Fall Exhibit Showcases Diverse Artistry

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts invites the public to an exhibit featuring fine artist Ann Harlan, multi-media artist Susan Mayberry and abstract artist Caroline Weiss. The exhibit begins Friday, September 14th, with a “Members’ Best” reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Ann Harlan has had a passion for the arts since she was young and says creating art is “her spirit’s song”. She lives with her husband in Centreville, where she paints out of her own studio. She began her education in Fine Arts at Ohio University and continued her studies at the University of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in Art Education. She also enjoyed her work as an art teacher which allowed her to share her love of artistic expression with others.

Susan Mayberry brings a variety of artistic skills to the Centre; including oil painting, sea glass mosaics and interior decorating. She began her work in the Washington D.C. area after graduating from the University of Maryland with a double major in Art and Art History. Many of her pieces are inspired from the landscape and creatures of the Chesapeake Bay, harvesting materials that she gathers from local beaches. Now a resident of the Eastern Shore, Susan runs a decorative painting business from her studio in Queenstown.

Linnie (Caroline) Weiss is a native Annapolitan. She began her interest in art as a young child, learning from her grandmother who was working as a professional artist. She and her husband moved to Centreville in 2000. She has studied with numerous artists including Marie Linnekin, Donna Baspaly, Anne Baldwin, Gwen Fox, and Stephen Quiller. She also utilized her artistic abilities as a career interior designer for more than 20 years. Her paintings are mainly abstract, which she describes as a way to “allow viewers the freedom to create their own stories.

Second Saturday on tap in downtown Cambridge

Brand new store, free gallery receptions, late shopping hours with special sales, and much more

September’s Second Saturday festivities in Cambridge on Sept. 8 promise an evening of fun gallery hopping, great shopping, fine dining, and live music along four adjacent blocks of the downtown area. Many shops of all kinds, art galleries, and artist studios will be staying open late for the popular monthly event, which starts at 5 pm and also features dining and entertainment at restaurants in the downtown area.

Shops will be showcasing just-arrived fall merchandise and offering great closeout deals on summer inventories. Most discounts and other special promotions are available in the shops not just in the evening, but all day long.  Be sure to stop by downtown's newest shop, Choptank Charlie's Emporium, at 516 Poplar Street. The shop offers everything from window treatments to tuxedo rentals to gifts.

Art lovers will be able to enjoy meet-the-artist receptions and enjoy free refreshments as they make the rounds of the galleries.

CBMM offers woodworking, new boat shop programs

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD has announced a new fall series of programs in the museum’s boat shop. The public programs begin September 14 and continue through November 23, with limited space and pre-registration needed.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop program takes place on September 14 and 28, October 26, and November 9 and 23, and invites members of the public to work on a small woodworking project of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project. Participants will receive the advice and guidance of an experienced shipwright and woodworker and can expect assistance with CBMM’s machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project. Small-scale projects could include plans for a small gift, frames, furniture, models, artwork, and more. The Friday Open Boat Shop program runs from 5:30-8:30pm and costs $20 per session for CBMM members and $30 per session for non-members. Space is limited with pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm, Woodcuts with Kevin Garber offers the opportunity to meet the master printmaker as he demonstrates and discusses the proper techniques for duplicating a print from an early 1960s Philip McMartin wood cut. Garber’s work can be found in the Kemper Art Museum and Island Press at Washington University, as well as in collections throughout the country, including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City, and in CBMM’s new exhibit, Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats. The cost is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members, with space limited and pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941.

Plein Air–Easton! Photography Competition Exhibits Opens Sept. 7 at Christine-Daniels Gallery

Winning photographs from the 2012 Plein Air–Easton! Photography Contest will be exhibited at the Christine-Daniels Gallery in downtown Easton during the month of September.

The Plein Air–Easton! Photography Competition attracted photographers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Prominent Maryland photographer Mike Morgan judged the contest and selected the winners from more than 250 entries. Prizes were announced at an awards ceremony held on August 16.

Winners are as follows . . .

BEST IN SHOW         Charles Riter, Easton MD                                “Sunrise at the Wharf”

Second Place               Coleman Sellers IV, Centreville MD                “Flying Cloud”

Third Place                 Nancy O. Henry, McDaniel MD                                  “Evening Walk in St. Michaels”          

Honorable Mention    Leslie Sinclair, Rehoboth Beach DE                “St. Michaels Vignette”


Coleman SellersThe Dorchester Center for the Arts will feature three artists in its galleries in August. Featured will be Coleman Sellers (left): Paintography; Heidi Clark: Mixed Media Abstracts; and Patricia Spitaleri: Abstracts.  The exhibit is sponsored by Wallace & Associates.

The show will run August 2-25. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, August 11, 6-8 p.m., with live music and light refreshments.



One advantage of being a rural art center is that the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) has the freedom to showcase younger artists, giving opportunities that may not be available to them in larger markets.  Such is the case with an upcoming performance and a gallery show, both scheduled at DCA in July.

On Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m., Tien Nguyen will present a concert in the main Gallery. An outstanding vocalist and extremely gifted with the guitar, Tien is a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore. He is a singer/songwriter and at the age of 25 is already a world traveler. His voice is not to be missed - a smoky, soaring tenor - paired with stirring guitar rhythms, evoking the backdrop of the California coastline. Tien's stories of love, loss, and adventure draw from diverse influences including Indie rock, soul, American folk, and Brazilian jazz. Experienced musicians rave about the young man’s talents, and DCA is thrilled to give him a chance to shine.

Tickets are $10 for DCA members; $12 for non-members and will be available July 1. Audience members can also take advantage of a “Dinner and a Show” package.  As part of a special promotion, The High Spot is offering a dinner package for two for $65, which includes tickets to the concert at DCA.

Mediators Needed For Expanded School Program

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is holding an additional basic mediation training course this year to prepare more volunteers to handle an expansion of its services. While the Mediation Center usually conducts basic mediation training once annually in November, training also will be held this year in August.

The fifty-hour course of intensive training will be held over six days, August 3 and August 6-10, at the new Dorchester County Career and Technology Center in Cambridge. Those interested must register by June 30th.

The primary purpose for scheduling the extra training, according to Mid Shore Mediation’s Executive Director Peter Taillie, is to train more volunteers for an expanded mediation program in the Dorchester County Public Schools. 

Recently, volunteers have been participating in a pilot program at one of the county’s middle schools to provide conflict resolution, anger management and attendance mediation services. The program’s success led to a request for Mid Shore Mediation to expand the program to four additional schools in the coming academic year.

Eastern Shore PFLAG chapter activities promote respect, support and advocacy!

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are invited to participate in Eastern Shore PFLAG chapter activities. 

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a national organization, has a new chapter based in Chestertown.  This chapter is offering programs for residents from the mid and upper Eastern Shore of Maryland, from Easton through Cecil County.  Since the first public meeting in March of this year the group has had an information table on Saturday mornings at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market.

The next local meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 pm.  Walk in participants are welcome and confidentiality is automatically honored. This meeting will take place at 914 Gateway Drive in the Crestview subdivision of Chestertown at UUCR (Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River.) The effectiveness of PFLAG groups is enhanced when there is a large and varied membership base of allies, families and friends as well as LGBT members.  We want our group to grow so that we can become more active and welcoming to folks of all ages and stages.  There is much to be learned, shared and celebrated among a widely diverse membership without any need for labeling any one individual’s status or reasons for involvement.

Mid Shore Mediation Helps Manage Anger In Schools

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is offering a new program that is helping youngsters deal with anger more appropriately. Working with Choptank Elementary School in Cambridge, the organization recently completed a four-week anger management class for students.

The class was conducted by Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie and AmeriCorps member Kason Washington, who is serving with the Center as a Conflict Resolution Counselor. Five fourth-grade boys participated in the initial class.

Choptank Elementary School Assistant Principal Jon Harper described the students selected for the program as those “with a lot of potential for growth, but who were not quite reaching that potential.”

“There is so much going on in kids’ lives that sometimes they react without thinking,” explained Harper. “This class gave them tools they can use.”

With personal attention within the class, the students were able to discuss what situations made them angry and learn skills for handling anger in a positive way. Washington noted that the boys learned to walk away from confrontations when they got angry, and then come back and talk it out once they had a chance to stop and think. They discovered ways for defusing arguments before they escalate into fights.

“It worked,” said Washington. Using what he called “anger math,” each student gave himself a plus or minus each class according to whether he had been in a fight that week. By the third and fourth weeks, all the students were recording plus signs, meaning no fights.

Tickets Now on Sale for Taste of Cambridge

Event featuring Dorchester restaurants set for July 14

Tickets to the annual Taste of Cambridge are now on sale. The biggest event of the year in downtown Cambridge, Taste will be held this year on the evening of Saturday, July 14.  The free street festival is from 5-10 pm, with the tickets-only tasting from 5–7:30 pm  Arrive early as there is no guarantee of taste samples after 7pm as some restaurants may run out of food!

During the event, Dorchester County’s top restaurants compete to see who makes the best crab soup, crab dip, crab cakes, and crab specialty dishes. Only ticket holders are able to get sample-size tastings of the 15-20 different crab dishes in the competition. Ticket holders also get to vote for the "People's Choice Awards" given to the most popular dishes.

Tickets for the tasting cost $25 apiece and are available at:

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