Less is More

Lately I’ve been using the phrase “less is more” . It applies to so many things from why I put less sugar in my apple pie to why too many chairs in a room make the space look cluttered.

It’s the phrase I use to explain why it’s better to leave open space on a dinner plate if I want to make what’s on the plate important. It’s why it’s better to wear less make-up and less aftershave.

Yes, less is more applies to many situations including size. Does a piece of artwork have to be large to be important? I say no. Many of my favorite paintings are very small oils, little paintings I could put inside a suitcase and take with me when I moved from Maryland to California. Easily they made the cross-country journey more than once.

“Less is More “ is the title of a national juried art exhibit opening next week at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College in Annapolis.  The work was selected by distinguished juror Domenic Iacono, director of Syracuse University Art Galleries You can see all the items in the exhibit, which will be hanging until June 15th online. The profits from exhibit sales will help fund educational programs.

On Wednesday May 28th there will be an opening reception from 6:30- 9:30. Sip wine, beer or an artini. Listen to the music of the Rob Levitt Duo. Sample gourmet food provided by leading caterers in Greater Annapolis. Be one of the first visitors to the exhibit to make an art purchase. Tickets are $100. https://community.stjohnscollege.edu/lessismore-2014

or call 410-626-2536 to purchase a ticket.

I hope to see you there at the Mitchell Gallery on the evening of May 28th so you can decide for yourself if Less is More.

Coneflower Summer Relief print, collage Size: 8"W x 10"H   By Beth A. Bynum
Coneflower Summer
Relief print, collage
Size: 8″W x 10″H
By Beth A. Bynum
The Big Move oil on canvas Size: 4"W x 6"H  The Big Move oil on canvas Size: 4"W x 6"H  By Ned Axthelm
The Big Move
oil on canvas
Size: 4″W x 6″H
The Big Move
oil on canvas
Size: 4″W x 6″H
By Ned Axthelm


Annapolis High student performance highlight Mardi Gras Gala

Yesterday I blogged about what I was wearing at this year’s Anne Arundel County Arts Council Mardi Gras Gala but I didn’t write about the event itself. The highlight for me was listening to and watching two wonderful renditions of song and dance routines from the musical “Working” which will be performed this spring by students in the performing arts magnet program in collaboration with the theater department. Particularly outstanding was the soloist in “Just a Housewife.”  Part of the money raised by the arts council goes to support educational arts programs in our schools, both public and private, so the entertainment was very appropriate.

Too bad some people couldn’t  stop themselves from talking while the kids were performing. This has happened before, at the Annie Awards no less, honoring local artists for their work and support of the arts. I was sitting in the auditorium at St. John’s College, where the event was taking place behind some very noisy people while a string quartet was performing on stage.
Meanwhile, when we wanted to talk to our dinner companions during dinner, the band for dancing was playing too loud. This has happened at a number of events I’ve attended this past year.  So any event organizers out there take note. During the dinner hour, if there is music it should be “background music”, low and subdued.  I love good music and want to give it my full attention when there is a performance, but sometimes social time should take precedence. Just my humble opinion.
At any rate, kudos to the Arts Council for a great evening with good food and dancing. I hope you made lots of money to support the arts.

First Time Chesapeake Bay Swim Competitors Cross the Bay

My husband Peter Crilly and swim buddy Jonathan Kagan, swimmers with the masters swimmer’s group at the U.S. Naval Academy, both swam the Chesapeake Bay Swim for the first time and they both made it across!  They’ve been training hard for the past month. Congratulations to a job well done. The longest open water swim Peter had previously done was a mere two miles and the Bay is 4.4 miles across, between the twin spans of the Bay Bridge where the approximately 650 swimmers crossed this morning.  The first wave of swimmers set out at approximately 11:00 a.m.

It took Peter 3 hours to swim to the other side. He was ecstatic to have made it because he was definitely feeling tired the last mile. Someone who has taken up swimming later in life (he’s the guy with the beard) in his high school days he was a track star and excelled at endurance. He still has a lot of endurance!

All swimmers were accounted for and lots of money was raised for a variety of charities that include the March of Dimes Maryland Chapter
The National Aquarium, Bay Restoration Project ,The Chesapeake Bay Foundation ,The Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association ,CRAB- Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Way to go swimmers!

New Location for Rotary 2012 barBayque

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is coming back to town, Naptown that is, known by some as Annapolis, Maryland. Mark May 4th and 5th on your calendar, if you love barbeque.
It’s been a while since I’ve attended a Parole Rotary breakfast. The club meets at the Doubletree Inn on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. I came as the guest of my husband Peter Crilly, who was forced to miss a number of meetings last fall due to my back injury. But now that 2012 is underway, and we are getting the schedule off to a correct start, so to make up for all the meetings missed, we both attended. First subject of importance was the May Naptown barBayq and since the funds raised at that event are going to two good causes–the Anne Arundel Medical Center Pediatrics Emergency Inpatient Unit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County– I will make the event the subject of today’s posting.
First off, if you happen to be reading this and are a business, the Parole Rotary Foundation is looking for sponsors to help support this event. There is no exclusivity of sponsorships this year, so if you’d like to support the event, please contact the club directly.
Second off, the event which was held last year at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium has a new location. It is being held the first weekend in May at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.
Twenty-five live bands will be playing music on two stages. Admission is only $5 and children under the age of 12 are free.
Competing barbeque teams will be competing for $9,000 in prizes. This is serious business. Competing teams, devotees of “the art of barbequing” travel for hundreds of miles to participate in these competitions. As an attendee you’ll be able to sample and buy, particularly if you purchase a VIP ticket for $25 in advance or $35 at the door. You’ll also be able to purchase a variety of food and beverages, depending on your preference. This year numerous regional artists and craftsmen will also take part in the festivities offering jewelry, pottery, photography, artwork and more. There will be a Corn Hole Tournament and other family-oriented activities. On Saturday, there will be a Special Kid’s Korral featuring moon bounces, obstacle courses, spin art, face painting, special entertainment according to the Rotary barBayq website.

Naptown barBAYq
& Music Festival FACTS
Dates: May 4-5, 2012
Hours: Friday 4-10pm
Saturday 11am-10pm
Admission: $5/Daily for Adults
Kids under 12 Free
VIP Tickets $25 in advance / $35 at the door
Location: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds


Remembering Carol Treiber

Carol Treiber died Tuesday after a well-fought battle against cancer. She was ___(this is where you usually write down age but Carol didn’t like to talk about her age, so I’ll just leave this blank). A leader in the Anne Arundel County community, Carol will long be remembered for her work as a volunteer, officer, and past- president of the Parole Rotary Club and as Executive Director of the Anne Arundel Arts Council (previously known as The Anne Arundel Arts Foundation).
I first met Carol in 1998, when I was appointed by former County Executive Janet Owens, to serve on the board of what was then titled The Anne Arundel Arts Foundation. Carol wasted no time in quickly ascertaining what talents I had to offer, and how to best make use of them. Within the span of a few weeks, I was writing news releases, designing brochures, attending lots and lots of arts events, and brainstorming on creating a video to publicize the arts. Carol was like that. She was good at putting people to work and getting things done, the mark of a good leader. It was with Carol’s encouragement that I signed up to participate in the 2001-2002 Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Class. Carol was also a LAA graduate, not that she needed much help with leadership, but she was the kind of person who made use of any and all resources available.
At Rotary she did everything from parking cars at the Navy football games, to delivering dictionaries to elementary school students, to entertaining traveling dignitaries. Her high energy and devotion to hard work was contagious. She had definite ideas as to how things should be accomplished, and while you may not have always agreed with her, she was someone who commanded respect.
As Executive Director of the Arts Council, she fought hard for added funding and for collaboration and the sharing of resources between and within the various arts groups. She gave guidance and shared her expertise with all the arts groups, whether large or small, helping them to apply for grants, set up personnel procedures, and draw a larger audience. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Carol was a big champion for bringing arts education into the schools and informing both public and private schools of grant opportunities and the availability of local artists to enrich curriculum.
Since Carol Treiber touched so many people’s lives, I’m sure, that readers have their own memories to share. That’s what blogs are for. The Arts Council Executive Committee has established a Carol Treiber Scholarship Fund to provide awards for organizations annually in her honor and you can get more information about that fund from A.A.Arts Council Executive Director April Nyman who shared the following Visitation and Service information:

Visitation: Monday, 12/19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Kalis Funeral Home, Edgewater

Service: Tuesday, 12/20, 10:30 a.m., Holy Family Church, Davidsonville

Just Imagining Halloween

It’s almost October, and you know what that means…almost time for Halloween and maybe time to start thinking about this year’s costume if you plan to go partying. IF I am still stuck inside my clamshell ie Total Contact Orthosis Jacket (TCO) I can easily be 1) a Viking Queen clad in an armored vest 2) A muscle bound store mannekin or 3) a bionic woman. I’d just as soon not be any of those things since I feel closely akin to one of those creature as it is and would deign to be something else, someone who is free of encumbrances. Last year we had lots of fun not only dressing up, but checking out everyone else’s costumes.
What are some of the timely topics and people in the news? Obviously all those political candidates… vying for the presidential nomination, and then there are the disasters— floods, hurricanes, and an earthquake. The national debt? An ipad. The newest royal couple. It’s fun to imagine.
Scary is another way to go because ghosts, goblins, witches, vampires and the like never go out of style. So I suppose I could even use the TCO to be a version of Frankenstein. (Can you tell I really am starting to hate the thing?) In case you don’t know what a TCO looks like, I’m including a photo because it is quite scary in its way.
But before we arrive at Halloween, there is an entire month of Chesapeake Beer Madness and the kick-off party is this Friday night. It’s an awesome event, enabling you to taste a variety of local craft brews and prepare you for the upcoming weeks of beer tasting and online voting on the Whatsupmag.com website. Money raised from this event will be donated to charity through the auspices of the What’s Up? Foundation. For more information about the party and the foundation go to http://www.whatsupmag.com/

Party for a Good Cause and Beat the Heat

Talk about the dog days of summer, they seem to have arrived here in Annapolis, complete with dreary gray skies and steamy temperatures which make you want to head for a cold shower or maybe an exciting event in an air conditioned setting to put your mind in a better place.
Tonight is the annual Tribute to Leadership at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts where this year’s graduates of the Anne Arundel leadership (LAA) program will be congratulated, and leaders and volunteers from previous classes will be honored for outstanding service to the community. If you have not reserved your tickets yet, there may not be space for you to attend, but never fear because tomorrow night there is the One Incredible Party being thrown by the Anne Arundel County Community Foundation at Bembe Beach. This year’s party intends to bring together everyone in Anne Arundel County who cares about strengthening our community through giving, grant making, and building the capacity of our local nonprofits. Instead of the typical silent auction, bidders will be able to grant a wish for a
non-profit ranging from kitchen supplies for a new home being built for six homeless veterans to a providing a dream vacation for two individuals with disabilities who have never been able to take a trip. Wish List Items range from a low of $90 to a high of $2,500 – you can pick the item from the list that suits your interests and your budget, and help make a nonprofit organization’s wishes & dreams come true!Saturday spend your evening at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College. I’ve already seen the wonderful exhibit of artwork inspired by books hanging in the gallery along with some interesting old books, including 1st editions, available for sale. Photography, watercolors, mixed media, and handmade books all await your bids. The money raised goes to fund outreach programs. Authors, critics, poetry readings, food, and wine are included in the admission price.