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.

Children's Art

Holly Rosario was born in rural upstate New York, and spent her childhood exploring its forested terrain. Introverted and aesthetically curious by nature, Holly was interested in art from a young age. In 2007 she moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art where she pursued her Bachelors of Fine Arts in conjunction with a Master of Arts in Teaching. While at MICA, she developed an interest in watercolor, inks, paper cuts, and ceramics as well as a passion for art history.

As an artist, Rosario’s papercut works and watercolors are inspired by a love of nature on its most minuscule levels, and explore the role of pattern and repetition in the processes of growth and decay. Rosario spent three years as an Elementary Art Teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools. She sees her pursuits as artist and educator as inseparably intertwined, and hopes to facilitate transformative learning by sharing her passion for the visual world. Holly teaches visual arts classes for children.

Irish Dance

The Maple  Academy of Irish Dance is directed by Bill Maple, ADCRG and Marnie O'Callaghan-Maple ADCRG.  Bill, the 1982 North American Senior Men's Champion and World Championship  step dancer, and Marnie, also a World Championship dancer, are accredited teachers of Irish dancing with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, in Ireland.  Bill and Marnie are both certified adjudicators of Irish Dancing (ADCRG).

Dancers from the Maple Academy have competed successfully at US Southern Region, US National and World Championship competitions. The school was honored to perform at the White House for US President Bush and Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahearn. Clips appeared on local news stations and on CNN.  They have also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Wolf Trap, on Fox 5 Morning News, and at various cultural festivals.

Maple Academy Dancers have also appeared in the Celtic theatrical performance presented at the Lisner Auditorium with the Washington Revels and the Trinity Irish Dance Company

They have danced at a number of charitable organizations including The N.I.H. Children's Inn and local area nursing homes. Other credits include "Best Irish Dance School" at the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Drama and Theater

Lynne Childress is an accomplished teaching artist. She has been a professional actor and teaching artist for over 20 years, having started as an Acting Apprentice at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida, performing in shows that toured area schools, and that all had good life messages.

She spent 2 years as the Elementary Programs Coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library helping to head-up Shakespeare Steps Out, a program that introduces the Bard and his world to 3-6th graders in Washington, DC. After that, she worked as the Creative Arts Team Leader for BridgeKids, the children’s ministry of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD, where she produced and sometimes wrote children’s services, and oversaw teams of performing adults and kids. Since then, she has been a teacher, assistant director and director at places like Spotlighters Theatre, Drama Learning Center, and Compass Rose Theater, where she co-directed “The Little Prince” and directed “The Brave Little Kid”, “Miss Electricity”, and a roaring 20s-flavored version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, all for Compass Rose’s Young Actors Studio, which shows young people firsthand what a life in theater is like as they learn and perform.

BBP Productions was borne out of the realization that people need to truly seek to understand each other more, while affirming their own value and worth. Through the arts, we can share this important truth to the littlest of us. We produce professional theater productions in a fun and creative way for kids and their families, which encourage all of us to be better people. We want every show, every class, and every conversation you have with us to be welcoming and affirming. Sound good? Join us!

Glass Fusing

About 8 years ago, Clare Shepherd was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering after she serving as an Army Logistics Captain in Kuwait. A therapist suggested she participate in their art program and she reluctantly tried her hand at glass fusing.   When Shepherd moved to Maryland a short time later, a family member suggested she try a class at Maryland Hall.  MHCA’s Glass Program had been in existence for a short time under the leadership of Gayla Lee.  Shepherd tried a class and fell in love with the art form and the process.  “The classes really pulled my out my funk,” she says.  “The art really was the therapy I needed and has helped me grow in so many ways.” 

Artist Statement

Glass makes me happy.

What’s nice about art is that it brings people from all parts of the community together--we have doctors and lawyers and stay at home moms and retired people--all in one class and they learn from each other and get to know each other. When they come to the glass class they can find a common bond, everyone shares what they know and they share ideas? 

I see these classes for many people as art therapy--like they were for me. 

You can be abstract or literal and still do glass--we have all different types of people in the class. 

I try to teach technique but each person makes what they want.  I have 4 or 5 year olds and I can know about their personality based on what they decide to make and how they approach it.  It really lets you see someone’s personality.  


Alison Bell Belt is a realist figurative sculptor who sculpts in both relief and in the round and has a fondness for portraiture.

Alison has shown her work in many exhibitions in Maryland and most recently her piece, Hope is the Thing With Feathers was at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina for the National Sculpture Society's 84th annual exhibition.  She has won awards from the Maryland Federation of Art, TAC, and the Portrait Society of America.

Alison attended the Schuler School of Fine Arts and graduated in 2003.  She has studied under sculptors Tylden Streett, Francesca Schuler Guerin. and Barry Johnston.  She was born in Lancaster, PA and has lived in the Baltimore are since 1996.


Joe Yablonsky specializes in gelatin silver photographs of public sculpture and architecture. The photographs are only taken when a rare combination of lighting and atmospheric conditions are present in the scene to highlight the sculpture and its environment.

The subjects include works by master sculptors such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French and Isamu Noguchi, to contemporary artists involved in community public art projects.

All photos are hand printed using a traditional darkroom on fiber paper and are selenium toned to increase their archival permanence.

Teaching Philosophy

I feel that good photographers do more prior to taking the photo than after. Whether it is film or digital, my philosophy is to give every student a strong foundation of the technical considerations (depth of field, exposure) and creative considerations (lighting, balance) that must be addressed prior to pressing the shutter release button. Also, I encourage each and every student to bring their own personality and individuality into the process by pre-visualizing the final image and obtaining photographs that are uniquely their own.

Digital Art

What you will see in my art is my love of color, illustration, flowers, animals, and whimsy.  I enjoy maintaining the integrity of the literal image using new digital tools to move to interpretive imaging. I desire to enhance, recreate and quietly reimagine what I see. 

My background is in art and design as far back as I can remember.  I grew up in an “arts household,” painting at a young age with my painter grandmother, going to museums and events with my family, and just “doing art” for fun. I went to Ithaca College, School of Communications and received a Bachelor of Science in Cinema Studies and Photography. With an appetite for adventure and travel, I furthered my studied in London at the International Film School (Covent Garden, London) and received a diploma in Film from there as well.  Upon returning to the States, I needed to work, and so I started my own business as an Interior Design Large Format Photographer. After a while, I went back to school again, this time for a certificate in Landscape Design. Over the years, I have pursued art and design with displays, exhibits, gardens, landscapes, and graphic arts.

The disciplines of all these arts add to a broad base of knowledge to pull from for shaping new techniques and ideas. Presently my focus takes two tracks: One path is "The Botanical Beauties and Beasties” with its whimsical art creatures and their community, called Botaniumaus.  The mantra of their land is Kindness: Kindness to self, each other and the Earth. Their purpose is to share this message with a big dollop of sustainability.  Created digitally. Created with a mission. Created with soul and heart. 

The other path is the sheer meditative joy of sketching, the overall process of creating, exploring creativity with digital tools and sharing it with others. 

Regardless of the path, the journey requires my camera, my computer, sometimes paints, and always my eyes, my heart, and my imagination. 


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