Archives for March 2014

Poachers Aren’t Smiling for New Bay Cameras

From his laptop, Tim Bowman can see the Chesapeake Bay, and he is watching it closely.

Nine cameras provide real-time footage of all the boats on the water. From the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal down to the Tangier Sound, there are tankers, tugs and pleasure boats. A few hardy souls are oystering, but not many — it’s one of those cold wintry days.

A computer program overlays the video information on a color-coded map that shows landmarks, buoys and oyster sanctuaries. It all comes up neatly on his small screen — and much more vividly on the projection screen at the Sandy Point State Park communication center where the Natural Resources Police communications staff work the phones. If one of the commercial harvest boats ventures into an oyster sanctuary, dispatchers and officers will hear an alarm. Dispatchers will be able to click on the location, determine the name and owner of the boat, and send an officer to the boat’s home dock to check the suspicious boat, all within a few minutes.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 2.57.09 PMThe $5.6 million system, known as MLEIN (Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network) is helping Maryland nab poachers — elusive scofflaws that have for decades escaped harsh punishments because of weak laws and lenient judges. No more. Maryland’s dragnet is using a several-pronged approach to safeguard its multimillion-dollar investment in oyster sanctuaries and make sure that a few “bad apples” don’t ruin commercial and recreational fishing for everyone.

“It is not the Wild West out there anymore,” said Bowman, program manager for MLEIN and a former captain in the Anne Arundel County Police Department. “The good guy knows where the bad guy is, but the bad guy doesn’t know where the good guy is.”

Chesapeake Bay law enforcement has come a long way in the last decade, when a few high-profile poaching incidents forced managers in both Maryland and Virginia to re-evaluate the way they caught and prosecuted those who stole oysters or rockfish in the dead of night. In December 2000, thieves took nearly all of the oysters from three large sanctuary reserves in the Choptank River that University of Maryland scientists had been monitoring. A few years later, several watermen were cited for taking oysters from a sanctuary in the Severn River. At the time, the penalty for poaching was $500 — a small price to pay if the outing netted a waterman several weeks’ worth of his oyster allotment.

Today, the police can take away a poacher’s license for three years if he breaks the rules. That includes oystering at night, whether a police officer catches him with a boatload of undersized oysters or not. That alone has cut down on oyster thieves plying the Bay after the oyster day ends.

“The one-and-done rule has helped immensely,” said Candus Thomson, spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Police.

The Department of Natural Resources is also requiring buyers and sellers to provide better records in order to keep track of possibly ill-gotten gains. Janelle Mueller, DNR’s fisheries data and quota monitoring program manager, said that this new procedure helps with accountability. Knowing what was harvested and what was sold helps the department discern if any seafood is illegally entering the market, and how that is happening.

“We are making an attempt to shed light on business activity that was previously much more opaque,” Mueller said.

The MLEIN system was conceived as a way to watch the Baltimore Harbor and keep it safe from terrorism. At first it focused on watching boats from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal as they made their way into the Patapsco.

The radar system “gives you the advantage of tracking multiple targets,” Bowman said. But it further begged the question: Who was operating these vessels? What were they doing out in the Bay?

Next came video, to put a picture with the signal. The Naval Research Lab and the National Maritime Intelligence Organization put together a software package that combined mapping, video, radar, images and the ability to zero in on a target and learn more instantly.

Finally, there was the alarm system, to be triggered if a boat enters a sanctuary.

“The system is not meant to be manned unless needed,” Bowman said. “Part of the goal was that people wouldn’t have to watch it all the time.”

A case in point: Last summer, Bowman was at home on his laptop, talking to a software engineer in California and a police officer on his boat in Ocean City. All three were watching a fisherman they suspected was keeping rockfish during catch-and-release season. The officer met him at the dock with a citation.

Bowman said that “intelligence” plays a big part in the system — the police officers knowing the community, sensing and seeing patterns, and getting tips from the “street.” It was a combination of these factors that led to the department’s biggest bust in recent years. Police seized 187 bushels of undersized oysters from a commercial tractor-trailer on Route 50. They arrested the driver, who worked for a Virginia seafood company.

Altogether, the oyster harvest is the best it has been in years; in 2013, 642 watermen reported making part of their living oystering, compared with 363 just one year before. But oyster violations have dropped. The department handed out 187 in 2009–10 and 114 in 2012–13. It doesn’t yet have numbers for 2013–14.

Watermen have long claimed that a few bad apples were responsible for most of the crimes. Over the years, both police officials and DNR policy managers tended to agree. The new punishment structure has allowed the department to permanently take those scofflaws off the waterways.

In January, the department permanently revoked the oyster licenses of Joseph P. Janda, Edward B. Lowery, Benjamin S. Byers and Edward E. Grimes Jr. All four men had been cited multiple times for violations. Several other watermen lost licenses for a year, or a season.

“The general sentiment that our penalty staff hears is that watermen take these penalties seriously,” said Sarah Widman, DNR fisheries regulation officer.

They don’t have a choice, said Tommy Zinn, a longtime oysterman and president of the Calvert Watermen’s Association. Zinn doesn’t love the Big Brother aspect of MLEIN, but he’d be more OK with being watched if he knew that the police were following up the high-tech dragnet with good, old-fashioned police work.

Thomson said they are: 163 officers patrol across the state. But Zinn said he wants to make sure the watermen have a chance to explain their side of things if there’s a dispute.

For example, if the MLEIN system sounds an alarm because a waterman is on the boundary of a sanctuary, but doesn’t go in, Zinn wants to make sure the waterman doesn’t have to pay with his license. Watermen are given a booklet at the beginning of the season showing all of the sanctuaries, and they must sign to indicate they have received it and will abide by the rules. But sometimes, Zinn said, there can be misunderstandings about a line in murky conditions, or buoys marking a sanctuary that move in rough seas.

“I’d hate to see it get to the point where they’re suspending a license for a minor infraction,” he said.

In addition to protecting the Baltimore Harbor and nabbing poachers, MLEIN has also aided in several rescues. The Natural Resources Police shares its information with various police and fire departments. In the last year, the system has helped Anne Arundel County’s SWAT team respond to a barricaded suspect in a waterfront home. It also helped quickly find and rescue a fishing party whose boat had drifted away from them when they decided to take a swim.

Now that the system is in its adolescence, Bowman said, some growing pains are apparent. The police need a few more cameras, and they’d like to expand their coverage of the Chesapeake. But after four years, several million dollars, a few dramatic rescues and several high-profile arrests, Bowman would say that MLEIN is growing up nicely.

“The goal of this system is to make it easier for law enforcement to do its job, whatever that may be,” Bowman said. Distributed by Bay Journal News Service.


The Academy Art Museum in April

The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Katja Oxman, Other Side of the Air, 1986 Color etching with aquatint, diptych On loan from Susan and Barry Koh, Easton, MD

Katja Oxman, Other Side of the Air, 1986 Color etching with aquatint, diptych On loan from Susan and Barry Koh, Easton, MD

Katja Oxman: Aquatint Etchings
Through May 4, 2014
Munich-born, Maryland artist Katja Oxman (1942) has been creating richly textured color etchings in her precise signature style for over twenty years. Oxman’s multi-plate aquatint etchings present complex still lifes of richly patterned Oriental rugs upon which rest an overwhelming array of the artist’s treasured objects: opened letters and envelopes; picture postcards from museums; birds, feathers and nests; potted plants, oriental boxes, fruits and vegetables.
Caption: Katja Oxman, Other Side of the Air, 1986 Color etching with aquatint, diptych On loan from Susan and Barry Koh, Easton, MD

Greg Mort in his studio in Port Clyde, Maine.

Greg Mort in his studio in Port Clyde, Maine.

The Art of Greg Mort:
Selections from The Hickman Bequest II
Through May 4, 2014
Greg Mort is an internationally-acclaimed, self-taught artist who hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints and canvases. Recognized today as one of America’s leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Corcoran and the White House. When Washington, DC, lawyer David Hickman died from multiple sclerosis in 2011, he graciously left over 30 paintings by Greg Mort to the Academy Art Museum making it the largest public repository of the artist’s work.

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Linn Meyers, Blue Study, 2013, Ink on Mylar, 12’ x 9’ Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Linn Meyers: Blue Study
Through May 4, 2014
Curator-led tour: Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon
Washington, DC-based artist Linn Meyers creates densely configured compositions that shimmer like the play of light moving across the surface of water. These intricate works of art are created through a process by which the artist lays down consecutive strokes of acrylic ink, creating rhythmic and repetitive patterns. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the country, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; and The Phillips Collection.

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Akiyama Iwao, b. 1921, Owl, 1977 Woodblock, 20” x 17” University of Maryland University College Collection Dedicatory Gift

East Meets West: Contemporary Japanese Prints from the UMUC Collection
Through May 4, 2014
Curator-led tour: Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon
Composed of gifts from faculty and friends, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) collection of Japanese prints exemplifies a long-standing relationship between East and West. Over the past 33 years, the prints have made their way to the UMUC Maryland headquarters, largely one by one, with the exception of a very generous presentation of 20 Yoshitoshi Mori pieces by the artist himself, and the remarkable donation of the collection of Emory Trosper, longtime professor at UMUC’s Tokyo campus. A selection of some 20 prints will be on view at the Academy Art Museum.

Ann Krestensen: Clay as a Canvas
April 5 – May 25, 2014
Ann Krestensen’s hand-built vases, decorated with acrylic paints show a definite southwestern design. Krestensen taught pottery and wheel throwing at the Academy Art Museum for many years and has recently relocated to Easton. Her work can be found in numerous private collections. She is represented by the US Department of State Art at Embassies program.

In the Studio with Rembrandt and Vermeer
H. Perry Chapman, Professor, University of Delaware
April 24, 2014, 6 p.m.
Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series
$15 Members, $20 Non-members
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and their seventeenth- century Dutch contemporaries were endlessly fascinated by representations of the artist at work. This lecture examines Rembrandt’s Artist in his Studio (Boston) and Vermeer’s Art of Painting (Vienna) for what they show and hide about creating and making art.

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
Illustrated lecture and book signing
Sally Bedell Smith
April 12, 2014, 11 a.m.
Cost: $75 Members, Non-members $85 (includes lunch)
In her illustrated lecture, author Sally Bedell Smith will bring us inside the palace doors and into the daily routine of Queen Elizabeth II—the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings with prime ministers, her demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships with Prince Philip, her husband of 64 years; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; and her grandchildren and friends. A book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase. Reserve early as seating is limited.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
Judy Chicago: Circa ’75
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (all day)
$75 Members, $95 Non-members
This trip will provide a guided tour of 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection. The exhibition celebrates pioneering artist Judy Chicago during her 75th-birthday year. On view will be 13 paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media works. Throughout her career, Chicago has been creating art with the intention of influencing and changing societal norms.

John Eaton, Jazz Piano
April 25, 2014 – Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert beginning at 6 p.m.
Cost: $42 Members, $75 Non-members
From shows at smoky jazz clubs to a command performance in the East Room of the White House, John Eaton has appeared both as a soloist and with such legendary artists as Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Wild Bill Davison. He is a featured player at the Kool Jazz Festival and a mainstay of the Smithsonian’s Performing Arts Jazz series.
Caption: John Eaton, Jazz Piano

Painting the Animals We Love
Diane DuBois Mullaly
4 weeks: April 3 – April 24, 2014
Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$150 Members, $175 Non-members
This class is for any skill level, in any 2-D medium. Working from good reference photos, students will learn a simple step-by-step approach to painting the pets, farm and wild animals they love.

Monthly Art Salon and Critique
First Friday: April 4, 2014, 5 – 7 p.m.
Mentors: Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly
$15 per person payable at the door (includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres)
Students can come with one or two recently completed pieces or works in process, relax in the camaraderie of fellow artists, enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, talk about their work, and join in a group critique led by Katie Cassidy and Diane DuBois Mullaly.

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
Steve Dembo
4 weeks: April 4 – 25, 2014
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$200 Members, $230 Non-members
Learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom, from importing, sorting, adding key words and quick editing your photos in the Library module. No prior knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required, but students should have a good working knowledge of a Mac or PC.

Special Tools and Techniques for Watercolorists
Sandy Alanko
4 weeks: April 8 – 29, 2014
Tuesdays, 1– 3:30 p.m.
$170 Members, $190 Non-members
Students will learn how to use special tools, materials and techniques to enhance their watercolor paintings. Tools include digital cameras, razor blades, palette knives, sponges, hair dryers, sticks, squirt bottles, spray bottles, oil painters brushes, and tooth brushes. Materials include frisket, wax, tape, straws and salt. Special techniques covered will be pouring, spattering, negative painting, dry brushing, blending and more.

Landscape and Seascape in Pastel
Katie Cassidy
3 weeks, April 9, 16 and 23, 2014
Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$165 Members, $195 Non-members
This class will go right to the heart of the fundamentals of pastel painting – perceiving and recording the values and color; understanding the properties of light; and drawing skills – with a concentration on portraying water.

Book Art – Art Book
Ebby Malmgren
5 weeks: April 17 – May 22, 2014 (no class May 1)
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$235 Members, $275 Non-members
This workshop will offer a hands-on opportunity to learn several ways of combining a student’s own images and stories, real or imagined, in books of their own making. The class will consider the three basic kinds of hand building (pamphlet, accordion and coptic stitch) and which is most suited to the student’s book and the story he or she wants to tell.

The Expressive Pot
Instructor: Jack Troy
April 26 & 27, 2014
10am – 4pm each day
$195 Members, $220 Non-members
Class size is limited.
Slide Lecture on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Free and Open to the Public. Registration required. The 2-day demonstration/discussion presentation includes talks on Japanese teabowls, and another on contemporary and historic pots. Demonstrations will emphasize the evolution of personal forms — pots with a unique identity.

Collage Discovery Workshop
Heather Crow and Susan Stewart
Saturday and Sunday, April 26 – 27, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$150 Members, $185 Non-members (Supply fee of $10 payable at first class)
Join Susan and Heather to learn both traditional and experimental collage techniques. Most supplies provided (plus great coffee and snacks).

Painting People in Conversation:
Quick Sketch in Oil Paint
Rita Curtis
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$95 Members, $125 Non-members (includes model fee for two models)
This fun, fast-moving one-day workshop features two clothed models in a variety of natural situations — chatting, playing music, walking around, etc. Frequent pose changes challenge students to concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately.

Saturdays en Plein Air!
Mentor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Monthly the last Saturday of each month, April – October, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE to Museum Members
These monthly plein air paint-outs are held the last Saturday of the month beginning Saturday April 26, 2014, and continuing through October 25, 2014. Painting locations in the Mid-Shore region include private waterfront estates, working farms, and a few interesting surprises! All mediums and skill levels are welcome!

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
George Holzer
Time & number of weeks: variable
Cost: per hour fee
Private lessons include digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, and specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.

Open Studios
A Museum membership is required to participation in these studios.
Open Portrait Studio
Mondays, 9:30am – noon
Group meets weekly with a live model. Model fee collected weekly.

Open Studio with Live Model
Mondays, 1-3:30pm
This studio provides the opportunity to study the human figure and its action, volume, structure, anatomy, design and expressive potential. Model fee collected weekly.

Collage Studio
Second Saturday of each month , 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This studio is for those interested in collage, assemblage or fibers. Artists are invited to come and work on a project they would like to start, or have begun. There is no designated instructor.

New! ART PLUS Spring Break “Staycation” Camp

Ages 6-10

Instructors: Constance Del Nero and Alanna Berman

Friday, April 18 & Monday, April 21 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $70 for both days, $35 per day

Beat the stay-at-home blahs by bringing your children to the Museum’s new spring break art camp. Museum staff Constance Del Nero and Alanna Berman will team up to lead hours of fun-filled art projects and other activities for children ages 6-10. If the weather is nice, we may be able to go outside for part of the time. Please bring a bag lunch from home. Class sizes are limited. Please sign up early as registration closes on April 10th. Please email Constance at for more information.

Celebrate Spring Craft Saturday
Saturday, April 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
$5 per child
Come join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts. Children will create one or more seasonal projects to take home, to keep, or to give as gifts. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Scholarships are available.

Summer Camps
The Museum will offer a variety of summer camps and classes for children ages two through high school. Popular camps include graphic design, figure drawing, printmaking and our signature Kaleidoscope camp. Look for our summer camp schedule online March 1, 2014.

Young Explorers Program
The Young Explorers program puts art and museum objects at the center of a child’s day, encouraging exploration and discovery. As a part of Young Explorers children will have ongoing opportunities to interact with professional musicians and artists who perform, teach, or exhibit at the Museum. They will learn about the creative process through active participation with these visiting artists. For additional information, please contact Melanie Young at 410-822-2787.

Voice Lessons (ages 10 through adult)
Suzanne S. Chadwick
Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly at (410) 963-0893 for lesson schedule and cost.

Flute Lessons (ages 8 through adult)
Irene King
Study the elements of flute performance; repertoire; and management of performance anxiety and audition preparation. Contact the instructor directly at (443) 834-3010 for lesson schedule and cost.

Amanda Showell
Tuesday and Thursday night dance classes in bolero, tango, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Latin Variety, Rumba, and Samba. Contact the instructor at (410) 482-6169 or visit


Jo-Anne Vaughn to Give Talk on The Dani People at TCFL

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will present a talk by Jo-Anne Vaughn. The topic of Ms Vaughn’s talk is The Dani People of the Baliem Valley, Papua, New Guinea.

Jo-Anne Vaughn is an Indonesian speaker; she taught English and travelled extensively throughout the Indonesia archipelago while working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Along with her husband, Tony, a United States Foreign Service Public Information Officer, the two lived in Indonesia for eight (8) years.

One of Jo-Anne’s most memorable trips was an adventure to Irian Jaya, Indonesia’s most remote province, accompanied by her friend from the United States Department of Agriculture. The trip was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these Neolithic/stone-age people who are just being discovered and studied by western scholars and anthropologists. The trip was organized and led by a Canadian anthropologist, Julie Campbell who went on to write a definitive book about the Dani people living in the isolated Baliem Valley in the center of the province.

Ms Vaughn and her husband currently reside in St. Michaels. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit


Sunday Meetings Directory for Talbot County

EASTON – AA—315 E. Dover Street 8:30 AM – Open Discussion

EASTON – AA—219 S. Wash. St. – Health Ed. Center 9:00 AM – Stepping Stone Group

EASTON – AA—315 Goldsborough Street – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Parish Hall Enter on North St 7:00 PM – Sunday Easton Step Group

Sunday Meetings Directory for Queen Anne’s County

MILLINGTON –AA– Asbury Methodist Church, Cypress ST 6:30 PM – Up the Creek Group

CHESTER – AA–Union Westley Church – 1100 Union Wesley Circle 7:30 PM – Just For Today Group – Daily Reflection Discussion

Sunday Meetings Directory for Kent County

CHESTERTOWN – E. Shore Alano Club/932 Washington Ave. 10:00 AM – “On The Beam” Group”

CHESTERTOWN – E. Shore Alano Club/932 Washington Ave. 4:00 PM – Week Enders Group – Open Discussion

MILLINGTON – Asbury Methodist Church, Cypress ST 6:30 PM – Up the Creek Group

Sunday Meetings Directory for Dorchester County

CAMBRIDGE – 5422 Mt. Holly Rd & Rt. 16N
8:30 AM – Sunlight of the Spirit Group – Little Red House

CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Airport Terminal E- Step & Tradition
5:00 PM – Sunlight of the Spirit Group

CAMBRIDGE – Little Red House, 5422 Mt. Holly Rd & Rt. 16N 5:30 PM – One More Chance Group
Step Meeting 1st Friday of the month

Sunday Meetings Directory for Caroline County

HILLSBORO – Town Hall, 22043 Church St. 5:30 PM – Working the Steps Group

FEDERALSBURG – 1st Church of God – 101 Bloomingdale Ave. 7:00 PM –– New Beginnings Group

Saturday Meetings Directory for Talbot County

EASTON – The Boat House, 911 Port Street Open Topic Discussion – Men’s Meeting 8:00 AM – Saturday Morning Men’s Group

EASTON – 315 E. Dover Street
8:30 AM – Morning Recovery Dover Group – Open Discussion

EASTON – 1100 Peachblossom RD. – St. Mark’s Meth. Chur 9:30 AM – Saturday Morning Roundtable Group

EASTON – 315 E. Dover Street – Beginners Meeting 12:00 Noon – The Promises/Primary Purpose Group

EASTON – 9560 Black Dog Ally (Formally the Moose Lodge) 5:00 PM – Happy Hour at ShoreHarvest

EASTON – 111 South Street – Christ Episcopal Church – 8:00 PM –Parish Hall – Saturday Night Live Group

Saturday Meetings Directory for Queen Anne’s County

QUEENSTOWN – Corner of Steamboat & MD Ave. Queenstown Methodist Church – Parish Hall
8:30 AM – Eye Opener Group

STEVENSVILLE – Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church – Rte 8 – located 1 mile N. on left side of Love Pt road. New building. 7:30 PM – Topic Mtg.

CRUMPTON – 3rd Street – United Methodist Church – 8:00 PM – Crumpton Riverview Group – Speaker/Discussion