Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake College Sponsors Cultural Bus Trip to D.C.

Monday, October 17, 2005

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased from the Chesapeake College business office.

The buses will pick up passengers in the Super Fresh parking lot in Chestertown at 7:45 a.m., Chesapeake College at 8:15 a.m., and at the Bay Bridge Park and Ride on Kent Island at 8:45 a.m. The buses are scheduled to arrive at the National Gallery of Art on the mall at 10 a.m. and will depart from that location at 3 p.m., arriving back at the college by 5 p.m. There will be four special exhibits available for viewing at the time of the trip to the National Gallery.

Audubon´s Dream Realized, Selections from "The Birds of America": John James Audubon combined his loved of nature with his artistic talent to produce some of the most beautiful and lifelike depictions of birds ever created. This exhibition presents 47 of the artist´s handcolored etchings selected from the gallery´s early edition of the publication, "The Birds of America", one of the only two known complete sets preserved in their original state. Some of the set´s most celebrated and outstanding prints will be on view, including "American Flamingo", "Carolina Parrot", and "Ivory-billed Woodpecker".

Pieter Claesz, Master of Haarlem Still Life: Pieter Claesz, who lived and worked in Haarlem between 1621 and 1660, was one of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century. Claesz pioneered the development of monochrome table-top still lifes, quietly restrained works imbued with an extraordinary sense of naturalism. The exhibit will showcase 25 of Claesz´s still lifes from all phases of his career. Claesz reveled in capturing the effects of light and the different textures of objects through his varied handling of paint. He also included objects infused with symbolic implications, indicating that the viewer should reflect upon worldly transience and spiritual truths.

The Prints of Felix Buhot: French artist Felix-Hilaire Buhot created impressionist prints notable for their inventiveness in reproducing the effects of weather, such as rain, snow, mist and fog. The National Gallery of Art has an outstanding collection of more than 100 Buhot prints and drawings, many rare, from which this exhibition is drawn. Some 60 prints and several drawings closely examine Buhot´s experimental techniques though his two most frequent subjects: the city and the sea. His city prints depict the grand public squares and streets of Paris and London. Those prints of the sea, show the passing tempests, foreboding skies and pervasive melancholy.

Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art: Exceptional oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints by distinguished American artist Winslow Homer have been selected from the Gallery´s extensive holdings of his work. The exhibition spans the artist´s career from his early oils, such as the Civil War scene "Home, Sweet Home". The more than 50 works in this special exhibition also include oils such as "Breezing Up" and "Autumn".

Chesapeake College students, their guests and the general public are welcome to participate in the trip. For ticket information, call 410- 822-5400, 758-1537 or 228-4360, ext. 400.

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