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


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.

Annapolis Mitchell Gallery Inspires Authors and Artists

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Number 51: Mannen Bridge and the Fukagawa District (1857)
Series: Meisho Yedo Hyakkei (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)
Ink on paper

Tucked away in the far corner of the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis, sits The Mitchell Gallery. This handsome modern building, built in 1989 provides exhibition space for visiting shows from art museums from around the United States as well exhibitions vetted by local curators and art historians that highlight artists and craftsmen residing locally. Although visited by thousands of art lovers each year, the gallery is still a hidden treasure. Many local residents have no idea of its existence despite its 20 plus year presence.
This June, to honor its 20th Anniversary an event is being planned enittled “The Art of the Book” that will highlight art and literature. Save the date, June 25th, when authors and artists will be on hand to celebrate the Mitchell Gallery and provide an exhibition of art work inspired by books along with workshops and panel discussions and a silent auction to raise monies for the Mitchell Gallery.
Next week the March exhibit “The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art” will be opening on March 3rd and will hang until mid April. This exhibition of 50 Edo period (1603-1868) prints reveals an intimate history of Japanese print collecting in the South in the early 20th century. Internationally know ukiyo-e print expert Frederick Gookin, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art founder Wallace B. Rogers created a superb collection in the 1920’s. The prints encompass all of the ukiyo-e subjects: beautiful women, actors and the theater, landscapes, narrative scenes, and decorative themes.
The Gallery is open from noon to five, Tuesday through Sunday and Friday evenings from seven to eight. Admission is free. For more information call 410-626-2556.
If you are inspired to donate a collectible book to the Art of the Book silent auction in June, please contact me via this blog. Thank you!