Inside the Hall: Maryland Hall News Blog

The entire Maryland Hall family joins with our community in mourning the passing of our good friend, Mike Busch.  Our sympathies go out to his wife Cindy, longtime member of our Board of Directors, and his daughters Erin and Megan.  Every student, young and old, who has taken a class here; every person who has attended a performance or a film in our theaters; every family that has experienced together the wonderful power of the creative arts has Mike Busch to thank for his enduring commitment to helping make Maryland Hall the premier cultural hub in the region.  This building will stand as a lasting tribute to his vision and leadership.  His love for arts education at Maryland Hall and the Performing Visual Arts Magnet Programs in the County are success stories due to his unwavering support. He will be so sorely missed by so many people.

Margaret B. Davis
President & CEO

and 

Linnell Bowen
Past-President & CEO

 

 

 

 

“My favorite thing about teaching is the feeling I get when someone lights up and says, ‘Oh, I get it.’ To share that with someone else and see them feel joy over creating something beautiful; that’s why I do it. The joy and understanding of how you got there is what it’s about.”  

For the 30 years Andrea Olney-Wall has taught art classes at Maryland Hall, she’s ended every class the same way: with an art show. “It’s really important to reward kids for their work,” she says and so on the last day of class she hosts a reception with food and a display of the students’ self-selected best work. Olney-Wall’s own passion for art took off in the 5th grade making doll clothes, weaving belts and creating all kinds of things by hand. “I would see something in a museum like an African belt and go home and try to re-create it,” Olney-Wall says. When asked what inspired her arts career, she reflects for a moment and says, “My grandfather was an artist and even though I didn’t get to meet him, I inherited several of his paintings. I think that’s where it came from.”

Olney-Wall continued her path as an artist through high school and college where her fiber sculptures, weavings and paintings were featured in many shows. Alongside her visual art, Olney-Wall was also a dancer. When she reached a point in college where she had to choose between art or dance, she chose art. “I have a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, not in Art Education because I never believed in telling a child their work wasn’t good enough for an A. I found the grading process counterproductive to how you should feel when you create art,” she says. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Olney-Wall and a friend opened a Fiber Arts supply store and Gallery in Iowa City, IA. Six years later, she met her husband and moved to the Annapolis area and began teaching at Maryland Hall in 1986.

Her first classes at Maryland Hall included tapestry weaving, graphic novellas for kids, clothing design for children and acrylic painting. For nine years, Olney-Wall was also an Artist In Resident with a weaving studio and painting studio that she kept with open doors as much as possible while raising two young daughters. “I’ve never had a day where I didn’t want to go to work,” she says. When asked what students can expect in her classes, Olney-Wall says, “Students will find something, a feeling, they can’t get doing any other kind of thing – except maybe from a dance class – and they will improve immediately, learning more than they can use. It’s all up to them; I’m just showing the way.”

In Olney-Wall’s Open Studio classes, students come in with work they’ve started or ideas for new things. She guides them with questions like what are you doing, are you having trouble and what about trying this? The supportive and open environment helps students take a step back and focus on making their work better. For students who don’t know where to start, she employs a trick, “I have them paint with their opposite hand so they lose control and get a little looser.” This semester she’ll introduce new pastel and fiber arts open studios.

Olney-Wall’s past students have gone on to become Elementary Art teachers, parents who bring their students back for classes and, in the case of Christian Siriano, an internationally known fashion designer. “If you love what you do, you’ll succeed and if you love what you’re working on, you’ll be happy,” Olney-Wall says. When she isn’t teaching at Maryland Hall, Olney-Wall can be found creating in her home studio and working on a set of educational books for drawing, painting and pastel. But you’ll have to take a class with her while you can…she and her husband have a dream to move to Greece or Italy where they’ll host week-long workshops for travelers.

Explore your artistic side with local Annapolitan and renowned painter Kim Hovell! Create your own original artwork at one of these popular workshops.

Sip and Paint Workshops with Kim Hovell:

Explore your artistic side with our popular Sip and Paint workshops. Create your own original artwork under the guidance of local artist Kim Hovell. Bring your own wine and snacks to enjoy during the workshop. Participants must be 21 or older. 

Friday, March 1 at 6 pm | SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, February 13 at 6 pm | SOLD OUT!

Saturday, June 8 at 1 pm | SOLD OUT!

NEW All Ages Workshop - Painting with Kim Hovell:

Saturday, May 11 at 1 pm | SOLD OUT!

This workshop is catered to all ages and skill levels. Students will enjoy learning the basics of painting one of Hovell's well-known subjects - whether it be a crab, an oyster, or a beach scene, you are sure to take home an original work of art worth hanging up in your own home!

**Note: This is not a "sip" and paint with Kim Hovell and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.** Due to the high level of requests for workshops for younger ages we will be providing both sip and paints and basic painting workshops so everyone can join in on the fun!

    

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

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from December 15 - January 3 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 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 December 15 - January 3 that would normally expire in December 2019/January 2020 will expire in March/April 2020. Additional months of membership will be added to your account. Offer Valid for all Membership Levels

Visit here to purchase a membership.

Announcing New Artists-in-Residence! Meet them at their Holiday Open Studio December 14

We are excited to announce three new Artists-In-Residence: H.C. Porter, Sigrid Trumpy and Elaine Weiner-Reed. Meet the new Artists-In-Residence (AIRs) at their Holiday Open Studio, hosted together with seasoned Maryland Hall AIRs Elizabeth Kendall and Patrice Drago, on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6-8 pm.  The Holiday Open Studio will feature studio tours, refreshments and unique, local works of art for sale perfect for holiday gifting. The event is free and open to the public.

Maryland Hall has had AIRs since its founding; in fact, some of the founders of Maryland Hall and current teaching artists have been AIRs. Though the shape of the residency program has evolved over the years, its importance within the larger mission of Maryland Hall remains the same. The residency provides affordable studio space for local emerging and professional artists and showcases “artists at work” to Maryland Hall visitors. The artists bring multi-media work, color, subject diversity and even cultural heritage. AIRs are selected through a jury process as vacancies become available.

Meet Maryland Halls AIRs – Patrice Drago, Elizabeth Kendall, H.C. Porter, Sigrid Trumpy and Elaine Weiner-Reed – at their Holiday Open Studio on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6-8 pm. The evening will include unique local art for sale, specially selected for holiday gifts, complimentary refreshments, studio tours, demonstrations and an opportunity to talk in person with some of the region’s most respected artists. Patrice Drago says, “At the Open Studio, I’m offering a new line of artwork for decorating children’s rooms. What’s more fun and heartwarming than children and animals? Art for and of both!”

The newest AIRs took up residence and began setting up their studios in November 2018:

H.C. Porter | Photographer, Printmaker, Painter

H.C. Porter, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, is an internationally known painter, printmaker and photographer with a signature gallery in historic downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections around the globe and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions for the past 30 years. Most recently, Smithsonian’s national Museum of African American History and culture in Washington, D.C., added one of Porter’s pieces to their collection. In 2015, her Backyards and Beyond painting series became a permanent exhibition in the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland. Her work is featured on album covers, including one featuring the voices of Maya Angelou, Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan. Porter’s work is also featured on the cover of Beyond Katrina, a book by U.S. Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her work hangs in the Mississippi Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and is in the collection of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Marsha Barbour. In 2009, Porter received the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award and was included in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of art. She has been the recipient of a Visual Artistic Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Sigrid Trumpy | Painter, Printmaker

Sigrid received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in painting where she studied with Raoul Middleman and Peter Hooven, and her MFA from Pratt Institute in printmaking, where she studied with Walter Rogalski and George McNeil. Sigrid has worked most recently as Director of Exhibits & Visual Arts at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts ('08-'17), and as studio manager at Castle Hill Center of the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts (2017). She was also Curator of Prints at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and Exhibitions Installer at Mitchell Gallery, St. Johns College. She is currently painting and freelance curating.

Elaine Weiner-Reed | Painter, Sculptor

Elaine Weiner-Reed (EWR) is an award-winning, internationally known artist. Bilingual in French, she resides in Maryland, where she has worked for over 38 years as a professional artist and writer. Weiner-Reed’s work has been included in international exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, France, Poland, Canada, and at least 25 national exhibits across the U.S. – to include three solo/featured and two group shows in Chelsea (NYC). Weiner-Reed’s three solo shows in Maryland (2016, 2017, 2018) launched her “Every Painting is a Song” creative collaboration initiative. Her art is in public and private collections in the U.S., Poland, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, and Africa.

In Poland in 2017, she participated in painting public murals along a major highway in Myslenice. Weiner-Reed’s art has been reviewed or featured in The Dobra Polska Szkola, Studio&Gallery Magazine, The Palette Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Sun, among others.

The Legendary Darlene Love Comes to Maryland Hall

Next Week! Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm

Ten Reasons to See Darlene Love in Concert

  1. Her #1 Holiday Hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a classic. The song was written by Phil Spector for his 1963 seasonal compilation album A Christmas Gift For You. Listen to the song.
  2. Her life story was featured in the Academy Award Winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom 
  3. She performs it live on The View this Friday. On Monday, she performs it for us! For 29 years, Darlene performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman. She’s since taken the tradition to The View (see last year's!) and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
  4. She is a Grammy Winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee (Her friend and admirer, Bette Midler did the honors!)
  5. This is her only DC area show! Seeing Darlene perform for the holidays is a must-do. You can only experience it here.
  6. ​Love helped launch more than 100 hit songs, including the number one Billboard hit,” He’s a Rebel.”
  7. Darlene Love is “one of the greatest singers of all time,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
  8. “Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock & roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s Lyrics,” says The New York Times.
  9. “A Darlene Love concert is an event…Love’s warmth and charm came through loud and clear Thursday night as the singer rocked her way through classics from her career,” says What’s Up Rhode Island. Read their review of her show at EG’s Greenwich Odeum. 
  10. She is warmth and grace. Her stage presence will wow you…maybe (maybe!) even more than her voice.

Get Tickets to Darlene Love at Maryland Hall

 

 

 

The Paul Reed Smith Band returns to Maryland Hall on Saturday, December 1, 2018! They're performing on the Main Stage in the evening and in the afternoon they're taking over our classrooms and leading four Master Class experiences, free with a concert ticket. Bring your instruments to play and learn with the band in the afternoon then come back in the evening to kick back and enjoy an amazing show! 

Click on the Links below to learn more about the Master Classes offered December 1 at 1:30 pm:

Guitar Master Class with Paul Reed Smith, Bill Nelson and Michael Ault 

Vocals Master Class with Mia Samone Davis 

Drums Master Class with Greg Grainger 

Bass Guitar with Gary Grainger 


Paul Reed Smith Band Concert - Saturday, December 1, 7:30 pm 

Rooted in Annapolis, the Paul Reed Smith Band carries their music as far as sound can reach. The heart of their music can best be described as Chesapeake Gumbo, true to their roots with a heart of funky rock. They are anchored by the world-famous Grainger Brothers in their rhythm section, Michael Ault & Bill Nelson on guitars, Mia Samone on killer vocals, and Paul Reed Smith on guitar. Come on out to a show and see what they do best!

Learn more and get tickets.

By Leslie Dolsak

For nearly 40 years John Ebersberger has had a home at Maryland Hall, his favorite places being rooms 213 and 214, the two north-light studios. Despite the fact he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Ebersberger’s artistic abilities took shape at Maryland Hall, first as a student then as a teacher.

Ebersberger recalls with enthusiasm the pivotal moment that drew him to Maryland Hall. Shortly after graduating college, he and a friend went to a sketch group at Weems Creek Community Center. He spotted an artist working and was completely awestruck by his work. “I remember saying, ‘can you teach me how to draw?’ The artist was Cedric Egeli, who happened to be teaching at Maryland Hall in the late ‘70s.  Ebersberger quickly enrolled in his portrait and figure drawing classes.

“It was really just mind-blowing. I was in my early 20’s and to have that gift to study with a really gifted and important artist was phenomenal,” said Ebersberger, noting that Egeli’s instruction permeated throughout the Maryland Hall community. His key students later became impactful instructors -- including the late Lee Boynton and Bonnie Roth Anderson.

In 1985, Ebersberger started teaching at Maryland Hall along with Josephine Beebe who was also influenced by Egeli’s instruction. A number of Maryland Hall’s Visual Arts teachers then took the next step in advancing their artistic knowledge by studying color with Henry Hensche --  then in his mid-80s -- at the Cape School of Art. “I remember Cedric bringing Henry down to visit my studio [at Maryland Hall] to show him my work around 1983/84.” Clearly an unforgettable memory for Ebersberger and a turning point in his work.

Passing Down the Potent Brew

“It was a wow!” recalled Ebersberger.  Hensche was originally Charles Hawthorne’s teaching assistant in the 1920’s. (Hawthorne was a noted painter who founded the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899.) “He was somebody who arced back to a whole different time period. It shaped my entire career and my entire artistic life. Between the classical realism of Egeli and the impressionist color of Hensche, it’s a potent brew,” Ebersberger said.

It’s that potent brew Ebersberger himself exudes that keeps students, professionals, hobbyists and retirees coming back for in the classes he teaches at Maryland Hall. A backbone steeped in artistic wisdom that Emily Garvin, Maryland Hall’s Vice President of Programs says will continue with vigor. “Several of John’s students have evolved into fantastic teaching artists and accomplished artists. Our aim is to keep connecting these artists with the community through our classes and exhibits.”

One such artist who promises to pass down this “potent brew” of artistic wisdom is Melissa Gryder, once an Ebersberger student, is now teaching Visual Arts at Maryland Hall. Gryder remembers very clearly how her life and career dramatically changed after meeting Ebersberger. A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA, Gryder was just five-years out of school and had just moved to Annapolis.  As a gift, her husband bought her a figure drawing class at Maryland Hall with Ebersberger.  “It was like walking into the art class that I always dreamed of,” recounted Gryder. “There were full-time professional artists working alongside novices.  I was incredibly impressed by the caliber of work going on in that class.”

Gryder started taking multiple painting classes with Ebersberger and was introduced to the teachings of Henry Hensche, the Cape School, and the Egelis. She was flabbergasted by the thriving Annapolis Impressionism scene. “My entire career shifted. I took as many classes as I could,” said Gryder.  She began delving into plein air painting, exploring color and figurative and portrait work as well as discovering a new love for the palette knife. Gryder continued, “I had finally found a place to learn all of the things that had been missing. John is the most influential art teacher I have had.”

No Distance too Far for Learning

In addition to his impact on Gryder, Ebersberger has many other ecstatic fans and class regulars. He cites one man who, for the past eight years, has been driving two and a half hours from Pennsylvania every Monday to take his class. He even comes early to help Ebersberger set up the classroom.

“Instructors like John demonstrate the tenacity and personal commitment to living and working as an artist through their authentic exchange with students,” said Garvin. “All of our instructors are passionate about sharing their artistic skills with the community. It takes years of dedication and discipline to become a teaching artist that will draw the attention of students regionally.”

“I’ve had people fly up from Florida and the Carolinas. I had a guy email me recently from Belgium who was going to be Alexandria, Virginia, and he wanted to take a class from me,” Ebersberger said, noting people seek him out because he was a student of Hensche.  

While the demand for Ebersberger’s classes is certainly flattering, it’s actually teaching that helps him hone his craft. “You’re clarifying what you’re doing and what you are trying to impart.”

Ebersberger has taught many workshops throughout the country and the world, but says Maryland Hall sets itself apart. “It’s a special integration. It’s been really neat because of the Symphony and the Ballet being here. At various times I’ve painted ballerinas and musicians who have performed here. [I have] the ability to teach without a lot of constrictions or demands on a style or approach.”

The freedom to teach was the biggest learning benefit Gryder reaped from Maryland Hall. “My academic experience focused on more abstract ideas. John taught me how to actually observe life and paint to create a mood, not just how to copy something.”

Precisely, the benefit Ebersberger clung to when he stumbled upon the riches within the large brick building, formerly Annapolis High School. “The education I got here [Maryland Hall] was the traditional education system. When I was in art school there was nothing like this. Maryland Hall was on the vanguard of what was going to happen in New York with this really intense re-visitation of classical realism.”

Preserving the Quality of What We Already Have

As Maryland Hall approaches its 40th Anniversary (in 2019), Ebersberger’s only wish for Maryland’s Hall is to preserve what works, tipping his hat, for example, to the ancient easels. “Sometimes it’s not what you do but what you don’t do. To hold on to that. To not always think you have to be moving ahead with the newest and the best, when the best might be right under your nose and you don’t even know it’s there sometimes.”

The nuances of life being right under one’s nose is exactly what Gryder pointed to as Ebersberger’s strength as a teacher. “John inspired me to notice subtle color and atmospheric changes that resulted in me being more aware of the beauty surrounding us,” Gryder explained. Her hope? To pass down to her new flock of students the timeless traditions and community connectivity that the Maryland Hall’s greats instilled in her.

 

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, were invited to participate in the “Frederick Douglass 200 Creative Arts Competition” and “Follow In His Footsteps”.  Students submitted their applications in Fall 2018 and turned in their projects in early October.

Creative Arts Showcase and Awards' Celebration

All are invited to attend the Creative Arts Showcase and Awards’ celebration on Friday, November 9, 2018, 6 to 8pm, at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammond Lane, Brooklyn, MD. 

This event celebrates the Frederick Douglass Bi-Centennial – 200 years from his birth in 1818, in Talbot County, MD.  Members of Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society have joined with eleven other organizations to make this an inspiring evening for the students and a life lesson for all of us. There is no admission fee. You will be amazed at the students’ work and their concerns about equality in our nation. Free and open to the public. 

Email nacpsnews@gmail.com or call 410-533-1977 with questions.  

 

 

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.

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