Connecting with the Arts – August 2023

Welcome back to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s monthly blog series, Connecting with the Arts,  where we feature news and updates from the arts community in Anne Arundel County. Tune in the last Friday of each month to connect and learn more about the arts organizations that are making an impact locally.


Call to Artists

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is excited to announce our partnership with the Goldstein Treasury Building. We are looking for artists to submit their artwork for our collaborative exhibit “Inspired Surroundings.” Artists are encouraged to submit work that has been created based on the inspiration around them.  

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County invites all Anne Arundel County residents

(ages 18 and older) to enter its “INSPIRED SURROUNDINGS” Exhibition. Any two-dimensional work following the guidelines HERE will be considered by the jurors.

Submit Here



Arts in Education Grant Open!

These grants enable schools and PTO/PTA groups to present quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre, and arts-related or arts-integrated projects. All accredited K-12 Anne Arundel County public and private schools are eligible to apply.

Submit Application Here





Artist’s Reception and Art Walk

When: Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Yumi Hogan International Art Gallery

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

The closest parking to this event is in the BWI Marshall Hourly Garage on Level 5 in sections D-F. Use the pedestrian bridge and crosswalk to enter Concourse E/International Terminal at door 20. The Yumi Hogan D/E International Art Gallery is located nearby, across from doors 16 and 17.

Register Here

Bring your parking ticket to the event for validation.

When: 08/03/2023 – 09/26/2023

Lee Goodwin has been a photographer since he was a child, learning from film, and now practicing with and exploring the possibilities of digital photography. His medium is time, for which he uses long exposures to emphasize the subject. Michael Schoppman is an engineer turned visual artist who is inspired by the stream of contrasts created by our senses. Visit to learn more about the artists.

When: 08/01/2023 – 10/30/2023

Painters Gloria Tseng Fischer and Mike McSorley are displaying their work at Gallery 90 – MFA’s partnership with the Hospice of the Chesapeake Offices. Gloria is a watercolor painter who studied architecture and developed a unique way of recording her surroundings – by leaving the background blank and up to the viewer’s interpretation. Mike’s oil paintings reflect his childhood fascination with the visual world and bring our the unseen spirit of the subject. Their work will be available to view online through the end of October at

When: 08/01/2023 – 10/30/2023

Kay Fuller is a multi-media artist who creates expressionistic figurative works that are a reflection of her innermost thoughts and feelings, inspired by intuitive urges and exploration of color, shape, and textures. Color is used as an emotional tool for expression, with a focus on texture, composition, and depth. Janet Ewing grew up in Annapolis surrounded by art and artists. Her work for this show reflects that, as many of the paintings in this exhibition were inspired by boats sailing on the waters surrounding Annapolis. See Fuller and Ewing’s work at Paul’s through the end of October. Visit to learn more about the artists.

When: 08/15/2023 – 09/30/2023

Studying the natural world and its elements has been essential to society and science today. Without these studies, herbal remedies would’ve never grown to become the pharmaceutical drugs we use today, essential agriculture techniques would have never become more than farming near rivers, and astronomy would still be stuck in Aristotle’s Cosmic model, with only the idea of planets moving in a circular shape around the heavens. When in art, the earth’s natural elements still have great influence. Landscape paintings are the most well-known visual of artists connection to the elements, but artists do so much more with the elements. Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air 2023 is an exhibition that focuses on this relationship between elements and artists. Juror Richard Niewerth selected 62 pieces by 55 artists showcasing artists’ use of and representation of the elements. Visit to see the show through September 30. Awards will be announced September 1 at 5 PM.

When: 08/30/2023 – 09/23/2023

The Americas are home to some truly incredible landscapes – from the chilly glaciers to the warm beaches, from internationally recognizable landmarks to artists’ backyards, there is beauty to be found everywhere. Juror Nora Sturges, Area Head of Painting and Drawing at Towson University selected 60 pieces by 57 artists, and this show will be on display at Circle Gallery from August 30 – September 23. Join MFA via Zoom on September 10 for the Virtual Awards Ceremony, and for a closing reception celebrating the artists and their work on September 23. Visit for more information.

The Man and His Music: A Glimpse Into the Music of Marvin Hamlisch

Thursday, September 7 at 7pm The Live Arts Studio Featuring Kevin Cole, Bernard Dotson, Marissa McGowan, Ella Green, Alec Green, and Emily Urbanski Song writers tend to be among the most prolific composers. Often writing at an incredibly fast pace, they strive to contain the emotion and essence of the text they’re setting in a very short amount of time. To be able to mine this type of musical gold once or twice is impressive. To do it multiple times is incredible. To do it over and over is almost unheard of except by the greatest musicians. Marvin Hamlisch was one of those rare people who hit gold over and over and over. His vast catalogue of music features song after song that are examples of how a composer at the peak of his power can fuse a melody and harmony to words so they become one. Join us in the Studio on September 7 at 7:00 PM when six performers who knew and worked with Marvin share these unforgettable songs and the strong connection that remains with them and their composer. I hope you’ll join us for this rare opportunity to meet, hear and talk with these artists, the music and the extraordinary man who wrote it. Tickets are $25 per person and subscribers attend for free! Want to attend this event for free and receive other perks throughout the season? Subscribe today at!

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