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Second Saturday’s at the Artsway

Caroline County Council of Arts

Second Saturday’s at the Artsway
Saturday October 10, 2-4pm

The Foundry community art gallery will offer a pumpkin painting activity with Foundry artist, Barbara Donnon. Small pumpkins will be provided or bring a pumpkin or two for painting. This activity is free and open to all ages.

The Artsway is located on Fourth Street, between Market and Gay Streets in Denton. Demonstrations and activities from a variety of artists are typically held either at The Foundry community arts gallery (401 Market St.), FACES (7 N. Fourth St.) or at the Community Demonstration Garden (behind FACES next to the Town Municipal Parking Lot near Fourth and Gay streets). For more information please contact the Caroline County Council of Arts at 410-479-1009.

Finite and Alive, drawings by Rebecca Clark, on view at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—August 3, 2015)

Reception to meet the artist is Saturday, August 15, 2015

Finite and Alive, Rebecca Clark’s show of new drawings, is filled with wonder and curiosity about the natural world coupled with a poignant sense of loss. On view through Oct. 2 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, this Hyattsville artist’s exquisite drawings of birds and animals are remarkable for both their skill and their sensitivity. There will be a reception on Sat., Aug. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

Wings angled and strong against the air rushing past them, beak razor sharp, eye clear and bright, Clark’s “Kestrel 1” is the very image of the speed and unrelenting focus of a bird of prey. It’s rare these days to find an artist who has the technical ability and patience to draw so beautifully. Clark’s attention to detail is scrupulous. Every muscle of the kestrel’s compact body is engaged and every intricately patterned feather precisely angled for swiftness and accuracy.

“I’ve been an artist my whole life and studied art and art history,” Clark said. “But it wasn’t until I took a botanical illustration course at the Corcoran College of Art with Leslie Exton that I really learned how to draw. She taught us very particular techniques, and it opened up a whole new world for me.”

Clark draws primarily in graphite, making full use of the nuances of her pencils, but occasionally, she introduces touches of color to focus on a detail or enrich her subject. In “Worlds without End,” she uses varied hues of red to highlight the subtle relationships and contrasts between the colors of rose hips and the feathers of a pair of cardinals. Borrowing its title from Allen Ginsberg’s desolate lament on the nature of contemporary life, “Howl” is a riveting drawing of a howling coyote with a tiny patch of angry red deep in the shadows of its open mouth.

Luscious and tactile, Clark’s drawings of oyster shells were created especially for this show at Adkins Arboretum and acknowledge its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Fascinated by their varied shapes and sizes, she drew the oyster shells’ graceful contours and sketched in their subtle colors with colored pencil, watercolor, pastel and oil pastel.

“The oysters are just so symbolic of my childhood in Annapolis and on the Chesapeake Bay. I collected and drew them way back,” she explained. “I also wanted to draw attention to them because of their dwindling population and their crucial value to the health of the Bay. Plus, I’m so mesmerized by their subtle beauty—the concentric rings and build-up of growth, the irregularities, the vibrant colors and iridescence and the stains from algae and bay residue. They’ve been incredibly fun to make.”

Clark’s oysters, as well as her animals and birds, are drawn absent of any background. Their isolation on the stark white of the paper emphasizes the rich textures and forms of their shells, fur or feathers and the pure sense of aliveness of each one. But curiously, it also creates an eerie feeling of separateness.

No living being can exist without its natural environment. Surrounding these creatures with empty space, Clark creates an underlying tension. The creatures she depicts are imperiled, cut off from the environments that created and sustained them. In doing this, she intimates not only the effects of pollution, habitat loss and climate change on individual species but, even more significantly, the loss of human consciousness of our intimate connections with the delicate balance of life on earth.

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Oct. 2 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.


Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Meet Local author Margie Harding at North County Branch Library

Caroline County Library
July 9, 2015

Local author Margie Harding will share her colorful and playful books for children at the Caroline County Public Library’s North County Branch in Greensboro on Monday, July 27 at 11 am.

Copies of her books Here on the Farm, Juice Jam Jelly, and Deep in the City will be available for purchase.

For more information, please call 410-482-2173.

Chestertown’s First “Bloomsday” Promises Literary Fun, Food and Music based on One June Day in James Joyce’s Dublin

Editor Note: A great literary event just a few miles from Caroline County in Chestertown

Chestertown Bloomsday

The daylong celebration mimics the fictional events that take place June 16, 1904, in the groundbreaking modernist novel Ulysses.


James Joyce fans and curious novices up for a literary adventure can join the global celebration of the Irish author’s modernist masterpiece Ulysses when Chestertown’s first Bloomsday celebration unfolds Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Starting with an Irish-themed breakfast, the daylong event includes a talk by a Joyce expert, local talents reading excerpts from the book, Irish music, and a Fish ’n Chips dinner. Culminating the day will be a dramatic performance of the book’s final chapter, Molly Bloom’s famous stream-of conscious soliloquy, performed by Washington College theater professor Michele Volansky from a bed on High Street. With the exception of the food offerings, all events are free.

The new event is the brainchild of two Chestertown residents: Kelly Castro, an artist and arts advocate who co-teaches a Washington College course on the creative process, and Joseph Flanagan, deputy state’s attorney for Kent County. Castro says their inspiration first struck five years ago, when she and Flanagan discovered they were both working their way through Ulysses. The two discussed organizing a Bloomsday event, but put the idea on the back burner because of full schedules. This past April, Flanagan suggested the moment had come.

Community members with theatrical or literary expertise readily signed up to read or perform excerpts from the novel throughout the day. They include Jim Dissette, Jim Landskroener, Bob Ortiz, Judy Kohl, Andy Goddard, Skip and Catherine Bushby, and Jay Alexander. Washington College faculty and staff participating in the day include V.P. for Finance Mark Hampton, Starr Center director Adam Goodheart, and English professors James Hall and Elizabeth O’Connor. O’Connor, an expert on James Joyce, will offer a mid-morning lecture on the author and the importance of Ulysses in literary history. Castro’s husband, Alex Castro, director of the College’s SANDBOX initiative, has contributed his graphic design talents.

Written in 1922 and first published serially in a literary magazine, Ulysses was subject to censorship and harsh criticism before achieving its cult-like status in the literary world. The novel is considered the defining work of modernist literature with its mix of literary styles and devices, stream of consciousness dialogue and overall inventiveness.

Bloomsday celebrations are based on the fact that the novel takes place on one day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland, as it follows the lives of main character Leopold Bloom and numerous residents. In Dublin and other cities across the world, Joyce devotees now stage readings, enactments, meals, pub crawls and other events that mimic scenes from the book.

“Chestertown Bloomsday is a fun and easy way to gain an appreciation for Ulysses. This is an experiment to see if Bloomsday, with its trademark mix of education, fun and community might become an annual event in Chestertown,” says Castro, who is also executive director of the newly formed nonprofit Air.C (Artists in Residence in Chestertown). “The community’s feedback will be extremely important.”

Schedule of events, Chestertown Bloomsday, Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Irish Breakfast and Chapter One reading. The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel, 208 High Street, serves an Irish breakfast with local talents Jim Landskroener, Mark Hampton and others reading from the first chapter of Ulysses, “Telemachus.” “Come watch our booming Buck Mulligan lather and shave as he starts his day,” says Castro. Ticketed event, $20 per person plus a cash Bloody Mary bar. Space limited; to reserve, call The Kitchen at the Imperial at 410-778-5000.

10:45 to 11:15 a.m., Ulysses lecture by Joyce expert Elizabeth O’Connor, assistant professor of English at Washington College. O’Connor will explain the enduring appeal and significance of the novel. Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street. Free.

11:15 a.m. to Noon, Readings from Chapter Four, “Calypso.” Garfield Center for the Arts. Free.

Noon to 12:30 p.m., Readings crawl up High Street, featuring Chapter 10, “Wandering Rocks,” part one. Free.

12:30 to 2:00 p.m., JR’s Pub, 337 High Street, Irish music by the Mainstay’s Tom McHugh. Readings from Chapter 11, “The Sirens.” Admission free. Lunch available by individual order.

2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Chapter 10 “Wandering Rocks” readings crawl, part two, continues to The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street. Free.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m., The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street, a variety of readings. Free.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Lawyer’s Row, off High Street (adjacent to the Garfield Center), Fish ‘n Chips dinner catered by the Fish Whistle restaurant (dinners individually priced), cold beer, music, casual readings.

7:00 to 8:00 p.m., outside the former Imperial Hotel, 208 High Street, performance of Chapter 18, “Penelope.” Michele Volansky, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Washington College, will perform Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy from a bed installed in the street in front of the former hotel building. Free.

Bloomsday in Chestertown is made possible with support of the Kent County Arts Council, and the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit the Chestertown Bloomsday Facebook page, and the Garfield Center web site at

Exciting Summer Reading programs coming up at the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library
June 9, 2015

Don’t miss all the free fun at your Caroline County Public Library this summer!

Magic comes to the library on June 25, as Mike Rose brings his comedy magic presentation to two of our branches! See him at our North County Greensboro Branch at 11:00am. Can’t get enough magic? Follow him to our Federalsburg Branch at 2:00pm for an encore show!

Then on June 29, 11:00am, at our Central Library in Denton, the Single Carrot Theatre presents Rumpled, a fractured fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. Join the fun and become part of the show; they encourage audience participation!

For more information about all of our Summer Reading programming, please call 410-479-1343 or visit All programs are FREE; no registration required.

Mana Saxophone Quartet to Perform Forest Music June 12, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD — May 12, 2015)

Adkins Arboretum joins with the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Fri., June 12 when Mana Saxophone Quartet performs Forest Music. Positioning themselves in various places in the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of each other, these innovative musicians will respond to each other’s playing in a musical conversation that winds through the trees. Following the forest performance, they will give a brief concert in the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Mana Quartet - Promotional Photo

Mana Saxophone Quartet – Promotional Photo

Championed by Chamber Music Magazine as “Saxophone Ambassadors,” the Mana Quartet has presented fresh interpretations of twenty-first-century repertoire and many virtually unheard-of twentieth-century masterworks since its inception in 2007. Using vintage instruments built to the specifications of the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, Mana’s passionate presentations offer audiences a chance to view the saxophone in a new light—a striking aesthetic characterized by intrinsic warmth, dynamic range of character and absolute versatility. Mana redefines the saxophone quartet and the saxophone’s place in classical music.

In 2009, Mana Quartet became the first saxophone quartet in history to receive the coveted Grand Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, quickly elevating them to the professional chamber music arena. Since then, the group has taken on a growing list of residencies at major music festivals and universities, as well as countless community outreach concerts and events throughout the United States and Europe. Mana is repeatedly featured on NPR’s Performance Today, with orchestras across North America in featured concerto appearances, and maintains a high profile on the chamber circuit.

Mana is currently the Resident Chamber Ensemble at the National Music Festival, held May 31 to June 13 in Chestertown.

This program is free. Gallery seating for the Visitor’s Center concert is limited; early registration is highly recommended. Register for Forest Music at, or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.


Caroline County Library Card Design Contest!

Caroline County Public Library
May 5, 2015

How do you turn your artwork into everyone’s favorite accessory? Put it on their library card, of course!

Artists of all ages are invited to submit their designs for the Caroline County Public Library’s two new library cards, one for adults and one for children.

Entry forms, templates and guidelines are available at any Caroline County Public Library location, on our website,, and through Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.

Paper entries may be submitted at any library location. Email digital entries to

The deadline for submission is May 30, 3:00 pm.

For more information, visit our website or call 410-479-1343, Ext. 1.

Shore Shakespeare Brings The Comedy of Errors to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—April 14, 2015)

Celebrate spring with one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies in one of the Eastern Shore’s most bucolic settings. Bring a friend! Bring a picnic! Prepare to be dazzled when Shore Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum.

Long one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and his first big hit, The Comedy of Errors weaves the tale of two sets of twins and their adventures when one set arrives in Ephesus, unknown to and unaware of the other. Confusion reigns and hilarity ensues as the twins come face-to-face. Shakespeare combines adventure, sparkling wit and glorious language to present a clever and popular comedy of human blindness, folly, romance and suspense. Broadway fans will recognize the story as the basis for the smash Rogers & Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse.

The production is directed by Greg Minahan, a longtime Broadway performer and a writer and director of numerous musical plays for children. Minahan portrayed Mercutio in Shore Shakespeare’s 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet.

Performances are Fri. and Sat., May 1 and 2 at 6 p.m. and Sun., May 3 at 3 p.m. in the Arboretum’s stunning South Meadow. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and may be reserved at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext 0. Information about the production is also available at

Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre group established to present the classic works of the theatrical repertoire and to encourage its audiences to support local community theatre all over the Shore.

Flyer: Shore Shakespeare at Adkins Arbortum - May 1-3, 2015

Quoting Nature, Works by Erin Murphy, on View at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
March 31, 2015

Quoting Nature, Works by Erin Murphy, on View at Adkins Arboretum
Public reception is Saturday April 4, 2015

Erin Murphy finds worlds within a patch of sunlight or shadow. On view through May 29 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Quoting Nature, her show of paintings, drawings and monoprints, draws the viewer into deep, atmospheric space. There will be a reception on Sat., April 4, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

Murphy’s works are full of sensuous, subtle colors and rich textures. Inspired by landscapes from Baltimore to South Africa, her poetic abstractions often hint at vast swaths of sky and earth but might just as easily be intimate close-ups. Mysteriously shining through velvety shades of darkest blue, the luminous radiance of “The Field,” a large monoprint, suggests a twilight sky above a meadow and distant tree line, but it could be many other things.

A young artist who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2011 with a BFA in painting, Murphy is an avid hiker and traveler with a fascination for varied landscapes. She studied at MICA’s Summer Study in Sorrento, Italy, and at Central Saint Martin’s College, University of the Arts London and has had artist residencies at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., and the Bijou Studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

While studying at MICA, Murphy made copies of Old Masters paintings, a practice she sometimes still uses when she’s looking for inspiration. In working on these close studies of major works of art by artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, J. M. W. Turner and John Singer Sargent, she would often find herself fascinated by a small area of a painting and use it as a jumping off point for creating her own painting. This is the same process she uses when working from nature.

“I take in bits of sky or patches of light streaming through the trees or filtering onto a crumbling rock face into darkness,” she explained. “I try to isolate that moment, which is abstract but very alive. I’m an extreme editor of nature.”

Murphy’s works imply thresholds into subtle worlds of changing shadow and light. These are images of possibility and revelation. A brushy streak of bright yellow flashes across the lush brown surface of “Glimmer,” a small oil painting created while Murphy lived in Baltimore. It is as if in a moment, a sunbeam, an open door or a huge mountain will come into focus.

Occasionally, Murphy’s titles refer to specific places. In “Mist on Table Mountain,” a raw pigment drawing made during her residency in Cape Town, a curl of blue-white edges over the top of a dark triangle in a reference to the mist that can often be seen flowing over the dramatic horizontal peak of the mountain that soars up behind the city.

“There wouldn’t be any cloud cover,” Murphy said, “and it would literally be the mist pouring over the mountain. They say that’s how you can tell a storm is coming.”

Currently living in Nashville, Tenn., Murphy uses her artistic skills in her day job creating window displays for Anthropologie while pursuing her studio work at Fort Houston, a communal creative work space for artists and craftsmen that features a print shop, wood shop, photography studio and other facilities. Adding to her skills in painting and printmaking, she is learning woodworking techniques there and constructed her own frames for the works in the show.

“I feel like it hones my observation skills to take on a new project in a new space,” she said, “And I’m excited to think about what my work will look like in a year!”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through May 29 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 for gallery hours.


Hometown Teams Exhibit Grand Opening: April 4, 2015

Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum
March 2015

The Federalsburg Historical Society is proud to announce the Hometown Teams traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution entitled How Sports Shape America. This amazing interactive exhibit can be seen at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum from April 4 to May 23, 2015. The society is collaborating with the Smithsonian, the Maryland Humanities Council, WIN Transport, and the Caroline Board of Education to bring this exhibit to Federalsburg, the only location on the Eastern Shore to host it; it is sponsored by the Star Democrat, WBOC TV, and the Caroline County Library.

Exhibit times at the museum are as follows:

Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am until 4 pm.
Fridays from 10 am until 7 pm.
Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.
Closed on Sundays.

Docents will take visitors through the exhibit.

Representatives from the Maryland Humanities Council will speak on April 4, the opening day. Local dignitaries are expected to be present including the Caroline County commissioners, the Federalsburg Mayor and the Town Council. The Colonel Richardson High School band will also be on hand. Refreshments will be served.

The Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum is located on Covey & Williams Alley (behind Town Hall) in Federalsburg. Ample free parking is available near the museum. For further information, call Richard Wheatley at 443-786-1614.