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2018 Juried Art Show at Adkins Arboretum

The Scout - Klinedinst

There’s a powerful sense of the spirit of the Eastern Shore in Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adkins Arboretum’s nineteenth annual Juried Art Show. On view in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center through March 30, the show celebrates the Arboretum’s conservation mission and captures multiple aspects of our landscapes and waterscapes, from the familiar to the playful to the stunningly beautiful. 

The show was juried by Benjamin T. Simons, director of Easton’s Academy Art Museum. Both he and the artists will be on hand for a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 10 to talk with visitors about the work in the show.

From 115 entries submitted by 45 artists from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Simons chose 23 works for this show. 

“I was mindful that the works would cohere as an exhibit and also relate to our landscape,” he explained. “There are various traditions represented, like plein-air, pastel, oil and sculpture, and I was glad to see there’s an etching because we’re introducing etching at the Museum, and there are some nice drawings, as well. A skillful drawing is really a pleasure.”

Simons awarded the annual first-prize Leon Andrus Award, named in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, to Baltimore artist Karen Klinedinst for her three haunting photographs shot and processed on her iPhone. Although her work was new to him, Klinedinst is a frequent visitor to the Arboretum, photographing its grounds and teaching workshops in iPhoneography. Taken at the tidal Black Marsh Natural Area in the upper Chesapeake, this trio of photographs focuses on egrets in the expanse of their native habitat and calls to mind the radiant beauty and nuanced details of nineteenth-century Romantic paintings. 

Speaking of the luminescent quality of Klinedinst’s work, Simons said, “To me, it has a kind of ‘nature-photography-meets-Civil-War-era-photography’ feeling, and that’s what I found so appealing about it. They’re printed on vellum with white gold leaf, which gives them really a special glow.” 

Simons awarded the Leon Andrus second prize to Francesca Blythe of Potomac for “Wood Shell,” a sweeping driftwood sculpture burnished with velvety smoothness to a deep warm brown.

“She’s seeing something there that’s very spectacular,” he said. “It’s got an elegance of line to it, sort of a pointing finger quality, kind of an ancient hand, or a dragon head.”

Simons also awarded three Honorable Mentions, choosing two paintings and a drawing. The drawing, “Silhouette: Caledon Marsh I” by Donna Frostick of Henrico, Va., is a very unusual work made with a Sharpie marker. Drawn with intricate strokes of stark black on bright white paper, it hums with energy.

It’s a strange effect that that produces,” Simon commented. “It’s funny because you get a reflection off the water just by leaving it blank.”

The two paintings he chose are very different from one another. “Pioneer Point,” by Washington artist Carol Rowan, is a skillful and meticulous rendering in oil paint of a traditional Eastern Shore scene with two workboats moored in a quiet cove. “Foggy July (Leonard Cove, Trappe, MD),” by David Leonard of Easton, is also an oil painting, but its loose, spontaneous style captures a momentary impression of a small dock and pilings shimmering in the heat and humidity of a summer day. Simons was pleased to find such singularly varied approaches to the Eastern Shore landscape.

“That’s probably what unifies the show the most, the sense of place,” he commented. “Almost all of them convey a sense of place that’s one of the most powerful parts of living here.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through March 30 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Friday Nites in Caroline: Walt Michael & Co.

Caroline County’s concert season continues at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton with the sounds of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Walt Michael & Co. on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free.

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian to Celtic.  His 35 years of musical performances ranged from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games.  Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as well as founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, an international traditional arts organization that seeks to promote interracial harmony through the traditional arts.  For a preview of Walt Michael’s music, visit his web site, waltmichael.com.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or info@carolib.org.  

Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library, and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.  Additional support is provided by Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

Friday Nites in Caroline: The Bumper Jacksons

Caroline County’s concert season continues at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton with the roots jazz, country swing and street blues sounds of The Bumper Jacksons on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Bumper Jacksons’ sound is hot and sweet folk music, reflecting the colors of America’s diverse music scene from the streets of New Orleans to the hollers of the Appalachian mountains. They boldly and elegantly pay homage to the roots and traditions of American music from jazz to swing to blues.  Don’t miss this unique musical experience! For a preview of The Bumper Jackson’s music, visit their web site, bumperjacksons.com.

For more information, contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or info@carolib.org.   Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline County Public Library and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.  Additional support is provided by Caroline County Public Schools, Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library and the Maryland State Arts Council.  It is FREE for all attendees (donations are welcome).

Vote for Your Favorite #CaptureCaroline Photos!

Martinak in the Wintertime

Voting is now open for the Winter #CaptureCaroline Photo Contest! View and vote on your favorite photos by visiting the Winter Photos Contest album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page and liking the shots that you think are best. Every like counts as a vote, and the submission with the most votes will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice!

Voting is open from January 15th 2018 to January 31 2018. The winner will be announced February 1st.

Check out just a few of the great entries below, and then go vote for your favorite!

Enter the Caroline County Photo Contest

Do you have amazing photos of Caroline County? Enter them in the Caroline Office of Tourism’s February photo contest! Every month, a new photo contest will be announced on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page. Participants are invited to enter up to five photos in each contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Caroline County business of their choice.

How to Enter

Photos may be entered by posting them to the Caroline County, MD Facebook page with the hashtag #CaptureCaroline or by emailing them to info@visitcaroline.org. Entries are due by 12pm noon on February 15th. When submitting an entry, please provide a title for the photo and share details such as the location, the date taken, and/or the event name.

All eligible entries will be posted in an album on the Caroline County, MD Facebook page where the public will be invited to vote on them by liking the photo of their choice during a two-week open voting session. Winners will be announced on the Facebook page on the March 1st.

Please make sure that your submitted photo is high resolution. Contest winners will be asked to submit a high resolution file suitable for print reproduction of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 12 inches (2400 x 3600 pixels). Photos with watermarks are not eligible. If the photograph includes a recognizable person, a model release must also be completed and submitted. Model release forms can be downloaded here.

February’s Contest

This month’s photo contest categories are:

  • Art, History, Festivals & Events
  • Shopping and Dining
  • Family Fun

Note: By entering your photograph(s) in the Caroline County Photo Contest, you acknowledge and grant permission for it to be used by the Caroline Office of Tourism.