Academy Art Museum Announces Two Exhibitions Opening in December


Beginning December 10, the Academy Art Museum will open two exhibitions – The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and Nanny Trippe: Trees, Majesty and Mystery.  The Museum is cosponsoring The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Since the 1970s, ASMA has worked to prepare exhibitions on America’s maritime heritage, with the professional artists and illustrators, and to further promote American marine art and history.  America has a long history as a seafaring nation. Whether our last affair with the sea was a stroll on a sandy beach or an offshore sail, we all share a special fascination for the sea and ships. Of course, the special world of marine art is not limited to “a painted ship upon a painted ocean.” The exhibition travels from Williamsburg, VA, to Easton and St. Michaels, and continues various other museums in the U.S. Curators Anke Van Wagenberg (AAM) and Pete Lesher (CBMM) have worked closely to get the best selections in their respective museums. The exhibition will be at the Academy Art Museum through April 2, 2017.

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Photos: Robert Tandecki, A Steller Symphony, 2016 Watercolor (left) and Nanny Trippe, To Infinity, 2015 Digital photography Collection of the Artist (right).

Nanny Trippe: Trees, Majesty and Mystery will feature the photographs of local photographer Nanny Trippe. Trippe has had a love for photography since a young age. What began as recording of pets and nature developed into a love of composition.  Trippe, a many-generations native of the Eastern Shore, has studied and created photographs through high school at St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore, and next at Denison University in Ohio and Richmond College in London, England. She joined the Tidewater Studios in 2009 and has exhibited in Lexington, VA, as well as in regional art shows. In December 2010, she and painter Don Hilderbrandt opened Trippe-Hilderbrandt Studios on Harrison Street in Easton.  She has won the “Best Black and White,” “Best Amateur” and “Best in Show” in the 2009 Plein Air Easton Photography Contest and was published in “Best of Photography” each subsequent year. The exhibition will be at the Museum through February 26, 2017 and is sponsored by Peg Keller.

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

Chesapeake College Hosts Second Saturday Event


Celebrate Second Saturday on Saturday, Dec. 10 with an art show opening in the Leggett Gallery at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center from 5-6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This month, the gallery features the works of local photographer Bill Whaley.  An East New Market resident, Whaley has traveled the globe photographing people and places in many countries. His favorite works, however, continue to result from his travels around the Delmarva Peninsula.

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This exhibit will feature local scenes of wildlife, lighthouses, beaches and people that make the region special.

Refreshments for the opening reception will be provided by The Wine Bar. For more information, please contact Marcie Molloy at 410-827-5825 or  mamolloy@chesapeake.edu.

About Chesapeake College

Founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, Chesapeake serves five Eastern Shore counties – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. With more than 130,000 alumnae, Chesapeake has 2,300 students and almost 10,000 people enrolled in continuing education programs.

Creative Children’s Workshops at RiverArts’ KidSPOT & Clay Studio


milk-cookies-for-santa-imageRiverArts’ creative space, KidSPOT, is once again offering the popular Ornament Workshop on Saturday, December 10, 1 to 3 pm, for children ages 6 to 12. Instructor Theresa Schram has a variety of cool seasonal crafts and keepsake ornaments for kids to take home and put under or on the tree.

RiverArts Clay Studio is holding Cookies & Milk for Santa, Sunday December 4, 2 to 4 pm.  Paint a holiday scene on a cup and plate – your own creation, or trace one of the available designs.  Perfect for doting grandparents or your favorite Santa! Pre- registration required for all workshops.

For more information and to register for these workshops visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click on KidSPOT and/or Clay Studio, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway). KidSPOT is next door.  The Clay Studio is located a block away, at 204 High Street.  The RiverArts Gallery hours for the holiday season are Monday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Bird Chronicles, Watercolors by Kevin Garber, on View at Adkins Arboretum


Kevin Garber, “Gambel’s Quail,” watercolor, 20” x 13”.

Standing handsome and debonair in his eccentric plumage, Kevin Garber’s “Gambel’s Quail” is alert and aloof amid sweeps and spatters of brilliant watercolor and touches of colored pencil. In his show Bird Chronicles, on view at Adkins Arboretum’s Visitor Center through Jan. 27, Garber’s deep understanding of birds, born of 40 years of drawing them, partners with his unabashed joy in experimenting with paint and pencil. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Sat., Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Garber has developed a remarkable skill in capturing the quick movements and quirky personalities of birds from grosbeaks to crows to eagles. Although his colorful brushstrokes are as loose and energetic as an Expressionist painter’s, the power of his artworks comes from the confident expertise of his drawing as he precisely catches the unique character and habitual stance of each of his birds.

Now working from his studio in Bozman near St. Michaels and teaching at Easton’s Academy Art Museum, Garber is a master printmaker who earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska and went on to teach printmaking and drawing at Washington University in St. Louis.

At a glance, his birds hark back to historical bird illustrations such as John James Audubon’s famous paintings, but with considerably more animation and mischievousness. Curiously, none of them are flying. Perched on branches or on the ground, each is remarkably vigilant and focused. It’s their tiny, bright eyes that grab you. You can tell they’re up to things.

“The eyes are very important for getting the feeling of it,” Garber said. “That and the environment they’re in.”

“I’ve always enjoyed the birds,” he continued. “In the past, they were more about freedom, but birds are very vulnerable. They’re a fragile part of our environment and, like insects, they show quickly what’s happening. So really, these newer paintings especially are more concerned with the environment and this whole debate about whether or not it’s an issue.”

Pointing out “Red Sky at Night,” a small painting of a blue-black crow beneath a glowing orange-red sky, Garber noted, “There are a lot of red skies. ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight,’ but the truth of the matter is, it’s pollution. The more red in the sky, the more pollution.”

There’s another bright-eyed bird in “Stella’s Crow,” but the blocks of red and yellow tumbling through dripping streaks of brown behind it weren’t painted by Garber.

“The background was done by my friend Stella. She’s eight,” he said. “She and her sister Anna are always coming to my studio and doing watercolors and then leaving them, so I decided to just draw right on top of it. I didn’t ask her, but she thought it was fun when I told her I did that.”

For Garber, keeping his work fresh and adventurous is extremely important, so he experiments with working with found surfaces and found objects and loves trying out the effects of paint on many different kinds of paper, museum board and even iPad boxes. Although he also paints other subject matter and creates assemblages, he finds that birds always offer him inspiration.

“If I’m having issues with creating, the easiest I can get back into it is if I’m drawing birds,” he said.

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Jan. 27 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum is the region’s resource for native plants and education programs about nature, ecology and wildlife conservation gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Frank Vignola Duo at The Mainstay December 11


The Frank Vignola Duo, the extraordinary guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, return to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Sunday December 11 at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $20. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org and reservations can also be made by calling 410-639-9133.

In the six years they’ve been performing as a duo, acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo have become one of the most popular and sought after guitar duos on the international music scene with more than 1000 engagements to their credit.

vignola-duoWith repertoire drawn from more than 300 years of music, they create unique, sometimes intense and often quite beautiful arrangements of familiar and beloved songs. Although both have been deeply influenced by many great jazz guitarists, they are not a jazz guitar duo. Though there is very little improvisation, the sense of spontaneity, imagination and virtuosity that are hallmarks of jazz are fully present in their performances along with a big sense of humor.

Their genre-spanning music has brought them to 15 countries on three continents performing in some of the world’s most notable venues, places like the Sydney Opera House in Australia, New York’s Lincoln Center and of course, they are favorites at The Mainstay in Rock Hall.

Often featured on National Public Radio, they have also become familiar figures on Public Television from the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends and their own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Tommy Emmanuel along with violinist Joe Craven.

Vignola describes the essence of their music in straightforward terms: “There is nothing more satisfying to my ears than two guitars performing a beautiful song. As a duo we seek out beautiful songs and melodies spanning hundreds of years and try to create a uniquely fresh version.”

A typical performance will take an audience on a breathtaking whirlwind tour of musical history. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven will be freely mixed with Ellington and Waller, blended with Gershwin and Carmichael, peppered with Bob Marley, Sting and Lennon/McCartney, and spiced with Rodrigo and Lecuona. In keeping with the times, they also promise a couple of holiday tunes.

As brilliant as they are musically, they never allow their virtuosity to overshadow the goal of their music, which is to entertain. The element of humor is not gratuitous, but rather serves the purpose of a palette refresher during a fine meal. Although they laughingly describe themselves as “the Abbott and Costello of the guitar” they uphold a fine tradition of musical humor as offered by Victor Borge, Anna Russell, PDQ Bach and even the Marx Brothers – never losing sight of musicality even when generating a laugh.

Their interpretations never disrespect or parody the original music and after laughing and cheering, an audience is energized and ready for another foray into the rich guitar wizardry of the duo – Great American Songbook classics, infectious popular tunes, flamenco stylings, traditional Italian songs and a touch of jazz – all served up with inventiveness and plenty of surprises.

As Vignola says, “We like to have people leave our shows feeling better than when they arrived. Night after night, all over the world we see how happy people are after a show. This is very important to us. We love to entertain people. Obviously, we entertain with the music, but making people laugh a bit by swinging our guitars back and forth, doing a silly cheesy dance step or having a few comedy routines is very satisfying.”

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.

For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
Dec. 12 Mainstay Monday with Jason Long on piano
Dec. 18 Harp & Soul
Dec. 19 Mainstay Monday with Lester Barrett, vocals
Jan. 13 The John Jorgenson Quintet

Past-Life Regression: Diana’s Story of Healing


20161207_pastlifeClinical psychologist Walter Roemer and his patient Diana share her story of personal and spiritual transformation in the face of living with chronic pain.Through hypnotic visualization therapy and past-life regression experiences, Diana experienced a new understanding of her current symptoms based on what she learned about her “stuck in pain” self from long ago.  This program will present and discuss this healing experience from the dual perspectives of patient and doctor.

This is the second presentation in a two-part series focusing on the psychology of pain and spirituality.

For more information, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Wednesday, December 7 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

Creative Lives Series Continues December 14 with Andrew McCown


andrew-mccown-imageRiverArts is pleased to present Andrew McCown that would be, “Captain Andy,” to many, on Wednesday, December 14, as part of our Creative Lives Series.  The public is invited to join us in hearing him describe his personal journey, stories, passions, and insights.

Andrew has worked with Echo Hill Outdoor School since 1977, and founded the School’s Summer Explore Trips program in 1979, and became an Associate Director in 1981.

He is one of the School’s USCG licensed captains, and regularly teaches Bay Studies, aquatic ecology, and the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. He is also a current and founding board member of the Chester River Association and served on the board of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy for twelve years.

Captain Andy worked as an oysterman for eight winters as he captained the Skipjack Elsworth, one of the last of the great dredge boats of the Chesapeake. In 2008 the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) awarded Andrew with the Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award.

Andrew also performs with the critically acclaimed folk group, Chesapeake Scenes.

The talk will be held in the RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD, 21620.  Reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $20/$15 for RiverArts members, and may be purchased on line www.ChestertownRiverArts.org, click on events, or by calling the gallery at 410 778 6300.   Refreshments will be provided.

Gallery hours during the holiday season are Monday through Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

4th Annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit at KCPL


20161202_trainsKent County Public Library hosts its 4th Annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit, featuring tinplate trains from the 1920s & 1930s and magnificent operating layouts in O and Standard Gauge.

This exhibit is made possible thanks to the enthusiasm, knowledge, and generosity of the father-son team of Bob and David Singer.

All ages are welcome to enjoy the trains.  Kids will also have a chance to make a train craft to take home.

Free admission & refreshments!

Friday, December 2 | 4-7pm
Chestertown Branch


Vocalist and Jazz Pianist Dena Underwood in Concert at Washington College


Ashley Coleman and Dena Underwood

Washington College welcomes back the gifted vocalist, pianist, and jazz artist Dena Underwood in a performance that provides an alternative look at the Great American Songbook. Through music and narration, Underwood, joined by writer and lecturer Ashley Coleman, highlights the influence of black Americans on musical theater and popular culture of the 1920s through the 1950s. Many black artists, such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, and Louis Armstrong, are credited as being among the founding fathers of American music, but what did that mean in an America that viewed them as second-class citizens? In the context of modern America, is there a place at the table for black culture?

Free and open to the public, the concert on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. is sponsored the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Music. After the performance in Hotchkiss Recital Hall in the Gibson Center for the Arts, Chester River Wine & Cheese Co., a Chestertown boutique specialty market and kitchen tool shop,will provide a wine-and-cheese tasting at a reception in the Underwood Lobby.

Dena Underwood made her debut at Washington College last April in performance with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Underwood is a vocalist and self-taught pianist from Philadelphia. Hailing from a family of gifted vocalists and instrumentalists, her passion for music began at an early age. Since graduating from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and studying jazz voice performance at Temple University, Underwood has performed at a number of venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Music, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and New York City’s Lincoln Center.

About Washington College: Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in colonial Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Based in the Custom House along the colonial waterfront, the College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience fosters the art of written history and explores our nation’s past—particularly the legacy of its Founding era—in innovative ways, through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach. For more information on the Center, visit http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu.