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Artist Ann Farley Exhibits Throughout Out Mid-Shore in June

During the month of June, local paper artist Ann Farley will be exhibiting at a variety of venues.  Ann’s whimsical works are inspired by her small town and her love of all things tropical.  Her three-dimensional paper designs of bright colors and fun shapes are all individually cut by hand and arranged in a striking manner against black backgrounds.  She has created large geometric arrangements and small vignettes of three-dimensional sailboats, palm trees, tropical drinks, and flip-flops.

Log Canoe With SigAs she created artwork for the St. Michaels Art League’s banner program, Ann’s style has evolved into bold graphic scenes of local landmarks & Chesapeake Bay icons.  These colorful images proved so popular that she now offers high-quality prints and gift items such as greeting cards, coasters, necklaces, and magnets.  These make great gifts for all who love the Chesapeake Bay!

Ann will have a solo show in the art gallery at the back of the St. Michaels Library from June 1 through June 30.  Expect to see some of Ann’s largest symmetrical circularmandala-like artwork, along with new original designs featuring fun local images.

She will be the Featured Artist at The Green Phoenix during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.  Stop by 31 N. Harrison St. on Friday, June 3, from 5 to 7:30 pm, to meet Ann and see her at work.  The Green Phoenix’s owner, Andi Tassencourt, has encouraged Ann to expand her product line, so come see some surprise new gift items featuring Ann’s original images.

Ann will also be a part of a special show at The Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels from June 6 through 28.  A diverse group of local artists will display giclees, high-quality affordable reproductions of their original artwork.  Ann’s original images look fantastic on stretched canvases and are ready for hanging in your home or business.

As we kick off the summer season on the Shore, Ann looks forward to sharing her playful artwork with you.  You can find her work at the venues above, at RiverArts Gift Shop and Tracy’s Smoothie Place in Chestertown, and at Le Hatchery in Easton.

For more information or special requests, contact Ann at 410-253-0967

The Chuck Redd Quartet: ‘Vibes – A Tribute’ at The Mainstay, June 4


The Chuck Redd Quartet brings “Vibes: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs” to the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday June 4 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Chuck Redd and his quartet featuring his brother Robert Redd on piano, bassist Romeir Mendez and Wesley Anderson on drums, pay tribute to three iconic jazz vibraphone players that have had a profound influence on Chuck and probably every other vibraphone player on the planet: Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs. The Quartet will perform music closely associated with all three of these jazz vibes virtuosos, an evening of swing, ballads, a little be bop and some American Popular Song classics.

Along with brother Robert Redd, a Mainstay favorite who has been touring with the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra on piano, Redd is pleased to present two young musicians: the Baltimore based bassist Romeir Mendez who performs at major jazz venues in DC and Baltimore and has toured internationally with Warren Wolf and Donald Harrison and drummer Wesley Anderson from Los Angeles who recently began working with The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the premier Army touring jazz big band.

Lionel Hampton introduced the world to the Vibraphone when he became a member of the Benny Goodman Quartet. Milt Jackson transcended the possibilities of the instrument with his ability to “sing” through the instrument when playing ballads and blues. The legendary Terry Gibbs, is a bebop and swing master who became a household name when he was musical director for the Steve Allen and Regis Philbin television shows. Redd is honored to call Gibbs a good friend – at age 92, Terry Gibbs is still very active, energetic and witty.

Chuck Redd

Chuck Redd

Chuck Redd is well known internationally as a performer on drums and vibraphone. He began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21 and was a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008.

Chuck Redd was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.” Jazz Times also has praised Redd’s vibes work as “Exquisite!” The Washington Post and Hot House Magazine recently admired his “melodic sparkle.”

In 2007, Redd was featured with the prestigious Milt Jackson Tribute Band. Recent engagements include jazz cruises, stints with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski at Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center) performances at Smalls in New York City and jazz festivals around the US. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Bill Mays, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Rebecca Kilgore, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Houston Person.

Redd is featured on over 75 recordings. Releases include his Arbors CD, “All This and Heaven Too”, featuring Gene Bertoncini and George Mraz, Chopin Jazz with Rossano Sportiello “You’re My Everything” with Dick Hyman and Jay Leonhart and “Nice N’ Easy” with Houston Person. He can also be heard on the sound track to the popular television series, “The Great Chefs”, and the NPR broadcast “Jazz Smithsonian.”

His Arbors CD “Happy All The Time,” is a critically acclaimed tribute to his mentor, Barney Kessel and features Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton and his Noteworthy CD, “When Redd is Blue” is a collaboration with his brother, pianist Robert Redd, featuring saxophonist Harry Allen. Chuck’s newest release, “The Common Thread” features Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw, Houston Person and Rossano Sportiello.

Redd frequently performs in New York City and tours nationally at festivals and clubs. He is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.

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

Celebrated Artist and TEDx Speaker to Judge Fine Art Show


Chestertown RiverArts is pleased to announce its June exhibit, a Juried Fine Art Show. which will run from the opening reception on First Friday, June 3 to Saturday, June 25 in the RiverArts Galleries at 315 High Street. The mission of this exhibit is to showcase fine art created by contemporary artists working in a wide range of media and subject matter. The curator is Raven Bishop, a RiverArts board member, National Board Certified Visual Arts educator, mentor artist, and community art consultant. The juror was award- winning artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey, and the exhibit’s judge is Michael Bell, a renowned artist, and inspiring TEDx speaker. Fifteen awards will be given; the Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday June 4, at 6 pm. .

Michael Bell in Studio

Michael Bell in Studio

Juror Marcy Dunn Ramsey selected 69 pieces created by 44 artists. Ms Ramsey is an accomplished, award winning artist whose paintings are a reflection of nature as well as the relationship of that world to the psyche. Marshes are a primary source of inspiration, and the tangle and chaos of the grasses and reeds is a vehicle to explore the vitality of the life cycle. Ms. Ramsey’s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections both here and internationally.

Exhibit judge Michael Bell is known for his narrative series paintings, murals and for his infamous portrait clientele, which includes John Gotti, and numerous actors from hit television shows and movies such as the Sopranos, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, and more. As an emerging artist he spent a lot of his time exploring life’s psychological issues through his paintings. “Painting, for me, is a dynamic process of self-exploration and a constructive way for me to give form and expression to an internal experience. While I spend a lot of time on the surface, it’s the inside of my subjects that I’m really after.”

Guests at the June 3, First Friday Opening Reception will have a chance to vote for the “People’s Choice” award. The Artists’ Talk and Awards Ceremony, a ticketed event, will take place Saturday June 4, from 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available on line at, or by calling the gallery at 410 778 6300.

The “Best in Show” award of $500 is supported by the Purnell Memorial Fund. Awards for Excellence in 2D, 3D and Open will each receive $100. Certificates of Merit Awards will be given in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Mixed Media, New Media/Open and Sculpture. In addition, there are two special-category awards:
“Best Representation of Eastern Shore Life” and “Best Watercolor Painting” including a $100 check, thanks to the Elizabeth Keer Fund. Visitors to the exhibit on opening night will have the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” sponsored by Cassinelli Distilling.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-4:00, Saturday, 10:00-4:00 and First Friday 11:00-8:00. Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD 21620.

“If I Were a Rich Man…” Fiddler Opens June 10 at CRH


Fiddler on the Roof, the universally popular musical currently playing on Broadway, begins its three-week Delmarva run on Friday, June 10. Director Sylvia Maloney leads more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians and crew members in this heart-warming tale of love caught between traditional values and modern aspirations at the beginning of the 20th century. Tevye, a poor Jewish dairyman in Tsarist Russia, worries about providing for his wife and five daughters—always a relevant struggle. Golde, his shrewish wife, and Yente, the village matchmaker, plot to find prosperous husbands for the daughters. The girls have other ideas, hoping to marry on their own terms, even if the men they love are poor—or not even Jewish. Set amidst pogroms and political turmoil, the villagers of 1905 Anatevka strive to find a safe and fulfilling future in a rapidly changing world.

A wedding celebration commences with a traditional bottle dance by villagers (L to R: Bryce Sullivan, Robert Branning, Jusden Messick, and Elliott Morotti) in Church Hill Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

A wedding celebration commences with a traditional bottle dance by villagers (L to R: Bryce Sullivan, Robert Branning, Jusden Messick, and Elliott Morotti) in Church Hill Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, is based on Tevye and his Daughters, by Sholem Aleichem. The show, originally starring Zero Mostel, opened on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical in history to play more than 3,000 performances—a record it held almost ten years. Fiddler won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book, Direction and Choreography. The film version was the highest grossing movie of 1971 and was nominated for eight Oscars.

In Church Hill Theatre’s production, Tevye is played by Herb Ziegler. His wife Golde is portrayed by Debra Ebersole and his five daughters by Kristi McNiece, Becca Van Aken, Grace McCreary, Maya McGrory and Lindsay McCowan. Kathy Jones is Yente, the matchmaker. Suitors are played by Mark Wiening, Matt Folker, Robert Branning and John Beck. Bob Chauncey, Will Covington, Caleb McNiece, Jusden Messick, and Michael Whitehill portray the men of Anatevka. Heather Joyce-Byers and Jean Leverage play characters in a fantastical dream, and Cavin Moore is the Fiddler. Other villagers are played by Jim Johnson, Elliott Morotti, Bryce Sullivan, Stefan Tisdale, Kylie Sommer, Kelly Ostazeski and Alyson Farnell.

 The villagers (L to R seated: Alyson Farnell and Kylie Sommer, standing second row: Jusden Messick, Bob Chauncey, Kelly Ostazeski, and Kathy Jones, third row: Michael Whitehill, Stefan Tisdale, Heather Joyce-Byers, Will Covington and Jim Johnson) are astounded by rapidly-spreading rumors.

The villagers (L to R seated: Alyson Farnell and Kylie Sommer, standing second row: Jusden Messick, Bob Chauncey, Kelly Ostazeski, and Kathy Jones, third row: Michael Whitehill, Stefan Tisdale, Heather Joyce-Byers, Will Covington and Jim Johnson) are astounded by rapidly-spreading rumors.

Director Maloney is ably assisted by Musical Director Matt Davis and Choreographer Cavin Moore. Two youth Stage Managers, Morgan Armstrong and Katie Sardo, are advised by veteran Shannon Whitaker. Pianist Marie Harrison is the rehearsal pianist. Michael Whitehill and Brian Draper designed the set, and Draper also honed the artistic design. Doug Kaufmann is responsible for lighting design with the help of Kat Melton, while Henley Moore provides the sound. Debbie Ebersole, Tina Johnson and Erma Johnson devised the period costumes. Bernadette Alderson advised on hair and makeup and Pat Patterson provided the publicity photographs.

Matt Davis conducts the talented orchestra for Fiddler: Marie Harrison, piano; Tom Anthony, bass; Ann Baldwin, clarinet; Ron Demby, clarinet/flute; Ray Diedrichs, trumpet; Frank Gerber, percussion; Jane Godfrey, violin; Jim Pileggi, trombone; and Alphonso Ramirez, violin.

Fiddler on the Roof runs from June 10 – 26, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for CHT members, and $10 for students. Discounted pricing is available for groups of ten or more. Reservations for Fiddler on the Roof are strongly recommended, as CHT summer musicals tend to sell out. Please telephone the CHT office at 410-556-6003 or visit them online at


Poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes Awarded 2016 Cave Canem Residency at Literary House


Darrel Alejandro Holnes, an accomplished poet, playwright, and ethnographic researcher, has won the Rose O’ Neill Literary House’s 2016 Cave Canem Summer Residency. Arriving in Chestertown in June, he will spend his time here working on his own writing projects and quietly exploring the town for a few warm, restful weeks.

Darrel Alejandro HolnesHolnes, a faculty member at New York University’s (NYU) Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is from Panama City and the former Canal Zone of Panamá. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Best American Experimental Writing, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Day One, The Puritan Magazine, and elsewhere in print and online. He is the co-author of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out, and the co-editor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry.

The Cave Canem Summer Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is a partnership with Cave Canem, the nation’s preeminent organization for young African American poets. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”

The residency is a month-long Chestertown retreat offered annually to one outstanding former Cave Canem Fellow. Previous Summer Residents include poets Kamilah Aisha Moon in 2015, Jamaal May in 2014, Yona Harvey in 2013, Kevin Vaughn in 2012, and Arisa White in 2011.

For more information on this writer’s residency program or the Literary House visit the website at

Bordley History Center Hosts Talk on 1954 Chestertown Fire


On the morning of July 16, 1954, Kent Manufacturing, a locally owned business which had made munitions for the government and fireworks after the war, suffered a massive explosion.  Blasts went on for over thirty minutes and a huge fire followed.  When everything was over, eleven local residents had died.  Despite the shock of this event, it was not the first of its kind in Chestertown.  Local production of fireworks goes back to 1920.

Join us June 3 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street at 4 PM and learn more about the local history of the munitions industry.  Programs start promptly so be on time to be sure to have a seat.

Local Group, Red Devil Moon Troupe, Invited to the NY International Fringe Festival


The Kent County artists involved with the forthcoming musical Red Devil Moon will bring their
performance featuring music and narration from the play to the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) in August. With music and lyrics by Pam Ortiz and book by Robert Earl Price, the play was inspired by Jean Toomer’s modernist novel Cane and draws from the section within the novel entitled “Blood Burning Moon.” Toomer’s very dark story has been modified to create an ending that typifies the individual stories of the Great Migration. The performance was first produced in Chestertown during November of 2014.

The scent of boiling cane, a magical night, love at risk in the Jim Crow South. Red Devil Moon is the tale of Tom Burwell aka BIG BOY, a cane cutter; and LOUISA, a domestic, caught between the brutal reality of the rural South (circa 1920) and the terrifying unknowns of life in the North. To stay under the thumb of oppression or flee into the fog of a foreign world is the question that Louisa’s white boss, BOB STONE’s advances force them to confront on this enchanted night of the syrup cooking full moon.

The troupe invited to FringeNYC is made up of 15 dynamic artists living and working in Kent County including the members of the musical groups Sombarkin and The Pam Ortiz Band. Sombarkin, whose members include Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr., and Jerome McKinney, is well known and admired for their deeply layered and finely wrought sound and vocal arrangements. The Pam Ortiz Band, whose members include Nevin Dawson (viola, violin and vocals), Philip Dutton (piano, keyboards and vocals), Ford Schumann (guitar and vocals), Bob Ortiz (percussion and vocals), and Pam Ortiz (guitar and vocals), will be joined by Tom Anthony on bass and Ray Anthony on drums.

Jean Toomer’s Cane is widely considered the first major text of the Harlem Renaissance. The
novel has long been an inspiration for playwright Robert Earl Price, who approached Ortiz, after hearing her 2012 album of original tunes, with the idea of collaborating on a new piece of musical theatre.

The group is currently engaged in a fundraising effort to support the play’s FringeNYC performances. For information on making a donation, visit or

Working Artists Forum Opens 10th Annual Memorial Show at Heron Point

Best in Show winner for WAF's 2015 Memorial Show at Heron Point, Patti Lucas Hopkins and her oil painting, "Pomegranate, Apple and Orange"

Best in Show winner for WAF’s 2015 Memorial Show at Heron Point, Patti Lucas Hopkins and her oil painting, “Pomegranate, Apple and Orange”

On Wednesday, June 1st, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) will open their Tenth Annual Memorial Show at Heron Point in Chestertown, Maryland. Member artists will exhibit their newest original paintings in a variety of media from oil to mixed media. Matt Klos will judge this show. He is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Visual Arts at Anne Arundel Community College and a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes. His work is shown both nationally and internationally, and continues to garner many prestigious awards. Currently, his work is represented at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD.

WAF is a non-profit organization, composed of 90+ members, who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton and show their work in a variety of venues throughout the year, both separately and together. This evolving group of artists maintains its growth with new members that are juried in each September, and through monthly lectures in the arts, demonstrations and critiques. Heron Point has graciously hosted WAF shows since June, 2007. Since the first WAF Memorial Show in 2012, three Judges Awards of Excellence have been given, drawn from a memorial fund set up in recognition of past members. This year, an additional award will be presented to the Best in Show.

On Saturday, June 4th , WAF will host a reception at 2:00 pm at Heron Point. This event is free and open to the public. The show will hang daily throughout the month of June. All work in this show is for sale. Please sign in at the desk prior to viewing. Heron Point is located at 501 East Campus Avenue in Chestertown. For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see



Mainstay Mondays with Joe Holt and Featured Guests Begins Monday, May 30


The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland announces a new Monday evening music series called appropriately enough, “Mainstay Mondays” to begin on Monday May 30 and run every Monday through the summer and maybe beyond. Each evening will be hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano and will feature casual seating, a cash bar and a special guest invited by Holt. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Admission is $10. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website and each week’s special guest will be posted there and on The Mainstay’s Facebook page,

Joe Holt

Joe Holt

For the first Mainstay Monday. Holt has invited his collaborators in The Mike McShane Trio: Mike McShane on drums and Paul Midiri on vibes. The piano, drums and vibes trio plays regularly at The Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth, Delaware.

In describing the series Holt said, “The Mainstay has provided a unique opportunity to share a different slice of my “world” each week from the stage, as I accompany and partner with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists. Each week a show of substance. Each week its own thing.”

Mainstay Mondays is the first new performance series created by Rory Trainor who became the Mainstay’s Executive Director following the retirement of Tom McHugh. Trainor said, “I knew I wanted to work with Kent County musicians in an expanded way, and wanted to do a series that would fall outside of the standard program The Mainstay has been doing.

“Joe and I were having conversations about what Joe was interested in and the idea of artists both throughout the Mid-Atlantic and specifically in Kent County doing new or expanded work sounded interesting.

“We agreed that this should be a regular thing, on the same day each week, so people know they can go and do this. Monday had a few major benefits, it was not competing with any major county programming, it seemed like an untapped day where people may be interested in going out but options were limited, and of course alliteration.”

Trainor added, “It also posed an opportunity for musicians to do a show on a Monday, which is often a dark night, and not compete with their weekend touring. This has all allowed us to get a very strong and varied line up for the whole of the summer.

“There was a huge amount of trust that I was putting into Joe and his work and the knowledge that he can and does work with many different artists in many genres. I did not want this to be a monolithic Jazz Series, or Rock Series. I wanted people to be delighted at the idea that every week on Monday they can come to the Mainstay, see a familiar face and then watch something completely different from the previous week and in the coming week.”

For now, Mainstay Mondays is planned to run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The schedule of featured guest artists includes Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman 6/6, Vince Lardear 6/13, Dan Tobias 6/20, Rhonda Apple 6/27, Melissa McGlynn and John Schratweiser 7/4, Pam and Bob Ortiz 7/11, Roo Brown 7/18, Donato Soverio 7/25, Max Murray 8/1, The Midiri Brothers 8/8, Sue Matthews 8/15, Dick Durham 8/22, Geoff Gallante, 8-29, Nevin Dawson 9/5.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website