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Academy Art Museum Offers November Events

The Myth Makers in Maryland: The Mighty Merganser 

Through November 5, 2016

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (aka the Myth Makers) will build one of their iconic sapling sculptures on the Museum’s grounds beginning October 29. The 16-foot high bird sculpture, made from natural materials with the help of volunteers, will be based on the Hooded Merganser, a bird which is common in Maryland and representative of the independent thinking and bravery of Eastern Shore native Frederick Douglass. Although monumental in scale, the ephemeral works of the Myth Makers are temporary in nature, meaning to last three to five years. Based in Boston, the Myth Makers have worked in Peru, Switzerland, Canada and China and have shown their monumental sculptures the “Avian Avatars,” on Broadway in New York, NY; Muskegon, MI; New Orleans, and in many museums in New England. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, the Star-Democrat, Katherine and David Allen, Maurits Van Wagenberg, Willow Construction and Atlantic Security.

Avian Inspirations: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (the Myth Makers)

November 19, 2016 – February 26, 2017 

The collaboration between Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson is born from a mutual love of the wild. Moerlein, internationally-exhibited sculptor, takes inspiration from events in the natural world that leave visual marks which strike a narrative chord in the artist. Dodson, an American sculptor, takes inspiration from the mysterious nature of animals that spark her imagination. Dodson has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her artwork and her goddess sculptures have been exhibited internationally in sculpture parks and art museums. Moerlein’s work has been shown in museums, sculpture gardens, and galleries from Alaska to New York and Switzerland to Peru, and include several public artworks and site specific monumental outdoor sculptures. The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat.


Jacob Kainen: Washington Colorist

November 19, 2016 – February 26, 2017 

Jacob Kainen (1909-2001) was for several decades one of the most internationally respected of Washington artists. This exhibition, featuring the paintings and prints of Jacob Kainen, reveal his gradual shift from figural to abstract forms. Kainen’s early artistic development coincided with the maturation of American abstract painting. Kainen distinguished himself not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as a curator, overseeing prints for the U.S. National Museum from 1944 to 1966 and prints and drawings for the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art) from 1966 to 1970. His many one person exhibitions include museum shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1956 and 1960 and at The Phillips Collection in 1973, 1980, 1985 and a retrospective exhibition in 1994 at the National Museum of American Art. Kainen was a founder of the Washington Print Club, and acknowledged “dean” of the Washington art community up until his death in 2001. The exhibition is sponsored by Mary Ann Schindler.

Tidewater Camera Club: Flight

Through November 27, 2016

Now in its 53rd year, the Tidewater Camera Club has long been a mainstay of the art community on the Eastern Shore.  In consultation with the Museum’s Curator, Tidewater Camera Club members have been challenged to submit their best interpretations on the theme of “Flight” to the exhibition’s juror, Celia Pearson, a lifelong artist with many years of practice as an independent, published assignment photographer.


The Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series features an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. The 2016-2017 schedule includes six lectures from October 2016 through April 2017. Patrons can pay $300 per person (includes two tickets for each lecture. The 10 Series Ticket for 6 Lectures is $100 for Museum members and $120 for Non-Museum members. Individual tickets cost $20 for Museum members and $24 for Non- Museum members. Pre-registration is suggested.

Makers Environmental Sculptors Meet the Myth Makers

Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, aka Myth Makers

November 4, 2016 at 6 p.m.  

Cost: $20/$25 

Hear entertaining tales about the Myth Makers’ itinerant lives as international sculptors and ask any questions you might have about their new artwork, “The Mighty Merganser.”



FREE Gallery Walk Celebration

November 4, 5:30 p.m.

The conclusion to ARTober highlighting the Museum’s instructors work along with the work created during the ARTober celebration.  Artwork created by instructors and students during ARTober will be on display and available for sale.




See It, Draw It! A Sketchbook Class 

Instructor: Katie Cassidy 

5 weeks: November 1 – 29 Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Cost: $175/$210 

Working on drawing skills is a basic and pure part of being a better artist. Students will work with graphite and markers (shades of gray for value) on a variety of subjects both in the studio and out. Sketchbook drawing has many benefits – you can do it anywhere, it’s free, requires discipline and you may have a wonderful study for a larger painting. One thing for sure – the more you draw the better artist you become. All levels are welcome.

Pastel Painting: Fundamentals and Beyond 

Instructor: Katie Cassidy 

November 2 – December 14 (no class November 24 -Thanksgiving break) 

Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: $195/$237 

Learn the fundamentals of the exciting medium of pastel, while painting a variety of subjects. Various textures, papers, and applied techniques are explored. The qualities of good drawing, value ranges and color control will be addressed and students will develop several different compositions and preliminary color studies for each pastel painting. For the experienced pastelist, this class will encourage the development of personal style.  Demonstrations, group discussions and critiques will be a part of every class. Open to all levels. Class limited to 10 students.


Figure Drawing: 20 Minute Lay-Ins 

Instructor: Patrick Meehan 

4 weeks: November 2, 9 16 and 23 Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Cost: $180/$216

Lay-ins are the first 20 minutes of a drawing. A lay-in represents the initial plan over which the rendering will be placed. Without a good lay-in a correct finish is impossible. Students will concentrate on drawing 20-minute figure lay-ins as they work on concepts such as the abstraction, edge mapping and dynamics. There will be instructor demonstrations and critiques every session. This class is great for beginners to figure drawing and essential for the artist who wants to improve their skills.

Figure Drawing Long Pose 

Instructor: Patrick Meehan

4 weeks: November 2, 16, 23, 30 (No class November 9/Waterfowl)

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Cost: $180/$216 

Emphasis will be placed on gaining an in-depth understanding of the body’s underlying geometry and anatomical structure. We will work in a tonal fashion to interpret the live model. The eye will be trained to observe, analyze, and execute edges, values, anatomical nuances, and ultimately calligraphy and idealization. Instructor demonstrations and critiques are standard.

Head Painting 

Instructor: Patrick Meehan

4 weeks: November 1, 8, 15, 22, Tuesdays: 1- 4 p.m.

Cost: $180/$210 

The focus of this class will be on a direct approach to painting the male and female head from life. Students will work on application, indication and manipulation of edge, value and ultimately color to indicate the head in oil. Frequent instructor demonstrations and critiques are routine.

Oil Painting: Gaining Confidence in Color 

Instructor: Bradford Ross

4 weeks: November 1 – 22, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Cost: $125/$150 

New instructor, Bradford Ross, will guide students through easy to understand exercises to create vibrant and harmonious paintings. This class will focus on using your palette as a tool to make color/value decisions and solve color/value problems rather than simply as a surface for mixing paint.  Students will start with a limited palette of the three primaries and white.  The student will gain a deeper knowledge of the color wheel and the properties of color. Using photo reference, the class will apply this new information to their own work.  Part of one class may be used for an artist demonstration. This is a great class for the beginning oil painter or for those artists interested in creating more dynamic paintings. See Brad’s work


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance 

Amanda Showell  (302)-377-3088.

Lessons offered in West Coast Swing, American Tango, Beginner Country Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Beginner Salsa, Argentine Tango, Beginner Merengue, East Coast Swing, Beginner Foxtrot, Samba, Beginner Waltz, and Rumba.



Portfolio Night 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m.

Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to receive expert tips on what makes a winning portfolio from a panel of art school representatives and professional artists.  This evening is ideal for high school seniors who are considering applying to art school and underclassmen who would like to get a leg up on preparing a strong portfolio.  Parents, teachers and guidance counselors are welcome as well. Please email the Museum’s Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at or call her directly at 978-902-1993 for more information.

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.