Carpe Diem Arts Presents Eloise & Company December 11

Carpe Diem Arts free lunch-time performance series presents Eloise & Company, with music from France, Scotland, Ireland, England, Quebec and New England for the holiday season. The concert will be held at Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton on December 11 at 12:15-1:00pm.

Featuring the combined creative force of three of the country’s most sought-after acoustic folk musicians: Owen Morrison, Becky Tracy, and Rachel Bell. These three crank out high-energy traditional music with unbridled energy and soaring beauty. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid tunes that have been around for hundreds of years — from driving Celtic reels to groove-infused French village dance tunes to elegant English melodies.

The Carpe Diem Arts performance series at Brookletts Place is presented by Carpe Diem Arts in partnership with the Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place.

Eloise & Company will also present a concert at 10:30am at the Chesapeake Center for adults with disabilities.

Both concerts are made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Dock Street Foundation, the Nancy A. Graham Memorial Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and by individual contributions to Carpe Diem Arts and Brookletts Place.

The monthly 45-minute performances (12:15-1:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, September through May 2019) are FREE and open to the public.

Lunch is available at 12 noon with advance reservations.

RSVP: Amanda Brown — 410-822-2869 / abrown@uppershoreaging.org

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
www.CarpeDiemArts.org/brookletts-place, Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore

Other upcoming dates (2nd Tuesdays)

Jan 8 – Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts & Karen Ashbrook
Feb 12 – Junkyard Saints: Celebration of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day
Mar 12 – Josh Dukes & Dylan Foley: Celebration of Irish American Heritage Month & St. Patrick’s Day!
Apr 9 – Fuad Foty and Family: honoring Arab American heritage month
May 7 – Chris Noyes: Songs for Mother’s Day and the Chesapeake Bay

Academy Art Museum Announces 2018 Members’ Exhibition Awards

The Academy Art Museum is celebrating The Annual Members’ Exhibition: The Museum @ 60 through January 13, 2019. In honor of this milestone, Museum members were invited to get creative, imaginative and experimental around the suggested “60” theme in any medium. New York Artist Emily Lombardo, the Museum’s first Artist-in-Residence, served as Judge for the exhibition and presented the exhibition awards.

At the festive exhibition, the following awards were given: The Best in Show in Honor of Lee Lawrie – Mary Ann Schindler for YvesK (Galerie) Iris Clert MCMLVIII; The Jane Shannahan Hill Offutt Memorial Award for Painting – David Plumb for Self Portrait; Arielle Marks Award for Best Print (excluding photography) – Rosemary Cooley for Eddies and Flows; Samuel Sands Sporting Art Award – Virginia Perram for Untitled [decoys]; M. Susan Stewart Award for Best Collage – Sheryl Southwick for Happy Birthday; Best Seascape in Honor of David T. Grafton – Sahm Doherty Sefton for At Last; Nancy South Reybold Award for Contemporary Art, sponsored by Main Street Gallery, Cambridge, and Nancy’s Artist Friends – Alison Cooley for Tidal 7180; Trippe Gallery Award for Best Work on Paper – Christie Taylor for Bunatrahir Bay, County Mayo, Ireland; Best Landscape Award, sponsored by the St. Michaels Art League – Armando R. Ortiz for After the Storm;Academy Clay Award sponsored by an anonymous donor – Nancy McNary-Smith for Three Sisters; Excellence in Photography – Matt Moore for Empty Pedestals; Ben Franklin Crafts Awards – Joseph Minarick for Untitled (LVd’I), Alan Wald for Artemis and Actaeon, and James Malaro for LX.

The Members’ Exhibition is sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. For further information, call 410-822-2787.

Photo: First row, left to right, are Alan Wald, Emily Lombardo, Joseph Minarick, and Nancy McNary-Smith. Pictured middle row, left to right, are Ben Simons, Director; Sahm Doherty-Sefton, Mary Ann Schindler, and Rosemary Cooley. Pictured back row, left to right, are Sheryl Southwick, David Plumb, Matthew Moore, and Armando R. Ortiz. Absent from the photo are award winners Alison Cooley, James Malaro, and Virginia Perram.

The Trippe Gallery to Host Book Signing of Judge John North’s New Book on Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes

The Trippe Gallery will be hosting a book signing of “Tradition, Speed and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Sailing Log Canoes” by the author John C. North II from 5-7 pm on Friday December 7. “North’s log canoe sailing experience exemplifies two major themes of this unique fleet:tradition and innovation” writes Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Chief Curator Pete Lesher in the book’s Foreword. The book relates the wonderful history of this sailing vessel and is illustrated by photographs new and old, and paintings by Marc Castelli. It belongs in the library of every Eastern Shore resident!

For the month of December, the gallery’s featured exhibit is “Small Jewels for the Holidays”- small paintings, photographs, table sculpture, books and calendars to gift for that special someone on your list!

The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 N Harrison St. For more information please call 410-310-8727.

AAM Lecture: The Altering Eye: Photography at the National Gallery by Sarah Greenough

Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, will be presenting a lecture Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6pm

In 1990, Greenough became the founding curator of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art and has been responsible for establishing and growing the National Gallery’s collection of photographs, which now numbers more than 17,000 works made between 1839 and the present.

Caption: Andre Kertesz, Clock of the Académie Française, Paris (detail)

Easton Choral Arts Society Christmas Oratorio Tells the Christmas Story

Easton Choral Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with “Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio,” on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Easton. Late in 1858, the Church of the Madeleine commissioned 23-year-old Camille Saint-Saëns to write an oratorio for that year’s Christmas celebration. He set to work on December 4, and by December 15 had finished a 10-movement work telling the Christmas story, with additional commentaries upon that event. Christmas Oratorio is an intimate work that requires five soloists, a chorus, and small instrumental forces—an organ, a harp, and strings.

Maestro Wes Lockfaw, who directs the chorus, states, “In this work, Saint-Saëns blends a number of musical styles—narrative recitatives, folk-like melodies, passionate operatic solo passages, and simple choral writing.”

Soloists include Soprano Yulia Petrachuk, who sang with Easton Choral Arts Society last spring; Mezzo Soprano Katelyn Jackman; Contralto Alexandra Coburn; Tenor Joshua Baumgardner, also a returning soloist; and Bass William Meinert. Born in Russia, Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland. She has performed at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, at the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, and at Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. As a bass, Meinert, who currently studies with William Sharp at Peabody Institute, has been praised for his “evenly produced, promising bass” (Opera News) and “charismatic [and] exhilarating comic flair” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). This season, he performed with Baltimore Concert Opera, with Opera North, and with Madison Opera. Alexandra Coburn, a contralto from Houston, Texas, is an undergraduate from Louisiana State University. She is currently studying in Washington D.C. at the Potomac Vocal Institute under Elizabeth Bishop. Jackman has performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. This season, she will return to Baltimore Concert Opera, the Annapolis Opera, and the Kennedy Center. Baumgardner is a fresh new voice in the world of classical music. He teaches in Washington DC, where he also maintains an active performing career that spans works from Haydn and Mozart, to modern, 20th century operas written with the intent of bringing young, new audiences into the world of classical music.

Top, L-R: Maestro Wes Lockfaw, Soprano Yulia Petrachuk, Mezzo-Soprano Katelyn Jackman. Bottom, L-R: Contralto Alexandra Coburn, Tenor Joshua Baumgardner, Bass William Meinert

“Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio,” opens with a pastoral instrumental prelude which sets the mood for the Christmas story, evoking images of a shepherd playing a flute, and a rustic manger, with the holy family and adoring animals. Although Saint-Saëns commented that this movement is in the style of Bach, it is pure 19th century Romanticism. His Quartet movement for two sopranos, alto, and baritone is crafted in Handelian style. At the end of the performance, the audience will join the chorus with additional seasonal selections.

Easton Choral Arts Society, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Tickets will be $30 at the door and are available online in advance at $25 at www.eastonchoralarts.org or at Ticket Hotline 410-200-0498.  Students will be admitted free (reservation required). Seating is limited, so advance ticket purchases are recommended.

ECAS was founded in 1977 by organist Florence Ruley of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a group of caring singers was organized to commemorate the installation of a new bishop. The experience was so rewarding that they continued with the idea of singing two to three concerts a year. As public appreciation and awareness of the Easton Choral Arts Society was growing within the community. Its presence was marked by a new and thoughtful broadening of the repertoire, featuring guest soloists, and professional instrumentalists.

In 2010, Wes Lockfaw became Easton Choral Arts Society’s fifth Artistic Director. A very talented and accomplished organist, pianist, and choral director, Wes has led music ministries in seven states as well as having served as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and piano instructor in a college environment. In January of 2009, he accepted the position of Organist and Music Director at Christ Church Episcopal in Easton, Maryland where he directs ensembles ranging from children to adults.

Thanks to community support, Easton Choral Arts is keeping the spirit of its mission alive — to bring great choral masterworks programs to audiences of all ages on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

Celebrate the Holidays at Todd Performing Arts Center

Take a break from the holiday rush and come experience the culture and traditions of the season in “Sleigh Ride Around the World” in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. This original musical revue full of high energy song and dance will be presented on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

For several years, Creative Productions at TPAC has taken audiences somewhere on a “sleigh ride.”  Travel with the Sleigh Ride Company as they explore traditions, dances, stories and melodies the world over. The audience will experience “an incredible journey” of holiday celebrations in this vibrant production.

The performers are from the Eastern Shore, Baltimore, and Virginia. Using elements of theatre, music and dance, it’s a magical show, about a magical time that defies cultural boundaries, and is a holiday tradition for many families. Make it a part of your tradition and bring the whole family on a “sleigh ride” around the world!

Show tickets are $20 adults and $15 children 10 and under.  For tickets, please call the box office at 410-827-5867 or email lzaragoza@chesapeake.edu.

Tidewater Singers to Present An A Cappella Christmas

The Tidewater Singers will present an a cappella concert featuring Francis Poulenc’s “Four Motets for Christmastime” and other seasonal songs from the Renaissance through the 21 st century on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville; on Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at Trinity Cathedral in Easton; and on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.

Under the direction of William Thomas, The Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. The goal is to bring varied and exciting quality choral music to the Eastern Shore.

Commenting on the concert, Thomas said, “The lyric melodies of the Poulenc Motets will delight our audiences, as will the span of the additional music.” The Tidewater Singers are renowned throughout the mid shore area for their a cappella work.

Now in his eleventh season as artistic director of the Tidewater Singers, Thomas is associate professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels.

Advance tickets for the Centreville and Easton performances may be purchased online at www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton. Leave a message for Tidewater Singers at 1-888-752-0023 or tidewatersingers@gmail.com. Information and tickets for the Cambridge performance are available at 410-228-3161.

The Tidewater Singers gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Laura Rankin and Diane DuBois Mullaly Featured Artists at Green Phoenix Gallery

Creations of Laura Rankin

Are you seeking the unique — a fun and whimsical gift, or a small regional painting – by local artists? December at The Green Phoenix Gallery brings all this and more; featuring the much-loved felted works of Laura Rankin, and palette knife oil paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly.

Artisan and children’s picture book author/illustrator Laura Rankin’s lively miniature needle felted creations for this season focus on ornaments and brooches. You’ll find tiny Santas decked out in acorn cap berets, mice in holiday finery, seagulls, mallard ducks, elves with tall pointy hats, winter birds, and jewel-toned felted acorns. Plus a few holiday surprises.

Laura taught herself needle felting about nine years ago. When she received her first batts of wool it was love at first sight. “I look at a soft, fluffy handful of gorgeous, dyed wool and I see its sculptural possibilities as a whimsical character or object. It’s a magical and unexpected way for me to create. I love the rich colors — the palette is endless, and the texture and smell of the wool soothes me.”

Diane DuBois Mullaly will hang the unsold paintings from her Adkins Arboretum exhibit, “Light and Life”, a series of thirty-two small, vibrant palette knife oil paintings created en plein air during the past year at Adkins Arboretum; as well as in the artist’s studio while working from field studies, memories and reference photos. These works were painted in the spirit of the Daily Painting movement, where each piece is 6”x 6” and quickly captures a moment unique to the Arboretum. Filled with light and life, or quiet contemplation, this series includes close and distant interpretations of Adkins’ landscape, through the seasons.

Festive Night by Diane DuBois Mullaly

“As I painted the creeks and marshes, the meadows and woodlands, I began to understand — what makes Adkins so special to me is that I can participate in the spirit and wonder of it all. At first my paintings were pure landscapes which included nothing man-made. Then, as the series developed, it came to include some of the magic-filled objects the Arboretum director and staff have imaginatively incorporated to enhance our interaction with nature.  Bluebird box number 8, the Gnome Sweet Home, the Funshine Garden, one of the goats, the purple martin houses, a tree decorated by children during Candlelit Caroling — all became subjects that called to me.”

Gallery owner Andi Tassencourt invites the public to The Green Phoenix on First Friday, December 7, from 5 to 8 pm, to meet both artists — watch Laura do a felting demo, and talk with Diane about how she paints — shop their newest works, and enjoy some wine, yummy finger foods, good company and conversation. Says Tassencourt, “Laura’s meticulously crafted, reasonably priced felted creations are a wonderful complement to the international flavor of hand crafted works by our Fair Trade artisans, in combination with our eclectic mix of fine, artisanal crafts by local artists, and oil paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly. All come together to offer an environment with a full range of creative arts and wonderful holiday gifts for the community to enjoy!”

And FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, located inside The Green Phoenix Gallery, adds even more interest, featuring an ever changing 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 – 5 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.  www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery

Delmarva Review Announces 11th Annual Edition and Opening of New Submissions

Delmarva Review announced publication of its eleventh literary journal presenting new poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction by authors from 19 states and two other countries. Half are from the Delmarva-Chesapeake region.

“The new issue is our largest, with over 300 pages of outstanding new prose and poetry,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. “Editors selected the work of 45 writers that stood out from thousands of submissions. While the stories and poems represent a diverse collection of literary voices and style, together they suggest a common theme, the discovery or realization of one’s individuality. Often shaped by adversity, individuality forms the roots of our creativity.”

This edition includes 57 poems, 10 short stories, 11 nonfiction, and four micro nonfiction selections. Editors reviewed five recent books by regional writers.

The cover image, “Sharps Island Light,” is of the iconic leaning lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay, by photographer by Jay P. Fleming, of Annapolis, Maryland. The iron column, tilted from an ice-flow, weathered by storms and sea, rises 35 feet above the Chesapeake Bay offering navigation for sailors.

Delmarva Review was created in 2008 to offer writers a valued venue to publish their best writing in print at a time when many commercial publications were reducing literary content or going out of business. The journal favors the permanence of the printed word, but it also publishes an electronic edition to meet the digital preferences of many readers. Both print and electronic editions are immediately available at Amazon.com and other major online booksellers.

Since its first annual issue, the review has showcased the original work of 300 writers. In all, authors have come from 40 states and 10 foreign countries. Fifty-one percent are from the tri-state Delmarva Peninsula and Chesapeake Bay region. Over 50 have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Some have received notable mention in Best American Essays or achieved notice from other literary editors.  For many, this was a first recognition.

The submission period for the next issue is open through March 31, 2019. Submissions are made from the website at DelmarvaReview.org.  All writers are welcome.

In addition to executive editor Wyatt, the journal’s all-volunteer staff includes Bill Gourgey, managing editor, Harold O. Wilson, fiction editor, James O’Sullivan, fiction reader, Anne Colwell, poetry editor, Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, poetry reader, Cheryl Somers Aubin, nonfiction editor, Gerald Sweeney, book section editor, Jodie Littleton, copy editor, and Mike Pretl, legal advisor.

Published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund Inc., the nonprofit journal is supported by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council, and from individual tax-deductible contributions.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Holidays with Seasonal Favorites

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s holiday concerts will feature traditional seasonal favorites with a little extra pop! The Symphony is hosting its holiday concert, Holiday Joy, Angelic Sisters! on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD; on Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE; and on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD. The Karpov sisters will combine opera, jazz and pop in a special way. The MSO’s New Year’s Eve Concert will be held on Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton, MD featuring vocalist Jessica Renfro.

L-R: Suzanne Karpov, Jessica Karpov and Jessica Renfro

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “elegant” soprano, both “incisive and tender,” Suzanne Karpov is quickly distinguishing herself as one of the country’s leading young sopranos. In the 2016-17 season, Karpov made her debut with Washington National Opera and has made various soprano soloist appearances since including recently her professional debut with American Bach Soloists in Handel’s Messiah, a performance of Messiah at the Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera Orchestra. Suzanne Karpov’s sister Jessica Karpov is a famous song-writer for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Brittany Spears, and Demi Lovato.

Jessica Renfro is an accomplished concert artist, having performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bach in Baltimore Concert Series and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in solo orchestral works including Handel’s Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and the Bach B Minor Mass.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. Tickets for these concerts and more of the MSO are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.