Academy Art Museum Announces October 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, September 20, 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 11 a.m.
Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. He works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, and painting. The Easton exhibition, his first solo museum exhibition.

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

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.

David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.


Academy Art Museum 20th Craft Show: Fired Up!
Preview Party Friday, October 20, 6–9 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $100 per person (includes a complimentary ticket for admission all weekend)

Show: Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Daily Admission: $10 Museum members, $12 Non-members
The 2017 Craft Show highlights the medium of ceramics, featuring an exhibition of the works of renowned ceramics artist Bennett Bean, who is also the Visionary Artist and Honorary Chair of the 2017 Show, along with 70 outstanding artists from across the United States. Regional artist Brett Thomas with his Mobile Raku Unit will present a weekend-long live demonstration of Raku-fired pottery. Ceramic artists Robert Hessler, 2015 Best of Show winner; Lynn Latta, a unique jeweler; and the the Museum’s ceramics instructor and studio potter, Paul Aspell will be honored. The Craft Show is one of the major fundraisers for the Museum and an easy way to support its many community-based programs for all ages. For more information about this event, visit or call 410-822-2787.


Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series
Collecting and Restoring Vintage Automobiles
John North Collector of fine and rare grand classic automobiles
Friday, October 27, 6 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members
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

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


Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party
The Phillips Collection
Tuesday, October 24
Cost: $65 Members $78 Non-members


Cocktails and Concerts
William McNally: An Evening of Rag Piano
Friday, October 6, 2017
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m., Concert: 6 p.m.
Cost: $55 Members, $66 Non-members


Cocktails and Canvas: Georgia O’Keeffe Jimson Weed
Instructor: Constance Del Nero
Wednesday, October 4 Time: 6–8:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
Some people like to turn art-making into an event. The opportunity to create a unique version of a well-known masterpiece step-by-step with the instructor guarantees success. Nibbles and beverages increase the fun! Students will create a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flower. Many art historians consider O’Keeffe to be one of the most original artists of the 20th century. O’Keeffe is particularly known for her distinct over-sized flowers. Participants will create a quick-drying acrylic painting on an 18 x 24“ panel. All materials included.

Robert Hessler

Monday Mosaic Mania
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
Session 1–October 9, 16, 23, Mondays, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members, $96 Non-members per session (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)
Students will learn the basics of making mosaics and finish a piece suitable for hanging. They will use tile and glass cutters to break glass and pottery, prepare mortar, arrange pieces in a design, and mix grout for finishing. Ancient and modern examples of mosaics will be shown.

Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick4
Session 2–October 10, 12, 17, 24, 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.)
Beginners and those who already work in other media will enjoy this hands-on experience in printmaking. Once a week for four weeks, explore this medium of endless possibilities and surprises. Encounter a variety of methods to make an impression. Included will be plexiglass plates for monotypes and student-made collograph plates. Non-toxic Water-based Akua inks and Akuacolor will be used to make prints on paper using the press.

Painting the Landscape with Pastel
Instructor: Nick Serratore
4 weeks: October 25–November 15
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880–81 The Phillips Collection.

Watercolor: Intermediate Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Heather Crow
6 weeks: October 17–November 21
Tuesdays, 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $190 Members, $228 Non-members, (plus, a $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor at first class)

Matchstick Ink Line and Wash for Watercolor
New Instructor: Paul Allen Taylor
2 days: October 28 and 29 Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
October 10, 12, 17, 24
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.)

iPhone Fun!
Instructor: Scott Kane
Class 1: 2 Days: Wednesdays, October 4 and 11
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members

William McNally

Art on Tablets and the iPad
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, October 18 and 25
Wednesdays: 6–8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members


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

Family Art Days
Travel the World to Panama
Instructor: Museum Staff
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Come one, come all…the Academy Art Museum welcomes children 6+ and their families to explore and create art together and enjoy tasty snacks typical of that country.

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

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