ARTS ALLIANCE PRESENTS ANN MAGGI MEMORIAL EXHIBIT
Civista Medical Center Gallery, La Plata
The Charles County Arts Alliance presents a special memorial exhibit showcasing the artwork of the late Ann Maggi at the Civista Medical Center Gallery in La Plata. The show will run through the end of May.
Maggi, who passed away a year ago, left behind a wealth of paintings -- a small sample of which now hangs in the gallery located off just off the main lobby of the La Plata hospital. Maggi had a special connection to the hospital, having been a nurse for more than 25 years at Civista.
In addition to being a visual artist, Maggie was a talented writer, actor, and singer. Her love of music came through her Irish parents who sang the old ballads, which she joined in on, imbuing her poetry with the same rhythm, humor, and longing. Her book, a compilation of hers and her sister's poetry title "The Moriarity Sisters." She shared her vocal and acting talents with the Port Tobacco Players, performing in their road show, "The Comedy of Broadway." In 2006, she was chosen as Charles County's Senior Idol winner, and she went on to be the second place winner of Senior Idol for Maryland.
A group of Maggi's friends -- Pat McConkey, Lynette Smoot, Judy Durner, Kathy Keough, and Diane Kenney -- presented the idea to the Arts Alliance for the exhibit.
"We were concerned that her many paintings would languish unseen in storage and knew that Ann would have loved the idea of her artworks being displayed at the hospital where she devoted so much of her life as a nurse," said Durner. "She was such a special individual whose love and good humor extended far beyond her family to include everyone with whom she shared her many gifts and talents. We all felt blessed by her presence."
Proceeds from the sale of any of the displayed artworks will be donated to Maggi's favorite charity, The Sisters of Mt. Carmel.
Do YOU want to PROMOTE the ARTS?
The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) wants you! If you are a leader and want to help promote the arts in our county, nominate yourself to serve on the CCAA Board of Directors!What the CCAA is looking for:
CCAA is accepting self-nominations for the (3) Officers and (9) Directors of the CCAA for a two-year term of office, starting on July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. The (3) Officers are President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer.Deadline:
Nominations will be accepted from February 15, 2013 through March 15, 2013.Do you qualify?
Nominations for Officers must be CCAA current members (dues paid) as of January 1, 2013.
Nominations for Directors must be CCAA current members (dues paid) by no later than the time the nomination is submitted.
Not a current member now, no problem! Become a member online here: www.charlescountyarts.org
.I DO qualify! How do I submit a self-nomination?
Please submit a typed brief written statement indicating: (1) why you are interested in serving as a CCAA Officer or Director; (2) your qualifications; and (3) which specific CCAA committee you are interested in leading or serving on. Send this written statement (not to exceed one page) to: email@example.com
with the subject-line to read: Nomination for CCAA Board of Directors.Here is what the CCAA Board job entails:
- Commit to the mission, goals, and objectives of the Charles County Arts Alliance.
- Commit to being a leader; CCAA Board positions are leadership positions.
- Commit the personal time required to:
What can you expect after you self-nominate?
- Attend monthly Board Meetings (12/year)
- Attend Board Retreats (2/year for full-day meeting), and participate in CCAA-sponsored cultural and membership events throughout the year.
- Serve on a "hands-on" Board; it is not an advisory group.
- Serve in a volunteer capacity; Board positions are not compensated.
- Chair or serve on one CCAA standing committee: Membership Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Grant Committee, Events Committee, Outreach and Marketing Committee, Education Committee, ArtsFest Committee.
- The CCAA Nominating Committee will accept all self-nominations via email through the deadline of Friday, March 15, 2013.
- All nominations will be reviewed by the CCAA Nominating Committee.
- The final recommended slate of Officers and Directors will be presented for election and approval at the CCAA Annual Membership Meeting & Reception in May 2013 (specific date and time TBD). Please note that nominations will not be accepted from the floor at this meeting.
Thanks for your consideration!
Pictured left to right: Mark Reaser, Director of LNG Operations, Concetta Laskey, Joan Clement, CHEARS - Board of Directors and Doug Alves, CMM Director
Dominion has awarded a $10,000 K-12 Education grant for the development of an environmental education curriculum inspired by Tom Wisner’s Center for the Chesapeake Story Collection (Chestory). The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM), in partnership with the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS), and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) will work with selected teachers in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties to create hands-on classroom-based lesson plans that focus on local environmental science.
Tom Wisner (1930-2010), co-founder of Chestory, was a poet, folklorist, artist, singer, and Maryland’s first environmental educator. He spent most of his career helping students and audiences make connections with the Chesapeake Bay. Wisner left behind a lifetime of work including interdisciplinary educational activities, lessons, programs, artwork and music. Through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program, CMM and CHEARS partnered to hire Concetta Laskey, who organized, catalogued and archived Wisner’s collection. In April 2012, the Chestory Virtual Archive became a reality at the Calvert Marine Museum and is available at http://www.chesapeake-envliteracy.com/CVA
Dominion’s support will provide not only for the creation of environmental education lesson plans, but for the piloting of this curriculum in the classroom. Eventually this will be shared with other teachers and available online.
Early Bird Registration is Aug. 17 for Free Training
The College of Southern Maryland will host the seventh annual grant training seminar “Proposal Writing for Foundation Grants” from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 24 at CSM’s La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.
Kim Patton, training coordinator at the Foundation Center in Washington, D.C., will lead the interactive session on proposal writing. Discussions will include the overall grant-seeking process, what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of the proposal stronger, attachments, communicating with funders during the grant process and additional resources on proposal writing.
“Anyone interested should register and attend. No previous grants experience is necessary,” said CSM’s Lead Grants Development Specialist Becky Cockerham.
This seminar is sponsored by Maryland Governor’s Grants Office, Charles County Government, Charles County Public Schools, Charles County Public Library, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and CSM. The
seminar is free but class size is limited. To register, contact Cockerham at 301-934-7648
Friendship Means Never Wanting to Say ‘Good-bye’
Group Funds CSM Arts Scholarship in Memory of Longtime Friend
He was an artist, a musician, a pilot and a friend.
Then he was gone.
“He was such a very good friend to so many people. He’s gone and we
feel like he was snatched away from us,” said Carmen Gambrill of the
void left by the passing of Dennis Lake Smith, of Solomons. “I think
of Dennis so much and I wanted a way for his name to live on.”
With her husband, Matt, Gambrill found a way to honor her friend in a
way she feels Smith would have approved by creating the Dennis Lake
Smith Memorial Art Scholarship with a $1,000 donation at the College of Southern Maryland Foundation. “Dennis would have chosen this for himself. He would be happy to help young artists fulfill their dreams,” Gambrill said.
Smith is remembered as a saxophone and harmonica player with the
Southern Maryland band “Round Midnite” and was learning to play the accordion. He flew with his Solomons Island friends to New Orleans for JazzFest as a way to share his passion for music. Although he was offered a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music, Smith chose to study art at the Maryland Institute of Art and was the artist who designed the first Cavalier billboard welcoming visitors to Calvert County. Smith graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University later in life, while working full time. He was a software applications engineer with Wyle Labs in California. Smith died at his home on May 1, 2011.
On May 20 this year, Gambrill hosted an event at her business, carmen’s gallery, in Solomons to raise money for the scholarship. Her goal is to have the fundraiser as an annual event. “So many of the friends that Dennis brought together through his love of music and art came together again in a big way,” Gambrill said of the more than $3,800 raised from Smith’s friends and family for the scholarship.
“Through our heritage, those of us in the family share his joie de vivre, his quick humor and his love of all things creative, colorful and beautiful, whether crafted by hand or by nature. But the friends he chose are also of the same cloth, and he was fortunate to be able to spend such happy times with all of you,” said Melinda Kay, Smith’s
sister, of those gathered at the scholarship fundraiser.
“Southern Maryland is home to some of the most talented and creative artists. The Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship continues the legacy of Mr. Smith and ensures that Calvert County students attending CSM have the resources they need to keep the arts alive in Southern Maryland,” said Development Director Martina Arnold.
For information on donating to the Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship, visit www.csmd.edu/Foundation
. For information on establishing a scholarship, contact Arnold at 301-934-7649
By Stephanie Davis
The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, hosted its second Communication Day March 29, kicked off by keynote speaker Roz Plater, a news anchor for WTTG DC, Fox 5.
The Communication Day provided area high school and college students the opportunity to learn about the communication field and to explore related courses offered at CSM.
The theme Communication in the Global Age resonated in presentations and discussions throughout the day. Students heard from professionals working in the communication field, attended sample college classes in the communication discipline, toured the new TV production studio, and participated in a public speaking competition.
Eric Millham, a TV/video production instructor at the Forrest Technology Center, in Leonardtown, returned this year with a group of students in the television/video product program offered at the center.
Millham said the students, several who attended Communication Day last year, looked forward to a private tour of the new TV production studio, which was just a room then. He said the tour gives students the opportunity to see a real working studio.
Roz Plater a Washington, D.C., reporter and Calvert County, Md., native gave the opening keynote address. In her address Plater shared with students that international interest in what is happening in the U.S. offers more media outlets to work in, the impact that technology has had on how information is received from the media, and the importance of networking.
“Always do your best your first time at bat, and every time at bat,” said Plater. “You never know who may be watching or listening and where that may take you in life.”
Plater offered advice to students interested in a career in the communication field. She encouraged students to never stop learning.
During the professional panel discussion panelists were also asked what advice they would give to someone considering the communication field given the diverse global society we live in. All four panelists emphasized the importance of learning another language and embracing other cultures and encouraged students to join a professional group for networking.
Alan Lifton, a panelist with more than 40 years of experience in the television and higher education fields, responded by saying, “Explore and enjoy the world around you and embrace change.”
Lifton encouraged students to follow their heart, be passionate about what they enjoy doing and to go into journalism because they are interested in it.
The Communication Day closed with a public speaking competition by CSM students. The three students participating presented on the issues of pet adoption, social media and interpersonal communication. Sofiya Schug, who was born in Russia and speaks English as a second language, closed her presentation on interpersonal communication with a song.
Schug joked that to make up for her struggle with giving her presentation in English she would sing a beautiful piece in Italian, one of the five languages she can sing in. Schug said that she hoped that she was able to express that there is more to a person than their accent by singing for the audience.
Stephanie Davis is a student at CSM and wrote this story as part of the Introduction to Media Writing course.
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Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, is a busy and vibrant regional arts facility that offers a wide array of adult and children’s classes, including ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, jewelry, glass, and more. All of our classes are taught in a relaxed and friendly arts environment.
*** We are seeking TEACHING ASSISTANTS & Instructors to teach a variety of classes at Annmarie.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS & Instructors are needed for the following classes:
· Schools’ Out program for kids – we are looking for TEACHING ASSISTANTS & Instructors for our day programs that run when public schools are closed. Typically, these programs are divided into a morning and afternoon program, each about 3 hrs long. If you enjoy working with kids and are fun and quirky, then please contact us about being a TEACHING ASSISTANT or Instructor! You can sign up for a 3 hour session or all day!
· Summer camps for kids – we need TEACHING ASSISTANTS & Instructors - our summer camp program has grown over the past few years! Each camp typically runs for one week. Each day of the camp is usually divided into a morning and afternoon session (each about 3 hrs long). If you enjoy working with kids and are fun and quirky, then please contact us about being a TEACHING ASSISTANT or Instructor! We have a flexible scheduling system that allows you to sign up to work a week of morning sessions or a week of afternoon sessions! We also need subs!
· Ceramics classes for kids – we are looking for fun and creative instructors for kids!
· Adult Jewelry classes – Instructors needed!
· Adult painting & drawing classes – Instructors needed!
Qualifications for TEACHING ASSISTANTS:
· We prefer to hire students who have had some experience working with kids or in a teaching environment, but enthusiasm and creativity can substitute for experience!
· You must be recent graduate, or in your junior or senior year of college, preferably pursuing an arts degree.
Qualifications for INSTRUCTORS:
· Depending on the class, we require anywhere from 2 to 5 years teaching experience
· A B.A. or M.A. in fine arts or related field; or equivalent in experience and background
To apply, please send the following materials to my attention at the mailing address listed above. DO NOT EMAIL:
-3 references (from college, work, etc)
-Your portfolio (please burn this onto a CD; we will not return the CD)
All applicants are subject to a background check.
The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is on the verge of its “Coming of Age.” Over forty years of growth and nearly two million visitors later, the public demand for activities and programs has increased beyond the capacity of the existing building. To meet the overwhelming needs of the community, the museum has launched a $2 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the exhibit building. With strong support from the Calvert County Government, $500,000 in private gifts will be raised to leverage $1.5 million in public monies toward the CMM Coming of Age
“This renovation is not something that we’re doing hoping that people will come, the people are already here and we’re not able to accommodate them,” said Sherrod Sturrock, Deputy Director. The first step, as followed in the museum’s Master Plan, is to maximize the use of the existing facility and triple the useable space available for educational programming. The project will expand the mezzanine level to create three modern classrooms, including a wet lab and distance learning studio. The addition of the new Learning Center will enable staff to offer environmental education, summer science centers, internships for students, and teacher professional development. Transformation of the current auditorium into program and event space will provide an area for large school groups, a community space that can be subdivided for meetings or workshops, a banquet hall, or temporary exhibit space, and will continue to be used as a lecture hall and performance space. The project also redefines the lobby, creating a small orientation theatre behind the admissions desk, expanding the Museum Store, and creating an overall introduction to what the museum has to offer.
Founded in 1970 by volunteers determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island, the Calvert Marine Museum currently has 2,700 members, 250 active volunteers, and an annual visitation of approximately 70,000 people from around the world. Located near the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, CMM is ideally situated for the interpretation of its three major themes: the maritime history of Southern Maryland; the paleontology of Calvert Cliffs; and the estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and the adjacent Chesapeake Bay. The museum is represented on the National Register of Historic Places by the Drum Point Lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, J.C. Lore Oyster House and the historic vessel Wm. B. Tennison. The J.C. Lore Oyster House and the Wm. B. Tennison are also designated as National Historic Landmarks.
With over 40,000 Miocene fossils, CMM has the largest collection of marine fossils from the Miocene epoch outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The thirteen-tank “Estuarium” explores the ecology of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. Last year, over 20,000 children and families were served through school fieldtrips, distance learning, summer camps, Girl Scout programs, overnights, and other extracurricular programs. The Calvert Marine Museum has achieved accreditation three times and is one of only thirteen accredited museums in Maryland. This is a true demonstration of the museum’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
Over $320,000 has been contributed by the museum’s Board of Directors and its senior staff. Please join the Calvert Marine Museum in making this vision a reality and support the Coming of Age
Campaign. Gifts and pledges will be received through June 30, 2012; construction is scheduled to begin in September 2012. For more information, or to join the growing list of supporters, please contact Vanessa Gill, Development Director, at 410-326-2042, ext. 18
, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sotterley Plantation to Reopens Thursday, September 15th
By this point, most of Southern Maryland knows of Hurricane Irene’s impact on Sotterley Plantation, and the devastating effects of losing over 100 trees and sustaining damage to a number of the site’s historic structures. Despite the necessity of closing for almost three weeks, however, Sotterley will reopen for business on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Plans to host our upcoming Speaker Series finale, the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2011, the Ghosts of Sotterley Tours, Family Plantation Christmas, and the Holiday Candlelight Tours are moving forward.
Upon reopening, the ravages of the storm will still be visible to our visitors. Scars will remain on the landscape and buildings which have yet to be restored. Each and every day, however, there is new headway in the ongoing restoration efforts, and Sotterley promises to not only host its many fall and winter events, it is committed to doing so in the usual Sotterley style.
The Southern Maryland community has shown Sotterley a great deal of support in the last few weeks, including invaluable assistance from volunteers. Critical donations are helping with the necessary restoration efforts of this beloved National Historic Landmark. Please contact the office if you are able to volunteer in the ongoing clean-up efforts or if you are willing to volunteer at one of our upcoming events. And, as always, donations are appreciated and are still being accepted via our website or by mail.
The staff, Board of Trustees, and all who love Sotterley, would like to thank our Southern Maryland community for its support. We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events.
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