Carpe Diem Arts: Duo Blanco y Negro De Cuba

Carpe Diem Arts presents Dúo Blanco y Negro on May 26, 5:00pm. One-hour concert followed by wine and cheese reception with the artists. The concert will take place at Contemporary Tapestry Weaving Studio & Gallery, 5592 Poplar Lane, Royal Oak (near the Bellevue landing of the Oxford Ferry).

Take a trip to Cuba with Dúo Blanco y Negro.  Enjoy the polyrhythmic percussion, guitars, melodious melodies and vocal harmonies of Yenobis Delgado and Edwin Rivera, and experience Cuban music, considered by many to be one of the richest and most influential musics of the world.

The reception and concert setting alone are worth the price of admission. Delight in the beauty of Ulrika Leander’s tapestry studio and gallery. Make it an afternoon outing and include the 10-minute ferry crossing to Oxford and back to Bellevue, on the oldest, privately owned and operated Oxford Ferry, established in 1683.  Visit historic Oxford and treat yourselves to crab soup at the historic Robert Morris Inn, ice cream cones at the famous Scottish Highland Creamery on the harbor, or sandwiches from the General Store on Morris Street, and have a picnic across the street in the beautiful waterside park.

Tickets are $25, or $15 for students and low-income; or free in exchange for volunteer hours in support of Carpe Diem Arts. 

Carpe Diem’s Music in the Gallery series is made possible with support from the Dock Street Foundation, and by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

More info:

301-466-0183 / Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore

Forest Music Returns June 6 to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum joins the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 6 when the NewBassoon Institute performs Forest Music.

Positioning themselves throughout the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of one another, these innovative musicians will engage in a musical conversation that winds throughout the trees. Following the forest performance, there will be a brief concert at the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Forest Music is free, though donations are welcome. Light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar will be available. Advance registration is appreciated at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The NewBassoon Institute is an annual workshop taught by “bassoon supergroup” Dark in the Song. The workshop focuses on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques and pedagogy, with the aim of teaching a new generation of open-minded players and bringing the bassoon and bassoon ensembles to the forefront of 21st-century music-making.

The National Music Festival brings together inspiring mentors and the next generation of gifted musicians, providing education, scholarships and affordable, adventurous public performances in and around Chestertown, Md., for two weeks each June. This year’s Festival is June 2–15. Visit for more information.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Memorial Day Music at the Oxford Community Center

Sammy Miller & The Congregation to perform Saturday night

Memorial Day weekend just got a little more fun, thanks to Sammy Miller & The Congregation’s upcoming show at the Oxford Community Center.

The widely-popular Jazz on the Chesapeake concert series returns on Saturday, May 25th, with a lively, energetic performance of jazz music that feels as good as it sounds.

Rooted in swing, the group’s portfolio spans the American songbook with toe-tapping rhythms and an all-around feel-good vibe—fittingly self-described as “joyful jazz.”

“We take joy seriously,” says bandleader Miller. “There needs to be more of that in the world.”

Sammy Miller & The Congregation takes the OCC stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. There are still a few left, so get ‘em while you can!

A Grammy-award nominated musician, Miller—who’s also the band’s drummer—is as passionate about mastering the artform as he is entertaining his audiences. It stems, he thinks, from playing music with his family during his childhood. When he was five years old, he and his four siblings started a family band.

“I think I picked the drums. I certainly didn’t resist,” he adds, laughing.

Miller believes music, particularly of the live variety, should be used to build and inspire community. Even more so, he just wants the audience to have fun.

“I’m very into standup comedy,” he says. “My goal as an adult is to figure out a way to put these things together.”

Miller formed The Congregation shortly after receiving his Master’s at The Julliard School, with the intent of providing a live experience—an avenue in which he felt he could entertain, enrich, and uplift audiences across the country.

“It’s that ephemeral thing that’s only going to happen one time,” he says, referring to the fleeting beauty of a live show. “I want to give people an impact.”

Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or not, one thing is certain when it comes to Sammy Miller & The Congregation: You’ll leave their performance feeling much better than when you got there.

“I’ve been to enough bad shows, I would never put someone through that,” Miller says, with a laugh. “It’s going to be a great time!”

Catch Sammy Miller & The Congregation on Saturday, May 25th at the Oxford Community Center. The performance is presented by Chesapeake Music’s Jazz on the Chesapeake in partnership with Oxford Community Center. Tickets are $50. Show at 8 p.m. For more
information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-819-0380.

CHT’s Green Room Gang Theatre Camp Selects Summer Shows

The instructors of Church Hill Theatre’s annual Green Room Gang summer camp have chosen the shows for the 2019 Green Room Gang summer camp. GRG Jr will present Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS and GRG Senior will perform Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.

Registration for Church Hill Theatre’s 21 st consecutive year of the Green Room Gang youth theatre program is currently open. The GRG Program has provided opportunities for young people of the Eastern Shore to experience true live theatre, from auditions to curtain call, for two decades. CHT offers a standing ovation to our entire community for supporting arts education for our children throughout the years. Bravo!

Begun in 1999, this exciting summer program of theatre games and training culminates in two fully staged musicals adapted for young performers. The Green Room Gang Senior Program, for young people entering grades 6 through 12, begins on Monday, June 24 th , 2019 and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will take a magical journey through the world of a play by means of dance, music, improvisation, theatre games, acting, staging and artistic interpretation to conceive a role from start to finish. Iz Clemens, who served as a Green Room Gang intern for two years and is graduating from Washington College this spring will be instructing the Senior camp. Full tuition for the five-week GRG Sr. program is $550.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members.

The participants of Church Hill Theatre’s 2018 Green Room Gang. Front row is the cast of Green Room Gang, Jr. in their GRG t-shirts, and back row features the cast of Green Room Gang, Sr. in costumes from Shrek the Musical, JR. Photo by SG Atkinson.

Green Room Gang Junior participants, students entering grades 1 through 5, will do theatre games, learn basic acting skills, and explore singing and dancing while they create a musical especially written for young performers. GRG Jr. begins on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to Noon. Becca Van Aken returns for her 14 th year as GRG Junior instructor. Full tuition for the four-week GRG Jr. program is $330.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members. Scholarships are available for both Sr. and Jr. camps.

Final performances for GRG are Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Church Hill Theatre business office at 410-556-6003, or email us at . The enrollment period runs now through May 31 st ; be sure to fill out your child’s registration forms with haste – GRG is first come, first served and fills up quickly! See you in the theatre! Scholarships are still available for both camps. If you are interested, please contact the CHT office to provide you with a scholarship application.

The Davis Arts Center 2019 Summer Open Studios

Join the Resident Artists of The Davis Arts Center for the Summer 2019 Open Studios. Enjoy an afternoon touring the studios and talking to the resident artists. This year, for the first time ever, six award-winning regional artists will also display their works at The Davis Arts Center. Take the opportunity to get to know these accomplished artists and their work in person. Music and light fare. Fun for the entire family!!

June 1 & 2 from 2 to 6 PM, at 516 Davis Avenue, one block east of Aurora between Melfield and Maryland Aves. in Easton, MD.

Academy Art Museum Announces June Events

Richard Diebenkorn, Urbana #2 (The Archer)


The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat. Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955
Through July 10
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Included in the exhibition are 100 paintings and drawings primarily from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, many of which have not before been publicly exhibited. The exhibition is organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum and curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. The Academy Art Museum is the only venue on the East Coast.
Related Events:
Lecture: Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, My Father Richard Diebenkorn


Kentavius Jones

My Father: Richard Diebenkorn
Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, Daughter of Richard Diebenkorn
Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.
Introduced by Dorsey Waxter of Van Doren/Waxter, New York, which represents the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
The daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, shares her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her famous father. In this thoughtful and occasionally nostalgic discussion, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant gives insights into his personality, career and the environment in which he produced his exceptional body of work.


2019 Juneteenth Celebration to Feature History of Black Music
The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, will present the annual Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, and Building African-American Minds (BAAM) on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free community celebration will feature a full range of family activities, street vendors and artwork by African-American artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. In addition, this year’s Juneteenth program will pay special tribute to the history of Black Music in honor of Black Music Month, with an afternoon street concert on South Street featuring performances by Daande Lenol, Brooks Long, the Capitol Jazz Experience, Kentavius Jones, and others. Please join us for this festive, free celebration of African-American culture, art, and history. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Bradford Ross

Open MIC
Second Wednesday Each Month
June 19 – Juneteenth
Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.


Oil Painting: Color Crash Course
Instructor: Bradford Ross
Two-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members, $150 Non-members

Glowing Sunset, Shimmering Moonrise – Bring Light and Life to Your Evening Skies!
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Two-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost $98 Members, $118 Non-members

Workshop: Fundamentals of Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Three-Day Workshop: June 18, 19 and 20,–1 p.m.
Cost: $110 Members, $132 Non-members

Katie Cassidy

Fine Art Photo Transfer
Lecturer/Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
Three-Day Workshop: June 21-23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 members, $195 Non-members. All materials included.

Edible Art! The Decorated Cookie
Instructor: Maggii Sarfaty
One-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 Members, $78 Non-members

Workshop: Introduction to Pastels
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Three Days: June 25, 26 and 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $90 Members, $108 Non-members (plus $15 materials fee for all supplies paid to the instructor)

Try Oil Painting! – All Materials Supplied, No Skills Needed.
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
One-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $48 Members, $58 Non-members. Plus $5 materials fee payable to instructor.


Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt!

Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt!
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Grades 6–12
Wednesday–Friday, June 26–28, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $105 Members, $115 Non-members (Price includes 2 t-shirts per student)

Animal Art Adventures Including a visit from the Salisbury Zoo!
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Ages 6–9
Monday–Friday, June 24–28, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $175 Members, $185 Non-members

Clay Works
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Ages 8–13
Monday–Friday, June 24–28, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-members


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

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or

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

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

Jesus Christ Superstar Coming to Church Hill Theatre

With a raucous score, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s 1970 rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar is going to enthrall audiences this June.  Telling the biblical story of the last days of Jesus’ life from the perspective of Judas, this musical is not to be missed.  The Church Hill Theatre revival, directed by Shelagh Grasso, will run for nine performances from June 7-23. CHT’s summer musicals are always the highlight of the theatrical season and Jesus Christ Superstar will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Grasso has assembled a stellar cast for this production. Mark Wiening takes on the role of Jesus, with Max Hagen portraying Judas.  Mary is played by Stav Pinder, Caiaphas by Doug Porter, Annas by Brian Whitaker.  Matt Folker will portray Pontius Pilate, Greg Minahan plays Herod and Simon and Peter are played by Nevin Dawson and Bob McGrory respectively.  Jesus Christ Superstar includes a large ensemble, with each member having featured moments; priests, soul girls, apostles and more are played by Ken Gresh, David Ryan, Goldy Vansant, Grace McCreary, Natalie Lane, Melissa McGlynn, Sarah Ensor, Fred Welsh, Ed Vance, Jim Johnson, Connie Fallon, Colleen Minahan, Maya McGrory, Helen Vansant, Calla McCluskey, Heather Joyce Byers, Krista Roark, Shayla Moore, Liz Clark, Becca Van Aken, Laura McGrory, and Jane Jewell.

Members of the cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar .

Joining Shlagh Grasso’s production staff are musical director Julie Lawrence, producer Sally Borghardt, choreographer Kendall Davis, stage manager Michelle Christopher, lighting designer Kat Melton, sound designer Chris Grasso, and costume designer Tina Johnson.  Set design is done by Shelagh and Carmelo Grasso with construction by Carmelo Grasso, Tom Rhodes, Speedy Christopher and Jim Johnson.  Also helping out backstage are Steve Atkinson, Speedy Christopher Jr, and Robbie Spray.

Jesus Christ Superstar’s music was written by Andrew Lloyd Weber with lyrics written by Tim Rice.  Originally written as a rock opera album, it transferred to Broadway in 1971 and has become a classic.

Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Friday, June 7, and will run through Sunday, June 23, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for member, and $10 for students. Reservations (strongly advised well in advance) can be made by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at

A Very Unusual Quilt Show

Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a popular quilt guild drawing together talented quilt artists from much of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Bayside is hosting a quilt show called “A Garden of Quilts”, May 31st June 1st and 2nd. The location of the show is The Oxford Community Center in the beautiful, Eastern Shore town of Oxford, Maryland.

Oxford community Center is a building that was a K-12 school for the town of Oxford and the gymnasium and auditorium is now used for many different community functions including plays and art displays. On the building’s incredibly high rafters and the members of Bayside Quilters, their helpers and some brave volunteers from Oxford’s Fire Company have figured out ways to hang the quilts from the rafters making for a beautiful display of colorful art works.

Community center set up

Antique quilts are not displayed in the community center, but in two gorgeous old churches. Old St. Paul’s Church on S. Morris Street, now a community building that is used for non-denominational functions, concerts and other gatherings and the John Wesley Methodist
Episcopal Church of Oxford Neck, corner of Oxford & Evergreen Roads. Antique quilt experts, Kay Butler and Cathy Spence, have researched many antique treasures for display in the churches. Docents will be on duty to explain the history of these rarely seen historical quilts.

In addition to the beautiful quilts on display, there will be vendors, two raffle quilts, a boutique, and quilts for sale. Reservations can be made to have quilts appraised (for a separate charge) by well known quilt expert Phyllis Hatcher ( Tickets for all locations of the quilt show will be $10 at the Oxford Community Center.

Community center bed turning

On Saturday, June 1st the Oxford Garden Club will hold their biannual garden show, “The Secret Gardens of Oxford”.  Tickets for the garden show are sold separately at the town park in the center of Oxford.





Mid-Shore Arts: Ian Ghent Will Pop Up in St. Michaels over Memorial Day Weekend

It is no secret that the Spy loves pop up stores of every kind. These short term wonders of gorilla commerce consistently offer patrons products that typically are never available on most American main streets, and that is particularly true for visual art.

That is why we were excited to hear that New York City-based artist, Ian Ghent, decided to showcase his work in St. Michaels using that format at the end of May. Ghent, a successful advertising creative director by day, uses oil and watercolor to capture the essence of urban life, with a particular emphasis on people and animals that evoke both insight and humor through his portrait work.

The Spy was able to connect with Ian via Skype the other day to talk about his work and methods.

Ian Ghent
314A Talbot Street
St. Michaels
May 25, 26, and 27  from 9:30 – 6:00

Crashbox Theatre Troupe to Offer Benefit Performance May 19

Join Crashbox Theatre Company for a free public performance, Sunday May 19 at 2pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, on the corner of Brookletts and Hanson Streets in downtown Easton. The afternoon will feature members of the selected “CRASHBOX THEATRE TROUPE” performing solos, duets, and full group numbers from some of Broadway’s favorite musicals.

Crashbox Theatre is a non-profit Educational Theatre group founded in 2012 by Executive Director, Richard A. Vitanovec. Some of the opportunities that Crashbox has provided are summer theatre intensives, Masterclasses with Actor’s Equity Association performers, collaboration with professionals such as William Berloni of Berloni Theatrical Animals, professional instruction in acting, music, and dance, community productions involving students from elementary school through college, student directed one-act plays and excursions to NYC to see professional theatre. The Crashbox Theatre Troupe is a selected and auditioned group of performers given extra opportunities in the
performing Arts to even further these performers’ skills and abilities. Some of these experiences have included Masterclasses, Nationally Accredited Performing Classes, excursions to Baltimore, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. to see professional Theatre and Receive professional instruction in the Performing Arts, and many performing opportunities. Last summer the Crashbox Theatre troupe was accepted to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. This summer they will be traveling to NYC to receive six Masterclasses with professional Broadway directors, choreographers, and actors—including cast members in HAMILTON, as well as seeing HAMILTON and CHICAGO. For
more information on Crashbox Theatre and the Crashbox Theatre Troupe visit

The performance on Sunday, May 19th is free. Donations will be accepted and all donations will benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter.

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