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New Artists:  Wade, Nawrot and Ringgold

Please visit our March show to welcome Suzanne Nawrot, Larry Ringgold and Carol Wade to the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick: Something for everyone: a jeweler, a sculptor and a painter.

Suzanne Nawrot creates wearable art in various mediums using a variety of techniques and materials including beads, epoxy clay; Kumihimo, an ancient form of Japanese braiding, with and without beads; and most recently, wire wrapping semi precious stones and glass with precious metals. Her jewelry is luminous and elegant. 

Larry Ringgold has taken up the profession of beachcombing and sculpts beautiful art with his driftwood findings. His whimsical forms are at once playful and forceful. From his found wood, he fashions everything from animals and sea creatures (including mermaids) to birds and more. 

Carol Wade is an established artist in Southern Maryland. To compose her lovely paintings, she often includes other found objects like music sheets or photos she places in the work or interprets. She draws upon her surroundings and musings to add interest and depth to her work that invite a long visit with her paintings. 

Please join the CalvART artists to welcome our new artists and their spectacular work at the reception that will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 5 to 8 PM . And of course, the other CalvART artists will be on hand with new and interesting work to share with you, as well

Art Talk - The Importance of a First Impressionist: Life and Work of Claude Money
CalvART Gallery, Prince Frederick, MD
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7-8 p.m.

Julia Musengo will continue her series on Art History at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick on Wednesday, March 25 with a talk about the importance of the Impressionists. She will talk about the life and work of Claude Monet. She will be showing early to late work of the artist as well as photos of Monet's garden. She will conclude the talk with reference to other painters who were influenced by Monet especially his landscapes of gardens and flowers. Musengo is an excellent speaker and brings Art History to life for everyone in a clear and colorful presentation. The wonderful colors and pictures of Monet's work and his garden will help bring us out of winter and into spring. 

Julia Musengo was born in Washington DC on April 10th, 1949. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park where she studied Art History as well as Humanities, Anthropology and Folklore. Her early career as an artist included work in advertising as well as in jewelry design for the catalogs of the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She has lived and worked as an oil painter and assemblage artist (making sculptures from found objects) in Calvert County since 1985. 

There is a $5.00 fee for the lecture. For more information on the event or to make a reservation for the talk please call the Gallery at 410-535-9252. The CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center at the intersection of Routes 4 and 231 between Sakura and Dreamweaver Restaurants. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-5pm. Please visit our website for more information on the Gallery and current and upcoming exhibits. The CalvART Gallery is a program of the Arts Council of Calvert County.



Bayside Buddies -- The month of March will be extra special at Artworks @ 7th. We are very fortunate to have as a guest artist, award winning painter Mary Lou Troutman of St. Mary's County, who will team up with our very own Ellen Robinson for a wondrous exhibit of acrylic paintings and hand-crafted clay and driftwood works of art. 

Mary Lou has developed a personal feeling of nostalgia for the "way it was" along the Chesapeake. Her detailed acrylic painting reflects a strong sense of light with a realistic touch. Through the years of recognition, numerous awards, and artistic achievements, her work has become a part of both private and corporate collections that span from coast to coast.

Ellen's functional pottery and driftwoods reflect the bay as well. All of her works are slab built and original and while equipment is used to make a lot of pottery in this world, Ellen uses just her hands or a simple paddle and rolling pin to create her imaginative and awesome designs.

So come on out and see the creativity and talent that will be on display. The show is called "Bay Side Buddies," and will run from March 5 - 29, 2015. There will be an Opening Reception with complimentary refreshments on Saturday, March 7th, from 1-5 PM.

Artworks@7th islocated at 9100 Bay Avenue, North Beach, MD., 20714. Gallery Hours are Thursday thru Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Our telephone number is 410-286-5278 or you can visit our website at

And while you're at it you can also get a look at works of photography and hand-made jewelry by our newest member artists, see the works our other artists have been producing or just get out of the house and do something that's free, visually appealing, and fun. Beautiful silk dyed scarves; jewelry for the young and the not so young; still life, landscape, and abstract paintings of various styles and techniques; photographs of the familiar and not so familiar; and ceramics with some new glaze explorations, are just a few of the artworks available for you to peruse and enjoy. So come on out! 


The Arts Council of Calvert County, in conjunction with the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, announce the creation of the Patuxent Art Trail. The Trail will highlight Calvert County Art Galleries and Gallery activities and events.  Look for more information beginning spring of 2015.


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

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

Eleanor Nelson, President
Joanie Kilmon, Vice President
Judith MacWilliams, Secretary
Peter Hooper, Treasurer

Linda E. Woods, Grants Review Chair
Linda Patton, At Large Member
Colleen Sabo, At Large Member
Carl Wood, CalvART Gallery Liaison

Executive Director -- William Chambers

 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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