First Friday in September at Studio B Art Gallery

Quiet Afternoon by Ken DeWaard

Studio B Art Gallery welcomes you to its First Friday Gallery Walk Reception.  Studio B Art Gallery, located in the heart of Easton’s historic district, at 7 B Goldsborough Street, invites the public to enjoy wonderful art and refreshments from 5 to 8pm on September 6th.  The Gallery represents nationally and internationally known painters Hiu Lai Chong, Ken DeWaard, Qiang Huang, Master Jove Wang, Betty Huang, and sculptor Rick Casali.

Betty Huang, 443-988-1818, Visit for details and all events.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to Speak at Todd Performing Arts Center

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

The Talbot County Free Library is pleased to announce that its proposal to bring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha—the author of this year’s One Maryland One Book, “What the Eyes Don’t See”—to our region has been approved by Maryland Humanities.  One Maryland One Book is the Maryland Humanities program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  Dr. Hanna-Attisha will speak at the Todd Performing Arts Center on Monday night, November 4, at seven o’clock.

In 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was a brilliant, dedicated pediatrician working in a public hospital in Flint, Michigan.  From a friend, she learned the water in Flint—the water she had been telling parents it was safe for their children to drink—was in fact loaded with lead, a chemical proven to impair the healthy development of young brains.  When Hanna-Attisha approached city and state officials about fixing this dangerous problem, she met a brick wall.  But she persevered.  “What the Eyes Don’t See” is a wonderful, modern morality tale, one in which the good guys win and the bad guys not only lose, they get their just deserts.  Copies of the book are available for check out from the library.

Like all Talbot County Free Library events, Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s talk at the Todd Performing Arts Center will be free and open to the public.  Her appearance is made possible by Maryland Humanities, the Talbot County Free Library, the Caroline County Public Library, and the Queen Anne’s County Library, with support from The Aspen Institute, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake College, The Oxford Museum, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

For more information, please call the Talbot County Free Library at 410-822-1626, or visit

Plein Air Painting Workshop at Tuscany September 14-21

Plein Air Artists, join us for an exciting and rewarding Plein Air Painting Workshop “Painting in the Heart of Tuscany with Sara Linda Poly”September 14th through the 21st, 2019.  Sara is such a great artist and a very thoughtful, kind and wonderful teacher!  The experience of painting under the tutelage of Sara in this environment is not to be missed.


September is the best month to visit Tuscany and a great time of the year to explore and paint.  We will be staying in a lovely private villa, 23 km from Florence, located on a hilltop near Montespertoli, overlooking the ancient Castle of Montegufoni. The villa has a pool and is surrounded by a ring of hills, olive groves, and vineyards with a panoramic view of the glorious Tuscan countryside!  A private chef will prepare delicious dinners with wonderful Chianti wine – all meals are included and an excursion day to Siena, luncheon at a winery, and visit to San Gimignano.

Per-Student Cost (double-occupancy): $2,900; Non-Painting Guest: $2,400, note airfare is not included.

For information on the villa and travel, contact Betty Huang,,

443-988-1818. For information on supplies, etc., contact Sara Linda Poly,, 703-472-3960.

“Water, Water, Everywhere…” Exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Barbara Zuehlke’s painting Bozman Morning

The Working Artists Forum members are be exhibiting their art for sale at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum the weekend of August 16-18.  The show opens Friday, August 16th, with a reception from 4 to 6pm.  The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and wonderful art during the reception.

Barbara Zuehlke’s painting Soft Shell Crab Shack

This weekend show will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium in the Steamboat Building on the Museum campus.  The show, open to the public, will continue through the weekend, ending Sunday, August 18th, at 5 pm.

A New Executive Director For RiverArts

Maria Wood

Chestertown RiverArts Board announces a new Executive Director. Maria Wood will step in to the position on September 1, upon Andy Goddard’s retirement on August 31. Andy has been RiverArts executive director for 3½ years. Pam White, Board president, happily made the announcement. “The Board is very pleased that Maria has accepted our offer. Her experience and vision will build in exciting ways upon the strong foundation that Andy has created.”

A native of the Eastern Shore and a graduate of Smith College, Maria brings a deep belief in and appreciation of the benefits of the arts in the community. She brings, as well, the organizational skills that RiverArts will need. She spent 20 years with the National Children’s Music Project, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote social, cultural, and academic arts education, first as the program director and then as president. More recently, she was Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jesse Colvin for Congress campaign. Currently, she is Education Manager for RiverArts.

“I am excited to take on this position,” said Maria. “RiverArts is a crucial part of the rich arts culture in Kent County and I look forward to working with the Board, staff, volunteers, and members to support the important work of connecting the arts with the community.”


The Fabulous Hubcaps Return to the Oxford Community Center

On Saturday, August 31st, the Oxford Community Center welcomes The Fabulous Hubcaps – one of the most sought after Oldies Rock`n Roll Dance and Show Groups in the country.

Since their beginnings in 1974 as ‘Harvey Hubcap and the Do Ron Ron’, they have set the standard for musical quality and entertainment showmanship unmatched anywhere. In a ypical Hubcaps show, you not only hear the best of the “Classics” but you see many of your favorite artists dressed in costume delivering to you a dynamic show, the best on tour. Where else can you see Elvis, Little Richard, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, The Platters, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Junior Walker, The Temptations, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline and so many more artists appearing on one stage in a single night for your total enjoyment? Only The Hubcaps can perform such a unique and spirited show!

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 ($35 at the door). Make a night of it and enjoy one of Oxford’s amazing restaurants. Doc’s Sunset Grille, Latitude 38 and Pope’s Tavern are offering 20% discount for “early bird dinners”. Arrive at the restaurant around 5:30 p.m. and show your server proof of purchase of your Hubcaps ticket to enjoy the fabulous deal!

This event is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from Talbot County Council and Maryland State Arts Council and sponsored by Campbell’s Boatyards and Kelly Distributors.

For more information, visit

Nancy Hammond Editions Pop Up in St. Michaels

From August 2nd until September 2nd, Nancy Hammond Editions of Annapolis will open a Pop Up Store in the historic James Benson House at 214 Talbot Street in St. Michaels.

Nancy Hammond Editions was established in Annapolis in the early 1990’s  to showcase Nancy Hammond’s ever evolving limited edition print collections including Annual Posters, Bay Series, CBF Series, Children’s Series, Flowers, Herons, Tropical, USNA and Waterviews. Notecards, Christmas cards and gifts are also available. 

Nancy Hammond Editions offers original works and prints by artist Nancy Hammond. The prints are Giclee and silk-screened editions, signed and numbered on archival paper using archival inks. The Gallery staff also offers advice on framing with a full range of framing samples to fit any home or office décor.

The St. Michaels pop up shop will be Open Thursday through Sunday
11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
For more information, please call the gallery at 410-295-6612 or visit here 

Academy Art Museum Announces September Events

Amze Emmons, Prisoner’s Dilemma 2008 Intaglio.


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.

Amze Emmons: Pattern Drift
Through September 30, 2019
Free Art Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals. An exhibition publication will accompany the show and serve as a catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre to date. The exhibition was conceived and curated by the Academy Art Museum and will travel to the Ross Art Museum, at Ohio Wesleyan University. Amze Emmons will serve as the Museum’s second Artist-in-Residence at the time of his exhibition. Details on educational and other special programming will be available on

James Turrell, Mapping Spaces 2

James Turrell: Mapping Spaces
Through September 30, 2019
Free Art Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
For over half a century, the American artist James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. Turrell’s group of prints, Mapping Spaces, was created in 1987 as Chambers and Cross Sections of the Roden Crater. Located in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona, Roden Crater is an unprecedented large-scale artwork created within a volcanic cinder cone by light and space and the culmination of the artist’s lifelong research in the field of human visual and psychological perception. Roden Crater is a controlled environment for the experience and contemplation of light. The Academy Art Museum acquired the portfolio of five color etchings with aquatint, photo-etching, soft-ground and dry point, in 2018.

Heather Harvey: The Thin Place
Through September 30, 2019
Free Art Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Visual artist Heather Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair of Art + Art History at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, works at the overlap between objective and subjective experience. Her studio practice includes night walks to collect trash inadvertently left by others; what she calls “urban beachcombing.” These materials, regarded by most as worthless and unsightly, are incorporated in order to draw out their inherent significance, beauty, and strangeness. This will be the first exhibition of her work within the community where most of her materials were gathered.

Heather Harvey, Collapse

GAMELATRON @ AAM: Bodyphones
From September 2019
Open daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Museum Front Yard
Bodyphones is an immersive installation by Aaron Taylor Kuffner (1975), an American-born conceptual artist, based in New York. The artwork’s mission is to expand the legacy and creative cultural power of the traditional Indonesian instrument called the gamelan. Kuffner uses exhibitions of the Gamelatrons to create sanctuaries both in public and private spaces. He views the body of the work as an offering to the observer.


Kittredge-Wilson Speaker Series
Lecture and Book Signing
From Celestial to Terrestrial Timekeeping: Clockmaking in the Bond Family
Donald Saff, Ph.D. Artist, and Art Historian
Friday, September 13, 2019, 6 p.m.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Gamelatron


Instructor Open House
Introducing The Fall Line-Up Of Classes And Instructors
September 7, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, and door prizes
Contact Katie Cassidy at or 410-820-5222.

Open MIC
Second Wednesday Each Month
September 11 – Never Forget
FREE. Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.

Art Appreciation Mini-Course
Anke Van Wagenberg, Ph.D., Chief Curator
Wednesdays, September 4,11,18 & 25
12 noon—1 p.m.

Storefront of William Bond & Son. Photo courtesy of Bob Frishman.

Bring your brown-bag lunch and join Chief Curator and art historian, Anke Van Wagenberg, Ph.D. (art history) for a free Art Appreciation Course. No tests! No papers! Just enjoy.
September 4: Categorizing Art
September 11: Visual Literacy
September 18: Value of Art
September 25: Line, Space, and Perspective


Basic Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: September 10–October 15 Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $210 Members, $250 Non-members

Realism to Abstraction
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
5 weeks: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Matthew Hillier

Oil Painting: Creating Successful Color Harmonies
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: September 11–October 2, 9,16, 23 & 30 Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Member, $210 Non-members

Introduction to Pastels
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
1 Day Workshop Wednesday, September 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $60 Members, $72 Non-members

The First Step — Oil Painting for Beginners All materials supplied
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
4 weeks: September 12, 19, 26, October 3 Thursdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members, Plus $45 materials fee paid to instructor at the first class

Katie Cassidy

Creating a Photo Project
Instructors: Maire McArdle and Stephen Walker
2 Sessions of 4 weeks: September 14, 21, 28, Oct 5 AND October 19, 26, November 2, 9 Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Cost per session: $120 Members, $145 Non-members

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions September 16–October 21 November 11–December 16 Mondays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $245 Non-members

Beginning and Intermediate Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions September 18–October 23 November 13–December 18 Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $245 Non-members

Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell Two 6-week sessions September 16–October 21 November 11–December 16 Mondays, 1–3 p.m.
Cost: $205 Members, $245 Non-members

Diane Mullaly

Intermediate /Advanced Hand Building
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions September 18–October 23 November 13–December 18 Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m. Cost: $205 Members, $245 Non-members

Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Stephen Walker
Two 6-week sessions September 18–October 23 November 13–December 18 Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m. Cost: $205 Members, $245 Non-members

Pastel: Underpainting Techniques
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
2 weeks: September 18 and 25 Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members, $96 Non-members, Plus $20 materials fee paid to instructor at the first class.

Travelling with Gouache
New Instructor: Bernie Dellario
2-Day Workshop: September 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 members, $150 Non-members

Bernie Dellario

The Naturalist’s Illustration in Watercolor: Focus on Fall
Instructor: Maggii Sarfaty
2 Day Workshop: September 26 and 27
Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members, $150 Non-members


Li’l Kids After-School Art Club
Grades K through 4
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Eight Fridays: September 20-November 22 (No class on October 11)
3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-Members

Homeschool Classes
Ages 6 and up.
Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Constance Del Nero for ages 6 to 9 years and Theresa Schram for ages 10+
Early Fall Session: September 6 – October 18. (Note that there are NO classes on October 11)
Late Fall Session: October 25 – December 6. (Note that there are NO classes on November 29)
Cost (per session): $90 Members, $100 Non-members
After the first full-priced tuition, siblings attend for $60 (members) and $67 (Non-members)
Pre-registration is advised as space is limited in each group.

Mini Masters
An Early Enrichment Program for Children Ages 2 to 4
MSDE Childcare Development License # 255007, Exp. 11/30/20
Taking Registrations Now for the 2019–2020 School Year
Mini Masters is a fully licensed flexible program based on The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center’s approach. Contact Anne Hansen at
for program details.


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 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.

Waterman’s Portrait: A Masterpiece by Jove Wang

Jove Wang on stage demo

You could hear a pin drop in the historic Avalon Theater, as collectors and artists sat quietly in the Cabaret seating and balcony area, awaiting the painting demonstration by Master Jove Wang of Pasadena, CA, during the 15th Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival in July.

After introductions, the Master sat in front of the easel, studied his model for a few moments and began to sketch his canvas with thin umber and sweeping gestures. Like a symphony conductor, Master Wang held the brush loosely, drawing indications of mass, line and point, scrubbing in large blocks of shadow and using delicate calligraphic strokes to outline details for his creation.

Waterman’s Portrait by Jove Wang

Next, he entered the painting phase with dramatic yet precise strokes filling the canvas with “local color” that brought forth the image. His model, local waterman, John Kinnamon, sat stoically as the Master carved out his image.  Like a sculptor, the details emerged as Jove developed the facial features, neck, chest and built volume and depth, bringing the painting to life.

Focusing on four stages, he first drew the layout sketch, then the detail structure of the face and body, the background and the finally the finer details. Always checking his work, he built the painting from the inside out, describing the importance of structure, the understanding of anatomy, form and volume.  Push pull, small adjustments in the drawing, warm cool contrasts, opposing strokes, thick thin and “chi”, all incorporated to create harmony in the painting.

Like a conductor he held the brush freely, hovering it above the painting and pinpointing a stroke, laying down thick color to create depth and beauty. The flow of his work was a pleasure to watch and his analogy of “painting is like music” was felt.

The audience gasped with delight as Jove picked up a large glob of Cadmium Yellow and with a sweep of the pallet knife, laid down the yellow slicker coat worn by the model. It was magical and inspiring to watch his confidence with paint and his ability to paint without restraint…

As he said at a private viewing of the finished piece….”this is a masterpiece created from above.”  He was inspired and the creation flowed through him.

Jove Wang’s work is available at Studio B Gallery in Easton, MD.

Working Artists Forum Announces Winners of Local Color Art Show and Sale

Sheryl Southwick’s “Sycamore” Best in Show

The Local Color Art Show, sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF), with the support of the Avalon Foundation and Plein Air Easton, is pleased to announce the award winning artists in this year’s show.

The show, which was held from July 19th through Sunday the 21st in the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn, is a component of Plein Air Easton. All artists must either maintain residence in the Delmarva Peninsula, or are WAF members in good standing.

The art was judged by Tim Bell, Grand Prize Winner of Plein Air Easton 2018.

Best in Show was awarded to Sheryl Southwick for her painting “Sycamore”. Awards of Excellence went to Debra Howard for “Big Cypress Morning”; Carole Boggemann-Peirson for “Touched”; and Jim Rehak for “Pasture”.
Honorable Mentions were given to Barbara Zuehlke for “Soft Crab Shack”; Carol Cowie for “Follow the Sun”; and Kathy Kopec for “Black Water Refuge”.

For more information on Local Color and the WAF, visit

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