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On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Calvert County ,we are pleased and proud to partner with Community Bank of the Chesapeake's gracious support of local artists in Calvert County! The art provided by the CalvART Gallery artists is among the finest in Maryland and it is a true honor to see their work on display at the branch in Prince Frederick.


Call For Entry

Folk Art All Media Open Show

July 10, to August 9, 2015

Entries for this show must depict a "folk art" style of art. Folk art is
primarily by a naive style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not necessarily employed. In closely related terms, it is outsider art, self-taught, primitive, and naive art. It can be fabric art i.e. quilts and wall hangings, etc. Do not think only two- dimensionally. Much of the original folk art was created on or with whatever was available at the time. Even though it may not be your work style, do a little research and have fun with it.


  • Artist may submit three pieces of artwork for review and selection by the MCAC Artist Advisory Committee.

  •  Label entry(s) with title, artist's name, phone number, medium, and price.

  •  Original artwork only, two of the three pieces must be for sale. MCAC retains 25% commission on sales.

  •  Sold pieces must remain until the end of the show.

  •  All artwork must be delivered ready for installation with proper hanging devices, if applicable, (no saw tooth hooks). MCAC reserves the right to refuse any piece that is improperly presented or considered unsafe. MCAC framing standards are relaxed for this show. Fabric art must be fitted with a proper hanging device for the piece's protection.

  •  No artwork will be selected that has been shown at MCAC within the preceding twelve months. Artwork cannot go from gallery to gift shop or visa versa.

ARTWORK DELIVERY DATE: Thursday July 2, Friday July 3, and Sunday July 5, (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

RETRIEVAL DATE: Sunday, August 9, (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Monday, August 10, (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) No art will be released before the close of the show.

ENTRY FEE: $5.00 per piece for members or $8.00 per piece for non-members

Exhibiting artists are needed as docents. Members bring your calendar and be prepared to sign up for a date when your work is delivered. A date to docent either for this show or for a future show will be required. Contact the Artists Advisory Committee if special circumstances exist that you cannot decent.

LIABILITY: All work will be handled with all possible care. MCAC will not be
responsible for any loss or damage. MCAC will not be responsible for work left after retrieval
dates. After 30 days the work will become the property of MCAC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Gene McCandless at 301.645.3227 or e-mail mccan1@verizon. net

Early Women of Architecture in Maryland Exhibit

New Children's Chorus Hosts Free "Summer Sing" Workshop

With the launch of the Chesapeake Children's Chorus (CCC) due in mid August, directors Laurel Dietz and Lori Beth Sink will lead two free evening workshops. Admission is open for youth entering grades 2-8. "Summer Sing" will be at Hollywood United Methodist Church from 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, August 6. Participants can expect to meet the directors, sing vocal warm-ups and music, play ice-breaker style games, and prepare for the audition process. Those students interested in joining CCC for its inaugural season should plan to audition on Thursday, August 13.

The Chesapeake Children's Chorus is founded with a vision of uniting Southern Maryland youth through singing. Operating as the children's branch of the local adult choir St. Maries Musica, CCC is an auditioned vocal ensemble that meets weekly to provide musically-interested students with a unique choral education. Founder Krystal McCoy, and Directors Laurel Dietz and Lori Beth Sink all have advanced degrees in music and work diligently alongside manager Tina Dronenburg to bring music education to the youth in our Tri-County area for a minimal fee. The chorus will have the opportunity to perform holiday and spring concerts, as well as take their music to Southern Maryland community stages and festivals.

For more information about the chorus please visit the "Chesapeake Children's Chorus" Facebook page or send us an email us.

Patuxent Voices Holding Auditions

Patuxent Voices, Southern Maryland's premiere women's a cappella group, is currently holding auditions for all voice parts. Do you love a cappella? Can you sight read music? Does your voice blend well with others? We would love to hear you. Patuxent Voices has been entertaining local audiences since 2004 with a wide range of musical styles. Our love of singing vibrates through all our performances.

The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings. We give two sets of concerts annually, one at Christmas and one in May, and perform at a variety of community events. Interested? Contact us at to schedule an audition.

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Winter Artist Residency
 in Central Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 6 months). For more information, send us an email .

Winter applications are due September 27, 2015 thru CAFÉ . Early Bird Discount: Use Coupon Code XQEARLY by 9/1/15 for 20% application discount. More information: . Join and Like our 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page (lots of pictures!). Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal

The Arts Council Announces the New Patuxent Arts Trail

The Arts Council of Calvert County is pleased to announce the creation of the Patuxent Arts Trail. The Trail features public Art Galleries in Calvert County showing and selling local and regional art. All of the Trail Galleries are open to the public. Trail brochures are available at all featured galleries and at the Arts Council offices. The creation of the Patuxent Art Trail is made possible by a grant from the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and the Calvert County Department of Economic Development.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Kicks Off 2015 Speaker Series

ST. LEONARD, MD - Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) Speaker Series runs April through October with one lecture per month. The series brings together luminaries as diverse as the topics they teach for seven evenings of profound insights, informative presentations and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of topics. The lectures are held at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at 7pm, with the exception of the May 7th lecture held at the Calvert Library Prince Fredrick. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The speaker series kicks off April 23rd with a lecture from Ed Chaney, Deputy Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, entitled: "God Save King George: Recent Archaeological Finds at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum." In 2011, JPPM archaeologists used a ground-penetrating radar to explore the site where the Smith family lived in the early 1700s. Excavations over the last four years have uncovered many of the radar's "hits." Ed Chaney will reveal the numerous building remains and interesting artifacts discovered at the Smith's St. Leonard site.

Other lectures scheduled: May 7, "Outfitting Outlander: So much more than kilts, ya ken," Sara Rivers-Cofield, Curator & Archaeologist; June 25, "Maryland Biodiversity Project: 15,721 Species and Counting...," Jim Brighton, Naturalist; July 23, "Gertrude Sawyer and Rose Greely: Homage to Maryland's Early Women Architects," Katie Irwin and Sadie Dempsey, Architects; August 20, "A Taste of Maryland," Joyce White, Food Historian; September 24, "Food at Sea in 1812," Simon Spalding, Author & Historian; October 22, "Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake," John R. Wennersten, Author & Historian.

The speaker series is made possible by a grant from the MARPAT foundation in memory of Thomas W. Richards. For a full description of each lecture or additional information visit , call 410-586-8501 or email

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit .

Showing in the Mary Beth Harry Student Art Gallery ...

Huntingtown HS – May 2015

College of Southern Maryland -  June 2015

Winners from the Calvert Pines Senior Art Show – July 2015

Plum Point Elementary and Middles Schools – August and September 2015

To learn more about how you can support the Arts in Calvert County -- click here 

or click the "Donate" button immediately below to contribute to the Arts Council of Calvert County with a major credit card.


CalvART Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday 
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

410-535-9252             Prince Frederick Shopping Center: Rt. 4 and Rt. 231 
PO Box 2569 Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Trish Weaver owner of Dreamweaver Café and Catering ( left), recipient of the 2013 Mary D. Harrison Community Service to the Arts Award, and Arts Council President Eleanor Nelson presenting the Award.

Marissa Hill (left), Senior from Huntingtown HS and recipient of the 2013 Mary Beth Harry Student Scholarship, with Judy MacWilliams (right), Chair of the Scholarship committee presenting.

Some of the others in attendance at the Arts Council of Calvert County's 2013 Annual Meeting.


On January 31, 2013, winners from the Calvert County high schools competed in the County Level Competition of the Poetry Out Loud Competition at CalvArt Gallery. Contestants from Calvert, Huntingtown, Northern and Patuxent High Schools recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 680 classic and contemporary poems.

Malaysia Johnson (center) from Calvert High School won the 2013 Poetry Out Loud County competition held January 31 at the Calvert Library. Also shown above are Cara Mathers (left) from Calvert HS and Brigit Gilvary (right) from Huntingtown HS.

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CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Center at 110 S. Solomons Island Road. (Between Sakura and Dream Weaver Café)


The Arts Council of Calvert County has established a scholarship in memory of Mary Beth Harry.   “Mary Beth loved encouraging young artists, and  therefore we believe this is a way to remember her that she would have appreciated.” The scholarship will be awarded annually to a young aspiring Calvert County artist.  

Tim Crout, a friend of Ms. Harry, contributed $400 to the Mary Beth Harry Memorial Scholarship and challenged anyone reading this to meet or beat his contribution to the fund! To accept this challenge or to give whatever you wish to support this important memorial scholarship, click this "Donate" button...



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Special thanks to the following businesses and friends 
who have contributed to the Arts Council this year!

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
Peter and Nancy Hooper
Earl T. Hurrey
Mar-Ber Development Corporation
Showplace Arena

Bayside Toyota
PNC Bank
Linda E. Woods

Bob and Pat Carpenter
Duncan Frazer
Michael R. Phillips
Margaret H. Phipps
Sneade's Ace Home Center

Alexander Chiropractic Center
Jack Bannister, ReMax United Real Estate
Mary and Joel Bergsman
Christine and David Boesz
Deborah Gann Carstens
Nancy Feuerle
Richard and Jean Fleming
Mary Anne Harms
Howland Hartley
Holiday Inn - Solomons
Beverly and Brooks Jackson
Sue and Steve Kullen
Maryland Country Caterers
John and Jill Menassa
Linda Patton
Quality Built Homes
Colleen and George Sabo
John and Luray Schaffner
Suzanne Shelden
Don and Mary Smolinski
Kirk Swain
Donna and Paul Wilson

Dawn Balinski
Paul and Doris Berry
Michael and Gale Bonanno
Joyce T. Bowling
Darcey Clark
Wilma Forsell Garcia
Jeanette and John Heinbuch
Sylvia S. Hubbard
Mr. & Mrs. David Kallal
Deborah Karvelas
Joan D. Kilmon
Nancy Klapper
Mary and Warren Krug
Lighthouse Engraving & Signs, Inc.
Judy and Richard MacWilliams
Barbara Fairchild and George Newman
Nikki Lanza O’Malley
Mary and Michael Overfelt
Petronella Popp
Mary K. Ritter
Victoria Ronan
Sally Schofield
Joan Boker Shisler
Mary Stuart Sierra
Jack R. Smith
Twin Shields Golf Club
Eliot and Richard Wilson
Jeniene B. Wishart

Adult Day Care of Calvert County
Bay Shore Webs
William and Jean Bozman
Frank Crea
Laverne and Austin Good
Joyce and Bill Halstead
Audrey Hatry
Reid’s School Bus Service, Inc.
Roberta Safer & Klaus Zwilsky

Special thanks also to those who contributed to the 
Mary Beth Harry Memorial Scholarship

Pat and Bob Carpenter
Ann Crain
Timothy Crout
James and Judith Dobson
Shannon Fox
Cindy Guy
Don Harry
Carol Harvat
Jeffrey Koons
Mickey Kunkle
Mimi Little
Megan Richard
Frank W. Skinner
Linda E. Woods

The Mission of the Arts Council of Calvert County is to invest in and encourage the arts in Calvert County.  In support of our mission we sponsor:

  • Grants to schools and organizations for arts related programs

  • Summer Arts Camps through a collaborative effort with Annmarie Garden

  • The CalvART Gallery, a co-op gallery featuring local artists

Arts Council Board of Directors

Rane Franklin, President
Joan D. Kilmon, Vice President
Harriet Yaffe, Secretary
Dr. Eugene Karol, Treasurer

Holly Hay, Grants Administrator
Tracy Delaney, Esq.
Jessica Valadie
Hon. E. Greg Wells

Ann Trentman, CalvART Gallery Liaison

Executive Director -- Bob Carpenter

 Arts Council of Calvert County Accessibility Statement

Arts Council of Calvert CountyAs the official Calvert County arts organization, as designated by the Board of County Commissioners, the Arts Council of Calvert County is funded by support from the CALVERT COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, private gifts, contributions, and fundraising activities and a grant from the MARYLAND STATES ARTS COUNCIL (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, a federal agency.

The Arts Council of Calvert County is proud to be a member of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts

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