Winners of the 2010 Annual Student Juried Show are, from left,
second-place Paul Toscano of La Plata for his film photos “Study in
Light and Shadow,” third-place Diane Hays of Mechanicsville for her
ceramics sculpture “Victorian Past Times,” honorable mention Jessi
Gilmore of Indian Head for her untitled charcoal painting, and
first-place winner Michael Godfrey of Lusby for his untitled painting.
CSM’s Annual Student Juried Art Show Winners Offer Insight on Their Inspiration
With 61 submissions for the College of Southern Maryland Annual Student Juried Art Show, the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery displayed a variety of pieces reflecting the artistic efforts of CSM’s students. Submissions included everything from oil paintings and photographs to ceramics, with six students recognized for their winning selections.
Michael Godfrey of Lusby received first place for his untitled painting. Paul Toscano of La Plata received second place for his gelatin silver film print, “Study in Light and Shadow,” and Diane Hays of Mechanicsville placed third for her ceramics work, “Victorian Past Times.”
Three pieces received honorable mention. Those honored were Owen Denham II of California, for his collage “Un,” Jessi Gilmore of Indian Head for her untitled charcoal painting of a cello; and Shaun Kistler of Abell
for his portrait, “Lilacs & Tulips.”
During the gallery talk, the students discussed their pieces. “Portraits are the most difficult, but most rewarding part of art,” said Godfrey.
“My piece is part of a series dealing with light, darkness, shadows and how to capture those images on film. This opportunity would not be possible without the wonderful guidance and mentoring of the faculty here at CSM,” said Toscano.
Honorable mention winner Denham said, “My piece was originally part of a project for my color theory class and the first time I have ever done anything like this in terms of working with distressed materials.”
In addition to the winners, other students whose works were selected to be included in the show spoke about the inspiration for their work. “I am still learning and growing as an artist, and to be included to showcase my work is an honor,” said Diane Payne of Waldorf, who is also a CSM Walter B. Grove II art scholarship recipient.
Nicole Stewart of Hughesville a 2007 juried winner, discussed the influence that CSM professor Larry Chappelear has had on her art. “Larry pushed me, challenged me and supported me and I am grateful
to have had him as a professor.”
For information on the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery and the Walter B. Grove II art scholarship visitwww.csmd.edu/FineArts/galleries
Brandon Tilley locates missing manatee rib belonging to the manatee found earlier this year on the Patuxent River.
The 3rd Annual Job Shadow Day inspired and motivated some youth of Calvert County at the Calvert Marine Museum on April 19. Middle school students enjoyed a day of fossils, fish, and fun while learning how the prehistoric past, natural environments, and maritime heritage come together to tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay.
Upon arrival, Brandon Tilley, Luke Hendrix, Rachel Dixon, and Trevase Chew were eager to learn everything they could under the direction of CMM staff members. Hendrix had the opportunity to see how exhibits were created and put together for public viewing. Jim Langley, Curator of Exhibits said, “We were installing a decorative wave that didn’t fit properly and Luke discovered that it was backwards! He was great, attentive, and actually helped us!” In the Education Department, Travase Chew witnessed the importance of interaction with visitors as he learned about the exhibits and how to interpret them. Combing the beach for fossils intrigued Brandon Tilley, after first touring the Paleo Gallery to see how fossils are prepared, catalogued, cared for, and displayed. Rachel observed and assisted with the museum aquarium specimens, which has sparked an interest to this field of study. “I haven’t seen Rachel talk this much about something school related in years,” said Cindy Dixon, Rachel’s mother.
Sponsored by the Calvert County Mentoring Partnership, the 3rd Annual Job Shadow Day provided career exploration activities and was very rewarding for students and CMM staff members.
Join the Calvert Marine Museum in celebrating 40 years of excellence in 2010. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12; children under 5 are free. For a complete listing of museum activities and programs, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
or call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 for more information. Become a fan on Facebook
Guest performer Russell Wilson, a keyboardist for The President’s Own
U.S. Marine Band, stands with finalists in the 2nd Annual Southern
Maryland Regional Piano Competition, from left Christina Smith of Park
Hall, second place; Jessica Ryan of Park Hall, honorable mention;
Katrina Chan of Lexington Park, third place; and Ruth Alonzo of Park
Hall, first place.
The College of Southern Maryland and ArtLinks announced area pianists as the finalists in the second Southern Maryland Regional Piano Competition (SMRPC) held April 24 and 25 at the college’s Prince Frederick Campus.
This year’s finalists are Ruth Alonzo of Park Hall, first place; Christina Smith of Park Hall, second place; Katrina Chan of Lexington Park, third place; and Jessica Ryan of Park Hall, honorable mention.
“Piano performance is both a personal and public activity,” said SMRPC Chair Donna Wayson, adding that what this year’s contestants wrote about their connections to music demonstrated their passion for their art.
“Music is an art that appeals to the mind as well as the heart-it is a way to connect the past with the present, a way for the imagination to take flight,” wrote Smith.
In its second year, the competition has also taken flight, creating opportunities for area high school students to gain experience performing in competition and to play on a world-class Bösendorfer piano.
“Congratulations to the winners, and, to those who weren’t finalists: don’t become bitter; become better,” said SMRPC guest performer Gunnery Sergeant Russell Wilson who is a keyboardist for The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band. “You are not going to win them all, but keep pushing yourself.”
This year’s contestants included Gabrielle Crofford, 16, of Mechanicsville; Karen Jung, 16, Stephanie Miller, 15, and Molly Tracy, 15, of Hollywood; Andrea Prevatt, 14, of Park Hall; Trinity Story, 16, of La Plata; and Chad Baker, 16, of Prince Frederick.
The best piece of advice Wilson gives young musicians is to find someone who is doing what you dream of doing, and then ask them what you need to do to have that career. The advice that led Wilson to his dream job works for careers outside of music, too.
Wilson, who grew up in Clinton and attended Surrattsville High School, spent a lot of time practicing duets for competitions at a friend’s home while he was in high school. “My friend’s parents were both professional musicians in the Air Force Band and they had a nice home with a nice piano and a nice video game system,” said Wilson. “I looked at them and said that’s what I want to do, that’s the life I want to have.”
The idea stayed with him when the Marine Corps recruiter came to his high school and the idea was still with him when he was a freshman piano major at the University of Maryland.
“I began investigating a job I wanted,” said Wilson. “I called up a guy who had that job and asked ‘What should I be doing as a piano major in college to get this job one day?’”
“He told me everything I should do-sight read, accompany singers and to get my jazz up to snuff,” Wilson said. Master Gunnery Sergeant Bob Boguslaw, the section leader of piano, harp, guitar, bass and singers for The President’s Own, told Wilson to learn as much jazz as he could and to get books and learn songs-he did. He told Wilson to play in jazz combos-he did. He told Wilson to play in Big Bands-he did. And, Wilson played classical piano in his college classes.
Now, Boguslaw, the guy Wilson grilled for career information, is his supervisor.
The message of persistence is one that Wilson wants to share with students competing in SMRPC.
Wilson began playing piano around the time he was in second grade. “My parents wanted my two older sisters and me to try different things,” Wilson said. He tried gymnastics while his sisters tried ballet. They all tried piano, but, according to Wilson, his sisters hated it. “I didn’t love it at first, but I warmed up to it.”
In middle school Wilson stepped in for the piano player at his church. It was supposed to be a temporary thing-but lasted 12 years. “That was an important step for me,” said Wilson. “I grew through the humility of making mistakes in front of people.” He had only been playing piano for five years when he took the job, and after a few episodes of having to catch up with the hymn-singing congregation during the chorus, he found his rhythm.
Wilson’s piano teacher entered him in competitions. “Year after year after year, I would lose in the solo competition-but with my friend, I would win the duet competition every year. Then in my high school years, the win-lose ratio in the solo competition improved.”
In high school Wilson was further encouraged when a group of guys who had never taken lessons played R&B and got positive reactions from fellow students. “I can do that,” Wilson said. “I should be able to play anything, since I’ve been taking lessons.”
Wilson’s belief in his ability to play anything is tested often in his White House gig. “At a recent dinner for a Pakistani ambassador, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Adm. Mike Mullen asked that I play Pakistani music,” said Wilson. “It was a little out of my realm.” He has also been called
on to play Greek music at the White House. “I’m learning to play the accordion,” said Wilson, “to give the music a more authentic sound.”
Following the performances by this year’s high school finalists, Wilson performed "Arkansas Blues" by James P. Johnson from the 1920s.
The SMRPC for high school students from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, provides pianists an opportunity to have face time with a professional musician and to perform on the college’s world class Bösendorfer grand piano, a gift to the community by the Ward Virts Piano Project Group as a tribute to the late Ward Virts, a talented concert trained pianist from the region who died in 1993.
“I had two of last year’s finalists performing for me at my welcome reception last June, so I know the quality of the musicians we have here today,” said CSM Dean of the Prince Frederick Campus Dr. Richard Fleming.
“Thank you for sharing yourselves and your music with us. We look forward to hearing much more from you in the future,” said Master of Ceremonies for the event, Dr. Stephen Johnson, CSM professor of music, who encouraged all students who were not finalists to come back next year.
“It is a real privilege to participate in this with the College of Southern Maryland and to see all the hard work and dedication that the students bring to the competition,” said ArtLinks President JoAnn Kushner.
The event was sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland and ArtLinks, with support provided by Patrons JoAnn and Mark Kushner, and Wayson; Supporters Ann and Henry Trentman, and Mark R. Frazer, D.D.S., and Friends Joy Bartholomew, Mary Anne Harms, Dr. Robert Schlager and Tess Scannell, and Dr. Sheldon Goldberg and Ramona Crowley.
For information on the competition, visit www.csmd.edu/SoMdPianoCompetition
BLUE COLLAR COMEDIAN BILL ENGVALL APPEARING LIVE
Saturday, June 26 at the Calvert Marine Museum
Here’s Your Sign to laugh all night long with comedian/actor Bill Engvall live at the Calvert Marine Museum, Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of music, food, and comedy. The evening’s line-up will include the Sam Grow Band and another opening band to be determined, and guest comedian, Gary Brightwell, with performances beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 for premium seats and $40 for reserved; additional service fees apply. Tickets are on sale now to museum members and remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 11. Purchase tickets at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
or call 1-800-787-9454. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. to accommodate the additional entertainment – plan to come early!
Member of the Blue Collar Comedy tour with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall shares the humor of everyday situations, which has made this Texas native one of the top comedians today. Bill is executive producer and stars in “The Bill Engvall Show” that began on TBS almost three years ago and is now in the top three sitcom telecasts of all time among households. Bill has filmed several movies to include “Bait Shop” with Billy Ray Cyrus, “Delta Farce” with Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls, and one of the stars of the sketch comedy show, “Blue Collar TV,” on the WB network. Bill starred in “Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie” which premiered on Comedy Central and has sold over four million copies.
The Blue Collar movies are not all that has made Engvall popular, Comedy Central has aired the two solo specials “15 degree Off Cool” and “Here’s Your Sign, Live.” Also, a platinum recording artist, his first album, “HERE’S YOUR SIGN,” held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks; peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Current Country Album Chart.
Bill became a fixture on the play lists of CMT and TNN with his video, “HERE’S YOUR SIGN” where he collaborated with musician Travis Tritt, the “HERE’S YOUR SIGN” single ranked #1 on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales Chart for ten weeks and achieved Gold status, a rare honor in the comedy market.
Author of several books, including his autobiography Bill Engvall – Just a Guy, Bill Engvall is not to be missed at the Calvert Marine Museum. He is sure to keep the audience laughing all night long! Visit www.billengvall.com
for more information.
This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local businesses. Waterside 2010 sponsors include The Law Office of Cumberland & Erly, Prince Frederick Ford/Dodge, Coors, Coors Light, Killians (Bozick Distributors), All American Harley-Davidson, Quality Built Homes, Isaac’s Restaurant, The McNelis Group, DM Group, 102.9 WKIK, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Bay Weekly, Calvert Independent, Quick Connections, Comcast, United Rentals, Roy Rogers-Solomons, and the Holiday Inn Select-Solomons.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; performances begin at 6:00 p.m. Music, food, and drinks will be available, chairs and coolers are not allowed. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit the CMM website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
. To reach a staff person, please call 410-326-2042 x 16, 17, or 18.
Speaker Series Event: David J. O’Neill
“Conservation and Exploration – Understanding the Capt. John Smith Trail”
Friday, June 4, 2010 7:00 p.m. in the Barn at Sotterley Plantation
Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in presenting David O’Neill, President of the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail as part of the Speaker Series 2010 at Sotterley. He will share the story of Capt. John Smith and the creation of the first water-based national historic trail delving into the politics and the policy behind the new park entity. Current plans to implement the Trail, highlighting how it is being used to advance geo-tourism and regional conservation planning policy and practice will also be discussed.
Best known in the Chesapeake region for his leadership of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Mr. O’Neill increased revenues by 200 percent during his tenure and more than doubled its grant making to support Chesapeake Bay environmental restoration and protection activities. While at the Trust, he helped develop and pass several important pieces of legislation, including the Chesapeake Bay 2010 Trust Fund that dedicates millions of dollars annually for Bay restoration. He was awarded the prestigious Andrew White Medal from Loyola University for outstanding commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and the State of Maryland. He has also presented papers and given speeches on issues of land use and environmental policy in cities across the United States and in Europe.
Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission of serving as an educational resource and cultural venue while it seeks to preserve, interpret and research the plantation’s diverse cultures and environments through its history.
FREE to the public. Please call for reservations: 301-373-2280.