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Summer Concerts in Anne Arundel County Celebrate the Arts

Summer, music, and the arts come together for another fabulous season of Summer Concerts throughout Anne Arundel County.  These free concerts are family friendly.  Some venues even allow pets.  All you need is a chair or a blanket and the time to sit back and enjoy a variety of music performed by  talented local Maryland musicians , These free performances bring you some of the best blue grass, rock, blues, country, gospel, jazz and classical music you’ll ever want to hear. Bring your friends, bring yourself and enjoy!

London Town Summer Concert Series

London Town and Gardens Summer Concert Series – 2017
Sundays July 30-August 20. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed to be brought on site but can be purchased. Concerts are dog-friendly. Rain or shine. Free, donations are appreciated. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com

Sunday, July 30 – Eastport Oyster Boys and Dog Night at London Town

Sunday, August 6 – Shenandoah Run

Sunday, August 13 – Guava Jelly

Sunday, August 20 – Dan Haas Band

Bayside Summer Concert Series at Downs Park – 2017
Sundays in June. Alcohol is not allowed. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. 410-222-6230, aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

June 4 – Mr. Bs & The Tides
June 11 – Aint Misbehavin
June 18 – Different Sisters
June 25 – 4 on the Floor with Overdrive

Dixie Hotel Thursday Jazz – 2017
Every other Thursday June 8-July 20. This concert series plays homage to an earlier landmark hotel that hosted famous musicians and artists including Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 8 – Michael McHenry Tribe
June 22 – Rumba Club
July 6 – Lifetime Band and Show
July 20 – Higher Hands

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series – 2017
June 8 – 29. Thursdays in June.  Free. 6:30pm.  Check with Marylandhall.org for up to date information on performers. Coming on July 20th, performance by “The Late Bloomers.” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. Marylandhall.org

Summer Concert Series at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre – 2017
June 3-Aug. 26. Free outdoor concert series happening through August. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 7-8:30pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Center, Gambrills. visitwaughchapel.com

June 3 – Gypsy Soul Revival
June 10 – Texas Chainsaw Horns
June 17 – A Classic Case
June 24 – Foreplay
July 1 – Sly 45
July 8 – Tony Denikos and the Working Poor
July 15 – The Kelly Bell Band
July 22 – Diamond Alley
July 29 – Trademark
Aug. 5 – The Eric Scott Band
Aug. 12 – Higher Hands
Aug. 19 – D’Vibe and Conga
Aug. 26 – Weird Science

Gospel in the Park – 2017
Sundays June 11-July 13. This brings high energy gospel music to the park. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 11 – Chozen Gospel Music Ministry
June 25 – Johnson Male Gospel
July 9 – TBD
July 13 – Christian

Annapolis Towne Center’s Friday Night Summer Concert Series – 2017
Fridays, June 2-Aug. 25. Local talent performs at Towne Centre Blvd. Beer & Wine Garden, hosted by a different restaurant each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. 7-8:30 pm. Annapolis Towne Center. visitatc.com

June 2 – Back Pages Band
June 9 – Weird Science
June 16 – Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia Del Guaguanco
June 23 – Doug Segree Band
June 30 – Chanssez
July 7 – Kelly Bell Band
July 14 – Ruthie and the Wranglers
July 21 – Misspent Youth
July 28 – Second Hand News
August 4 – Blue Suede Bop
August 11 – Dublin 5
August 18 – Pete Best and Peterbuilt
August 25 – The Reagan Years

Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series – 2017
Thursdays, June 15-Aug. 17. 2017 Tides and Tunes Summer Concerts

Quiet Waters Park Concert Series – 2017
Saturday nights, July 8 – Sept. 3. Most concerts are 6-8 p.m. but some start earlier. Free. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No smoking or alcohol permitted and pets must be leashed. Plan to arrive early for parking. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

uly 8, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Fractal Cat – Psychedelic Rock Baltimore Band
July 15, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Sweet Leda – Rock
July 22, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Georgia Lea & Stone Cold Country – Country 
July 29, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Great Train Robbery – Southern Rock 
August 5, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Kelly Bell Band – Phat Blues
August 12, 2017 6:30 – 8:00pm US Naval Academy Superintendent’s Combo – Jazz
August 19, 2017 5:30 – 7:30pm Mystic Warriors – World Beat
August 26, 2017 5:30 – 7:30pm Ken Staton & His Legendary James Brown Revue – R&B
September 3, 2017 5:30 – 7:00pm Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra performs the Festive Overture, by D Shostakovich. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed a free concert, titled Summer Pops in the Park, Sunday evening at Quiet Waters Park.  this year they will be performing on September 3rd.. (Paul W. Gillespie – The Capital) 09/04/11

Summer Concerts at Quiet Waters Park

Leadership Anne Arundel Day with the Arts

Leadership Anne Arundel, a program devoted to fostering leadership and familiarizing future Anne Arundel County leaders with the County, had a very successful Arts Day this month  with the help of the Arts Council and several community volunteers and LAA alumni.

The day began at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The day began with an overview presentation given by Arts Council Executive DIrector April Nyman.  The class of approximately 40 professionals and volunteers interested in developing leadership skills,  was then treated to a hands-on learning experience led by students from Bates Middle School. The hands-on learning experience was coordinated by Arts Integration Specialist Laura Wixon. The LAA students were divided up into four groups and utilized poetry, visual arts, and movement to  process information and express thoughts.

PVA Students from Bates Middle School teaching members of the LAA Class.

Vice President of Marketing and Development at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Donna Anderson gave a tour of the building which houses art classes, artist studios, exhibit space. performance space . Maryland Hall is also home of the Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Live Arts Maryland.

The Day continued with a walk through the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District and re-convened at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge where members of the flagship class broke out into roundtable discussions organized by Annapolis General Manager Kathy Swekel, with Directors and Representatives of seven historic preservation and art nonprofits.

Roundtable discussions

Local arts patron and restauranteur Gavin Buckley spoke about the Art and Entertainment District and its affect on local business. A panel discussion after lunch featured  Arts Council Board Member Roberta Pardo, former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, and artist Jeff Huntington in a panel discussion of Art in Public Places.

Footworks performance for the LAA class at Arts Day

The class then walked to the Compass Rose Theater and were greeted by founder and director Lucinda Merry Browne who treated them to an excerpt from Camelot currently playing at Compass Rose.  (Their next show will be “God of Carnage”) .The three lead actors performed several songs and then the stage was turned over to the percussive dance group Footworks who gave a  performance and taught the LAA participants some forms of percussive dance and lead and follow chant singing.  A successful day, many of the participants promised to return soon to see more performances with their friends and families and to sign up their children for art classes.  The 2017 Arts Day was chaired by writer/artist  Nadja Maril, LAA Flagship graduate class of 2002;

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.

Rephlected

“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!

 

Poe Inspires Mural

Jeff speech

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

Olin Yoder Art Exhibit at Arundel Center

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.

 

Vibrant colors and lively subjects characterize Olin Yoder’s work. “I never paint the same painting twice,” says Olin who loves repetition of form and the shapes of shadows. An extensive traveler, who has been inspired by people, commerce, and nature, he has always believed that art teachers should also be artists.

Currently on display at the Arundel Center is a one-man exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Anne Arundel County artist Olin Yoder.  At a recent reception for the artist, County Executive Steve Schuh honored Yoder with a citation for his contributions to art and culture. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) sponsored the exhibition.

Born in Garrett County, Yoder received a Bachelors degree from Shepherd College in West Virginia and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

Recipient of the 2001 Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for his contributions in the field of Arts Education, Yoder taught in county middle schools and high schools for over 40 years followed by a post as an adjunct faculty member at Catonsville Community College. Yoder was named A.A. County teacher of the year in 1990. Yoder ‘s work has been included in a number of recent exhibits at BWI Airport sponsored by ACAAC. The Arundel Center is located at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis.

“Reflections” Art Exhibit at BWI

Neon Reflections by Richard Neiwerth-2Neon Reflection by Richard Neiwerth

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County sponsored exhibit “Reflections,” on August 11th at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport between concourses C & D from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..

The juried group show features two dimensional work by Anne Arundel County artists includes thirty-eight pieces by twenty-three county artists:

Christy Ball, Frances Borchardt, Ricky Chenoweth, Tara Clifford, Bianca da Silva,Sarah Jane Dunaway, Jim Earl, Sheila Guevin, Joan Howe, Barbara Ildefonso,Richard Isaacman, Lucretia Krick, Vicki Migues-Jordan, Richard Niewerth, Terry Peterson, Susan Picard, Jennifer Rolfsness, James Sayler, Marietta Schreiber,Anne Sieling, Michael Thorpe, Annette Uroskie, and Olin Yoder.

Light refreshments will be served and RSVP’s are requested. Please email Amanda Morell at amanda.morell@acaa.org if you are planning to attend. Bring your parking ticket for validation.

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, and Teddi Schulman, a lifelong arts enthusiast and former arts consultant. The exhibit will continue through October 30th 2015. The exhibition can also be viewed online .Visit the Arts Council website at wwwacaac.org to learn more or call 410-222-7949.

Burano Reflection by Frances BorchardtBurano Reflection by Frances Borchardt

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.

 

 

 

 

New Management for Annapolis Art & Entertainment District

(left to right):  Katherine Burke, Alison Harbaugh, Don Lamb-Minor, Wil Scott, Jim Martin, Martha Blaxall, April Nyman, Sarah Callahan.

(left to right): Katherine Burke, Alison Harbaugh, Don Lamb-Minor, Wil Scott, Jim Martin, Martha Blaxall, April Nyman, Sarah Callahan.

It’s official. The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is now under the management of the Inner West Street Association(IWSA).Representatives of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and IWSA recently gathered to officially transfer management of the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District to IWSA as shown in the photo above.

The Annapolis Art and Entertainment District includes Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Stanton Center, the Compass Rose Theater, artist studios, restaurants and businesses. Coming up soon is the First Sunday Arts Festival on Sunday August second. Other festivals that take place in a portion of the Arts and Entertainment district include; The Annapolis Film Festival and the Annapolis Fringe Festival.

Don Lamb-Minor, President of IWSA will assume the leadership role of managing the district located between Calvert Street and Spa Road. “The Inner West Street Association,” says Lamb-Minor, “ is grateful for the opportunity to manage this, still emerging, venue and streetscape that will become a vibrant community of artists and culture known as the Annapolis Arts District. We are most grateful for those individuals and organizations that managed and nurtured the district before us; without whom we certainly would not have had and Annapolis Arts District. To them we own a debt of unbridled gratitude. To the future we owe our commitment to creating a concentration of arts and culture venues that supports the arts and benefits of our communities,” he said.

As seed money to aid in the management transition, The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has awarded a $2,500 founding grant to the new Arts & Entertainment Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to officially hand the torch over to the Inner West Street Association, and know they will do a great job,” says Arts Council Executive Director April Nyman.
The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment district is one of 22 districts in the state of Maryland. The program began in 2001 with the intent to utilize tax incentives to revitalize portions of cities, thus attracting artists, arts organizations, and entrepreneurial enterprises related to entertainment and art.

Summer Concerts

The orchestra performs the Festive Overture, by D Shostakovich. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed a free concert, titled Summer Pops in the Park, Sunday evening at Quiet Waters Park. The ASO is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season.  (Paul W. Gillespie - The Capital) 09/04/11

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free concert on Sunday, September 6th.  (Paul W. Gillespie – The Capital)

It’s outdoor summer concert season.  Time to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and relax under summer skies while listening to a variety of music performed by extraordinary musicians.  What better time to pack a picnic and listen to music than Independence Day weekend.  We have a full summer schedule in our forthcoming newsletter and would like to share the dates of what is taking place the first week of July.

To kick off the USNA Band Concert season, head over to Susan Campbell Park in Annapolis  on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. and listen to the Electric Brigade and Ceremonial Band and on Tuesday evening listen to the Crabtown Stompers at 7:30 p.m.

On July 5th, the London Town  Sunday Summer Concert Series begins with Wall & Frye playing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Annapolis Towne Centre has Friday night concerts from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on July 3rd the USNA Electric Brigade will be performing.

At Annapolis CIty Dock on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. the season will kick off on July 2nd with Dr. Phil’s Big Band followed by Smooth Velvet on July 9th.

Concerts at Linthicum Park in Linthicum Heights Sundays at 6:00 p.m. will kick off on July 5th with the Benfield Brass Band. At the Glen Burnie Town Center enjoy Pet Rock playing at July 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Most of these concerts are FREE. So enjoy the music and the arts in Anne Arundel County.

Mural Contest

What do Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Rivera, and Michelangelo have in common? They were all muralists, committed to sharing their artistic vision with the community.  Murals provide the opportunity for artists to interact with their environment.  In the public debate, this past week has been the mural recently painted above Tsunami in Annapolis on West Street. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, the debate has gotten people thinking and talking about art in public places. Opportunity knocks for aspiring muralists, with a contest and opportunity to paint a mural in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District. The winning artist will receive a $5000 prize in addition to expenses for materials. The deadline is coming up fast. Only one week is left before June 26th.

The link on the site is to download the application.  To submit you will need to scan it, fax it or mail to the arts council.
If you scan the application,  email it to brenda.collins@acaac.org.
If you fax it, the number is 410.222.4068.
If  you mail it, the address is:
2666 Riva Rd
Annapolis, Md 21401

The guideline details are below. Good Luck and may the best muralist win!

 

The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

ENTRY DETAILS
The deadline for entries is June 26, 2015. Entries must be submitted on a small but accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. You must include a budget of expenses that includes the artists cost for materials and design. The cost of the canvas and installation will be the responsibility of the Arts Council. Artist resume and images/locations of recent murals should also be included. Artist must sign a liability waiver to cover them while working at 47 Spa Road. Entries must be mailed or delivered with the entry form ( download by visiting the “exhibits” page under the “Artists” button on this website) and either sent electronically or delivered to the office of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401. Entries become the property of the Arts Council and cannot be returned. The winning entry will be selected by the Exhibit Committee of the Arts Council. For questions, please contact Brenda Collins at brenda.collins@acaac.org.

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,