Juried art show on view at Adkins
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
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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.