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Join us for An Evening of Sculpture and Dance on Saturday, June 1 from 5-7 pm. Discover the transformative power of art through dance and sculpture as dancers Cynthia Word and Ingrid Zimmer perform the timeless dance movements of Isadora Duncan in the galleries, uncovering the inspiration for many of Claire McArdle's archetypal sculptures and drawings. Light refreshments will be served.

We've added a special summer performance, A Tribute to Mowtown and Soul Legends on Saturday, August 3.  Buy your tickets now to this performance featuring Motown favorites for the past 50 years.

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What is a woodblock print? How is it done?

Come and explore the process of developing woodblock print from beginning to end with local artist Carlin Menzin on Wednesday, May 29 at 5 pm in Room 117. You will look at ways to develop ideas and explore technical issues peculiar to this medium: how to choose and prepare wood, transfer images, carve and print multiple plates.

Explore printing in monochrome and color and maintaining a safe studio. Bring your questions, ideas, and a willingness to participate.

Work by Carlin Menzin

Currently in the Martino and Chaney Galleries is Anima Mundi, an exhibition featuring more than 40 works in clay, marble and bronze and drawings by internationally-known sculptor Claire McArdle. The exhibit is on display through June 9, 2013. 

On Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm, Maryland Hall will host a FREE Gallery Talk with Claire McArdle. This will be a great opportunity to meet the artist and learn about the process of making her beautiful sculptures and drawings. 

Of her work in the exhibition, McArdle says, “ten years ago I moved my studio out West to a working ranch. This collection of work has grown out of that period. It reflects the revitalized relationship I have with the land and the animals, and also my deepened awareness of the natural cycles of life and death.​

Local artist Jin Lee has installed a test run of the work she will be installing for her
January-February 2013 exhibit on the front lawn of Maryland Hall.
 

 

 

 
A brief statement from Jin Lee about her work:

Cloud Passage was inspired by the packing material used for my move from the west coast to the east coast. The final form will be a representation of my personal journey, of the transitions I experienced when I moved to San Francisco and back to Annapolis. The trees, symbols of the two communities, are linked by a web to express my connection to both coasts.

The desire to use this material birthed the concept behind the classes I proposed to Maryland Hall; to teach my students how to make site-specific art with re-purposed materials. Cloud Passage is constructed entirely with materials and methods easily obtained and learned by students enrolled in my class.

The current installation is a test to understand how the material will behave in the environment and hold up to the elements. A more complete sculpture is scheduled to be installed in January of 2013.
 

 

Young artists between the ages of 10 and 18 can get a lot out of the Saturday workshop, Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development, where students are immersed in figure and portrait drawing. If you are preparing a portfolio for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet entrance for Middle School or High School. Or perhaps preparing for college or an art institute, this intensive one-day workshop is for you! Kim Farcot, the instructor, also teaches at the Bates Middle School Performing and Visual Arts Magnet, so she knows what they're looking for.

The class starts off with get-to-know-you games, stretching, and gesture drawings to warm up and then moves into studying the proportions of the body and head. After lunch, students get to draw from a live professional clothed model.The class takes place in the same studio where weekly life drawing and portrait painting groups meet and is equipped with easels, drawing horses, lighting and a model stage.

The workshop is given on a Saturday from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Click here for a complete list of classes being offered this Winter/Spring. In November's workshop, there was an amazing group, who were engaged, focused, and very talented. They worked intently, even during breaks, and the final critique at the end of the day showed great promise by these up and coming artists!

Student from the Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development workshop on November 3, 2012.

 

Winter/Spring 2013 Classes offered by Kim Farcot

Wednesday Morning Figure Co-op - The Drawing Co-op is open to artists who show sufficient artistic and technical development and are capable of working independently. For ages 18+.

January 2 - June 26, 2013 | Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Long Pose Drawing & Painting Figure Co-Op - The Drawing and Painting long pose is open to artists who show sufficient artistic and technical development and are capable of working independently. For ages 18+.

January 3 - June 27, 2013 | Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
 

Portrait Co-op - The Portrait Co-op provides a variety of live models on a weekly basis. Each portrait subject sits for four consecutive sessions to enable the artists to complete comprehensive drawing/paintings in a risk free environment. For ages 18+.
January 4 - June 28, 2013 | Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Figure Drawing Portfolio Development - Get a solid foundation in figure or life drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Students will create a series of charcoal or graphite life drawings starting with the basic form and proportions of the human figure, drawn from a live draped model. For ages 10-16.

March 2, 2013 | Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Portrait Drawing Portfolio Development - Get a solid foundation in portrait drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Students will create a series of charcoal or graphite drawings, starting with the basic form and proportions of the human head, drawn from a live model. For ages 10-16.

April 6, 2013 | Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

 

 

The On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series continues on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm with "Dislecksia: The Movie" and a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell. Tickets are $10; $7 for Maryland Hall members. (Click here to purchase tickets.)

Come early for a beer or glass of wine and to meet Harvey Hubbell. Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 6:30 pm. Wine and beer will be available for purchase for the evening.

 
Maryland Hall has partnered with The Summit School to present a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell, and a panel of experts following the film to answer questions and share thoughts on the film and subject.
 

Sitting down to view the film I thought to myself, sure, I’m familiar with Dyslexia. That is when people see words backwards, right? Well, there is a lot more to this learning difference than what I thought I knew. I expected to sit down and spend 90 minutes learning facts from professional interviews and seeing stats across the screen. I thought I would return to my reality armed with these new facts a wiser person. Well I did, and much more.

Director Harvey Hubbell V brings us through not only his journey with Dyslexia but the journey of the disorder itself. The myths and truths are explored through Harvey’s contagious lightheartedness and positivity. Some of the most interesting perceptions are how many highly successful people live with Dyslexia and the ways they have learned to adapt. People like Stephen J. Cannell, Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winning actress Sarah Joy Brown have made successful careers based on the need to read, yet share this learning difference.

I can only think how immeasurably frustrating it must be to feel like you can’t keep up with your friends in class. School can be hard enough. As I watched the intimate views of struggles & shortcuts, it made me wonder what resources were available and how involved are the school systems? Well, those questions seem to have become easier to answer thanks to the determination and passion of some. Educators and scientists have developed learning programs that have evolved through the years to benefit those with Dyslexia and without. One of the places that these practices focus on is instructing teachers & educators on how to recognize and teach a child that experiences hurdles in learning. The Haskins Laboratories of Yale University have been implementing this practice worldwide. It seems that many teachers never knew how to reach a student who enters their classroom before these practices were taught to them. Many teachers have given feedback on how teaching in these new ways has eased the stress on the relationship they have with the students. The best part, all of the kids in the class can learn reading and writing skills this same way so students don't feel segregated or that they have a difference at all. Technology has proved to be a friend for the dyslexic as well. Former Harvard Neuroscientist turned educator Dr. Gordon Sherman takes advantage of technology to facilitate computer programs in audio/video that allow the dyslexic brain to thrive. Students are able to learn in a way outside of words, outside of ways that cause them anxiety and inside environments that encourage confidence to grow.  

This film turned out to be one of my favorites that I viewed for this series. Harvey Hubbell V brings Dyslexia to light what many people don’t even know about it and the constant attention that it needs in order for schools to continue to receive funding for their programs and to keep these priceless educators inside their walls. Watching these stories brings hope not just to those dealing with Dyslexia, but to people who are affected by any learning challenge.

--Rebecca Daubney, Performing Arts Coordinator

Dirk Hamilton will perform at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. Opening for Hamilton is five time WAMMIE nominated singer-songwriter, Georgie Jessup. Tickets are $15; $10 for Maryland Hall members.
*Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 7 pm.* Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the evening.
 
 

Dirk Hamilton is a classic case of "woulda, shoulda, coulda". Hailed in the 70's as a true poet/troubadour, his songwriting and singing were unique enough to make him standout from the singer-songwriter du jour, with a quirky style that was fresh and totally original. His voice was often compared to Van Morrison’s, and his performances and music were praised by respected publications like Rolling Stone and the LA Times.

His first album, "You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right," was released on ABC records in 1976. Produced by Gary Katz, who at the time was working with Steely Dan, and would later work with local legend Root Boy Slim, it was an excellent album that showcased his eclectic style as a writer, and was fairly well-received by the critics. His next album, "Alias," I would pair him with guitarist Don Evans, whose distinctive guitar sound would help shape and define Hamilton’s sound for the rest of the decade. In 1977, he released "Meet Me at the Crux," an album that is considered to be one of his finest works, and by many, myself included, a minor masterpiece. Rolling Stone magazine called it an "overlooked gem," among other things. He finished out the 70's with "Thug of Love," another excellent album full of well-crafted songs that would cement his legacy as the best singer-songwriter nobody ever heard of. Then he basically walked away from the "busyness," as he calls it. After laying low for much of the 80's, he returned to recording in the 90's, and since that time has recorded and released some of the best music of his career. Hamilton's latest album is called "Solo Mono" and it is his first truly solo acoustic record. Just guitar, vocals, and Dirk laying his soul on the line.

Although there was promise never realized, there are absolutely no regrets on his part. He told me "I feel good about how things have transpired for me so far. I've stayed alive in the largest sense, and I've never stopped living and growing as an artist and a man. I'm more alive than ever, I'm approaching "wise", and have never been better as an artist".

That’s more evident than on Dirk’s latest release “Solo Mono,” a stripped down, back to his roots record that has Hamilton in peak form as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. And while some of his contemporaries have gone on to greater success, it’s not all about the “busyness” for Dirk; it’s about the craft and what people derive from his music.

Dirk is making a rare trip to the East coast and will be making an appearance at Maryland Hall on Wednesday Nov 14th. He will be performing songs from "Solo Mono" as well as dipping into his extensive back catalogue for classics like "Billboard on the Moon" and "Meet Me at the Crux." If you missed Hamilton the first time around, meaning 35 years ago now is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. I promise it’ll be worth your while.

-- Michael Macey, Box Office Coordinator

Figure Drawing for Teens is a great class for ages 13-16 taught by Andree Tullier on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm. After a quick introduction, the class starts off with a few 5 minute gesture quick poses and then moves into longer poses as the class progresses using light and shade with an emphasis on composition. In this class, you will learn the basic planes/forms, proportions and anatomy of the human figure and techniques to capture the action of a pose with charcoal.

Andree Tullier also offers Foundations of Drawing and Introduction to Oils at Maryland Hall. Keep an eye out for our Winter/Spring classes that will be announced sometime during the first two weeks of November on our website.

On Tuesday, October 16, Maryland Hall hosted a screening of the film "Runaway" along with a brief question and answer forum with the director, Amit Ashraf. This was the second screening of the On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series taking place this fall and winter.

After patrons purchased their popcorn and recieved their complimentary drink, they settled in for what was said to be a wonderful evening. Maryland Hall employee, Michael Macey, attended the screening and was more than happy to offer a review of the film:
 
"Runaway, the latest film in the On Screen In Person series at Maryland Hall, offers a gritty, sometimes disturbing view of a bounty hunter in Bangladesh who tracks down and returns runaway men to their families, but not before forcing them to confront the circumstances that got them to that point in the first place. Set in the capital city of Dhaka, Runaway chronicles the journey of one man, Babu, as he captures Akbar, a corrupt politician, and forces him to reexamine his life and the choices he has made.
 
Beautifully photographed, Runaway is visually stunning and gives a hard hitting look at the culture and customs of a society that believes the road to redemption for these runaway men is whatever it takes to return them to their families.
 
The film is skillfully directed by first time director Amit Ashraf. Although it is an ultimately uplifting tale, there is quite a bit of violence. Murder, blackmail, adultery and evil spirits all figure into a scenario that, at times, can be difficult to watch. Both lead actors are more than capable in their roles, and bring a depth to their characters that transcends the obvious language barrier of this English subtitled film. The development of the story line, as well as the characters and their history are fully realized, so that by the end of the film you’re able to understand the perspective and motivation of both Babu and Akbar. All in all this film offered a very satisfying viewing experience."
 
The On Screen in Person series at Maryland Hall allows independent film fans the unique opportunity to view and participate in a discussion of the featured film with the director. Get inside the head of the director and find out what motivates and inspires them to make the films they do. The On Screen In Person series now features beer, wine and popcorn for purchase.

The next film in the series is Dislecksia: the Movie, a comical look at dyslexics and the people who teach and study them. Tickets are $10; $7 for MHCA members and students.

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