challenges of adapting to living on the edges of a rising tide. Dorchester County is already experiencing the future that faces coastal areas worldwide. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100— or sooner — as waters rise and erosion worsens.

“As the sea level rises, by the end of this century, more than half of Dorchester County will be underwater,” says UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory Professor Ming Li. His research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Eastern Shore is featured in the film. “Global warming and sea level rise is caused by human activities. Because it’s a global a problem, it’s easy to say you can’t do anything, but I think by working together we can tackle this big problem.”

“High Tide in Dorchester” will have its official opening at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 22 and will air during Chesapeake Bay Week on Maryland Public Television in April. For more information on the film, visit

The screening is sponsored by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory and Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth (DCPG). Proceeds benefit the Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth.

Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth is organized to guarantee a public voice in issues of land and water use. The group pledges to advocate for the promotion, maintenance, and conservation of the natural resources, farmland, waterways and open spaces of Dorchester County.

From the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory scientists engage in world-renowned research in oceanography, water quality, restoration of sea grasses, marshes and shellfish, and expertise in ecosystem modeling.


The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, UMCES scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

Accomplished Violinist to Perform with Christ Church String Quartet

The Christ Church String Quartet will perform a series of pieces appropriate to the Lenten season at the 11:00 worship service at Christ Church Easton this Sunday, February 25.  Guest violinist Netanel Draiblate, concertmaster for the Annapolis Symphony and rising star in the violin world, will be performing as part of the ensemble.  Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has concertized across four continents. The versatile artist performs as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, and The Washington Post has called him “a violinist who combines confidence and virtuosity with a playful musical personality.”  Draiblate made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008.

Prelude music will begin on Sunday at 10:45 am.  The quartet will open with the lovely Canzona in d minor (BWV 588) by J. S. Bach.  Originally composed for organ, the piece contains four distinct voices lending itself to this rendition performed by two violins, viola, and cello.  Following the canzona, the quartet will be joined by oboist Heidi Schultz to present an aria from Bach’s Cantata BWV 197.  Originally composed for a wedding ceremony, the elegant piece is in the form of a trio sonata originally written for soprano solo, here substituted by the oboe.  At the communion, the string quartet will perform the immensely popular, The Prayer by Carol Sager and David Foster.  The piece will precede the Adagio from Concert in d minor (BWV 1060) also by Bach.  This charmingly exquisite movement will feature both Mr. Draiblate and Ms. Schultz with continuo.  Also, included in Sunday’s lineup is Gilbert Martin’s When I Survey the Wondrous Cross to be performed by the Christ Church Choir.   A classic in the world of choral literature, the arrangement contains all the elements of choral expression beginning with a pensive and reflective beginning that builds to an unrestrained and passionate resolve at its conclusion.

Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  The public is invited to share in this experience.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit

Call to Artists, Deadline for Local Color Show

The Local Color Show, sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) during the Easton Plein Air Art Competition and Art Festival, is exclusively for artists of the Delmarva Peninsula Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).  The DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, March 9th.

Local Color features studio-finished paintings of two dimensional art in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel.  Each artist in the show receives a 6’x6’ exhibit area on panels provided by WAF.

“Urban Sunset” by Betty Huang (President of WAF)

This year’s  show runs from July 20th to the 22nd,  and is held at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD. This year’s show  will be judged by Joe Gyurcsak, Grand Prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  The entry jurist will be Hai-Ou Hou, 2nd Place winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  Prizes to be awarded  are $600.00 for Best in Show, three $200.00 Awards of Excellence,and three $50.00 Honorable Mention Awards.

Local Color is the show that does everything for the artist.  Once juried into the show, delivery and set up by the artists of their art is Friday, July 20th,  and pick up is Sunday, July 22nd.  Members of the WAF handle all sales, so Artists are then free to experience all the festival has to offer!

Artists may apply online at , choose the Local Color page for the prospectus and payment.  For more information, contact Doris Glovier at at 410-957-2398 or Nancy Thomas at 410-310-5219.

ECAS High School Choral Competition to Highlight ECAS 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, in an inaugural event, eight high school choral ensembles will compete onstage at the Easton High School Auditorium for a total of $5,000.00 in prize monies. The ensemble that is judged the best based on their performance that day will receive a check for $2,500.00, second place $1,500.00 and third place $1,000.00. Donations from generous supporters of the Easton Choral Arts Society and grants from the Mid-Shore Foundation and Talbot County Arts Council are making this competition possible. Wes Lockfaw is the Artistic Director of ECAS.

The competition will begin at 1PM with the performance of the first choral group. The final chorus will perform at 3:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 or online at There is no charge for students. Prize monies must be used for the winning schools’ choral music departments.

The eight high schools that will be performing are, in alphabetical order: Arundel High School, Anne Arundel County; Bel Air High School, Harford County; Easton High School, Talbot County; Edgewood High School, Harford County; Kent Island High School, Queen Anne’s County; Liberty High School, Carroll County; The Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore City; and Tower Hill School, New Castle County (DE). More than 226 students will be competing.

Judges for the March 3 competition will be Dr. William M. Folger, Dr. Devonna B. Rowe, and Dr. James Wilson. Dr. Folger is an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Salisbury University. Dr. Rowe is currently on the music faculty in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music &The Arts, and Director of Choirs at Wesley College, Dover.

As competition coordinator Carolyn Harrison explained:“Developing this competition has been a journey. The journey began with a much narrower scope than what rapidly developed over the course of last spring. As we approach our destination I am pleased with what ECAS has created. It will be a wonderful showcase for the high school ensembles that will take to the Easton High School stage competing for significant monies that will further their choral programs.”

Easton Choral Arts Society choristers are excited about the competition, responding with enthusiasm to the committee’s request for assistance. From offering to donate baked goods, to reaching out for competition booklet ads, to signing up to lend their physical support at Easton High School on March 3, the singers are being highly supportive.

For further information regarding the Choral Competition, please contact the ECAS Choral Competition Administrator and Chair, Carolyn Harrison, at:

Church Hill Theatre Announces Audition Dates for Pippin

Auditions for Pippin, the Tony Award-winning musical, will be held at Church Hill Theatre on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm and Monday and Wednesday, March 5 & 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Sylvia Maloney will direct this production with Ray Remesch as music director and choreography by Cavin Moore.

This remarkable musical, which is a fictional account of the life of Pippin, son of King Charlemagne, opened on Broadway in October, 1972 with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson.  It was recently revived on Broadway in 2013.

This allegory requires 24 actors to bring it to life. The principal and supporting roles are as follows:
Leading Player: (male or female, age 20’s through 40’s) acts as narrator, leader of the players’ troupe, strong singer, dancer and actor.
Pippin: (male 20’s to 30”s tenor/baritone) strong singer and actor, son of Charlemagne, longing for a purpose in life, naïve and discontent.
Charlemagne (Charles): (male 40’s to 60’s, baritone) King of Holy Roman Empire, warrior, strong, prideful ruler.
Lewis: (male, 20’s to 30’s, baritone) stepbrother to Pippin, proud, egotistical, great physique.
Fastrada: (female, 40’s to late 50’s, soprano) Pippin’s conniving stepmother, mother of Lewis, sexy, smart and deceitful.
Berthe: (female, age 50’s to 70’s, alto) Pippin’s saucy grandmother; brassy, wise, energetic and comedic.
Catherine: (female, age 20’s to 30’s, mezzo soprano) Widow, mother of Theo, lovely, romantic, graceful, Pippin’s love interest.
Theo: (male, age 10 to 15, tenor) young son of Catherine, playful, innocent.
Ensemble: (8 male, 8 female, all ages, all voice ranges) must be able to sing, dance and play a variety of roles throughout the play.

For the vocal audition, please prepare 45 second to 1 minute long excerpts of two (2) contrasting songs to be sung a cappella to demonstrate the range of your voice and the variety of your singing style. Auditioners should be prepared to read from the script and to learn a brief dance routine.  Technicians are also needed and are encouraged to attend auditions.

Pippin performance dates run from Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 24th, 2018. For more information, call Sylvia Maloney at 410-778-3783 or email


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