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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.

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It's National Dance Week….Spin on in with a Maryland Hall Membership!

Special runs from April 23 - 26

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from April 23 - April 26 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 April 23-26 that would normally expire in April 2019 will expire in July 2019. Additional months of membership will be added to your account.

Hop to It! Become a Maryland Hall Member Today!

Special runs from March 30 - April 2

Purchase a one-year Maryland Hall Membership from March 30 - April 2 and receive an additional 3 months of membership benefits FREE!

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

Podcast: A Conversation with Tom Stoner: Maryland Hall's Exhibitions Coordinator, Emily Kohlenstein, talks with Tom Stoner about collecting time-based media and incorporating it into his home. Tom explains the relevance of nature, both, in his video-art collection and his foundation Nature Sacred (TKF Foundation) which supports green spaces in urban areas.

Related Programming
March 22-25: Outdoor Installation

Special outdoor video installation during the
Annapolis Film Festival featuring Kelly Richardson’s work (cover image) displayed at Maryland Hall.

Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm: Main Theatre
A Conversation with Tom Stoner: Gallery Talk and Screening

Tom Stoner will share the fun and challenges presented by collecting media art and present two special screenings: Travel, 1996-2013, by David Claerbout (Belgium) and Wooden Boulder, 1978-2003, by David Nash (UK).
Refreshments to follow in the galleries.
RSVP for A Conversation with Tom Stoner at exhibits@marylandhall.org

 

Exiles of the Shattered Star, 2006  Kelly Richardson

From the Collection of Kitty and Tom Stoner

Maryland Hall announces its first all-video exhibition and art-based collaboration with Annapolis Film Festival, Glistening:  Nature Mirrored in Video Art. 

Glimmers in the vastness of outer space, tide side shadows, sun drenched forests at dawn, and shifts prompted by seasonal cycles are among the inspirations for this selection of new media artworks from the collection of Tom and Kitty Stoner.

Explore how artists from around the world bring the glories of the great outdoors inside at installations in and around Maryland Hall galleries. 

Exhibition Curator Kelly Gordon reports, “The diversity of the Stoner Collection provides a lively primer for anyone curious about this flourishing dimension of recent art."

Tom and Kitty Stoner with Kelly Richardson's Exile of the Shattered Star, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

The Stoner's in their home with Jessica SteinKamp's Rapunzel, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

 


ABOUT KITTY AND TOM STONER

In 1983, Native Iowans with a zest for art, Tom and Kitty Stoner were drawn to Annapolis for its historical charm, warm-spirited community and, like many, the great sailing.

They surrounded themselves with works by leading 20th century sculptors, from Rodin to Goldberg, and cultivated a distinctive collection by assembling a cache of drawings by sculptors.

Parallel to this endeavor they established a foundation - TKF - to create nature-focused contemplative spaces that counter the dynamic of settings associated with high stress (naturescared.org).

Kitty and Tom Stoner, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

They share a conviction that nature is a source for solace and reflection. This informs their philanthropic work as well as their art collection. Beginning in 2005, they shifted to encompass moving image art - video and digital creations.

Media art works are often frenetic and yet the Stoner's focus on acquisitions that celebrate nature and induce engaged meditation. Among the small tribe of those daring enough to collect video art work, few have integrated it as thoroughly into their home life style where it breathes side-by-side with their daily routines, at their threshold, in their hallways and even in their kitchen.

Mr. Stoner, who worked in the communications industry for 35 years, shares with Kitty an innate curiosity for the new and the next, and both exude youthful vigor. This outlook led them to a 21st century art that is driven by young and emerging artists.

 "What has surprised me most about building a media collection is the interactivity that exists between moving images and adjacent spaces. It's like on large conversation... especially if the collection is focused on its content. It will be thrilling for me and Kitty to share these compelling works with Annapolitans... even if it means a blank wall in the kitchen." - Tom Stoner

Take a look at our Spring class offerings for Ceramics. Our Summer classes are also available for registration.

The Maryland Hall Pottery Studio offers an atmosphere of camaraderie and relaxation where more than 70 students of all ages, from young adults to retirees, come together to explore this fascinating and ever changing media. 

Handbuilding class with Laura Switkes

The Pottery Studio recently expanded and now has a fully furnished handbuilding room, a throwing room with 14 wheels, a glazing room, and a kiln room with 3 kilns.

Classes and workshops include wheel throwing, handbuilding, sculpture, and glazing techniques. Many of these different approaches intersect, forming one of the most vibrant communities at Maryland Hall. Walking through the studios one can appreciate the diversity of the work being created.

  

Pottery Class with Renata Mastroti

To keep the program fresh and vital, Maryland Hall instructors are always exploring new techniques and approaches to clay. The energy is in the air with a constant flow of new work going in and out of the kilns.

In addition to the classes, the Pottery Department offers open studio access to currently enrolled students, where they can work independently to help solidify their skills. Students participate in an annual ‘Student Show’ in one of Maryland Hall’s galleries.

   

The Pottery Department will offer a ‘Seconds Sale’ and wheel and handbuilding demonstrations during the annual Artfest open house event on Sunday April 8 from 1:00-4:00pm.

Last week the galleries were filled with students from the Bates Liberal Arts Band and PVA (Performing and Visual Arts)  classes. They were greeted by artist H.C. Porter whose traveling exhibition Blues @ Home: Mississippi's Living Blues Legends is showcased in both the Chaney and Martino Galleries through March 3.

Porter explained the culture of Blues music and its heritage from the state of Mississippi, the background of the Blues @ Home project including interviews and oral histories of each living legend, and the process and techniques of her work - starting as a photograph, transforming into a high-contrast silk-screen image, and finally becoming a mixed media painting with acrylic paint and prisma-color pencil.

    

The students all had an opportunity to use the audio wands provided and listened to the oral histories of the musicians. They spent time answering questions made up by their teachers. They engaged with the artist and asked questions about her work. Additionally, they reflected on how the work relates to what they are learning about in  class, whether it be the musical and performance aspect for the band students or the mixed media technique for the visual arts students. History takes part as well. We look forward to even more groups in the coming weeks.

   

It is great to see the community engaging with our galleries and we enjoy bringing students from various schools who have found relevance in their curriculum and what we are showcasing. If you are interested in setting up a time for your class (or other group) to visit the galleries and meet the artist please contact Emily Kohlenstein (Exhibitions Coordinator) at ekohlenstein@mdhallarts.org.

    

Maryland Hall has decided to retire its annual fundraising event, All That Art.  The 2017 auction was the 12th annual event.  

"The art auction has been a great event for Maryland Hall for many years,” says Donna Anderson, VP, of Marketing and Development.  “But staff and volunteers will focus instead on researching and planning potential new fundraising events to support our mission in 2019 as well as supporting and expanding our annual ArtFest Open House on April 8 and our 20th Arts Alive fundraising event on September 7th."

In the coming weeks and months, Maryland Hall will be reaching out to past art auction participants -- artists, donors, and sponsors -- to seek feedback and input on future arts-related events.  Thank you to the participating artists and to our sponsors and supporters for their commitment to Maryland Hall’s mission of “art for all.”  We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead.      

    

PRS Band invites you to their performance on February 2 at 8 pm!

Purchase tickets HERE!

Rooted in Annapolis, the Paul Reed Smith Band carries their music as far as sound can reach. They’ve traveled all over the world, including our favorite venues in Germany, Italy and Japan, to spread love through good music. 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 our 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!

Reception - January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

1st floor hallways and cafe - Free and open to the public!

Our Art Reach Program is having a public reception to celebrate the visual art many of our students have made! Work featured by Jovenes Artistas, Boys and Girls Club, Arts for Seniors and more! Poster designed by Jovenes Artistas student, Ena!

 

Classes for Homeschooled Students

 
Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810077
Drawing techniques, styles, and materials will be covered in class. Students will be drawing animals, landscapes, figures, and still life.
1/10 -2/14 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$135 I $160
 
Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810078
Painting techniques in acrylics will be covered in class.  We will be working with painting papers, canvas boards and stretched canvas.
2/21 -3/28 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$145 I $170
 
Ages: 7-17 I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810127
Students are introduced to acting through a variety of topics and styles, including stage combat, improvisation, and Shakespeare. No class 3/30.
1/19 -4/13 Fri (10:00am-11:00am)
$125 I $150
 
Ages: 7-17  I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810128
Shine on the stage!  Students rehearse a play to be presented at the last class to families, all the time gaining the acting and team-building skills needed to produce a show.  No class 3/29 or 3/30.
1/18 -4/12 Thu (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180
Class ID #: W1810129
1/19 -4/13 Fri (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180

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