The Artists’ Gallery to Stay Open for Second Friday!

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Due to weather conditions on our most recent First Friday, many of the galleries and businesses in Chestertown did not remain open. To make up for being closed, the partners of The Artists’ Gallery would like to invite everyone to join them in celebration of Second Friday!   In addition to a warm reception, the partners of The Artists’ Gallery are extending the 15% off sale of their original work through January 20th.  The partners of the gallery are Bonnie Foster Howell, Sally Clark, Nancy R. Thomas, Barbara Zuehlke and Evie Baskin.  For more information about the partners and the work that they do, please see the gallery website at: theartistsgalleryctown.com.

“Rippled Edge,” oil by Bonnie Howell

In addition, The Artists’ Gallery will also offer a discount of 15% on paintings by Linda Hall.  Based in Betterton, Linda Hall’s work is well known on the Eastern Shore and beyond.  She has participated in numerous juried art shows, both nationally and internationally, winning over fifty awards.  Linda is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Northeast Watercolor society and an exhibitor with The Artists’ Gallery, and a member of River Arts and the Working Artists Forum in Easton.

The public is invited to a reception at The Artists’ Gallery on January 12, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  Located at 239 High Street in Chestertown, The Artists’ Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30.

Chester River Youth Choir Registration is Open

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Registration is open for the Chester River Youth Choir, the premier children’s choir on the shore. Open to singers of all experience levels, ages 7-17, where you can meet new friends and share your love of music!

There are no auditions. Come to the Garfield Center for the Arts for the first day of choir practice on January 15th at 4:15pm. The Chester River Youth Choir practices at the Garfield Center every Monday from 4:15-5:45 until mid-May. The group is lead by Chester River Chorale president and Garfield Center board member Julie Lawrence, who also runs MUSICAMP: the theatre’s week-long musical theatre camp for children in July.

This is a unique opportunity for children to be a part of the vibrant arts community at the Garfield, in the heart of Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District. The Chester River Youth Choir has performed at many local events in the past, including The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival, The National Music Festival, The Stories in Service Celebration honoring local Veterans, in the Garfield’s 2015 production of A Christmas Carol, at Washington College with the Chester River Chorale during the holidays and more! Registration is $40 per child, with sibling rates and scholarships available on an as-needed basis. You can register online at www.garfieldcenter.org/cryc-registration/

For more information please contact choir director Julie Lawrence at youthchoir@garfieldcenter.org or Garfield Center Executive Director Tess Hogans at thogans@garfieldcenter.org. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown, Maryland.

The Chester River Chorale 20th Season Begins

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The Chester River Chorale invites all who love to sing to join us for our spring season as we begin rehearsals in Heron Point’s Wesley Hall at 6 p.m. Monday January 15 for our mid-April spring concert.

We welcome all adult voices to join with our ninety-plus members—ranging in age from 18 to over 80—for our 20th consecutive season as the Upper Shore’s premier chorus. No audition is required. Dues are $50 with students free. The dues help pay for the music we provide.

Artistic Director Doug Cox has put together another spring program that promises to be great fun to sing. It is called “Leaves of Bluegrass,” and is centered around a cantata-length Te Deum backed by The High and Wides bluegrass string band.

Rehearsals will be every Monday evening at Heron Point.

A bonus for Chorale members is a chance to sing the Mozart Requiem with the National Music Festival orchestra in June.

Chorale members are amateur singers drawn mainly from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Kent County Arts Council and by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

The CRC’s mission is to provide opportunity, education, and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information, visit www.chesterriverchorale.org or call 410–928-5566.

The Artists’ Gallery Opens for First Friday!

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On First Friday, The Artists’ Gallery would like to invite everyone to celebrate the new year with them!  Along with their well wishes, the partners of The Artists’ Gallery are offering a discount of 15% off each of their original works of art during the first two weeks of January.  The partners of the gallery are Bonnie Foster Howell, Sally Clark, Nancy R. Thomas, Barbara Zuehlke and Evie Baskin.  For more information about the partners and the work that they do, please see the gallery website at: theartistsgalleryctown.com.

“Koi Fish Frolicking”, mixed media by Sally Clark

In addition, The Artists’ Gallery will extend a discount of 15% on paintings by Linda Hall.  Based in Betterton, Linda Hall’s work in watercolor is well known on the Eastern Shore and beyond.  She has participated in numerous juried art shows, both nationally and internationally, winning over fifty awards.  Linda is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Northeast Watercolor society and an exhibitor with The Artists’ Gallery, and a member of River Arts and the Working Artists Forum in Easton.

A reception for the public will be held at The Artists’ Gallery on January 5, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  Located at 239 High Street in Chestertown, The Artists’ Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30.

Call for Artists: Color Blind — The Art of Black and White

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Two Women – Kevin Harris

River Arts Gallery invites artists to submit original works in black and white – and shades in between – that explore the use of line and tone in the absence of color. Works in all media are welcome, including traditional and abstract drawings, on paper or canvas, sculptural, or three-dimensional pieces.

Drop Off:

Sunday, January 28: 2 – 4 p.m.

Monday, January 29: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Opening Reception: First Friday, February 2:  5  – 8 p.m.

Pick Up:

Sunday, February 25, 2 – 4 p.m.

Monday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To register and for more information- CLICK HERE

Questions: info@ChestertownRiverArts.org  or 410.778.6300

Cast Set for Church Hill Theatre’s “Biloxi Blues”

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Fresh recruits on their bunks in Church Hill Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. Clockwise from the top left: Robbie Spray, Jeff Rank, Troy Strootman, Morgan Jung, Timothy Daly, Anthony Daly.

Director Michael Whitehill has announced the cast for Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues, the lead off production in Church Hill Theatre’s 2018 season. The Tony Award winning play is set at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi during World War II. Loosely autobiographical, the comedy pits the cruel and caustic Sgt. Toomey against the draftees, especially the sensitive Arnold Epstein. His friend Eugene Morris Jerome channels Simon’s own memories of military service as a fledgling author. This classic coming-of-age tale includes danger, sex, love, prejudice, bravery and some pretty salty army talk.

Arnold Epstein will be played by Robbie Spray and Eugene Morris Jerome by Troy Strootman. Other draftees are Anthony Daly as Roy Selridge, Timothy Daly as Joseph Wykowski, Morgan Jung as Don Carney, and Jeff Rank as James Hennesey. John Haas takes the role of their nemesis, Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey. Kendall Irene Davis is the sweet Daisy Hannigan and Christine Kinlock is the not-so-sweet Rowena. Scarlett Chappell completes the cast, playing a USO dancer.

Whitehill, one of Church Hill Theatre’s most experienced directors, most recently directed the thought-provoking Doubt: A Parable.  His production team for Biloxi Blues includes Sylvia Maloney, Laura Crabtree, Steve Atkinson, Katie Sardo, Douglas Kaufmann and Brian Draper.

Biloxi Bues will open at Church Hill Theatre on January 19, 2018, and run through February 4, with weekend performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members, and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of ten or more. CHT offers two for the price of one tickets on opening night, Friday, January 19, to those who reserve by phone. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online here.

 

Auditions for “On Golden Pond” at Church Hill Theatre

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Church Hill Theatre announces auditions for the April production of On Golden Pond. The play is written by Ernest Thompson who won an Academy Award for the screenplay, starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. Directed by Bonnie Hill, this classic dramedy is an invitation to experience “a slice of life” with Ethel and Norman Thayer.

Having spent the past 48 summers on Golden Pond in Maine, the Thayers return to their idyllic home. Their tranquility is interrupted by a visit from their divorced daughter and her new fiancé, along with his teenage son.

Auditions at the Church Hill Theatre will be held on Tuesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 4 at 6 pm and on Saturday, January, 6 at 10 am. Production dates are April 6 through April 22, 2018.

On Golden Pond requires 4 men and 2 women, and the characters break down as follows:

Norman Thayer (age Late 60s-80) A cantankerous retired college professor, who is not politically correct. Sharp-tongued, with a dry sense of humor.

Ethel Thayer (age 60-75) Norman’s wife. Loving and cheerful.

Charlie Martin (age 40-50) Mailman, and Chelsea’s former summer boyfriend. Maine accent. Easy-going and laughs a lot.

Chelsea Thayer (age 35-45) Daughter of Ethel and Norman. Tart-tongued and dry humor like her father. High strung.

Bill Ray (age 40-50) Chelsea’s fiancé. Serious, but with a sense of humor.

Billy Ray (age 12-15) Bill Ray’s son. Intelligent, smart-mouthed, somewhat guarded.

Familiarity with the play is beneficial, and actors should be prepared to do cold readings from the script. For additional information, call CHT at (410) 556 -6003 or Bonnie Hill at (410) 348-5181 or email: bonniehill@wildblue.net.

Academy Art Museum Announces January Events

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Francisco de Goya, Fran[cis].co Goya y Lucientes, Pintor, Plate I from “Los Caprichos”

EXHIBITIONS

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

The Caprichos: Goya and Lombardo
Through February 25, 2018
The Caprichos by Emily Lombardo is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both explore and present a satirical critique of contemporary culture and the forces that influence society along economic, racial, political, religious, and gender lines. The exhibition is supported by the Childs Gallery, Boston.

The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo
Through March 11, 2018
A Soothsayer is a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means; someone who says “sooth,” meaning “truth” or “reality,” a term dating back to the 14th century. 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. The post-World War II boom in industry propelled this toy into thousands of homes across America.

Beth van Hoesen: Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Through February 4, 2018
Selections Gallery
Beth Van Hoesen (1926–2010) was an American artist who was born in Boise, ID. She earned a BA from Stanford University in 1948. After graduation, she continued her studies at the École des Beaux Arts de Fontainebleau, the Académie Julian, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Throughout her career, Beth Van Hoesen distinguished herself as a draftsman and printmaker.

Emily Lombardo, The Soothsayers, 2017, Paper and Pigment, Collection of the Artist.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY: NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
April 14 – July 15, 2018
December 1, 2017 submissions open on Café.org, linked under Exhibitions at academyartmuseum.org. March 8, 2018 is the submission deadline.
Photographic artists of all walks are invited to submit their latest works to a new national juried show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. Artists may submit all types of photographic works including digital, analog, alternative processes, etc.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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. Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

ADULT CLASSES

Drawing

Beth van Hoesen, San Francisco Dahlias, Lithograph, screenprint; printer’s inks on paper.

Basic Drawing: Gaining New Confidence in Value and Composition
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks, January 16 – February 20
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members

Intermediate Drawing: Interiors and Still Life
New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: January 17 – February 14
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Foundations of Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: January 18 – February 22
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $170 Members, $204 Non-members

Pastel

Matt Moore, Desert Shores, CA, 2016, Collection of the Artist.

Introduction to Pastel Workshop
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
One Day Workshop: January 17
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $60 Members, $72 Non-members, plus small materials fee

Pastel Painting: Fundamentals and Personal Study
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
2 sessions of 6 weeks: January 24 – February 28 AND March 14 -April 18
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Cost per session: $200 Member, $240 Non-members

Painting

5th Annual WINTER CHALLENGE – A Painting a Day for 30 Days!
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
5 weeks: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members

Sheryl Southwick

Let’s Get Started in Painting
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
6 weeks: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Marine Painting Techniques
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
4 weeks: January 20 – February 10
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $210 Members, $252 Non-members

Collage

Collage Workshop: Scrap Happy Day
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
One Day Workshops: January 23, February 27, and March 27
Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost per workshop: $45, Members, $54 Non-members, plus materials fee: $8.00 paid to the instructor

Etching

Matthew Hillier

Introduction to Copperplate Etching
Instructor: Emily Lombardo
3 Weeks: January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $500 Members, $600 Non-members
Materials Fee: $60 per person

Pottery

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions: January 8 – February 12 and March 5 – April 9
Mondays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Intermediate and Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions: January 8 – February 12 and March 5 – April 9, 2018
Mondays: 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Intermediate /Advanced Hand Building
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Two 6-week sessions: January 10 – February 14 and March 7 – April 11
Wednesdays: 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Mini Masters

Beginning and Intermediate Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
6 weeks: January 10 – February 14, 2018
Wednesdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

Mini Masters Academy – ONGOING ENROLLMENT!
An Early Enrichment Program for Children ages 2–5 (Two-year olds, who must be two by September 1, 2017)
In Partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Morning or Full-Day Program
Open House
Friday, January 19, 2018, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Mini Masters is an art-based, early enrichment program for children 2 to 4 years old. Associated with the Smithsonian’s Early Enrichment Program, Mini Masters offers a program rich in the arts, as well as developmentally appropriate activities designed to foster the skills needed for the school years and beyond. Mini Masters believes in child-centered, exploratory learning, and all activities are based on leading research in early childhood learning and development. Our multi-age mix of children ensures that children learn from each other and develop compassion. Contact Janet Hendricks for program details at jhendricks@academyartmuseum or (410) 822-2787.

Winter After-School Art Club
Grades 1- 4
Instructor: Susan Horsey
Eight Fridays: January 5 – February 23
Time: 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Cost: $120 Members, $130 Non-Members

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

Academy Art Museum Receives Substantial Bequest from Judy and Erik Straub

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The Academy Art Museum recently received a substantial bequest from the estate Judith and Erik Straub. Judith “Judy” Stegman Straub passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 at the age of 75 years old. Her husband Erik passed away on September 13, 2017. Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum, comments, “We are so grateful for the foresight and generosity of Judy and Erik Straub in making a bequest to the Academy Art Museum. As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2018, we are standing on the shoulders of Judy and all the visionary leaders who laid the foundations for the Museum’s future.”

In 1979, Judy and her husband, Erik, moved from Monkton, MD to Easton to go into the marine construction business. Judy later worked with the Talbot Bank planning their 100th anniversary celebration. Upon Mr. Straub’s retirement, they moved to Florida in 2006, but kept their home in Talbot County. As a very active volunteer in Easton, Judy worked with United Fund for several years and with the Republican Party.

Judy joined the Academy Art Museum Board as Membership Chairman and later became Board Chair. According to former Museum board members, Judy implemented new bylaws for the Board and also was involved in the first building expansion of the Museum. According to Joan Cox of Easton, former Board Chair, Straub invited her to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board, in the 1980s, and strengthened the Museum’s Board by expanding its membership.

Cathy McCoy, current Board Chair of the Museum, adds, “I am inspired by the dedication of Judy Straub as former Board Chair. This bequest memorializes her outstanding service to the Academy as a Trustee and Board leader, and contributes mightily to our ability to continue the work about which she cared so deeply.”