Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Chautauqua Summer Series returns to St. Michaels July 11-13
On the evenings of July 11-13, the 22nd annual Chautauqua Summer Series brings three live performances to the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This year’s Maryland Humanities’ series features Pulitzer Prize winners Duke Ellington, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ernest Hemingway, with all living history performances taking place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. along the Miles River, and offered free and open to the public.
The 2016 Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is generously sponsored by Easton Eye Care and Karen and Langley Shook, and is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.
“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” With these words, American publisher Joseph Pulitzer articulated a set of standards that inspire journalists, writers, artists, and musicians in their creative endeavors.
This year's Masters of their Craft theme commemorates the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes by featuring three Pulitzer winners on the Chautauqua stage. On Monday, July 11, Baltimore vocalist, pianist, and actor Tevin Brown will portray Duke Ellington, the incomparable showman, and one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century with a career that spanned over fifty years. On Tuesday, July 12, educator and actress Dorothy Mains Prince will portray Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize capturing the black experience in America through her poetry. On Wednesday, July 13, the series wraps up in St. Michaels with Hemingway on Stage author and actor Brian Gordon Sinclair portraying Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest American literary figures of the twentieth century whose work continues to influence modern literature with his trademark style of simple yet perceptive prose.
A Chautauqua performance is a historical dramatization featuring individuals who are part scholar and part actor. Each performance is broken into three acts, where the performer represents a historical figure in the first person, then invites audience questions; and in the final act, steps out of character to answer questions that the historical figure could not have been able to answer.
“Chautauqua” was the name for the Chautauqua Lake area in upstate New York, where the movement began in 1874 as a Methodist summer retreat. A wide range of religious lectures and educational programs attracted a huge following. As it evolved, the Chautauqua movement presented the latest in thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion. Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua program in Maryland in 1995.
The Chautauqua Summer Series at CBMM is free and open to the public, with guests encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. All performances are held on the lawn of Fogg’s Landing, near the museum’s Steamboat Building. In the event of rain, performances will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium, with space limited. No registration is required.
For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at www.mdhumanities.org.
Maryland Humanities’ 22nd annual Chautauqua Summer Series, Masters of their Craft, is coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on July 11, 12, & 13. This year's theme features living history performances of Pulitzer Prize winners Duke Ellington, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Ernest Hemingway, as illustrated by Tom Chalkley here. The CBMM performances are scheduled to take place from 7-9 p.m. along the Miles River on Fogg’s Landing. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved inside. No advanced registration is required. For information on specific performances, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
The St. Michaels Art League’s Juried Exhibit at the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels continues through the month of July. Over thirty artists submitted their work, which was judged for hanging in the show. The Art League thanks its Juror, Dr. Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, for her work in assembling an amazing show.
Dr. Van Wagenberg holds a Ph.D. in Art History for the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Academy Art Museum staff, she has worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, taught art history for 12 years at Salisbury University, and has been a researcher at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Ms. Van Wagenberg is a recognized expert on baroque, renaissance and contemporary art. The Art League is most appreciative of her artistic assessment of the paintings which has resulted in a remarkable show.
St. Michaels Art League’s Juried Exhibit is at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 South Talbot Street, St. Michaels through the end of July. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm and on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 3pm. Visit www.smartleague.org for more information.
The St. Michaels Art League and Talbot County Arts Council are once again sponsoring the Art Hunt event during the entire month of July. Beautiful paintings by the League's talented local artists will be put in each of 15 St. Michaels participating stores for scavenger hunters to find for a free ice cream cone from Justine's. For more information on this fun event, visit www.smartleague.org