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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.

CSM Announces 2015-16 Arts Season College Theme,
'Music,' to Resonate in All Disciplines, Departments

 The College of Southern Maryland announces the 2015-16 fine arts program, including dramatic, comedic and musical theater for adults and children, performances of Latin, barbershop, jazz and classical music, visual arts and dance, and literary lectures.  "The Fine Arts program at CSM is pleased to be a part of an all-college theme of 'Music' for the 2015-16 academic year," said CSM Communication, Arts and Humanities Chair Dr. Stephen Johnson. "CSM will be featuring traditional as well as unique and innovative ways of celebrating the theme of music on all its campuses and in a variety of programs."  In addition to the annual music ensemble concerts and recitals, theatrical events such as the fall musicals "Oliver!" and "Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move" will celebrate the theme. There will also be informal brown bag lunch concerts on campus, and diverse departments will incorporate elements of music into their disciplines, such as science, art, languages and mathematics.

The academic year of theatrical productions includes Main Stage Theatre's "Greater Tuna," "Oliver!," and "Before it Hits Home"; Children's Theatre's "Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move," "Little Prince" and "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales by Jules Tasca"; and Cause Theatre's "The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note," "My First Time" and "The Walls." Information on performances is available at .

Music performances include the Ward Virts Concert Series at the Prince Frederick Campus which opens with local favorite, nationally acclaimed Brian Ganz on piano and continues with virtuosos of jazz, pop/classical and classical piano. For dates and musician bios, click here .
In time for the holidays, musical offerings include CSM's Choral Concert, Barbershop Concert, Jazz Ensemble Concert, Latin Ensemble Concert and Student Honors Recital.   For information on CSM ensembles, visit this website .

End-of-semester dance presentations are performed by students in CSM's dance and theater programs.

Art exhibits from September through May 2016 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery on the La Plata Campus include landscapes, photography, mixed media and student works. For dates and artist bios, visit .

Connections Literary Series includes fall and spring publications representing submissions in poetry, short story, photography and art from students and the Southern Maryland community. Readings will be posted on the Connections web page
For arts schedules and background information, visit our website .



When Thoughts Become Art
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center
Current Exhibition of Art by John A. Schaffner & L. Luray Schaffner


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 ...


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.

For more information, click here .


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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