Looking for something to do before or during the holiday weekend? This week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area it’s all about art and artists!
Virtual lectures by Historic Annapolis are still going strong! This week, join them for Virtual Lecture on Annapolis and Colonial Painters on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 pm. Some of the most well-known Colonial artists regularly worked in Annapolis. Join Curator of Collections, Robin Matty, for this intimate look not only at the people portrayed, but also the artists who painted them. Discover why prominent members of society desired to have their likenesses captured and displayed, and what some of these paintings reveal about the person. Registration is required. Cost to attend is $15 per household for General Admission or $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers. This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture.
Would you prefer a live event to kick off your Labor Day Weekend? On Saturday, September 5, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, the Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Ave) is hosting a Stretch and Sketch. In this second program of their Winifred Gordon Memorial Art and Wellness Series, you will took at the painting by James Peale, The Mill and talk about the discovery of how it was attributed to him due to a sketch found at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, discuss drawing techniques and participants choose a painting in the museum’s first floor to sketch (materials provided), and do a stretching session in the backyard with breathing techniques to help promote good posture and relieve stress. Reservations are required. Event participation is free thanks to the Winifred Gordon Foundation. Space is limited for the safety of the participants. Call 410-263-4683 extension 10.
On Sunday, September 6, it’s time for the First Sunday Arts Festival, which offers the opportunity to shop in person or online. If you choose to come downtown, you will find that social distancing is in effect; come to the first block of West Street in downtown Annapolis between 11 and 5, and they ask that you wear a mask when you enter an artist’s tent. Restaurants in the downtown area offer socially-distanced tables for lunch or dunner. To shop the artists’ wares online, visit https://www.firstsundayarts.com/virtual festival.
Speaking of art, be sure to save the date for Arts Alive on Friday, September 11 at 7;00 pm. Tune in to Facebook live and join Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for a special livestreaming event. In the spirit of their Annual Arts Alive! event, they will be sharing a performance and special presentation in lieu of their traditional gathering. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the recording will be shared on YouTube after the event.
If you’re out and about in Downtown Annapolis, stop by the Annapolis Arts Alliance’s new Gallery 57 West. After five years of seasonal Pop-Up Shops, this nonprofit arts organization now has a permanent location! Formerly the Whitehall Gallery, Gallery 57 West (57 West Street) has become a showcase for AAA artists.
We’re also excited to let you know that two Cuseum webinars are being held this week. Start with Membership Mondays: Preparing Your Team for the New Normal on Monday, August 31 at 3:00 pm. A panel of speakers will talk through successes, challenges, and strategies for preparing your team for this “new normal.” This webinar will be particularly focused on membership and visitor services. Then, on Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00 pm, join them for Alumni Engagement in the Era of Coronavirus. Speakers will do a deep dive into shifting alumni engagement tactics. This webinar will explore many aspects of digital engagement, including virtual events, programs, and networking opportunities, as well as digital communications. Both of these webinars are free to watch.
As always, remember to check the Four Rivers Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates. Enjoy the week!