Inside the Hall: Maryland Hall News Blog

Volunteers are a vital part of maintaining Maryland Hall’s reputation as an outstanding arts center serving the entire region.

Maryland Hall will hold a Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, April 9, 5:30 – 7 pm for those interested in ushering at performances. Please contact Louise White, Volunteer Manager at lwhite@mdhallarts.org if you are interested in attending. 

If you are unable to attend, we will be offering orientations and usher trainings in August.  Please fill out an application and we will contact you in the late summer.  

Maryland Hall’s mission is to provide exceptional opportunities for lifelong community participation in the creative arts.  As our community’s arts center, we are dedicated to Art for All, enriching lives through accessible, affordable and available creative engagement.   

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Nurturing the arts at MHCA
  • Ensuring the success of programs
  • Community involvement
  • Arts-related fellowship 

Explore all that Maryland Hall has to offer at our annual Open House on Sunday, March 22 from 1-4 pm! From performances to art demonstrations, hands-on projects to gallery events, this FREE event will be an exciting afternoon full of fun and creativity for children and adults. Below is a schedule of activities happening by floor. All activities are from 1 - 4 pm unless otherwise noted. 

ArtFest 2015 Schedule

Main Stage Performances

1 – 2 pm: Maple School of Irish Dance
2 – 3 pm: Annapolis Musical Theater
3 – 4 pm: Peabody Harp Ensemble

First Floor

Annapolis Musical Theatre Rehearsal (1 – 2 pm), Room 101
Peabody: Guitar Performance & “Petting Zoo” (2 – 3 pm), Room 101A
Hawaiian Dance (1 – 2 pm), Room 102
Ballroom Dancing (2 – 4 pm), Room 102
Face Painting (1 – 3 pm), Alcove Gallery
Annapolis Ice Cream, Room 110
Pottery Demonstration, Room 112
Pottery ‘Seconds Sale’, Room 114
Woodturning Demonstration, Room 119
Glass Demonstration, Room 117A
Felt & Bead Hands-on Activity, Room 117B
Etching Demonstration, Room 117C

Second Floor

Peabody: Early Childhood Music Class (1 – 2 pm), Room 201
Peabody: Voice Performance (2 – 3 pm), Room 201
Peabody: Guitar Performance & “Petting Zoo” (3 – 4 pm), Room 201
Children’s Hands-on Crafts, Room 205
HERE. a pop-up shop (10 am – 6 pm), Room 211
Paper Mache and Printmaking Demonstration, Room 212
Gouache Demonstration (1 – 3 pm), Room 212
Pastel Still Life Demonstrations (1 – 3:15 pm), Room 213
Drawing & Painting Dog Portraits Demonstration, Room 214
Clock Maker Demonstration, Chaney Gallery
Celtic Jam (1 – 2 pm), Martino Gallery

Third Floor

Face Painting (1 – 3 pm), Room 300
Belly Dancing (2:30 – 4 pm), Room 301
Popcorn, Room 303 
Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Room 306
Annapolis Film Festival, Room 308
Artist-in-Residence Open Studios, Room 305, 310, 312, 314

In the Galleries

Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter by Peter Egeli and Lisa Egeli, Chaney Gallery
Balanced Distraction by Patrice Drago, Martino Gallery
Inside + Outside, Art by Ruth Connell, Balcony Gallery

 

Part of the city-wide celebration of Maryland Day.
Thanks to Severn Town Club and Annapolis Ice Cream for their support.

Father/daughter duo Peter and Lisa Egeli held a gallery talk on March 11 for their exhibition "Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter" on display in the Chaney Gallery. The gallery talk was well attended and a number of their paintings have already sold. If you have the opportunity to, stop by and check out their exhibition along with Patrice Drago's and Ruth Connell's also on display at Maryland Hall through April 11.  Ruth Connell will be hosting a gallery talk on Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm.

Photos courtesy of Patrick O'Brien - www.PatrickOBrienStudio.com

The Capital recently featured the upcoming exhibition Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter by Peter Egeli and Lisa Egeli. 

Like father like … daughter?

Peter Egeli, 80, is a well-regarded painter and portrait artist. A son of famed portraitist Bjorn Egeli, a native of Norway, he grew up in a family where every one of his siblings picked up the paintbrush en route to becoming acclaimed artists.

His son Stuart Egeli took another path. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate, he had a 24-year career in the Navy.

His daughter Lisa, 48, has now followed in his paint-spattered footsteps, becoming a third-generation member of the Egeli artistic legacy.

She, too, is a portrait and landscape artist. Her portraits hang in institutions and in public and private collections. Her portfolio includes meticulously detailed portraits of gorillas and chimpanzees painted in their natural settings.

On March 2 through April 11, the father-and-daughter duo are exhibiting their landscapes, maritime scenes and wildlife studies in the Chaney Gallery at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Their showcase is called "Nature/ Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter."

This is the first time they have exhibited together since family members staged a show in Baltimore in 1985.

In the showcase will be about 50 of their works both large and small. Primarily oil paintings, the Egelis are incorporating several pastel sketches and watercolor paintings into the display.

Some were painted while the pair were outside, standing either side-by-side or back-to-back. Several were created near the house of her father and mother Elizabeth Stuart "Stu" Egeli in the St. Mary's County town of Drayden.

Click here to read the full article to learn more about the father/daughter duo and their exhibit which will be on display in the Chaney Gallery from March 2 - April 11. 

I have found painting plein air with artist friends is what I enjoy most. I am sad that I will no longer be able to paint with Bonnie Roth Anderson. We last painted a year ago in Bristol Rhode Island.   Diane Carey Thomson, Marion LeMoal, Bonnie and I stayed at the summer home of artist Janice Antinucci. Here is a painting and sketch in the area where we painted together.  At the end of the day Bonnie would critique our paintings.  She was a great teacher and we all  learned so much from her.  I also took her portrait class and hope to paint my grandchildren with the skills she taught me.  Such a loss for the art community.

Marshes (above) was an earlier Cape Cod painting that Bonnie purchased... the highest compliment is when another artist buys your painting.

Above are pictures of memorable places painted en plein air (L-R): Georgia O'Keeffe home in Abiquiu, Giverny, France and trees in Taos, New Mexico.

 

For more information about Merla, visit her Artist-in-Residence profile

This is part of an ongoing monthly series featuring a Maryland Hall Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Check Maryland Hall's website every week for a new post. Each month we will feature a different AIR. Click here to visit the Maryland Hall AIR page.

The Maryland Hall community was very sad to learn of the death of Bonnie Roth Anderson this week.  Bonnie taught classes at Maryland Hall for more than 30 years and had been an Artist-in-Residence for 25 years, from 1983 through 2008.

Bonnie was an exceptional teacher who taught numerous painting classes for adults each semester at Maryland Hall.  Students clamored to register for her classes as soon as they were available and for many years her classes had waiting lists, a testament to her skill and talent as a teacher.  She created a warm and supportive atmosphere in her classes, providing students with a safe place to explore and hone their painting skills.  She had a wonderful sense of humor and sense of fun which she shared with all she met at Maryland Hall.  For more than 30 years she set a high standard for teaching that helped Maryland Hall develop the reputation for excellent artistic instruction that it enjoys today.  

As an artist, Bonnie was a well-known for her portraits and landscapes.  Her paintings hang in public and private collections throughout America and in countries as far away as Australia. Her portrait of former superintendent Admiral John Davidson is on permanent display at the U.S. Naval Academy and her portraits of J. Lynne Wood and John Cade are displayed at Anne Arundel Community College.  Her paintings have been featured in innumerable galleries and in public spaces.

As an arts patron and advocate, Bonnie was a founding member, former treasurer and president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.  She was also a founding member and board member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. She received the prestigious 2002 Annie Award from the Anne Arundel Arts Council. 

Family and friends may visit on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, in Severna Park, with a Memorial Service to begin at 2:00 pm, after the visitation. Interment will be private. - For more information, click here.

I have chosen my Christmas Amaryllis to show the progress of creating a painting.  I have it set up in my studio and I have taped a large piece of paper and use blue tape to crop where I am going to paint.

 

I put out fresh paint on plates that serve as my palette, and lots of water that I replace often to keep colors clean and fresh. Next: I do a quick sketch of my subject to define some colors and composition.

 

I usually start painting on the paper with colors and do not start with a detailed pencil sketch. On the right is after two hours of painting. The painting is finished and I will show you how I keep adding to the flower.

 

As I continue I keep defining and adding detail to he painting.  

 

I have finished the painting or I should say I have stopped.  That is the key to water color, knowing when to stop.   I added a light background to surround the flower.  I look at my sketch and loose design with pen & ink. It  is more  the feeling I want to convey of this flower. I can add ink or strong pencil line that can be washed to create more of the a linear feeling.

Many artists are not satisfied with the progress of a piece of art.

My Amaryllis is gone,the petals have dropped.   I can start it again on a new piece of paper,  I will not use photos, but reference the painting and the sketch I have.  

I hear my muse speaking to my art soul "it is just a piece of paper".

 

For more information about Merla, visit her Artist-in-Residence profile

This is part of an ongoing monthly series featuring a Maryland Hall Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Check Maryland Hall's website every Monday for a new post. Each month we will feature a different AIR. Click here to visit the Maryland Hall AIR page.

 

Maryland Hall presents the world famous Comedy Pet Theater on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm. This family-oriented theatrical circus is a blend of unique physical comedy, starring Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his rescued performing pets. Tickets are $26 for Non-Members; $21 for Maryland Hall members and $17 for children. Click here to purchase tickets.

Internationally-acclaimed award winner, Gregory Popovich, is the producer and star of the show along with his entourage of 30 rescued furry four-legged performers. Popovich has won numerous juggling awards and is known as one of the top three best jugglers of the world. Currently, he holds the world record in a balancing/juggling feat in which he stands atop a nine-foot free standing ladder and juggles nine rings.

During the show, audiences will witness acts such as the Dog Classroom, the Amazing House-Cats, the Animal Train Station and so much more. Surprise appearances by more animal performers, including trained doves, parrots, goats and even a miniature horse named Diamond, along with acrobats, mimes, contortionists and jaw dropping juggling by Popovich.

Popovich is a lifelong advocate of animal rights. All pets that perform in Comedy Pet Theater are rescues from shelters — and serve as furry ambassadors for animals seeking homes. “When people see these amazing, healthy animals on stage and decide to adopt an animal from a shelter themselves, my main message has reached the audience,” says Popovich. Popovich is a master animal trainer who employs positive-reinforcement techniques in his training — coaching individual animals to perform tasks based on their natural habits. He has shared his expertise for raising, training and living harmoniously with pets in two books: “You CAN Train Your Cat: Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer,” and “Doggy Gone Good: A Master’s Guide to Teaching Manners, Tricks and Healthy Habits.”

Click the video below to see a preview of Gregory Popovich and his pets in action. 

Maryland Hall invites all 2D abstract artists to apply for the ALL ABSTRACT exhibition that will be on display from May 13 - July 11. Artworks limited only by your imagination. Explore color, movement, form and other intangibles that are not dependent on a recognizable subject.

Works up to 44” are eligible for this exhibit where one artwork will be displayed by each artist and can be a painting, drawing, print or collage. No sculpture or photography. Works on paper must be framed and ready for hanging. All works must have hanging wires. No saw tooth hangers will be allowed. Delivery of artworks is Monday, May 11 from 10-5. Works will be exhibited from May 13 – July 11 on Maryland Hall's 2nd floor hallway panels. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm. Please note, this is not a juried exhibit. 

Submit one image with the following information to strumpy@mdhallarts.org. Please include name, address, email, phone number, title of artwork, size, medium or technique, price or NFS.  The last day to apply is April 15. 

Image: Cassandra Kabler, Summer News, 2010, 31 x 22.5, watercolor. 

Maryland Hall presents an evening of traditional and contemporary folk music at a performance titled “Birds of a Feather” featuring Magpie and Shenandoah Run on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $26 for Non-Members and $21 for Maryland Hall members. Noted folk music radio host Mary Cliff will be the emcee for the evening. Click here to purchase tickets.

The concert will feature a range of folk music from classic hits by Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Joan Baez and music inspired by the Civil War, the civil rights movement and the environment. The show’s unique format allows the groups to perform separately throughout the night and then come together at the end for a special performance.

Since 1973, Magpie, the NY-based duo of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, have brought their unique sound and remarkable versatility to diverse audiences. They perform traditional songs, vintage blues, swing and country as well as folk classics and stirring original compositions. With two strong voices in harmony and superb instrumental arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer and concertina, their sound is powerful and moving. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Magpie always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving. Joining Magpie for the night is bass player Ralph Gordon.

Regional favorite, Shenandoah Run is a folk group made up of nine members, hand-picked for his or her individual musicality, vocal and instrumental talent, and a strong desire to keep folk music alive and fresh. Their repertoire features the songs and sounds of American folk, country, and bluegrass music, with the occasional infusion of songs from other lands. Their blend of vintage and contemporary folk music, treated with lush harmonies and skillful instrumental backing, defines their signature recognizable sound. With their many years of collective performance experience, they produce arrangements that are fresh, varied, and unique, and deliver them in a manner that delights audiences of all ages. Their relaxed and informal presentation quickly establishes a rapport with the audience and encourages them to sing along.

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