Arts Alive 17 was the most successful fundraising event in the history of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA), grossing more than $205,000.  Proceeds from the event will fund Maryland Hall’s mission to “art for all” to more than 100,000 people of all ages in our community. 

The theme for the event, which took place on Friday, September 11, was “Swing for the Arts.”  The event began in a “tent under the stars” on Maryland Hall’s front driveway with a sizeable silent auction and tasting stations featuring food and drinks donated by 22 local restaurants, caterers and hotels.  Following the silent auction, guests moved inside to Maryland Hall’s newly-renovated theatre for swing and jazz music by the Craig Gildner Big Band and a live auction and a paddle raise in support of Maryland Hall’s Outreach Program.   

More than 500 people attended the event, including guests of 37 sponsors who donated between $1,500 and $10,000 in support of Maryland Hall.  Guests included Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, Representative John Sarbanes, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, State Senators John Astle and Ed Reilly and Former Maryland First Lady Frances Glendening. 

“We could not have raised these vital funds without the generous donations from 150+ local businesses, organizations and restaurants who contributed valuable goods and services to the event,” said Linnell Bowen, MHCA President.  “We are also thankful to our 100+ Arts Alive volunteers, led by Event Co-Chairs Barbara Jackson and Lisanna Gardiner, for their time, energy and enthusiasm.”   

Proceeds from Arts Alive help underwrite Maryland Hall’s 2015-2016 season of performances, exhibitions, outreach and education activities that will positively impact the lives of thousands of people in our community.

 

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Biography

Neil Harpe is a painter and printmaker. He approaches his work through a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, graphite, lithography and intaglio printmaking (etching). He often combines several of these approaches in a single work. Harpe is particularly well known for his marine art: workboats, lighthouses, and watermen. However, his works cover a wide range of subjects including landscapes, figures, automobiles, airplanes, and music subjects such as his “Blues Singers” series and “Guitar Portrait” series.

Neil graduated from the four year program at the Corcoran School of Art in 1969, with a major in graphics and minor in painting. He received a BFA in multi-media from Maryland Institute College of Art and earned his MFA in printmaking from George Washington University. He spent three semesters as a visiting graduate student at the University of Maryland, working under the tutelage of abstract artist and master lithographer Tadeusz Lapinski.

While earning an MFA at George Washington University, Neil’s thesis advisor and former drawing instructor was realist artist Frank Wright. His association with Professor Wright had a major influence on Harpe’s later near “photo-realist” work. After earning his MFA, Neil produced more than three dozen editions of Chesapeake Bay themed Mylar lithographs, most of which were done in collaboration with Mel Hunter at Atelier North Star in Burlington,Vermont.

Harpe has recently revisited an earlier style of painting with a series of abstract acrylic paintings reflective of the non-objective work he did as an undergraduate at the Corcoran, while studying painting with “Washington Color School” artist Thomas Downing and new media with Ed McGowin. After receiving his MFA, Neil returned to the Corcoran where he set up their pilot lithography program. During his time at the Corcoran, Harpe made the acquaintance of other prominent Washington artists such as Gene Davis, Paul Reed, Jack Perlmutter, and Bill Newman.

Neil was an instructor at Northern Virginia Community College for seven years where he taught Graphic Skills, Drawing I, Design I, Design II (Theory of Color) and Printmaking. He also taught Plate Lithography at the University of Maryland’s University College and Stone Lithography at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Harpe’s lithographs were included in the "Art in the Embassies Program" of the U.S. State Dept. and displayed at U.S. Embassies throughout the globe. His art work is in many private and corporate collections, including the permanent collection of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Beverly Robinson Collection of Naval & Marine Art, Calvert Marine Museum, and Westinghouse. A series of Harpe’s abstract images based on mathematical proofs are on permanent display at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) has installed a dual electric car charging station for electric car visitors.  Patrons visiting Maryland Hall for concerts, classes, gallery visits, meetings and community events can plug-in their cars at any time (for free) as the charging station is operational 24/7. 
 
The charging unit is located in the north parking lot behind Maryland Hall. EV drivers can charge quickly without having to sign up for a membership. In addition, PlugShare, the most widely used smart phone application, will allow EV drivers to charge using this popular app without restriction.
 
The SemaConnect charger has been installed as part of the on-going five-year $18 million Capital Campaign to modernize and expand Maryland Hall.  This charging station capability provides an important opportunity to add an environmentally green capability as part of the renewal of this Maryland Historical Trust (circa 1932) former high school. The installation and start-up of this project was funded by capital campaign contributions from environmentally conscience donors.  The Maryland Energy Administration also provided financial support under the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Rebate Program.

Put Paint on Canvas

My drawing teacher in college was rather eccentric and spent a large part of every class spouting advice to his students.  About half of that advice was about art and the rest concerned our life choices as budding adults. Often our ears would be bleeding whilst we struggled to focus on and translate the perfect curve of our inner nostrils during portraiture. In retrospect, I think he enjoyed watching the confusion on our faces as we tried to digest his seemingly sage-like, nonsensical words of wisdom. Not much of what I learned in college has been retained even these 10 years later. One lesson, however, I recall everyday and owe to that strange teacher; he told us to “put mark on paper.” By these four words, he simply meant for us to work, whether we wanted or not. We were pushed to be productive no matter what may try to forestall us: lack of inspiration, stress, tiredness, lack of direction, lack of confidence. . .  The list of distractions could go on forever. His point, if I may presume to expand upon it, is that we have a certain amount of time to do the things we really want to do and an endless queue of things we could be doing instead. 

I do something creative every day. I put brush to canvas, pencil to paper, or torch to metal when I’m feeling good about my direction or when I’m completely lost. It’s easy when I’m feeling inspired and downright painful when I’m not motivated. When I’m done, I’m either further along on my work or I’m dead-sure that my path lies in the opposite direction of what I just completed. Working every day makes failure easier to accept and overcome, and it helps keep me connected to my work and confident about my abilities. There is nothing more intimidating to an artist than a set of tools that have gathered dust from neglect. 

Have I made mistakes with this philosophy? So many! Have I ruined paintings? Not sure. I’ve certainly become familiar with the words “artwork in crisis.” For me, the process is the best part of the excursion and the finished piece is the product, the legacy if you will, of the effort. My best advice for myself and for anyone at all is to make a mark, everyday.          -Kate Osmond

Progression photos of Kate Osmond's work

Studio Tour with AIR Kate Osmond

 

Left to right:  Ariel views of her work; different bodies of work.

    

Below left to right:  Finished work; Kate's studio
     

Bottom left to right:  works in progress; close up of Osmond's Waterfront work
    

 

An Interview with Kate Osmond

What are the primary materials that you use?  

For painting I typically do large-scale paintings on canvas and I have been starting to incorporate the use of 24 karat gold leaf. For my sculpture works I use copper and steel welding and brazing. I have to work from home for my sculptural work because it is a fire hazard here. 

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

The work I most wish I had made is probably Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World because of his use of perspective. The viewer is both looking down on this woman and is also directly next to her. The feeling of isolation the woman brings fascinates me.

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

The process. I am only concerned about the process. And, I never know when a work is finished! 

What is your ideal creative activity?

That would probably be climbing around construction sites.

Which artists do you most admire?

J.M.W. Turner and Andrew Wyeth are two of my favorite painters.

What is your creative ambition?

A creative ambition of mine…. Well, I would love to one day create a giant free children’s museum.

What are your habits? What patterns do you repeat?

I travel a lot with my family. I guess that’s a pattern! There is also a lot of pattern repetition in my sculptural work.

 

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.

Analogous is a series of site-specific works and photographic experiments that investigate the current state of photography. The works in this series make use of materials that have become increasingly obsolete in photographic practice, such as grey cards, instant film and obscure darkroom tools. By repurposing these objects, the project addresses photography’s past with reverence, while at the same time acknowledging its digital future. Also included in this project are two collaborative pieces with artist Todd Forsgren that delve into issues of art history education and the transition to digital archives in the arts.

I want to thank Maryland Hall and Sigrid Trumpy in particular for having the courage to put up shows they know are not going to sell work.  There are a plethora of private galleries in Annapolis that reinforce the cities’ reputation for having an un-evolved art scene.  What I have discovered in Annapolis is a small but sophisticated audience of people that crave more engaging art.  As an art center and not a private gallery, Maryland Hall has a duty to put up more challenging art exhibitions and thankfully they are rising to that challenge more and more of late.  I also think it is critical for artists in the community to fight the urge to make artwork that they think will sell in Annapolis.  It would be impossible to hold galleries in this town to higher standards if the artists themselves are feeding them derivative art.  Monet did a great job of being Monet all by himself.  And his art was cutting edge at the time he made it.  I think we owe it to ourselves, as a community, to foster the same type of cutting edge spirit for ourselves!

-Matthew Moore

 
Art history slides from AACC.
 
​Art History Slides repurposed for Matt's show Analogous.
 
Art History Slides that were saved by Matt Moore for his latest show.
 
Matt Moore in his studio at Maryland Hall.
 
Matt Working on 'Rose Window' for his show 'Analogous' at Maryland Hall.
 
Final Product of Matt Moore and Todd Forsgren's 'Rose Window' in their show 'Analogous'​.
 
Light trickling thorugh Matt Moore and Todd Forsgren's 'Rose Window' at Maryland Hall's Martino Gallery.
 
'Rose Window' giving the Martino Gallery a stained glass effect on the floor.
 
 
 

For more information about Matt, visit his 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.

Maryland Hall Artist-in-Residence Matt Moore takes you on a tour of her studio in Studio 312A.

Testing out work for his exhibition Analogous​ on display in the Martino Gallery now.

 

Photo slide panel for his exhibition Analogous​.

 

For more information about Matt, visit his 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.

Over the weekend, members of a street artists group called Urban Walls Brazil took over the first floor hallway at Maryland Hall. They transformed the blank hallways into beautiful works of art. If you haven't seen their work yet, we highly recommend you stop by Maryland Hall to check it out. Below are some before, during and after photos.

Click here to see more photos of the murals.

 

About Urban Walls Brazil

Urban Walls Brazil is the brainchild of art lover, Roberta Pardo. Born out of a traveling exhibition that made its way to Washington D.C., NYC, Annapolis and Sao Paulo, Urban Walls Brazil has grown into an ongoing Urban Art project that has unlimited potential.

Through murals and workshops, Urban Walls Brazil creates an exchange between cultures and opens the market between the United States and Brazil. Roberta houses the Brazilan artists through her residency program, where they are able to interact with local artists and work on community art projects.

Native of Brazil with dual citizenship, Roberta Pardo has lived in Maryland for the last 13 years, She spent most of her youth traveling the world and can speak 6 languages. Prior to focusing on art, Roberta was an international horse rider and trainer, competing for her native country and in numerous international competitions. Roberta’s background is in Industrial Design and Fine Arts. Her education includes FAAP (Fundacao Armando Alvez Penteado) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her great passion is Street Art for its connection between art and environment. 

Website: www.urbanwallsbrazil.com

President of Maryland Hall, Linnell Bowen, recently sat down with Comcast's Elena Russo to discuss upcoming performances, classes and exhibitions at Maryland Hall. Click the video below to watch the full interview. 

 

A Connection in Clay artist Hank Murrow will host a gallery talk and slide presentation in the Chaney Gallery on Thursday, October 1 from 5:30–7 pm. 

About Hank Murrow


 

My three younger brothers and I endured a Jesuit education which was classical, vigorous, and abstract; so I was a sitting duck for the simultaneous encounter with Bob James and clay at the U. of Oregon in 1958. I was ripe for the idea of developing something from raw materials to an object transformed by the fire. At my first review, Bob turned over each piece to carefully regard the bottom before he looked at the rest of it; and I marveled, 'Hey, there's more to this than I thought!' ... which has continued to be true for 58 years.

David Stannard joined the faculty as I was beginning graduate work, and his gorgeous pots and profound understanding of materials perfectly balanced Bob's commitment to subject matter enfolded in rich metaphor. Together, they created an atmosphere of inquiry in the studio which encouraged us to share and learn from each other while remaining alert to our own calling. I was also very lucky to participate in six-week-long workshops with both Shoji Hamada and Michael Cardew; and to work alongside Jane Heald in our wonderful PotShop in Venice, California.

After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967, I went to Mexico to work for an art center in La Paz, Baja California. I married Bev Wickstrom in 1969 and took up a teaching post at Ohio University with George Kokis. During 1970-73 I was teaching at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado with Brad Reed. Bev and I returned to Eugene in 1974, where she began working for the University; while I divided my time between developing kiln designs and work in my studio there.

Back in 1969 some students from my pottery class and I were visiting the art history prof at his home and studio, when I noticed a box on a side table. I asked what was in it and he said, 'You can open it......if you do it over the carpet'. Inside the beautiful box was a brocaded cloth bag, & inside the bag was a teabowl with a lumpy white & orange glaze. At first I thought it might be rough, but once I got it into my hands I was seduced by its comforting texture and light weight. The pits inside the bowl held tiny pockets of bright green from its use as a teabowl. I asked what it was and he said, 'Shino........four hundred years old.' Well, I put it back in the bag and the box, but never out of my mind, chasing it ever since! 

About the Exhibit

A Connection in Clay - In Pursuit of Craft is an invitational show of American potters displaying how skills are transferred through lessons taught from master to student.  This partnership in pursuit of craft has been ongoing from the time where firing of ceramics was the high technology, traveling through the industrial revolution and into today’s art and craft movements.  

We invited emerging artists and their mentor. Also current masters (who named their mentors and influences) together with artists they are influencing in the next generation of studio potters.  The show displays the story of this ongoing dialog between potters and their relationship in craft.

The current studio pottery in America movement owes a great deal to Bernard Leach (1887-1979), Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) and Soestsu Yanagi (1889-1961).  As Michael Webb in his book, Introduction to Bernard Leach, Hamada & Their Circle stated, “The meeting of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1919 … started ripples which are still widening today and which may be considered one of the crucial events in twentieth century ceramic history.”  Leach, an Englishman, and Hamada, a like-minded Japanese potter friend, discovered pottery in Japan early in the twentieth century and devoted their lives to utilitarian pottery as an art form.  

Our show illustrates the diverse product from this connection in clay of Hamada and Leach and the interconnections of the potters in this exhibit. For example, Jeff Oestreich was encouraged by Warren MacKenzie to apprentice with Leach at St. Ives, which Jeff did starting 1968 and Jeff is one of the current pillars of the American mingei philosophy of utilitarian beauty today.  Another is Hank Murrow who in the sixties studied with Shoji Hamada for a shorter period of time; the Eastern influence is present in his work. 

Not everyone could have personally studied or apprenticed with Hamada or Leach, but the strength of the tradition, and the passing of knowledge and skills continues. We can see it in the connections between Chris Gustin and Seth Rainville, between Matthew Hyleck and Camilla Ascher and Missy Steele at Baltimore Clayworks (one of the important national centers for ceramics in the US), between Dale Huffman and Justin Rothshank and Missy Steele, between Matt Kelleher and Kenyon Hansen, and between Gail Kendall and Joseph Pintz. Many other connections take place; between Chris Gustin, one of the original founders of the Watershed Center in Maine, and Elizabeth Kendall the current president of the board of Watershed Center.  Even this exhibit can form connections in clay between you and the potters.

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Biography

David Lawton is currently the president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and a past president of the Maryland Pastel Society. He has studied here and abroad, with the most notable being the Art Students League in New York. In addition he has had the opportunity to study with some of today’s finest artist such as Cedric Egeli and Albert Handell.

David divides his time between Oils and Pastels knowing that each has its own unique attributes. David currently teaches at AACC focusing on pastel and plein air painting.
David strives to see the beauty in the most simplistic of subjects and thus he tries to capture the essence of his subject in as direct and straightforward manner as possible. Knowing what to eliminate is as important to David as what he chooses to include in his paintings.  

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