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The Maryland arts community was stunned to learn that Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was singled out as the only non-profit to have its funding deleted from the recently approved state capital budget.  This capital project funding was approved by the General Assembly – Republican and Democrats – to continue capability enhancements and renovations at Maryland Hall, including improvements to make the community arts center more accessible for those with disabilities.  This unprecedented action will harm the thousands of patrons, students, artists, volunteers, parents and supporters of Maryland Hall who benefit from this treasure in our community.  The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale are all partners in the ongoing project to update Maryland Hall, and will be impacted from any delay caused by this significant cut in state funding.  We urge that the money be restored so that Maryland Hall can continue to enrich the community and transform lives.  We appreciate the continued support of the elected officials and community members who value Maryland Hall and regard the funding of arts, communities and education as a priority.

                                    Theatre Patron Wing                                                           Theatre Production Wing – Act 2
 

The Campaign for Maryland Hall is a five-year $18 million capital campaign to modernize and expand Maryland Hall, the region’s premier arts center.  We have already completed an upgrade of the main theatre (Act 1) and have made substantial progress with public and private funding sources so that we might soon begin Act 2 which will include the first major construction at Maryland Hall since 1932. But we need everyone’s support!

Thank you to the many community members who have already invested in this important project to expand, add capabilities and modernize Maryland Hall.  Please encourage everyone in the community to provide financial support – large or small – to help Maryland Hall engage more people.  Nothing speaks louder than action.  Over 100 individuals and all of the Boards of 4 of the 5 resident companies have contributed to the Capital Campaign just this year – demonstrating support for the planned improvements for Maryland Hall to enhance important mission delivery.

To contribute to The Campaign for Maryland Hall, click here. For more information, call 410-263-5544 ext. 26 or email capitalcampaign@mdhallarts.org

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What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m a bit of a scattered worker when it comes to inspiration.  At the moment I have several pieces in the works for my November show ‘Heirloom,’ as well as a large piece I’ve just started for my own enjoyment.  I find great inspiration in the subconscious, so I’ve decided to put some of my more vivid dreams onto canvas.  I’ve decided to work exclusively from life this June and have already completed several smaller pieces just to keep limber and bright.  

What are the primary materials that you use?

Oil on a wooden panel or scrap is my favorite combination.  I love the heaviness of the piece when I’m finished and the stand-alone capability for thicker slabs.  The paint looks more sumptuous on a block than a canvas, and repurposing the wood factors into the philosophy behind my work.    

What’s your earliest memory of art?

Of personal art? I remember being told by a kindergarten teacher not to embellish my work on the edges - I was a doodler- telling me that such behavior would not prepare me for the reality of the school work to come.  Needless to say I doodled in textbooks and handouts for the duration of my education right on into adulthood.  
As for the greater world of art, I remember my father taking me to his then job at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  We went behind the scenes into the conservation studio and I found myself standing right in front of one of the Degas little dancer sculptures.  I remember these studious people in white coats and gloves treating her with delicate little brushes while taking copious notes.  I knew at that moment that I wanted to work closely with the museum collections of this world.  

What work of art do you most wish you’d made?

Any John Singer Sargent watercolor.  I can replicate a space on paper or canvas, but he had a way of making light and color surreally effortless.  His innate ability takes my breath away.

How do you know when a work is finished?

When I still like it.  I have a tendency to work in hyper detail, and I’m trying to break away from this.  The pieces I’ve loved the most are looser with true and vivid color.  I’ve put pieces away for years before attempting to touch them again because I’ve painted myself into a corner.  Detail is a tricky mistress. 

How has your time as an AIR been?  Was it how you expected?

Lovely so far.  I’m about a third of the way into my 3 year term, and what I’ve loved most about it is the collective atmosphere of such varying styles all in one place.  I’ve reached out for input on many pieces and received some much-needed criticism.  I’ve also found inspiration in others whose styles could not be further from my own.   The space and the light is inspiring every time I walk into my studio.  Before I moved into this space I had been painting out of my home, which isn’t conducive to an open and creative mind.  There’s also something inspiring about being around so many rooms filled with people creating, learning, singing, and dancing.  Though the hallways may be loud at times there’s something wonderful about knowing this artistic hub is thriving and inspiring people in this city.

When you work, do you love the process or the result?

The process.  I love taking out my paints and surveying the space, and seeing the work take shape.  I love that satisfying moment when the brush applies one stroke and the color is perfection.  I tend to feel excited but a bit sad when I finish a piece I adore.  Almost like finishing a good book.  You feel satisfied and inspired at the close, and yet there’s melancholy for having to set it aside and find the next great read.  

What are your habits? What patterns do you repeat?

I always coat my boards and canvas in a red/orange layer.  Pieces without it lack warmth, and I find that I like a peek of brilliant color when I leave it untouched at the edges. I listen to nothing but soundtracks when I paint.  I prefer wordless music to talk radio in the studio.  News, books, a chat on NPR- all of these keep me rooted and I prefer to drift when I work.    

What is your ideal creative activity?

A run or hike somewhere beautiful in nature to find a good sketching spot.  I keep a trusy moleskine notebook in my purse for such times.  Nothing trumps sun and open air.  

Which artists do you most admire?

John Singer Sargent and John William Waterhouse are and have always been two of my favorite painters.  Both painted with such authority.  Sargent handled watercolors like no other artist before or since- I have always envied his ability to convey a space, especially those covered in dappled light.  There’s a looseness about his work that continues to inspire and frustrate me.  Waterhouse caters more to my 10 year old self who retreated into trees with a good book to dream of knights and dragons.  His work more controlled but lovely.  Alan Lee began inspiring me around the same time frame- there’s an eerie beauty to his work.  There’s something to be said for someone with his illustrative capability who still works on paper and not a computer. 

Does anyone in your life regularly inspire you?

Too many to enumerate here, but oh lord yes.  I’ve somehow lucked into knowing and being related to some true gems.  A writer, who inspires me to keep my mind open to new materials and the lives around me.  A painter, who keeps a meticulous record of her life and travels in some unbelievably illustrated notebooks.  A gardening enthusiast who keeps my eyes open to the possible uses of forgotten things.  A traveler who keeps my spirit open to the vastness of the world I have yet to experience and be inspired by.  

What is your creative ambition?

I want to create work without pausing to contemplate a pieces usefulness or reception by others.  I crave a truly inspired method of creation that I can feel with every piece.  

What are the obstacles to this ambition?

My own tempestuous nature.   Keeping to a plan is a mechanism that allows me to create without becoming to frustrated with mediocre work.  I think most artists suffer with that internal knowledge that not everything we create is going to be a success, whether by outside standards or our own.  Letting go of that innate worry is I hope something that will grow with time.

How do you begin your day?

Coffee.  An open window.   If I’ve been reading a new book, a few chapters.  

Is a creative dialog important to you and if so how do you find it and with whom?

Absolutely.  We all need feedback and a sounding board.  I don’t consult any one person, but have found great input in the other AIR’s since moving into my space.  I have many friends abroad and it can be helpful to suss out ideas with those who have been trained using completely different methods.  I’ll never be so convinced of my own work that I can’t still grow and learn from those around me.    

 

For more information about Anne, 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.

Enter the Arts Alive raffle to win one of these extravagant trips.

Raffle tickets are $100 each!

Only 200 tickets will be sold!

 

Drawing: September 11 at Arts Alive 17 at Maryland Hall 

Winner need not be present. Raffle winner picks the trip of their choice.

Some restrictions apply including blackout dates.

 

Click here to download an order form to enter the Arts Alive Raffle.    

 

Click here for information about Arts Alive!

 

Trip Option #1:  Milan Marriott Hotel, Milan, Italy, 5 Night Stay and Airfare for 2
The Milan Marriott is a 10-minutes walk from the Milan Exhibition city centre and a few minutes from Milan city centre. Visit the temple of football, the "San Siro Stadium," the historical part of the city where you can see DaVinci’s “Last Supper” and more! 
 
Trip Option #2:  Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica, 5 Night Stay and Airfare for 2
Recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine one of the "World's Best", the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort features 6 restaurants and lounges, La Iguana Golf Course, Stellaris Casino, and the new Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat, all in magnificent settings that heighten the experience. A memorable vacation awaits, whether you prefer gliding from tree to tree on a canopy tour or just sitting back and relaxing along our palm lined free-form pool.
 
Trip Option #3:  Hyatt Regency Tokyo, Japan, 6 Night Stay and Airfare for 2
The Hotel Hyatt Regency Tokyo is located in a thriving business, shopping and entertainment district and home to the most select Tokyo hotels. The 5 star Hyatt Regency hotel in Tokyo is ideally located next to the Shinjuku Central Park, and within short distance of the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, Meiji Shrine, Odakyu store, and the fashionable Shibuya ward. The hotel is conveniently close to Shinjuku Station, with links to the Tokyo subway.
 
Trip Option #4:  Pebble Beach and Carmel Resorts Golf Package with Airfare for 2
Includes two night Garden View Room Stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach, round of golf including cart at Pebble Beach Links for 2; a two night stay at the Hyatt Carmel-Highland Inn; $250 Budget Rental Car Certificate and round trip airline service for 2 to either San Francisco or San Jose, CA. 
 
Trip Option #5:  Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel Tour, 5 Night Stay in Rome, and Airfare for 2
Experience Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel and take a tour of the Vatican Museums on this 5 night stay in Rome at the Marriott Park Hotel. Take a shuttle downtown to climb the Spanish Steps, wander the Coliseum, and make your wish at the Trevi Fountain.

 

The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters (which meet regularly at Maryland Hall) is sponsoring a bus trip to NYC on August 15 to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends Exhibit.

The bus will be departing Maryland Hall at 7:30 am and arriving at the MET around 11:30 am. The bus will leave the MET at 6:30 pm and will arrive at Maryland Hall around 10:30 pm.

For more details and to register for the trip, visit the MSPP website or click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland Hall is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Season! Tickets go on sale for members only on August 12 at noon. Members will receive an email with the promo code to access tickets. If you do not receive the email, please call the main office at 410-263-5544 ext. 10. Tickets go on sale to the public on August 17 at noon. 

You can purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at 410-280-5640. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 12 pm - 5 pm and two hours prior to ticketed performances. Remember, if you are a Maryland Hall member, you can purchase tickets at a discounted price!

 

Art Sherrod Jr.
Sunday, September 20 | 4 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $25, Member $20

National recording artist and smooth jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. will be in full concert as he releases his new Gospel Jazz album.

 

The Jason Bishop Show
Saturday, November 21 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $25, Member $20, Child $20

Jason Bishop performs stunning, state of the art magic and illusions. Each show features amazing sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and even close-up magic projected onto huge screens. Come see why he’s called America’s Hottest Illusionist!

 

An A Cappella Holiday with The Capital Hearings
Saturday, December 5 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $20, Member $15, Child $15

The Capital Hearings return to Maryland Hall with their signature holiday concert. The Capital Hearings will be making spirits bright with a festive, family-friendly program of beloved carols, smooth vocal jazz, and sparkling contemporary arrangements. 

 

LUMA Theater
Tuesday, April 12 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $29, Member $24

LUMA plunges the audience into a darkened space where a tapestry of illuminated illusions fills the stage. Combining rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, physics and experimental methods LUMA is a singular experience that mesmerizes and mystifies leaving audiences full of wonder, slack jawed and goggle-eyed; An unforgettable evening.

 

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio
Friday, April 22 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $20, Member $15

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features top flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual, world class percussionist Tupac Mantilla and stunning bassist Brad Barrett. The trio creates a sound that seamlessly merges flamenco with elements of jazz, world-music and even rock and soul influences.

 

Footworks
Saturday, April 30 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: Non-Member $20, Member $15

Fiery fancy footwork sets the stage ablaze when the aptly named company, Footworks, returns to Maryland Hall for another spectacular performance.  Known for its energetic and imaginative choreography, Footworks combines the elements of clog, step, and tap into a fast-paced, exuberant dance production that leaves both entertainer and audience breathless. 

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