Arts Council Sponsors Exhibits Around Anne Arundel County

Three Art Exhibits in Anne Arundel County provide plenty of opportunities to see and enjoy artwork created by local county artists.

Currently on display at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the Clatanoff Pavilion near the Healing Garden, through June 10th,  is an exhibit of works in a variety of mediums by Anne Arundel County Artists.

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Hyancinth Remix by Churchton artist Frances Borchardt is one of the 21 works currently on display.

Over at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall AIrport you can see the exhibit “Cities of the World”.  The exhibit  on display between concourses C & D is a  juried group show featuring  Anne Arundel County artists’  work in a variety of two dimensional mediums  including watercolor, oil on canvas, and photography.  The show will be on display through August 19th.  See two selections from the   “Cities of the World” exhibit below.

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“Repblected” by artist Leo Hylan III

 

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“Place de Catalunya Barcelona” by artist James Earl

Check the Arts Council website under the heading “exhibitions” to get the latest news on upcoming exhibit themes.  You can enter your submissions online and selected works will be posted in an online gallery to provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy artwork by Anne Arundel County artists.

 

Go to the Arundel Center at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis to see the Artists Without Limits exhibit entitled “Life in Anne Arundel County”.  On display through June 30th, the exhibit is sponsored by the Arundel Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

There are many opportunities to see art exhibits in Anne Arundel County.  Visit the Arts Council Facebook.  Become a supporter of the arts by joining the Anne Arundel County Arts Council as a supporting member and remember that the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is your gateway to the arts!

 

Arts Council Mini-Grant Deadline April 15th

Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, Kwame Ansah-Brew, conducting a Workshop for young students. Thank you!

Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, Kwame Ansah-Brew, conducting a Workshop for young students.

An Arts Grant can help your organization reach new audiences in Anne Arundel County.  The deadline is April 15th.  A mini grant is one type of grant funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

A $2,500 Mini Grant awarded for fiscal year 2016 to the Performing Arts Center for African Culture (PACAC) in Laurel has helped to fund drumming, dance, game and storytelling workshops.

The Mini Grant program was designed to provide matching funds to community based organizations that can enable them to produce targeted arts activities and reach underserved audiences.

PACAC grants provide funds for programs that focus on authentic African music, rhythms, dances of antiquity and storytelling.   Giving students the opportunity to experience the interpretation of rhythmic patterns and movements is just one of the benefits of a PACAC Community Drum Circle Event.

FY2017 General Operating, Founding and Mini Grants  are submitted between March 15,–April 15, 2016.   The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) is a on-profit umbrella organization supporting the arts and historic restoration in Anne Arundel County. ACAAC provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations, providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions. Visit the grant information on our website to learn more.

 

Films, Artists, Music Celebrating the Arts This Weekend in Annapolis

The first weekend in April is almost here and with it arrives a bevy of arts events in Anne Arundel County.  Three tempting choices are taking place in Annapolis beginning with The Annapolis Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday March 3lst. In just four days, 70 films– ful length features, shorts, and documentaries— will be shown on 7 screens. Individual tickets are $10 and $12.50 while a festival pass runs $115.  Full schedules and ticket information is available at Annapolisfilmfestival.com.

Opening Night Film: One More Time
USA | 2015 | 98 min | Presented by Nimble Storage

Friday and Saturday night at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the  Annapolis Symphony Orchestra with conductor José-Luis Novo and featuring  renowned English pianist Michael Roll will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in a concert entitled “Unanswered Questions.”.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Saturday night, April 2nd, from 7 p.m. to 10 pm the public is invited to join The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s  College for an “Evening in an Artist Colony.”  Begin by viewing the current museum exhibit “American impressionism; The Lure of the Artist Colony”  and then stroll  to The Great Hall for food drink and the Rockin Music of The Tiki Barbarians.  Non gallery member tickets are $45 (members $35). Dancing and an array of food and drink will celebrate the life of an artist during the 20th century.

So where and how do you divide up your weekend?  One of the wonderful elements of the Annapolis Film Festival, now in its fourth year is the opportunity to interact with screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, and filmmakers.  Panel discussions, along with Q and A’s enable attendees to gain an intimate knowledge of the film making process. Venues where the 70 films will be shown include:, St. John’s College Francis Scott Key auditorium and  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Maryland Hall  is also the venue for the ASO’s 8:00 p.m. concert performance on Friday and Saturday while The Mitchell Gallery is in the same building as The Key Auditorium on the St. John’s College campus.  Is it possible to take in all three experiences in one weekend?  It certainly is, with the locations so conveniently close.  Whether you live in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, or are visiting for the weekend, this is a great time to enjoy the Arts!

 

Arts Fundraiser 2016 “Evening in Venice”

This year’s Arts Council  2016 Gala “An Evening in Venice”, a fundraiser for the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, takes place on Saturday March 19th .

Purchase a $100 raffle ticket to win a trip for two to Rome (including airfare) and support the arts in Anne Arundel County. The winning couple will stay at the luxurious Marriott Park Hotel and Spa for five nights and tour the Sistine Chapel as part of their memorable Italy Adventure. The raffle drawing is just one facet of an evening that includes dinner, dancing, live entertainment, plus the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items. Old World beauty, romance, Italy and Venice are all integral to the theme of the Arts Council‘s 19th annual Gala, An Evening in Venice

This year’s Gala committee is chaired by Sydney Lamb, the Gala committee which includes Jeremy Allen, Megan Barroll, Jessica Daigle, Kris Kohlmann, Rachelle Millison, Scotti Preston, and Jeannine Triebwasser. Face painting, fine music,  and  a few surprises will make this an evening to remember.

You do not have to be present at the  raffle drawing at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on March 19th to win the trip to Rome. why miss the fun and excitement? Tickets to the Gala are $150 per person (table for 10 $1500) The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 and dinner is served at 8:00 p.m.

.  Executive Director April Nyman, poses (left to right) with a photograph by Wil Scott entitled "Sunset Gold",  a painting by Roxanne Weidele entitled "Gunpowder Falls", a  Henri Bendel handbag., a 14K and diamond pendant  donated by Smyth Jewelers, and two of a set of six wine glasses hand painted by Martha Wenselan

. Executive Director April Nyman, poses (left to right) with a photograph by Wil Scott entitled “Sunset Gold”, a painting by Roxanne Weidele entitled “Gunpowder Falls”, a Henri Bendel handbag., a 14K and diamond pendant donated by Smyth Jewelers, and two of a set of six wine glasses hand painted by Martha Wenselan

To purchase tickets: http://www.acaac.org/programs/gala/ or call 410-222-7949 .

 

 

 

Romance, Art, Music at “An Evening in Venice” Arts Gala

KameronSupport Art in Anne Arundel County by attending “An Evening in Venice” on Saturday March 19th.  The Art Fundraiser  features delicious food, tempting drinks, face painting, and the chance to win a trip to Italy.  Music, dancing, and maybe a strolling opera singer to start the evening— all will combine to make this year’s Art Council Gala “An Evening in Venice” the best one yet!  Haven’t bought your ticket yet?  They’re going fast and your don’t want to miss the opportunity to bid on a wide array of exciting auction items that include fabulous artwork, dining opportunities, designer fashions, jewelry and more.  The weekend of March 18th is the weekend that Faust, produced by Annapolis Opera  is being performed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday and Sunday.  Saturday night, one of the chorus members, Kameron Ghanavati, is stopping by to sing a few songs.

Kameron Ghanavati first began his opera performance career at the tender age of twelve. He has performed with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, UD Chorale, the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia (Iolanta), Ocean City Theatre Company, the University of Delaware Opera Theatre (Little Women; Abduction from the Seraglio; Werther), and was selected last summer for the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. He has also competed in the regional NATs and Classical Singer competitions respectively placing as a first place finalist and semi-finalist.   He is currently a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in vocal performance.

Dreaming about a trip to ROME. There is still time to buy a raffle ticket and you do not have to be present at the gala to win. The winning couple will stay at the luxurious Marriott Park Hotel and Spa for five nights and tour the Sistine Chapel as part of their memorable Italy Adventure.

 

 

CANCELLED: GRANTS INFORMATION SESSION JANUARY 28, 2016

 You are Invited!!

Grants Information Session

 Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis MD 21401

RSVP: brenda.collins@acaac.org

 

Presenters and Topics:

Sonja Cendak, GBCA: Ruby Individual Artist Grants, Performing and Media Arts

Steve Drapalski, MSAC: Grants for Theater, Dance & Music Organizations

Brenda Collins, ACAAC: General Operating, Strategic Grants & Mini Grants for Organizations

Family Art Events

Saturday January 30th

Saturday January 30th

Coming this April

Coming this April

Great ideas for  Family Holiday GIft Giving–The gift of experience!  Anne Arundel County has some great family performances scheduled for the start of 2016.  And even better, you can buy the tickets online and avoid the traffic rush while supporting local arts and historic preservation groups at the same time!

Annapolis Opera presents Cinderella, a children’s opera on Saturday January 30th and The  Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be producing Sleeping Beauty April 15-24.  These are wonderful performances to share with grandchildren.  Children learn through stories and experiences.  For the teenagers in your household, consider “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing mid March into April at the Compass Rose Theater.  Learn more about the famous Maryland writer Edgar Allen Poe by spending An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at the Hammond Harwood House January 15th or 22nd.  February 6th experience the power of dance at the Chesapeake Arts Center when Full Circle Dance Company Presents: Human Conditions: Dance About Love, Loss and Life.  There are so many performances and events available for the residents of Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County from Pasadena to Shadyside, make a New Year’s Resolution to take discover all the talent within our county.
 

Art Exhibit Opportunity

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“ Moments in Time ” is the theme and title of the upcoming summer/fall exhibit sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. The deadline for artists to submit up to three works via the digital portal on the Arts Council website acaac.org for consideration is November 23rd.
The juried group show is open to all Anne Arundel County residents over the age of eighteen. In order to submit work for consideration there is a $ 20 entry/administrative fee. Submissions must be received by November 23rdArtists are asked to submit work in a two dimensional medium that relates in same way to the exhibit’s theme, “Moments in Time.” Please check the Arts Council Website or call the office for further specific entry information.
Opening Decembere11, 2015 at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the show will be on display between concourses C & D through April 15, 2016. The Arts Council exhibits are juried by a committee of three that include: Committee Chair Roberta Pardo, who studied industrial design in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and fine arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Wil Scott, a photographer and former Director of Adult Programs at the National Gallery of Art, Megan Barroll a corporate art consultant and arts appraiser with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Advisory group,, Amy Snyder and Martha Blaxall .
Accepted work will be available for view online and available for sale if desired by the exhibitor. The Arts Council commission fee is ten percent. Visit the Arts Council website at wwwacaac.org to learn more or call 410-222-7949.
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations. Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions; the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Chesapeake Arts Center, West County CreativeArts , Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Londontown Foundation . The Arts Council also administers the Arts in Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.
For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out how you can become a member call 410-222-7949 or visit www.acaac.org.

Poe Inspires Mural

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A blue ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of the mural by artist Jeff Huntington, winner of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Mural Design Competition, took place recently at the site of the building location at 47 Spa Road.  The artist spoke the following words:

“The Poe mural is a tribute to the creative people of Annapolis, especially to those who have dedicated their lives unconditionally to their chosen craft out of necessity, out of love, our of their own primal urge to create. Artists are not marginal to society but are the fabric of soceity.

In additional to enriching the artistic landscape of Annapolis, my hope for this mural is to inspire conversation to educate or remind people about the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe, his genius and the hardship endured by this great American icon; to appreciate the hard work and life-long dedication of artists in general that often goes unrewarded.”

The artwork by Jeff Huntington brings a new perspective to the plain white wall and vacant lot that sits diagonally across from Park Place and the traffic circle. Huntington , who lives in Annapolis, earned his BFA at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and his MFA from the  Chicago Art Institute. Huntington’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington D.C. and Miami.

Members of the community celebrated with Poe inspired music and poetry at nearby ARTfarm. The mural resides on a building owned by Chuck Walsh and Ken Wagner adjacent to the Lot owned by Michael Gardiner where  the gathering took place.

Julie Vallario, Jay and Joe Huntington; Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb.

Julie Vallario, Jay and Joe Huntington; Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb.

The recent Mural Contest is just one type of project to promote the arts, funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County . The Arts Council also awards mini grants, strategic grants and Arts-in-Education grants in addition to providing support, advocacy, and resources for Arts and Historic Preservation. For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out more about membership call 410-222-7949 or visit www.acaac.org.

 

Arts District New Mural

Newly installed in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District

Newly installed in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District

 

Near the Westgate Circle welcoming you into the Arts & Entertainment District of Annapolis on the east side of Spa Road, is the winning mural of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s recent Mural Design Competition. The artwork by Jeff Huntington brings a new perspective to the plain white wall and vacant lot that sits diagonally across from Park Place and the traffic circle .  It’s a busy intersection and a lively neighborhood filled with art, theater, and restaurants.  Look closely and you’ll see flying geese, a lighthouse and a host of  multiple faces.

Jeff Huntington earned his BFA at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and his MFA from the  Chicago Art Institute. He lives in Annapolis and likes to create portraits that evolve and can be layered to depict multiple views.  As you walk past this mural, you’ll notice your eyes will focus on different things.  Huntington’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington D.C. and Miami.

 

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artist Jeff Huntington’s new mural i

East wall at Sp;a Road in Annapolis

East wall at Sp;a Road in Annapolis