Monday, April 25, 2016

Calvert Library Art in the Stacks for May 2016 (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2016

Contact: Barbara Boward

410-326-5289

 

Suzanne Shelden, Alberta Contee, and Edward Davenport - Local Artists’ Works Exhibited at Calvert Library Art in the Stacks – at the Southern Branch, at the Twin Beaches Branch, and in Prince Frederick.

 

For May 2016, Calvert Library presents the work of three Southern Maryland artists exhibiting cross-stitch, watercolors, oils, and photography.

 

Calvert Library Twin Beaches presents the work of Alberta Contee, a lifelong resident of Calvert County. She began her foray into the art of cross stitching in the late 1980s. “My interest was sparked after seeing some work done by a good neighbor…Over time my love and passion for this art form increased.” Upon entering her work “Tea Sampler” in the Calvert County Fair, and winning her first Blue Ribbon, Ms. Contee says, “I was hooked!” Her love of cross stitch led her to wonder and research artists creating patterns that reflected African American history. “Our heritage found in the low country region of the South…Yes, my passion is the African cross-stitch, but I also enjoy stitching all types…Hopefully these pieces will become a lasting memory of this art form for my children and grandchildren.” Ms. Contee was drawn to the piece pictured here, “Portrait in Purple”, because it reflects much about the way women dressed in the Low Country region, particularly the head wrap. “I love the colors and bringing the piece to life was truly enjoyable!” Ms. Contee’s cross-stitch pieces will be on exhibit at Calvert Library Twin Beaches from May 2 – May 31, 2016. To learn more about the artist and her work, join us at a Meet the Artist reception, Thursday, May 19, 7-8 pm."

            Since 2005, Suzanne Shelden has been recording and painting views of Route 4. Her Route 4 Series, also called the “Tour de 4,” celebrates Calvert County, its rural and natural heritage, and the road we all know that takes us there. She set rules for this series: the paintings are of views that a car passenger or driver can see from the road. “Most of the imagery is photographed at 55mph capturing the views from the passenger seat,” according to Ms. Shelden. “Those taken from the driver’s seat are taken from a safe place along the road, but must still capture the spirit of the commuter’s view.” Ms. Shelden has gathered all available work and some brand new work from this series to show exclusively at Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons.  The show, running from May 2 – June 30, features many beautiful barn scenes and some views of nature you’ll want to go looking for, right on Route 4! Join us at the Meet the Artist Reception on Thursday, May 5 from 7 to 8pm. Light refreshments will be served. See more of Suzanne Shelden’s work at CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick and at Fridays Creek Winery in Owings, or visit her website at www.sheldenstudios.com.

 

Edward Davenport will exhibit his black and white photographs of the Drum Point community, animals, and landscapes at Calvert Library Prince Frederick April 1 through June 2, 2016.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MORE Manga Nights at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2016


Contact:  McNevin Hayes

410-257-2411 mhayes@somd.lib.md.us

New nights have been added to the “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” program at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch.

Starting in May, due to its huge popularity, the program “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” will expand to twice a month! We will meet both on the first Tuesday and on the third Monday of each month at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch. Events go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come on in to draw, to talk and to share your love for your favorite titles and character—and discover new ones! Artist and illustrator (and Calvert librarian) McNevin Hayes will guide you through the basics of story layout, thumbnails, and character construction. Be sure to register for each night, though; space is limited! For information contact McNevin Hayes at 410-257-2411.

 

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Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/calvertlibrary/15086131733 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/calvertlibrary/10565718804

 

Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Southern Maryland Acoustic Music Assembly event at Annmarie Garden (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2016
Contact Joe Ruff
410-326-5289

Southern Maryland
Acoustic Music Assembly
Saturday, May 14, 2016
1:00 - 9:00pm

Southern Maryland Acoustic Music Assembly
New music event to take place Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00-9:00pm, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

March 29, 2016, SOLOMONS, MD—The public is invited to the inaugural Southern Maryland Acoustic Music Assembly on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00-9:00 pm at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland. The music-filled day grows out of a popular monthly song circle at Calvert Library Southern Branch. The event will begin with afternoon song circles and acoustic jamming from 1:00-4:30pm. The circles are open to all abilities and musical genres, so bring your preferred acoustic instruments and/or your favorite songs to share – or just come to listen. In the evening, enjoy a lasagna dinner and a concert jam featuring four bands – The Bootleggers, Pat Willis & Friends, The Smoke Creek Rounders and The Eric Landes Band. After the concert jam, stay for contra dancing led by caller Elgin Perry with music supplied by The Southern Maryland Open Band. SMAMA is an opportunity to play, sing, dance, and hear different kinds of music – and to meet other musicians from Southern Maryland and beyond. Come for part – or all day!

Snacks and drinks, including wine and beer, will be available for sale throughout the day. Event admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors & military, $3 for youth, kids 5 & under are free. Event activities will be held inside and outside taking full advantage of the beautiful venue; in the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors. Reservations are not required to attend SMAMA, but are encouraged if you would like to reserve a lasagna dinner. To reserve a lasagna dinner and help us plan the day, please visit the event info page at annmariegarden.org; otherwise, the dinner is $4 per person, and is first-come, first-served, while supplies last.


SMAMA Schedule:
1:00 - 2:15pm             
Song Circles & Jamming

2:30 - 4:30pm              
Song Circles & Jamming (cont'd)

4:30-5:00pm                
Lasagna Dinner Begins ($4 per person) – visit events at annmariegarden.org to reserve your dinner.

5:00-7:00pm               
Evening Concert Jam with The Bootleggers, Pat Willis and Friends, The Smoke Creek Rounders, and The Eric Landes Band
7:00-9:00pm               
Contra Dance with Elgin Perry & The Southern Maryland Open Band

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Co-hosted by Annmarie Garden, Calvert Library and Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, SMAMA is open to all ages, abilities, and acoustic genres, and is family-friendly. For additional information, email jruff@somd.lib.md.us or call 410-326-4640.



Directions to Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
From Washington DC (about a 60 minute drive): take Route 4 South to Capital Beltway Exit 11 (to Prince Frederick). Continue on 4 South, following signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn.  Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left.  From Baltimore (Beltway I-695):  take I-97 (Annapolis) to Route 301 South (Bowie). Continue on 301 to Route 4 and follow signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn.  Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left.  From Annapolis: follow Route 2 South towards Prince Frederick/Solomons. Left (South) onto Route 2/4 at Sunderland light. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn.  Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left.
 
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Robyn Truslow
Public Relations Coordinator
Calvert Library
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-0291
410-535-3022 (fax)
Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Calvert Library Art in the Stacks in April (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2016
Contact: Barbara Boward
410-326-5289

Calvert Library Art in the Stacks Features Local Artists

Local artists Jane Connor, Deborah Harkins, and Edward Davenport will be exhibiting their works at three Calvert Library locations in April 2016.

Painter Jane Connor was delighted to be stranded in Iceland for three days during a blizzard – she was inspired to paint its beauty. Formerly from England where she studied Spatial Design for four years, Jane enjoys creating with different media. The Icelandic paintings on display at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch in April are primarily done in oils and acrylics. Currently an Artist on Wheels, Jane will soon be opening a North Beach Wine and Design. Jane’s exhibit at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch opens April 1 and runs through April 30, 2016.



Edward Davenport will exhibit his photographs of the Drum Point community, animals and landscapes at Calvert Library Prince Frederick April 1 through June 2, 2016.

Deborah Harkins has been making art since she was a child. In addition to photography, she designs and creates beaded jewelry and fused glass jewelry. Deborah’s interest in photography began when she started to shoot with her phone and point and shoot camera. She soon moved to a DSLR which offers her a greater opportunity to translate what she sees in her mind’s eye to the final framed image. Her subject matter ranges from flowers and plants to insects, wildlife and landscapes. Meet artist Deborah Harkins at her opening reception, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5:30-8 p.m. at Calvert Library Southern Branch. Deborah can be reached at lbabetsahl@yahoo.com.



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Robyn Truslow
Public Relations Coordinator
Calvert Library
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD  20678
410-535-0291
410-535-3022 (fax)
Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Make Your Own Website Workshop using Wix (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

Learn How to Make Your Own Website using Wix.com

On Saturday, April 9, Charles Gauthier, owner of Chespax Web Design, will be teaching a free class that is open to customers of all ages.  The class will walk you through the steps of creating your own website using the free online site, Wix.com.  The class will be held at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick in Meeting Room 3 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

 

Mr. Gauthier has been creating websites since the early 80’s after attending the University of Delaware under the National Science Foundation’s summer grant program to interest teachers in using computers in education.  He was the Technology Coordinator at Plum Point Middle School until he retired in 2006.  Since that time, he has worked with businesses throughout the region designing and building websites.
        

Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of their online drag and drop tools. The visually impressive layouts are appealing for small businesses, restaurants, online stores and artists such as musicians and photographers. They are optimized for mobile devices and can be spiced up with one of the numerous apps available from the Wix App Market.

 

To get the most out of this class, you must have your own laptop.  It is suggested that you plan ahead and have the digital photographs and images, videos and graphics organized so they can be added quickly to the website you will create.

 

“I am hoping people who may not think they could ever create a website come on by and see what a lot of fun it can be,” says Mr. Gauthier.  To register or get more information, go to calvertlibrary.info or call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Gala Art Auction Announced by Calvert Library Foundation (press release)

March 11, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the Calvert Library Foundation will host the third Gala Art Auction to benefit all Calvert Library locations. Whether you are into art or not, this is an outstanding “date night.”  An extravagant pre-auction "Taste of the Region" reception, with live musicians, and a review of the collection of art to be sold will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the Auction starting at 7:30 p.m.  It will be held at Vianney Room behind St. John Vianney Church.  The professionally curated collection of beautifully framed art, including the works of many prominent international artists, as well as sports and music memorabilia, will be auctioned by an entertaining, professional auctioneer out of New York. Art values will accommodate a broad range of budgets - many not expensive at all! 

 

Tickets for the reception, wine tasting and the auction are just $20 from any Calvert Library location.  There will be a cash bar. Even if you are not able to attend, you can still support the event by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets at any Calvert Library location and there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.  Email LibraryArtAuction@comcast.net for details or check calvertlibraryfoundation.com.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Calvert Library Art in the Stacks Features Local Artists (press release)

March 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

For March 2016, Calvert Library presents the work of 5 local artists exhibiting photography, watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media at 3 of our locations.

 

Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch features photographer Faye Kepner’s show entitled “Raising the Barre,” depicting dancer Ana Collins. Faye started her photography career about 5 years ago; her work focuses on portraits of babies, children, families, seniors, and dancers. Faye found inspiration from her own father’s wedding photography business. Meet Faye Kepner, March 16, from 7- 8 PM at Twin Beaches. Faye’s work is showing March 1 – 31, 2016. To learn more the artist and her work, visit www.momentsbyfayephotography.com.

 

Artist Joshua Owen’s show at Calvert Library Prince Frederick runs through March 31. His show, “The Humble Setting,” features abstract acrylics on canvas. Joshua has loved painting since first being introduced to the work of Jackson Pollock. “…painting is so exciting that once I get started painting I often paint until I am out of canvas!” says Joshua, who has had both gallery and solo shows throughout Southern Maryland and in Los Angeles. Meet Joshua Owen, Saturday, March 26, 1-2 p.m. at Prince Frederick. To learn more about Joshua and his work, go to www.josh.artpickle.com.

 

At Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons, artists Karen Zuza and Peggy Hovermale present a group show of watercolors and mixed media. Their show at the Southern Branch runs through March 31.  Karen Zuza painted her first watercolor, “Three Pears, Of Course” in 2005. With gratitude to her teacher, Mary Blumberg, Karen continues painting with watercolors which amaze her with their jewel-like luminous qualities. This is Karen’s first public exhibit. To see more of Karen’s work, go to www.zuzapaints.com>. Peggy Hovermale began painting in 2009 when artist Nancy Carver Thompson held an art demo for a group of friends. After painting her first seascape, Peggy was hooked! Abstracts with acrylics followed: “I love the freedom and flow of using that medium…Painting has become my passion!” Peggy has served as President of the Calvert Artists’ Guild, and exhibited at Annmarie Gardens, Asbury, and Artworks@7th. To learn more about the artist and her work, email Peggy at pjhovermale1@yahoo.com.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!