Call for Artists: Adkins Arboretum to Sponsor 2018 Juried Art Show


Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., will sponsor its nineteenth annual Juried Art Show, to exhibit in February and March 2018. The theme of the show—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. Named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, the Leon Andrus Awards for first and second places will be awarded.

“Chives” by Paige Billin-Frye was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s eighteenth annual Juried Art Show.

The juried show is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. It will be juried by Benjamin T. Simons, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Simons previously worked for the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and was chief curator of the Nantucket Historical Association. He holds a master’s degree in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a master’s degree from Yale University and an AB from Harvard University. He also attended the Getty Leadership Institute for museum professionals in Claremont, Calif. Simons has authored collections and exhibition catalogues, written two books on private art collections and served as editor of the award-winning quarterly Historic Nantucket.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 28, 2017. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist should be sent to Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture) and artist’s name, address and phone number. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

Artists whose work is selected will be contacted by Jan. 13 to submit the original work ready to hang by Feb. 3. The exhibit will run from Feb. 5 to March 30, 2018, with a reception on Sat., Feb. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no entry fee, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or send e-mail to

The 2018 Juried Art Show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists.

Wind Ensemble Concert Celebrates Fall



Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble in rehearsal

The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble celebrates autumn in its first concert of the season, “Festive Fall.” Music Director Keith Wharton will conduct this free concert, beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Cross and High streets, Chestertown. The church is handicapped-accessible, via the ramp and automatic doors on the courthouse-green side of the building.

Two works on the program were written in memoriam. “Almost Autumn,” by Gary P. Gilroy, is a loving tribute and celebration in memory of a well-loved, respected, and successful colleague. “In These Last Days of Autumn,” by Randall D. Standridge, was written in memory of a young, aspiring rock musician.

On a lighter note, “Dance of the Trolls,” by Mike Forbes, is a fun and colorful work that depicts the mysterious trolls of Mount Horeb, upon which Moses received the Ten Commandments. “Cut to the Chase” has melodic fragments that dart around the band as if every instrument is being chased or is chasing something.

Beautiful melodies are represented by an arrangement of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves,” by Joseph Kosma, and by “Highlights from Wicked,” the blockbuster Broadway hit with songs “No One Mourns the Wicked,” “I’m Not That Girl,” “Defying Gravity,” “No Good Deed,” and “For Good.”

“Celebration Overture,” by Darren W. Jenkins, is a musical celebration of life and the wonderful, positive events we experience. At the other end of the spectrum, “Echoes in the Woods” is a piece that reflects the quiet beauty of Wisconsin forest and lakes after the passing of logging camps. In a more dramatic vein, “Music from Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff, denotes primal forces and the whims of Fortuna, the goddess of luck.

The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble is an all-ages community concert band. It was formed in 2001 to offer area wind and percussion musicians the opportunity to continue or return to the pleasures of playing quality music in a large ensemble. New members are always welcome, without audition or fee.

Rehearsals start promptly at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. in the Washington College band room (no. 116) in Gibson Center for the Arts. For further information, call 410-778-2829, send a message to, or go to The ensemble is partially supported by a grant from the Kent County Arts Council.

Academy Art Museum Announces November Events


Bennett Bean, M# 1806 Triple on Base, 2015 Pit fired, painted and gilded earthenware clay Photographed by Barbara Livar.


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

Bennett Bean: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With
Through November 5, 2017
Curator-Led Tours: Wednesday, November 1, 11 a.m.
Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. He works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, and painting. The Easton exhibition, his first solo museum exhibition.

David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints
Through December 31, 2017
Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, PhD, (1931) is widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field. The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, ME, and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME.

The Caprichos: Goya and Lombardo
November 21, 2017–February 25, 2018
The Caprichos by artist Emily Lombardo is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both series address major cultural issues of their times through the medium of print. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has generously agreed to lend the complete set of Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799 for the exhibition. The exhibition is supported by the Childs Gallery, Boston.

David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.

The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo
November 18, 2017–March 11, 2018
The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints which represent excavated hearts from Magic 8 Ball toys that are positioned as divine relics of cultural nostalgia. The Magic 8 Ball was created in 1950, invented by Albert C. Carter, inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant.

Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection
Through November 26, 2017
Helen Siegl (1924–2009) used an unusual printmaking technique—often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks. She designed these when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations.


Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month
7 to 9 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. The theme for November 13 is “Gratitude.” Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.

Fall Portfolio Night
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 6–8 p.m.
Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to the Museum’s Annual Portfolio Night to receive expert tips on what makes a winning portfolio from a panel of art school representatives and professional artists. Contact the Museum’s Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at or 978-902-1993 for more information.

Francisco de Goya, Spanish, 1746 1828, From Los Caprichos, 1799, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999.


Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series
These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Series Tickets: (6 lectures) $125 Members, $150 Non-members. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Friday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members


Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
National Gallery of Art
Tuesday, November 7
Cost: $60 Members $72 Non-members


Mini Masters Academy
An Early Enrichment Program for Children ages 2–5 Years Old
In Partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Morning or Full-Day Program – Classes through May 24, 2018
Mini Masters Academy introduces young children to new ideas through a thematic approach to learning that emphasizes relationships and the ability to make meaningful connections. The rich resources of the Academy Art Museum offer a wonderful venue for teaching these sensory explorations. Enrollment is ongoing. Contact Janet Hendricks for program details at jhendricks@academyartmuseum or (410) 822-2787.

Helen Siegl, Goose Waddle, Woodcut on tissue paper, AAM 2012.012.34.

Painting with Photoshop
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Students Grades 4–8
Dates: 6 classes–Mondays and Wednesdays: October 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members


Adult Classes


The Landscape in Ink Washes
New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: November 1–December 6 (no class November 22 for Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Member, $210 Non-members


Get Painterly! Palette Knife Painting in Oil or Acrylic
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
2 days: November 4 & 5 Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $145 Members, $174 Non-members

Rosemary Cooley

Oil Painting: Creating Color Harmonies
Instructor: Bradford Ross
4 weeks: November 7 – 28, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $125 Members, $155 Non-members


Pastel: Sunrise, Sunset and a Nocturne
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: November 29–December 20
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members


Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
Session 3–November 7, 14, 16, 21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m. Cost: $80 Members per session, $96 Non-members per session (plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)

Printmaking Workshop: The Poetry of Water Woodcut Resist Monoprint
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3 days: November 3, 4 and 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members (plus $35 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)


Movies, Music and Smart TV – – Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 6–8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members
High School Students Outreach

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

Sue Matthews Sings Cole Porter at The Mainstay


Sue Matthews

Sue Matthews, along with Robert Redd on piano, Tommy Cecil on bass, Frank Russo on drums and Scott Silbert on saxophone, presents an evening of Cole Poerter standards at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 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.

Mainstay and Kent County favorite Sue Matthews brings to life the sophisticated, irresistible music of Cole Porter whose classic singable lyrics and music, written from the 1920s to the 1950s, are a substantial part of the Great American Songbook.

Porter was a Yale and Harvard educated Tin Pan Alley composer who wrote for popular recordings, Broadway and Hollywood. His songs like “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and “Night And Day” have timeless classic sound. His musicals dominated Broadway from the 1930s to the 1950s from “The Gay Divorce,” which as a film became “The Gay Divercee,” and “Anything Goes” to his masterpiece “Kiss Me Kate”, which won the first ever Tony Award, Porter’s shows were full of sophisticated lyrics and melodies that echoed his lavish lifestyle.

Sue Matthews’ silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song will be the perfect will be the perfect instrument for conveying the richness of Porter’s legacy of song.

Sue Matthews came to the music world’s attention in 1991, when she released the traditional jazz album “Love Dances.” She was soon playing clubs and festivals and her next release “When You’re Around,” reached the top 20 on the Gavin and R & R Jazz charts. Since then she has released a number of recordings and become a favorite throughout the mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios and, of course, at The Mainstay.

She has been a featured artist at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in NYC and the Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy as well as artist-in-residence at the Clifden Arts Week Festival, County Galway, Ireland and at Augusta Heritage Cente. She is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. 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.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

October 23      Joe Holt welcomes Rebekah Hock

October 30      Joe Holt welcomes Brad Chaires

November 4    Peter and Will Anderson Quartet featuring Chuck Redd

November 6    Joe Holt welcomes Maria Rusu

November 11  Karen Somerville

November 12  The Mainstay @ The Garfield: Cassie & Maggie

November 13  Joe Holt welcoms Philip Dutton


2018 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference: Register Now for a Discount!


If you’ve ever been inspired to write a blog or poetry, research non-fiction, get cracking at that next novel or increase your income with other forms of writing, next year’s Bay to Ocean Writers Conference has a wealth of new speakers and session topics to build your enthusiasm.

March 10, 2018 is the date for the 21st annual BTO conference at Chesapeake College, in Wye Mills, Maryland.  With a new committee incorporating prior attendee input, this year’s roster adds diverse topics as well as six in-depth 90-minute workshops in the afternoon to insure hands-on, experiential learning. Some larger rooms will accommodate more attendees. This year’s keynote speaker Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore and Mason’s Retreat, as well as 18 hour-long sessions start off the morning. A professor of English at the University of Virginia, Tilghman has used Maryland’s Eastern Shore for inspiration in much of his fiction. He will address the crowd and offer a Q&A session that morning.

Laura Reeth, the publicist for best-selling novelist Nora Roberts, returns for an advanced social media workshop, Sue Ellen Thompson for a poetry workshop, and Molly Winans, at the helm of SpinSheet and PropTalk presents innovative help for writers to think like an editor. Local authors Robert Bidinetto, Kenton Kilgore and Loriann Oberlin, will speak with topics ranging from building suspense, technical writing, hand-selling your books, targeting online sales and boosting your bank account through non-fiction. Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott are novelists new to Bay to Ocean as is magazine editor and columnist Janet Bodnar, who has spent her career at Kiplinger Personal Finance. A children’s writing panel presents the talent of Jacqueline Jules, Timothy Young, and Syl Sobel. Baltimore lawyer Cynthia Blake Sanders discusses legal concerns for writers; Leslie Walker from the University of Maryland teaches writers about blogging; and Stephanie Fowler along with Tony Russo share information regarding podcasting. Nancy Mitchell and Amber Greene offer two new poetry sessions.

At Bay to Ocean, attendees exchange ideas, hone the writing craft, and participate in specific networking discussions during lunch, if they choose. Author and poetry readings will finish the day in the Cadby Theatre where book sales and signings will occur nearby in the lobby.

Register by December 1, 2017 to obtain an early-bird $95 registration fee. Regular price will be $120 for those not members of the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), $95 for ESWA members, and $55 for students with valid ID.  Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, attendance at the keynote speaker session and all workshops.

As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference attracts participants from six states as well as the District of Columbia.  To join the email list, visit  Registration is now open.  Alert your writing colleagues by sharing links from

Program at Washington College Spotlights the African American Church


Washington College’s Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture is launching a new program on “The African American Church and American Ideals.” The inaugural event will be a two-part series titled “The African American Church: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

The series will feature three local church leaders: the Rev. Charles Pinkett of Cambridge, the Hon. Corey Pack of Easton, and the Rev. Dr. William T. Wallace, Sr. of St. Michaels.

On Monday, Oct. 16 in Hynson Lounge, the conversation will center on the strength of the African American church today and how it remains vital and vibrant, despite claims to the contrary. The Rev. Pinkett, recipient of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award, and the Hon. Pack, member of the Talbot County Council, Sunday School teacher, and lay leader at Union Baptist Church in Easton, will lead the lecture.  It will start at 6pm


In the second installment of the series, scheduled for Nov. 6 starting at 6:30PM in Litrenta Hall, Dr. Wallace, pastor of Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, will discuss the institution of the church and its history.

“The church is an important part of the American tapestry,” says Joseph Prud’homme, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture. “It’s important to showcase it and for the community to have a deeper appreciation of its history and vitality.”

Future installments of the new program on the African American Church and American Ideals will include tours to historic sites across the Eastern Shore and performances by various church groups.

For more information about the program, contact Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture Director Joseph Prud’homme at

Clive Harris in Emmanuel Organ Concert Oct. 13


Clive Harris

This season represents the 25th year that Emmanuel Church has presented organ concerts.  Clive Harries, the first person who performed 25 years ago, will return on Oct. 13 to give Chestertown another concert.

Harries’s organ studies were principally at Eton College with Philip Moore, who became Organist at York Minster, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied with Sir David Willcocks for his Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists.  He won an Open Choral Scholarship, sang in the world-famous choir for 4 years, studied for his MA degree, and received diplomas and teaching qualifications.

Post-Cambridge he worked in the professional singing, conducting and organ playing world, became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christchurch Priory, a teacher at renowned independent schools, a music examiner and conductor.  Presently, he sings in Ripon Cathedral and York Minster, and periodically assists locally with organ playing in Ripon and Middlesbrough Cathedrals.  He also ventures further afield, such as Brunei, Bangalore and Hong Kong, where he was Artist in Residence, particularly associated with playing, conducting and teaching for St. John’s Cathedral and St. Paul’s College.

Over the years, while conducting choirs and orchestras such as the York Early Music Choir and English Renaissance Orchestra, his teaching encouraged many pupils to study in Cambridge and other British universities as Choral and Organ Scholars.  Two of his four sons sang as Choristers at King’s, and another was at Durham Cathedral, the home of Harrison Organs, where the Emmanuel Organ was built.

He is looking forward to returning to Emmanuel for the 25th Anniversary series.  His program will be a musical tour around Europe, including Franck’s Chorale No.3 in A minor, arrangements of music by Elgar, and works by Sweelinck, Bach, Buxtehude, Stanford and Herbert Howells.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown.

Tickets are $20 at the door.  Call Emmanuel Church 410-778-3477 for further information.


Make A Movement, A Community Performance Art Event


Hope Clark

Local artist Hope Clark, director of Wheelbarrow Productions, Inc., is offering public workshops for a community performance art event to be held from 2 to 3 p.m.  Oct. 28 at Wilmer Park in Chestertown. The workshops are movement based, study the effects of heat-trapping gases on global warming, and are designed for all ages to promote dialogue and partnership. Learn more about the project on Facebook, Make a Movement.

Free and public workshops will be at the Diversity Dialogue Group Meeting October 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church; at the Kent County Public Library story time, Oct. 17, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; and a workshop for all ages and abilities on Oct. 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., also at the library.

Wheelbarrow Productions, Inc. (WHEE) is a non-profit organization that partners with communities to create social change and economic opportunities through the performing arts.  In 2016, WHEE worked in Ethiopia with the Lalibela Office of Culture and Tourism Business Association and local dance, music, theater and circus associations to produce a play about child marriage and a show for tourists to support local artists. WHEE recently partnered with the Sefrou Women’s Center to produce a show about corruption, safety, family dynamics and freedom, by and for women in Sefrou, Morocco.

Clark was a professional dancer in New York City and teaches yoga locally at The Seed House. She said she is happy and excited to be working in her hometown. She is also teaching workshops for dance and drama students at Kent County High School, for 6th-grade art students at Kent County Middle School, at Heron Point, at the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and at the Seed House.

Participants are invited to collaborate in creating the performance art piece. Come to a workshop to learn how to get more involved. Come to the event to participate. Wear the colors of the sun, red, orange and yellow.

10th Annual Gilbert Byron Day to be Observed on October 8


The Gilbert Byron House. Photograph by George Hatcher

The tenth annual Gilbert Byron Day will be observed on Sunday, October 8 during the annual Pickering Creek Harvest Hoedown.  In addition to the many other family oriented activities of the day, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Byron’s home. The small self-built house, pictured above, has been relocated from San Domingo Creek near St. Michaels to the Pickering Creek Audubon Center where it is undergoing restoration. With only his pet dogs for companions, Byron spent nearly half of his life in this house. It was here that he produced what is likely the largest collection of writing about the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Regions authored by a single person. His published work includes 14 books; scores of poems; more than 170 short stories and general interest articles; and over 2,000 area newspaper columns.

During the Hoedown, the Gilbert Byron house will be open to visitors where they will have to opportunity to learn about the life and literary work of this “Voice of the Chesapeake.” Information: