Mid-Shore Arts: The Parts and Labor of Artist Stephen Ford


Like many successful artists, Stephen Ford stumbled on a unique process of carving linocut blocks and collagraph plates by simply enjoying the process of creating the work. It was only later, through his gallery in Philadelphia, that he realized that there was enormous interest in this approach with his patrons which led to a trip to Ireland to develop the technique.

Using Éire’s special landscape of exotic moss and other fauna as a motivator and subject, Ford returned to America was an exceptional collection of examples of this technique, which are now on display at the Academy Art Museum for the next few months.

The Spy caught up with him while he was in town to talk about his work.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about Stephen Ford and the Academy Art Museum please go here

Adkins Arboretum Hosts David Haskell for “The Songs of Trees”


Every living being is not only sustained by biological connections but is made from these relationships. In his newest book, The Songs of Trees, Pulitzer Prize finalist David Haskell visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers—trees—and shows how this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature and ethics. On Thurs., June 8, join the author for a discussion of how biological networks surround all species, including humans. Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, the program begins at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.

Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary and contemplative studies of the natural world. Chronicling his year’s observation of one square meter of forest, his 2012 book The Forest Unseen was instrumental in galvanizing a renewed interest in observing and documenting nature among citizen scientists and nature lovers. A New York Times profile says of Haskell, “[he] thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet, and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk rather than a hypothesis-driven scientist.”

In The Songs of Trees, Haskell brings his powers of observation to a dozen trees around the world, exploring their connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants. An Amazonian ceibo tree reveals the rich ecological turmoil of the tropical forest, along with threats from expanding oil fields. Thousands of miles away, the roots of a balsam fir in Canada survive in poor soil only with the help of fungal partners. These links are nearly two billion years old: the fir’s roots cling to rocks containing fossils of the first networked cells.

By unearthing charcoal left by Ice Age humans and petrified redwoods in the Rocky Mountains, Haskell shows how Earth’s climate has emerged from exchanges among trees, soil communities and the atmospheres—and how humans have transformed these networks by tending some forests but destroying others. Haskell argues that when we listen to trees, nature’s greatest connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance and beauty.

Haskell is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South and a Guggenheim Fellow. His classes have received national attention for the innovative ways in which they combine scientific exploration, contemplative practice and action in the community. In 2009, the Carnegie and CASE Foundations named him Professor of the year for Tennessee, an award given to college professors who have achieved national distinction and whose work shows “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.” Along with his scholarly research, he has published essays, op-eds and poetry.

The program is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration is requested at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

The Artists’ Gallery Features Linda Hall in “Vistas and Venues Revisited”


On First Friday, June 2nd, The Artists’ Gallery will present “Vistas and Venues Revisited” by Linda Hall.  “Since I have painted for the past twenty years on the Eastern Shore, I have

Poppy Field, watercolor on canvas by Linda Hall

marveled at its beautiful light on water, fields and changing skies. It is a magical place for the painter.  In this show, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite themes, from landscapes to still life. I have explored scenes in the morning light as well as the same scene in the evening light. Still life has prompted me to repeat a theme using different papers, such as “YUPO” which has a slick plastic surface, and watercolor canvas. I also painted some of my travel paintings that I had done originally in watercolor, now in oil. It’s a great challenge, changing mediums for a subject and giving a fresh eye to the subject matter.”

Afternoon Glow on Turners Creek, watercolor by Linda Hall

Linda King Hall moved to Kent County, Maryland from Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1997. She makes her home in Betterton. Originally from Ohio, she is a graduate of Ohio University where she was tapped into the Art Honorary Society, Delta Phi Delta, in her sophomore year. Linda received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in graphic design and a minor in Art Education and has taught Art K-12. She studied with internationally known painter and illustrator Charles Reid, for three years in Westport, Conn. She has also studied at the Silvermine Guild of Art in Norwalk, CT. and has taken workshops with many nationally known artists. After two courses in graphics at Fairfield University, she worked for fifteen years with advertising agencies and design studios before moving to the Eastern Shore.

A Gift of Tangerines, watercolor by Linda Hall

Linda has participated in numerous juried art shows receiving many awards. She was recently awarded Signature membership in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, North East Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, as well as the Baltimore Watercolor Society. This means she had to be accepted into at least three of their International shows within seven years to receive signature status. She was awarded “The Colson Award” in the 2010 BWS Mid Atlantic show in Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD.  Linda is a member of The Working Artists Forum of Easton, Chestertown River Arts, and a partner and exhibitor in The Artists’ Gallery at 239 High Street in Chestertown.


Linda continues to freelance in graphic design, pen & ink renderings, oils and watercolors. Since her move to the beautiful Eastern Shore with its wonderful light, she has more time and inspiration to focus on painting. For more information, please contact Linda at 410-348-2343, 116 First Avenue, Betterton, MD 21610.

The public is invited to Linda’s opening at The Artists’ Gallery on First Friday, June 2nd from 5-8 pm.  Linda’s show will be featured in the gallery throughout the month of June. The Artists’ Gallery is located at 239 High Street in Chestertown and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5 and Sundays from 12:30-4:30. To learn more about The Artists’ Gallery, please see their website at www.theartistsgalleryctown.com.


Legendary Harmonica Player Magic Dick at the Mainstay June 3


Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for Boston’s renowned J. Geils Band has joined forces with Shun Ng, a young vocal and acoustic guitar sensation. They return to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website . Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Magic Dick and Shun Ng

This is Magic Dick and Shun Ng’s third appearance at The Mainstay, the second year in a row they have been invited.  Both of their earlier shows thrilled the Mainstay audiences and earned them enthusiastic standing ovations. Their music is a soulful, nearly acoustic blues that rocks out and yet is thoughtful, emotional and it is performed by world-class virtuosos on their respective instruments.

Since 1969, Magic Dick has toured the world playing and blowing away clubs and stadiums with the J. Geils Band. The duo happened because Dick heard one of Shun’s recordings and was so taken by it that he called Shun’s manager. He explains, “From the moment I first heard Shun Ng’s CD “Funky Thumb Stuff” I knew that a manifest musical collaboration was about to happen. Shun’s sound simply made me feel very alive and induced in me a synchronous alignment of musical DNA as if it was his intention as well as mine all along. I helped it along by asking his manager, Ralph Jaccodine, to introduce us at his office. A long and enlightening conversation happened on that day of our first meeting and now we are a duo and I couldn’t be more delighted.”

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore and is now based out of Boston. At 25, he is already an international star, a soulful, world-class guitarist, vocalist, and electric performer who, in a short period of time, has caught the attention of the top players in the music world including the Grammy-winning producer, Quincy Jones who said: “When you see Shun Ng, you won’t believe your eyes nor your ears – he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science – his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.”

“In this collaboration with Magic Dick,” Shun says, “we wanted to make music in a way that no one had quite done before while remaining grounded in our roots. Magic Dick brings a powerhouse attack with ferocious precision and a killer groove to this duo. I have great respect for him, he has seemingly done it all, but is still constantly trying to push the boundaries of music and chase the best in himself, a true artist. To be working with a true Boston legend is a real privilege.”

Magic Dick played trumpet when he was young and has his own hybrid approach to making music. “The sonic thing I’m after is a horn-type sound,” he says. “I’m not an accomplished sax or trumpet player — I have dabbled in both of them — but conceptually, the sound I’m after is halfway between a trumpet and sax.”

While Magic Dick has toured with blues harmonica greats like James Cotton, and also performed with rockers from Patty Smith and Debbie Harry to The Del Fuegos he has never played in a duo, or with a fingerstyle guitarist, and his partnership with Ng has been a unique experience.

“Typically, in a band, my role is punctuation phrases, complementary phrases to a vocal as part of an arrangement,” he says. “But in a duo, there’s so much more I’m responsible for, and nothing to hide behind.”

He has been performing with Ng for three years now and working on their sound even longer. “We’re both interested in being in the moment, but to get to that point takes rehearsal,” he says.

And in spite of the difference in their ages, they share many of the same influences. Shun Ng says, “We both have a spirit to innovate, but we come from similar musical roots. At our show, we do a wide range of blues, funk, soul, classic jazz. “We do some Miles Davis — we do that in our way, in this minimalistic format.”

Ng handles the vocals, channeling the spirits of Michael Jackson and James Brown and plays an extraordinarily expressive, percussive guitar. Magic Dick plays harmonica like the innovative legend he is.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD, and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas, and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Mainstay sells advance tickets online through Instant Seats. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website . Follow the Buy Tickets link to buy tickets at the advance price. If you would rather pay at the door, you can make a reservation by calling 410-639-9133 and pay by cash or check at the door.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

June 5 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Fred Hughes

June 9 Viktorija Gecyte with Go Trio

June 12 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Celine Mogielnicki

June  16 The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet

June 19 Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel

June 24 The Chuck Redd Quartet

The Mainstay  – On Main Street in Rock Hall                         

P.O. Box 238,   Rock Hall, MD 21661               A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation

First Friday One Minute Plays


On June 2nd, director Tia Glomb presents a sneak peek of the 4th annual Hey, Wait A Minute one-minute play festival at 5 p.m. in the Kohl Lobby at the Garfield Center for the Arts.

The one-minute plays are showcased each year in conjunction with Short Attention Span Theatre, the Garfield’s annual 10-minute play festival. Now in its’ 13th year, Short Attention Span Theatre brings local actors, playwrights and directors together for an evening of theater designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough.

Admission during Hey, Wait A Minute is free, the bar will be open and the box office will be selling tickets for the 10-minute play festival that runs for three weekends starting on June 23rd. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown. For more information, call 410-810-2060.



RiverArts Photo and Film-making Workshops


Calling All Photographers and Budding Filmmakers

RiverArts is offering a variety of programs and workshops for the novice as well asexperienced photographers, including our annual judged photography show in August.

Jay Fleming at work, off Hooper’s Island

Photographers interested in submitting to the “Soul of Photography,” the juried and judged show, are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye.

All capture types, subject matter and photographic processes are eligible to submit. In this juried and judged show, awards will include a modest monetary prize awarded for “Best in Show,” and non-monetary Merit Awards in a variety of categories which may include Nature and Wildlife, Scenic, Street Life, Human Subjects and Portraiture, Abstracts, Still life, Black and White, and Creative Digital Enhancement.  This is a highly popular annual show with historically wide-ranging participation from regional photographers. For submission deadlines and to submit work, please visit www.chestertownriverarts.org, and click on exhibitions, or call the gallery at 410 778 6300.

For those who have a digital SLR camera but are unsure how to use anything but the auto function, instructor Bob Miller will teach a Digital Basics four-week class on Wednesday evening, beginning June 14.

Backpack Filmmaking, a hands-on, one day workshop, Saturday, July 15, is open to everyone, no previous experience necessary. Instructor Adele Schmidt is a professional lecturer of film and media arts, and has won many awards in documentary and fiction films.

The RiverArts Photography club meets every 4th Thursday at the ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High Street.

For more information on these workshops and classes, visit www.chestertownriverarts.org, click on education.  Or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.
Email info@chestertownriverarts.org


Shore Shakespeare to Present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”


To sleep, perchance to … Dream?

Shore Shakespeare is delighted to announce its forthcoming 5-county tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Written in 1596, this magical play has been in production constantly ever since!

Lovers and faeries, magic and mayhem, pageantry and poetry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has it all!  Directed by Christian Rogers and produced by Shelagh Grasso, the production highlights the talents of Patrick Fee, Avra Sullivan, Brian McGunigle, and Colleen Minahan, with Christine Kinlock, Heather Oland, Robbie Spray, Troy Strootman, Lindsey Hammer, and Greg Minahan.  They are joined by Josh Hanson, John Terebey, Jane Terebey, and Sarah Gorman.

Choreography and original music are by Greg Minahan, with Magic direction by Ian Flinn.  Costumes are designed by Barbi Bedell.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens on June 2nd with three special performances at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD.  Tickets for these performances are $15 and may be purchased directly from the Arboretum’s website.  Proceeds benefit the Arboretum and Shore Shakespeare Company.

Our Free Tour of performances opens with performances on June 9th and 10th at 6:00 pm at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford, and Idlewild Park in Easton on June 11th at 3:00 pm.  Then it’s on to Cambridge, with a performance at Long Wharf Park on June 16th at 6:00 pm, and two performances on the Cray House lawn in Stevensville, on June 17th at 6:00 pm and June 18th at 3:00 pm.  The tour concludes with two performances at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, on Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 pm.  Complete information and directions to all venues are available at Shore Shakespear’s website.

All tour performances are free and open to the public.  Donations in support of Shore Shakespeare are certainly welcome!  A donation of $15 per person is suggested but never required.  As an affiliate of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, all donations are fully tax-deductible.


Temple B’nai Israel to Present Forum on Journalism and the Presidency


Temple B’nai Israel Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore Summer Institute will be presenting a forum entitled “Journalism and the Presidency: Past and Present” featuring Stephen Goldman and Michael Freedman on Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.at the Oxford Community Center.

Stephen Goldman owns one of the largest collections of historical newspapers in private hands. He is a member of the American Antiquarian Society and has served as consultant to the NEWSEUM since before it was opened, helping to plan and maintain the News History Gallery.

Michael Freedman is a Professorial Lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and Executive Producer of the Kalb Report. He serves on the Board of Governors of the National Press Club and Educator Advisory Team of the NEWSEUM.

Reservations Required: $25.00 – lunch included
Purchase online at http://www.bnaiisraeleaston.org/
or call 410-822-0553

Academy Art Museum Announces June Events


Reni Gower, Fragments Entwined.


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

Through July 9, 2017
The exhibition FABRICation is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department (ESWA.org).

Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford
Through July 9, 2017
Steven Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates. The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls. Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. Steven Ford is represented by Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Ford, Brick Wheel 1, 2009 Linocut & collagraph with chine collé, Collection of the artist.

Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen
Through July 16, 2017
Shelley Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. Robzen has a sophisticated sense of form, volume and line. Her sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity. Her sculpture is included in private collections in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, Israel and Japan. Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery. The Academy Art Museum is presenting her marble and bronze sculpture in her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S.

Diana Kingman: Easton Abstract Through July 19, 2017
Todd R. Forsgren Northern Saw-whet (Aegolius acadicus), 2013 Collection of the Artist
Diana Kingman was born in Philadelphia (1940) and knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist. Kingman majored in Art History, including a Junior year in Paris in 1960. Upon return she moved to New York, where she graduated with a degree at Columbia University School of General Studies, then worked at the Bettmann Archive. After travels in East Africa, marriage to a Canadian and two children she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their four-year program in painting. During art school and for a number of years afterward she worked in a realistic style, painting still lifes, landscapes and the human figure. In the mid-1980s her style evolved into abstract, eventually dropping all references to subject matter, painting in acrylics on paper. Her work has been shown at galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Lyon, France, and Kingman is represented in a number of corporate and private collections. Since 2004 she and her husband moved to Easton from the Philadelphia area where she actively continues to paint in her home studio.

The Myth Makers in Maryland: The Mighty Merganser Continuing
Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers) built one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds. Literally speaking, the bird sculpture is 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.

Shelley Robzen, Anima #2, Carrara White Marble


Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. (rain date: June 10)
The Academy Art Museum’s instructors, artists and students are cleaning out their studios for this one-day sale. No work will cost over $300! Included will be framed and unframed drawings, paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ceramics, pottery, art prints and large quantity of art books! Contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net for additional information.

Open MIC
2nd Monday of each month including:
June 12 (Identity)
Open MIC is a supportive space for our community to share and cultivate the creativity and talents that thrive here. A variety of performances, demonstrations and presentations are welcome. It is open to all ages. Each month will have a topical (and optional) theme to which contributors are encouraged to relate as directly or abstractly as desired. The Museum will provide a PA system, sound engineer, Steinway grand piano and reasonably-priced refreshments. Email RayRemesch@gmail.com for more information.

Diana Kingman, Sunny Cove, 2002 Acrylic on paper Collection of the Artist

Saturday June 17 Noon–5 p.m.
Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War. The Celebration will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community. Free activities include screening of the film, 13th, a NETFLIX original documentary by Ava DuVernay, Director of Selma; Community BBQ in the Museum’s Courtyard; and create your own African American Family Quilt Patch using Underground Railroad Quilt Codes. For information visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteeth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.



Pastel Summer Workshop: Big, Bold and Beautiful Skies
Instructor: Katie Cassidy 1 Day Workshop: June 17 Time, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $70 Members, $84 Non-members $5 Materials Fee payable to instructor
Clouds and skies are full of interest, volume and color. This class will introduce the student to the many techniques for creating beautiful skies in the landscape. Temperature, morning light and evening light and atmospheric perspective will be discussed. The class will work from student’s photos or Katie will provide this reference material.

JUNE Wild About Flowers! Painting Flowers in the Impressionist Landscape
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
1 Day: Saturday June 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $60 Members, $72 Non-members (Bring a bag lunch)
All mediums, all levels of experience. This indoor mini-workshop is for painters who love flowers, and want to know more about how to capture their essence in the Impressionist landscape. Learn to describe their distinctive forms, and discover the surprising colors found in their highlights and shadows. This workshop includes written materials, a short demonstration, and plenty of painting time with personal attention. Please bring your favorite photos of flowers in the landscape, and a bag lunch. Coffee will be provided. dianeduboismullaly.com.

Many Museum artists will participate in The Studio Sale on June 3, 2017.

Mix it Up with Monotypes
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
1 day workshop: Saturday, June 24 Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 Members, $78 Non-members, Materials Fee: $20 payable to Instructor
Infuse your image making with multiple mediums. Students will explore image making by mixing monotypes with other color mediums. After printing trace monotypes they will enhance the images using watercolors, pastels and collage. A great way to kick start ideas and exciting mark-making techniques.

Introduction to Linoleum Blockprinting
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick 4 days: Monday, June 19–Thursday June 22 Time: 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
Cost: $100 Members, $120 Non-members, $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor
Students will learn the basics of linoleum block printing by tracing images, cutting out negative spaces, inking and printing. They will also make multiblock, multicolor prints. Sharp cutting tools for block carving will be used. In the beginning and for fun, the class will do sailboat images. Students may bring in photos and sketches to work from. Ages 16 and over.


Introduction to Mosaics
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
2 days: June 20 and June 21, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $65 Members, $78 Non-members, $15 Materials Fee payable to instructor
Before you throw away your broken china with those pretty flowers and colors, incorporate it into a keepsake mosaic piece that will remind you of the beauty you’ve always had. Learn the basics of making a mosaic piece. Each student will take home a finished mosaic to brighten up a space with its reflective properties. Students should bring in pottery shards or jewelry items they would like to incorporate into their piece. Tools, safety glasses, adhesives, grout, mortar, gloves, backing boards and glass and pottery shards will be available.


Pictured is Michael Allen, a participant of the Academy Art Museum’s new Open MIC (Music, Ideas Culture).

Introduction to Pastels
Instructor: Katie Cassidy 3
3 Days: Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $90 Members, $108 Non-members $15 Materials Fee payable to instructor
Katie will introduce you to the wonderful world of pastels. A favorite medium of the instructor, pastel is a beautiful drawing medium and a great way to begin to understand color theory in art. After a brief history of the medium the instructor will demonstrate different strokes and styles. The student will then experiment with a variety pastels and papers on a still life study. Come with your enthusiasm and your creative spirit – all supplies will be included.


Relief Monoprint
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3 days: Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 members, $210 Non-members All materials will be provided for fee of $35 payable to the instructor at the first class
This printmaking class will combine carved linoleum plates with painterly monoprints. We’ll create simple linocuts and print them atop monoprints made from painting on plexiglas plates. The layering will result in vibrant designs, as “process” leads us to product. Monoprints will be printed in an etching press on fine archival paper, while relief prints will be hand printed over these with a baren. Layering results in unexpected vibrancy, which is one of the fascinations of artist-pulled, original prints.

Introduction to Linoleum Blockprinting
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
4 days: Monday, June 19–Thursday June 22, 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
Cost: $100 Members, $120 Non-members $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor
Students will learn the basics of linoleum block printing by tracing images, cutting out negative spaces, inking and printing. They will also make multiblock, multicolor prints. Sharp cutting tools for block carving will be used. In the beginning and for fun, the class will do sailboat images. Students may bring in photos and sketches to work from. Ages 16 and over.

Pictured are participants at the Annual Juneteenth Celebration.


Outdoor Photography on the Chesapeake Bay
Instructor: Jay Fleming 1 day; June 24 Saturday, time TBD depending on boat availability
Cost: $200 Members, $240 Non-members (plus an additional expense to go on a workboat to photograph crabbing)
Skilled photographer Jay Fleming will give participants an exceptional hands-on experience. Photographers will start the day by shooting on the water with Jay (location TBD – somewhere in Talbot County) while learning about digital SLR camera techniques, natural lighting and different approaches to shooting subjects on the Chesapeake Bay. After a morning shoot, participants will head to the classroom at the Academy Art Museum where they will review editing and retouching techniques on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Jay will comment on the technical qualities of the student’s images and retouch three images from the sunrise shoot. It is strongly recommended that students are familiar with a digital SLR and Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom. Maximum of 6 people. See Jay’s work at jayflemingphotography.com.

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer
Time and number of weeks: variable
Cost: per hour fee
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Full Version or Elements), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame. Contact: George Holzer geo@georgeholzer.com or 410.310.2604 (cell)

Rosemary Cooley


Bring Your Drawings to Life with Adobe Illustrator
Grades 6–9
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Monday–Friday, June 19–23, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $135 Museum members; $145 non-members
Participants learn the basics of drawing by hand and on the computer, learning how to sketch more quickly and accurately and discover the techniques employed by comic book artists, Disney animators, and children’s book illustrators. Students will then be able to bring their drawings to life using the program Adobe Illustrator. No experience is required—just a love of art and drawing.

Oil Painting Outdoors in Plein Air!
Ages 12+ (Adults welcome)
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Monday­–Thursday, June 26–29, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $135 Museum members; $145 non-members
Easton is an international hub for plein air painting, as evidenced by the world-class artists its annual festival attracts. Award-winning local artist, Diane DuBois Mullaly, is eager to show young artists the magic of painting outdoors. This camp is for students who have never painted outdoors in plein air, as well as for those who have some experience. Participants will learn to mix oil colors from the three primary colors, plus white, and then paint skies, clouds, trees, flowers, buildings and street scenes. Please bring a hat, sunblock and water and wear old clothes! All art materials are provided.

Band Camps
Instructor: Ray Remesch Ages: 7-10 years
Dates: June 19-23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day
Ages: 10+
Fee: $155 Members, $186 Non-members per week
Band Camp is an opportunity for young musicians to practice effective teamwork and creative expression. The daily schedule will include musicianship masterclasses, group improvisation games and rehearsals for a short Friday afternoon concert. This camp is open to singers and all types of instruments including, but not limited to, the guitar, piano/keyboard, violin, percussion, clarinet, sitar and kazoo. Ray Remesch (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com.

Jay Fleming


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesh (410) 829-0335
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during holidays or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Voice Lessons
Instructor: Erika Knepp (443) 254-0157
Exploring techniques, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance

Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088. www.dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.