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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.

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.  

 

 

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.

 

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.

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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