Academy Art Museum Announces October 2017 Events


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.

Bennett Bean: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With

Through November 5, 2017

Curator-Led Tours: Wednesday, September 20, 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 11 a.m.

Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. He works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, and painting. The Easton exhibition, his first solo museum exhibition.

Caption: Bennett Bean, M# 1806 Triple on Base, 2015 Pit fired, painted and gilded earthenware clay Photographed by Barbara Livar.


David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints

Through December 31, 2017 (with interruption from October 18–22 for Craft Show)

Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, PhD, (1931) is widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field. The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, ME, and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME.

Caption: David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.


Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection

Through November 26, 2017

Helen Siegl (1924–2009) used an unusual printmaking technique—often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks. She designed these when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations.

Caption: Helen Siegl, Goose Waddle, Woodcut on tissue paper, AAM 2012.012.34.




Academy Art Museum 20th Craft Show: Fired Up!

Preview Party Friday, October 20, 6–9 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person (includes a complimentary ticket for admission all weekend)


Show: Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Daily Admission: $10 Museum members, $12 Non-members

The 2017 Craft Show highlights the medium of ceramics, featuring an exhibition of the works of renowned ceramics artist Bennett Bean, who is also the Visionary Artist and Honorary Chair of the 2017 Show, along with 70 outstanding artists from across the United States.  Regional artist Brett Thomas with his Mobile Raku Unit will present a weekend-long live demonstration of Raku-fired pottery. Ceramic artists Robert Hessler, 2015 Best of Show winner; Lynn Latta, a unique jeweler; and the the Museum’s ceramics instructor and studio potter, Paul Aspell will be honored.  The Craft Show is one of the major fundraisers for the Museum and an easy way to support its many community-based programs for all ages. For more information about this event, visit or call 410-822-2787.

Caption: Robert Hessler



Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series

Collecting and Restoring Vintage Automobiles

John North Collector of fine and rare grand classic automobiles

Friday, October 27, 6 p.m.

Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members

These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Series Tickets: (6 lectures) $125 Members, $150 Non-members. Pre-registration is suggested.  Register online at



Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Phillips Collection

Tuesday, October 24

Cost: $65 Members $78 Non-members 

Caption: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880–81 The Phillips Collection.


Cocktails and Concerts

William McNally: An Evening of Rag Piano

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cocktails: 5:30 p.m., Concert: 6 p.m.

Cost:  $55 Members, $66 Non-members

Caption: William McNally


Cocktails and Canvas: Georgia O’Keeffe Jimson Weed

Instructor: Constance Del Nero

Wednesday, October 4 Time: 6–8:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Some people like to turn art-making into an event.  The opportunity to create a unique version of a well-known masterpiece step-by-step with the instructor guarantees success.  Nibbles and beverages increase the fun! Students will create a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flower. Many art historians consider O’Keeffe to be one of the most original artists of the 20th century. O’Keeffe is particularly known for her distinct over-sized flowers. Participants will create a quick-drying acrylic painting on an 18 x 24“ panel. All materials included.


Monday Mosaic Mania

Instructor: Sheryl Southwick

Session 1–October 9, 16, 23, Mondays, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $80 Members, $96 Non-members per session (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)

Students will learn the basics of making mosaics and finish a piece suitable for hanging.  They will use tile and glass cutters to break glass and pottery, prepare mortar, arrange pieces in a design, and mix grout for finishing.  Ancient and modern examples of mosaics will be shown.


Printmaking Exploration Evenings

Instructor: Sheryl Southwick4

Session 2–October 10, 12, 17, 24, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m.

Cost: $80 Members per session, $96 Non-members per session (plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)

Beginners and those who already work in other media will enjoy this hands-on experience in printmaking.  Once a week for four weeks, explore this medium of endless possibilities and surprises.  Encounter a variety of methods to make an impression.  Included will be plexiglass plates for monotypes and student-made collograph plates.  Non-toxic Water-based Akua inks and Akuacolor will be used to make prints on paper using the press.


Painting the Landscape with Pastel

Instructor:  Nick Serratore

4 weeks: October 25–November 15

Wednesdays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members

Caption: Nick Serratore


Watercolor: Intermediate Watercolor Painting

Instructor: Heather Crow

6 weeks: October 17–November 21

Tuesdays, 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost: $190 Members, $228 Non-members, (plus, a $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor at first class)


Matchstick Ink Line and Wash for Watercolor

New Instructor: Paul Allen Taylor

2 days: October 28 and 29 Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members


Printmaking Exploration Evenings

Instructor: Sheryl Southwick

October 10, 12, 17, 24

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m. Cost: $80 Members per session, $96 Non-members per session (plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)


iPhone Fun!

Instructor: Scott Kane

Class 1: 2 Days: Wednesdays, October 4 and 11

Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members


Art on Tablets and the iPad

Instructor: Scott Kane

2 Days: Wednesdays, October 18 and 25

Wednesdays: 6–8 p.m.

Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members



Painting with Photoshop

Instructor: Chris Pittman

Students Grades 4–8

Dates: 6 classes–Mondays and Wednesdays: October 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members


Family Art Days

Travel the World to Panama

Instructor: Museum Staff

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


Come one, come all…the Academy Art Museum welcomes children 6+ and their families to explore and create art together and enjoy tasty snacks typical of that country.

Caption: Family Art Day Participant

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.