October Photography Show at the St. Michaels Library

The St. Michaels Art League announces its first Photography show at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library during the month of October.

Photo by Martin Zell

The show is judged by Ted Mueller of Easton, a graduate of New York Institute of photography who works in digitally enhanced photographic art as well as photo journalism and photographic fine art. His work has been on display throughout the Mid Shore region.

The Photography will be on display at the St. Michaels Library from October 1 until October 31. Works are available for sale through the artists. The library is located at 106 Freemont Street, St. Michaels and is free to the public. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9am-8 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am.-6pm; and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information contact Mary Ellen Mabe at 419-745-6436 or visit Smartleague.org.

Christ Church Concert Series to Kick Off New Season

The Christ Church Concert Series will open its 2018-19 concert season this Sunday, September 23, at 4 pm.  With a host of artists ranging from chamber ensembles and choral masterworks to concert organists, handbells, and other features, this year’s series has something for everyone!

To open the season, Christ Church welcomes a unique duo and two superb, world-class musicians known as Duo Transatlantique. Fresh from critically acclaimed concerts in southern France in 2016 and the United States in 2017, harpists Isabelle Frouvelle and Rebecca Anstine Smith have delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Harpist Rebecca Anstine Smith enjoys combining her passion for the French language with her musical performances, which began at Dickinson College, where she received a double degree in French and music, magna cum laude, Departmental Honors in Music.   More recently, she traveled to southern France where she performed harp duo recitals with renowned French harpist, Isabelle Frouvelle, as The Duo Transatlantique.  In her capacity as guest artist faculty for The Greenspring International Summer Harp Institute, she has accompanied them to Canada, England, Wales and the Coast of New England.  As an orchestral musician, Smith has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, and performs often with The National Philharmonic, The Washington Ballet Orchestra and The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. She recorded a CD of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols at the Washington National Cathedral with Canon Michael McCarthy.

Now also a resident of the United States, French harpist Isabelle Frouvelle, has performed several times as soloist with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of David Grandis, and in recital with organist Sonya Subbayya Sutton with the Concerto in Bb by Handel.  In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Frouvelle’s most recent travels include competitions and seminars in Mexico, Atlanta, Richmond, Virginia and Philadelphia.  Prior to coming to the United States, Ms. Frouvelle performed with numerous major orchestras in France including Orchestre Colonne, Opéra en Plein Air, and Orchestre du Capitole.  She has also played at many prestigious venues across Paris including Château de Versailles, Sainte Chapelle,  Hôtel des Invalides, Sacré Chœur de Montmartre, Musée de Louvre, as well as events in Les Bateaux Mouches, Le Ritz place Vendôme, and at private venues.  Additionally, she performed for a number of years weekly concerts at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée in Paris. She is recognized among harpists in Europe and USA, especially as an author of innovative harp instruction methods, publications of solo harp compositions for young harpists as well as a series of duets for harp and other instruments.

After a chance meeting of the harpists, Smith and Frouvelle, an almost immediate bond developed from their mutual admiration and appreciation for their respective cultures, languages, and music.  Their program at Christ Church this Sunday will celebrate their French-American friendship with 20th century works by both American and French composers: Debussy, Faure, Gershwin, and Joplin.  A refreshing and light sound of two harps performed by two artists and friends.

The Christ Church Concert Series is supported in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.  Doors open on Sunday at 3:30 pm, and the public is invited.  There is no admission charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received.  For more information, call 410-822-2677.

Test your Movie Savvy at the St. Michaels Library

Do you know John Wayne’s real name?

Which actress has won the most Academy Awards?

What are the only three movies ever to score an Academy Award Grand Slam (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay?

In case you don’t know (and even if you do!), you’ll want to hotfoot it to the Talbot County Free Library in St. Michaels at noon Monday, Oct. 1. There, Pete Howell, retired arts & entertainment editor and movie critic at The Star-Democrat, will reveal the answers to these and almost two dozen movie trivia questions.  Additional quizzes will be available for those of you who think you know it all.

Ever since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the annual Oscars. What movie won the very first Best Picture Oscar?  (Scroll down for the answer.)  The Academy Awards were the brainchild of movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Mayer hoped to apply a spur to Hollywood’s flank and motivate filmmakers to take it up a notch and make more prestige pictures.  The Oscar is Tinseltown’s most coveted accolade, aside, perhaps, from big box office. The cream of the most coveted crop are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Together they make up the Academy’s Grand Slam.

In 90 years, only three movies have ever hit a Grand Slam, and Howell will dish the inside scoop on each, including one that almost never made it into production, due to the whims and egos of studio bigshots and big-name actors.  In fact, its screenwriter suggested the effort to make this film would have made an even better movie, and it should have been called Uncertainty.

Pete Howell began his career as a movie reviewer in 1979, casting a critical eye on Roger Moore as James Bond in Moonraker.  Since then, he has scribbled illegible notes in more dark theaters than he can remember. He is eternally indebted to the Internet Movie DataBase (imdb.com) for helping him to make sense of those notes when the lights came on. (Who was that guy who played Felix Leiter in Casino Royale, anyway?Scroll down for the answer.) Before taking over the arts & entertainment beat at The Star-Democrat in 2000, he created the same position at the Athens Observer, an upstart weekly in northeast Georgia. Now retired, he is more selective about his moviegoing (No Skyscraper for him!), but can still be found on the dark side of the footlights once or twice a week.  In addition, he is the Grand Poo-Bah of the Talbot Cinema Society, a local group of movie buffs who meet monthly to watch a movie.

Admission to library programs is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit tcfl.org or call 410-745-5877.

Wings, starring Gary Cooper and Clara Bow, was the very first Best Picture.

Jeffrey Wright, the first African-American to play the role

Academy Art Museum Announces October Events

Pictured is jewelry by award-winning artist Holly Anne Mitchell.

Special Events

2018 Academy Craft Show – Dazzled!
Monday, October 1, Dazzled Online auction opens, 9 a.m.
Friday, October 19, The Preview, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, Doors Open, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, Doors Open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekend Entrance Fee: $10 Members, $12 Non-members /The Preview, $100 donation
In its 21st year, the Craft Show celebrates the work of 70 artists from across the United States who will present their work inside the Academy Art Museum and the Waterfowl building in Easton. A full range of craft along with the artists who make basketry, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, sculpture, and wood will be available. The Craft Show theme – Dazzled: something that amazes and impresses – was selected to share in the celebration of the Museum’s 60th anniversary. A dazzling roster of artists are part of the show featuring this year’s Honorary Chair and Visionary Artist, Todd Reed from Boulder, Colorado who is an American artisanal luxury jeweler renowned for creating works of art using recycled metals and sustainably-sourced raw and fancy-cut diamonds. The show also showcases three exciting featured artists: acclaimed jeweler Ashley Buchanan who makes powder coated, metal pieces; award-winning artist Holly Anne Mitchell who creates unique and beautiful eco-friendly jewelry from recycled newspaper; and well-known Maryland artist, Rebecca Myers, whose fine jewelry echoes a passion for the garden and the allure of the natural world. New this year, Dazzled Online makes select work by participating artists available online to a national audience. For more information visit academycraftshow.com and bit.ly/Dazzled-Online. All proceeds from the Craft Show and Dazzled Online go to the Academy Art Museum in support of their mission.

Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month
October 8 – Reaping What You Sow
7 to 9 p.m.
The 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.

Thomas Patton Miller, Maryland Crab Feast


All exhibitions are sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Star Democrat.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Through October 14, 2018
Free docent tours on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Part II of the Academy Art Museum’s Anniversary Exhibition, AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition honors six decades of building the Museum’s Permanent Collection, telling the story of the growth of the collections resulting from the gifts and bequests of several key art collectors, as well as more recently the support of the Collection Society. The exhibition presents a wide variety of works, including work by Ansel Adams, Leonardo Drew, Rembrandt and Ann Truitt, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the 17th century to the present. AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition is accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue. The exhibition is sponsored by David and Katherine Kerr Allen, Kathy and Daniel Canzoniero, Jocelyn and George Eysymontt, Amy Haines and Richard Marks, Margaret Keller, Carla and Al Massoni, Catherine Collins McCoy, and Nanny Trippe.

Jay Fleming, Abandoned

Jay Fleming: Island Life
Through November 11, 2018 (partial interruption during Craft Show)
First Friday Artist Talk & Book Presentation: Friday, September 7, 6 p.m.
Maryland photographer Jay Fleming has spent years documenting the culture and environment of the Chesapeake Bay. In his exhibition, Island Life, he documents life on Smith Island and Tangier Island, the Chesapeake’s only inhabited offshore islands. Being water-locked and isolated from modern transportation has created a unique way of life on Smith and Tangier, allowing for a preservation of the island’s history and traditions. Jay Fleming discovered his passion of photography upon receiving his father’s Nikon camera in his early teens. He immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the camera lens and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as professional photographer. This is Jay Fleming’s third solo museum exhibition.

Kittredge-Wilson Lectures

These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at academyartmuseum.org.

Mary Jackson, MacArthur Fellowship winner Maker of Sweetgrass Baskets

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About American Studio Craft
Bruce Metcalf, Jeweler and Independent Scholar
Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m.
Cost: $24 Members, $29 Non-members
Bruce Metcalf is coauthor of the book, “Makers: A History of American Studio Craft,” which is considered the first comprehensive survey of contemporary craft in the US. He has also penned countless essays in catalogs for metal exhibitions across the country and contributes fairly regularly to publications such as American Craft and Metalsmith.

Arts Express Bus Trips

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Fabulous Fashions: From Dior’s New Look to Now AND
Perfect Little Ladies: The World of Victorian Fashion Dolls
Thursday, October 18
$93 Members, $111 Non-members (includes admission)
Experience the drama and glamour of some of the most creative feminine fashions ever designed, from romantic ball gowns to audacious contemporary ensembles, and everything in between. See how designers have used color and pattern, shape and volume, draping, metallics, and embellishments to continually reinvent the art form. Also, before Barbie and American Girl, there was Miss Fanchon – the ultimate toy for privileged girls in the 1860s and 1870s. These dolls came with an amazing array of dresses, undergarments, and meticulously crafted accessories, from gloves and jewelry to roller skates and calling cards.

Berthe Morisot, Self-Portrait

Barnes Collection
Philadelphia, PA
Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist
Wednesday, October 31
$110 Members, $132 Non-members
Through her portrayal of the human figure, Morisot explored impressionist themes of modernity: the intimacy of contemporary bourgeois living and family life, the taste for resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion, and women’s domestic work. This exhibition will be the first dedicated presentation of Morisot’s work to be held in the US since 1987.

Adult Classes

Basic Drawing: Understanding Value and Composition
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: October 30–December 4, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Portrait Drawing from Life
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: October 25–December 13 (no class November 8 and 22), Thursdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $235 Non-members (Plus a model a modeling fee paid to the instructor at the first class)

Nick Serratore

Painting the Landscape with Pastel
Instructor: Nick Serratore
3 weeks: October 3, 10 and 17, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Pastel: Fundamentals and Personal Study
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
2 sessions of 4 weeks: October 24, 31, 7 & November 14 AND November 28, December 5, 12 and 19 Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost per session: $185 Member, $222 Non-members

Strong Values and Engaging Colors in the Landscape
Instructor: Julia Rogers
3 weeks: October 9, 16 and 23 Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Julia Rogers

Birds, Boats and the Bay
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
4 weeks: October 13, 27, November 3 and 17 (no class October 20 or November 10)
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $210 Members, $252 Non-members

Oil Painting: Creating Color Harmonies
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: October 30 – December 11 (no class November 20/Thanksgiving)
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost $175 Member, $210 Non-members

Mosaic Evening: Flower Pots
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
2 weeks: October 4 & 11 Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members, $96 Non-members (Plus $25 materials fee payable to Instructor)

Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
4 weeks: October 9 – 30
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $100 Members, $120 non-members

Special Classes

Cocktails and Canvas
Odilon Redon: Flowers in a Vase
Instructor: Constance Del Nero
Wednesday, October 3, 6–8 p.m.
Cost: $45

Leaf Locked Pendant
Instructor: Melissa Kay-Steves
Date: October 3, Wednesday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $50 Members, $60 Non-members (Plus $60 kit materials fee paid to the instructor at first class)

Children’s Classes

Family Art Day
All aboard!! Travel the World to Brazil
Instructor: Museum Staff
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Homeschool Classes
Late Fall Session: October 26–December 14, 2018 (Note that there are NO classes on November 9 or 23)
Ages 6 to 9 years (Please do NOT register 5 year-olds in this class.)
Constance Del Nero
Ages 10+
Susan Horsey
Cost (per session): $90 Members, $100 Non-members After the first full-priced tuition, siblings attend for $60/67! Pre-registration is advised as space is limited in each group.

Painting with Photoshop
Grades 6–10
Instructor: Chris Pittman
6 classes: Mondays and Wednesdays: October 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members

Performing Arts Classes
Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.

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.

Cellist Denise Nathanson to Perform in Oxford September 16

Denise Nathanson, cellist, will be presenting an afternoon of delightful cello music Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. The Church of the Holy Trinity (Oxford) is excited to have our friend, colleague, and community member share her amazing talents and vivacious personality with us.

Two friends have been playing together on sultry summer afternoons at Holy Trinity. This concert evolved from our time of music making, talking, and laughing – a few of our favorite pieces! You are certain to enjoy an all British program featuring beautiful, light pieces from composers, such as William Lloyd Webber (father of Andrew Lloyd Webber). Included are the stunning cello pieces by Paradis, Faure, and Schubert, featured at Prince Harry’s recent wedding.

This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to experience Denise Nathanson in concert.

Being part of a musical family, Denise began her cello studies at the age of 8. She furthered her studies at Florida State University and The Catholic University of America (DC). Ms. Nathanson went on to serve as a Principal with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Principal for the Annapolis and Roanoke (VA) Symphony Orchestras. She was a professor at Anne Arundel Community College and Frederick Community College, where she performed numerous concerts with the Hood College Chamber Players. Ms. Nathanson has performed chamber music in many venues: Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and in numerous local concert series in Talbot and Anne Arundel Counties.

Ms. Nathanson also served as a Music Program Director for Academy Art Museum in Easton. As an educator, she has been active in developing and performing in outreach programs through the State of Maryland. She currently maintains a private studio in Key West Florida.

Presently Ms. Nathanson resides most of the year in Key West, where she is the Music Director for the Key West Community Orchestra. In December 2016, she formed The Key West Duo with violinist Irie Monte. They offer elegant chamber music for all occasions. Ms. Nathanson is an RTY-200 hour yoga instructor, teaching at Shakti Yoga (Key West) and locally when she is in Oxford. In her free time, Denise enjoys needlepoint and can be found teaching classes and helping fellow stitchers.

For further information, please contact The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris St, Oxford. Our phone number is 410-226-5134. An offering will be taken for artist expenses. Please bring a friend and join us!

The Chesapeake Film Festival Announces Its 2018 Cinematic Line-up

Featuring a record 48 films from around the world, the 11th annual Chesapeake Film Festival promises an unprecedented celebration of films and filmmakers. Travel around our own Chesapeake Bay, through the gardens of Europe, the deltas of Africa, and the heart of American communities to witness the universal spirit of our planet.

October 11 – 14, 2018

Easton, St. Michaels and Cambridge, MD

Ticket sales on www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com

Join thousands of film lovers on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore this October at the Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF), where great stories begin. Our historic Maryland venues include the Avalon Theatre and the Academy Art Museum in Easton; the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; and the Cambridge Premier Cinemas and the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge.

From Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, audiences will delight in the magic of extraordinary films, meet the filmmakers, participate in lively discussions, and enjoy receptions and events created to enhance the Festival experience.

New Chefs on the Block

The CFF 2018 has something for everyone: A festive opening night about – and with – food; investigations into pressing social issues; virtual visits to amazing spaces; up-close and personal profiles of icons of cinema; creative short films and animations, and much more.

Opening Night Extravaganza

New Chefs on the Block, “a foodie sensation,” opens the Festival on Thursday, October 11.  Two chefs in Washington, DC struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appetit Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success.  The film, directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas, stars Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly…Pizza with cameos by legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer (Shake Shack, Union Square Café), Mike Isabella (Bravo “Top Chef” Allstar), and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman.

To complement the cinematic portrait of chefs, the Chesapeake Film Festival will host an all-star reception with local gourmet chefs at the Academy Art Museum before the screening at the Avalon.  Businesses providing delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts include Gourmet by the Bay, The Wylder Hotel, Stars Restaurant from the Inn at Perry Cabin, Limoncello Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Bistro St. Michaels and Flying Fork Catering.

Fabulous Friday

Friday at the Avalon begins with an amazing clay-on-glass animation, The Elephant’s Song, directed by local artist Lynn Tomlinson.  From the animated short, the festival moves to a stunning feature-length documentary, Into the Okavango that tells the story of a NATGEO expedition to Botswana with a mission to help preserve the delta, all the animals and land surrounding it, and people who reside there.

The finale of the day, In the Executioner’s Shadow, casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories, including the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person. This powerful film will be screened again Saturday at the Cambridge Premier Cinema. The filmmakers and the subjects of the film will lead discussions after the screenings.

Making Waves at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay is the focus of a full day of environmental filmmaking curated by filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown on Saturday, October 13 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). The day concludes with the premiere of a new film by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Cannon-Brown, An Island Out of Time, about Smith Island, MD.  The icing on the cake, figuratively and literally, is a reception with Maryland’s state dessert, the Smith Island multi-layer cake.

The environmental program also includes a double feature of films by Roger Sorkin and the American Resilience Project, including the East-Coast premiere of a new film about the transformation of America’s electric grid, Current Revolution. The other film, Tidewater, looks at the ravages of climate change, sea level rise and erosion on the military installations in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

The CBMM line-up also includes a sneak preview of a short film by Cannon-Brown, Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up! about the three-year restoration of an 1889 nine-log bugeye in the museum’s shipyard.  Edna will officially relaunch two weeks after the Chesapeake Film Festival, during CBMM’s October 27 Oysterfest.

Five Seasons and Moving Stories

Saturday in Easton at the Avalon and Academy Art Museum…

The mix of stories at the Avalon Theatre and Academy Art Museum in Easton on Saturday, October 13, is sure to provide everyone with subjects of interest.

Features at the Avalon: Boko Haram: Journey from Evil, which goes beyond the headlines to profile the heroic efforts of everyday Nigerians to stand up against the terrorist group, which has killed, kidnapped and displaced millions of people. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf is a gorgeous, meditative documentary that immerses viewers in the work of a revolutionary landscape designer. Moving Stories brings us six dancers from an acclaimed NY company who travel the world to work with youth who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and severe trauma as refugees. Cinephiles will appreciate Searching for Ingmar Bergman, an intimate profile of a director who is considered one of the most important filmmakers of all times.

At the Academy Art Museum:  Two programs of shorts bookend the documentary feature Saving Sea Turtles.  Narrated by renowned marine scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this enchanting – yet disturbing – documentary highlights the work that is being done to save a species from extinction. The exciting line-up of shorts includes Riverment by Shayla Racquel, a government employee by day and award-winning student filmmaker by night.  Her film is the story of a former civil rights activist who fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is following in her footsteps. In Othello San a young African-American actor is cast as the lead in Shakespeare’s Othello at a prestigious theater school in Japan.  His dreams of stardom are tempered by an intemperate instructor.

Saving Sea Turtles and Riverment

…and at the Dorchester Center for the Arts and Cambridge Premier Cinemas

The Chesapeake Film Festival is honored to add the Dorchester Center for the Arts as partner in the 2018 Festival.  The evening feature of Moving Stories provides a second venue for lovers of dance. The afternoon selections include a series of shorts and a gripping feature, The Sentence focusing on social justice.  Shorts include Othello San and Jabari Keatinga candid, first-person narrative that explores his personal reflections about life as an African-American in America today.

The intense documentary, In the Executioner’s Shadow, which screens Friday in Easton, comes to the Cambridge Premier Cinemas Saturday afternoon.  Lighter fare continues throughout the day with Up to Snuff, about American musician and composer W. G. Snuffy Walden. If you don’t the name, you know his music from such TV shows as The West WingThe Wonder Years and Thirty something. A fascinating subject is featured with Poured in Pennsylvania about the redeveloped beer industry and its impact in Pennsylvania. And there’s Five Days in August which follows two teams competing in the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament—The White Marlin Open in Ocean City.

Poured in Pennsylvania and Bombshell

Sunday Specials

The Chesapeake Film Festival continues through Sunday in Easton and Cambridge. Highlights include I, Matter, produced by Festival board member Alexis Nichols and directed by its brave star, Llysa Rie who will share her story of living with AIDS on screen and on stage at the Academy Art Museum.

Beauty and brains are the subjects of two very different films at the Avalon. The afternoon begins with The Gardener, a walk through the gardens of Les Quatre Vents with influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot.  The closing night film tells a story that sounds like fiction, but isn’t. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is about the astounding, but little-known, talents of a Hollywood bombshell off-screen. Lamarr helped develop a secret radio system that would allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. The nephew of her partner in the invention, musician George Antheil, will share anecdotes with the audience after the film.  An awards ceremony and reception closes out the Festival.

This schedule is subject to change. For more information and tickets, visit chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

Easton Choral Arts Society Holds Auditions

Easton Choral Arts Society, founded in 1977, is holding open auditions for its Christmas concert. Composed of members from the Delmarva region, the Society performs a variety of music, ranging from classical to works by contemporary composers. Auditions are scheduled by appointment, and interested singers may contact ECAS through the website EastonChoralArts.org or by e-mail at weslockfaw@christchurcheaston.org. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:00, at Christ Church Easton, 111 S Harrison Street, Easton.

Easton Choral Arts Society was created to bring quality choral music to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and to provide local singers with the opportunity to enhance their musical knowledge and skills in an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie.

The Society is supported by grants from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival October 11-14

Join thousands of film lovers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at the Chesapeake Film Festival, where great stories begin. Thursday, October 11th to Sunday, October 14th, the Eastern Shore won’t just be the land of snails and oysters—it will be a sea of film! This long weekend is a celebration of storytelling and filmmaking including workshops, guest speakers, director Q&A’s and jam-packed cinematic discovery.

This year we bring to you an abundance of Maryland premieres, timely environmental films and provocative student films. There’s something for everyone with films that herald new chefs, exquisite gardeners, environmental heroes, a Hollywood movie starlet with a secret, teen grief, marlin fishing, Smith Island, sea turtles and so much more!

The films will be screened at a variety of venues on the shore, including the Avalon Theatre and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD; the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD; and the Cambridge Premier Cinema and the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, MD.

Not only do you get scintillating film and discussion afterward, but come mingle with the filmmakers at our splashy opening night party at the Academy Art Museum, our environmentally themed event at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and our closing night Award ceremony and party.

For more information, please go to chesapeakefilmfestival.com or email us at info@chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

Art Show to Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries of Arts in Talbot County

The Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League 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.

Maryland is currently ranked 4th in the United States for money allocated to arts spending. Talbot County boasts many talented artists who live, work or sell their art here. This is a great opportunity to see local talent in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms. Many of the works are offered for sale by directly contacting the artist.

Jo Merrill pastel “I Feel Pretty”

The exhibition is open October 1-31 and takes place at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library located at 100 W. Dover St. in Easton, MD. Library hours are Monday and Thursday 9am-8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-6pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

The event is judged by Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels. Julie recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Maryland State Arts Council followed by six months as MSAC’s interim executive director.

The public is invited to a free reception on October 5th, 5-7pm at the library where awards will be announced and presented.  Refreshments will be served.

For further information check the bottom of the home page of the Arts Council’s website (talbotarts.org); or visit smartleague.org.

AAM Hosts Instructor Open House and Announces Adult Art Classes

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host a 60th Birthday Party and Annual Members’ Meeting. Included in the event will be the Museum’s annual Instructor Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, and door prizes.

According to Katie Cassidy, Education Consultant at the Academy Art Museum, “The event will introduce our exciting fall line-up of classes and instructors. Demonstrations in drawing a live model, monoprints, pastel, watercolor, photography, and oil and acrylic painting will be offered.”

New this year, will be classes by artist Maggii Sarfaty, who will be showing her handmade ornaments; John Dynan and Melissa Kay-Steves who will be teaching jewelry making; and Stephen Walker, who will be teaching photography in the Museum’s Digital Lab.

Pictured is an adult drawing class at the Academy Art Museum.

The schedule for instructor demonstrations on September 15 is as follows:

Shery Southwick – Visual Arts Studio, monoprints, 10 – 11: 30 a.m.

Katie Cassidy – Painting Studio, drawing and pastels, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Steve Bleinberger – Drawing Studio, watercolor, 1 – 3 p.m.

Brad Ross – Drawing Studio, portrait and figure, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Diane Mullaly -Painting Studio, oil and acrylic, 1 – 3 p.m.

Steve Walker – Digital Studio, photography, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Paul Aspell – Clay Studio, 11:30 – 1 p.m.

Maggii Sarfaty – Atrium, handmade holiday ornaments, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

John Dynan and Melissa Kay-Steves – Atrium, jewelry, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For further information, contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net or at 410-820-5222.