August 10, 2018
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  • Art Walk exhibitor Maria Marino creates landscape paintings, many of which feature places in Annapolis, such as the historic William Paca House Garden.
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    Art Walk exhibitor Maria Marino creates landscape paintings, many of which feature places in Annapolis, such as the historic William Paca House Garden.
  • “Morning at Back Creek-Eastport” is a pastel by Art Walk exhibitor Maria Marino.
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    “Morning at Back Creek-Eastport” is a pastel by Art Walk exhibitor Maria Marino.

Annapolis Gallery Association To Host 28th Annual Art Walk

Alyson Kay
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July 10, 2018

On August 16, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, the Annapolis Gallery Association will hold the 28th annual Annapolis Art Walk, a collaborative event involving 20 member galleries featuring all kinds of art, from sculptures and woodturnings to pastel paintings. Galleries will show both classic and contemporary pieces.

Some of the participating Art Walk galleries will offer light refreshments and entertainment. McBride Gallery has enlisted guitarist Tim Kolberg to perform during the event. “Art and music seem to go together,” said event organizer Cynthia McBride.

According to McBride, a yellow banner will welcome people to Art Walk and bunches of two or three yellow helium balloons will mark all galleries to help people find them. Each gallery will also have yellow maps to direct people to the other galleries.

Children are welcome to attend. “We love having children come through and they really enjoy it,” McBride said.

McBride started Art Walk in 1990. Her gallery had recently moved to a new location and she was concerned that people wouldn’t know where it was.

But McBride didn’t just want the event to benefit her gallery. She also wanted to draw attention to the other galleries in Annapolis.

“What could I do that would draw attention and benefit everyone?” McBride mused.

McBride decided to create an annual event planned for every third Thursday in August, because more people would be in the city for the summer.

Art Walk wasn’t the first attempt by McBride and the Annapolis Gallery Association to create an event to showcase the galleries around Annapolis. The first event that the association created was a “round of galleries” that was supposed to happen every quarter.

“It lasted for three quarters, and when we got to the winter quarter, nobody showed up,” said McBride. “Nobody wanted to go out in the winter.”

As in previous years, many galleries, including McBride Gallery, will also have art demonstrations.

“I try to have a different artist every year, which can be challenging after 28 years,” McBride said.

This year, pastel painter Maria Marino will come to McBride Gallery to paint and answer questions about pastel art.

“People love to learn, and they learn something by watching an artist paint and asking questions,” McBride said.

Although this will be her first year at Art Walk, Marino has been showing her paintings at McBride Gallery for several years. McBride approached her to be a demonstrator at Art Walk after the 2018 Paint Annapolis event, where Marino won second place for one of her works.

The gallery will also feature 10 of Marino’s paintings, which are a mixture of new and existing pieces. Marino creates landscape paintings, many of which feature places in Annapolis, such as the historic William Paca House and Garden.

“I’ll bring a slew of paintings and [McBride] will choose from them and mount them for the area that I’ll be working in,” Marino said.

McBride’s favorite part of the event every year is when people start arriving at the gallery.

“They always have a big smile on their face,” McBride said. “They’re anticipating a fun evening.”

For more information, visit www.artinannapolis.com.


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