Ju­ried art show on view at Ad­kins

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RID­G­LEY — Play­ful, beau­ti­ful, zesty and of­ten rev­er­ent, the art­works in “Dis­cov­er­ing the Na­tive Land­scapes of Mary­land’s Eastern Shore,” Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s eigh­teenth an­nual Ju­ried Art Show, speak about the re­mark­able va­ri­ety of ways we look at na­ture on the Eastern Shore.

On view in the Ar­bore­tum Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter through March 31, this show brings to­gether a va­ri­ety of medi­ums, in­clud­ing acrylic, oil, pas­tel, char­coal, col­lage, pho­tog­ra­phy, mono­print, etch­ing, ce­ram­ics, stained glass, metal sculp­ture and dried plant ma­te­ri­als.

The show was ju­ried by Kather­ine Markoski, di­rec­tor of the Kohl Gallery and lec­tur- in a sense, and cre­ates a di­rect ing pow­er­fully un­der­scores er in art his­tory at Wash­ing­ton con­ver­sa­tion with this sin­gle the un­ruli­ness of the in­di­vid­ual Col­lege. flower that’s part of the nat­u­ral units them­selves,” Markoski

From en­tries sub­mit­ted by world.” said. artists from Mary­land, Vir- Sec­ond prize was awarded Of the pho­to­graphs, which ginia, New York and Wash­ing- to Eas­ton artist Diane DuBois Ch­ester­town artist Richard ton, D.C., Markoski chose 31 Mul­laly’s “Sun Stream,” a tiny Hall took by zoom­ing in on the works for this show. oil paint­ing of a ris­ing sun spill- swirls of bright blue wa­ter and

“I was think­ing in terms of ing its light over meadow flow- green al­gae flow­ing through the strength of the work and ers. the grasses in the Ar­bore­tum’s how com­pelling the in­ter­preta- “There’s some­thing op­ti­mis- wet­land, Markoski said, “The tion of the sub­ject was,” Mar- tic about it,” Markoski said. painterly qual­ity of it is strik­ing. koski said in a news re­lease. “You feel the sun pul­sat­ing. It’s an in­ter­est­ing me­taphor for “It was in­ter­est­ing to me to It feels like light, even as it’s the in­ter­mix­ing of ma­te­ri­als in­clude a range of me­dia that def­i­nitely paint. I think it packs in our wa­ter­ways. You could demon­strates the many dif­fer- a strong punch for its size. It read it as a po­ten­tial source of ent ways that you could come feels to me like there’s no way beauty but also a har­bin­ger of at this par­tic­u­lar topic.” an­oth­er­scale­would­have­been ter­ri­ble things to come, so it

Markoski awarded the an- ef­fec­tive.” makes you think, what’s the nual first-prize Leon An­drus In keep­ing with her inter- na­ture of that par­tic­u­lar flow? Award, named in honor of the est in show­cas­ing a va­ri­ety I think this one is con­cep­tu­ally Ar­bore­tum’s first bene­fac­tor, of medi­ums and approaches, rich in terms of the ques­tions it to “Chives,” a large, close-up Markoski chose a large wall might elicit.” pho­to­graph of a chive blos­som sculp­ture and a col­or­ful dig­i­tal This show is part of Ad­kins printed in soft, sub­tle shades of pho­to­graph to re­ceive Honor- Ar­bore­tum’s on­go­ing ex­hibibrown on Ja­panese ki­tikata pa- able Men­tion awards. tion series of work on nat­u­ral per by Wash­ing­ton artist Paige The sculp­ture “Eclipse,” by themes by re­gional artists. It is Billin-Frye. Bal­ti­more artist Mar­cia Wolf- on view through March 31 at

“It’s like a med­i­ta­tion,” Mar- son Ray, is a vir­tual ex­plo­sion the Ar­bore­tum Vis­i­tor’s Cenkoski said. “I think it’s com­pel- of charred and bro­ken pieces ter lo­cated at 12610 Eve­land ling how the del­i­cacy of the pa- of pine whose jagged, curv­ing Road near Tuck­a­hoe State per it’s printed on un­der­scores forms are just barely con­tained Park in Ridgely. the del­i­cacy of the im­age. The within a series of 15 open “box- Con­tact the Ar­bore­tum at way it’s pre­sented has an in- es” con­structed from dried 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@ cred­i­ble amount to do with its plants and hung in a grid. ad­kin­sar­bore­tum.org for gal­strength. It’s al­most a por­trait, “I like the way this rigid fram- lery hours.

Gi­ant in­sects from The Coun­try School mu­si­cal “James and the Gi­ant Peach” sang for chil­dren Tues­day, Feb. 14, at the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary. The mu­si­cal will open Feb. 24 at the school.

“Chives,” by Wash­ing­ton, D.C., artist Paige Billin-Frye re­ceived first prize in Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s eigh­teenth Ju­ried Art Show. The show will be on view in the ar­bore­tum through March 31. It fea­tures work by Ch­ester­town pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Hall in ad­di­tion to other lo­cal and re­gional artists.

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