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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.



Main Stage Theatre to Present 'The Runner Stumbles'
Six Performances to Be Offered on CSM La Plata Campus

The College of Southern Maryland Main Stage Theatre will present "The Runner Stumbles," a play by Milan Stitt that is based on an actual turn-of-the-century trial for the murder of a nun in a remote parish in Michigan.
Performances at the CSM Fine Arts (FA) Center theater on the La Plata Campus at 8730 Mitchell Road will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15, 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 16, and 2 p.m. Sept. 17.  The cast includes Gershawn Mason of Bryans Road as Amos, Anthony Kiser of Leonardtown as Father Rivard, Ashton Gordon of Waldorf as Erna, Thomas Donohue of La Plata as Toby, Sabrina Martin of Waldorf as Sister Rita, Katie Fischer of La Plata as Mrs. Shandig, Jeffery Herbert of Waldorf as Prosecutor, Chris Fleming of Mechanicsville as Monsignor and Olivia Gordon of Waldorf as Louise.  The play, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., is about a young nun who has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelled tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed.  The play debuted in 1971, and was performed on Broadway in 1976. It was made into a movie in 1979 that starred Dick Van Dyke and Kathleen Quinlan.  Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, military with ID and youth of high school age and younger. Call 301-934-7828 or email  for tickets.   Main Stage's next performance will be "Pinocchio" in November. "Pinocchio" is an original musical based off of Carlo Collodi's classic fairy tale of the puppet who wanted to become a real boy. For information on the arts at CSM, visit .

Meggan Gould's 'Traces of Vision' Show Opens September 6

Photography on Display at CSM Hungerford Gallery through Sept. 29; Lecture, Sept. 27

Photographer Meggan Gould's "Traces of Vision" will kick off the College of Southern Maryland's season for 2016-17 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. Her show will run from Sept. 6 through 29. There will be an artist lecture at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the La Plata Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 102 with a reception to follow.  Gould lives and works in New Mexico, where she is an assistant professor of art at the University of New Mexico. She received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. In 2014, she was a nominee for the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers and a finalist in 2012 for the Clarence John Laughlin Award. Most recently, "Traces of Vision" has been shown at Montgomery College's Cafritz Foundation Arts Center Open Gallery in Takoma Park.  Her current work is primarily interested in using photography to examine the practice of photographing, and in the lives of photographs as objects. "Visualizing layers of information/knowledge is a continual undercurrent within my work; I look to exploit the ability of the photograph to stop our vision at an ostensibly superficial level of mutable, mundane surfaces," Gould said. "This recent work looks to the small scale of the surface of familiar objects, specifically iPads and camera viewfinders. I am fascinated by how we look at and visually process screens in our screen-soaked culture; the thought of touch-screens being so integrated into daily life would have been unthinkable a mere few years ago."  Gould's interest in surface, and the use of technology, has taken many forms over the years. "As with the iPad surfaces, I have used the photograph to separate the viewfinder's quirks from the world beyond and examining how these glass and plastic forms inform and shape our photographic visions. Histories of looking are embedded in the glass in the form of dust and scratches; etched and painted lines and text discipline and direct our sight. Meant to be looked through, to ostensible scenes beyond, what happens if our vision is arrested at these thresholds?" she said.  The body of work on display began in the teaching classroom, after years of looking through viewfinders to reassure students that the bulk of the scratches and dust they see are lodged in the glass of the viewfinder, and not irreparable lens flaws that will show up in each image, Gould said.  "My refrain of 'it won't show up in the picture' became interesting to me, and I began to look more closely at the mediated experience of single-lens reflex capture. Each camera becomes a miniature universe, one that begins with the manufacturer's specific, and often enigmatic, marks and grows, over years and decades, into a repository of an individual story of a camera's care and life in the world," she said.  Dominic Sansone's "# the drone life" will be featured Oct. 10-Nov. 3. Gregory T. Davis' "Impermanence of Knowledge" will be shown Nov. 14-Dec. 8. Jim Arendt's "Selvage" will be featured from Feb. 6-March 9, followed by the Annual Juried Student Exhibition from April 10-May 5. Submissions for the student exhibition will be accepted from March 28 to April 1. The jury will select exhibition works April 5.  These shows will be at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Artist lectures are usually held Tuesday afternoons and are free and open to the public.  Sign up for the Arts mailing list at  or connect with the Arts at CSM by contacting 301-934-7828 or .

Maryland Federation of Art Call for Artists

Strokes of Genius is Maryland Federation of Art's 5th annual all-painting competition. Original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will considered. Juror is Joey P. Mánlapaz, Associate Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Lecturer at Georgetown University. She also teaches painting at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA.The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA's Circle Gallery from October 28-November 26, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is September 1. Details and online entry are at

Small Wonders is Maryland Federation of Art's 14th annual celebration of the mantra that good things come in small packages - MFA invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter any original 2-D work 11 inches or smaller and 3-D work 7 inches or smaller. Juror is Amanda Burnham, Associate Professor at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a MFA from Yale University. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery from December 2-23, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is September 22. Details and online entry are at 

Foundation Announces 2015-2016 Independent Film Tours

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced the film lineup for the 2015-2016 On Screen / In Person film touring program. On Screen / In Person brings some of the best new independent American films and their creators to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. This year's films, focusing on the arts and women's issues, will follow deaf poets as they enter the world of ASL slam poetry, a choreographer using dance for healing and escape, and a retrospective on the remarkable career of visual artist Miriam Beerman. Audiences will learn the story of hidden female soldiers during the Civil War, the crisis of rape faced by women and children in Liberia, and the incredible musical legacy of the Carter and Cash families.

Selected films include: Deaf Jam directed by Judy Lieff; Foreign Puzzle directed by Chithra Jeyaram; Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos directed by Jonathan Gruber; REBEL directed by Maria Agui Carter; Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story directed by Jessica Vale; and The Winding Stream directed by Beth Harrington.

For film synopses visit here .  For filmmaker information, visit here .

The tour will travel to seven venues in seven states during fall 2015 and spring 2016. Host sites include: BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD), Carnegie Hall (Lewisburg, WV), Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA), Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ), Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post (Brookville, NY), The Queen Theater (Wilmington, DE), and Zoellner Arts Center (Bethlehem, PA). For a complete list of dates, times, locations, and other program activities, please contact the venues directly.

The filmmakers will tour with their films to the venues for public screenings which include question and answer sessions with the audience. Each filmmaker visit will also include a community engagement activity collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and local host site.

The purpose of On Screen / In Person is to provide screening opportunities for independent filmmakers; increase access to film programming of excellence to audiences across the region, especially in communities that would otherwise have little access to this work; and to provide communities with opportunities that lead to greater understanding of the filmmakers' work and enhance their viewing experience.

Questions concerning On Screen / In Person should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super at

On Screen / In Person is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists' capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. For more information on the Foundation's programs and services, please visit:  .

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.

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


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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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