Academy Art Museum – June 2013 Events


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJuneteenth Celebration
Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum
Friday, June 14, 2013 and Saturday, June 15, 2013
Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland
Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery. It commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas first received the word of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Abraham Lincoln had issued two and one-half years earlier on January 1, 1863. This year’s Juneteenth Celebration will begin on Friday, June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum with a reception and lecture celebrating Easton’s “The Hill Project,” the birthplace of African Methodism on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Professor Dale Glenwood Green from Morgan State University will present information about “The Hill,” which may be the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States of America (circa 1790). The celebration will continue on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at the Museum with an art demonstration by African-American ceramic artist Ernest Satchell, a native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore whose figurative sculpture and extra-large vessels are unique on the Eastern Shore. Other activities on Saturday include a performance of African dance and music by the Sankofa Dance Theatre from Baltimore, gospel music by several local church choirs, art projects for children and families, the “Spoken Word” writings from local youth, a “knowledge fair” with booths that showcase African-American community organizations and programs and Reddie Eddie’s Ribs & Chicken BBQ. Support for the event has come from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council. For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration, visit the Frederick Douglass Honor Society at or the Academy Art Museum at

In photo: Pictured is African-American ceramic artist Ernest Satchell. His figurative sculpture and extra-large vessels are unique on the Eastern Shore.

James Turrell Perspectives
Through July 7, 2013

The exhibition, James Turrell Perspectives, features the premier of a new installation entitled St. Elmo’s Light, and many other works never before on public view. James Turrell is an internationally-acclaimed light and space artist whose work can be found in collections worldwide. Over more than six decades he has pursued his fascination with the phenomena of light to create striking works that play with the perception and the effect of light within a created space. Since 1974, Turrell has been converting a dormant volcano in Arizona, Roden Crater, into a monumental work of art. James Turrell Perspectives is concurrent with the artist’s retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition is underwritten in part by the Dedalus Foundation, the Talbot County Arts Council and the MD State Arts Council, Ilex Construction, Inc.,The Ravenal Foundation, as well as Thomas and Robin Clarke, Tim Kagan, Frank and Joan Kittredge, and Robert and Marsha Lonergan. The Museum is located at 106 South St., Easton, MD, 21601. For further information, call 410-822-ARTS (2787) or visit

Jan Kirsh: Forms from the Garden
Through July 7, 2013

Intrigue, whimsy, humor or drama is found in the sensuous curves and shapes of the familiar forms award winning landscape designer and artist Jan Kirsh creates in her sculpture. They inspire healthy chatter, upbeat conversations that evoke positive emotional feelings. The sculpture breathes personality into the easily recognized forms, subtle movement and contours are reminiscent of human anatomy. Nature inspires Kirsh’s work. Cherishing time in her studio, Kirsh has produced voluptuous and exuberant vegetable and fruit forms, made in a variety of materials, including bronze, resin, glass fiber reinforced concrete, stone, coated urethane or fiberglass for large-scale pieces in virtually any size and any color. Her sculptures are simultaneously intimate and heroic, organic and modern, fertile forms that remind us of the infinite wonder of Nature.

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.

Lecture in Partnership with Temple B’nai Israel Summer Institute
“The Book of Happy Writings”
Joelle Dautricourt
Friday, June 21, 2013, 7 pm
Cost: Free
Sorbonne-educated French graphic artist and sculptor, Joelle Dautricourt, brings alive “The Book of Happy Writings,” a series of 26 calligraphic prints, bringing together the genre of classical mysticism with modern graphic techniques. These biblically-inspired dynamic prints present a contemporary visual language embracing classical and ancient themes.

Wonders of the Night
Dr. Joseph Schulman
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 Museum members, $15 for non-Museum member
Dr. Joseph D. Schulman presents a program of astronomical imagery, “Wonders of the Night Sky: Astrophotography and the Story of the Schulman Telescope.” In this program, he takes the audience into the vast world of galaxies, planetary and light and dark nebulas, and globular star clusters to observe the visual and scientific splendor of these sights as seen and photographed with a high resolution telescope named after him at the University of Arizona’s Mount Lemmon Observatory. Renowned University of Arizona astrophotographer, Adam Block, who supervises activities at the Schulman telescope, explains some of its features, and program attendees are able to watch the telescope in both daylight and nighttime operation.


Summer Watercolor Workshop
Instructor: Heather Crow
Friday-Sunday, June 28-30, 2013,10am – 4pm
2-day format (Saturday-Sunday) Cost: $150 Members, $185 Non-members and $10 supply fee
3-day format (Friday-Sunday) Cost: $210 Members, $245 Non-members and $10 supply fee

Summer near the water — and watercolor — just go together. Painters of all levels can learn to work more thoughtfully without sacrificing spontaneity. Anything can be painted. The secret is not the subject, but how artists see and design the shapes, values, and colors. And since color is a watercolor painter’s main design tool, students can sort out the most helpful, essential, and dependable pigments — drawing from traditional and modern palettes. Creative exercises — one interpreting a photo of the refrigerator in the kitchen setting, and one involving reflections in puddles or water — teach students how to tackle quirky subjects and see their spaces and places — or their still life and people — through fresh eyes. Some papers, pigments and brushes are furnished. Students should bring any watercolor paints they own (do not buy new paints), a container for water, a palette or white plate, any brushes and watercolor paper, a clean sponge, masking tape, an old towel, a ruler, scissors, and a #2 pencil and an eraser.

Email or call Heather with questions or for more detailed supply suggestions, at or 410-310-5615. NOTE: Students may take this as a 2-day or 3-day workshop. Although Friday’s content is a “stand-alone” day, it may not be taken without the other 2 days. Workshop is limited to 12 students.

Beautiful Blooms: Painting the Garden is Pastel
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
June 24, 25 and 26, 2013
Monday- Wednesday, 9:30am – 2pm
Cost: $ 125 Members, $150 Non-members
Capture the beauty of a garden. Using photos for reference, students work through the steps of composing a pastel painting – composition, value studies, underpainting techniques and finishing details- to create a memorable piece of art. The medium of pastel is perfect for this subject matter because the colors are fresh and rich in chroma. This is a fun and rewarding workshop and all levels are accepted.

Marine Painting
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $200 Members, $230 Non-members
This workshop is all about helping students to capture the power, and drama of the ocean – waves crashing and light filtering through water. Matthew was brought up in a beach house on the English coast, and has always been fascinated by the ocean. It is a favorite subject of his and he can’t wait to share his love and a few secrets of painting this exciting subject. This workshop is for all levels. Because students paint in oils and acrylics, they will need to bring paints, canvases or boards, sketchbooks and reference. The instructor will also provide additional reference photos.

One Day Workshop: Paint the Chesapeake
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10am – 3:30pm
Cost: $100 Members, $125 Non-members
This workshop is an opportunity to complete a painting in a day. The instructor helps students from start to finish. In fact, he paints alongside students, guiding them through the different stages of the painting. The subject is a work boat in the bay. Reference and 5 x 7 boards will be provided.

Color – How Did You Mix That?
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
3 weeks: June 13 – 27, 2013
Thursdays, 10am – 1 pm
Cost: $ 115 Members, $135 Non-members
For all levels, including those new to oil painting. This is Diane’s very popular color workshop in a condensed weekly format. If you struggle with mixing color, have trouble getting the colors you want, and wish you knew how to work with a limited palette, this indoor studio class is for you. It is highly interactive and fun, with weekly demonstrations, written materials filled with pointers, lots of experimentation, and plenty of one-on-one attention. Learning more about color will help students enjoy painting more, keep their colors radiant, and keep them from muddling their paint by trying again and again for the color they
Minimum 6, Maximum 15.

Stained Glass Mosaic Studio
Instructor: Jen Wagner
Ongoing Open Studio
Wednesdays, 6-8pm and Sundays 1-4pm
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 – 8:30pm
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.
* Please: This class is not for those new to or inexperienced with this program.

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.


Extreme Art
Instructor: Heather Crow
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2013, 9:30-11:00am
Ages: 4-7
Cost: $100, Members, $110 Non-members
Look at nature artfully to sculpt and paint the biggest, smallest, highest, lowest, oldest, coldest, most beautiful and most bizarre things. The animal, plant and mineral worlds will be the inspiration — from the deepest sea to the highest mountain. A terrific way to begin summer! Questions? Please email Heather Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Printmaking: Colorful Multiples
Instructor: Heather Crow
Monday-Friday. June 17-21, 2013, 11:15am-1:15pm
Ages: 7+
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members
Students use the art of multiple cultures of the world to make their own colorful fabric and paper art prints — everything from monoprints, to block- prints to silkscreens. West African Kente Cloth, wearable Japanese Shibori and colorful watercolor monoprints will be part of the fun. Questions? Please email Heather at Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Acrylic and Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Heather Crow
Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2013, 1:30-3:30pm
Ages: 10+
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members
This class is for children who want to learn the real way that real artists make real paintings. Students will practice varied techniques from bright Pop Art to the more traditional to build skills useful to young artists. Students may work on unique ideas they bring to class or work with the teacher to come up with creative ideas for paintings. The teacher’s helpful encouragement will improve both students’ painting and drawing skills. Questions? Please email Heather at Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Full Circle with Art
Instructor: Maria Sage
Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2013, 9:30am-12:00 noon
Ages: 6-9
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members
Have you ever thought of a circle as more than just a shape? There are many different ways the circle has inspired artists and cultures. We will explore art and the circle using different art making materials in our creative journey.

Create a Mosaic Mural in Downtown Easton!
Instructor: Jennifer Wagner
Ages: 8-11, Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 2013, 9am-3pm
Ages: 12-16, Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2013, 9am-3pm
Cost: $210 Members, $220 Non-members per week
Students will work collaboratively on a mural in a downtown Easton location, using bits of recycled glass, tile and mirror. They will learn breaking, adhering and grouting techniques…and get to show off their work for decades to come!

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