Thursday, April 7, 2016

Two Good Reasons to Visit Annapolis This June

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Paint Annapolis
Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 12
Streets and countryside of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County 
    Peek over the shoulders of artists from around the world capturing the beauty of light and shadow on canvass during a five-day juried plein air painting competition hosted by the Maryland Federation of Art May 30 to June 5.
     Thirty juried artists will paint in Annapolis’s Historic District and the surrounding countryside from May 31 to June 3. An optional Paint Out for artists will take place on June 4th at a location to be determined. Back by popular demand, the Dueling Brushes painting event will take place in Annapolis’s Historic District on Sunday, June 5, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. 
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    All interested artists are invited to participate. Jurying and awards for the Dueling Brushes creations takes place at noon. The Maryland Federation of Art will exhibit the work of Paint Annapolis’s professional artists at its Circle Gallery from Saturday, June 4, (opening reception) through Sunday, June 12.
    Paint Annapolis is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city. Plein air is painting outside – rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French ‘en plein air’, meaning ‘in the open air’. Popularized by Impressionists who were interested in the influence of changing light and the effects of light on color when outdoors, plein air painting now flourishes as its own art form. For more information, log on to

Aerial Tours of Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesdays, June 1 through August 24
Monumental Helicopters, Tipton Airport, 7505 General Aviation Drive, Hangar 84, Ft. Meade, MD 20755
Admission: Visit website
    Take in the bustle of City Dock and Ego Alley and get a grand view of historic Annapolis and the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races. Catch a “quick look” at Annapolis attractions and the beauty of Chesapeake Bay sailing, while you admire boats, marinas and stunning waterfront estates.

On theEastport Home and Garden Tour Photo Credit: Kenneth Tom
11th Annual Eastport Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 12
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine
Admission: $20 until June 5; $25 thereafter
    For the past 11 years, neighbors and out-of-towners mark their calendars for this annual event that provides for an entertaining walk through well-appointed, sometimes historic, and always lovely homes and gardens of Eastport.
On the Eastport Home and Garden e Tour Photo Credit: Kenneth Tom
     This year's tour will focus on the small gems tucked between Second and Third Streets on the Eastport peninsula. Eastport boasts a variety of home styles, including watermen’s cottages built in the 1930s when streets were paved with oyster shells. On the outer peninsula, you’ll also find traditional farmhouses next to renovated craftsman-style homes.

   The highlight of the Home and Garden Tour is the beautiful Eastport gardens in full bloom. Be sure to catch the calming spaces, lattice trellises and unique yard art.
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