Inaugural Exhibition at Keny County Arts Council’s New Gallery Opens Nov. 3, 2017

Inaugural Exhibition in the New Gallery – Kent County Arts Council – 101 Spring Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland
WAR FRONT / HOME FRONT: Through the Eyes of Our Military
November 3 – December 3, 2017

Join us on Friday, November 3rd – during Downtown Chestertown First Friday – for the opening of the inaugural exhibition in the new gallery of the Kent County Arts Council (KCAC). We are christening our new space with artwork from The Arts & The Military ART/ifacts Collection and from The Joe Bonham Project. Our inaugural show – WAR FRONT / HOME FRONT: Through the Eyes of Our Military – is created in partnership with curator Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal of The Arts & The Military and Michael D. Fay, Founder of The Joe Bonham Project. It is funded, in part, by The Institute for Integrative Health.

The experiences of our contemporary service members and veterans are represented by the artwork in the show – approximately forty pieces. The exhibit includes handmade paper made from military uniforms that then depict images from down range and on the home front, illustrations of wounded warriors fresh from combat, veteran-made ceramic cups that suggest military life and warfare, and thought-provoking clay vessels called “War Crocks.”

The ART/ifacts Collection is the tangible legacy of artmaking as activism, and the nature of the work allows for the exploration of military culture, and the history of war, and its costs. Themes include patriotism, nationalism, and perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty. Several grassroots veteran-arts groups are represented in the Collection – Button Field Paper, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Veterans in the Arts, as well as the work of individual veteran-artists. The Joe Bonham Project is named after the fictional, limbless, faceless protagonist of the 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. The project’s purpose is to show the real face of war and the aftermath of war with artwork that portrays the realities and human consequences of combat. The project distances itself from politics, preferring instead to be seen as apolitical “witness art.”

There will be three special events during the run of the show. All are free and everyone is welcome.
1) Grand Opening – First Friday, November 3rd, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
2) Poetry Reading – MEDIC AGAINST BOMB: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, Frederick Foote, M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, ret.) – Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
3) Illustrated Lecture – Beyond Stereotypes: War, Warriors, and the Creative Arts, by Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal, The Arts & The Military; and, Michael D. Fay, (CW02, USMC, ret.) Retired Combat Artist, and Founder, The Joe Bonham Project, Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.

Kent County Arts Council Gallery Hours:
Wed – Fri: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Kent County Arts Council mission is threefold: We INVEST by awarding competitive grants to nonprofit arts organizations, artists, and community programs presenting arts activities; We INFUSE by providing support for artists, administrators, and boards, to ensure strong stewardship of public and private investment; and finally, We INSPIRE by bringing visiting and resident artists from all disciplines to challenge the status quo; expanding the role the arts can play in social and civic dialogue.

The Kent County Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kent County Commissioners.

NEWS RELEASE:
Contact: John Schratwieser, Co-Director
410-708-9751; johnschrat@gmail.com

FULL PRESS RELEASE >>

Inaugural Exhibition in the New Gallery Opens Nov. 3, 2017

Inaugural Exhibition in the New Gallery – Kent County Arts Council – 101 Spring Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland
WAR FRONT / HOME FRONT: Through the Eyes of Our Military
November 3 – December 3, 2017

Join us on Friday, November 3rd – during Downtown Chestertown First Friday – for the opening of the inaugural exhibition in the new gallery of the Kent County Arts Council (KCAC). We are christening our new space with artwork from The Arts & The Military ART/ifacts Collection and from The Joe Bonham Project. Our inaugural show – WAR FRONT / HOME FRONT: Through the Eyes of Our Military – is created in partnership with curator Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal of The Arts & The Military and Michael D. Fay, Founder of The Joe Bonham Project. It is funded, in part, by The Institute for Integrative Health.

The experiences of our contemporary service members and veterans are represented by the artwork in the show – approximately forty pieces. The exhibit includes handmade paper made from military uniforms that then depict images from down range and on the home front, illustrations of wounded warriors fresh from combat, veteran-made ceramic cups that suggest military life and warfare, and thought-provoking clay vessels called “War Crocks.”

The ART/ifacts Collection is the tangible legacy of artmaking as activism, and the nature of the work allows for the exploration of military culture, and the history of war, and its costs. Themes include patriotism, nationalism, and perceptions of duty, suffering, heroism, and loyalty. Several grassroots veteran-arts groups are represented in the Collection – Button Field Paper, Combat Paper Project, Peace Paper Project, Veterans in the Arts, as well as the work of individual veteran-artists. The Joe Bonham Project is named after the fictional, limbless, faceless protagonist of the 1939 anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. The project’s purpose is to show the real face of war and the aftermath of war with artwork that portrays the realities and human consequences of combat. The project distances itself from politics, preferring instead to be seen as apolitical “witness art.”

There will be three special events during the run of the show. All are free and everyone is welcome.
1) Grand Opening – First Friday, November 3rd, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
2) Poetry Reading – MEDIC AGAINST BOMB: A Doctor’s Poetry of War, Frederick Foote, M.D. (CAPT, MC, USN, ret.) – Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
3) Illustrated Lecture – Beyond Stereotypes: War, Warriors, and the Creative Arts, by Tara Tappert, Founder and Principal, The Arts & The Military; and, Michael D. Fay, (CW02, USMC, ret.) Retired Combat Artist, and Founder, The Joe Bonham Project, Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.

Kent County Arts Council Gallery Hours:
Wed – Fri: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Kent County Arts Council mission is threefold: We INVEST by awarding competitive grants to nonprofit arts organizations, artists, and community programs presenting arts activities; We INFUSE by providing support for artists, administrators, and boards, to ensure strong stewardship of public and private investment; and finally, We INSPIRE by bringing visiting and resident artists from all disciplines to challenge the status quo; expanding the role the arts can play in social and civic dialogue.

The Kent County Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kent County Commissioners.

NEWS RELEASE:
Contact: John Schratwieser, Co-Director
410-708-9751; johnschrat@gmail.com

FULL PRESS RELEASE >>

October 2017 Book Recommendations

Robert St. John’s, JEWS, JUSTICE AND JUDAISM; a history of the Jewish people.

Evelyn Keyes’s, SCARLETT O’HARA’S YOUNGER SISTER: MY LIVELY LIFE IN AND OUT OF HOLLYWOOD; famous for her portrayal of Gone With the Wind’s Suellen O’Hara, she was also Mike Todd’s lover, and former wife to director John Huston, and bandleader Artie Shaw.

Lilli Palmer’s, CHANGE LOBSTERS AND DANCE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY; the great actress, and ex-wife of Rex Harrison, tells her story.

Richard Logan, Ph.D, and Tere Duperrault Fassbender’s, ALONE: ORPHANED AT SEA; an eleven-year-old girl survives four days adrift on a raft after her family is murdered on a chartered sailboat.

Mark Twain’s, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN; a semi-literate 13-year-old white boy from Missouri befriends an escaped slave.

October 2017 Book Recommendations

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures wins the 2017 Grateful American Book Prize

WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 21 – The winner of the 2017 Grateful American Book Prize is Margot Lee Shetterly, for her non-fiction work, HIDDEN FIGURES, a New York Times number one bestseller, which tells the story of the pioneering African-American women who overcame racial barriers at NASA in the 1960s. They played significant roles in the very early days of America’s space program.

“They were called ‘computers’ where they worked and were largely dismissed until the authorities at the space agency’s Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Virginia realized that their help was indispensible if the U.S. was to prevail over the Soviet Union in the conquest of space. Despite the rampant racism of the times four mathematicians, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, showed they had the right stuff. Using primitive tools by today’s standards – pencils and adding machines – they calculated the trajectories that would successfully launch America’s first astronauts into outer space,” David Bruce Smith, co-founder of the Prize, said in making the announcement of the 2017 Prize.

Ms. Shetterly’s book was published in November of 2016 by HarperCollins; the Academy Award nominated film version – also released last year – starred Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.

Jennifer Latham’s DREAMLAND BURNING, a work of historical fiction – also about racial injustice – and Edward Cody Huddleston’s THE STORY OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 250 YEARS AFTER HIS BIRTH were selected to receive the Prize’s Honorable Mention Awards for 2017.

Dreamland Burning, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, with its focus on the Tulsa race riot of 1921, raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations – yesterday and today, according to one reviewer.

The Story of John Quincy Adams, produced by the Atlantic Publishing Group, examines the life of the sixth president of the United States, whose father, John Adams, was America’s second American president. “This work of historical nonfiction is likely to have a special appeal to young readers; despite his burdensome self-doubt, he was a constant achiever,” according to Smith.

The Prize, which carries an award of $13,000, and a medallion created by American artist, Clarice Smith, will be presented at an October 12th reception at The National Archives in Washington, D.C. Recipients of this year’s Honorable Mentions will also receive the medallion, and $500 each.