SMAL Announces Members’ Show Award Winners

Award winners for the St. Michaels Art League Members’ Show were chosen by Easton Artist and Troika Gallery co-owner, Laura Era. Laura is nationally known for her commissioned portrait work which hangs in galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe.

First place went to George Hamilton for his Impressionistic oil painting, “Sheep Barns”. ” Wing Up”, a representational oil by Deborah McFarlin, was awarded Second Place.  Anne Allbeury Hock’s, “Adirondack Falls”, which captured the light and colors of the mountains was chosen for third place.

“Sheep Barns” by George Hamilton

Honorable mentions went to: “Bee Man”, by Jane Anderson, and June Hock’s “Egret”.

The exhibit of original art can be seen in the gallery of the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library at 106 Fremont St. until May 31st during regular library hours: Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  Art work may be purchased directly through the artist.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Mary Ellen Mabe at 410 745 6436 or visit This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

St. Michaels Banner Program a Community Effort

When the banners fly on Talbot Street, it’s one of the first signs that the St. Michaels community will soon be entering the full swing of summer recreation that brings thousands of tourists to this charming harbor town.  From one end of Talbot Street to the other, colorful banners delight visitors and residents with depictions of iconic boating scenes, crabs, local wildlife, and all the summer fun for which St. Michaels is so well known.

This annual event, now in its ninth year, is made possible through the support of many individuals, businesses, and organizations.  The banner artwork is created by members of the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL), but that is just the beginning.

The collaboration kicks off early in Winter as SMAL artists create paintings in various media in the required banner format.  Then the painted images go into production.  Kevin Snelling, proprietor of Creative XPressions scans the paintings and sends them to Sharper Graphics, located in Easton, where Bob Porter produces the banners.  Price’s Yacht Canvas Shop in St. Michaels then sews the banners back to back, readying them for hanging on Talbot utility poles. Finally, Curtis Short and his crew from Choptank Electric Cooperative hang the colorful banners in April, just as Springtime emerges from the cold and wind.  Choptank Electric Cooperative has been an enthusiastic partner in the banner program since its inception.

Kevin Snelling, at Creative XPressions in St. Michaels continues his support of SMAL artists by offering poster versions in his Talbot street shop.  Tourists and art patrons can purchase dramatic art pieces for modest prices.   A portion of sales is returned to the artist and the Art League.  Many of the images are the products of award winning artists.  The prize this year for Best Graphic Design was awarded to Anne Allbeury-Hock for “Racing on the Miles” and June Hock’s “St. Michaels Creek” won Best Artistic Merit.

The Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council assist with partial funding for the League’s community-oriented events including the banners, a children’s Art Day, and an “Art Hunt” that inspires visitors to tour the sponsoring shops that line the streets. Support from the Councils also help Students from local schools participate in the Banner program.

While the Art League’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of art and members’ artistic professionalism, the town continues to benefit from the economic promotion that a lively arts scene engenders.  Art enthusiasts should look forward to the Labor Day Show in St. Michaels, where many of the original banner paintings and actual street banners are offered for sale.

The banners are taken down in November, just a few short months before the process begins anew.

Kevin Snelling, a local merchant, produces posters of the banner images which are available for purchase at Creative XPressions on South Talbot Street.

St. Michaels Art League Member’s Show this May

The St. Michaels Art League will showcase original artwork created exclusively by League members during the month of May at the St. Michaels Library. The show will be judged by Laura Era, co-owner of the well-known Troika Gallery of Easton, Maryland. Laura is best known for her commissioned portraits and her work hangs in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She also teaches classes in her Easton studio.

Arlene Zachmann painting called ‘Heidi’

The exhibit of original art, open to all mediums, will be on display in the gallery located in the back of the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library from Tuesday, May 1 until Thursday, May, 31. Artwork may be purchased directly through the artist.

The library is located at 106 Freemont Street, St. Michaels and the exhibit is free to the public. Hours the exhibit can be viewed are Monday and Thursday, 9 am – 8 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am – 6pm; and Friday and Saturday 9am – noon.

For more information about the library exhibit, contact Mary Ellen Mabe at 410-745-6436 or visit This program is funded in part a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Invites All Artists and Art Lovers!

Are you an artist or an art lover, but are not actively involved in an art organization that holds meetings during the day because you work full-time? Have you always wanted to try your hand at art, but not sure where to start? The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is offering an opportunity for you to attend an evening meeting – open to the public – on Monday April 9 from 6-8:30pm at Christ Church Parish Hall, 103 Willow St., St. Michaels, MD.

The meeting will feature a presentation by Julia Rogers. She is an oil painter, primarily of African Wildlife Species and landscapes featuring the Eastern Shore.  She was the featured artist at the 2017 Waterfowl Festival in Easton.

The St. Michaels Art League has a lot to offer. In a casual, friendly and supportive atmosphere, you can enjoy a variety of monthly demonstrations by award winning artists in oil, pastel, sculpture, watercolor, colored pencil, ink wash, etc., geared toward improving the technical skills of its members. The league offers classes and workshops with regional and nationally acclaimed artists, and the opportunity to display and sell artwork at open and juried galleries in Talbot County.  Members have the option to participate in the annual “Under the Tent Labor Day Show”. This premier event is an opportunity to display and sell your work, and draws many residents and tourists every year.

The League is an integral part of the community and collaborates with St. Michaels businesses through such programs as the Summer Art Hunt in July. The Art Hunt draws tourists and residents into the stores of participating merchants on a scavenger hunt to find paintings by members with a free ice cream at Justine’s Ice Cream Parlor as the prize. SMAL is also partnered with the Academy Art Museum, Candleberry Gallery, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Christ Church, A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and the town of St. Michaels.

In September, “Children’s Art Day” invites children from all over the mid-shore for a plein air painting experience with the guidance of league artists on the lawn of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. SMAL members also create the “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners depicting local scenes that are displayed on the town utility poles from April to November.  These are some, but not all, of the events and activities of the league!

Despite their name, the SMAL includes members from all over the Mid-Shore and beyond.  Members  represent a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, painting, pastels, photography, fiber art, pottery and more.

Curious? Please join SMAL for this special evening event, watch the demo, and learn more about the League. Refreshments  will be available. For more information, go to, or contact Beth Wright at 410-886-1100;  or send an email to These programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Exhibit of Banner Artwork in April

Fasolor Banner entitled “At Ease”

The St. Michaels Art League exhibit of original banner artwork for 2018 will be held at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library located at 106 Fremont St., St. Michaels, April 4th – April 30th during regular library hours.  This exhibit features the original artwork created by SMAL artists used to produce the “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners that will hang from the light poles downtown during the months of April through November.   Separate Awards are given in the categories of artistic merit and graphic design. Original banner artwork is for sale. For more information go to or call 410-745-5146. Sponsored by TCAC & MSAC.

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.

St. Michaels Art League Meeting February 19

St. Michaels Art League will be having a meeting on February 19th, 9:30am-12pm, at Christ Church Parish Hall, Willow St., across from the church. Public invited. Non-members interested in finding out more about the league welcome. Guest artist: Daniel Riesmeyer, painter. For more info go to

A Free Video Course at St. Michaels Library February 15

The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library are pleased to offer a FREE video course:“Mark Making and Drawing” with Dawn Emerson. One session Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10 to noon at the St Michaels Library.

If you want to enhance your drawing skills and make your art more creative and free, this course is for you. Using pencil, ink and pastel, Emerson gives you permission to use your imagination while building on solid art principles – composition, line, shape, texture and more. You will find Emerson to be an energetic, inspiring instructor. This course is a great way to hone new skills and loosen up!

Bring your own materials to draw along (sketch pad, pencils or charcoal) or just watch. You will also learn how to make a simple monotype using water miscible oil on a plastic plate.

The course is FREE and open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary and no prior registration is needed.  For more information go to or contact Camille Woodbury at or 410-253-3262.

Drawing the Classical Figure – A FREE Video Course with Robert Liberace

The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library are pleased to present a free video course, “Drawing the Classical Figure” by Robert Liberace. The video course will be presented in the St. Michaels Library on four Friday mornings, 10 am to noon, beginning January 5, 2018 and ending January 26, 2018.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn the techniques of figure drawing by a master artist and teacher. Robert Liberace is an inspiring, informative and entertaining instructor. The course will focus on classical figure drawing inspired by the masters – Da Vinci and Michaelangelo.  Students can expect to learn basic figure drawing in simple step by step lessons.

Artists should bring a large sketch pad, pencils, conte or pastel crayons and follow along, or if you prefer, just watch!

The course is FREE and open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary.

For more information go to or call Marianne Kost at 410-745-5146.

Winners of St. Michaels Art League Member Show “Around the Town”

A month long art show titled “Around the Town” was held in October at the St Michaels Library. The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce the winners of this show that was judged by Brad Ross of the Art Academy Museum

“Sunset from the Drawbridge” by Sandy Alanko

The first place winner was Sandy Alanko for “Sunset from the Drawbridge”; Second place was Kathie Rogers for “Flow Blue”, and third place went to Arlene Zachmann for “Autumn on the Porch”.  Honorable mentions were also awarded to Leah Bell for “Pride”; Camille Woodbury for “Fall Leaves”; and Anne Allbeury Hock for “Bar Neck Cove House”.

This program and many of the programs for the league are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Visit for more information on the league and its events.