|The Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts will host the Treasures of the Eastern Shore Exhibit from April 4 – July 2, 2014, with additional works on display at the Chesapeake Exploration Center at Kent Narrows. This Exhibit will feature artworks that capture the essence of our Eastern Shore heritage. Featured artists are Maureen Bannon, Amy Cummins, Jay Fleming, Patrick Henry, and Will Hemsley. Each of these talented artists shares an artistic passion for life on the Chesapeake.
Please join us for the Artists’ reception on April 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Centre for the Arts – 206 S. Commerce Street, Centreville MD. You won’t want to miss the chance to meet these amazing artists.
Kent Island native, Will Hemsley comes to the Centre for the Arts for the first time. Will is a painter and sculptor living and working on the Shore. His oil paintings of life on the Chesapeake Bay are popular among collectors, and his sculptures are featured prominently in the lobbies of numerous businesses and institutions across Maryland. Will’s artistic style builds on the great traditions of American Realism, and his sculptures and paintings have an expressionist boldness that captures the vitality and spirit of the region. In addition to his art career, Will is also the captain of a charter fishing boat on the Chesapeake Bay. Much of his artistic inspiration is derived from his experience growing up and working on the water.
Jay Fleming’s award winning photography showcases his passions of the outdoors and photography. Jay comes from a family of passionate photographers. His father is Kevin Fleming, a former National Geographic photographer. “Instead of reading me children’s books, my parents showed me photography books”, Jay remembered. It is impossible to read about Maryland’s seafood industry without becoming enthralled by one of Fleming’s pictures.
Patrick Henry hails from Snow Hill, where his journey began, and has continued for more than five decades. Much of his inspiration comes from the Eastern Shore’s iconic watermen, farmers, brick masons, teachers and day laborers. They live their lives intertwined–knowing each other and the land around them with a depth of knowledge that is not forgotten as the years go by and as the people and the land change. It is this land and these people that are captured in Henry’s work.
With her subject matter and brushwork influenced by the French landscape painters of the 19th century, Maureen Bannon gravitates to those gently mundane settings in which nature can be seen embracing the human community. This can often be seen in her work where a solitary figure is involved with nature. As a naturalist, themes include gardens, vacation retreats, historical homes, wetlands and wildlife as well as macroscopic views of the land. Like impressionists, she renders the quiet scenes with a palette of intense greens and blues that are anything but quiet. Many scenes are reminders of how man and nature come together.
Amy Cummins’ paintings are the result of unique and introspective interpretations of the world around her. Through her unique, dramatic landscapes and thoughtful scenes of life, her art evokes a sense of depth, passion and of subtle beauty, serving both as a source of wonder and inspiration. Her works of art reflect a depth of understanding of the outdoor world rarely captured so intensely and covers the spectrum from seascapes to landscapes.
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