“Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne.” — Barry Cornwall
Such simple prose conjuring up a colorful vision; inspiration for a painting. Imagine how individual artists would interpret this scene; each one different from the next.
This last month of summer is a perfect time to explore and celebrate all types of creative expression as Annapolis presents a sampling of all it has to offer with its 28th annual Annapolis Art Walk on Aug. 16.
Get the Art Walk map and chart your own tour; it is a great way to see the rich variety of art genres in our town. If we’re going to be dodging raindrops or escaping blistering heat and weighty, soggy air, then why not take advantage of the festivities with refreshments? A number of artists will be demonstrating their unique methods in lively demonstrations; and you can even participate as jurors in a People’s Choice award. Come on out!
49 West Coffeehouse presents “Love Annapolis,” an exhibit honoring the five journalists at the Capital Gazette newsroom who lost their lives. Proceeds will benefit the victims’ families. Featuring Aaron Yealdhall, more than 20 Annapolis artists have contributed to this show, which will be on display through Aug. 29. Join them and show your support at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Jo Fleming Contemporary Art presents “Foto Montage: Photography by Dimitri Fotos,” an exhibit of landscapes and surreal, digitally modified images by Dimitri Fotos, photographer, artist and native Annapolitan through Sept. 30. The gallery will unveil Fotos’ new photo collage of the street, Maryland Avenue, presented in a huge panorama format. Join them for refreshments at a gallery reception, where the artist will show the amazing features of a vintage large format camera during Art Walk, from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16.
McBride Gallery hosts “Making Your Mark,” featuring paintings by Maria Marino created especially for the Annapolis Art Walk. Inspired by Impressionist techniques, Marino’s landscapes present a dialogue in color and light. Whether she is painting from Monet’s garden in Giverny or the salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, Marino’s compositions come to life in a bold spectrum of tones.
Her careful balance of abstraction and observation charge her pieces with a lively sense of freshness. Born in Washington, D.C., she now lives and works in a rural Maryland. With a BFA in interior architecture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she forged a successful career as an interior designer. Marino will also demonstrate her energetic and entertaining mark-making process with a lively performance during the Art Walk reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16.
Main Street Gallery features local award-winning artists such as Jack Frazier, John Aquilino, Lynne Lockhart, Kirk McBride, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lee Alban, Kathy Daywalt, Margaret Lee and many others, open for Art Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16.
The Annapolis Collection Gallery is showing a selection of oil paintings by Philadelphia native H.M. Saffer who studied art in France and Japan and has built a stellar career in both the music and art industry. His style of painting is a melding of his Asian and Western influences. While in Paris, he leveraged his musical talent performing with notable French stars Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. Saffer continued his music career in America at Warner Brothers where he co-wrote the international hit song “Look What They Done To My Song, Ma.” While at Warner, he painted a 40-foot mural in their Madison Avenue New York headquarters and exhibited works in the firm’s lobby. Stop in during Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16.
Join West Annapolis Artworks and Fine Framing for Art Walk where the parking is plentiful and the creativity is alive and thriving. The gallery is filled with bright summer-inspired art along with a collection of work done during “Paint Annapolis.” Visit the gallery during Art Walk and watch artists paint live.
The Maryland Federation of Art is celebrating 50 years at its location on State Circle. In honor of their long history in Annapolis, MFA member artists were invited to display one artwork in a special all-hang show titled “50 Forever.” Fifty years in this space means 50 years of a diverse and expansive community, stretching continents and mediums, making this a show of all things at which MFA artists excel.
Join them during Art Walk, and help determine the prize winners: a People’s Choice award will be given at the reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16. In tandem is “50 Forever Online,” a Curve Gallery exhibition, featuring works from both current and former members — a superb chronicle of the art talent that MFA has brought to the community for over 50 years. Both exhibits run through Aug. 16.
Opening Aug. 23 at Circle Gallery is “American Landscapes,” running through Sept. 22. The Americas: a hemisphere filled with diverse cultural ideas and ecosystems. There has never been a more polarized time to be members of the cultural landscape that is America, but one thing that can bring us together are the environments which surround us. As different as they may seem, the grass on this side of the fence is the same grass on the other. The juror this year is Joann Moser, senior curator emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Join MFA and the artists for a reception followed by awards from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
Annapolis City Hall presents “On the Town,” an exhibit by members of the Annapolis Watercolor Club, with paintings depicting how individual artists see not only downtown Annapolis but also any small town. Opening Monday, you can view this interesting exhibit through Sept. 28. An artist’s reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.
Paul’s Homewood Cafe and MFA present an exhibition by MFA members VelaRae and Cynthia Bell, painters and sisters, opening Monday and running through Oct. 7. Their interweaving styles bring a cohesive and colorful style to their hometown of Annapolis. Reception date is to be determined.
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College opens the new season on Aug. 23 with an exhibition on loan from the Reading Museum, “Albecht Dürer: Master Prints.” Albrecht Dürer, (1471-1528) the visionary and imaginative German Renaissance painter, draughtsman and writer, is best known for revolutionizing printmaking as an independent art form.
By the age of 30, Dürer had already begun the “Large Woodcut Passion” cycle, some of which are included in this exhibit. Also on view will be the complete series of 16 prints from the “Engraved Passion,” a highly praised suite of illustrations derived from copperplate engravings created between 1507 and 1513, which was begun shortly after Dürer’s return from Italy — the second of two trips that were so influential they made him a bridge between Italian and northern European art. Several prints by Dürer’s mentor, Martin Shongauer, are featured, as well as drawings created by additional Renaissance artists inspired by Dürer’s works. Portraits, mythological images and other religious subjects are included in this extraordinary collection of more than 30 woodblock prints and engravings. Events for this exhibition begin Sept. 5, and it will remain on view through Oct. 14.
Art Farm is currently showing “Washington Color School,” inspired works by Neil Harpe.
BayWoods of Annapolis continues “A Taste of East and West,” a solo exhibition by Ziya Gürel, a well-known artist in Turkey and the Middle East with an art career of 45 years. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 8.
The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park continues their current exhibits through Aug. 25:
Garden Gallery: “Hunting Quiet” exhibits recent work by Linda McNamara, an artist, landscape painter and designer living and working the Annapolis area. Her oil paintings express solitude, isolation and our struggle to find quiet in an increasing and noisy and crowded world.
Willow Gallery: “A Visual Journey, The Eye of the Photographer” includes the work of six photographers. For three years, a photo contest has been held through the Friends of Quiet Waters Park. The six participants in the venue are the winners of the contest whose work has been selected for the Quiet Waters Park desktop calendar.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts continues its current exhibits through Aug. 25:
Chaney Gallery: “A Breath of Fresh AIR: Maryland Hall Artists-in-Residence Past and Current” is an exhibit of new works by Maryland Hall artists-in-residence. Their AIR program has artists that work in a diverse variety of media and styles. Selected by a juried process for three-year residences, AIRs create and sell work, exhibit in galleries and participate in community programs. Working in their studios throughout the week they can be visited by patrons interested in learning about their art or purchasing their work. The exhibit is an impressive testament to the AIR program.
Martino Gallery: “A Collective Journey in Clay by Maryland Hall's Ceramic Students” is body of work by adult students from Maryland Hall ceramics classes. Clay presents infinite possibilities; it bends, cracks, shrinks, changes color. This exhibit displays each student’s personal journey in exploring this ever-changing media. Bringing forth the synergy between the hand-built and wheel-thrown arenas, Maryland Hall celebrates the achievements and growth of their clay community.
Art Walk 2018 maps and gallery addresses are available at all galleries and can be downloaded from the Annapolis Gallery Association website at www.artinannapolis.com.
Patrice Drago is a painter, writer and artist in residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This column is written in cooperation with the Annapolis Gallery Association. Contact her at email@example.com or visit www.patricedrago.com.