Playful, beautiful, zesty and often reverent, the artworks in Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s eighteenth annual Juried Art Show, speak about the remarkable variety of ways we look at nature on the Eastern Shore. On view in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center through March 31, this show also brings together a remarkable variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil, pastel, charcoal, collage, photography, monoprint, etching, ceramics, stained glass, metal sculpture and dried plant materials.
The show was juried by Katherine Markoski, Ph.D., Director of the Kohl Gallery and Lecturer in Art History at Washington College. Both she and the artists will be on hand for a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to talk with visitors about the work in the show.
From entries submitted by artists from Maryland, Virginia, New York and Washington, D.C., Markoski chose 31 works for this show.
“I was thinking in terms of the strength of the work and how compelling the interpretation of the subject was,” she said. “It was interesting to me to include a range of media that demonstrates the many different ways that you could come at this particular topic.”
Markoski awarded the annual first-prize Leon Andrus Award, named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, to “Chives,” a large, close-up photograph of a chive blossom printed in soft, subtle shades of brown on Japanese kitikata paper by Washington artist Paige Billin-Frye.
“It’s like a meditation,” Markoski said. “I think it’s compelling how the delicacy of the paper it’s printed on underscores the delicacy of the image. The way it’s presented has an incredible amount to do with its strength. It’s almost a portrait, in a sense, and creates a direct conversation with this single flower that’s part of the natural world.”
Second prize was awarded to Easton artist Diane DuBois Mullaly’s “Sun Stream,” a tiny oil painting of a rising sun spilling its light over meadow flowers.
“There’s something optimistic about it,” Markoski explained. “You feel the sun pulsating. It feels like light, even as it’s definitely paint. I think it packs a strong punch for its size. It feels to me like there’s no way another scale would have been effective.”
In keeping with her interest in showcasing a variety of mediums and approaches, Markoski chose a large wall sculpture and a colorful digital photograph to receive Honorable Mention awards.
The sculpture “Eclipse,” by Baltimore artist Marcia Wolfson Ray, is a virtual explosion of charred and broken pieces of pine whose jagged, curving forms are just barely contained within a series of 15 open “boxes” constructed from dried plants and hung in a grid.
Markoski said, “I like the way this rigid framing powerfully underscores the unruliness of the individual units themselves.”
Of the photograph, which Chestertown artist Richard Hall took by zooming in on the swirls of bright blue water and green algae flowing through the grasses in the Arboretum’s wetland, Markoski said, “The painterly quality of it is striking. It’s an interesting metaphor for the intermixing of materials in our waterways. You could read it as a potential source of beauty but also a harbinger of terrible things to come, so it makes you think, what’s the nature of that particular flow? I think this one is conceptually rich in terms of the questions it might elicit.”
This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through March 31 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 email@example.com for gallery hours.
Don’t miss February’s Third Thursday on February 16th! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials from 5-7pm on the third Thursday of every month.
This month’s offerings include a four-course wine tasting dinner by Chef Alan Siu at Harry’s on the Green and Taco Night at the Market Street Public House. Joviality Gifts is hosting a Sip and Shop and Black Anchor Tattoo invites you to stop by for original paintings and limited-edition posters and t-shirts to benefit “Tattooing to Save Babies.” Energy in Progress is offering $5 Drop-in Yoga class at 5:30pm, and Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts is hosing an Open House.
Parlour 7 Salon is hosting a Sip and Snip with light refreshments, and Tea Tyme invites you to stop by to learn about and taste teas for the Chakras. The Foundry, Caroline County’s Community Arts Gallery, is hosting Paint Night with artist Janice Knauss. Materials will be supplied to paint a park scene on canvas for $25/CCCA members and $30/non-members. For more information, visit DowntownDenton.com.
Don’t miss the first Third Thursday of the new year in downtown Denton on January 19th! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials from 5-7pm on the third Thursday of every month.
This month’s offerings include a Downton Abbey themed Wine Dinner at Harry’s on the Green and Taco Night at the Market Street Public House. Joviality Gifts and Jan Baker’s Fourth Street Gallery are both hosting Sip and Shops and Black Anchor Tattoo invites you to stop by their Open House. Energy in Progress is offering $5 Drop-in Pilates at 5:30pm, and Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts is offering 20% off all Valentine’s Day orders placed from 5-7pm.
Tea Tyme invites you to stop by for their Open House and Tea Tasting, where you can sample and learn about the benefits of their Powerhouse Teas. The Foundry, Caroline County’s Community Arts Gallery, is hosting Paint Night with artist Janice Knauss. Materials will be supplied to paint a sailboat on canvas for $25/CCCA members and $30/non-members. For more information, visit DowntownDenton.com.
Adkins Arboretum has announced a series of botanical art programs taught by artists Lee D’Zmura and Kelly Sverduk. Ranging from drawing to painting to working with colored pencil, the series engages beginning to experienced artists in capturing the natural world. Programs include:
Botanical Art: Watercolor I
Fri., Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Watercolor is the traditional medium used in creating botanical art. This program taught by Kelly Sverduk will focus on introducing basic watercolor techniques and color mixing using a limited palette. Class exercises and projects will provide participants with a fundamental understanding and mastery of those techniques.
Botanical Art: Watercolor II
Fri., March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Kelly Sverduk will walk students through the process of completing a botanical painting using the techniques introduced in previous classes. Students will prepare a graphite study and then transform the drawing into a watercolor painting. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color mixing and watercolor.
Fri., April 14, 21 and 28, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Join Lee D’Zmura to improve your drawing skills. Working with your choice of subject, you’ll compete a botanical piece in pencil. Each class with include new techniques and individual critiques.
Advanced Painting Workshop: Paw Paw Flower
Fri., May 19 and 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Paint a branch and bloom from one of the Arboretum’s paw paw trees in this workshop taught by Kelly Sverduk. Instruction will focus on drawing, watercolor work and detail work of flower and leaves.
Butterflies and Insects Workshop
Fri., Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
This program taught by Lee D’Zmura introduces the techniques used to document a preserved butterfly or insect specimen. Each participant will receive an insect, draft a detailed drawing of that insect and complete the colored pencil study on Mylar film.
Paw Paw Fruit Workshop
Fri., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Discover and paint a native fruit found on the Arboretum grounds. Join Kelly Sverduk to create a small botanical watercolor painting of this interesting and little-known fruit.
Advanced Painting Workshop: Host Plant
Fri. and Sat, Oct. 6 and 7, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
This course taught by Kelly Sverduk will focus on the relationship between native pollinators and their host plants. Participants will create detailed drawings of their chosen subjects and then bring those drawings to life in watercolor.
D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. She received her certificate in botanical art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Her work is in collections throughout the country. She maintains a studio in St. Michaels, where she draws inspiration from her neighbors’ gardens and from the Eastern Shore’s native wildflowers.
Sverduk specializes in watercolor and is passionate about making and teaching art. With a background in both art and natural sciences, she finds the field of botanical illustration to be a perfect combination of her interests. She holds a BA in studio art from Messiah College and a certificate in botanical art form the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. She lives with her family in Greenwood, Del.
Program fees vary, and advance registration is required. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.
Friday Nites in Caroline kicks off in January with “A Breath of Fresh Air.” A local favorite, this group presents fresh jazz with a twist of hip-hop. You’ll have trouble staying in your seats! Roger McKnight, Tom (T.C.) Coursey and the crew deliver their smooth sounds at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library, 100 Market Street, Denton on Friday, January 13 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.
With over 30 years of performing experience, “A Breath of Fresh Air” band members bring historical old school smooth Jazz and Rhythm and Blues sounds to Friday Nites. Band members have played with legends in the music industry including The Platters, The Intruders, Lou Rawls, Bill Pinkney, the original Drifters and the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown!
For more information contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library, Caroline County Recreation and Parks, with support from Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, and the Maryland State Arts Council. It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).
Don’t miss December’s Third Thursday event in downtown Denton on December 15th! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month.This month’s offerings include a Taco Night at the Market Street Public House, an Open House at Joviality, an Open House featuring limited edition t-shirts and posters at Black Anchor Tattoo, $5 Drop in Yoga at Energy in Progress, a Holiday Open House at Patti’s Petals the last day of the Holiday Marketplace at 300 Market Street featuring “Selfie with an Elfie.”
Don’t miss November’s Third Thursday event in downtown Denton on November 17th! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month.This month’s offerings include a Tuscan Wine Tasting Dinner at Harry’s on the Green, an Founder’s Brewing Takeover at the Market Street Public House, a Sip and Shop at Joviality, an Open House featuring limited edition t-shirts and posters at Black Anchor Tattoo, Third Thursday Art Night featuring batiking with artist Lisa Martin at FACES, a Holiday Open House at Patti’s Petals and a Cornhole Tournament on Market Street!
Though nearly forgotten today, the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was immensely popular in his time. An intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age, Humboldt perceived nature as an interconnected global force. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe and politicians such as Thomas Jefferson.
In her newest book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wulf explores Humboldt’s extraordinary life and work. On Sat., Nov. 5, join the New York Times bestselling author for a discussion of how Humboldt created the way we understand nature today. Sponsored by Adkins Arboretum, the program begins at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.
Described as “an absolutely stupendous biography” and “scholarly but extremely good fun,” The Invention of Nature details Humboldt’s restless life, packed with the adventure and discovery of climbing the world’s highest volcanoes, paddling the Orinoco and racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he shaped in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature, and brings this lost hero of science and the father of environmentalism back to life. The Invention of Nature is the recipient of rave reviews and numerous book awards and was listed on the New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2015.”
Author of The Brother Gardeners, Founding Gardeners and Chasing Venus, and co-author of This Other Eden, Wulf has lectured around the world, from the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society in London to Monticello and the New York Public Library in the US. She is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and was the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013. She has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and many others.
The program is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members. A reception with light refreshments and a book signing will follow. Advance registration is requested at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.
Don’t miss October’s Third Thursday event in downtown Denton on October 20th! Head downtown for this monthly event where businesses and organizations extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month. October’s offerings include a 3-Course Wine Tasting Dinner at Harry’s on the Green, an Allagash Takeover at the Market Street Public House, a Sip and Shop at Joviality, a $5 Drop-In Yoga Class at Energy In Progress, an Open House at Black Anchor Tattoo, Third Thursday Paint Night at the Foundry, a Fall Open House at Patti’s Petals, 10% off all living room furniture at the ReStore and a Cornhole Tournament on Market Street!
Downtown Denton invites you to come trick or treat or decorate your car as part of their “Trunk or Treat” event on October 29th from 11am – 2pm! Cash prizes will be awarded for the best decorated car. To register, email email@example.com.
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