Academy Art Museum Announces July Events


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, Untitled, 1946

Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955
Through July 10, 2019
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.


Open MIC
Second Wednesday Each Month
July 10 – Vive La Révolution!
FREE. Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.


Sheryl Southwick

Must be Moonglow! All Day Full Moon Celebration With Mixed Media Collage
Workshop Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One -Day Workshop: July 16 Tuesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $65 Members, $90 Non-members (Materials fee: $10 payable to instructor at class)

Realism with Intuitive Painting Workshop
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick and Billie Bourgeois
Three-Day Workshop: July 23, 24, 25
Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Naturalist’s Illustration in Watercolor
Instructor: Maggii Sarfaty
Three-Day Workshop: July 25, 26, 27
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. -12 noon


Fun with Photoshop
Instructor: Katy Trice
Grades: 4-6
Monday–Friday, July 8–12, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members; $125 Non-members

Wacky Animals in Motion
Grades 3–4
Instructor: Haley McMaster
Monday–Friday, July 22–26, 10–11 a.m.
Cost: $65 Members; $75 Non-members

We’re in Business! Marketing for Kids
Instructor: Katy Trice
Grades: 4-6
Monday–Friday, July 29–August 2, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members; $125 Non-members


Workshop: Intermediate Drawing for Teens
Ages 13 + (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Tuesday–Friday, July 9–12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $110 Members, 120 Non-members

Printmaking for Teens
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
Monday –Thursday, July 8–11, 1– 3 p.m.
Cost: $105 Member, $115 Non-members

Imagine That! Creating a Sketchbook
Ages 8 -13
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Monday–Friday, July 15–19, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $135 Members, $145 Non-members

Paper Making Bonanza!
Ages 10+ (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Monday–Friday, July 22–26, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members

Artistic Explorations with Plaster
Ages 10+ (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Monday–Friday, July 22–26, 1–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $115 Members, $125 Non-members

Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Camp
Instructor: Theresa Schram
Ages 6+
Week #1: Monday–Friday, July 29–August 2, 1–3 p.m.


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.

Art Hunt Returns to St. Michaels

Watercolor by Jo Merrill

A summer tradition in St. Michaels, 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.  Find 12 of the 20 paintings listed and present the card at Justine’s Ice Cream to receive a free ice cream cone! Fun for the whole family! Paintings are also for sale.

Justine’s is located at 106 N. 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.

Maryland Historical Society Awards Brewington Book Prize to John C. North II

The Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) has awarded the 2019 Brewington Book Prize to Judge John C. North II for his book, “Tradition, Speed, and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Log Sailing Canoes” (St. Michaels, Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 2018).

The Marion V. Brewington Prize is awarded annually by MdHS for the best book on the maritime history related to the Chesapeake Bay or the nation. The prize comes with a $500 honorarium and is named for Brewington, a legendary maritime curator and historian from Salisbury, Maryland.

During the past year, the Maritime Committee considered several maritime and naval books dealing with historical aspects of Chesapeake Bay and beyondThe well-written “Tradition, Speed, and Grace,” traces the development of the unique and historic Chesapeake log sailing canoes whose survival over many years is likely due to the tradition of racing these delicate craft on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In this beautiful book, Judge North narrates his perspective on the sport’s history from over 70 years of personal participation in log canoe racing. This 150-page hard cover book contains more than 140 color and black and white illustrations and photographs.

More information about “Tradition, Speed, and Grace” is available here:

Author John C. North II was born and raised in Talbot County and served as States Attorney for Talbot County, Judge of the District and Circuit Courts, and Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission. He was one of the founders of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. His family now owns and campaigns four Chesapeake Bay log racing canoes, and he skippers Island Bird, built in 1882 by his grandfather.

Marion V. Brewington (1902-1974) was a distinguished maritime curator and historian. During World War II, he was the curator for the U.S. Navy. After the war, he was the maritime curator of MdHS, a trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and later held curatorial and administrative positions at the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, and the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts. His books include “Chesapeake Bay: A Pictorial History and Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes and Bugeyes.”


Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 art objects and artifacts and 7 million documents and books, the Society now serves more than 100,000 people through its museum, library, press and educational programs. Learn more at

Tred Avon Players Join Special Olympics Oxford Cardboard Boat Races June 22

Tred Avon Players will be joining the Talbot Special Olympics for the 31st Annual Oxford Cardboard Boat Races on June 20.

A day of six races for youngsters, teens and adults. Races: Battle the Brave, Fast Race, Funny Race, Corporate Race, Children’s Race (up to 15 years of age), Adults over 60 Race. Make your own boat ahead of time and pay a $25 entrance fee, or you can rent a boat for a $100.00 donation.

Two to three people maximum per boat. Life jackets are provided. Snacks, sodas and ice cream will be on sale.

All are welcome to cheer on the Special Olympic participants for a day of competition and fun at the Strand Beach in Oxford. There will be a good view from anywhere on the Strand.

For more information contact: or

Wild Lines, Environmental Sculpture by Howard and Mary McCoy, at Adkins Arboretum

“Scribble 1,” a sculpture comprising bittersweet vines and ironwood tree trunks, is part of Wild Lines, an outdoor environmental sculpture show by Centreville artists Howard and Mary McCoy. The show is on view through September at Adkins Arboretum.

Twirled around trees or swirling up from the forest floor, vines are the only materials environmental artists Howard and Mary McCoy used to create sculptures for Wild Lines, their outdoor show on view through Sept. 30 at Adkins Arboretum. On Sat., June 22, as part of a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with painter Lani Browning’s exhibit in the Visitor’s Center, the McCoys will lead a sculpture walk and talk about how their work was inspired by the vines growing in the Arboretum’s forest.

“We came day after day with a ladder and some tools to cut vines and pull them out of the trees,” said Mary McCoy. “Instant art materials. You see them everywhere, sweeping up into the trees and doing twists and turns from one branch to the next, just like 3-D drawings or writing. We’ve picked up on that and turned them into sculptures that mimic nature’s creativity, but in some slightly different ways.”

These two Centreville artists have been making site-specific sculptures in the Arboretum forest every other year for the past 20 years. In their recent shows, they’ve come to use only the materials they can find in the forest itself and chose this year to use vines exclusively.

Howard McCoy explained, “We work with the natural shapes of each vine, letting the curves and angles dictate how the piece proceeds or evolves, so it’s a real collaboration with nature. The way we’ve used them says something about the characteristics of the vines, like the grapevines are so thick and sturdy, you can’t bend them too far or they’ll break, but with bittersweet or honeysuckle, you can create some pretty tight curves.”

Standing right beside one of the wooden bridges spanning the Arboretum’s creek, “Scribble 1” is a three-dimensional doodle of bittersweet vines whirling back and forth around the twin trunks of an ironwood tree. Farther down the trail, several muscular grapevines form “Loop-de-loop.” Curved and twisted like giant knots, these dark brown vines contrast with the pale bark of the triple-trunked white oak where they are nestled.

The McCoys are fascinated by how natural forces are made visible every time a vine begins to grow up a tree. Even as it climbs a trunk, stretching up toward the sun, gravity is pulling it downward. Swirls and loops develop as the vine reaches to find one branch, then another where it can secure its hold. As it grows, its linear shapes evolve into a dance between gravity, stability and the urge for sunlight.

“Some of the visitors walking by when we were winding all these vines up into sculptures seemed to think we were a bit eccentric,” said Mary, laughing, “but nature does some even more bizarre things with vines. Sometimes they wrap all around themselves in incredible tangles, sometimes they make beautiful huge sweeps up into the trees, sometimes they wrap around the trees so tightly they actually distort the way the trees grow.”

Vines can take on phantasmagorical shapes, but they also threaten the life of the trees that support them. Their leaves can shade the tree’s leaves so that it can’t adequately photosynthesize, and their weight often breaks branches and pulls whole trees to the ground.

“We’re doing two things,” Howard said. “We’re helping the trees by getting those vines out of them, and then making sculpture with that material, so it’s a win-win situation. The trees are saved, and we get to make art.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Sept. 30 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Working Artists Forum Announces Artists for Waterfowl Festival 2019

Working Artists Forum has announced its members who have been juried into the exhibit during this year’s upcoming Waterfowl Festival. The exhibit and sale will be held at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, located at 100 W Dover Street, Easton.

Painting by Mary Veiga: Morning Light on Cow Beach

The artists where selected in a jurying process by Kirk McBride, a well-known and accomplished Maryland artist. The artists chosen are Katie Cassidy, Amy Cummins, Kathy Ellis, Mary Ford, Kathleen Gardiner, Jill Glassman, Maureen Herbert, June Hock, Patti Lucas Hopkins, Betty Huang, Carla Huber, Jane Knighton, Kathy Kopec, Marianne Kost, Pat Lang, Maggii Sarfaty, Jeanne Saulsbury, Jerry Serie, Judy Specht, Nancy Thomas, Georgette Toews, Mary Veiga, Steve Walker, Barbara Watson, Maureen Wheatley, and Barbara Zuehlke.

This exhibit will be available to the public from November 1st to December 2nd, to include the weekend of the Waterfowl Festival from November 8th to the 10th; and will be included in the official Waterfowl Festival maps, and the VIP event held on Thursday night prior to the opening of the festival.

WAF is pleased to be part of the 2019 Waterfowl Festival, and invites the public to enjoy the art on display for sale at the library.

For more information on WAF, visit For information on the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free library call 410-822-1626.

Juneteenth Celebration to Feature Street Concert Highlighting History of Black Music

Karen Somerville (Old School Gospel)

The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, will present the annual Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, Building African-American Minds (BAAM), the Talbot County Free Library, and Christ Church Easton 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.

This year’s Juneteenth program will pay special tribute to “A Timeline of Black Music Throughout History” in honor of Black Music Month. South Street will be closed in front of the Museum between Talbot Lane and Harrison Street creating a stage for the afternoon street concert featuring performances by gospel artist Karen Somerville (12 p.m.), African percussionist Daande Lenol (12:40 p.m.), Delta Blues singer Brooks Long (1:20 p.m.), the Capital Jazz Experience (2 p.m.), funk and rock songwriter Kentavius Jones (2:40 p.m.), and culminating in hip-hop artist Javier Starks (3:25 p.m.) who creates 100 percent curse-free music, while being a role model for youth through artistic expression.

The program includes a Family Craft Project making rain sticks, hosted by Constance Del Nero, Director of Children’s Education & Community Programs, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., there will be a Photo Booth and Jolie’s Faces will be doing face painting and temporary tattoos for participants. There will also be food offerings and resource booths available. This festive, free celebration of African American culture, art, and history promises fun for all ages.

This year’s sponsors of Juneteenth include Jack Construction, Beverly and Richard Tilghman, Bette Kenzie, and Catherine C. McCoy. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Sujata Massey Talks About Her Acclaimed Novels of India

Sujata Massey, award-winning Maryland author, will be at Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, on June 13, at 5:30pm.

Sujata Massey, winner of the Agatha Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL featuring young female India law clerk Perveen Mistry. Maggie Andersen will interview Ms Massey as she discusses her work including the sequel THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE set in the Indian subcontinent. Ms Massey’ s fascinating plots, exotic locations, and engaging characters have made her a favorite. Mystery Loves Company Booksellers will have both books for sale at the event. The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a copies of the books please contact Kathy Harig, Mystery Loves Company at 410-226-0010.

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Auditions for 33 Variations at Church Hill Theatre

Director Michael Whitehill is pleased to announce auditions for the upcoming Church Hill Theatre production of 33 Variations, by Moisés Kaufman.  The play tells the story of Katherine Brandt, a musicologist dying of ALS, who passionately throws herself into studying Beethoven’s renowned variations on a mundane Diabelli waltz.

The story of her singular pursuit of knowledge and her strained relationship with her spirited daughter is interwoven with that of Beethoven himself.  The action takes place between 1819, 1823 and 2019 in New York, Bonn, and Vienna.   The play has excellent roles for men and women and the characters break down as follows:

Katherine Brandt, a musicologist. Female, late 40s –early 60s (to play late 50s or thereabouts)
Clara Brandt, her daughter. Female, late 20s-early 30s.
Mike Clark, a nurse. Male, 20s-30s.
Dr. Gertrude Landenburger, a Librarian/Archivist. Female, 30s to 50s.

Ludwig van Beethoven, a composer. Male, 40s to 60s.
Anton Diabelli, a music publisher. Male, 30s to 50s.
Anton Schindler, Beethoven’s secretary. Male 30s to 60s.

Ages are flexible and the show will be cast in harmony to the overall piece and period from whomever shows up!

Auditions will take place on the Church Hill Theatre Main Stage on:
Saturday, June 22 at 10 am
Monday, June 24 at 6 pm
Wednesday, June 26 at 6 pm

Actors should be prepared for cold readings from the script and bring sheet music for a prepared song…for fun, pick a song you might sing in the shower or jogging! We know you all do it and yes, there will be some singing and (oh my God) some dancing, too.  Be on the lookout for and wary of Mr. Whitehill’s typical audition surprise exercises.  The Pianist, Choreographer, and Director will be watching every move you make on and off the stage throughout the auditions. For more information, especially about the play’s characters, contact Michael Whitehill at

We encourage all players from the studied to the first timers to come for the fun and the experience.  Mr. Whitehill looks first for players who will show up, work hard, and care as much as he does.  It is always fun, different, and interesting! 

For any general questions, please contact the CHT office at (410)556-6003.

Architecture:Visual Harmony opens at the Trippe Gallery June 7

Known for photographs focusing on the elements of light, line and texture, Nanny Trippe has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions. Her goal as a fine art photographer is to translate a scene, emphasizing what interests her most about a specific place at a moment in time. Though realistic in nature, her work has a strong abstract element and photographing architecture is the perfect muse. Seeking to convey the soul of a structure, composition of line and perspective are the tools.

Zemma Mastin White is a painter, and printmaker. She has discovered an inspiring interchange between painting and printmaking. Her focus is about mark making. Working with mixed media, such as flashe and acrylic paint, craypas, graphite, and paint markers, she combines a matrix of layering line, color and forms; intriguing patterns and textures emerge, yielding a great richness and depth to the surface.

“I am stimulated by patterns in nature, cityscapes, and music. For example the grid patterns in urban streets and buildings, street grates, the skeletons of trees, the textures and shapes of different leaves, the shadows and reflections, they all represent patterns which are a universal harmony of order present beneath the surface of everyday existence.”

David Csont is a nationally recognized illustrator and educator with over 25 years of professional experience in the visualization of architecture. He holds degrees in Art History and Graphic Design and completed his education earning a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1995.

“As an artist my first response is to draw or paint to communicate my ideas. I strive to tell the story through pictures that my words can’t easily communicate. The act of painting is a process that involves all of the senses. I immerse myself completely into the subject in order to draw out all of its character and hidden meaning, hoping that if I observe it closely enough I may glimpse the true essence of what makes it special.”

The exhibit is inspired by the harmony of shape and pattern, light and shadow, traditional and modern. It is reflective of a visionary approach to architectural harmony.

The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 N Harrison St. Opening reception is from 5-8pm June 7. For more information please call the gallery at 410-310-8727.

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