Connecting with the Arts – May 2022

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.

Here’s a look into this month’s post:

  • Captain Avery Museum Watermen & Farmers Market and don’t miss Fridays at the Captain.
  • Check out what the Ballet Theatre of Maryland is up to this summer.
  • MC3 has some exciting new events coming up this June.
  • Check out MFA’s current exhibitions.
  • Encore Creativity for Older Adults offers Virtual Summer Arts Enrichment.
  • Here’s to the Night all-ages concert at Chesapeake Arts Center.
  • Save the date and join Maryland Hall on September 9 for Arts Alive Global!
  • Take a look at some upcoming events at the Hammond-Harwood House.
  • Claymates, an invitational show of Maryland clay artists, and Clay on the Bay at the SoCo Arts Lab.

You can connect and learn more about these organizations by clicking their logos below. We hope you enjoy!


Friday’s at the Captain

Each Friday 7-9 pm in June, July, and August, we will have a different presenter from 7-9 pm. Enjoy music, make art, and learn about local history. Refreshments will be available. Get together with old and new friends for a night out! Visit for more info and tickets.
(Please note: we will not be open Friday, July 1st.)

June 3rd Kenney Holmes, musician
Kenney Holmes is a highly accomplished and versatile vocalist – multi synthesist and guitarist. His four-octave tenor voice is truly impressive, as is his command of all popular styles from a slow grind of blues ballad to a high impact dance number, or melodic rhythms of a country hit. Kenney’s vocals are strikingly soulful, clean, and powerful.

Captain Avery Museum Watermen & Farmers Market
Every Sunday 1-4 pm

Starting June 5th, 2022, we will be hosting the Captain’s Watermen and Farmers Market! Visit for more info. We’re looking for vendors of all types.

We plan to provide the local community with a fresh array of seafood, produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, dairy, wine, artisanal goods, fun local crafts, and more. Interested vendors may contact Elaina Lill Uhl at [email protected]

Check out what we are up to this summer! We have some super fun activities for you and your friends and family!

🏳️‍🌈 Are you around for the Annapolis Pride Festival on June 4? We will be! Stop by our table and learn more about BTM while enjoying lots of other activities in Downtown Annapolis!

🩰Do you want to dance? Come enjoy a free Community Ballet Class on the City Dock from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on June 7! This class is open for all ages!

🎨Do you enjoy watching artists collaborate? Art on the Avenue is definitely something you won’t want to miss! Catch 30 juried artists paint along Maryland Avenue on June 9 and catch BTM dancers model for these painters from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm!

🥂Enjoy a relaxing night with food, drinks, and free dancing while you and your friends and families come together to enjoy an Evening Under The Stars on June 11! The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be performing on the first block of West St. right off of Church Circle from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

⭐️Can’t attend the first Dining Under the Stars or want to participate in another one? Catch BTM dancers make their appearance one more time from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm on July 2 for Motown Night on West St!

MC3 has some exciting new events coming up this June!

  • On June 4th at 5:30 PM the Annapolis Arts Week kick-off party will be held at StageOne. The party will feature a DJ, interactive activities, and more! It will also be the last chance to check out Patrice Drago’s exhibit Between the Spaces.
  • Beginning June 7th we will have a solo photography exhibit,“A Meaningful Movement” by local street photographer Wolf. A reception will be held on Thursday, June 16th at 6 PM.
  • On Saturday, June 25th at 7 PM The Company at MC3 will present a full-length modern dance production titled “Woman” that explores the rise of the female voice in the political sector. More information is coming soon!

We hope to see you all at our events. Please follow us on both Instagram and Facebook for up-to-date information regarding our events and exciting news about MC3. @MC3ANNAPOLIS

Paint Annapolis
MFA at Circle Gallery and the Pop Up Gallery
Painting Jun 5 – 10, Exhibition Jun 5 – 25

We’re about to paint the town. For over twenty years, Paint Annapolis has been the premier plein air painting event for this historic town. Artists will be painting on the streets and exhibiting at two galleries starting Jun 5. Whether an artist or art lover, Paint Annapolis has something for everyone. Artists of all skill levels – from students to the pros – are encouraged to register as a public painter. Artists will be painting on the streets of Annapolis from Jun 5 – 10, and work will be on display from Jun 5 – 25. To kick off Paint Annapolis, Dueling Brushes, our quick draw will start at 9 AM at City Dock. Awards will be announced at 1 PM. Nocturne painting will start Jun 8 during Dinner Under the Stars and will go through dawn Jun 9. Art on the Avenue will see artists painting, as well as a street party on Maryland Avenue from 4 – 6 PM. Tickets are available to the private Collector’s Reception at the Pop Up Gallery at 4 Church Circle on Jun 10 from 6 – 9 PM for $25. There will be a Public Reception at the Pop Up Gallery Jun 11 from 5 – 7 PM. Join us for Muffins & Mimosas Jun 12 from 11 AM – 2 PM at both galleries. There will be a closing reception on Jun 15 from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Pop Up Gallery. The Juried Artists’ work will be on display in Circle Gallery through Jun 25. Visit for more details.

Fiber Options: Material Explorations
MFA Circle Gallery
Jun 29 – Jul 30

MFA’s 6th biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations exhibition explores the possibilities of what artists can do with fiber. Fiber art incorporates both natural and synthetic fibers and textiles showcasing the beauty of form over function that can be created through an artists’ touch. Whether sewn, sculpted, woven, or decorated, see what these artists have done with fiber through Jul 30 at Circle Gallery. Join us on Jul 10 via Zoom for the Virtual Awards Ceremony with Juror Hillary Waters Fayle, Director of the Fiber Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, from 4 – 5 PM and on Jul 30 from 4 – 6 PM at Circle Gallery for an in-person closing reception. Visit to learn more.

MFA Curve Gallery
Jun 15 – Jul 31

Portals are openings to new places, new experiences, and new sensations. They can transport you somewhere magical or just provide a glimpse into another way of life. This exhibition features artists’ interpretations of the concept of a portal – both literal and metaphorical. See Juror Andrew Brandmeyer’s selections online in MFA’s Curve Gallery from Jul 15 – Aug 31. Visit to see the work.

Tracy Barwick and Sandy Cohen at Paul’s
MFA at Paul’s Homewood Café
Apr 28 – end of July

Both self-taught artists, Tracy Barwick and Sandy Cohen have been very successful in their chosen media. Barwick is a multimedia artist, specializing in intricate beadwork and abstracts, with a simple artistic narrative: personifying emotions, beliefs, and social concepts through ethnic patterns, shadings, and mediums across the full spectrum of color. Cohen briefly learned to paint at an early age, and then decided to start drawing and painting portraits as a way to capture her grandchildren as they were growing up. She is now an accomplished portrait artist. Visit to learn more about the artists and be sure to stop by Paul’s Homewood Café to check out their work from Apr 28 through the end of July.

Fern Loos Beu and Glenn Strachan at 49 West
MFA at 49 West
Jun 2 – Aug 3

Fern Loos Beu is a psychologist and artist who loves to paint people: portraits, figures in motion, large scale works with movement. Recently, as she has begun to travel after Covid, she has enjoyed painting scenes from her travels. Glenn Strachan has been taking photographs since age seven, and he hopes to continue taking and sharing more work. Check out their work at 49 West through Aug 3, and join us at 49 West Jun 5 from 5 –7 PM for a reception. Learn more about the artists at

Artwork Photos (top to bottom)
Jackie Clark, “Encore and Rosebud”, oil, for Paint Annapolis 2021 at MFA Circle Gallery

Sandy Cohen, “Celia”, charcoal on toned paper, for Tracy Barwick and Sandy Cohen at MFA at Paul’s Homewood Café

Encore Creativity for Older Adults Offers Virtual Summer Arts Enrichment

Older adults seeking artistic pursuits this summer can learn from top performers and educators from the comfort of their homes with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, America’s largest choral organization for adults over 55. The Annapolis, Md.-based nonprofit will roll out its Encore University Summer 2022 semester, a virtual 10-week multidisciplinary enrichment program that embraces all the arts, on June 6th.

From sight-singing and vocal technique to visual arts, literature, and dance, Encore University offers up to100 individual classes and is open to arts enthusiasts over 55 from across the country. Prior experience is not necessary. Encore’s mission is to provide an excellent and accessible arts education program for older adults regardless of ability or experience.

Course offerings include Music and Mobility for Singers, Basic Musicianship, Music Theory, Vocal Technique, Music as Literature – Encore’s Book Club, Ballet, Barre and Stretch, Shakespeare’s Women in Opera, Ear Training and Sight-Singing, and Art History with Virtual Museum Tours. Participants will learn from artist Adrienne Wyman, whose lifelike portraits and market scenes have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, and award-winning conductor and composer Thomas Colohan, Artistic Director of the Washington Master Chorale, among others

Encore University classes run Monday through Friday live over Zoom at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Video versions of the classes are made available on Fridays. An all-inclusive tuition for the 10-week summer semester is $185.00 per person. For more information and registration, visit or call 301-261-5747.

Read the full press release here.

Here’s to the Night all ages Concert at Chesapeake Arts Center

Take a step back into the 90’s with us! Slip on some docs and torn jeans and come rock-out with Here’s to the Night. If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then the memories and stories that a particular song can evoke are worth a million. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Here’s to the Night fully immerses listeners in a full-spectrum 90s experience, with a song list comprised of some of the most fun and energetic songs from the era. From start to finish, audiences are transformed back to their high school heyday, as the party vibe transcends the stage and makes its way to the dance floor. You’ll hear all the alt rock classics, one-hit wonders, boy bands, and hip hop legends that can be crammed into a single evening. Here’s to the Night brings together 4 Mid-Atlantic music veterans with a wealth of experience, giving audiences an unforgettable live event.

Come join the Chesapeake Arts Center’s and Here’s to the Night to celebrate 20 years of CAC “Building Community Through Creativity” in Northern Anne Arundel County.

featuring bands from the Priddy Music Academy

Saturday, June 25, 2022
Doors 6:00pm | Show 7:00pm
All Ages!
Hammonds Lane Theatre | 194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn Park, MD

Tickets: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Purchase your tickets today!

Save the date and join us on September 9 for Arts Alive Global!

Maryland Hall will once again present the premier social event in Annapolis with Arts Alive, our single largest fundraising event of the year. For this year’s event, we’re going worldwide. Maryland Hall will transform into a mini-globe and provide mini trips around the world through entertainment, décor, art, food, and cocktails outside on our awesome campus. This memorable night is the not-to-be-missed party of the year launching the area’s social and arts season. More details about the event including sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

Secret Garden Tour
The 2022 tour features private gardens in Spa View Heights, the area of Annapolis between Murray Hill and Spa Creek. Spa View Heights holds a beautiful collection of homes built in various periods and architectural styles. The community with its tree-lined streets and water views is the perfect setting for an afternoon of garden exploration. The gardens epitomize the goals of the home gardener: to have a beautiful space filled with flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, and other garden elements, a space that is a pleasure to live in and inspirational to work in. All proceeds from this tour will benefit the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House.

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from noon to 5 p.m
Price: $30 | $35 the day of the tour

Art After Hours
Join us for Art After Hours! Our special exhibition, ”Ambition: Charles Willson Peale in Annapolis” will be open for evening access. Bring a friend and come enjoy a summer evening in the galleries, gardens, and gift shop at Hammond-Harwood House. A cash bar will be available.

Thursday, June 16 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tick-Tock 60 Minutes with the Clocks
Explore the Hammond-Harwood House collection of nine elaborate clocks from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. The tour begins with an in-depth history of timekeeping from sundials to Chinese water clocks. You will come away from this experience with a better appreciation for what time meant to our ancestors as well as how we tell time today. In partnership with local horologist Stephen Sieracki, Hammond-Harwood House is engaged in a project to bring all nine clocks in the collection to working order.

Sunday, June 19 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m
Price: $12 | Members: Free

Jane Austen Tour
90-minute guided tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels.

Wednesday, June 22 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Price: $12 | HHH Members: Free

Claymates, an invitational show of Maryland clay artists at the SoCo Arts Lab

Opening Reception, June 3rd 6-9pm. Gallery Hours, Saturdays, 10-2pm and by appointment through the month of June.

Come back on June 18th for the official Launch of Clay on the Bay, 10-4pm. Hands-on. Family-friendly, All day. Check out our newly expanded clay studio. Glaze a pot and watch it transform through the fast-fire Raku process. Make a pinch pot. Demonstrations. Connect with other art appreciators.

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