Academy Art Museum – August 2013 Events

Cedar Colonnade
Howard and Mary McCoy
Through August 1, 2013
The columns and arches of cathedrals and monasteries were inspired by the trees of ancient sacred groves. Making arches with bare cedar branches, environmental artists Howard and Mary McCoy create Cedar Colonnade in the Museum’s courtyard. Bridging nature and architecture, this site-specific installation will lend the space the atmosphere of a medieval abbey cloister and intimate one of the primary functions of an art museum – to provide a non-sectarian, modern-day space for contemplation and spiritual experience. As with last year’s Branch Dance, the branches cast changing shadows into the interior of the Museum throughout the day. The McCoys have been working together collaboratively since 1985 and have shown their work in the U.S., Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.

Joint Heritage at Wye House
August 24 – October 13, 2013
Wye House is one of the most important and well documented estates in Maryland. Joint Heritage at Wye House is a major interpretive exhibition, drawing on new archeological evidence from the former slave quarters at the Green House (now called Orangery) at Wye House. The exhibition will contain unpublished archival sources, household objects, books, recipe collections, maps, and artwork related to the people who lived and worked at Wye House. The exhibition will explore the complexities of co-existing cultures at the plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries. The archaeology of Wye House involves seven years of excavations on slave quarters, slave industries, and buildings associated with the shipping of agricultural goods that made the plantation wealthy. The exhibition is organized by Anke Van Wagenberg, museum curator, and Mark Leone, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland, with assistance of graduate students and is accompanied by a publication.

David A Douglas Still Life on the Bay Side 2008 (290 x 400)These Places That I Know: David A. Douglas
August 24 – October 13, 2013
Contemporary artist David Douglas has the ability to portray people in imaginary spots and place them throughout interior and exterior environments. He has created a powerful collection of works within a hyper-real universe where floors and walls radiate with jewel-like intensity and doors in rough industrial spaces give abruptly onto pastoral scenes. His spatial compositions are visual feasts that lead the eye in and out of doors to observe the scenes. The content of the atmospheres created by Douglas are varied, but coherent. In the works of David Douglas there is a silent solidarity reminiscent of the work of Edward Hopper, and at times the relationships of objects and the spaces remind us of the magic of Magritte. Douglas’s most recent project brings him to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Douglas’s artwork is represented in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler Museum, and the Academy Art Museum. His work has been shown in various group exhibitions with Chuck Close, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Lee Friedlander, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others. This is David A. Douglas’s first solo museum exhibition.
In photo: David A. Douglas, Still Life on the Bay Side, mixed media on panel 2008, 60 x 43, Collection of the artist.

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music
National Gallery of Art
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Cost: $50 Members, $85 Non-members
The Ballets Russes—the most innovative dance company of the 20th century—propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers. Founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) in Paris in 1909, the company combined Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, thrilling and shocking audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, and design. Adapted from the exhibition conceived by and first shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010, this exhibition showcases more than 130 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, and posters, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes also incorporates film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation.

“Summer Paint-In” at the Academy
Artist-Mentors: Bobbie Seger and Katie Cassidy
Wednesday and Thursday, August 21 and 22, 2013
and Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $100 Members/$30 daily drop-in fee
Students can beat the heat and spend the day in the COOL studios at the Museum, drawing, painting and communing with other artists. Students work in the medium of their choice from their studies, photos, imagination or still-life arrangement – even an unfinished painting. Bobbie and Katie paint as well and are available for advice and guidance as needed. Informal critiques will occur from 2 to 3 p.m. each day. Students should bring a brown bag lunch and their enthusiasm – it can be contagious!

Stained Glass Mosaic Studio
Instructor: Jen Wagner
Ongoing Open Studio
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $250 Members, $285 Non-members. Priced per project
Students create a beautiful stained glass mosaic project in an open studio setting. This class covers design, breaking, adhering and grouting techniques. Students begin by creating a stained glass mosaic window, then move onto projects of their choice. This class provides ample time to work, allowing optimal creative results. Contact the instructor for more information at 443-521-4084.

Photoshop Elements – Intermediate Level
Instructor: George Holzer
Mondays, June 10 – August 5, 2013, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $190 Members, $215 Non-members
This class is for Adobe Photoshop Elements users who have either taken a beginner class or are experienced with the basics of program. This means being comfortable with using most of the basic programs tools (resizing, cropping, basic color correction, basic image repair). This will be a “hands on” course with students using their own laptop with a (somewhat recent) version of Photoshop Elements installed. The class will cover: some review of the basics, but more on the various ways of making and refining selections, use of layers, layer masks, more in depth color correction and enhancements, converting color images to B&W, toned images, use of sharpening, blurring, noise, dust & scratches, and the lens correction filters, and output (printing or optimizing for web/email). Class is limited to 6 students.

* Students will need their own laptop and a version of the program installed.

* Both Windows or Mac users are welcome. Photoshop is a cross platform application.
Individual Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer
Day of the week, dates, etc.: TBD
Cost: TBD (per hour fee)
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.


Color Theory
Instructor: Maria Sage
Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon

Ages: 6-9 Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-Members

What are the ideas behind the way artists use color? Students spend a week exploring colors and experiencing color theory with different art making materials. Students create colorful studies that will make great additions to a home gallery.

Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance
Tuesdays, August 13 – September 3, 2013 – 7 p.m. Bolero
8 p.m. Argentine Tango
Thursdays, August 15 – September 5, 2013 – 7 p.m. Basic Beginner Rumba
7 p.m. Latin Variety
8 p.m. Cha-Cha
For further information or to register, contact Amanda Showell at 410-482-6169 or visit

The listed exhibitions, lectures, events, and classes will be held at the Academy Art Museum, located at 106 South St., Easton, MD, 21601. For further information or to register, call 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit