Sunday, November 1, 2015

November First Friday is this week

Hard to believe it, but November is already here!  November First Friday kicks off the Grateful Harvest - Share the Bounty campaign. Local businesses are supporting a canned and non-perishable food drive throughout the month.  Beautiful boxes decorated by art students at The Yellow Door Art Studio will be in each business to collect your donations. Please think of those less fortunate and be generous.  The drive will end on November 28th, Small Business Saturday.

Also November First Friday, join us in the Leonardtown Art Center for your last chance to vote on your favorite Uplifting Design and contribute to St. Mary's Medstar Breast Cancer Outreach.  The bras will be on display from 5-8 pm.

Don't miss these and other specials around town!

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130

The North End Gallery November Show celebrates the work of member artists Jim Doussard and Andrew Ridenour. Doussard's work includes one-of-a-kind clocks made with antiques and discarded scrap materials in addition to paintings and framed sillouettes. Ridenour is showing bright and colorful landscape paintings. This show is a "must see," so plan on stopping by.

CAUGHT MY EYE -- 22760 Washington Street, Unit #1,
At Caught My Eye, all India handicrafts (jewelry, slippers, clothing, shawls, home d├ęcor items) in the store will be 50% off the regular price. This will be all day Friday only.

 Stock up for your Christmas gift giving!

BLACK MARKET INTERIORS  -- 41665 Fenwick Street, 240-309-4074

Drop off a non-perishable food item for Grateful Harvest and receive a 15% Discount Coupon for purchases at Black Market Interiors good throughout the month of November.
Preview our Holiday Ornaments selection. New Ornaments arriving weekly over the next few weeks. 25% off all remaining Illume Candle Products

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make your reservations now for dinner at Cafe des Artistes. Enjoy delicious seasonal specials and listen to the music of Randy Richie on the piano.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
Crazy for Ewe is kicking off our first ever Mystery Knitalong. Mary has selected a pattern she knows you'll love, but you don't get to see it before hand.  You just have to trust and knit.

Come choose your colors and join us First Friday to get started and be part of the fun!

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Join us for a book signing with local author and equestrian, Michael Kibler. 5:00- 7:00 PM Horses, Humans and Harmony.
- It is often forgotten how much we, as a species, owe to the great and majestic animal that is the horse. Indeed, the rise of modern civilization is much indebted to this wondrous creature. It is one that can fly without wings and thunder without clouds. It needs no speech to strike our own away, nor requires any wind to draw the very breath out of us. But how much do we actually know about the horse? Today, countless members of the human race attempt to understand and comprehend how we can live and work in harmony with one of the most amazing animals ever to come into existence. In Horses, Humans, and Harmony, equestrian Michael Kibler does just that. By breaking down natural horse psychology, human reactions, and the best way to adapt them both, Michael encourages the development of a healthy and happy bond between horses and humans. Don’t work on horses, work with them! Come pick up a copy and meet the author.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October First Friday changes

The rain and winds are coming, so we decided it would be safer for everyone to cancel the band and Uplifting Designs Show on the Square this First Friday.  We are working to reschedule these outdoor festivities.  Please keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for news and updates!

Also, remember that some restaurants, galleries, and other businesses are largely unaffected by the rain - please stay the course and enjoy your favorite indoor First Friday activities this month - but do keep your eye on this page and our Facebook page for late-breaking news on what's happening in town.

From North End Gallery: Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on October 2, North End Gallery has postponed its First Friday and show reception for artists Jeanne Hammett and Sarah Houde. The reception will take place October 9 at 5:00 PM. Artist Karen Russell's paintings will also be donated to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Infusion Center on October 9.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pink Friday

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Leonardtown is going all out to support (hehe) the cause!  We'll have live music on the square from The Bootleggers, a very cool female band., as well as the Uplifting Designs Bra Art contest.

This is a fun way the St. Mary's Arts Council uses art to bring awareness and raise money for Breast Cancer Screening, Early Detection, and Cancer Support Programs at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  It's not too late to create your own bra masterpiece and contribute to the cause.  Interested?  See the details here.

Around town the shops and businesses will have specials for Pink Friday - don't miss these fun promotions and events :

NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130
For the month of October, the North End Gallery celebrates a two-woman show featuring potter Sarah Houde and silkscreen artist Jeanne Norton Hammett. In addition to pottery inspired by her travels, Houde has produced a new collection of gracefully formed bowls depicting Chesapeake waterfowl. Hammett's rich silk-screen creations were influenced by Southern Maryland country and water scenes. Additionally, North End Gallery artist Karen Quam Russell will donate eight beautifully rendered floral watercolors to the Infusion Center for MedStar St. Mary's Hospital during the October First Friday reception at North End Gallery.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744
Crazy for Ewe is featuring a brand new cowl project - Isadore, by Louisa Harding. Worked in coordinating colors of two different yarns, this cowl is stylish, feminine, and fun to knit.  Kit is available in three colors.  For every kit purchased, Crazy for Ewe will donate $5 to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital outreach efforts.  Come choose  your color and get started with us First Friday.

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
For LUNCH & DINNER: Pink Salmon Paupiette - rolled and stuffed with Pink scallop mousse & spinach; served with Pink beurre blanc Pink (Strawberry) Bavarois - Rich strawberry flavored Pink Bavarian Cream surround by a delicate sponge cake!
Make reservations inside for First Friday to enjoy the music of Randy Richie on Piano, or dine on our patio to hear the music on The Square.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
Ellynne Davis and Joyce Judd book signing 5-7 PM- Halloween Fright On A Chesapeake Night tells the story of three black cats who live on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and relates their trick or treating adventures.

ST. MARY'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY 41680 Tudor Place, 301-475-2467
The Historical Society will have the Old Jail Museum open First Fridays - come by and take a guided tour of this  fascinating museum.

Tudor Hall, an 18th century houseof the Georgian architecture, is the oldest building in Leonardtown. Tudor Hall was built by the Barnes family, either Abraham or his son, Richard, both of whom were active in the American Revolution. The name Tudor Hall was given to the house by a 19th century owner, Henry G.S. Key, a cousin of Francis Scott Key.

BIG LARRY'S EATERY AND BOOK CAFE -- 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY -- off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Art Walk Winner

Mary Ida's Rolape's beautiful bronze piece "Sentinal" is the winner of 2015 Art Walk and $100 from the St. Mary's Arts Council.  See "Sentinal" and more at North End Gallery on Fenwick Street.

Second prize goes to Tas McWilliams for her piece "Stained Reflection."  Tas offers classes on stained glass and more at her shop, Caught my Eye on Washington Street.  Tas will receive a $50 gift certificate from Cafe des Artistes.

Third place and a $25 gift certificate from Kevin's Corner Kafe, goes to Molly Hewitt for "Winds of Hope."  Molly is a professional graphic artist creating and installing custom signs at Molly's Sign Shop.  She also participates in a variety of charitable art shows including WARMTH which will be in downtown Leonardtown Saturday, November 28th.

November 28th is also Small Business Saturday on the Square in downtown Leonardtown.  Come support local artists and other small independent businesses.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September First Friday - Art Walk!

September First Friday means Art Walk, a fun chance for you to see lots of beautiful artwork by talented artists from St. Mary's County and beyond.  Choose your favorites and cast your ballot First Friday at the Leonardtown Arts Center by 8 pm.

Band members Ambus, Alex, and Frank
We'll have  live music by Higher Standards, a vibrant, sophisticated, and versatile jazz trio.  Band members Alex Bizzarro, Frank Smith, and Ambus Hunter each bring their own style to the table for traditional jazz with a contemporary vibe.  With influences like Herbie Hancock, Soulive, Amy Winehouse, Christian McBride and Miles Davis, Higher Standards delivers a funky and soulful performance you'll love.

Musically eclectic, we are known for our technical ability and showmanship. "We like to bring a familiar sound, while providing a completely unique live jazz experience.”  See more about the band here.

The Good Earth Natural Foods Company will be providing Higher Standards with a beautiful organic dinner. Thank you, Val!  She's also put together perfect picnic packages and fresh delicious smoothies  you can grab and enjoy al fresco while you listen to the band.

by Pauline Lang
GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS CO. -- 41765 Park Avenue, 301-475-1630

Visit The Good Earth on September 4th from 5 pm until 8 pm for Leonardtown Art Walk.  Two paintings by Pauline Lange are on display in our Demo Kitchen for this occasion.

Our very own Maria will be available during this evening maknig fresh delicious smoothies.

Red Chair at Green Cottage,
by Ann Preston
NORTH END GALLERY  41652 Fenwick Street, 301-475-3130

Many North End Gallery Artists are participating in the Art Walk this First Friday.  Find their works in 25 venues throughout Leonardtown and vote for your favorite.

In addition, a number of North End Gallery artists will create art in Leonardtown for the Paint the Town paint out event during First Friday. Watch them while they work and then visit North End Gallery to see their other artworks.  At the Gallery, check out the show, Opposites Attract, and enter the Mystery Box drawing for a chance to win a piece of art produced by a gallery member.

FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC 41655A Fenwick Street, 301-475-2859
The Megarid

Vesta Clark will be signing copies of Charms of The Fae and The Megarid from 5-7 pm

Writing under the pseudonym Vesta Clark, Arianna Pray is a 23-year-old self published author who graduated from St Mary's College of Maryland last year. Already she has published five of her works, with another two to follow later this month.  her first novel dealt with Arthurian Legend, engaging with the tale of Sir Gareth and intended to progress into a fully-fledged re-telling of the tales of Camelot. She composed much of this novel while studying at Oxford University's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her methods of composition draw heavily on her skills from her history degree, especially a meticulous sensibility directed at research and accuracy, even of the fantastical elements of her works. Having written the Megarid as her senior project at St Mary's, Arianna has already gone on to finish the next five books in the series, and if you come in on Thursdays or Sundays, then you are sure to find her ready to assist you and even sign a copy of one of her books, just for you.

THE CRAFT GUILD SHOP- 26005 Point Lookout Road, 301-997-1644
Check out our shop for a variety of new items on display, such as fall decorations, soaps, jewelry, machine embroidery and sewing, and also visit our table on the Square for samples of our handmade arts and crafts.

CRAZY FOR EWE -- 22715 Washington Street, 301-475-2744

Come see the beautiful trunk show from Tahki Stacy Charles featuring designs in silky soft light weight Lena, and glamorous Adele.  We'll be kicking off a knitalong on this beautiful and easy top -- perfect for the holidays.

Get started with us, and be ready to look fabulous!  Pattern is free with purchase of yarn First Friday only.

QUALITY STREET KITCHENS- 41625 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0700
Quality Street will do a wine tasting as well as some Stonewall kitchens product line samplings. We will also have our Stonewall products buy 3 get one free!

BIG LARRY'S COMIC BOOK CAFE -- 22745 Washington Street 301-475-1860
Celebrate the Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District while enjoying a taste of Big Larry’s Eatery! While experiencing the Art Walk, visit Big Larry’s for food on the go, our almost famous Walking Tacos, Nathans’ All-Beef Hotdogs, Cheeseburgers, and Subs. All 20% off from 5:00-8:00 PM!

PORT OF LEONARDTOWN WINERY -- off Rt. 5 at 23190 Newtowne Neck Road , 301-690-2192
We are releasing the new vintage of our McIntosh Run on First Friday. Come get a bottle or a glass!

CAFE des ARTISTES -- 41655 Fenwick Street, 301-997-0500
Make reservations inside for First Friday to enjoy the music of Randy Richie on Piano, or dine on our patio to hear the music on The Square.

Featured Menu Specials include Rich Lobster Bisque and Veal Sweetbreads (appetizer or entree)

ST. MARY'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY -- 41680 Tudor Place 301-475-2467

The Historical Society of St. Mary's will have the Old Jail Museum open for tours First Friday from 5-8 p.m.  Also, inside Tudor Hall we have a painting for Art Walk - come by and see!

September's Art Walk is just around the corner

September is Art Walk, an fun and important component of the Leonardtown Arts and Entertainment designation celebration. Work from a variety of talented artists will be displayed in businesses throughout Leonardtown, from Tuesday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, October 3.

You have a chance to vote for your favorite on First Friday, September 4.  Please visit each business and cast your ballot at the Leonardtown Arts Center by 8pm.  First place winner will receive a cash prize of $100, second and third place will each receive a gift certificate to a restaurant in Leonardtown.

If you're an artist and would like to participate, please register here. It's not too late.  This is a great way to showcase your talent for a very appreciative audience!

Look soon for lots of fun First Friday specials at all the Leonardtown businesses, and mark your calendars for Art Walk 2015!

Last year's Art Walk winner
The Dancing Egret by Mary Ida Rolape

Flippin' for thses flip flops

This is great!  North End Gallery artists know just what to do for Flip Flop First Friday!  Share your pictures from Flip Flop First Friday on our Facebook page!