Tidewater Camera Club Exhibit to Open October 31

Local Port of Art in St. Michaels, MD will be exhibiting photographs by Tidewater Camera Club members beginning Saturday, October 31st through Monday November 23rd. The exhibit theme, “Spirit of the Eastern Shore”, will cover a variety of subjects, including Eastern Shore vistas, street photography, shore scenes, waterfowl, and many others reflecting the everyday beauty of life on the Eastern Shore.

The show will be professionally judged and awards will be given for the best artistic photographic work. Those with a discerning eye for art are invited to cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” award anytime between October 31st and November 7th.

Awards will be announced at the “Artists Reception,” to be held on November 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All art aficionados are invited to come and celebrate with the artists at the reception.

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Local Port of Art is a non-profit, cooperative art gallery in historic St. Michaels. This amazing two level gallery has spacious areas that include a workshop, meeting room, and studio/gallery rooms. Their goal is to provide local artists a proper venue to show work that includes jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodwork, mixed media, and sculpture. Local Port of Art is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The Tidewater Camera Club is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1963 with a current membership of 85. The club meets on the first and third Monday of each month from September through May at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton. The Club’s membership is comprised of amateur and professional photographers throughout the mid-Shore region. The Club’s mission is to educate, promote and share the enjoyment of photography. For more information, visit www.tidewatercameraclub.org.

The exhibit will be judged by David Harp, award winning photographer of the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore’s marshes and waterways.  His photo and essay collaborations with writer Tom Horton have led to a series of acclaimed books, most recently The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River.”  A new book with Horton about the Choptank River will appear in late December.

The following is a list of the Tidewater Camera Club photographers exhibiting in this extraordinary event: John Kendz, Janet Kerr, Fran Saunders, Cal Jackson, William H. Geoghegan, Ted Mueller, Larry Reese, Joe Soares, Graham Slaughter, Roger Maki, Barbara Suman, Frank Deak, Barbara Cook, Sharon Lee, Jim Campbell, Barbara Saulsbury, Joe Scukanec, George Drake, Barbara Gilbert Mary Hunt-Miller Barbara Suman, Thomas Hall, and Norman Bell.


It’s An Art Filled Summer In St. Michaels

Plein Air festivities begin on Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 AM with a free Kids Art Workshop at the St. Michaels Community Center. Tuesday, July 14th, Plein Air Kids Paint Out, a full day of fun and art starts at 11:30 AM in Muskrat Park. Sensory art, face painting, fish mobile, storytelling, puppet shows, live music and lunch are among the happenings at Muskrat Park. That evening at 5:00 PM meet and mingle with the Plein Air painters at the Starving Artists Dinner hosted by Town Dock Food & Spirits at 125 Mulberry Street in St. Michaels. This event costs $30 per person, drinks NOT included, and reservations are recommended. These events are sponsored by St. Michaels Events, St. Michaels Community Center, St. Michaels YMCA, Aida’s Victoriana Inn, Candleberry General Store, St. Luke’s Church School, and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.

St. Michaels Events is a 501c3 non-profit that has partnered with the St. Michaels Winery, St. Michaels Community Center and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, and is partially supported by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Talbot County Council and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels to offer the following activities to spur your inspiration and imagination.

July 16th 7 PM to 9 PM Sip N’ Paint at St. Michaels Winery
July 18th 9 AM to 4 PM Batik Workshop at Local Port of Art
July 30th 7 PM to 9 PM Sip N’ Paint at St. Michaels Winery
August 1st All Day Photography Class @ Local Port of Art
August 5th & August 19th 6 PM to 8 PM Painted Glassware at Local Port of Art
August 6th & August 27th 7 PM to 9 PM Sip N’ Paint at St. Michaels Winery
August 7th 6 PM to 8 PM Painted Oyster Shells, a Mommy & Me program at PWEC
August 8th 10 AM to Noon Children’s Art Class at Local Port of Art
August 15th Youth Photography Class @ Local Port of Art

Throughout the months of July and August, the Local Port of Art, along with their unique display of local art, proudly exhibits the works of Joyce Zeigler. At the opening of this exhibit, which encompasses nearly a lifetime of artwork, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the State of Maryland presented Joyce with citations from the House of Delegates and the Senate, as well as a resolution from the Governor’s office honoring the more than 50 years of service both as an artist, and lifelong activist for the arts and humanities in the state.

For more information please call 410-745-3368 or email info@stmichaelsevents.com.

St. Michaels Celebrates Plein Air

St. Michaels Events is excited to be working with the Avalon Foundation in welcoming the Plein Air Competition Artists from around the world to paint in beautiful St. Michaels and surrounding areas. “Celebrate Plein Air in St. Michaels”, will take place on July 13th & 14th, with a special children’s workshop on Sat. July 11th, prior to the two day event.

Saturday, July 11, 2015: Kids Art Workshop hosted by St. Michaels Community Center. A St. Michaels Children’s Flag will be made by children. This class is free and all children, local and tourists, are invited to help make this patchwork flag depicting what St. Michaels means to them. This flag will be on display for Plein Air Easton and hung in various places for all to see.

Monday July 13, 2015: Twilight Pre-Competition Paint Out. Invitational evening event celebrating the Arts at Aida’s Victoriana Inn, at which nationally-recognized painters will compete. A $500 Artists’ Choice Award for the painting that best depicts life in St. Michaels will be awarded.

Tuesday July 14, 2015: A full day of events begins at 11:30a.m. to be held in Muskrat Park.

Pre-registration can be made by contacting Local Port of Art at 443-205-2760 or emailing info@st.michaelsevents.com. The registration fee is $5.00 in advance or $10 at the park that day

• Plein Air Kids Paint Out. Registration opens 11:30a.m. till 2p.m.

• 12-3p.m. Children’s Painting competition and Sensory Art Program.

• 1-2p.m. Lunch served for the participants.

• 3:30p.m. Awards Ceremony. Activities throughout the day: Face Painting, Art of Balloon Making, Puppet Show, Storytelling, and Music by Helen Fegan, Emma Myers, Grace Coughlan, & Kelsey Abbot.

• 5p.m. Starving Artists’ Dinner. Jon Mason of the Town Dock Food & Spirits (125 Mulberry St. St. Michaels MD) will be hosting the dinner. This event is open to the public at $30 per person,(drinks not included) and reservations are recommended.

St. Michaels Events thanks the Commissioners of St. Michaels and our partners SMCC, CBMM, YMCA, St. Luke’s Methodist Church School, Talbot County Library St. Michaels Branch & Michaels Rotary for their participation.

This event is partially supported by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds provided by the Talbot County Council and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Warm Up Your Creative Side With Winter Classes at Local Port of Art

Mark your calendars, sign up and chase the winter blues away. Local Port of Art has a series of art classes to help you warm up your creative side while dabbling in the arts.


Instructor: Laura Howell

Tuesday, starting January 20th 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
$40/ individual class drop in fee

$240/8 week classes of your choice

Materials included

Class size limited
If you’ve never painted before and you suspect you have not artistic talent, but don’t know how to create the effects you’ve admired in watercolor books or in galleries, this class is the right class for you. You’ll study exactly how to handle the paints to get the beautiful effects only watercolor can provide.


Instructor: Laura Howell

Wednesdays starting January 21st 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays starting January 22nd 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
$40/ individual class drop in fee

$240/8 week classes of your choice

Materials included

Class size limited
If you have never done any artwork before, this is your class! If it’s been a long time since you have done art, this is your class! Oil painting is a very forgiving medium. Laura will walk you through the process and gently guide you along the way.


Instructor: Carla Long
Friday, February – 9:30 a.m – to 12:00p.m.

$45 Materials provided

Your new Tulle Wreath will create a unique, festive decoration in your home and can easily be customized. Tulle and wreath frame are provided.


Instructor: Jennifer Garner
February 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26 – 6:00 – to 8:00p.m.

$15/ individual class drop in fee.

$80/ 6 week course.

Materials provided.

This course is an opportunity for you to explore, engage and exercise creative solutions and coping skills that will bolster your ability to combat life’s stresses and issues. Come equip and express yourself with various creative means of self care in a relaxed and comfortable setting.


Instructor: Ann Farley
February 3, 18 & March 3 – Noon to 1:00p.m.

$15/ individual class drop in fee.

Bring your lunch/ Materials provided.


Tues, Feb 3

Reflections on the New Year
Wed, Feb 18

Conversation Jar
Tuesday, March 3

Bring your lunch and craft with Ann while you nibble. Ann enjoys creating whimsical works inspired by her small town & her love for all things tropical. Let her inspire you this winter!


Instructor: John Iampieri

Saturday, February 14th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

$35 Supplies/$25 Class

Screen Painting began as a new art form in 1913 and by the 1940’s there were over 300,000 painted screens on doors and windows through-out Baltimore. With the advent of air conditioning, this magical folk art fell into decline. Today there are still a few artists continuing this rich tradition. . John hopes that his screen paintings create feelings of excitement and wonder. Each student will take home a keepsake screen. ( Aprox 14″ x 18)


Instructor: Sue Stockman

Saturday, February 21st 9:30a.m – 4:00 p.m.

$40 Supplies/$80 Class

Sue’s work centers on her beliefs and encourages the use of recyclable materials and environmental awareness. Each participant will craft a small mosaic altar incorporating a wooden shelf. Altars will incorporate personal objects as well as a

wide array of supplied materials. Students will learn basic techniques needed to cut tile and glass while creating a space that reflects their internal journey. Come

explore and have some fun this February and leave with a beautiful mosaic altar for your special photos and objects.

Gilbert Byron is the Subject for St. Michaels Brown Bag

Jacques Baker, author of the biography of Gilbert Byron’s life and work will be the speaker for the Brown Bag Lunch at St. Michaels Library on Monday, Dec 1, 2014 at noon.

Baker will speak about how he came to know Gilbert Byron; why and how he wrote the biography; and why he believes it is important to keep the memory and work of Gilbert Byron
before today’s’ readers. The goal of Mr. Baker has been to preserve Byron’s Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Regional Literary Legacy.

The Brown Bag Lunch events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy coffee and desert provided by the library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information you can call (410) 745-5877 or visit the library website at www.tcfl.org

Local Port of Art Announces New Art Classes

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Jenn Wagner, mosaic

St. Michaels Events is proud to announce our schedule for Mosaic Classes and Sip N’ Paint class to be held at Local Port of Art, in the heart of St. Michaels in the historic district, at 210 S Talbot St.


Jen Wagner a professional mosaic artist and art educator will be teaching the Mosaic classes on Wednesday ( 6:00-8:00PM) & Sundays(12-4:00PM) . Her mosaics can be found in many parts of the United States in private residences, community organizations, schools, restaurants and salons. Some of her murals can be found right in St. Michaels MD. Her unique talent and experience in this field can be seen in her teaching and in the end product of which each student completes and takes home. This class is unique and made for all levels from beginners to experienced artist. Jen helps you create your idea in a piece of mosaic art and allows you the freedom to develop it at your convenience. The drop in classes allows you to pick up the pieces and complete them at your leisure without the pressure of rushing or feeling left behind. This class does require pre-registration as space is limited and all the equipment needed is provided for you. Jen Wagner also offers private groups & children’s classes.


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Vickie L. Fisher is a local Artist who specializes in nautical scenes of the enchanting Chesapeake Bay. She was born a waterman’s child and raised on Tilghman’s Island, Maryland. As a young girl she would often sit on the family pier and watch the Tilghman Island work boats diligently go to work. Sketching the shore lines throughout her youth and her art classes at St. Michaels High School had guided her to follow through with continuing to study the arts at Chesapeake College. Currently Vickie Fisher uses a diverse variety of medium’s consisting of acrylics, enamels, glass paint, and pencil art. Many of her works of art can be found in Galleries throughout the Eastern Shore. Her passion for the arts is evident in her pieces and in her teachings.

Come join her on Thursdays for the Sip N’ Paint class and enjoy your favorite glass of wine while re-creating a featured painting of the night. This is a B.Y.O.B event. All needed supplies will be provided. The goal is to offer a fun and creative outlet to adults in a relaxed environment. The studio offers clients a fun and easy way to uncork their inner artist. At each event, an instructor guides the participants step by step through recreating the featured painting, it doesn’t require art experience and can be completed within two hours – all while listening to music and sipping art and inspiring wine or your favorite beverage. Thursdays 6-8PM.

Grab your friends, your favorite beverage & snacks and join us every Thursday in September & October. Classes are $35 per person.

Payment is due ahead of time to hold your spaces due to popularity. Class sizes are limited, please contact info@stmichaelsevents.com/ 443-205-2760 to guarantee your seat. If you would like to book a private party with us, please call for more information.


A Weekend A-Fair in St. Michaels, Sept. 19-20

Come one come all to enjoy a weekend of good old fashion fun. The town is celebrating the changing of the seasons and our love for our town. The event is open to the public free of admission charge.

2014 Fair (2)“Art A Fair”

Location: Muskrat Park for Friday evening

Friday: Sept 19, 2014 from 4:30 to 8:00PM (rain or shine)

Join our wonderful local artisans to enjoy an evening of art and music. Featuring our Talbot County Youth and their wonderful talent.

“A Fair on Fremont”

Location: Fremont Street, Saint Michaels MD

Saturday: Sept 20, 201 12PM-6PM Rain Date: Sunday – Sept 21, 2013 12-5PM

This community function on Freemont, hopes to gather residents and visitors to celebrate the changing of the seasons. We have invited many of our Talbot county non-profits, street vendors, restaurants & retailers to take part in this event.

There will be music, family activities, games, local street vendors & a beer garden.

Saint Michaels businesses and residents are coming together to celebrate our town. Good old fashion small town fun for all to enjoy. Fremont Street will be transformed into a giant town block party brimming with all kinds of fun stuff to do. Come out to enjoy a day of good old fashion small town fun.

Music from The Soulful Tones Band, Kenny Knopp, Uncle Ward, Kenny Haddaway, Emma Myers & Kelsey Abbott for your listening and dancing enjoyment.

A few of the non-profit organizations in attendance: Destination Imagination, Talbot Humane Society, Phillips Warf Environmental Center, SMYLE, DARE Program, Talbot Partnership, YMCA, Talbot Mentors and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

A Beer Garden for your enjoyment along with food to enjoy. Town Dock, Marcoritaville Bar & Grill & Sam’s Pizzeria restaurant will be there dishing up a wide selection of delicious food such as oysters, sausage and peppers, turkey legs, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs & hamburgers. Justine’s Ice Cream and the Bakery Girl will have dessert.

There will be attractions for everyone. Cascading Carlos will amaze you with his juggling skills and you can join Tommy “Tom Tom” Buckets and his wild music style. Sign up for the Chalk the Block contest. The Kid’s Zone will be set up at the St. Michaels Library with puppet shows, hands-on activities and learning experiences for children of all ages. Fremont Street will be lined with dozens of vendors offering a wide-array of unique hand-made products, art and trend setting products.

Our Sponsors: Aida’s Victoriana Inn, Candleberry General Store, Trissell Consulting, PNC, Avon Dixon Insurance Agency, SMYLE & Talbot County Free Library St. Michaels Branch.


Local Port of Art Now Offering Children’s Art Classes

St. Michaels Events is excited to announce the first in a series of art classes that will take place at the Local port of Art located at 210 S Talbot Street in historic St. Michaels. “Masterworks for Minis” is geared towards children ages 4 and up. Classes will take place this summer starting Saturday, June 28, July 12 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30th from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The class will be limited to 20 children per class. Children must be accompanied by an adult and prices cover the adult, child & supplies. Residents of Talbot county $20; non-residents $30.

Each session will begin with children observing and discussing a featured artwork of a master artist that showcase unique technique. The class will recreate a piece of art that will mimic the technique of a master artist and will allow the children to explore and create their own styles & creativity on their level.

The idea of how artists depict movement in art will be reinforced as the children create dynamic art of their own. The best part of this course is interaction with parents and/or guardian which not only strikes the interest of art in the young but also strengthens the bond/relationship of those who attend with them.

The instructor, Deena Deese Kilmon, currently of Easton MD, hails from the Tarheel state and still likes calling North Carolina home. At the present time she is in media sales but never strays too far from her creative side.

A yearly competitor in the St Michaels Giant Pumpkin carving for the last 15 years, she happily paints in watercolor and acrylics, carves watermelons, dabbles in fine miniatures and bead making. She was the ArtReach Coordinator for the renowned outreach program at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD from 2000-2006 and brought thousands of children to the museum during that time. She studied art and history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys designing children’s curriculums that merge both disciplines. She encourages students to understand that the history of the world is in art and that the study of both helps understand a particular time or place.

Kilmon has two children and is married to a member of one of the old Bay Hundred families. She is a former board member of the St. Michaels Museum and a past director of the St. Michaels Community Center. She currently sits on the board of the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center in Tilghman Island. She is inspired by our natural environment and rich traditions on the Shore. One of her current focus points is reverence of hand crafted meals, farm-to-table dining, eating locally produced food and paying homage to that construct and what it means to us culturally and economically.

Non-Profit Cooperative Art Gallery Focusing on Local Artisans

St. Michaels Events has opened a non-profit cooperative art gallery “Local Port of Art” in historic St. Michaelw. Located in the heart of the retail/historic district at 210 S. Talbot Street, it opened in mid-May. This amazing two level gallery has spacious areas that also include a workshop, meeting room and studio/gallery rooms. Featuring Lisa Pierson, Lee Boynton, Jenn Wagner & art from the collection of Gerald “Bud” Cochran.

The vision for the Gallery is to be a year round sales and exhibition space for members, as well as play host to small group shows, solo shows, fundraisers, benefits and outreach shows to help engage and pull the community together.

“We are thrilled to be involved in this project,” says Marianne Stallsmith, owner of the Candleberry General Store, a 10 year business owner a partner in this venture. “I think the community will be very pleased at the variety and quality of the art work we have to offer. There will be something in every price range and contact information for every artist will be available for custom orders.”

The goal is to provide local artist a proper venue to show their work together in an open environment. Space is limited and participating artists will be selected through a jurying process designed to create a high-quality collection of artwork in jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodwork, mixed media and sculpture.

“It is exciting to be part of this project,” says Aida Trissell, owner of Aida’s Victoriana Inn for the past 9 years and one of the four partners bringing this project to town. Last year we started St. Michaels Events 501(c) with the mission to build a strong community partnership to promote tourism and economic development in the fields of arts & education and we feel that this is putting us one step closer to our vision. We are dividing the work and sharing in the fun and enthusiasm to create a successful art gallery for all the artists and the community.

Local Port of Art looks forward to collaborating with other art factions in the community for future events and welcomes new member applications. Applications are available in person at the shop and via email: info@stmichaelsevents.com

Cooperative Art Gallery Opening in St. Michaels

St. Michaels Events is opening, a non-profit cooperative art gallery in historic St. Michael on Talbot Street in mid-May that will provide a venue for St. Michaels and the Tri-state area artists to display and sell their work.

The gallery will be located in the heart of the retail/historic district at 210 S Talbot Street. This amazing location is spacious and will house a two-level gallery with additional workshop space, meeting room and studio/gallery rooms.

Come join us this upcoming weekend during Winefest in St. Michaels and meet some of the areas local artisans. The gallery will be hosting the Arts in Easton Banner Auction Program the work of the Avalon Foundation. Bridget Whited, Talbot Country Teacher of the Year, will be bringing some of our very talented St. Michaels High School Art Students. This weekend’s exhibit will give our local residents, visitors and interested artists an opportunity for a sneak-peak at our location.

Local Port of Art welcomes artists applications for those who may be interested in exhibiting their work. Applications are available in person at the shop and all work will be juried.