Spy Moment: Academy Art Museum Welcomes Mid-Shore Student Exhibition


The Academy Art Museum is hosting its annual Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition which highlights the artistic talents of students in grades Kindergarten through 12 from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. As in past years, visitors can expect a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. The Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibition has been a Museum tradition for over 25 years and are the largest and most prestigious student art exhibition on the Eastern Shore.

The Spy took a few minutes the other day to talk to Constance Del Nero, AAM’s Director of Community Programs, to talk about the joy and challenges of hanging over 1,000 pieces of art for the student art show.

This video is approximately one minute in length.  The Mid-Shore Art Exhibition will be on display through April 2. For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Mid-Shore Arts: A Spy Minute with Photographer Cal Jackson


It was only after a professional life in accounting, including being an auditor for the U.S. Army, that Cal found himself becoming passionate about photography. With a family to feed, he had little time to take on any extracurricular activities until he arrived on the Mid-Shore for his retirement a few years ago. And for reasons that he concedes are perhaps unknown to him, he found himself becoming increasingly drawn to the art of photography.

In this Spy Minute, we talk to Cal about his photography and his work documenting life on the Eastern Shore.

This video is approximately one minute in length. Cal Jackson’s work is currently on display at the Todd Center for the Performing Arts at Chesapeake College, Le Hatchery Galleria in Easton, and Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels this month. 

Recovery: Barriers discourage Doctors from providing Suboxone to Opioid Addicts


The Spy took note of a report a few days ago from Maine highlighting a number of state doctor groups having little effect in convincing physicians to become Suboxone providers.

“Boosting the low supply of doctors who prescribe Suboxone is a crucial piece of the puzzle that if solved would help to meet the treatment demand for the thousands of Mainers in the throes of an opioid addiction.

Those efforts haven’t worked yet. Among the barriers are cultural stigmas to treating patients with addictions, financial disincentives, bureaucratic red tape and doctors believing that opening their doors for drug treatment would overwhelm their practices”

Barriers discourage Maine doctors from providing Suboxone to opioid addicts

Bay Conservationists and Legislators Attempt to Find Common Ground at ESCC Town Hall Meeting


There could not be a better example how useful the new Eastern Shore Conservation Center is for the Mid-Shore than last night’s Town Hall meeting between the Eastern Shore’s leading conservation organizations and members of the State of Maryland’s Senate and General Assembly.

While it was hard to say there was a breakthrough for the State’s conservation agenda, the fact that so many diverse parties could gather together under the same roof to share ideas on how best to protect the Chesapeake Bay was an encouraging signal that progress could be made over the next twelve months in Annapolis.

During the two-hour program, representatives from the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, The MidShore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Preservation Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters highlighted their top legislative priorities for 2017. And in response, Maryland State Senators Adelaide Eckardt and James Mathias, Jr. along with Delegates Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz, summarized where they saw common ground as well as a few differences in priorities and long-term strategies.

The Spy was there to capture some of the highlights.

This video is approximately thirty-five minutes in length 

A Spy Visit to the Chesapeake Bay Russian Embassy Estate


Editor’s Note:  In light of the United States government’s actions to prohibit Russians access to their retreat in Queen Anne’s County yesterday, The Spy would like to share a previous story we did on the property in August of 2013.

For more that twenty years, through international crisis and diplomatic tensions, Washington’s Russian Embassy has used their country retreat, known locally as Pioneer Point, a few miles outside of Centreville to quietly host the Sailing Club of The Chesapeake’s annual Labor Day Cruise. And the tradition was started by none other than long serving Russian Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, apparently a  friend of sailors and Pizza Hut.

It’s also one of the few times that the estate, on land once owned by the Tilghman Family, is open to Americans. The Spy tagged along for the last holiday bash this past weekend and was welcomed to take some photographs of this remarkable property.img_0844 img_0847 img_0853 img_0839 img_0848 img_0860 img_0864 img_0841 img_0846 img_0849 img_0856 img_0858 img_0865 img_0857 img_0854 img_0840 img_0850 img_0852 img_0859 img_0861 img_0842 img_0845 img_0851 img_0855 img_0863

Spy Eye: Watch Live the Myth Makers Create Cool Sculpture at Academy Art Museum


Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers), have been commissioned to build one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds for the next few days Literally speaking, the bird sculpture will be based on the Hooded Merganser, a bird which is common in Maryland. Figuratively, however, the artists’ intent is to create a bird sculpture which represents a proud monument to independent thinking and bravery, referencing Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass, who said, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Based in Boston, the Myth Makers have worked in Peru, Switzerland, Canada and China. They have shown their monumental sculptures the “Avian Avatars,” on Broadway in New York, NY; Muskegon, MI; New Orleans, and in many museums in New England.

The Spy plans an interview with the artists in an upcoming edition the Spy.

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Spy Moment: The Garden Club of America comes to the Mid-Shore


The Spy loves gardens and gardeners, so when we heard that the prestigious Garden Club of America Flower show, hosted by the Talbot County Garden Club, was taking place at St. Marks Church in Easton last Tuesday, we immediately sent one of our agents. The assignment was to gather vital intelligence on the sights, sounds and smells of this remarkable display of horticulture, flower arrangement, photography, and work by children from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.

Guided by Flower Show Chair, Bobbie Brittingham, and Garden Club member, Hannah Byron, our spy submitted the following reconnaissance report capturing some of the award winners and their stunning examples of our natural world’s beauty.

This video is approximately two minutes in length

Spy Moment: Academy Art Museum Members’ Show 2016


While the Academy Art Museum is renowned for bringing to the Mid-Shore some of the best fine art exhibitions in the region, undoubtedly its most popular is the annual Annual Members’ Exhibition now on display until October 9, 2016.

Why? Because almost 20% of all of the AAM’s members, some 240 artists and photographers in total, submit work to be shown for this particular show. From artists that are experiencing significant commercial success to newcomers, everyone is guaranteed a space on the wall.

The Spy caught up with curator Anke Van Wagenberg to talk about the AAM Members show for 2016 and sample of the remarkable work now being shown.


This video is approximately two minutes in length

Cool Indoor Stuff: Andrew McCown Reads Poetry of Nielsen and Hadaway at CBMM


In these hard baked days of summer, even the greatest outdoor enthusiasts must at times seek shelter from Eastern Shore heatwaves. Thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the option to enjoy an evening of Chesapeake poetry and music was an irresistible choice for the Spy on Friday night.

The CBMM hosted Andrew McCown of Echo Hill Outdoor School, and Pres Harding, grandson of famed Wingate boat builder Bronza Parks, for a concert to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay through poems and songs.

McCown, a native of Kent County and the Chester River, highlighted the local poetry of the late Pat Nielsen and Meredith Davies Hadaway. The Spy was able to capture a few of the evening’s offerings.

This video is approximately four minutes in length