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New Executive Director of the Arts Council of Calvery County Announced (May 28, 2015)

The Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Calvert County Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Carpenter as the organization’s next Executive Director. Mr. Carpenter has been a resident of Calvert County since 2002. He is the past Treasurer of the Arts Council and Past President. Bob was a founding Trustee of Artworks at 7th in North Beach, member of the Arts Club of Washington D.C., President of Chesapeake Beach Consulting and President of Celebrate Travel. Mr. Carpenter also serves on the Town Council of Chesapeake Beach Maryland.

Joanie Kilmon, Arts Council Vice President, praised the appointment. “Bob Carpenter is a champion of the Arts, cares deeply about supporting all art genres in Calvert County and will continue the growth of the Arts in our County”.

Mr. Carpenter will begin his service in June and invites all County residents to the Arts Council Annual Meeting and Celebration at the Gallery in Prince Frederick on June 17, 2015 at 6:30PM.

The Arts Council of Calvert County is supported by citizen donations, funding from the Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Save the Date!

Mary Beth Harry
Scholarship Fundraiser

Friday July 10, 2015
6 - 9 pm
calvART Gallery

Ticket Price $20

Fabulous Door Prize, Silent & Live Auction, Martinis,
Great Food, Beautiful Artwork, and lots of fun

Please join Mary Beth's family and the members of
CalvART Gallery to help celebrate MB's art and raise
money for the Scholarship Fund in her name. There
will be prints of her work, fabulous auction items and
a great door prize. For more information watch the
calVART website at




Friday, July 3

The BARENAKED LADIES will be heading back out on the road this summer for their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. Joined by special guests the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work, they will kick-off the Fourth of July weekend in Solomons with a live performance at the Calvert Marine Museum on Friday, July 3. 

Tickets for the show are $49 for reserved seats and $59 for premium seats (additional fees apply) and will go on sale to members Tuesday, April 7 at 10:00 A.M. If you are not a member of the Calvert Marine Museum, but would like a shot at the best seats, visit and join now. Memberships begin at just $40 and provide free admission to the museum year-round. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:00 A.M.

Proceeds from the Waterside Concert Series support the education and preservation efforts of the Calvert Marine Museum. This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local businesses. The 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour is sponsored by: Prince Frederick Ford / Jeep / Dodge, PNC Bank, Bozick Distributors, Inc., Tidewater Dental, O'Brien Realty,, Holiday Inn Solomons, All American Harley-Davidson, Quality Built Homes, 98.3 Star FM, Bay Weekly, Quick Connections, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Isaac's Restaurant, Papa John's Pizza, United Rentals, Kelly Generator & Equipment, Comcast and Metrocast. 

Chairs and coolers are not permitted. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website at . To reach a staff member, please call 410-326-2042, ext. 16, 17 or 18. 

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

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

Holly Hay, Grants Review Chair
Ann Trentman, CalvART Gallery Liaison

Executive Director -- Robert 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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