SMAL at the Talbot County Fair

The St. Michaels Art League will be at the Talbot County Fair on July 11, 12th and 13th to provide guided drawing and painting of farm animals.  The league will provide all materials needed: acrylic paints, panels, brushes, etc.  Hours are 4-8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12-6pm on Saturday.

“Proud Mom”, oil painting by Kathy Kopec

In addition, on Saturday the 13th from 12-6pm there will be an art show of farm themed work by SMAL members in the picnic pavilion. First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded by People’s Choice. Come out and support your local artists by voting for your favorite painting!

The fair is located at 10659 Hiners Lane in Easton. Admission is $5.00 per car.This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council.  For more information call Beth Wright at 202-264-0724 or visit smartleague.org.

SMAL at the Talbot County Fair

“Bovine Buttercups” by Beth Wright

The St. Michaels Art League will be at the Talbot County Fair on July 11, 12th and 13th to provide guided drawing and painting of farm animals.  The league will provide all materials needed: acrylic paints, panels, brushes, etc.  Hours are 4-8pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12-6pm on Saturday.  In addition, there will be an art show of farm themed work by SMAL members on Saturday the 13th in the picnic pavilion.  The fair is located at 10659 Hiners Lane in Easton. Admission is $5.00 per car.This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council.  For more information call Beth Wright at 202-264-0724 or visit smartleague.org.

SMAL Invites You to Summer “Arty Party”!

George Hamilton

If you drive or walk down Talbot St. in St. Michaels on any weekend, you may have noticed various artists painting on the porch of the former A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels.

Due to the generosity of the owner of the former A.M. Gravely Gallery, the league has been using the space this summer to feature artwork by SMAL members. The changing exhibit features up to ten artists every weekend. Various mediums are represented with an emphasis on local scenery and subjects. Artwork is for sale.

To celebrate our good fortune, the League invites the public to a reception on July 5th from 5-7:30 pm to meet the artists. Light refreshments will be provided.

The former Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. Regular exhibit hours are 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays this summer.

For more information visit smartleague.org.

Art Hunt Returns to St. Michaels

Watercolor by Jo Merrill

A summer tradition in St. Michaels, the Art Hunt is a scavenger hunt for artwork “hidden” in various businesses throughout town beginning July 1st  and ending July 31st.  Paintings by St. Michaels Art League members are placed in stores, along with cards listing the paintings and the participating merchants.  Visitors take the cards to the participating stores and have the merchant mark the card when a painting is spotted.  Find 12 of the 20 paintings listed and present the card at Justine’s Ice Cream to receive a free ice cream cone! Fun for the whole family! Paintings are also for sale.

Justine’s is located at 106 N. Talbot St. in St. Michaels.  This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Announces Weekend Art Show in St. Michaels

Oil Painting “Reflections” by Abby Ober, one of the featured artists

The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce an art show and sale on weekends only at the former Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels.

The exhibit features several award-winning artists in various mediums and subjects, with a focus on local landscapes and subjects.

The former Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels.  Exhibit hours are 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays.

For more information visit smartleague.org.

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 tenth 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.

St. Michaels Middle High School Students with their banner paintings: L-R: Eve Yacopino, Lillian Muckelroy, Georgia Kline and Elizabeth Scharch

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 Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council assist with partial funding for many of the League’s community-oriented events including the banners. Support from the Councils also help Students from local schools participate in the Banner program. This year’s grant covered the cost to produce four banners from AP art students at St. Michaels Middle High School. Under the tutelage of their teacher Bridget Whited, artwork by Eve Yacopino, Lillian Muckelroy, Georgia Kline and Elizabeth Scharch is featured along with SMAL artists.

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.

SMAL Announces Weekend Art Shows in St. Michaels

“Reflections” by Abby Ober

The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce an art show and sale featuring different artists each month at the former Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels. The show will be open on weekends only.

Memorial Day weekend marks the first opening with hours on Saturday the 25th from 10am-4pm, Sunday the 26th from 12-4pm and Monday the 27th from 12-4pm. The show hours will be the same for all other weekends during the summer (Saturdays and Sundays only after Memorial Day).

The exhibit and sale features several award winning artists in various mediums and subjects, chiefly local scenery and subjects.

The former Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels.

For more information visit smartleague.org.

SMAL Announces Winners of 2019 Original “Celebrate St. Michaels” Banner Art

The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 “Celebrate St. Michaels” original banner artwork show.

The banner art was judged by Johnny Mautz, Maryland House of Delegates Representative for District 37B. Mr. Mautz is a resident of St. Michaels and he also manages the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels. First place awards were given in two categories:Excellence in Artistry and Graphic Design.

Photo: L to R – Delegate Johnny Mautz, Beth Wright, President SMAL and Shauna Beulah, Branch Mgr. of the St. Michaels Library,standing next to the two First Place winners – Deborah McFarlin’s on the left and Kevin Snelling’s on the right.

First place in the category of Excellence in Artistry went to Deborah McFarlin for her watercolor titled “Watchful Eye.”  First Place for Graphic Design went to Kevin Snelling for his multi-media work titled “Here in Bay Hundred.” In addition, an Honorable Mention went to Eve Yacopino for her acrylic painting “Kadan.” Eve is an AP Art Student at St. Michaels Middle High School and participates in the banner program along with three other SMMHS students. The cost to produce the student banners is covered by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council.

You can see all the banner art that will be displayed on the town utility poles at the St. Michaels Library through April 30th during regular library hours: Monday and Thursday 9am-8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-6pm; and Friday/Saturday 9am-5pm. Original banner artwork is for sale. For more information go to smartleague.org or call 410-745-5146.  This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

St. Michaels Art League Members Show

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) Members Show will be held at the St. Michaels Library during regular library hours May 1-31.

The exhibit of original artwork in various mediums includes landscapes, figurative and architectural subjects and more; from abstract to realistic.  Artwork may be purchased directly through the artist.

Last year’s winner “Sheep Barns” by George Hamilton.

The show will be judged and awards given by Wallace McGarry.  Mr. McGarry is a native Washingtonian now retired on the Eastern Shore. He studied art at Chounard Art Institute in Los Angeles before starting a successful 35- year career in advertising and illustration in California. He has taught many classes and workshops on oil painting and now paints mostly for pleasure, exhibiting in many local art shows.

The library is located at 106 Fremont Street in St. Michaels and the exhibit is free to the public. Library hour are 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.

For more information about the exhibit contact Valerie Sunderland at 410-598-5548 or visit smartleague.org. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Announces Winners of “Springtime in St. Michaels” Exhibit

“Reflections” by Abby Ober

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) has announced the winners of the “Springtime in St. Michaels” exhibit at the former A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels, with first place going to Abby Ober for her oil painting “Reflections.”

Second Place went to Rhonda Ford for “Easter Bonnet” and third to Kathy Kopec for “On Silvan Creek.”

Honorable mentions went to Lee D’Zmura for “Daffodils” and Joan Hart for “Still Life with Starfish.”

The exhibit will be open on weekends through the end of April and includes work in oil, pastels, watercolor and other mediums for sale.  The gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.  For more information visit smartleague.org.

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