The third annual Celebration of Art to benefit the Cylburn Arboretum Association takes place Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 at the Vollmer Center of the arboretum.
As the arboretum has continuously expanded its public programs and enhanced its gardens, this event has grown to become a popular Baltimore event.
The two-day Celebration of Art (COA) was the brainchild of Nancy Hill, then the director of education at Cylburn, later the interim executive director and currently a board member. Hill, with volunteer Karen Smith as co-chair of Art @Cylburn, began the event in 2011. With support of a volunteer committee and the Cylburn staff, the two have continued to organize and present year-round art exhibitions at the arboretum, with Celebration of Art as centerpiece.
Originally, area artists were invited to submit paintings and drawings with the subject matter of Cylburn. The thematic work continued a second year when COA expanded to include a Saturday brunch and a Sunday lecture.
The 2014 weekend kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, as The Walters Art Museum, for the third year, offers a three-hour, drop-in, nature-themed children’s art project on the porch of Cylburn Mansion.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Vollmer Center a ticketed Southern brunch, for $100 per ticket, is catered again by The Classic Catering People. Louis Shields, artist and owner of Hastening Design Studio in Middleburg, Virginia gives an illustrated lecture, “Art in the Interior: How Color and Design Affect Us and Our Personal Environments.” This event also offers patrons an opportunity to preview and purchase art before the Saturday evening cocktail reception and exhibition.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, the reception, catered again by The Classic Catering People with festive drinks by the Total Wine and Union Craft Brewing, takes place in the Vollmer Center. Nolley & Fitzpatrick Event Design and Paul Snyder Trio are also participating for a third year to create a lively, artistic ambiance.
A jury this year has selected a record number of 56 artists. Their work, for the first time, may have any subject matter, not just Cylburn. Photography and sculpture are new this year as well. A special exhibition of sculpture and paintings by graduating seniors of the Baltimore School for the Arts is also a new feature. Ian Daly, a senior at BSA, is curator.
Two-dimensional works at COA range from abstract work by artists such as Mary Ann Mears, Regina Tumasella and Nancy Valk to the painterly work of Paul Moscatt, Christine Neill, Achsah O’Donovan, Sam Robinson, Murray Taylor, Lilly Woodworth and Susan Yonkers to the realistic work of perennial favorites Kathleen and Michael Kortaba, Palden Hamilton, Jeannie Merrick Maddux, Christine Picard and Joan Elisabeth Reid.
Among artists represented in COA for the first time are Bonnie Caslow Allan, Kini Collins, Linda DePalma, John Eichelberger, John Dunn Ferguson, Nancy Valk, Paula Reynolds, Esther Sharp and Greg Otto.
Two members of the Cylburn staff, both Maryland Institute College of Art graduates, are featured: Kathleen Durkin, development associate, and Lili Levi, education director. Many of the artists will be in attendance Saturday evening.
The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday with a free lecture, “Beauty and the Brain,” at 2 p.m. by Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum. Vikan, with his wife Elana, serves as this year’s honorary co-chair of the weekend event. In his talk Vikan explores the impact of recent developments in brain science on possible solutions to many old and puzzling questions about how people perceive art and beauty. Refreshments will be served. An R.s.v.p. for the lecture is required by calling 410-367-2217.
Cylburn is located at 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209. For further information, call 410-367-2217 or visit www.cylburn.org .