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Outside of Jay Fleming's studio on Maryland Hall's third floor.

Maryland Hall has been focusing on fostering relationships with local artists and finding ways to collaborate on deeper creative levels - to both heighten the art experience for our staff and visitors as well as provide artists with a community of patrons that they can connect with. We are lucky to have local artist and photographer, Jay Fleming, as an in-house artist on our third floor to do just that.

Our in-house artists are part of a new visual arts initiative at Maryland Hall and act as a source both for internal creative support as well as a hub for our educational outreach and community engagement programming. In-house artists will serve to support staff with creative projects involving photography, design, marketing, and promotion while also utilizing their studios to grow in their profession as artists and create work. They will be educators to local students, engage with community members, and participate in special events hosted by Maryland Hall.

  

A look inside Jay's studio space at Maryland Hall

"Having a studio at Maryland Hall has given me the opportunity to become part of a great community of artists and art professionals in Annapolis. I look forward to future opportunities to work with art students from area schools (bates, st. annes, etc...) to share my passion for photography while providing hands on learning opportunities." - Jay Fleming

Follow the Maryland Hall social media pages and website or Jay's social media pages for opportunities to visit Jay during his studio office hours or at a Maryland Hall event. Find information on our other in-house artists here.

 

(Left) Jay's studio, (Right) Portraits of Jay Fleming while documenting the seasfood industry on the Chesapeake Bay

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Every kid should take an art class. It teaches them flexible thinking and to be a careful observer of the world. I can’t think of a profession where those two skills don’t come into play.

Teaching Artist Holly Rosario knows how to connect with young artists. “My philosophy is to create as much of an authentic studio environment as possible. When you offer the studio environment, studio materials and the opportunity to explore, you discover that without a lot of strict guidance kids do the most amazing thing. Kids are natural artists. They don’t need to be coached as far as artistic thinking; it’s just teaching the skill,” says Rosario who teaches parent and child classes up to age 13.

Rosario’s own life as an artist began at an early age. “I’ve been drawing since elementary school and it was always in the corner of papers or tests or wherever I could fit it. I thought of it as a nervous habit for a while. Then, in high school I discovered it was what I loved to do and wanted to do,” she says. As Rosario’s interest in drawing transitioned to painting to papercuts to anything she could get her hands on, she learned art was an immense stress reliever and something she could spend hours on top of hours doing. “I realized if that’s what I wanted to do all the time, I should pursue it professionally,” she says.

After getting her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College for the Arts (MICA), she went into the Masters in Teaching program. “What I loved about the MICA program was its focus on holistic education and art as a bridge to children understanding themselves,” Rosario says, “In an educational system where everything is so to the numbers and whether kids are proficient or not, art is the one place we have left where kids can express themselves and have it not be right or wrong but about growth and understanding themselves.”

Rosario started her teaching career in public schools in 2012 and has been teaching at Maryland Hall since 2016. During her first year of teaching in public schools, she made her mark in a school that had not previously had stability in its art program. From a classroom in a trailer with no running water, Rosario led her students to present a schoolwide art show at the end of the year. “It was one of the biggest events ever at the school and we got to display a piece of art from every single student. Everyone in the school attended.”

For Rosario, art is a way to connect with others. “Art becomes a bridge to talking with people you never would have spent time with before,” she says. Working with children especially is what drives her. “We don’t make enough room for emotional education and teaching children to be kind to each other and themselves. Having to critique art teaches kids to grow and be critical without thinking anything is their fault or a struggle to succeed; it’s not putting yourself down to see where you can go. The beautiful thing about teaching art is seeing that self-reflection and growth.”  

Rosario’s classes focus on teaching skills, connecting with students and personalizing her teaching. “With the age level that I work with, the hardest part is getting them to understand there is a beginning, middle and an end to making artwork. And the most important part is the struggle that starts in the beginning. Getting the child to hold on, not crumple up their paper and see mistakes as part of the process – the struggle is the learning process. In the end, they’re so happy they didn’t give up! That’s when I’ve succeeded as a teacher,” she says.

Rosario gets animated when talking about the classes she teaches at Maryland Hall. “We get into really interesting classes like handmade animation. It’s really fun to see the process of animation and then see what the kids create on their own.” She’s especially excited for a painting class she’ll offer this summer called “Beyond the Brush.” The class is about being as experimental as possible with what goes onto the canvas and seeing where the skills go when students lose tight control. “I find it so fulfilling to see what their awesome little minds come up with,” Rosario says.

Check out Holly Rosario's Summer 2019 Classes for Children Under 6 here and Children 6-12 here.

 

Maryland Hall mourns the loss of Dr. Dennis Younger whose contributions to the founding of Maryland Hall and long standing dedication on our Board of Directors lent to the success and longevity of our region’s cultural hub.

A strong personal commitment to the arts, Dr. Younger was one of the founding members of Maryland Hall. He served as a long time board member and nine years as President. Later, in the Directors Circle. He also served as President of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and was Member emeritus of the Annapolis Opera Board. Dennis also served on the Anne Arundel Arts Council, Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, also serving as its Chairman. He was the first recipient of Annie Award for Patron of the Arts, presented by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and was awarded the Paul Harris Service Award by the Rotary Club of Parole.

We thank him for his efforts in the arts and express our condolences to Dr. Younger’s family and friends.

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Paul Reed Smith and Maryland Hall Launch Music School/Summer Camp

Legendary Drummer Dennis Chambers to Headline Music Master Class Summer Camp

This Summer, guitar maker Paul Reed Smith, world renowned drummer Dennis Chambers and legendary rhythm section Gary and Greg Grainger will fulfill a long time dream at Maryland Hall: open a music school/camp for Maryland! The 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians is a 6-day music event and summer camp for ages 12 and up. Session Directors Greg Grainger, Gary Grainger and Paul Reed Smith along with special guest teachers and artists including Dennis Chambers will guide aspiring musicians through a legendary week of Master Classes this August 19-24.

The legendary drummer Dennis Chambers of Santana, Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) and John Scofield fame will headline Master Classes in this special summer camp/music school experience. The classes are open to anyone ages 12 and up. All attendees will be given real ways to view music, experience music and improve their abilities to play music in a weeklong classroom and Master Class environment. The teaching staff includes some of the best professional musicians Maryland has to offer including Paul Reed Smith and the Grainger brothers.

Open to all skill levels and instruments, the Master Classes will delve into three main areas: Rhythm, Harmony and Melody. The 6-day event includes 5 days of Master Classes and a final Performance Showcase Day. The Showcase will feature some of the students who have shown special skills, growth and dedication. As part of the Master Classes’ mission to become a Music School for all students in Maryland - scholarship opportunities are available.

The Master Class Summer Camp is ideal for anyone with a passion for music: parents of children looking for a music summer camp, adults interested in a unique way to spend their summer vacation, and retirees who want to learn alongside legends!

Smith and The Grainger Brothers introduced their Master Class model at Maryland Hall last December. Young guitarist Nathan Wickham of the band Annapolis Revival said of the experience, "Paul Reed Smith’s emphasis on rhythm made a lot of sense. Thank you!" Other feedback included, “Master class was excellent. Can’t wait until Maryland Hall has another one!,” “Loved the class and the interaction with the band teachers!,” and “The master classes were terrific. Can’t wait until Maryland Hall does it again!

 

What: 1st Annual Music Master Classes for Aspiring Musicians. Tuition: $500/person | $625/person with lunch

When: Monday – Friday, August 19-23, 9:30 am - 4 pm (Master Classes) & Saturday, August 24, 2 - 6 pm (Showcase).

Where: Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland

How: For more information, visit MarylandHall.org/prs or call 410-263-5544. For Scholarship information, call the Maryland Hall Education Department at 410-263-5544 x20.

 

About the Session Directors & Guest Teachers:

Paul Reed Smith – Session Director

Smith is an internationally known guitar maker, musician and guitar player. In addition to performing and recording with his own band, Paul has played with artists such as Vertical Horizon, Creed and Santana. He was honored by Vintage Guitar Magazine as a Hall of Fame inductee 2011 and was named Maryland’s Small Business Owner Person of the Year in 2002.

Gary Grainger – Session Director

Gary Grainger’s seamless approach to virtually any style of music makes him one of the most sought after bass players in the world.  He has performed and done thousands of recordings, tours and TV appearances with such notable artists as John Scofield, Dennis Chambers, Nancy Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Rod Stewart, Nick Lowe, Nelson Rangel, George Duke, Acoustic Alchemy and Eric Marienthal.

Greg Grainger – Session Director

A skilled architect of rhythm, Greg Grainger is surprisingly fresh in his artistry and musical perspective. Upon hearing him, it is easy to see why Whitney Houston signed him for her 1988 world tour, why Britain’s Rhythm Magazine called his work “solid and tasteful” dubbing him a “rhythm master” and why he is the drummer for international jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy and Kim Waters. Along with being a highly skilled drummer and teacher, he was the Musical Director for Maysa (the voice of Incognito’s Deep Waters and A Shade of Blue).

Dennis Chambers –Guest Teacher

Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become famous among drummers for his special techniques and speed. Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket." He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six.

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

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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

 

 

 

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