Acacdemy Art Museum Expands Reach With October Offerings

First Weekend Events
On Friday, October 7, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum (AAM) will host a Gallery Walk Open House, featuring demonstrations by AAM art instructors of adult classes, incliuding Matthew Hillier, oil painting; Heather Crow, drawing and design; Katie Cassidy, pastel; Diane Mullaly, oil painting in minature, Plein Air; and Ebby Malmgren, bookmaking. The event is free and complimentary wine and cheese will be served.

5-7 p.m. Fence Exhibition: Tidewater Camera Club

6 p.m. Exhibition Guided Tour of Modernist Inclinations: The Art of Jan Matulka

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 10 and 11 a.m.
Goin’ Monkey, Free, No registration required

To kick off its fall season of classes, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, is offering a range of painting and drawing classes by experienced artists in its newly renovated painting studio. Included among the fall instructor list is talented painter, Matthew Hillier, who is known for his extraordinary wildlife paintings. For many years, he was a regular contributor to the Guinness Book of Records illustrating the wildlife section. Hillier will offer a two-day Marine Painting Workshop, “Waves, Sparkles and Reflections,” on October 1 and 2, 2011. The workshop will demonstrate various “water techniques” unveiling some of the secrets to painting convincing water.

A new teacher to the Academy, but a regular participant in Plein Air Easton, Diane DuBoise Mullaly, is offering an “Oil Painting in Miniature” weekend workshop on October 8 and 9, 2011. Mullaly has entered and won major awards in major national miniature art exhibits. Award-winning artist and teacher, Ellen Gavin, is offering a special one-day workshop, “Painting in Oils Simply and Effectively,” on Saturday, October 15. The workshop will focus on mixing color, composition, and eliminating those mental demons through her fresh plein air/alla prima approach to painting.

On Tuesdays, October 4 and 11, Dawn Malosh will offer a drawing workshop, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark –Explorations in Values and Shades.” The class will explore shadows and shades through pencil drawing and artistic expression. All artistic levels are welcome. The Academy Art Museum is also offering a range of classes and workshops in photography, memoir writing, bookmaking, pottery, paper making, and needlepoint.

The Who and the What of Portraiture
On Friday, October 14, 2011 at 6 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host a lecture by Richard Brilliant, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University who has taught a variety of courses on Greek and Roman art, visual narrative, portraiture, and the theory of art history. As author of Portraiture, which investigates the genre from antiquity through the 20th century, Professor Brilliant will focus on the interaction among subject, artist and viewer. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Arts Express Bus Trip
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This exhibition reunites, for the first time since 1656, seven paintings of Jesus by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Abandoning traditional sources, Rembrandt created these exceedingly rare portraits of Christ with the use of a human model–a
step which was totally unprecedented at the time. In viewing them today, visitors are presented with a number of religious, historic, and artistic questions to ponder.

Through October 16, 2011
Color Works, Pastel Paintings by Katie Cassidy
The Academy Art Museum’s Selections Gallery will feature the drawings and pastels of instructor Katie Cassidy. Drawing and the figure are Cassidy’s real passions. She prefers figurative work and working from life rather than photographs. During the past few years with new developments in the grounds for pastel, textured papers and boards in a variety of surfaces and colors, Cassidy has been able to create underpaintings to many of the pieces in the show, such as watercolor and oil stains. She feels that the underpaintings have added a new dimension to her work, making it more fun and interesting.

Out on a Limb: Forests and Trees from the Permanent Collection
The Academy Art Museum is the fortunate recipient of two recent gifts of artwork: Greg Mort’s Afterglow and Patricia Tobacco Forrester’s Avila. Inspired by these gifts, the Museum has brought together 10 more works from its permanent collection that feature trees and forests. In the European tradition the representation of trees and forests as an expressive element or independent theme has origins in the art of Renaissance and Baroque Germany and the Netherlands. Some of these developed the idea that a pure landscape could stand alone as a subject, while others composed scenes of humble rural life that were often dominated by trees. The 10 artists in this exhibition draw on these traditions and other later artistic movements as varied as Romanticism, Abstract-Expressionism, and Minimalism in their depictions of trees and forests. Together they present a richness of arboreal images and ideas.

Modernist Inclinations: The Art of Jan Matulka
In the 1920s and 30s, Jan Matulka (1890-1972) was a leader in the New York art world promoting new modes of expression based on his experiences in Paris and across Europe. As an artist and a teacher, he investigated and advocated Cubism, Surrealism, Precisionism and related movements. The exhibition is underwritten in part by gifts from Mary Beth Cahill and Steve Champlin, PURE and The Avon Dixon Agency and sponsored in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council. The Academy Art Museum would also like to thank the Estate of Jan Matulka and the McCormick Gallery in Chicago, Illinois for their assistance in organizing this exhibition.

For further information and to register for Museum programs and classes, visit or call 410-822-2787.

In photo: Pictured is Nor-Easter, an oil painting by Matthew Hillier, who is known for his extraordinary wildlife paintings. Hillier will offer a two-day Marine Painting Workshop, “Waves, Sparkles and Reflections” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton on October 1 and 2, 2011.