Call to Artists Who Live, Work, or Sell Their Art!

Exciting news for Talbot County Artists! Join the Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League who are jointly sponsoring an art exhibition during October at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. This event is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council and the 40th anniversary of the Talbot County Arts Council—both of which over the years have provided millions of dollars in arts funding to organizations and schools in Talbot County.

Did you know Maryland is currently ranked 4th in the United States for money allocated to arts spending? Many of the wonderful artists benefiting from this support live, work or sell their art in Talbot County.  This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent! The event is for artists who work in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms.  You do not need to be a member of any arts organization to participate.

“I Feel Pretty” by Jo Merrill

There is no fee to participate in this event.Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, as space is limited, so be sure and register soon. To participate you must register on the online Artists Registry on the Talbot County Arts Council website (, and you must also complete a registration form for the event (also available on the website).If you need technical assistance joining the artists registry, contact its designer Danielle Darling (email

Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels will judge the event. Julie recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Maryland State Arts Council followed by six months as MSAC’sinterim executive director.  She will be selecting the recipients of first place ($250), second place ($150), and third place ($100) awards, as well as honorable mentions.  Awards will be presented at an opening reception on the evening of Friday, October 5th.

Registrations for the exhibit must be filed by Tuesday, September 4, but register soon to make sure you get in!For further information check the bottom of the home page of the Arts Council’s website (; or contact Jo Merrill ( or Beth Wright (  Visit for information on the league and its activities.

“Reflections” Exhibit at Academy Art Museum

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is exhibiting a juried collection of work at the Academy Art Museum in Easton from July 21 through August 19 in their “Selections” gallery. Various mediums are represented, inspired by the theme of “Reflections.”  Interpretations vary from literal to figurative and include reflections in nature; on objects, on buildings, and reflections of thought and expression.

Sharon Mills’ “Cold Front Approaching”

SMAL was founded 25 years ago and currently boasts over 100 members from around the Eastern Shore and beyond.  The group includes many award-winning artists and aims to encourage artistic development and provide education that enriches lives through the creative arts.

Carla Massoni, owner of the Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, Md since 1990, will serve as the juror.  Carla has been deeply involved in the arts of the Mid-Atlantic for over 30 years.

The Academy Art Museum is located at 106 South St. in Easton. The museum hours are Tues, Weds, Thurs 10am-8pm; Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun 10am-4pm and first Fri 10am-7pm.  Admission is free for Academy members; non-members $3, children 12 and under are free.

An Esteemed Pair during Plein Air at Troika Gallery

Troika Gallery will host painting demonstrations by two masters, Sara Linda Poly and Matt Zoll during Plein Air Easton. On Friday, July 20, at 2:15 pm Matt Zoll, a realistic still life painter in the Flemish tradition will give a painting demo followed on Saturday, July 21 at 2:15 pm, by plein air painter Sara Linda Poly, the Grand Prize Winner at the 2016 Plein Air Easton. Both artists are masters in their own right, Zoll is a graduate of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and is a sought-after instructor with his studio/school.  Poly has a keen following and offers workshops throughout the country and the world. Everyone is invited to learn by watching the artistic skills of these two Troika Gallery artists while relaxing in the cool air-conditioned gallery. Reservations are not necessary. Free to the public.

“Enchantment,” oil, 30 x 40 by Sara Linda Poly

Kevin Fitzgerald’s new evocative landscape paintings are on display, from his featured show, “The Stillness of Time.”  Original oils, watercolors, pastels, bronze sculpture, porcelain and ceramics by the 36 featured Troika Artists  are exhibited.

Featuring “The Finest of Fine Art,” Troika Gallery is the most extensive operating gallery on the Eastern Shore. Selected six times as the Best Art Gallery by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine, the gallery has loyal followers. Whether an art collector, art lover or an art browser, Troika encourages you to stop in and see the beautiful art. Professional Artists and Co-Owners, Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton, along with Manager, Peg Fitzgerald, welcome your visit and will happily address questions on art, portraiture, and framing. Troika Gallery is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday by appointment, 410-770-9190,,

SMAL Awards Prizes to Local Senior AP Art Students

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is committed to encouraging and supporting young art students by contributing to identified needs in the schools and awarding prizes for individual excellence.  For several years, the league has worked with Bridget Whited, an Advanced Placement (AP) Art Instructor for the Talbot County Schools to select outstanding students for recognition.

Created by May Shaw

This year, SMAL reviewed portfolios for several AP Art Students from the St. Michaels and Easton High Schools and selected three senior students for awards: Taylor Wheatley, Alison Ortel and May Shaw. SMAL presented awards to these students on May 23rd at the St. Michaels High School Senior Awards Ceremony. SMAL congratulates these students and wishes them well in their future artistic endeavors!

Information on the St. Michaels Art League can be found at www.smartleague .org.

Art Hunt in St. Michaels – SMAL Thanks Justine’s Ice Cream

Beth Wright, President of SMAL, and Tyler Heim, Manager of Justine’s Ice Cream.

Going on it’s fourth year, the Art Hunt is summer tradition in St. Michaels. Who wouldn’t do a little work for ice cream, especially when it’s fun?

For the uninitiated, 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.  Whenat least 12 of the 20 paintings listed are found, the card can be presented at Justine’s Ice Cream to receive a free cone.

This project fits in with the mission of the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL), a non-profit group of artists from St. Michaels and beyond. The purpose of the League is to promote visual arts through education, community service and exhibits.In the case of the Art Hunt, local art is showcased and the town benefits from the economic promotion that a lively arts scene engenders.

The Art Hunt started out with a small number of merchants but once others realized it’s a good way to get traffic in their stores, more jumped on board. They enjoy seeing the children delight in finding a painting. Stan and Marianne Stallsmith, owners of the Candleberry Shoppe on Talbot Street remarked that “the Art Hunt teaches kids about art in a fun way.  What makes it fun is the gleam in their eyes when they come in and start looking and asking questions. We give hints and make it a fun game. It’s more than just ice cream.”

SMAL is grateful for the partnership of the St. Michaels merchants, and of course, Justine’s. This year the league presented a thank you painted by SMAL member Jo Merrill to Tyler Heim, Manager of Justine’s. Tyler said “It’s been an honor to work with SMAL and we look forward to doing so in the future. Promoting the arts is crucial, and Justine’s is proud to be part of it.”

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

Author Reading in Easton Celebrates New Climate Change Novel

Local author Paul Briggs will hold a reading and signing to celebrate the launch of his new book, Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the meeting room of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton on Monday, July 2. Coffee and cake will be served. 

Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, the first novel in a two-part series, has just been released by Secant Publishing in Salisbury. Set in the near future, it explores the disastrous effects of runaway climate change and sea level rise on many parts of the world, including the Eastern Shore, following the total melting of ice in the Arctic Ocean.

It has been praised by critics, including the American Library Association’s Booklist, which called it “A solid addition to cli fi collections.” Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine opined: “It’s the kind of meaty book that keeps coming back to you for weeks after you’ve finished reading,” while Kirkus Reviews said: “This epic story of global pandemonium wisely centers on accessible characters.”

Other signings have also been scheduled at independent bookstores throughout the Shore:

– The Book Warehouse in the Queenstown Prime Outlets, Saturday, July 21.
– Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, Delaware, Tuesday, July 31.
– Sundial Books in Chincoteague, Virginia, Saturday, August 11.

Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise is available through IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many other retail channels including local bookstores. The 374-page paperback edition sells for $15.95 (ISBN 978-1-944962487). It is also available in e-book format.

New Plein Air Works by Diane DuBois Mullaly at The Green Phoenix

Summer is upon us! And The Green Phoenix gallery is celebrating July with an exhibit of new plein air and studio works by resident oil painter Diane DuBois Mullaly. Recently a featured artist in the February/March 2018 “Plein Air Magazine”, her work is described as “small, vibrant palette knife paintings”.

“As a plein air painter, I seek to create a sense of place; capturing the light, energy and soul of my surroundings. Using my palette knife, I describe what I see with layers of paint – sometimes loading it on in bold strokes, sometimes sgraffitoing (drawing or scratching into the wet paint), sometimes almost sculpting the paint to tell my story. I want my work to speak of the joy and beauty found all around us, painted with thoughtful abandon.” Also an up-and-coming still life painter, Mullaly’s “Tale of the Brass Cat” was juried into “6 Inch Squared”, a national exhibit in Costa Mesa, California, in November 2017. That painting is now available at The Green Phoenix. As an instructor at the Academy Art Museum, Diane pays forward what she learned over many years as a student in classes and workshops with living master painters. “No one was born knowing how to paint. Learning to create art is an endless, rewarding quest. It keeps us in the moment, gives us a purpose and teaches us new ways to see ordinary objects.”

Mullaly has also created a new form of expression, Pollinator Pebbles™, where she draws and paints delicately detailed bees, butterflies and other pollinators on small round pebbles. Designed to inspire appreciation and to create awareness of pollinators, Diane came up with the concept as a Maryland Master Naturalist in training, where she seeks to connect art with science. A portion of the proceeds are donated to protect pollinators.

Gallery owner Andi Tassencourt invites the public to The Green Phoenix on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 8 pm, to meet Mullaly, take a first look at her newest works, and to enjoy some wine, yummy finger foods, good company and conversation.  Says Tassencourt, “By layering the inspiring qualities of fine art, as embodied by Diane’s paintings, into our eclectic mix of fine, artisanal crafts by local artists, and Fair Trade gifts from around the world, we offer an environment with a full range of creative arts for the community to enjoy!”

And FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, located inside The Green Phoenix Gallery,adds even more interest, featuring a new collection of its own line of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns.

The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.

Waterside Family Fun & Fireworks June 30

The Shades of Blue Orchestra will be back at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from 7-10 pm. on Saturday, June 30 for Big Band Night and St. Michaels’ fireworks. The orchestra performs at the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand with dancing under the tent, and fireworks beginning at dusk over the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. The fireworks are made possible by the St. Michaels Fireworks Fund, with the rain date for Big Band Night & fireworks set for Sunday, July 1. CBMM guests are invited to bring chairs, picnic blankets, food and drinks, but need to leave non-service dogs at home. Food, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The event is generously sponsored by Eastern Shore Tents & Events, with advanced tickets and more information at

Sign Up to Volunteer at this Year’s Chesapeake Film Festival

Our volunteers make all the difference when it comes to the success of the Chesapeake Film Festival. You get to be our ambassadors during the festival and work with festival goers, staff, and filmmakers. No particular work experience is required to volunteer, and we’ll train you, so you can put your best foot forward. We have opportunities not only during the festival being held on October 11-14 but all year round. To complete the 2018 Volunteer Application Form, go to For more information, contact Karen Footner at And in exchange, you get your fill of cinematic entertainment. It all spells fun. We would love to have you help us.

Carpe Diem Summer Solstice Celebration June 24

Phil Wiggins

The 2nd Annual Carpe Diem Summer Solstice Celebration will take place on June 24, 5:00pm, at St. Michaels Auditorium, SMMHS. The event will feature Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks, with special guest tap dancer Baakari Wilder and singer-songwriter Lea Morris.

Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations.”
– National Council for the Traditional Arts

TICKETS: $10-25 — Please pay what you can at the door.
Free for students 18 & under.

More information: or 301-466-0183 /
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