2017- 2018 Member Meeting Guest Artists Announced

Member meetings are usually held on the third Monday of the month. We begin with a Member’s Critique at 9:00, a business meeting at 9:30 and a presentation at 10:00.

Please check dates and times monthly as there are a few exceptions and are subject to change.



Sept 18 – Ken Karlic   – Big & Bold Watercolor



“SMAL is pleased to announce that Ken Karlic, an award winning Plein Air
painter, is the guest artist for the September 18 member meeting. Ken is
an accomplished watercolorist who describes his style as “sophisticated
chaos”. He strives to express feelings in his work rather the way things
look. In his own words, he paints “nitty gritty things in a nitty-gritty
way”. Ken received his training in Architecture, Painting and Graphic
Design at the University of Illinois and is a founding partner of the
Baltimore area firm, Splice Design Group. To preview Ken’s work, visit


Oct 9“Open House” evening meeting 6:00-8:30 p.m.  Note Date and Time Change.
 Lee D’Zmura  pencil sketch & history of botanical art   www.leedzmura.com
 SMAL’s special evening meeting on October 16 features a demonstration by the award winning botanical artist Lee D’Zmura. Lee has an impressive background as a Landscape Architect with a focus on historic preservation. Drawing inspiration from the native wildflowers and insects of the eastern shore, her exquisitely detailed drawings and watercolors are a natural extension of her love of nature and years of technical drawing. Lee received her training as a Botanical Artist from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art. She teaches advanced drawing and watercolor, and has conducted several workshops offered by SMAL.


Nov 13 –  Palden Hamilton – value    paldenhamilton.com
SMAL is pleased to present Palden Hamilton as the guest artist for the November membership meeting. 
 Palden’s demo will focus on value, a more critical component than color to the design and success of a painting.
 An illustrator and a painter, Palden is especially well known for his skill as a portrait and figure painter, painting in the tradition of his heroes, John Singer Sargent and Velasquez. Palden received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he majored in painting. He went on from there to further hone his skills, studying under prominent figurative painters at the Art Students League of New York. 
“All things are observed through the veil of memory, meaning, and other interventions of the subjective mind. I consider my paintings to be testament to time spent; souvenirs of my experiences”. 
Palden teaches portraiture and figure painting at the Zoll Studio of Fine Art in Timonium, MD and The Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville, MD.


December 4 – Annual Arty Party – this is a FIRST MONDAY


It’s that time of year again – our annual Arty Party! A time of fellowship, food, thank you to volunteers …and the Martha Hudson Award for Excellence in Watercolor.


Mark your calendars for Monday, December 4 at 5:30. All members are encouraged to bring a hearty appetizer to share on our amazing buffet table.





5:30 – drinks, cheese & crackers

6:00 – Welcome from SMAL President, Beth Wright – invitation to buffet: “Heavy Hor d’Oeuvres” provided by SMAL members – fabulous desserts by SMAL Board

6:45 – Introductions of special guests, our year in review and thanks to all volunteers!

7:00 Presentation of the Martha Hudson Award for Excellence in Watercolor remarks by this year’s judge, Heather Crow.



Jan 15 – Tim Bell – oil – composition
 January’s guest artist is Tim Bell, an oil painter in the American Impressionist tradition. Tim is a frequent participant in Plein Air competitions and has won multiple awards. Tim’s paintings are coveted and hang in private collections throughout the United States, Italy and Great Britain. 
A graduate of Frostburg State University, Tim also did post-graduate work at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD and The Cape Cod School of Art. He is a devotee of the Hensche method and tonalist color theory, using a combination of palette knives and brushes to create paintings that are a standout in the rich heritage of American Plein Air painting. 
Tim’s family roots in Maryland go back to the 1600s and his love of the unique beauty and history of the area is evident in his choice of subjects. One example out of many is his 2006 oil painting of Skipjacks on the Chesapeake which won Grand Prize in the Easton Plein Air competition.
Tim also enjoys painting in New England, Scotland and Italy and is a sought after instructor for his oil painting workshops.
Feb 19 – Daniel Riesmeyer
SMAL is excited to present Daniel Riesmeyer, an award winning representational painter and instructor as the guest artist for the February member meeting.
Artistically, Daniel is interested in the relationship between immediate perception and the transformation of those observations due to the transfiguring lens of memory, accumulated time, and the imagination.
A resident of the Eastern Shore, Daniel is inspired by the convergence of two opposite ways of life, the tension between the old and new. “The area in which I live has been an interesting subject to explore…the area of St. Michaels was formally established in 1677 and has a rich history as a port town and hub of agriculture and commercial fishing. As these industries have slowly declined the areas economy has slowly transitioned into a migratory population of vacation property owners…although the formal aspects of light and space are of initial interest, the interconnectedness of the landscape, its history, and its people are my true subjects”.
Daniel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from The Maryland College of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Henry R. Hope School of Fine Art in Bloomington, IN. He has held multiple teaching positions at various colleges and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Anne Arundel Community College.
 Mar  19 – Nancy Mysak watercolor 
“The vibrancy of light and the way light affects color as it falls on an object are what usually attract me to a subject. Journaling my feelings and experiences through my paintings is an essential and joyous part of my life.”
These are the words of Nancy Orme Mysak, an award-winning watercolorist and the guest artist for the March 19, 2018 SMAL meeting.
Nancy grew up on the Eastern Shore and is inspired by its rural beauty. She studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University, then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Salisbury University.  She taught in both public and private schools for many years.  She has studied with many nationally known artists and has won multiple awards for her work, including the Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Maryland Alliance for the Arts in 1992.
Nancy is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and a founding member of the Artist’s Co-op.  She also is a member of the Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach Art Leagues. Her work is currently on display at Y.Art Gallery in Baltimore, MD; Bishop’s Stock in Snow Hill, MD; and Bordeleau Winery in Eden, Md.
Visit nancyormemysak.com for a preview of her work.
Apr 9– “Open House” evening meeting 6:00-8:30 p.m.   Matthew Hillier   Note Date and Time Change.
 SMAL is honored to present Matthew Hillier, world renowned wildlife painter, as the guest artist for this special evening meeting. 
The love Hillier feels for his subjects is evident in his work.  Even being charged by an angry elephant doing field study,  he will, as he says, “paint anything that moves. I paint animals because I love animals, and part of loving animals is being concerned about what’s happening to the species in the wild.” 
Matthew was born in England and studied at the Dyfed College of Art in West Wales where he graduated with distinction. His paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Pastel Society, the Paris Salon, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Biarrtz Salon, just to name a few. He has illustrated several books, including the Guinness Book of Records wildlife section. 
Matthew Hillier’s extraordinary wildlife paintings express more than the physical characteristics of a species, they reveal their personality. Traveling the globe in search of subjects to paint, Matthew loves big cats and rhinos and is drawn to water birds. Since moving to the United States, he has begun painting North American subjects in addition to the dramatic African and bird subjects for which he is known. 
Come watch Matthew and learn the techniques he uses to create his beautiful tributes to wildlife! 
 May 21– Nancy Thomas – clay print
“Painting, like dancing, requires rhythm and timing” according to Nancy Thomas, guest artist for SMAL’s May meeting, our last member meeting before the summer break.
Thomas is uniquely qualified to make this statement, as she has had a 25 plus year career in Middle Eastern Dance as well as training in the Visual Arts.
She began studying art in the 1970’s at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. For many years most of her energy was consumed by her career in dance, which afforded extensive travel in Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Greece.
While performing in Washington in the early 1980’s, Thomas happened to meet Alan Gramley, a local painter and Robert Chapman, a personal assistant to Willem De Kooning. She began painting under the tutelage of Gramley in the style of the old masters. She also had the privilege of meeting and visiting the studios of both Elaine De Kooning and William De Kooning, a thrill never to be forgotten!
From this point forward, art became a focal point. While still performing nights, Thomas returned to school and earned an Associates Degree in Fine Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from Northern Virginia Community College. While in school, a “Project Study Tour” of Italy prompted Thomas to take up watercolor as her primary medium, which she used exclusively for fifteen years.
Thomas moved to the Eastern Shore in 1994. The wide open skies, ever changing colors and rural scenes are prominent subjects of her paintings. She also enjoys creating Clay Mono Prints, which she learned from the creator of this method, Mitch Lyons. It is this interesting medium that will be the subject of her demo.
Thomas is a juried member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, The Washington Watercolor Association and The Working Artists Forum of Easton, serving as President 2006 to 2009. She became a Partner in the Artists’ Gallery in 2010. Her work reflects her love of dance, travel and local scenery. 


These programs are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.


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