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Annapolis – An Artists' Colony

Mar 10, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo courtesy of The Mitchell Gallery // Guy Carleton Wiggins, Gloucester at Twilight, 1916, oil on canvas, 21 3/8” x 25 1/8”

Annapolis is an Artists’ Colony. The Mitchell Gallery highlights American Impressionist painters from artists’ colonies during their exhibit on display now through April 24th. There are two What’s Up? for Grabs Giveaways this week! Enter for your chance to win tickets to see musicians Wanda Jackson and Carly Rae Jepsen. More events include Hockey for Heroes and Homestead Gardens 2016 Home and Garden Expo: A Feast of Color. On the Eastern Shore, celebrate the nation’s bird as Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge presents the 16th Annual Eagle Festival.

American Impressionism Exhibition

Photo courtesy of The Mitchell Gallery // Edward Willis Redfield, Winter in the Valley, oil on canvas, 36” x 50”.
Wednesday, March 9th through Sunday, April 24th, 12 p.m.-5p.m.
St. John’s College in downtown Annapolis, is showcasing various paintings from artists' colonies that played important roles in the development of American Impressionism. This comprehensive exhibition features the Reading Public Museum’s collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes 50 oil paintings and nearly 20 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s. Outstanding landscapes—ranging from snow covered hills to sun filled harbors—seascapes, penetrating portraits, and remarkable still lifes, imbued with rich textures, reveal their interest in capturing effects of light and atmosphere in their work. The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism. In addition, American expatriate artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent are examined.

Impressionist painting techniques have been around Annapolis for a long time and are still alive today. The exhibit will have different interpretive programs to help viewers better understand the meaning behind these beautiful pieces and the artists themselves. Scott Schweigert, curator of art and civilization at the Reading Public Museum, will lecture on “American Impressionism through the Lens of the Artists’ Colonies”. There will be a workshop lead by local artist, Abigail McBride, on impressionist palettes and an “Evening in an Artists’ colony” event with food, drinks and live music. Come appreciate the works of the past and learn how to make new pieces yourself!

The exhibition is arranged by artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism: Cape Cod, Rockport, New Hope, Taos, and more.

Annapolis is an Artists’ Colony. We are lucky to have so many talented visual artists in our community. Here’s information on Art in Public Places highlighting some of our local talent… READ MORE

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A Pair of Tickets to see Chart-topping Pop Star, Carly Rae Jepsen at Baltimore Soundstage
Carly Rae Jepsen, Sunday, March 20th, 7:30 p.m. (All Ages Show) 
On the follow-up to her U.S. debut album Kiss-a 2012 release featuring the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling breakout hit "Call Me Maybe"-singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen brings new depth and dimension to her undeniably hooky but heart-driven breed of pop music. With its bright and shimmering layers of melody and texture, E·MO·TION gracefully captures both the joy and risk in following your heart. “A lot of the album’s about me trying to get some power back,” Jepsen says. “I’d recently broken up with someone and moved to New York, so it was a scary new world for me—but at the same time I felt like I was coming into my own.” Kicking off with the slow-burning but epic “Run Away with Me,” her new album, E·MO·TION begins by twisting restless longing into blissed-out escapism (“That song’s about being away from someone for so long and having to make this one weekend together count,” Jepsen explains. “It’s totally romantic and not very real-life, but there’s something kind of magical in that”).

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Photo Credit: Mirror Image Photography

Hockey for Heroes

Friday, March 11th 7 p.m.
The 3rd Annual Hockey for Heroes event is a 24-hour ice hockey tournament to raise awareness and funding for disabled veterans. Hosted by Navy Youth Hockey, all proceeds go directly towards beneficiaries: USA Warriors Ice Hockey, DAV, Wounded Warrior Project, Truckin4Troops, and Paws4Vets. There is free admission and donation levels vary. There will also be a silent auction. For more information visit

Eastern Shore:

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Presents the 16th Annual Eagle Festival

Friday, March 12th, 9 a.m.
The Annual eagle festival, in Cambridge, is an educational, fun packed event you don’t want to miss. Plus, it’s free! Venture out of you’re nest and learn about America’s National Symbol, Bald Eagles. With live bird exhibits and numerous other entertaining activities, you’ll leave a bird expert! This event is great for children so don’t forget to bring your baby birds with you!


Homestead Gardens 2016 Home and Garden Expo: A Feast of Color

March 12th through March 21st, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Feast your eyes on upon homestead gardens flower show! Thousands of types of greenery have been delicately planted into various themed vignettes to showcase the importance of nature and how it affects our everyday lives. Not only is this event pleasing to the eye at but it will also teach you how to create your own garden at home. Stay tuned for special events, workshops and activities going on through the week.


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