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April 8 - May 3:  CalvART Presents
Appalachian: The Art of Megan Richard and Suzanne Shelden

Reception April 18, 2015, 5 to 8 pm
Live Appalachian music by Joe Ruff and Friends
Appalachian delicacies will be served

CalvART Gallery's April Show: "Appalachian: The Art of Megan Richard and Suzanne Shelden" introduces new work that encompasses Appalachians from the Carolinas to New Hampshire.

Megan paints ethereal watercolor and water - media landscapes evoking a time and place remembered or dreamed.  In this show, Megan captures impressions based on time spent in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Western Maryland, and New York State. Subject matter ranges from mountain vistas to more intimate woodland landscapes and depictions of the flora and fauna for the Appalachian region.

Suzanne says "be prepared to say 'I have been there!' to many of the paintings she will have in the show. She is revisiting her love of Virginia, debuting her "Straw Song" paintings in which each of the six paintings is titled with lines from a familiar and much loved song. She is also showing some of her favorite memories of hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, many of which depict the Appalachian Trail.

Megan and Suzanne both look forward to the reception on April 18th.

The Arts Council of Calvert County is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Council of Calvert County and as Chief Administrative Officer for the Board of Directors and its various committees. H/She is responsible for identification of significant issues and trends which affect the environment for cultural growth in the region; ensuring responsive communications between and among the Arts Council of Calvert County, other councils and other organizations; developing a sound public relations strategic plan; and developing, implementing, and engaging in the long and short-term strategies for raising funds to support the organization’s programs and operations. 

This position is a 30 hour / wk position.

Interested persons should send a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, no later than May 12, 2015 to:

Search Committee
Arts Council of Calvert County
Post Office Box 2569
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

For a printable copy of the job description, click here .  Bylaws are available upon request.

The CalvART Gallery invites you to Poetry & Art
An Open Mic Happy Hour

Friday, April 24   5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Michael S. Glaser and Jeffery L. Coleman

The Muse comes to Parenting

The Arts Council of Calvert County is sponsoring a unique and special poetry reading on Friday, April 24, beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the CalvART Gallery located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center, next to the Greene Turtle Restaurant. The reading will focus on poems about the joys, struggles and blessings of parenting and will feature two outstanding local poets, Jeffrey L. Coleman of Lusby who teaches at St. Mary's College of Maryland, And Michael S. Glaser, the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004-2009. Light snacks and beverages will be provided! This event is open to the public!

The reading will offer poems that range from observations about the newborn: "Your face squints against the your arms and legs flail their first flailing into the world, against the world." (from "Squinting Against the Light," by Michael S. Glaser) to the bouncing of a child on one's knee while singing a song ("I open my mouth to sing / And the song becomes a memory..." (from "Verse after Verse," by Jeffrey Coleman) to the darker wonders of a young child's mind that fears "entering the night world...the great abyss behind each eyelid, "(from "The Man Who Thought Himself a Mother," by Jeffrey Coleman) and the dark fears in a father's mind when his child announces "I'm going to sleep on Dominick's boat tonight..." (from "My Daughter Turns 18" by Michael S. Glaser).

Between them, Coleman and Glaser have been writing poetry for close to 100 years and much of that writing has been inspired or evoked by their experiences as parents and their observations - not only of their children growing from infants into adulthood, but also of themselves as they explore, celebrate, and learn to cope with the sweet complexities of being fathers.

"Poetry offers a wonderful means of exploring the subtleties and nuances of parenting," Coleman has said. "It allows parents the opportunity to record experiences and memories associated with raising children that can be accessed and cherished later. . . . Poetry enriches our lives by offering us ways to more clearly see and understand ourselves and the meaning of our human experiences."

The poets will each read for about 20 minutes and then, during an "open Mic" period, invite members of the audience who wish to, to share something of their own writing about parenting.  The evening promises to be one embraced by not only the muse, but also the warm and shared community of parenting. CalvARTS invites you to be a part of it!  Jeffrey Coleman and Michael S. Glaser, reading works on parenting followed by an open mic at which others are invited to read their own works on parents and parenting.  At the CalvART Gallery, Prince Frederick, MD, Friday, April 24, 2015 5:30 - 7:00 .   For more information and a printable version of the press release, click here .

The Arts Council of Calvert County is sponsoring a unique and special poetry reading on Friday, April 24, beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the CalvART Gallery located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center, next to the Greene Turtle Restaurant. The reading will focus on poems about the joys, struggles and blessings of parenting and will feature two outstanding local poets, Jeffrey L. Coleman of Lusby who teaches at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, And Michael S. Glaser, the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004-2009. Light snacks and beverages will be provided! This event is open to the public!  For more information and a printable version of the press release, click here .

Patuxent Voices Presents Spring Concert: Elements

Patuxent Voices will perform Elements, a collection of songs that evoke earth, air, fire, and water during their spring concert. Performances are Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Sunderland; Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church, 25390 Maddox Road, Chaptico; and Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, St. Mary's College.  Performances are free; donations are welcome. 

Photo left to right: Sherrod Sturrock, Amy Brackett, Karen Lowry, Gabby Principe, Lisa Ghee, Molly Wilkerson, Liz May, Lori Beth Sink, Cynthia Gonzalez, and Laura Curran

The concert begins with three pieces in Latin, as ethereal as air itself. The set opens with the nuns' prelude in "The Sound of Music" and ends with

 Lux Aeterna. In this piece, you can hear the stars illuminating the night sky with a promise that light will always overcome darkness. We celebrate the earth with Big Sky, a modern tribute to the earth by Seth Houston written in Shape Note style. Mouth Music by Dolores Kean draws from the lively Celtic tradition in which singers imitate the music of fiddles, bagpipes, and Jew's harps. A pair of traditional Estonian folk songs rounds out this set. Water, the most essential element of life, is evoked with Rene Clausen's haunting tribute to love, Set Me as a Seal. This set also includes River Medley, an original arrangement by Iain Sturrock that flows through melodies both traditional and popular - from Shenandoah to Band Perry's If I Die Young - guaranteed to delight and surprise. The rousing spirituals Wade in the Water and My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord bring a fiery conclusion to the concert. 

Patuxent Voices is an all-female a cappella group directed by Iain Sturrock. The ten members of the audition-based group come from Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. In addition to giving two sets of concerts annually, one at Christmas and one in the spring, Patuxent Voices can be seen at a variety of community events. They will be participating in a benefit for SMILE at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Solomons on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00. Auditions will be held over the summer for all parts. 'Like us' on Facebook for notifications of upcoming performances.


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 ...

Windy Hill Middle School  - April 2015

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

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

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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