Sue Wright Wins Awards Using Wool from Berry Bush Farm

The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven. This year, thanks to a sheep named Snuggles’ who provided beautiful wool, Master Knitter, Sue Wright, won awards for an aran sweater she entered in three categories. She won “First Place” for garments that had to be at least 50% wool; Sue’s sweater was 100% wool. She received “Best in Maryland”, since her garment was made from wool grown in Maryland. And finally she received a special award in a category that called for “natural colored yarn” rather than dyed yarn.

Snuggles’ wool was his very first shearing so it is considered lambs wool. He lives at Berry Bush Farm in Fairgale. His owners are Janet and Tom Ottenwaelder. They have about 30 sheep and sell their yarn in the Chestertown Farmers’ Market as well as to yarn shops around the state. They have won ribbons for their fleeces at this festival.

Sue’s studio always has beautiful garments for sale including sweaters, vests, hats, and more. Sue is also a very popular teacher whose workshops, sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts, fill up quickly. To make an appointment with Sue, call 410-708-4373 or email coastalknitter@gmail.com. Also, check out her Facebook page, @SueWrightHandKnitter.

Shore Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at Adkins Arboretum

Shore Shakespeare Company opens its spring season with three performances of the sparkling comedy A As You Like It June 1, 2 and 3 at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely.

Directed by Christian Rogers, As You Like It is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando’s famous courtship plays out amid political rivalry, banishment and exile in the Forest of Arden. This light and most delightful comedy presents Shakespeare’s send-up of the pastoral genre popular during Elizabethan times: nobles abandoning court for the country, learning wisdom from the locals and returning refreshed and invigorated. In this, the Bard’s comedic version, the basic features are retained but are used as a backdrop for an exploration of love in all its many forms. All comes right in the end, of course.

With unforgettable characters, sparkling wit, slapstick comedy and eclectic song and dance, As You Like It has it all! Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic and a sense of humor for this entrancing game of love, lust and mistaken identity.

Performances are Fri. and Sat., June 1 and 2 at 6 p.m. and Sun., June 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0. Information about the production is also available at shoreshakespeare.com.

Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre group established to present the classic works of the theatrical repertoire and to encourage its audiences to support local community theatre all over the Shore.

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 adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Working Artists Forum Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Girl in Pink #2” by Kathy Kopec

The Working Artists Forum is exhibiting at the A.M. Gravely Gallery June 1 through July 30, with a reception open to the public on Saturday, June 9 from 5-7pm. Stop by to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during the free reception.

The gallery, in a restored Victorian home built in 1860, is located at 408 South Talbot Street in St Michaels (410-745-5059, amgravelygallery.com).  

Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday & Monday, 10am-3pm.

The Working Artists Forum is a juried group of professional artists, more than 100 in number, that meets monthly, exhibits locally, and gives donations each year to the art classes in area schools.  Visit www.workingartistsforum.com for details on members, exhibits and other events.

Academy Art Museum Announces June Events

Alexander Calder, Swirls, 1970 (detail)

EXHIBITIONS

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Through July 8, 2018
During the Museum’s anniversary year, this exhibition shares with the public many of the treasures from its Permanent Collection. Anke Van Wagenberg, Chief Curator, has selected artworks from among the over 1500 works in the Permanent Collection for two sequential exhibitions. The Diamond Exhibition will showcase a representative range of works including prints from Goya to Picasso, Rembrandt and Whistler, and selections of its holdings in other media including painting, photography and sculpture.

Elizabeth Casqueiro: Entrances and Exits
Through July 8, 2018
This exhibition is an exploration of masked identity in its many forms and purposes. Casqueiro is interested in how from an early age we acquire and shed identities as seamlessly as an accomplished stage actor or a fictional superhero. Through the melding of opacity and translucency, structure and fluidity, and figuration and abstraction, she alludes to identity’s perpetual dance between order and chaos, exposure and concealment, and connection and disruption. This is her a first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

New Photography: National Juried Exhibition
Through July 8, 2018
The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum in this juried show. Artists submitted all types of photographic works including digital, analog, alternative processes, etc. The show’s juror, Sarah Stolfa, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC), is a working fine-art photographer and educator and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. The awards for the exhibition include a Best in Show of $1,000, a Second Prize of $500, and a Third Prize of $250.

Elizabeth Casqueiro, Do Something Batman, 2017.

The Academy Art Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. Free Docent Tours are every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for all exhibitions. For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Juneteenth: The Year of Frederick Douglass
June 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2018 is “The Year of Frederick Douglass!” The Academy Art Museum proudly joins over 35 local organizations in celebrating the life of Talbot County’s most famous native son. This year marks the 200th birthday of the social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman. The Museum will again partner with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society with its Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery. The celebration will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community. This free family event will include music, food, entertainment, art-related activities, and MORE! This year’s celebration will also join with the Talbot County Free Library’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Waterfowl Building (Armory) in Easton. For information, visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteenth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development at (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

Michael Joseph, A-lister & Sherie, 2016 (detail)

Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month – June 11
7 to 9 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

Special sale on frames and mats from Ben Franklin
Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.
The Museum’s instructors, artists and students are cleaning out their studios for this one-day sale. No work over $300. Framed and unframed drawings, paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, pottery, art prints and large quantity of art books! Food and music will be available. Contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net for additional information.

60th Anniversary Community Art Project
Help the Academy Art Museum celebrate its 60th Anniversary! Calling all students, teachers, professional artists, amateurs, families, friends, and everyone in between: Between July 1 and August 31, pick up a free card stock triangle at the Museum’s front desk. Draw on it, paint on it, write on it, make holes in it, glue things to it: your imagination is the limit. Return your completed triangle by September 30 and watch as we re-create the Museum’s logo on our front wall—triangle by triangle— to form a giant community mosaic. The bigger the better!

ADULT CLASSES

Frederick Douglass

Summer Mosaic Workshops for Adults and Teens
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
2-Day Workshops: All are on Wednesdays and Thursdays
June 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and June 14, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $75 Members per each 2-day workshop), $90 Non- members, plus $5 materials fee paid to instructor

Painting Water and Atmosphere with Pastels
Instructor: Nick Serratore
2-Day Workshop: June 19 and 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members, $150 Non-members

Mudheads–Painting the Essence of People Outdoors
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
1–Day Workshop: June 23 Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $48 Members, $58 Non-members

Monoprint Collage
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3–Day Workshop, June 22–24 Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members, plus $25 materials fee paid to the instructor at first class

AAM Studio Sale

Fundamentals of Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
3–Day Workshop: June 20 –June 22, 10.am.–1 p.m.
Cost: $110 Members, $132 Non-members, plus $15 materials fee paid to the instructor at first class

CHILDRENS’ CLASSES

Mini Masters Academy
Mini Masters is an art-based, early enrichment program for two to four-year old children. Flexible enrollment days are offered from September through May, Monday through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12:00, with optional extended day until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email jhendricks@academyartmuseum.org for information and availability.

SUMMER CAMPS

The Power of Paint
Ages 8 –13
Instructor: Susan Horsey
June 18–21, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $105 Members; $115 Non-members

Sheryl Southwick

Animal Art Adventures (Including a visit from the Salisbury Zoo!)
Ages 7–13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $175 Members; $185 Non-members

Clay
Ages 8–13
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-members

Introduction to Design Principles
Grades 4–7
Instructor: Gabby Lambeth
Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $115 Members; $125 Non-members

PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES

Nick Serratore

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during the holidays, or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments people can make for themselves or their child.

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.
Whether you are interested in singing with a choir, becoming a soloist, getting a lead in the high school musical or community theatre production, joining a barbershop quartet, or preparing your audition for a conservatory, good singing requires a skill set that is developed over time.

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

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

Boychoir Camp to Take Place in Easton

This summer, a boychoir camp will be offered in Easton.  An outreach of Christ Church Easton, the camp will take place from 9 am until 2 pm beginning on Monday, July 9 and concluding on Friday, July 13.  The camp is open to boys in grades one through six.

Over the course of one week, boys enrolled in the camp will have the opportunity to learn a variety of choral pieces to be presented at a final concert on Friday, July 13 at 7 pm.  Recreation and other activities will be an integral part of the camp reinforcing the principles associated with boychoir tradition, the development of music-related skills, and the value of teamwork.  Wes Lockfaw, music director at Christ Church in Easton and Artistic Director for the Easton Choral Arts Society, will serve as the camp’s musical director.  Members of the Christ Church Boychoir staff will also serve as the camp staff.

The cost for this summer’s boychoir camp is $100 per chorister which will include an imprinted polo for the Friday night performance as well as all other materials.  Students will be asked to bring a brown bag lunch. For a full description brochure and registration form, please contact weslockfaw@christchurcheaston.org, or call 410-822-2677.  Space is limited, and enrollment is open to students throughout the mid-shore.  The deadline to enroll is Friday, June 8.

“Pippin” Coming to Church Hill Theatre

With a magical story and glorious music, audiences are entranced as Pippin searches for the meaning of life. This multiple Tony Award winner, set in the Age of Chivalry, has been winning hearts since its Broadway debut in 1973. The Church Hill Theatre revival, directed by Sylvia Maloney, will run for nine performances from June 8-24. CHT’s summer musicals are always the highlight of the theatrical season and Pippin will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Ms. Maloney is proud to announce her cast for Pippin. Mackenzie Campbell will portray the Leading Player, the head of a mysterious performance troupe that recounts Prince Pippin’s quest.  Mark Wiening, who has starred in many CHT musicals, will play Pippin.  Bob Chauncy takes the role of Charlemagne, Pippin’s father; Becca Van Aken plays Pippin’s love interest, Catherine; and Debra Ebersole will be his grandmother, Berthe. These three experienced actors will be familiar to CHT regulars. Relative newcomers will portray other family members: Bryce Sullivan will play Pippin’s half-brother Lewis, Lori Armstrong will play his stepmother Fastrada, and Cullen Williams will play Catherine’s son Theo.

Pippin Casting: The Leading Player (Mackenzie Campbell) gloats as Charlemagne (Bob Chauncey) studies his two sons, Louis (Bryce Sullivan) and Pippin (Mark Wiening) as possible heirs to the throne.

The ensemble, portraying the performance troupe and other characters, consists of Delaney McCreary, Grace McCreary, Maya McGrory, Ellie Merton, Katie Staley, Erin Tomassoni, Quenton Bergenholtz, Max Brennan, John Crook, Elliott Morotti, and James Turner.  Ray Remesch is the Musical Director and Cavin Moore is the Choreographer.

Pippin’s music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz, with a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fossse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. Pippin’s enduring popularity is a result of its superb combination of carefree abandon, serious reflection, ruthless candor, and a tender love story.

Pippin opens on Friday, June 8, and will run through Sunday, June 24, 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 www.churchhilltheatre.org

New Paintings by Kevin Fitzgerald at Troika Gallery

The Stillness of Time, a Troika Gallery exhibit featuring new evocative oil paintings of noted landscape artist Kevin Fitzgerald opens on  June 1, 2018, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk at 5 pm. The event will feature a talk by Kevin Fitzgerald at 7 pm with refreshments and hors-d’oeuvres.

Western Clouds, 30 x 48, oil on canvas, by Kevin Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald’s paintings are highly sought after and known for their timeless and ethereal quality. Kevin has a great reverence for the land and sea and fully expresses it in his tonalist paintings characterized by neutral hues, muted atmospheric tones, and mystery. “Be brief, use the least to say the most.  To gain the particular is to lose the infinite. Painting is a solitary communication and strives to go beyond words,” Fitzgerald comments.  Inspired by French mid 19th-century romantic landscape painters, Fitzgerald’s paintings are evocative and spiritual.  His fields of color are both suggestions and subtle depictions.

Kevin studied with Raoul Middleman at the Maryland Institute College of Art and pursued his M.F.A., under a full fellowship at George Washington University.  An educator and painter, his work is collected by known celebrities and private collectors both here and abroad.

Art by all of the Troika Gallery Artists is on display through June and July, with new work refreshing the gallery’s exhibition spaces. Bronzes, oils, pastels, ceramics, porcelain, watercolors, pencil drawings and commissioned portraits are a hallmark of Troika Gallery which features The Finest of Fine Art.

Troika Gallery, 9 South Harrison Street, Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday by appointment. For more information, visit www.troikagallery.com. The Stillness of Time is on view until July 18, 2018.

A Retrospective Show “Honoring Lin” at The Trippe Gallery

The Trippe Gallery will be hosting a retrospective show, “Honoring Lin”, of the work of local photographer Lin Barrett for the month of May.

Linda (Lin) Barrett-Artist, Friend, Teacher and Mom-died peacefully on December 31st, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

As “Lizzie Barrett Photography” and a photography art instructor, Lin put her Masters of Fine Art from Academy of Art University to good use teaching photography for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division since 2010. Her K-12 contribution to teaching focused on photography and drawing. Through Lin’s unique teaching skills and personally developed curriculum, she gave many students the confidence to learn to draw.

Photography became Lin’s media of choice after undergraduate school. “I picked up at 45 mm Canon AE1 over twenty-five years ago with a decision to explore black and white imagery and my love of photography never stopped.” That pursuit grew into printing fiber prints in her own darkroom and ultimately hand tinting the prints. Lin’s passion for photography and art will live on though her captured images and the skills she instilled in her students. The exhibit will feature a range of Barrett’s work including images she made while navigating the journey of her illness, which are quite moving.

The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 N Harrison Street in the heart of historic Easton. For more information please call 410-310-8727.

EMS 8th Graders Perform with Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update

Members of the Easton Middle School band had the rare honor of performing with professional Jazz Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and his band, the Jazz Update, live on stage at the Avalon.  The Talbot County and Maryland Arts Councils, the Avalon Foundation and the Dock Street Foundation joined together to generously provide artist-in-residence workshops with Antoniuk and his band for the Easton Middle 8th grade band students.

Antoniuk is internationally respected as a jazz composer and musician. Now living in Annapolis, Maryland, the Canadian born artist appears on numerous recordings and has been consistently well received by critics.  He worked with students at the school in several sessions during band class.  At the end of the final week of the program, the 8th grade musicians performed for their classmates in the morning, then performed a free public concert the same evening. Antoniuk and his band also performed several selections independently, and the concert included a brief history of the origin and development of jazz in the U.S.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for our students,” said Donna Ewing, Easton Middle School Band Director.  “To perform in this wonderful theatre with professional musicians of this caliber is truly an inspiration. We are so grateful to the Avalon Foundation, Dock Street Foundation and the Arts Councils for making this possible.”

Christ Church Concert Series to Conclude Season This Sunday

Wes Lockfaw

The Christ Church Concert Series concludes its 2017-2018 season this Sunday afternoon with a program featuring music for brass and organ.  The concert will begin at 4 pm, and doors will open at 3:30 pm.

Performing on Sunday’s concert will be Christ Church music director Wes Lockfaw at the organ along with the Christ Church Brass Quintet featuring Carlos Zabala and Wendell Banyay (trumpets and flugelhorn), Alan White (French Horn), Lawrence Knier (trombone), and Daniel Walley (tuba).  Repertoire will include selections spanning four centuries and a diverse array of genres.  Among the selections are works by Handel, two of which are derived from the operas Rinaldo and Xerxes, Renaissance composers Monteverdi and Gabrielli, Richard Strauss, and Pavel Tchesnokoff.   The works of several current composers will also be performed including  Voluntary by Domecq Smith,  Trumpet Tune in G by Jeremy Bankson, and Cantabile No. 2 by Enrico Pasini.  The latter showcases Carlos Zabala on the flugelhorn noted for its lush, silky tone.  Also included in the repertoire is a Suite of Baroque Dances.  Each is rather short and delightful in their individual diversity.

Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  The Christ Church Series is supported in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils.  A free will offering will be received.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.