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UPDATE :  Public Determines Addition to Private  Media Art Collection

 
 
On Tuesday evening - April 24th - an art lecture included an unprecedented participatory twist.‎ Three screens outside the exhibition Glistening:Nature Mirrored in Video Art, featured  works by a young Venezuelan artist, Miguel Braceli.

 

Those attending Tom Stoner's talk about the evolution of his and his wife's collection were asked to weigh-in with their recommendations regarding which of the three Braceli's would best augment works shown in Glistening. Over half of those gathered posted their ballots on the bulletin board outside the show. The tally among 78 votes leaned slightly toward IRAZU, a performance intervention shot atop a volcano in Costa Rico. 

Stoner reflects:  

"Kitty and I are thrilled that the community deeply engaged in the collection showing at Maryland Hall. The topper was when so many were inspired to vote on which work should be next to enhance the collection.The enthusiasm for Irazu was the greatest but enough (voters) felt the three belong together that we have decided to add all three.Thanks to all‎!"

Reached with this news, in his studio in Caracas, the artist, who'd given his blessing to this unorthodox endeavor responded:‎ 

"Thanks to all who contributed ballots. Kudos to the Stoner's for their embrace of public input.  I am moved by your recognition that my works  interface with the themes in this exceptional collection. This imaginative process felt very near to the spirit  my art practice. It provided another way to connect people, experiences and ideas."

  

Braceli, (left to right) Area, Irazu 6, El Fin De Mer,

Braceli has received a Fulbright Fellowship he will serve at Maryland College of Art Institute, beginning this Fall. Glistening closes May 5th.

Ballot comments included reflections such as  :  

"We experience the beauty, the vastness, solitude + nurturing spirit of nature - comforting and anchoring in today's crazy, frantic and often frightening, disturbing world.‎" 

‎"... #2 captures the best of the three. But (in the procession depicted in #3 the desert seen as a beach)  ‎ Time and nature will reclaim the earth, after and in spite of the impact of human intervention‎.‎"

‎"Each draws out ideas in Glistening  - all strong,  elegant.‎"

 

Podcast: A Conversation with Tom Stoner: Maryland Hall's Exhibitions Coordinator, Emily Kohlenstein, talks with Tom Stoner about collecting time-based media and incorporating it into his home. Tom explains the relevance of nature, both, in his video-art collection and his foundation Nature Sacred (TKF Foundation) which supports green spaces in urban areas.

Related Programming
March 22-25: Outdoor Installation

Special outdoor video installation during the
Annapolis Film Festival featuring Kelly Richardson’s work (cover image) displayed at Maryland Hall.

Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm: Main Theatre
A Conversation with Tom Stoner: Gallery Talk and Screening

Tom Stoner will share the fun and challenges presented by collecting media art and present two special screenings: Travel, 1996-2013, by David Claerbout (Belgium) and Wooden Boulder, 1978-2003, by David Nash (UK).
Refreshments to follow in the galleries.
RSVP for A Conversation with Tom Stoner at exhibits@marylandhall.org

 

Exiles of the Shattered Star, 2006  Kelly Richardson

From the Collection of Kitty and Tom Stoner

Maryland Hall announces its first all-video exhibition and art-based collaboration with Annapolis Film Festival, Glistening:  Nature Mirrored in Video Art. 

Glimmers in the vastness of outer space, tide side shadows, sun drenched forests at dawn, and shifts prompted by seasonal cycles are among the inspirations for this selection of new media artworks from the collection of Tom and Kitty Stoner.

Explore how artists from around the world bring the glories of the great outdoors inside at installations in and around Maryland Hall galleries. 

Exhibition Curator Kelly Gordon reports, “The diversity of the Stoner Collection provides a lively primer for anyone curious about this flourishing dimension of recent art."

Tom and Kitty Stoner with Kelly Richardson's Exile of the Shattered Star, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

The Stoner's in their home with Jessica SteinKamp's Rapunzel, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

 


ABOUT KITTY AND TOM STONER

In 1983, Native Iowans with a zest for art, Tom and Kitty Stoner were drawn to Annapolis for its historical charm, warm-spirited community and, like many, the great sailing.

They surrounded themselves with works by leading 20th century sculptors, from Rodin to Goldberg, and cultivated a distinctive collection by assembling a cache of drawings by sculptors.

Parallel to this endeavor they established a foundation - TKF - to create nature-focused contemplative spaces that counter the dynamic of settings associated with high stress (naturescared.org).

Kitty and Tom Stoner, Photo by Maureen Porto Photography

They share a conviction that nature is a source for solace and reflection. This informs their philanthropic work as well as their art collection. Beginning in 2005, they shifted to encompass moving image art - video and digital creations.

Media art works are often frenetic and yet the Stoner's focus on acquisitions that celebrate nature and induce engaged meditation. Among the small tribe of those daring enough to collect video art work, few have integrated it as thoroughly into their home life style where it breathes side-by-side with their daily routines, at their threshold, in their hallways and even in their kitchen.

Mr. Stoner, who worked in the communications industry for 35 years, shares with Kitty an innate curiosity for the new and the next, and both exude youthful vigor. This outlook led them to a 21st century art that is driven by young and emerging artists.

 "What has surprised me most about building a media collection is the interactivity that exists between moving images and adjacent spaces. It's like on large conversation... especially if the collection is focused on its content. It will be thrilling for me and Kitty to share these compelling works with Annapolitans... even if it means a blank wall in the kitchen." - Tom Stoner

Last week the galleries were filled with students from the Bates Liberal Arts Band and PVA (Performing and Visual Arts)  classes. They were greeted by artist H.C. Porter whose traveling exhibition Blues @ Home: Mississippi's Living Blues Legends is showcased in both the Chaney and Martino Galleries through March 3.

Porter explained the culture of Blues music and its heritage from the state of Mississippi, the background of the Blues @ Home project including interviews and oral histories of each living legend, and the process and techniques of her work - starting as a photograph, transforming into a high-contrast silk-screen image, and finally becoming a mixed media painting with acrylic paint and prisma-color pencil.

    

The students all had an opportunity to use the audio wands provided and listened to the oral histories of the musicians. They spent time answering questions made up by their teachers. They engaged with the artist and asked questions about her work. Additionally, they reflected on how the work relates to what they are learning about in  class, whether it be the musical and performance aspect for the band students or the mixed media technique for the visual arts students. History takes part as well. We look forward to even more groups in the coming weeks.

   

It is great to see the community engaging with our galleries and we enjoy bringing students from various schools who have found relevance in their curriculum and what we are showcasing. If you are interested in setting up a time for your class (or other group) to visit the galleries and meet the artist please contact Emily Kohlenstein (Exhibitions Coordinator) at ekohlenstein@mdhallarts.org.

    

Maryland Hall has decided to retire its annual fundraising event, All That Art.  The 2017 auction was the 12th annual event.  

"The art auction has been a great event for Maryland Hall for many years,” says Donna Anderson, VP, of Marketing and Development.  “But staff and volunteers will focus instead on researching and planning potential new fundraising events to support our mission in 2019 as well as supporting and expanding our annual ArtFest Open House on April 8 and our 20th Arts Alive fundraising event on September 7th."

In the coming weeks and months, Maryland Hall will be reaching out to past art auction participants -- artists, donors, and sponsors -- to seek feedback and input on future arts-related events.  Thank you to the participating artists and to our sponsors and supporters for their commitment to Maryland Hall’s mission of “art for all.”  We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead.      

    

Start your Midnight Madness fun at Maryland Hall!

We will be holding a closing reception for our current exhibitions on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30 - 7 pm. Please join us for a FREE glass of wine while we celebrate our final exhibits of the year! Additionally, Artist-in-Residence, Patrice Drago, will be hosting a festive open studio on the third floor. She will be selling gift-sized art for the holidays - both abstract and… her beloved birds are back!​ 

Lindsay Pichaske will also be selling small festive ornaments outside of her studio. This is the perfect time to buy last minute holiday gifts that are local and handmade from our talented AIR's!

RSVP ahead of time for the closing reception and enter to win 2 free tickets to our Cirque Zuma Zuma performance on February 15th at 7:30 pm. Visit our Eventbrite page anytime before December 7th for a chance to win. The winner will be emailed information about their tickets on December 8th.

 

 

Busy Morning by Patrice Drago and a look at her festive studio ready for Dec. 7th visitors!

  

 In-progess handsculpted ornaments by Artist-in-Residence, Lindsay Pichaske

 

Purchase a Young Patron membership during the month of February and receive an  additional young patron membership free to share with a friend. Learn more about Young Patron memberships and join today.


 

Young Patron Happy Hour

 

Maryland Hall is hosting a free happy hour in the galleries on Thursday, February 23rd from 5-7 pm. This is an opportunity to view artwork, learn more about the Young Patrons, and enjoy wine from Great Frogs Winery. 

RSVP to the FREE Happy Hour Here. Those who RSVP in advance will be entered to win admission for 1 to the Sip and Paint with Kim Hovell on Thursday, March 2nd at Maryland Hall. 

 

Thank you to the Severn Town Club for underwriting this event; and Annapolis Ice Cream Company.  

Main Stage
Annapolis Opera’s Faust set

First Floor
Academy Ballet School of Annapolis demonstration Room 101 2-4 pm 
Ballet Theater of Maryland demonstration Room 102
Letter Press Demonstration - Bob Hardy Room 110
Pottery Open Studio demonstration Room 112
Pottery ‘seconds sale’ Room 114 
Joe Dickey - Woodturning Demonstration Room 119 1:00-4:00pm 
Glass and ‘seconds sale’ Room 117A
Hands-on Activity for Children Room 117B
Etching-Sigrid Trumpy Room 117C
Maple Academy of Irish Dance Performance Gym: 2 -3 pm 
Raku Pottery Rear Parking Lot: 1-4 pm 
Grand Opening:  Lighthouse Catering Eatery 
ArtReach - Jovenes Artistas Art Show Hallway Gallery  

Second Floor
AYAP and Jovenes Artistas demonstrations Room 200
Voice Sample Classes - Alina Kozinska, Peabody Room 201:  3-4 pm
Face Painting Room 205
Annapolis Film Festival Room 212: 2 -4 pm
Andree Tullier – Figure Drawing for Teens Demo Room 213: 1-2:30pm
Ric Conn- Painting in Gouache Demo Room 214 1-3 pm
Don Cook Show and Gallery Talk Chaney Gallery
Maggie Sansone Chaney Gallery 1-2 pm
Opera, Theatre

Third Floor
Face Painting Room 300
Belly Dancing demonstration Room 301:  2:30-3:30 pm
Belly Dancing Mini-workshop with Carmen Nolte Room 301: 3:30-4:00pm
Popcorn Room 303
Eileen Razzetti dance classes Room 306
Peabody-Harp Recital Room 308 1-1:45 pm

In the Galleries
Don Cook Show and Gallery Talk Chaney Gallery 
AIR Exhibition Martino and Openshaw Galleries
ArtReach - Jovenes Artistas Art Show Hallway Gallery

 

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.
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