Academy Art Museum Announces September Events

Thomas Patton Miller, Maryland Crab Feast

Exhibitions
All exhibitions are sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Star Democrat.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Through October 14, 2018
Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Part II of the Academy Art Museum’s Anniversary Exhibition, AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition honors six decades of building the Museum’s Permanent Collection, telling the story of the growth of the collections resulting from the gifts and bequests of several key art collectors, as well as more recently the support of the Collection Society. The exhibition presents a wide variety of works, including work by Ansel Adams, Leonardo Drew, Rembrandt and Ann Truitt, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the 17th century to the present. AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition is accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue. The exhibition is sponsored by David and Katherine Kerr Allen, Kathy and Daniel Canzoniero, Jocelyn and George Eysymontt, Amy Haines and Richard Marks, Margaret Keller, Carla and Al Massoni, Catherine Collins McCoy, and Nanny Trippe.

Jay Fleming, Abandoned

Jay Fleming: Island Life
Through November 11, 2018 (partial interruption during Craft Show)
First Friday Artist Talk & Book Signing: Friday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Maryland photographer Jay Fleming has spent years documenting the culture and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. In his exhibition, Island Life, he documents life on Smith Island and Tangier Island, the Chesapeake’s only inhabited offshore islands. Being water-locked and isolated from modern transportation has created a unique way of life on Smith and Tangier, allowing for a preservation of the island’s history and traditions. Jay Fleming discovered his passion of photography upon receiving his father’s Nikon camera in his early teens. He immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the camera lens and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as professional photographer. This is Jay Fleming’s first solo museum exhibition.

Special Events

Academy Art Museum 60th Birthday Party and Annual Members’ Meeting
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11 a.m.—4 p.m.
Free and Open to the public
Public Art Project Featuring Artist Julia Vogl, music, food, docent tours of AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition, an Instructor’s Open House, a family art project, and much more! For more information or to sign up to volunteer for the public art project, visit academyartmuseum.org.

Artist Julia Vogl

Instructor’s Open House -September 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes
Learn about the fall line-up of classes and instructors. Contact Katie Cassidy for additional information at wkmcgarry@verizon.net or 410-820-5222.

AAM Public Art Project featuring Julia Vogl
Artist Julia Vogl’s social sculptures incorporate public engagement, architectural interventions and color. Vogl will unveil the public art project in the Museum’s Courtyard during the Museum’s birthday party. The project will focus on creating Academy-60th-themed linoleum plates to print bunting flags, which we will hang streaming in the Courtyard for the party. It’s a community-based process and Vogl will work with 40 to 60 volunteers to create the art project in the week prior to the event. If you are interested in participating in the workshop the week of September 8th, please contact Amanda Beck at abeck@academyartmuseum.org.

Triangles for the 60th Anniversary – Community Art Project
The Academy Art Museum is turning 60 in 2018 and is calling all students, teachers, professional artists, amateurs, families, friends, and everyone in between to pick up a free card stock triangle at the Museum’s front desk before August 31. Participants are encouraged to draw on the triangle, paint on it, write on it, make holes in it, and glue things to it. Completed triangles should be returned to the Museum by September 30. Watch as the Museum re-creates its logo the front wall of its Atrium —triangle by triangle— to form a giant community mosaic.

Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month –
September 10 – The Grind
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. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

Adult Classes

Steve Bleinberger

Photographing the Log Canoe Races
Instructor: Jay Fleming
Two 1-Day Workshops: Saturday, September 8 AND Sunday, September 9
Time: TBD – check the website nearer the scheduled date
Cost: $300 Members per 1-Day Workshop $360 Non-members (includes the boat fees)

Watercolor: Rocks, Waves and Spray!
Instructor: Steve Bleinberger
3 weeks: September 27, October 4 and 11 Thursdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $ 210 Non-members

Introduction to Basic Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: September 11–October 2, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Brad Ross

Foundations of Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: September 6–October 11, Thursdays, 10 a.m. –1 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $235 Non-members

Drawing the Human Figure
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: September 11–October 16, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $235 Non-members

Pastel: Sharpening Skills and Techniques
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
3 weeks: September 12, 19 and 26, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $165 Members, $198 Non-members

Take the Plunge!–How to Paint in Oil
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Four classes over two weekends
September 22–23 and October 6–7 Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost $150 Members, $182 Non-members

Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
4 weeks: Session 1: September 4 – October 2 (no class September 25), Session 2: October 9–30, Session 3: November 6–2
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost per Session: $100 Members, $120 Non-members (Plus $25 materials fee payable to Instructor at first class)

Marilee Taussig

Introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting
Instructor: Marilee Taussig
2-Day Workshop, September 13 and 14
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members (Plus $35 materials fee paid to the instructor at first class)

Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Mulberry Paper
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One Day: September 19, Wednesday, 2-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 Members, $54 Non-Members (Plus $6 material fee payable to Instructor)

Mosaic Evening: Wall Piece
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
2 weeks: September 6 & 13 Thursday evenings, 5:30–8 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members, $96 Non-members (Plus $15 materials fee payable to Instructor)

Introduction to Digital Photography
Instructor: Stephen Walker
6 weeks: September 13–October 25 (no class October 18) Thursdays, 6–8 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions Session 1: September 10–October 15 Session 2: November 5–December 10 Mondays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost per session: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions Session 1: September 10–October 15 Session 2: November 5–December 10 Mondays, 1–3 p.m.
Cost per session: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Intermediate /Advanced Hand Building
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions Session 1: September 12–October 17 Session 2: November 7–December 12 Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Beginning and Intermediate Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions Session 1: September 12–October 17 Session 2: November 7–December 12 Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost per session: $205 Members, $246 Non-members

Saturn Jewel Earrings
Instructor: John Dynan
Date: September 19, Wednesday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $50 Member, $60 Non-members (Plus $25 materials kit fee paid to the instructor at first class)

Children’s Classes

Mini Masters Academy
Mini Masters is an art-based, early enrichment program for two to four-year old children. Flexible enrollment days are offered from September through May, Monday through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12:00, with optional extended day until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email jhendricks@academyartmuseum.org for information and availability.

Kreative Kids Art Parties!
The Museum is now offering art birthday parties for up to 12 children. Art-loving kids will have two hours to work on a memorable art project while enjoying the camaraderie of their friends. You bring the cake—we’ll provide the creativity! Parties start at $120 plus a small materials fee (TBD) per child. Please contact Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at cdelnero@academyartmuseum.org for more information.

Home School Art Classes
Early Fall Session: September 7–October 12, 2018
Ages 6 to 9 years (Please do NOT register 5 year-olds in this class.)
Constance Del Nero
Ages 10+
Susan Horsey

After-School Art Club
Grades 4 through 8
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Eight Thursdays: September 20–November 29 (No class on October 18, November 8 or November 22) 3:45–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-Members

Li’l Kids After-School Art Club
Grades 1 through 3
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Eight Fridays: September 21–December 1 (no class on October 19, November 9 or November 23)
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members, $125 Non-Members

Saturday Class: Children’s Ceramics
Ages 8–13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Saturdays, September 22–October 27 (No class on October 20), 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $108 Members; $118 Non-Members

Performing Arts Classes

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit dancingontheshore.com.

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

Academy Art Museum Re-Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD has announced it has received Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).  Kippen de Alba Chu, Chair of the AAM Board of Directors, writes, “The Academy Art Museum ranks among the most prestigious museums in the United States and its participation in accreditation reflects an enduring commitment to excellence and public trust.”

Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum, states, “This re-accreditation coincides with a very special year when we are celebrating the Museum’s 60th anniversary year and entering the public phase of the Museum’s Capital Campaign—moving us on a trajectory to position the Museum solidly for the future. It’s a major milestone in the institution’s history.”

The Museum was first accredited by the AAM in 2003, a status accorded to fewer than 5% of American museums for their commitment to excellence, accountability, and high professional standards. The mission of the Academy Art Museum is to promote the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.

The Academy Art Museum has expanded its role beyond the traditional museum to ensure all citizens the opportunity to fully participate in a broad spectrum of exceptional cultural offerings. The Museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors and participants annually to experience national and regional exhibitions, concerts, lectures, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children. The vibrant concert and lecture series attract top musicians, authors, and scholars from throughout the world.

Cathy McCoy, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, adds, “Our re-accreditation reflects how we continue to serve our community by delivering outstanding exhibitions and arts educational programming for children and adults. One example is our signature ArtReach program which saw a remarkable increase this past year, serving 2,752, which reflects an increase of 31% more school students than the prior year.”

For more than 45 years, The American Alliance of Museums’ Accreditation Program has been recognized as the gold standard of museum excellence. With its mix of self-assessment, peer review, and public recognition, AAM Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the education and public service roles of museums and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.

In re-accrediting the Museum, the Alliance stated, “Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers, the Museum has shown itself to be a good steward of its resources held in the public trust and committed to a philosophy of continual institutional growth.”

AAM Invites Public to 60th Birthday Party & Public Art Project

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host a 60th Birthday Party and Annual Members’ Meeting. The event will feature a public art project with artist Julie Vogl whose social sculptures incorporate public engagement, architectural interventions and color. She will unveil the public art project in the Museum’s Courtyard during the Museum’s Birthday Party. The project will focus on creating Academy-60th-themed linoleum plates to print bunting flags, which we will hang streaming in the Courtyard for the party.

According to Amanda Beck, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum, “It’s a community-based process and Julie will work with 40 to 60 volunteers to create the art project in the week prior to the event.”

Artist Julia Vogl will unveil a public art project in the Academy Art Museum’s Courtyard during the Museum’s 60th Birthday Party.

The Birthday Party will also include docent tours of Part II of the Academy Art Museum’s Anniversary Exhibition, AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition at 12 p.m.1 p.m.2 p.m. and 3 p.m.The exhibition presents a wide variety of works, including work by Ansel Adams, Leonardo Drew, Rembrandt and Ann Truitt, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the 17th century to the present.  There will also be a “Family Art Cart,” a Pop-Up Museum Store, a family art project, music, food and more.

Two open houses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will occur during the event, including the Museum Instructors’ Open House, introducing the fall line-up of classes and instructors, and the Mini Masters Open House. The Museum’s Annual Members’ Meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and will feature a preview of upcoming exhibitions and programs and an update on the Museum’s Capital Campaign and upcoming Craft Show.

Prior to the Birthday Party the public is invited to pick up a free card stock triangle at the Museum’s front desk before August 31.  Participants are encouraged to draw on the triangle, paint on it, write on it, make holes in it, and glue things to it.  Completed triangles should be returned to the Museum by August 31. Watch as the Museum re-creates its logo on the front wall of its Atrium —triangle by triangle— to form a giant community mosaic.

The Museum’s Birthday Party is free and open to the public.  Anyone interested in participating in the Public Art workshop the week of September 8th, should contact Amanda Beck at abeck@academyartmuseum.org. For further information about the Birthday Party, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Academy Art Museum Opens AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition Part II

On Friday, July 27, the Academy Art Museum will open Part II of its Anniversary Exhibition, AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition, which will be on display through October 14, 2018, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

In 1958, the Museum opened its doors to the public as the Academy of the Arts. In 2018, the Museum invites all audience to celebrate its 60th anniversary, honoring the past and looking ahead to the future. Program highlights include special Diamond Exhibitions, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the 17th century to the present.  Ben Simons, Museum Director, states, “The Diamond Exhibitions honor six decades of building the Museum’s Permanent Collection, telling the story of the growth of the collections resulting from the gifts and bequests of several key art collectors, as well as more recently the support of the Collection Society. We invite you to enjoy the best of the Museum’s Permanent Collection at this milestone in our history!”

Thomas Patton Miller, Maryland Crab Feast, 1994, AAM 2000.007, Gift of Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore.

Chief Curator Anke Van Wagenberg has selected artworks from the Permanent Collection for the exhibition which present a wide variety of works, including work by Ansel Adams, Leonardo Drew, Rembrandt and Ann Truitt. Diamond II will also feature photography selections from the Permanent Collection, as well as newly-acquired prints by Joan Miró and a special section on Anne Truitt.

Also, currently on display at the Museum is the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) exhibition, Reflections: Natural and Imagined, which will be on display through August 19, 2018. The exhibition presents a juried selection of work in various mediums inspired by the theme “Reflections.”  Interpretations vary broadly from literal to figurative and may include reflections on nature, on objects, on buildings, and reflections on thought and expression, to name a few. SMAL was founded 25 years ago and currently boasts over 100 members from around the Eastern Shore and beyond. The group includes many award-winning artists and aims to encourage artistic development and provide education that enriches lives through the creative arts.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition is accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Star Democrat, David and Katherine Kerr Allen, Kathy and Daniel Canzoniero, Jocelyn and George Eysymontt, Amy Haines and Richard Marks, Margaret Keller, Carla and Al Massoni, Catherine Collins McCoy, and Nanny Trippe. Join us for free Docent Tours every Wednesday at 11 a.m. For further information, contact the Museum at 410-822-2787 or visit academyartmuseum.org.

Academy Art Museum Capital Campaign: Opens New Doors to the Arts

As the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD celebrates 60 years of service to the community with its anniversary year, the Museum is excited to announce the public phase of its $5+ million capital campaign which will open new doors to the arts and build a legacy for the Museum. The campaign will allow the Museum to build on its achievements by expanding the reach of its educational programs and the excellence of its exhibitions and collections. The campaign’s five initiatives will enhance the Museum’s existing programs and facilities for the benefit of its audiences and the community.

The arts education initiative focuses on meeting the growing demand for the Museum’s educational programs by expanding its offerings.Today, the Museum is the leading provider of arts education in the Mid-Shore region.

Pictured is an aerial view of the Academy Art Museum’s new courtyard entrance initiative.

The museum courtyard entrance initiative focuses on relocating the Museum’s main entrance through a freshly-landscaped pathway from Harrison Street to the current Courtyard. This change will help align the Museum with the cultural corridor of Harrison Street and present a welcoming environment for over 50,000 annual visitors. Ziger/Snead is the project’s architect. The firm’s clients have included the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art and the Maryland Historical Society.

The art stewardship initiative will enable the Museum to build on its excellent exhibition history and continue to pursue shows featuring leading artists from art history and significant emerging artists, while improving the quality and diversity of its collection and enhancing its care.

The campaign’s building stewardship initiative addresses the Museum’s most urgent program and facility needs.  As a museum that combines historic structures with modern additions, significant capital funds are required to maintain the Museum’s infrastructure.

Finally, the campaign’s museum endowment initiative addresses growing the Museum’s endowment to protect its future.

Pictured is an architect’s rendering showing the relocation of the Museum’s main entrance through a freshly-landscaped pathway from Harrison Street to the current Courtyard.

According to Ben Simons, director of the Academy Art Museum, “We are very excited about the courtyard project. We are working with the Maryland Historical Trust to respect the historical fabric of the building as we put a welcoming face on the organization. We are in the planning and permitting process now for the courtyard entrance and are looking forward to construction beginning in 2019.” He adds, “We are deeply tied into the community with over 75 collaborations with community partners, non-profits and neighbors. We want our physical campus to express our relationship with the broader community.”

In addition to the physical changes to the Museum, several new programmatic initiatives are currently underway reflecting the capital campaign’s goals. These include the implementation of the Museum’s first artist-in-residence program and the hiring of the first full-time curatorial assistant.

Jocelyn Eysymontt, Co-Chair of the Museum’s Capital Campaign Committee, comments, “We are thrilled with the response to the campaign and being so close to our campaign goal. We are excited to invite the public to build on the generosity of our donors to help us in our final stage of fundraising.”

The Museum supports its annual operating budget of $1.5 million through membership fees annual giving, tuitions, grants, fundraising events, and to a modest extent the income generated from the current Endowment Fund. Board of Trustees Chair Cathy McCoy adds: “Our prior trustees had the wisdom to start the Endowment Fund and support it, putting us in a strong position on which to build. A larger endowment will better protect the Museum’s future.”

For further information about the Museum’s Capital Campaign, contact Damika Baker, Director of Development at the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Academy Art Museum Announces August Events

EXHIBITIONS
The Academy Art Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Part II: Through October 14, 2018
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays at 11 a.m., meet at Front Desk
In 1958, the Academy Art Museum opened its doors to the public as the Academy of the Arts. In 2018, the accredited Museum invites all audiences to celebrate its 60th anniversary, honoring the past and celebrating the future. Program highlights include a special two-part Diamond Exhibition, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and North America, spanning from the seventeenth century to the present. Anke Van Wagenberg, Chief Curator, has selected artworks from among the over 1400 works in the Permanent Collection for two sequential exhibitions. The Diamond Exhibition will showcase a representative range of works including prints from Rembrandt and Goya to Whistler and Picasso, and selections of our holdings in other media including painting, photography and sculpture. AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition is accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue.

Joan Miró, 1893–1983 Oiseau Zéphyr, 1960 (detail) Color lithograph, 13 5/8 x 20 7/8 in. AAM2015.030, Purchase.

Edvard Munch: Color in Context Prints from the National Gallery of Art
Through October 14, 2018
Reception: Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:30–7 p.m.
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays at 11 a.m., meet at Front Desk
In the second half of the nineteenth century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 10 prints on loan from the National Gallery of Art, that considers the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by both popular manuals that explained the science of color and theosophical writings on the visual and physical power of color, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) created works that are not just strikingly personal but charged with specific associations. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Department of Prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Mollie Berger, his Curatorial Assistant.

Edvard Munch, Kiss on the Hair, 1910s Color woodcut on wove paper block, Gift of The Epstein Family Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington 2007.1.4

Reflections: Natural and Imagined
Through August 19, 2018
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays at 11 a.m., meet at Front Desk
The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) presents a juried selection of work in various mediums inspired by the theme “Reflections.” Interpretations vary broadly from literal to figurative and may include reflections on nature, on objects, on buildings, and reflections on thought and expression, to name a few. Carla Massoni, owner of Massoni Gallery in downtown Chestertown, will serve as this year’s juror.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month – August 13
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. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

ADULT CLASSES

Composition in Nature
Instructor: Julia Rogers
2-Day Workshop: August 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $204 Non-members

Diane DuBois Mullaly

Summer Challenge– A Painting A Day for 15 Days!
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
3 weeks: August 4, 11 and 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $118 Members, $142 Non-members

Inspired by the Bay: A Painting Workshop (Oil or Acrylics)
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
3 days: August 24, 25 & 26, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $190 Members, $228 Non-members

For the Pastelist: Summer Mentoring Sessions
Mentor: Katie Cassidy
4 Sessions, August 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: 4 Sessions $110 or $35 per session drop in fee

Watercolor Techniques and Applications for Landscape
Instructor: Paul Allen Taylor
2 Day Workshop: August 16 and 17, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $180 Non-members

Matchstick Ink Line and Wash for Watercolor
Instructor: Paul Allen Taylor
1 Day Workshop, August 18, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 Members, $72 Non-members

Drop by and Mix it Up–Mixed Media
Mixed media using collage and monoprints and linocuts
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One day workshop: August 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $45 Members, $54 Non-members

Splatter, Spin & Spray: Making “Process” Art!
Ages: 3-5 years
through Thursday, August 13–16
Monday through Thursday, July 16–19, 9 a.m.–12 noon
Fees: $125 Members, $150 Non-members each week (children must be potty-trained to participate)

Wonder Women Artists Workshop
Ages 13–17
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday–Thursday, August 6–9, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 Members; $105 Non-members

Sumi-e Painting
Ages 8–14 (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday-Wednesday, August 6–8, 1–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70 Members; $80 Non-members

The World I See: A Sketchbook Journal
Ages 8–13
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Monday–Friday, August 13–17, 10 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: $130 Members; $140 Non-members

Plaster Sculpture and Design
Ages 10+
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Monday–Friday, August 20–24, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members; $125 Non-members

PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during the holidays, or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments people can make for themselves or their child.

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.
Whether you are interested in singing with a choir, becoming a soloist, getting a lead in the high school musical or community theatre production, joining a barbershop quartet, or preparing your audition for a conservatory, good singing requires a skill set that is developed over time.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit dancingontheshore.com.

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

2018 Juneteenth to Celebrate the Year of Frederick Douglass

Sankofa Dance Theatre will perform at the Juneteenth Celebration.

The Academy Art Museum proudly joins over 35 local organizations in celebrating the life of Talbot County’s most famous native son Frederick Douglass on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its annual Juneteenth Celebration. This year marks the 200th birthday of the social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman. The Museum will again partner with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society for “The Year of Frederick Douglass.”

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery. The celebration will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community. This free family event, which will include music, food, entertainment, and art-related activities, and more.

This year’s celebration will also join with the Talbot County Free Library’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Waterfowl Building (Armory) in Easton. The Festival is a one-day, rain or shine, free event that celebrates children, community, diversity, and literacy.  Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet award-winning, best-selling, multi-talented authors and illustrators as they share their stories and love of children. As in past years, the Children’s Book Festival will also serve as the kick-off event for the Talbot County Free Library’s summer reading program.  Children who sign up for the summer reading program may receive a voucher good for a free book from one of the Festival’s authors (while supplies last).

For information, visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteenth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development at (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

Academy Art Museum Gala Celebrates 60th Anniversary in Style

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD celebrated its 60th anniversary year with one of its most memorable galas. The event featured a concert by acclaimed Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves, who mesmerized guests with her performance at the Avalon Theatre. Guests then strolled down Harrison Street to the Museum for cocktails and dinner, catered by Gourmet by the Bay.

L-R: AAM Director Ben Simons, Denyce Graves, and Museum Board of Trustees member Holly Fine.

Director Ben Simons, comments, “This was a spectacular event. Guests were enchanted by Denyce Graves and enjoyed mingling, eating and socializing amidst the Museum’s impressive collection of artwork exhibited in the Museum’s galleries. It was an event that will be remembered.”

The Museum’s 60th Anniversary will continue with a 60th Birthday Party, featuring a participatory public art installation in the courtyard, to be held on September 15, 2018; followed by the Academy Art Museum Craft Show, “Dazzled!” to be held on October 19 through 21, 2018; and its Members Exhibition, with the suggested theme of “60” and held for the first time during the holiday season.

Academy Art Museum Announces Second Annual Studio Sale

Pictured are participants in the 2017 Academy Art Museum Studio Sale.

On Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host its second annual Studio Sale. The Museum’s instructors, artists and students are cleaning out their studios for this one-day sale. No work over $300. Framed and unframed drawings, paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, pottery, art prints and large quantity of art books. There will be a special sale on frames and mats from Ben Franklin Crafts and Framing. Food and music will be available. The sale offers the opportunity to purchase original art from some of the region’s best artists.

According to local artist Katie Cassidy, Educational Consultant at the Museum, “This event was so well received last year. It provides an opportunity for people to buy original art at a very reasonable price. We are excited to hold this event again at the Museum this year.”

Contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net for additional information.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan as Distinguished Chairs for AAM 60th Anniversary Gala

The Academy Art Museum has announced that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan will be the Distinguished Chairs for the Museums’ 60th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2018. In addition to the Anniversary Gala featuring Denyce Graves, the Museum is honoring its past and celebrating its future with a series of exciting events including an Anniversary Exhibition, a Public Birthday Party and Public Art Event, and its Annual Craft Show and Members’ Exhibition.

“The First Lady and I have a strong connection to the arts, and a strong commitment to promoting the arts in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “We are proud to support the Academy Art Museum, which has partnered with many prestigious art organizations over the years to offer quality exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. We commend the Museum’s leadership, staff, and volunteers for their continued community involvement and innovative programs, and we look forward to sharing in their 60th anniversary celebration.”

The Governor has proposed record funding of $21.7 million in FY 2019 for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), which provides grants, technical assistance, and other support services, for the arts, and is a significant source of annual operating support for the Museum. The First Lady is an accomplished artist and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in art shows and museums in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, South Korea and more, including an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  She has also juried numerous art exhibitions, as well as has taught art classes to patients with cancer and people with disabilities.

Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum, states, “We are thrilled to have the Governor and the First Lady as our Distinguished Chairs for the 60th Anniversary Gala. Their continued commitment to the arts and its importance in our daily lives and in building healthy and vibrant communities resonates with our organization’s mission. Having them a part of our anniversary celebration will be special.”

Known originally as The Academy of the Arts, the Museum was founded in 1958 by a group of Talbot County residents who included among others first president A. Brittain “Britt” Banghart, a painter who studied with N. C. Wyeth, and Lee Lawrie, a German émigré most famous for his 1937 Art Deco “Atlas” sculpture at Rockefeller Center in New York City. In its six decades, the Museum has undergone two major building expansions, was reborn in 1999 as the “Academy Art Museum,” and in 2003 achieved accreditation by the American Alliance (then Association) of Museums.

For further information about the Museum’s 60th Anniversary events, call Damika Baker, Director of Development, at 410-822-2787.