During the month of December, the St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) will present an exhibition of work entitled “Martha Hudson Excellence in Watercolor” at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library.
Martha Hudson was well-known in the community for her watercolors depicting scenes of Eastern Shore Life. As a young art student, Martha was given a grant to use for the continuation of her studies. In return, she has generously left an endowment for an award to be given each year by the St. Michaels Art League to a deserving watercolor artist. Last year’s winner, Deborah McFarlin, was awarded first prize for her painting entitled “Sycamore by Pickering Creek.”
The judge this year is Stewart White, an award-winning watercolorist from Baltimore, Maryland who is one of the rare plein air painters using the medium of watercolor. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and after three years in the Army returned to graduate from UC Berkeley with a BFA. His work has won numerous awards, including Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Easton Plein Air Festival in 2009and Plein Air Magazine’s Grand Salon. He was also awarded First Place during the 3 day “paint out” on Tilghman Island during this year’s modified Plein Air Easton event.
The watercolor exhibit will be on display at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library and many of the pieces will be available for sale from December 1st to December 31st. The library is located at 106 Fremont St. in St. Michaels. Modified library hours are as follows: Monday and Thursday from 10a.m.-noon and 3-7 p.m. (library closed mid-day for cleaning) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9a.m.- noon and 2-5 p.m.The library is closed Saturday and Sunday.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information visit smartleague.org.