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The First Sunday Arts Festival: Redefined

Aerial view of First Sunday Arts Festival on West Street. Photo courtesy of the Annapolis Arts District. The First Sunday Arts Festival, simply known as First Sunday to many, is one of those things Annapolitans have come to rely on and take for granted. Even for those who don’t set out to attend as…

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Auctions and Lotteries: Art in the time of COVID-19

Katherine Burke and Jay Fleming at the Annapolis Collection Gallery. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Collection Gallery. We are all in varying stages of transition on the path to whatever will be our new normal, and for many it's starting to take shape, however slowly. The Annapolis area galleries are…

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Building an Art Exhibit with Jo Fleming

Before an art exhibit goes up, most galleries resemble an empty office space. Plain white walls, a visible chair or two, some power tools, and what could possibly be yesterday’s lunch. This is a special time because from the outside looking in, it seems as though this is a time of rest when in…

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Get Crafty this Holiday Season

After a season of heightened consumerism, nothing helps me recenter quite like making things with my hands. It helps me quiet my mind and refocus my attention on the things that bring me joy. Luckily in Annapolis, whether you’re a crafting newcomer or a celebrated professional, there are plenty of…

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Artists Who Collect Art: The Comports

With the fast approaching Annapolis Arts Week, a week-long citywide celebration of the arts where you’ll find plenty of artwork to offer for your own collection - I wanted to take a closer look at the art that artists collect. So I've settled on bringing that to light in this series: here you will…

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2019 Annapolis Film Festival Recap

I had the opportunity to be behind the scenes at the opening night of the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival. The rest of the weekend, however, had so much in store. Over 75 films, Q&A's and panel discussions with industry pros made Annapolis one of the most exciting places to be last weekend. Lucky for…

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Women Behind the Annapolis Art Scene: April Nyman

April Nyman’s mother had nine brothers and sisters, where helping each other was a way of life. It was instilled in April from a young age that helping others was what you did. Today, April is the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, where she lives the spirit of helping…

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Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design: Personalized Artisty

Rhonda Kaplan is an artist, a true connoisseur of all things floral and bridal. Her expansive design experience combined with a genuine excitement towards every bride and wedding day exemplifies both the creativity and care Rhonda consistently employs in her art and at Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design…

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Women Behind the Annapolis Art Scene: Cynthia McBride

A thriving art scene in any town doesn’t just happen. No matter where you go, you are bound to find good art, and excellent artists. It takes people that are both interested in community and recognize that art – in all forms – contributes to the cohesiveness and growth. Some are making history now…

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Artist Mark Peria’s Colorful Birthday Surprise

A text from Charles Lawrance came across Mark Peria’s phone: “Can you help me in the gallery?” Mark headed over, parking his car near their Annapolis Arts District co-op gallery, FinArt, but a familiar Pennsylvania license plate caught his eye. He spotted his friend Jim, who made a surprise trip to…

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