Winners Circle Reception celebrates grant recipients


EASTON — The Talbot County Arts Council awarded grants to more than 30 organizations and 12 schools for its annual Winners Circle Reception Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Academy Art Museum.

The council also honored eight students who were awarded the Willard Lockwood Memorial Summer Arts Scholarships for 2016. All the recipients were females this year and four of them attended the event to talk about how they put their scholarship money to use.

“I can tell that this is such a collaborative community,” said Academy Art Museum Director Benjamin Simons. “I’ve never seen a more intensely art-loving community.”

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Artist unveils Harriet Tubman bust


EASTON — Artist Brendan Thorpe O’Neill recently unveiled the clay bust of Harriet Tubman for approval by state officials at the Troika Gallery in Easton.

O’Neill spent about six to eight months crafting a clay bust of Harriet Tubman for the new Harriet Tubman Visitor’s Center that is being built in Dorchester County. The grand opening of the new center is slated for March 2017.

The theme of the visitor’s center is “the view north,” which is related to the journey north that the enslaved people took to escape to freedom in the 1800s. The location of the building, as well as all of the exhibits will tie into this theme. The Harriet Tubman bust will specifically be positioned to face north, for the purpose of the theme.

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Friends of Library to host Characters and Conversations

EASTON — For the first time ever the legendary Gertrude Stein, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Charlie Chaplain and more will be gathered in the same room for a night of refreshments and conversation with members of the Easton community — or at least, the actors portraying them will be.

The Friends of the Talbot County Free Library Council will be hosting the third annual Among Friends event on Friday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. This year’s theme is 1925: Characters and Conversations and was chosen due to the library celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

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Chesapeake Chamber Music becomes Chesapeake Music


EASTON — Chesapeake Chamber Music has announced a name change to Chesapeake Music to reflect the organization’s growth, broadened perspective and wider audience since its beginning 30 years ago.

Members of the board of directors for Chesapeake Music gathered Monday, Nov. 16, to announce the name change. The nonprofit organization has been in place since 1985 and has expanded to doing events and programs year-round, including the annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June, the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival every Labor Day weekend, the Chamber Music Competition and the Jazz on the Chesapeake Concert Series.

“We took the word chamber out to embrace all of the things we are doing,” said Don Buxton, the executive director of Chesapeake Music’s board of directors. “We are no longer just a summer organization, we are a year-round organization that focuses on bringing music to the region.”

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Musician introduces Easton students to ukulele


EASTON — Professional singer, songwriter and ukulele player Victoria Davitt, better known by her stage name Victoria Vox, visited the fourth-graders of Easton Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to introduce them to the ukulele and give them a sneak peak of what they may see at the Avalon Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Vox began her tour at 9 a.m. at Easton Elementary School, visiting each fourth-grade class and playing both original music and classic favorites like “Ukulele Lady.”

“I play ukulele primarily; I started out on guitar when I was about 17, and then about 12 years ago I started playing the ukulele,” Vox said. “Someone gave me one and I immediately started writing songs and playing.”

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d’ARTists Find a Gallery-Away-From-Home in the NEON District

If you haven’t traversed into the fresh and budding Norfolk Arts District yet – now is a great time to start. Come Friday, June 19, the Okay Spark Art Gallery is featuring a new group exhibition presented by d’ARTists.

Just two blocks away from the Chrysler Museum of Art is the Okay Spark Art Gallery, and it is the only contemporary craft gallery in Norfolk, Virginia. They focus on artists who are in limited production and the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces. This Friday they will be showing the art of the d’ARTists, whom originally displayed their work at the Selden Arcade.

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