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.

St. Michaels Art League Meeting Open to the Public

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is offering an opportunity to attend an evening meeting – open to the public – on Monday, April 8 from 6-8:30p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, 103 Willow St., in St. Michaels.  All are welcome.

The meeting features a presentation by award winning oil painter Debra Howard. Debra has won numerous awards as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters. She was chosen as artist in residence for the Tangier Island History Museum, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, South Carolina State Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve.  Her presentation will feature a demonstration including her tips and observations for creating successful plein air paintings. To see examples of Debra Howard’s work visit artistdebrahoward.com.

The St. Michaels Art League has a lot to offer. In a casual, friendly and supportive atmosphere, 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 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.

Painting by Debra Howard

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, 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 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.

Traditionally, monthly meetings are held during the day, however, those who work haven’t been able to attend. Those who are curious about membership will have the ability to attend this special event featuring Debra Howard and learn more about the league. Refreshments will be available.

For more information visit smartleague.org or contact Beth Wright at 202-264-0724; or info@smartleague.org. These programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Original Banner Art Show at St. Michaels Library

The St. Michaels Art League is pleased to announce an exhibition of the original artwork used to create the 2019 “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners that will be displayed on the town utility poles beginning in April.

The show will be judged by Johnny Mautz, Maryland House of Delegates Representative for District 37B. Mr. Mautz is a resident of St. Michaels and the manager of the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.  Separate Awards will be given in the categories of artistic merit and graphic design.

The exhibit includes banner art created by four AP art students from St. Michaels Middle High School: Elizabeth Scharch, Eve Yacopino, Lillian Muckelroy and Georgia Kline, all students of Bridget Whited, Visual Arts Educator. The cost of the student banners is covered by the League through a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council.

The banner artwork will be displayed April 3-30 at the St. Michaels Library 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 Celebrates Daffodil Fest!

A painting of Daffodils by SMAL artist Joan Cranor of Hurlock, MD is being offered in a raffle by “St. Michaels in Bloom” as part of the Daffodil Festival in St. Michaels on Saturday, March 30th. Tickets are available at the festival’s main tent on Talbot St. between Cherry and Mill Streets. The painting is on display in the window of Chesapeake Trading Co. located at 102 S. Talbot St.

The Art League is also holding a pop-up Art Gallery in conjunction with the Daffodil Festival, to include a variety of springtime themed art in various mediums. The Art Show and sale will be at the former A.M. Gravely Gallery located at 408 S. Talbot St. in St. Michaels. Gallery hours are 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31.  For more information visit smartleague.org.

Free Watercolor Instruction Video Series at St. Michaels Library

The St. Michaels Art League and the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library are pleased to present a free instructional video series by the popular, nationally known watercolor artist Janet Rogers.

Three instructional videos will be presented: “Expressive Watercolor Portraits”, “Expressive Watercolor Florals” and “Watercolor Rhythms with Figures” on January 17, 24 and 31, respectively; all from 1-3pm.

In her video “Expressive Watercolor Portraits” on January 17th, Janet Rogers teaches her intuitive methods to create fresh, expressive portraits.  She demonstrates a unique approach of letting the watercolor dance around the paper, using values and colors to bring the subject to life.

For the video “Expressive Watercolor Florals” on January 24th, she uses a series of playful exercises, showing how to capture the essence of flowers. Three flower demonstrations will be presented: “Roses”, “Iris and Daisies”, and “Sunflowers”.

For the last video on January 31st, “Watercolor Rhythms with Figures”, she will demonstrate six different subjects.  She begins with warm ups, focusing on painting quickly with color and shapes to capture gesture and motion; “discovering the rhythms”.

These courses are FREE and open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary and no registration is needed.  Participants may paint along or just observe. Please contact Camille Woodbury at camille@tilmac.com or 410-253-3262 if you plan to attend.  More information is also available at smartleague.org.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

SMAL Announces Awards in Their First Photography Show

Photo by Lainie Wrightson: Wonderfully Weathered

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is pleased to announce the winners of their first Photography Show. Ted Mueller, A professional photographer based in Easton and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, served as judge.

Several categories of photography were included in the show: digital, fine art photography, and computer enhanced photos.

First Place went to Lainie Wrightson for her color photo, “Wonderfully Weathered”. The second place award went to Kathy Kopec for her black and white photo titled,”Picking Corn”.  Third place went to Martin Zell’s entry, “Around Where I Live “. Three Honorable Mentions went to photos by Molly Malkus, George Merrill and Barbara Saulsbury.

The show is on view at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Library from October 1st until October 31st, during regular Library hours: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p. m.  Photography on display may be purchased through the artists.

For more information on SMAL visit www.smartleague.org.

October Photography Show at the St. Michaels Library

The St. Michaels Art League announces its first Photography show at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library during the month of October.

Photo by Martin Zell

The show is judged by Ted Mueller of Easton, a graduate of New York Institute of photography who works in digitally enhanced photographic art as well as photo journalism and photographic fine art. His work has been on display throughout the Mid Shore region.

The Photography will be on display at the St. Michaels Library from October 1 until October 31. Works are available for sale through the artists. The library is located at 106 Freemont Street, St. Michaels and is free to the public. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9am-8 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am.-6pm; and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information contact Mary Ellen Mabe at 419-745-6436 or visit Smartleague.org.

SMAL Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale; Artist Demonstrations

Join members of the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) for their biggest event, the annual “Under the Tent” Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale. The event takes place at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located at 304 South Talbot St. in St. Michaels. It is free and open to the public. Show Hours are 10am to 5pm Saturday and 12:30 to 5 pm Sunday.

Artwork by more than thirty SMAL artists in multiple mediums is featured. Hundreds of works depicting local scenes are for sale. This is your opportunity to purchase original artwork by many award winning SMAL artists.

“Dinnertme on Long Haul Creek” by Judy Bittorf

This year’s event features demonstrations by SMAL members in watercolor and oil. Joan Cranor will show her approach to creating an abstract painting in watercolor; Judy Bittorf will focus on aerial perspectives in landscape oils, and Lee D’Zmura will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques used to create botanical art.

Original artwork for many of the designs for the 2018 “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners that hang on Talbot Street will be for sale, as well as original street banners from previous years.

Come meet the artists and find out more about the St. Michaels Art League and its activities!

For more information visit smartleague.org or contact Scott Sullivan at scott@scottsullivanstudio.com.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Children’s Art Day in St. Michaels Featuring “Fishmobile”

If you’re looking for a fun, educational way to spend time with the kids or grandkids, don’t miss “Children’s Art Day” in St. Michaels, Saturday, September 22nd , 9am-12pm.  The event takes place on the lawn of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 304 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD.

The event is free and open to all children K-8th grade. The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) supplies all materials needed: acrylic paints, panels, brushes, easels, etc. SMAL members will be on hand to assist and guide the budding artists.  Old clothes are suggested.

This year the Fishmobile, a traveling aquarium from Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, will be on hand.  Kids can tour the Fishmobileto learn about bay creatures and perhaps be inspired to paint them!

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. Supplies donated by Ben Frankln Craft Store in Easton.  For more information visit smartleague.org or contact Joan Cranor: jjcranor@gmail.com.

St. Michaels Art League Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale

Ann Allbeury Hock Banner “Racing on the Miles”

Join members of the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) for their biggest event, the annual “Under the Tent” Labor Day Weekend Show and Sale. The event takes place Saturday, September 1st and Sunday  September 2nd at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located at 304 South Talbot St. in St. Michaels. It is free and open to the public. Show Hours are 10am to 5pm Saturday and 12:30 to 5 pm Sunday.

Artwork by more than thirty SMAL artists in multiple mediums is featured. Hundreds of works depicting local scenes are for sale. This is your opportunity to purchase original artwork by many award winning SMAL artists. Come meet the artists and find out more about the St. Michaels Art League and its activities. See demonstrations in various mediums such as acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, and colored pencils on mylar.

Many of the framed designs for the “Celebrate St. Michaels” banners that hang on Talbot Street will be for sale, as well as original street banners from previous years.

For more information contact Scott Sullivan at scott@scottsullivanstudio.com.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. Information on SMAL may be found at www.smartleague.org.

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