Inside the Hall: Maryland Hall News Blog

Maryland Hall is pleased to partner with other local community organizations on activities surrounding the 2018 Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration (celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth).  

Watch this space for events and activities.  

Frederick Douglass 200 Creative Arts Competition

Anne Arundel County students, grades 4 through 12, are invited to participate in the “Frederick Douglass 200 Creative Arts Competition” and “Follow In His Footsteps”.   Students must submit their application showing their interest in participating by October 6 (extended deadline).  Projects are due by October 11.   Email nacpsnews@gmail.com or call 410_533-1977_ with questions.  

Download the application form and more information here.  

Learn More at the Orientation Session on August 22:

School stress can take a toll on kids. More and more young people are reporting stress and anxiety in school, especially with social media so ever-present. Study after study proves that access to the arts improves mental health.  Don’t let another summer go by dropping hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on camps with nothing to show for it. Maryland Hall is offering camps and workshops that will help your teen do a reset on the school year and reboot for the upcoming one all while building life skills.

Alice Yeager, MFA, with over 40 years of experience as an educator in creative and healing arts has seen the difference the arts can make. "I believe the arts inspire the creative mind within us all that naturally seeks for a better world amidst all of the turmoil and strife … to look at the chaos and then see beyond it to find a more peaceful harmonious way of life.” Yeager will be teaching several offerings this summer at Maryland Hall, like, Creativity, Intuition and Inspiration and Designing and Illustrating Children’s Books.   

Today’s teens need art more than ever, especially with all the strains of technology.  “Teenagers are processing so much change in their daily lives. The arts offer a welcomed break free from life’s pressures while providing a safe outlet for expression,” said Andrée Tullier, a Visual Arts Instructor at Maryland Hall offering several engaging teen-focused courses this summer including, Teen Drawing Foundations, Pastel Portrait Workshop, and Charcoal Portrait Drawing Workshop.

Here’s a week-by-week look at just some of the offerings this summer for tweens and teens:  

All course offerings for tweens and teens last between two to three hours and are priced competitively. Maryland Hall members receive discounts off the pricing. To view the full program of Maryland Hall summer offerings and to register click here.

 

The Art of the Labyrinth

For more than 15 years, visitors to Maryland Hall have been inspired and motivated by their experiences with our labyrinth. The labyrinth is the centerpiece of Maryland Hall’s Founder’s Green (front lawn) which also includes a painter’s circle, benches, walkways and a recently-added sundial. The labyrinth and surrounding green spaces were funded by the TKF Foundation whose mission is to “support the creation of public green spaces that offer a temporary place of sanctuary, encourage reflection, provide solace, and engender peace and well-being.”  Maryland Hall is partnering with TKF Foundation to offer Yoga on the Labyrinth this summer.

With the goal of providing an area of solitude, beauty and mindfulness, the labyrinth and surrounding environment were designed by landscape architect James Urban (FASLA). Constructed in 2002, Maryland Hall’s labyrinth is a replica of one of the most famous in the world -- the one inlaid in the nave floor of the Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral outside of Paris, completed circa 1220 A.D. Centuries ago stone masons labored to inlay a special geometric design of concentric circles and curves in the nave floor of the Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral. They were creating a labyrinth, using as their pattern one found on coins dating back to Hellenistic Greece.

Maryland Hall’s labyrinth is just over 42 feet in diameter and has eleven circuits to its single pathway for a walk of approximately one-half mile in length. The labyrinth and surrounding gardens provide opportunities for reflection, rejuvenation and artistic expression. With daily stress and pressures and the bombardment of technology, the labyrinth and its surroundings provide a respite from hurried lives. This goal complements Maryland Hall’s mission to provide “art for all” with myriad opportunities for cultivating artistic expression and nurturing creative experiences.

TKF also funded an iconic bench that accompanies the labyrinth. In partnership with the Maryland Correctional Enterprises, TKF benches are built by inmates learning carpentry skills to help them secure employment upon release from the Western Correctional Institution in Lavale, MD. The benches are made from reclaimed pickle barrel wood that is more than 100 years old. Waterproof journals and pens are placed in a small opening underneath the bench so visitors can write a diary entry, daily log, motivational quote, or even converse with someone else who has written in it. The bench and journal are an integral part of each sacred space supported by TKF. The quotes below represent just a few of the hundreds of quotes visitors have shared inour journals over the years.

Tom Stoner, co-founder of the TKF Foundation with his wife Kitty, says of the Maryland Hall labyrinth: “Art and nature give people a means to transcend daily stress, reframe perspectives and renew spirits. We are so pleased to be a part of the creation of the Maryland Hall Labyrinth and Artists Circle, which fuses both in a uniquely potent way—providing our community an accessible, open space tailored to encourage moments of introspection and a sense of harmony.”

Since its creation in 2002, the labyrinth has served not only as a place for meditation and thought, but for creative events and activities as well. Activities have ranged from outdoor concerts and yoga classes to canned goods drives and plein air painting classes.

Maryland Hall’s labyrinth is always open; visitors are welcome any time of day (or night) to walk the circuit, meditate, and share their thoughts in our journal. Look for new programs incorporating the labyrinth and outdoor spaces in the year ahead and continued improvements to our gardens and grounds as part of the ongoing restoration and modernization of
Maryland Hall.

How to Walk the Labyrinth at Maryland Hall…

There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. However, some of the following tips will help visitors get the most out of a labyrinth walk.

  • Begin your walk at the entrance (outside rim) and if you encounter other people pass them or let them pass you.
  • Clear your mind and become aware of your breathing.
  • Maintain silence throughout your walk and when others are walking.
  • Walk at your own pace. Pause for rest and reflection.
  • Practice mindful walking by becoming aware of sights, smells, sounds and sensations.
  • Find a private space to reflect through meditation, writing or drawing when you have completed your walk.
  • Remember that each labyrinth walk is unique — different for each person and different from the time before.

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Recent quotes from visitors to the labyrinth: 

April 28, 2017:  Enjoying the sun and the breeze and the beautiful spring scent as I contemplate my performance tomorrow evening…definitely gonna share this bliss!

 No date:  I sit here and stare at an open world full of adventure and peace. All we need to be happy.

 August 2017:  A pleasure just to sit and enjoy this bench in the bright sun, shade and breeze.
A quietness only partially interrupted by the occasional passing car with clouds wafting lightly over the building’s roof. Pleasant.

 June 14, 2017:  Spending a few minutes before a concert enjoying this beautiful spot in your lovely city as a welcome break from the busy-ness of DC. Thank you for your hospitality Annapolis!

 October 10, 2017:  Walking the beautiful labyrinth. We love it!

 No date:  The labyrinth walk gave me the structure I need to be creative!

Help Bring "art for all" to Everyone! with a  Maryland Hall Membership!

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from June 1 - 30 and receive an additional 3 months of membership benefits FREE!                       

                               

Your membership not only provides you with benefits like discounts and accessibility to a creative community but it also supports the funding of our programs – like outreach, exhibitions, performances, and classes – that allow us to pledge “Art for All” to our community year round. As the fiscal year comes to an end please help us to ensure the success of our programs by supporting Maryland Hall’s mission through a year-long membership”

 

Your investment as a Maryland Hall Member will include the following benefits:

- Discounts on tickets to Maryland Hall performances and select events and select Resident Company performances 

- Discounts on tuition for all Maryland Hall classes; members pay no registration fees 

- Coupons to local businesses 

- Advance notice of exhibitions and performances and the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public 

- Mailings of Maryland Hall catalogs and electronic newsletters

Memberships purchased from June 1 - 30 that would normally expire in June 2019 will expire in September 2019. Additional months of membership will be added to your account.  Offer Valid for all Membership Levels

Visit here to purchase a membership.

FINDING THE PERFECT SUMMER CAMP FOR TODDLERS & TYKES
Why the Arts Are a Must for Children 6 and Under

Not too long, not too short. Not too hot, not too sunny. Not too buggy, not too sticky. Maryland Hall’s seven-weeks of summer camps let toddlers and tykes explore the arts in the comfort of an air-conditioned building with professional instructors and small class sizes.

The arts have been proven to benefit children in many developmental ways, including:  motor skills, language advancement, decision-making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness and improved academic performance.  

Eileen Razzetti, director of Academy Ballet School of Annapolis, which operates at Maryland Hall, sees firsthand the positive impact of art and dance. “Children learn to focus and follow directions. They learn responsibility and teamwork. When a dancer enters a room, there is a presence – a self-confidence,” she said. “It’s equally as important for boys. Everybody should take dance. It’s like reading and writing,” Razzetti is a full-time member of the Royal Academy of Dance in London who trained in New York City at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Ballet School and performed with the Metropolitan Opera Company.  

Holly Rosario, an art instructor at Maryland Hall, agrees that the arts build focus and self-confidence, and also perseverance in a child. “All of these qualities contribute to a student’s success and engagement. Spending the summer making art both in our studio and outdoors can lead not only to a big boost in each student’s skills, but also to a lifetime of art appreciation,” said Rosario, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

“Our instructors set us apart,” said Emily Garvin, VP of Programs at Maryland Hall. “Our classes and camps are taught by professionals who are living and breathing their passion.”

Here’s a snapshot of the weekly camp offerings for children 6 and under:

All course offerings for toddlers and tykes are drop-offs lasting one to three hours. Weekly session prices range between $60 for members | $85 for non-members to $210 for members | $235 for non-members.  To view the full program of Maryland Hall summer offerings and to register click here.

Get Ready for the Summer with a  Maryland Hall Membership!

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from May 25 - 28 and receive an additional 3 months of membership benefits FREE!                            

                               

                                              

Offer Valid for all Membership Levels

Your investment as a Maryland Hall Member will include the following benefits:

- Discounts on tickets to Maryland Hall performances and select events and select Resident Company performances 

- Discounts on tuition for all Maryland Hall classes; members pay no registration fees 

- Coupons to local businesses 

- Advance notice of exhibitions and performances and the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public 

- Mailings of Maryland Hall catalogs and electronic newsletters

Memberships purchased from May 25 - 28 that would normally expire in May 2019 will expire in August 2019. Additional months of membership will be added to your account.

Visit here to purchase a membership.

Annapolis Arts Week 2018 – Maryland Hall Schedule of Events

Here is a schedule of offerings for this years Arts Week at Maryland Hall. Visit our COURSE page to see other mini-classes taking place durnig the week.

Details (left) Three Fluffy Sheep by Anita Ewing, (middle) The Gathering by Elainer Weiner-Reed, (right) Soothsayer by Emily Lombardo

Exhibitions

June 1 - Sept. 9 - Reception on June, 13 at 4:30 pm

ArtReach Exhibition - 1st floor hallway 

May 15, 2018 to July 07 - Reception on Thursday, May 24th from 5:30 - 7 pm.

Masks and Mirrors: Explorations of Identity by Elaine Weiner-Reed - Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor

Faces: Drawings and Paintings by Stephanie Scarlata - Martino Gallery, 2nd floor

A Brush with Nature by the Annapolis Watercolor Club - Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor

 

Performances

Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1:00 pm

Dance on Fire: Ballet Theatre of Maryland Recital

 

Block Carving with Anita Hagan

Workshops/Events

Wednesday, June 6 from 6 – 7 pm

Every Painting is a Song: Elaine Weiner-Reed and Rogue Collective Collaboration

Join artist Elaine Weiner-Reed in her exhibition, Masks and Mirrors: Explorations of Identity, and see how abstract painting can be interpreted musically by a musical trio using violin and cello.

 

Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sip and Paint with Kim Hovell (SOLD OUT)Saturday, June

 Saturday, June 9

 

From 10:15 - 11:00 am Yoga on the Labyrinth (free)

from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Block Carving Workshop with Anita Hagan

 

Mother's Day is coming! Give your mom the gift of art with a Maryland Hall Membership.

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from May 11-13 and receive an additional 3 months of membership benefits FREE!                            

                               

                                              

Offer Valid for all Membership Levels

Your investment as a Maryland Hall Member will include the following benefits:

- Discounts on tickets to Maryland Hall performances and select events and select Resident Company performances 

- Discounts on tuition for all Maryland Hall classes; members pay no registration fees 

- Coupons to local businesses 

- Advance notice of exhibitions and performances and the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public 

- Mailings of Maryland Hall catalogs and electronic newsletters

Memberships purchased from May 11-13 that would normally expire in May 2019 will expire in August 2019. Additional months of membership will be added to your account.

Visit here to purchase a membership.

UPDATE :  Public Determines Addition to Private  Media Art Collection

 
 
On Tuesday evening - April 24th - an art lecture included an unprecedented participatory twist.‎ Three screens outside the exhibition Glistening:Nature Mirrored in Video Art, featured  works by a young Venezuelan artist, Miguel Braceli.

 

Those attending Tom Stoner's talk about the evolution of his and his wife's collection were asked to weigh-in with their recommendations regarding which of the three Braceli's would best augment works shown in Glistening. Over half of those gathered posted their ballots on the bulletin board outside the show. The tally among 78 votes leaned slightly toward IRAZU, a performance intervention shot atop a volcano in Costa Rico. 

Stoner reflects:  

"Kitty and I are thrilled that the community deeply engaged in the collection showing at Maryland Hall. The topper was when so many were inspired to vote on which work should be next to enhance the collection.The enthusiasm for Irazu was the greatest but enough (voters) felt the three belong together that we have decided to add all three.Thanks to all‎!"

Reached with this news, in his studio in Caracas, the artist, who'd given his blessing to this unorthodox endeavor responded:‎ 

"Thanks to all who contributed ballots. Kudos to the Stoner's for their embrace of public input.  I am moved by your recognition that my works  interface with the themes in this exceptional collection. This imaginative process felt very near to the spirit  my art practice. It provided another way to connect people, experiences and ideas."

  

Braceli, (left to right) Area, Irazu 6, El Fin De Mer,

Braceli has received a Fulbright Fellowship he will serve at Maryland College of Art Institute, beginning this Fall. Glistening closes May 5th.

Ballot comments included reflections such as  :  

"We experience the beauty, the vastness, solitude + nurturing spirit of nature - comforting and anchoring in today's crazy, frantic and often frightening, disturbing world.‎" 

‎"... #2 captures the best of the three. But (in the procession depicted in #3 the desert seen as a beach)  ‎ Time and nature will reclaim the earth, after and in spite of the impact of human intervention‎.‎"

‎"Each draws out ideas in Glistening  - all strong,  elegant.‎"

 

It's National Photography Month! FOCUS today on a Maryland Hall Membership.

“Photography is the beauty of life captured.”  Tara Chisolm

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from May 3 - 6 and receive an additional 3 months of membership benefits FREE!                                                                                                         

Offer Valid for all Membership Levels

Your investment as a Maryland Hall Member will include the following benefits:

- Discounts on tickets to Maryland Hall performances and select events and select Resident Company performances 

- Discounts on tuition for all Maryland Hall classes; members pay no registration fees 

- Coupons to local businesses 

- Advance notice of exhibitions and performances and the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public 

- Mailings of Maryland Hall catalogs and electronic newsletters

Memberships purchased from May 3-6 that would normally expire in May 2019 will expire in August 2019. Additional months of membership will be added to your account.

Visit here to purchase a membership

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