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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!


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.


fringe festival 2014What’s the Annapolis Fringe Festival?
Think fun culture! This one-day event features performances for families during the day.
Adult performances take over the venues as day falls into night.

Where’s the 2014 Annapolis Fringe Festival?
It starts on historic Church Circle, goes down Gallery Row, through the Arts District and ends at Westgate Circle. From circle to circle you’ll find restaurants, night spots, galleries, shops and a few vacant retail spaces along the route are occupied with challenging and exciting fringe events.

Who are the “Fringe” artists?
Artists range from first-timers to nationally known names.

Annapolis Fringe Festival 2014 – Bigger and better than ever!

Kick off the fall FRINGE BUTTONseason by celebrating art – and we do mean celebrate! 

From 4 p.m. to midnight on October 4, historic West Street and up through the Arts & Entertainment district will come to life celebrating the city’s 4th Annapolis Fringe Festival.  Inspired by the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Annapolis Fringe Festival 2014 is a low-cost, wildly fun one-day event of uncensored live performances by artists who push the boundaries, in the streets and hottest venues of Annapolis, Maryland.  It’s an eclectic mix of music, dance, art and theatre!

Drawing attendees from DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Philadelphia, this event gives artists an opportunity to perform and show their incredible talent to audiences that might not otherwise see their work.  Fringe Artists range from first-timers to nationally known names, such as Lady Rizo at Ram’s Head OnStage.  There will be at least 10 stage acts, and even more smaller acts and street performers.  There’s something for everyone:  comedy, satire, burlesque, performance art, music, alternative theatre, mimes and so much more!

Almost every restaurant and venue from Church Circle to Westgate Circle is participating, and are offering specials on beverages and food for Fringe Fest button-holders.  The festival is walkable, and we will also provide chariot transportation up and down the district throughout the event, which makes it even more fun.  There are Fringe t-shirts for sale this year, male and female, to wear during the event or as a great souvenir.

We’re keeping the admission price low – only $5 – to encourage even more participation.  Last year, approximately 400 people attended the Festival, and this year, we hope to at least double that, and draw from a wider geographic area.  We are dedicated to providing a seamless and wonderfully fun evening for everyone, which will help expand the awareness that Annapolis is a culturally rich town with a great deal to offer, in art, dining and historic charm – a well-rounded experience.

To make that kind of impact, we would love your help.  In addition to the wonderful sponsorship of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign to enlist the support of art and performance lovers, and those who love Annapolis.  Please visit our KickStarter project page and consider making a pledge. For as little as $5, you can help us make this the best Festival to date.

Mark your calendar for October 4!  Go to our website: to purchase your admission buttons and t-shirts now.

6th Annual ART IN THE PARK Historic Stevensville

logo vertical (2)Tucked away between Love Point Road and Cockey Lane, the “Pocket Park” in Historic Stevensville will once again be transformed into a live mixed media canvas. The Arts & Entertainment committee will host the sixth annual Art in the Park in the Historic village on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine! Come experience the local color and flavors along with the history and heritage of the area.

As you stroll through the park you will discover a large variety of local creations, original paintings and prints, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, books, handmade clothing and more. The local shops, bakeries, restaurants, and galleries will be open all day. Musical entertainment and food stands will add to the cheerful atmosphere. All Historical sites will be open for viewing.

Booth and vendor applications are currently being accepted. Please call (410)604-1230 or (410)643-9075 for information and submissions. Applications are also found on at Kent Island Federation of Arts and Artist at Work Studio in Stevensville.

Jazz & Gospel In Whitmore Park

jazz_ipad_wallpaper-other Friends of Annapolis Parks & We Care and Friends  Presents – Free Concerts!

Whitmore Park 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the corner of Calvert and Clay Streets, across from the Arundel Center.

Dixie Hotel Jazz Nite summer program begins Thursday June 12th and every other Thursday through October 2nd (June 26, July 12 & 24, August 7 & 21, September 4 & 8, and October 2).

Gospel in the Park summer program begins Sunday June 15th and every other Sunday through October 5th (June 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, September 7 & 21, and October 5).
Bring your own Lawn Chairs, Food & Drinks, no alcohol please.
Weather permitting.   For more information phone 410-263-2874.
Friends of Annapolis Parks & We Care and Friends

What Chick is Your Favorite?

Win a prize in our favorite chicken contest

Tell us about your favorite Chicken sculpture in the Arts in Entertainment District. Post your short essay on our Facebook page, Like our page, invite two friends and be entered to win a prize!
We’ve already received a pair of tickets to a summer performance of “Alice in Wonderland ” at the Compass Rose Theater and more prizes will be announced. We’re eager to read what you have to say. To get you started, here’s an essay by Nadja Maril about her favorite chicken.


My Favorite Chick by Nadja Maril

Recently two of my neighbors started raising chickens in the side yard of their Annapolis home.MonaLisa Chick There’s a beautiful Rhode Island Red and another chicken with speckled plumage and a third with pale white feathers. Each day the birds deposit several eggs in their chicken coop, which are gathered and later cracked open, whipped and served up as delicious fresh omelets.

But there are other chickens that hang out just up the street from where I live, in what is designated the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District. While they don’t provide food for consumption, they do provide food for thought. if I walk towards the harbor along West Street ,I start to catch sight of these chickens which are a completely different variety of bird. They are large and tall, imposing fiberglass statues that are all the same size but take on a variety of identities from a colorful firefighting chicken to a dignified Mona Lisa.

Which one is your favorite? Each time I take a walk I see the chickens and notice a different feature, ornament, or design painted or glued to their surface. Some are hatching out of an egg. Several are congregating in a flock.

Several of the chicks have been decorated bystudents as a group art project. The chicken decorated with flags from countries from all over the globe in international plumage is the progeny of the International Montessori School. My favorite chicken is the Mona Lisa by the students at Indian Creek School because I think it had to be quite a challenge to transform a lighthearted chicken into a serious renaissance lady.

If you have a favorite chicken or would like to choose a favorite, you will be eligible to win a prize courtesy of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and participating businesses and Arts Organizations. First visit The Annapolis  rts &  Entertainment Facebook page.  When you visit the Facebook page, like the page and invite two friends to like our page. Tell us about your favorite West Street Chick and you are entered in the contest. It’s that easy.

Remember to visit the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment district between Spa Road and Calvert Street and choose your favorite chicken. While you are in there enjoy art, entertainment shop local. There are many great restaurants and shops.

–Nadja Maril


Egg hunt dowimagentown! We have 20 giant eggs hiding throughout the Arts District! Some have prizes with them and there is a golden egg with $100 cash. #eggsgrande The egg hunt will start 6am Saturday morning and go all day.

Maryland, My Maryland – MARYLAND HOME MAKEOVER™

The Partnership for Housing Foundation is very pleased to announce its first Juried Art Show and Silent Auction benefiting the MARYLAND HOME MAKEOVER™ and their Endowment Fund.
The deadline for entries is Friday, May 30, 2014.

For further information and artist qualifications, contact:

Announcing PHF’s first online art auction to benefit MARYLAND HOME MAKEOVER™ and our Endowment Fund. The theme of “Maryland, My Maryland” has been selected and all artwork must portray something about Maryland, featuring any of the following concepts: Urban, Rural, Bay or Shoreline Scenes; Architectural Landmarks/Prominent Buildings; Portraits of a Community; and “Home”.

Opening reception and art preview
Friday, June 27, 2014 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Annapolis Yacht Club
Tickets: $50 per person
Sponsorships available!

Online Auction starts at 12:00 PM June 25, 2014
For a preview of the art work, go to:
(after 2/14/14)