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Art Events for the Holiday Season in Anne Arundel County

Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with the ARTS.  Our county has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, you don’t have to travel far to find a wonderful play, musical, symphony or art exhibit to enjoy.   If you are looking for that special gift to give, a pair of tickets or a season subscription to the performances of one of the many performing arts groups or a membership in one of the County Historic preservation organizations is a great way to support our artists and shop local!

Whether you travel North, South, East or West, coming up, we have some fabulous opportunities.  In Edgewater there is still time to catch a performance by the National Ballet Company of Swing Time Nutcracker Sweet.  See the information below:

Next Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will be “Messiah by Candlelight” presented by Live Arts Maryland.

Presented by the South County Concert Association will be  “An evening of holiday carols with Tenora” on   December 14, 2016  at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School at 4400 Solomons Islands Rd, Harwood, MD  

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents “Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String”

On Friday December 16, at 8:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, performs our Holiday Pops concert, entitled Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Check out the Maryland Hall website to find out about all the upcoming performance events at this venue.



Meet actress and writer Maia Rodriquez at a Free Event at the Chesapeake Center for the Arts/

In the Studio with Maia Rodriguez
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
in Studio 194 Theatre
Doors open at  5:30pm | Talk 6:00pm
All Ages!
Free Admission

Visit the Chesapeake Center for the Arts website to learn about other upcoming events and performances.

BABES in TOYLAND presented by West Arundel Creative Arts is playing weekends through December 18th at the Nichols-Bethel UM CHurch at 1239 Murray Road in Odenton. Afternoon performances make this a great event for younger children and you can purchase tickets at

At the Compass Rose Theater, enjoy the class musical ‘CAMELOT” playing through January 22nd. The Compass Rose is located in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District at 49 Spa Road,

Many musicians will be performing in downtown Annapolis during MIDNIGHT MADNESS on Thursday December 15th.   While you are downtown, look for Art in Public Places. There are several murals and large photographs on buildings to admire around the city in addition to traditional statues and handsome historic structures that include  our State Capital, Hammond Harwood House and Wiliiam Paca House.

Summer Concerts in Anne Arundel County

Long summer days mean plenty of time to enjoy music outside and around Anne Arundel County and there are plenty of venues providing FREE concerts.  The Arts Council of Anne Arundel wants to make sure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to savoring the entertainment provided by local and regional musicians. Our summer newsletter puts the focus on July and August outside concerts, so be sure to visit our website often and become a supporting member of the Arts Council to join our mailing list. In the meantime, as you think about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, start enjoying music this weekend with some exciting Anne Arundel County concerts starting this Thursday June 23rd.

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Every other Thursday June 9-Oct. 6. 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.,

June 23 – Spice
July 7 – Michael McHenry Tribe


Fridays take a ride over to Parole for  Annapolis Towne Center’s Friday Night Summer Concert Series – Fridays, June 3-Aug. 26. 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.

June 24 – Peterbuilt
July 1 – Dublin 5

Saturdays head to West County to enjoy the Summer Concert Series at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. June 11-Aug. 27. Free outdoor concert series happening thru June. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 7pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Center, Gambrills.

June 25 – A Classic Case
July 2 – Speakers of the House


Sunday head north to Downs Park for the Bayside Summer Concert Series at Downs Park e. Alcohol is not allowed. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. 410-222-6230,

June 26 – Ain’t Misbehavin

Or spend the evening in Annapolis with the Gospel in the Park concert series.
Sundays June 12-Oct. 9. This brings high energy gospel music to the park. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis.,

June 26 Zionaires

JULY 4th before the sun goes down head downtown to the Annapolis waterfront to enjoy the first of the  USNA Band Summer Concerts. The U.S. Naval Academy Band Summer Concert Series begins at 8 p.m. July 4 before the fireworks show. The series continues at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., every Tuesday from July 12 through Aug. 8 at Susan Campbell Park.

  • July 4: USNA Band

Prefer a seat inside?  Maryland Hall  for the Creative Arts is offering a Free Summer Concert June 39th.

Performance begins at 7:00 PM

Air National Guard Band of the Northeast



Art, Opera, Music, History Events to Enjoy

Sunday's Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

Sunday’s Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

June Art events, including free lectures and a free concert this weekend, are just a few of the many things to do in Anne Arundel County  that are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to promote history, music, opera, and art.  Visit the exhibit,  A SIngle Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building,  currently on display at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  Tonight, Thursday June 9th and Thursday June 16th there will be free lectures open to the publc in the Maryland Hall theatre.

Thursday, June 9 | 7 pm Pete Lesher, Curator, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will discuss John Trumpy and Sons in the historical context of yacht builders on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday, June 16 | 7 pm
 Longtime Trumpy Yacht owner Dr. Jacob Deegan (Aurora #444) will share his thoughts on restoring a historic yacht and the distinctive elements.

Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th from 11:00 a.m to 2:30 p..m. tour a Trumpy Yacht.  This is a special opportunity to tour the recently restored “Adonia”. Tickets are $10. The boat is docked adjacent to Susan Campbell Park, Dock Street, Annapolis.  Tour proceeds help support the exhibit and last approximately 30 minutes. Please go to the Maryland Hall website  to purchase your tickets in advance.

If you enjoy Musical Theatre, Broadway favorites, and Opera Classics , you will want to attend Concert in the Park. Pack your picnic dinner and enjoy a FREE evening of opera, operetta and musical theatre favorites at Quiet Waters Park! this Sunday June 12 at 5:00 p.m.  Produced by the Annapolis Opera Company Concert in the Park will feature the voices of Augusta Caso, Emily Ezzie, Matthew Hill, Andrew Sauvageau, and Laura Whittenberger.  Enjoy songs from  My Fair Lady, Carousel, Carmen, RIgoletto, and many more favorites.

The Weekend of June 18th and 19th at London Town Public House and Gardens you’ll want to attend the Weekend: Shore Party

Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4:30 p.m.

Included in the price of general admission , this special event celebrates  London Town’s heritage as a prominent seaport in colonial Maryland.  Boats will once again ply the South River! Stop by their Carpenter Shop and buy some handmade furniture by Seneca Creek Joinery. Join living history sailors to try your hand at knots and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation.

June 15th is the William Paca House and Garden annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party. While the regular tickets have sold out, VIP tickets (starting at $150) are still available and give you early entry into the signature event that focuses on enjoying the English gardens and charm of the Paca House. To Find out more visit the website  or call Sarah Wade at 410-349-5110.

Enjoy the William Paca Garden on Sunday, June 18th as an artist at the event: Painting in the William Paca Garden( Enter at 3 Martin Street).This event gives you a unique opportunity to paint in the Paca Garden, a secluded reconstructed 18th century garden. Jean Brinton Jaecks, landscape and garden watercolorist, conducts this landscape painting workshop focused on the study of light in a garden setting. All levels of students are welcome. Small class size allows plenty of access to the instructor and a detailed critique at the end. Class meets rain or shine and the cost is $75 and you can register onlineTime: 9 am – 1 pm

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.





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.

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.


“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!


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

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: 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.



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.