Art, Music & Theatre

A Banquet for the Senses

The Mid-Shore is an artist's - and art-lover's - utopia. Every county has an active Arts Council, offering unique community programs and classes. In addition, there are galleries, exhibits, classes, concerts, theatrical productions and festivals scattered throughout the area.


Evening Contrails

Contrails at SunsetContrails at SunsetWe were heading to Cambridge to hear our friend Anne Watts and Boister play their latest CD live, when we got a feast for our eyes.

Motivational Theatres’annual “Friendraiser” features new play

New York area playwright Brian C. Petti is the 2012 winner of the "Carlton E. Spitzer Excellence in Writing" award presented by the HGGMT, Inc. for his play “Ten Seconds”.  Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre’s Annual ‘Friendraiser’ Celebration is Saturday, December 1, in Easton featuring this new one-act play “Ten Seconds” and an act of monologues. 

Ten Seconds is a powerful play which illustrates the negative effects our perceptions of, and actions toward, people with challenges,” states HGGMT artistic director, Anita Tecce. The roles are moving and riveting; substantial roles that offer an opportunity for actors to challenge their talent. Taking on the challenge are Zack Schlag, Larlett Cash, Ricky Smith, Erica Tecce, Sarah Crump, and Meg Parry.

Monologues includetwo Carlton E. Spitzer monologues, "That's Why She Holds the Racket Like That" performed by Meg Parry and "Snob Mob" performed by Terry Taylor. "Valedictorian Speech" is written by Paul Briggs and performed by Larlett Cash and Sarah Crump.


Troika Gallery in downtown Easton celebrates its 15th Anniversary Gala Group Show from November 9 to December 31. Take an artistic journey through the visual treasures of the Eastern Shore and beyond. This show is a rare opportunity to experience a complete re-hanging of the entire gallery and to see new original works by all 34 of the renowned regional, national, and international artists represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery.

Savor a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe?l’œil—it’s all here under one roof. With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, including landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, porcelain and more.

“Our artists are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts across the country,” says gallery owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton. “Our Anniversary Show is always very popular, and we are grateful for fifteen years of successfully featuring the finest of fine art.”

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council November Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER 2: “Images, Imagination” exhibit begins. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos. Glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon joins Amos in this show featuring her imaginative designs. A portion of the proceeds benefit renovations to the Centre’s historic building.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 3:Come see the “Crawdaddies” 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. $30 advance / $35 door (call for availability). Cajun/zydeco by a band that knows its way around the bayou.Concert followed by an ‘After Party’. Enjoy light fare, cash bar and meet band members. For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 9:“Images, Imagination” Exhibit and Reception. Join artists’ Jim Amosand Wendy Gordon at the Centre for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The exhibit ispresented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and will benefit their building fund. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos and glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

Aldean Announces Major Stadium Shows in Whirlwind Trip

The country music landscape is changing before our very eyes, and one of the most noticeable alterations to the topography has been the mountainous rise of Georgia’s own Jason Aldean. The country music phenomenon’s fifth studio album, Night Train,dropped early last week and cleaned up the charts by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With 409,000 copies sold, the release rolled in as the second-best debut sales week of 2012, and everyone expected the announcement of a headlining tour, but no one quite saw this coming.

The 2013 Night Train tour was expected to be big, but on a day-long, whirlwind trip around the country Aldean took it to new heights by announcing three major stadium shows in Georgia, Chicago, and Boston. Artists of all genres strive to sell out stadiums, but in country music that zenith is hard to reach; recent memory has seen only genre-defying superstars like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift garner a stadium tours, but Aldean is more than ready.

The first stop of his journey was to his home state of Georgia, where he told a riveted Athens crowd that he would be performing an April 13th show at the University of Georgia’s legendary Sanford Stadium, which will mark first-ever concert held at Sanford Stadium. From it was off to Boston where he set up shop beside the Green Monster at Fenway Park and announced a July 13th show, which will make him the first country music artist to perform at the historic ballpark. And, ensuring he went out with a bang, he flew to the Windy City to make the famous ivy wall of Wrigley Field his backdrop, where he announced a July 20th performance there.


Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) invites local artists to submit original artwork for use as the poster image for the 2013 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.  The selected artwork will be used on the Festival’s publicity materials, including the Festival poster, flyers, print and online advertising, event programs and the CCM website. Posters will be placed throughout the Eastern Shore during the spring, especially during the months of April and May preceding the June Festival, and the image will be featured in both local and national publications to promote the Festival.  The selected work will be auctioned at the CCM Gala on March 2, 2013. The artist will be compensated for his or her work. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held in various Mid-Shore locations from June 5 through June 18, 2013.

Chesapeake Chamber Music is looking for artwork that will promote the Festival, emphasizing the beauty of the Eastern Shore as an appropriate setting for beautiful music.  The artwork should be an original, one-of-a-kind piece, created by the hand of the artist.  Artists who are residents of one of the Eastern Shore counties, including Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico, Cecil, Worcester and Somerset, are eligible to submit entries.


Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Md., will sponsor its fourteenth annual Art Competition, to exhibit in February and March 2013. The theme of the competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. The Leon Andrus Award, in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, will be presented to the competition’s winner. A second-place award will also be given.

The competition is open to all original two- and three-dimensional fine arts, including outdoor sculpture and installations. The show will be juried by Alex Castro, lecturer in art and Architect, Exhibition and Book Designer in Residence at Washington College, Chestertown. Castro recently initiated a studio art course in environmental art at the college.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 7, 2013. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist may be sent toart@adkinsarboretum.org. Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture), and artist’s name and address. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

The artists of work selected will be contacted by Jan. 18 to submit the original art ready to hang by Feb. 1. The exhibit will open Feb. 4 and will run through March 29, 2013 with a reception on Sat., Feb. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no fee for the competition, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, visit http://www.adkinsarboretum.org/programs_events/art.html, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or send e-mail to info@adkinsarboretum.org.


If ever there was art that communicates the exuberance of nature, Katherine K. Allen’s work is it. On view at Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center through Nov. 30, her captivating exhibit of botanical works, titled Dance of the Seasons, teems with the energy of life. On Sat., Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a reception with the opportunity to talk with Allen about her unusual way of making art.

Allen delights in experimenting. In her sunny studio in a forest clearing near Easton, she paints, stitches by hand and by machine, collages, and screen-prints ink on top of plants so that when she lifts them away, their silhouettes remain, preserving the details of their leaves, stems and seedheads with photographic crispness. Over the past eight years or so, she has been developing this unique method of creating botanical artworks that are as inventive as they are energetic and colorful.

While earning her BFA from the University of Arizona and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Allen studied a wide variety of art mediums. She went on to work as a sculptor, then moved on to art quilts, before focusing on creating botanical art on fabric.

She explained, “I took everything in art school, and now this represents the snowball effect of it all coming together.”

Small brushstrokes in pastel shades of yellow, salmon pink, lilac and blue dance around the tall grasses that fan across the surface of “Tangible Light.” Within the silhouettes of the plants, splashes of bright color show through from an earthy green-brown layer underneath. It’s as if both the plants and the air are pulsing with activity.

Local Artist makes Gargoyle Bells

Sherwood, Maryland artist Dawn Malosh developed her first gargoyle bell upon hand-crafting a simple pinch pot over 11 years ago. While making a pot, she saw an open-mouthed face in the clay’s subtle bumps and textures. She then began developing the face as she envisioned it.  Soon Dawn realized that the unusual creature she was creating was a gargoyle, but felt that her gargoyle was missing something, so she continued working on the design. She soon developed a way for her open-mouthed creature to have a wagging tongue so he could ring like a bell. Thus began the invention of Malosh’s unique art form, gargoyle bells.

After the first gargoyle was created, Dawn began researching the history of gargoyles and bells to try to understand why she was creating this strange yet fascinating art form. After pouring through many books and search engines, Dawn soon learned that gargoyles throughout history have been considered powerful protective guards against evil, negativity and bad energy. During Medieval times, gargoyles were placed on cathedrals and castles throughout Europe in order to ward off evil spirits.  She also learned through her research that cultures throughout the world have used bell ringing as a way of cleansing spaces from evil and negativity for centuries. These ideas appealed to the artist, so Malosh began creating her one-of-a-kind bells as a decorative ringing art form that may also serve as a type of protector that clears negativity from the home or space where it hangs. Malosh has no claims that her gargoyle bells have supernatural powers of course, but she does have many interesting stories that her collectors have shared with her, along with a few of her own.

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