Academy Art Museum May 2014 Events

Bryan-Collier,--Cherish-Today,-watercolor-and-collage--2006Photo: Bryan Collier, Cherish Today, 2006 Watercolor/collage 2006 Collection of the artist

The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

From Bierstadt to Wyeth: American Landscapes from a Private Collection, May 10 – July 13, 2014

Curator-led tours: Wednesday, May 28, 12 noon & Friday, June 20, 12 noon

The Academy Art Museum is in the fortunate position to show landscapes by American masters of the 19th and 20th centuries from a private collection. The collectors – who prefer to remain anonymous – have gathered very fine works of art over a period of some 25 years. The exhibition of mostly oil paintings and includes several well-known artists’ impressions by Albert Bierstadt, Rockwell Kent, George Inness, Leon Kroll, Jesse Leach France, Childe Hassam, Eastman Johnson, and N.C. Wyeth.

Wood Transformed:  The Art of Vicco von Voss, May 10 – July 13, 2014

Member reception: Friday, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Curator led tours: Wednesday, May 28, 12 noon & Friday, June 20, 12 noon

Vicco von Voss was born in Kiel, Germany, where he was greatly influenced by both his grandfathers. One was a forester and woodcarver who inspired Vicco’s deep love of nature, understanding of trees, and introduced him to the craft of woodworking. The other was an architect who worked in conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright to re-build structures in post-war Hamburg. The essence of Vicco’s work is in relationships: he feels a spiritual connection to trees, an understanding of the nature of wood, a collaborative partnership with clients, and a unique creative process with each piece. The exhibition will contain some 15 newly created wood sculptures and an entirely new body of work.

Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth, May 10 – July 20, 2014

Book reading and signing by Bryan Collier at the Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bryan Collier has a unique style of painting that incorporates both watercolors and collage.

Collier received the Caldecott Honor book Medal winner for “Martin’s Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,”  illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport (Jump at the Sun/ Hyperion) in 2002; for “Rosa,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company) in 2006; and for “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier,” written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.) in 2011.  His latest book, “Knock Knock,” was published in December 2013.


Celebrate the Genius of Duke Ellington

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The fun begins at the Avalon Theatre at 6 p.m. with the renowned, 16-piece Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and acclaimed vocalist Sharon Clark.    Music continues throughout the evening— greeting guests as they enter the Waterfowl Building for cocktails, followed by fine dining in artful settings throughout the Museum.  Guests will also have the opportunity to sign up for “Artful Adventures”—extraordinary opportunities to experience the arts and artful living in unique and intimate venues—from secret gardens on the Eastern Shore to backstage at Winterthur’s conservation rooms. This event is the Academy Art Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. To register for an Artful Adventure, visit


May Mornings en Plein Air! Diane DuBois Mullaly, 4 weeks: May 1 – May 22, 2014, Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $150 Members, $175 Non-members

This class is for any skill level, in oil, acrylic or pastel. This four-week series teaches good fundamentals for the beginning plein air painter and is a welcome tune-up for those with more experience. Students will paint each week in the beautiful gardens and streets of historic downtown Easton.

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Paul Aspell, One Session of 6 weeks:  May 5-June 9,  Mondays: 1 – 3pm, $175 Members, $200 Non-members

This class is offered to all those people who always wanted to try the potter’s wheel.  Students will be taught the basics of “throwing” on the wheel by making simple forms.  All materials are included.

Introduction to Pottery

Paul Aspell, One Session of 6 weeks: May 7 – June 11, 2014, Wednesdays: 1 – 3 p.m., $175 Members, $200 Non-members

This class is offered to those students who have little or no experience working with clay.  The class will explore hand building techniques: plates, bowls and mugs.  All materials are included.

Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Pottery

Paul Aspell, One Session of 6 weeks: May 7 – June 11, 2014, Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $175 Members, $200 Non-members

This class is for those students who can only take a class in the evening.  All levels will be taught in hand building and potter’s wheel techniques.  All materials are included.

Intermediate/Advanced Pottery

Paul Aspell, One Session of 6 weeks:  May 5 – June 9, 2014, Mondays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., $175 Members, $200 Non-members

Designed for the experienced student, this is the class to try new techniques and different glaze combinations. This hands-on class offers a wide range of making wheel-thrown and hand built pottery.  All materials are included.

Pastel Painting: Flowers in Still Life and Gardens, Katie Cassidy, 3 weeks, May 7 to 21, 2014, Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m., $165 Members, $195 Non-members

Through carefully prepared exercises in all the basics of pastel and instructor demonstrations, the student will learn to develop their pastel skills – the richness of color and texture of flowers makes for an exciting painting.

Introduction to the “Museum’s Digital Media Lab & the Macintosh, Instructor: George Holzer, Workshops (two date & time options): Saturday, May 31st at 10am – 12pm, Wednesday, June 4th at 1pm – 3pm, Cost $30 Members, $55 Non-members

The Museum’s new digital lab is not only a beautiful work space, but it is stocked with the most up to date (Macintosh) computers and technology. Students should not be intimidated if they are not familiar with using an iMac and/or the Macintosh operating system. This workshop is specifically designed to familiarize students with the basics of the Macintosh and the lab’s computers. When students are done with this workshop, they will be comfortable utilizing the lab for the Museum’s upcoming digital class offerings.


Home School Art Classes, 6-week Mini-Session, Constance Del Nero (ages 6 to 9 years), Susan Horsey (ages 10+), May 9 – June 13, 2014, Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., $70 Museum Members, $80 Non-members

Classes focus on fine art techniques and materials.  A variety of media will be explored. Students visit the Museum’s exhibitions when appropriate.  Preregistration is advised as space is limited in each group.

Mother’s Day Craft Saturday, Saturday, May 10, 1 – 3 p.m., $5 per child

Come join the Museum staff for an afternoon of holiday crafts. Children will create one or more seasonal projects to take home, to keep, or to give as gifts. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. Scholarships are available.

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