Creative Portland opens an art exhibition at its Free Street offices

"John Cove with Richmond Island," by Graham Wood, acrylic on wood, 20 by 48 inches. Photo courtesy of Creative Portland

“John Cove with Richmond Island,” by Graham Wood, acrylic on wood, 20 by 48 inches.
Photo courtesy of Creative Portland

Creative Portland presents a juried art exhibition with the work of about 20 Portland-area artists, some established and others emerging in their careers. The group show includes paintings, mixed-media pieces, drawings, photographs and collage. The show opens Friday and will remain up through April in the Creative Portland offices and gallery at 84 Free St.

Artists include Will Sears, Greta Grant, Stephen Walsh, Carter Shappy, Dave Berrang, Graham Wood, Colby Myer, James Chute, Tabitha Barnard, Titi De Baccarat, Cooper Dragonette, Jim Flahaven, Amy Kustra Barksdale, Haley Nannig, Ron Rovner and Larinda Meade, among others.

Dinah Minot, executive director of Creative Portland, recruited jurors from the ranks of the city’s leading cultural organizations, including Maine College of Art, Portland Public Library, the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Black Artist Forum, Think Tank and the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation, as well as independent curators and artists.

Creative Portland also recently helped curate an art show at the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and the West Elm home furnishing store on Middle Street.

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Winter on Flat Top Mountain Maine

Salazar will show his painting #3 from his 2014 work on paper series at “Creative Portland Art Gallery.” Twenty Portland-area artists have been selected. Creative Portland is located at 43 Free St Portland Maine

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BIDDEFORD, MaineOct. 17, 2017PRLog — John Ripton PhD, a photographer and curator with UMVA, described the work of the upcoming fall exhibit at Creative Portland’s gallery as “an outstanding representation of the local art scene, featuring some of the most accomplished artists in the Portland area. Many of the works are large; some are figurative and others abstract. I have to add that Dinah’s energy, skillful direction, and artistic acumen facilitated this very rewarding collaboration.”

Executive Director Dinah Minot, who is celebrating her first anniversary with Creative Portland, assembled a professional curatorial team to review and select the art for the fall show. She engaged leaders from cultural organizations including Maine College of Art, Portland Public Library, UMVA (Union Maine Visual Artists), Black Artist Forum, Think Tank, the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation and independent curators and artists.

As the city’s official nonprofit arts agency, Creative Portland opened its doors in the arts district earlier this year. Executive Director Dinah Minot brings a wealth of experience in the arts to Portland. Minot has produced Hollywood films and was Talent Chief for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. A dynamic arts advocate, artist and events promoter, Minot’s efforts to promote the arts in Portland are producing results.

Creative Portland Show opens October 20th and runs through April 20 2018. Salazar is proud to be selected to exhibit his painting “Winter at Flat Top Mountain” for this juried show in Portland Maine. Visit




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Largest donation to date will help 100 Black Men expand mentoring, career programs

The nonprofit 100 Black Men of Madison, which works to reduce the educational achievement gap in area schools, received an infusion of $154,000 Monday — the single largest donation in the group’s history.

The gift from the Madison Club Charitable Foundation should help the group double to 1,000 the number of students it helps in a year through mentoring, career advice, tutoring and other support, said Floyd Rose, president of 100 Black Men of Madison.

“This will propel us to go far beyond where we are,” Rose said at a presentation of the check Monday at the Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St.

The size of the donation was record-setting in another way: It was the single largest sum raised to date by the foundation at its annual charity gala. The Madison Club is a private social club that draws its membership from among the city’s most influential residents.

A couple of years ago, the club surveyed its members for direction on where to focus its fundraising efforts, foundation president Sheryl Theo said.

“The achievement gap came through loud and strong,” she said.

Consequently, for the last two years, the foundation has focused on supporting organizations with a direct impact on the achievement gap, and it will continue that approach for the 2017 gala, Theo said. In 2015, the gala raised $127,000 for Simpson Street Free Press, a neighborhood-based nonprofit organization for young people that publishes student newspapers and helps students succeed academically.

The foundation is taking applications through Feb. 15 for the next recipient. Information on the nomination process is at This year’s gala will be Nov. 4 at the Madison Club and will be open to the public.

The recipient organization works in partnership with the Madison Club to publicize the gala and help make it successful, something at which 100 Black Men of Madison excelled, Theo said.

“They did a spectacular job of rallying the troops and getting everyone behind it,” she said.

The $154,000 will help 100 Black Men of Madison expand Project SOAR, which stands for Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness, Rose said. The project provides Madison middle and high school students with peer mentoring, career help and discussions on social issues that often drive up absenteeism and push down graduation rates.

The project is primarily aimed at black male students ages 12-17 in the Madison School District, but Rose said the project serves students from all demographic groups and that young people across Dane County benefit. “A child in need is a child in need,” he said.

100 Black Men of Madison began in 1994 and was incorporated in 1995 as a nonprofit organization. It is an affiliate of 100 Black Men of America Inc.

The Madison Club Charitable Foundation was formed in 2005. The total of all its donations since then surpasses $1 million, said Krista Laubmeier, director of marketing and membership.

Other recent recipients of donations from the foundation include YWCA Madison ($70,000 in 2010), Ronald McDonald House Charities ($78,000, 2011), Domestic Abuse Intervention Services of Dane County ($114,600, 2012), Henry Vilas Zoo ($90,000, 2013), and Badger Honor Flight ($103,000, 2014).

Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers a Diagnosed US Navy Veteran In Indiana Easy Access to the Nation’s Top Mesothelioma Lawyers For a Much Better Financial Compensation Outcome

We are 100% focused on making certain a US Navy Veteran in Indiana who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma gets the best possible compensation, and we are urging them to call us anytime 800-714-0303”

— Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, October 18, 2017 / — The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “We are 100% focused on making certain a US Navy Veteran in Indiana who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma gets the best possible compensation, and we are urging them to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for our unsurpassed free resources designed to make certain they are talking directly to the nation’s most skilled, and experienced mesothelioma lawyers.

“Please do not hire an inexperienced local personal injury law firm in Indiana to advance a mesothelioma claim without first talking to us.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

Important Note from the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center: “About one out of three diagnosed victims of mesothelioma in the United States this year will be a US Navy Veteran. In most instances, the Navy Veteran was exposed to asbestos on a US Navy ship, at a US Navy base, or at a navy shipyard in states such as Virginia, California, Maine, Washington, Hawaii, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, or Maryland-not in Indiana.

“If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or this is your family member please call us anytime at 800-714-0303 so at a minimum we can make sure you have the nation’s very best mesothelioma lawyers advancing your mesothelioma compensation claim. Please don’t shortchange yourself when it comes to mesothelioma compensation. When we mention shortchanged we are typically talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars.” http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center’s unsurpassed services for diagnosed people with mesothelioma in Indiana is a statewide initiative and available to a diagnosed person with mesothelioma in communities such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Hammond, or Bloomington.

The Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. High- risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Indiana include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, oil refinery workers, steel mill workers, manufacturing, or industrial workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. In most instances, the diagnosed person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Indiana the Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital: Purdue University Center for Cancer Research West Lafayette, Indiana:

The average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. Frequently victims of mesothelioma are-initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. Mesothelioma also happens in Indiana as the Center would like to explain anytime. http://Indiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
Indiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
email us here

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Iranian Navy Commander Meets African, European, Latin American Counterparts in Italy

Iranian Navy Commander Meets African, European, Latin American Counterparts in Italy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari held separate meetings with his counterparts and military commanders from 9 African, European and Latin American states on the sidelines of a naval conference in Venice, Italy.

The meetings with the Bulgarian, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, South African, Croatian, Algerian, Argentinian and Russian navy commanders were held on Tuesday night on the sidelines of the Regional Seapower Symposium of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries in Venice.

During the meetings, the African, European and Latin American military officials underlined their countries’ interest in the further expansion of ties and cooperation with Iran, which was welcomed by Rear Admiral Sayyari.

The top commanders also stressed the need for implementation of the agreements singed between Iran and the aforementioned countries in military and naval fields in the past.

Many of the navy commanders also welcomed Iran’s hosting of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in spring 2018, and voiced readiness to participate in the conference.

Rear Admiral Sayyari on Tuesday arrived in the Italian city of Venice as the special guest of the 11th edition of Regional Seapower Symposium of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries, commonly known as RSS.

During the Symposium, which is attended by navy commanders of 50 countries, the top admirals discuss ways to counter illegal activities, technical innovation, and reinforcement of cooperation in marine security.





Kehinde Wiley: 6 things to know about the Nigerian painting Obama’s presidential portrait

Kehinde Wiley 6 things to know about the Nigerian painting Obama’s presidential portrait

The gifted artist will be the first black artists to create official USA presidential portraits for the Smithsonian.

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Kehinde Wiley has been chosen by the former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama to paint his official portrait.

The gifted artist who is a New York-based portrait painter, known for his highly naturalistic paintings of black people in heroic poses, will be the first black artist to create official USA presidential portraits for the Smithsonian.

play Kehinde Wiley having a nice time with his pets (Instagram/Kehinde Wiley)

Below are some things you should know about him:

1. Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977. His father is Ibibio/Akwa Ibom State from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American.

2. Wiley, who did not grow up with his father, at the age of 20 travelled to Nigeria to explore his roots and meet him.


3. The talented artist earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.

4. In October 2011, Wiley received the Artist of the Year Award from the New York City Art Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers. He also received Canteen Magazine’s Artist of the Year Award. Two of Wiley’s paintings were featured on the top of 500 New York City taxi cabs in early 2011 as a collaboration with the Art Production Fund.


5. Puma AG commissioned Wiley to paint four portraits of prominent African soccer players. Patterns from his paintings were also incorporated into Puma athletic gear.

6. His work was featured in 2015 on the Fox television series “Empire,” in the art collection of Lucious Lyon, the record label founder played by Terrence Howard.

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Patient Prejudice: New Survey Finds Bias Toward Doctors, Nurses

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Young, female, African-American and Asian health care professionals experience bias more frequently

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A majority of doctors (59%) say they confront bias from patients, including offensive remarks about gender, age, race and ethnicity, according to a new survey. Four in ten (40%) take action to report it or address it, either by documenting the bias in a patient’s medical record or reporting it to an authority. In a companion survey, 11% of patients reported hearing offensive remarks from their health care professional.

WebMD/Medscape survey in collaboration with STAT Finds Bias Toward Doctors, Nurses

The survey, Patient Prejudice: When Credentials Aren’t Enough, was conducted by WebMD/Medscape in collaboration with STAT, a Boston Globe Media publication. The survey of professionals presents findings from more than 1,000 health care professionals (HCPs), including doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The survey of 1,000 patients asked about biases toward doctors and other health care professionals.

To read the full special report, Patient Prejudice, visit, and

How Physicians Experience Bias: Comments Focus on the Physical

Nearly six in ten doctors (59%) say they experience bias most often related to their physical characteristics. Forty-seven percent report that a patient requested a different doctor based on their characteristics or background. The report also found that:

  • African-American/Black (70%) and Asian (69%) doctors are more likely to report hearing biased remarks from patients than are white doctors (55%).
  • Nearly two-thirds of female doctors (65%) experience bias versus men (55%).
  • Female doctors are most likely to hear biased remarks regarding their appearance, including their age (36%) and weight (15%); age bias was particularly high for all doctors age 34 and younger (54%).
  • Nurses are more likely to hear offensive comments about their weight (23% for registered nurses and 18% for nurse practitioners) than other health care professionals.
  • Male doctors most often report hearing biased remarks about their ethnicity (24%) and age (23%). Men are also more likely to hear remarks about religious bias (15%) than women (8%).
  • Bias was also reported to a lesser degree with respect to a doctor’s political views (11%) or sexual orientation (4%).

The survey found that nearly one-quarter (24%) of doctors have documented bias incidents in patient records, while 9% have refused to care for a patient who expressed bias toward them.

The Patient Side of Bias: Preferring Doctors More Like Themselves

Nearly one-third of patients (29%) admit they would be inclined to avoid a health care professional based on personal characteristics. When choosing a primary care doctor, women (28%) are more likely than men (12%) to say they prefer one who is the same gender as they are. The following were also cited by patients as preferred characteristics for their primary care doctor:

  • Sexual orientation (11%)
  • Ethnicity (8%)
  • Religion (7%)
  • Political views (6%)
  • Race (5%)

More than 90% of patients responding to the survey said they had visited a health care professional within the past five years. Of those, 11% report having heard offensive remarks directed towards them from their health care provider. While the majority of those patients (58%) won’t take any action, 42% will.  If they do move ahead to address it, their top actions are to change their HCP (26%) or confront him or her (15%). Thirteen percent say they are planning to change their HCP in the future.

Patients may also write a negative review of the HCP or file a formal complaint. Eleven percent of patients have written a negative review of a health care provider online as a result of hearing an offensive remark. Seven percent filed a formal complaint. That compares to 10% of health care professionals who say a patient has written a formal complaint about them because of a personal characteristic in the past five years.

“When either a patient or a physician brings prejudice into the health care setting, it can strain the doctor-patient relationship, even if the treatment is not impacted,” said Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director for WebMD & Medscape. “Patients may be surprised to know that, according to the survey, not only do health care professionals notice bias, but they may document it in their chart.”

STAT conducted separate in-depth interviews with doctors around the U.S. that documented the lasting scars left by patients’ hurtful remarks. As one Pennsylvania physician told STAT senior writer Bob Tedeschi, “You come here and pour your blood, sweat, and tears for your patients, and then to have that stuff come up, absolutely it’ll lead to burnout.”

To learn more about bias in health care, visit:

Patient Survey Methods
WebMD’s survey was completed by 1,019 respondents from July 13 to July 17, 2017, using the NORC AmeriSpeak® Panel, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. The margin of error for a statistic at 50% is +/- 4.06% at the 95% confidence level, for the entire sample of 1,019 respondents. Statistics for subgroups of the sample have larger margins of error, as do statistics greater or less than 50%. Most questions in the survey were completed by a subgroup of 947 (934 weighted) respondents who had visited a health care provider in the past 5 years.  

Funded and operated by NORC at the University of Chicago, AmeriSpeak is a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population. Randomly selected U.S. households are sampled with a known, non-zero probability of selection from the NORC National Sample Frame, and then contacted by U.S. mail, telephone, and field interviewers (face to face). AmeriSpeak panelists participate in NORC studies or studies conducted by NORC on behalf of governmental agencies, academic researchers, and media and commercial organizations. NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research institution.

Professional Survey Methods
Survey invitations were emailed to Medscape members from July 17 through August 22, 2017.  Medscape members who completed the survey were entered into a sweepstakes that awarded 25 random winners a $100 Amazon gift card. African-American/Black and Hispanic Medscape member physicians were quota sampled in order to obtain a larger subgroup size for analysis; they were then weighted to reflect the proportions of each in the Medscape member population. Respondents were required to be practicing U.S. physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners or physician assistants.  The sample size was 1,186 health care providers, including 823 physicians, 100 registered nurses, 160 nurse practitioners and 104 physician assistants. The margin of error for this survey among physicians is +/- 3.42%; among registered nurses, +/- 9.8%; among nurse practitioners, +/- 7.75%, and among physician assistants, +/-9.61%, at the 95% confidence level for a statistic at 50%.

About WebMD
WebMD Health Corp. is the leading provider of health information services, serving patients, physicians, health care professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms, and health-focused publications. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, OnHealth, Medscape Education, and other owned WebMD sites.

WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®,®, and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries.

WebMD Health Corp. was acquired by Internet Brands in September 2017 and is a key company in the Internet Brands Health vertical.

About Medscape
Medscape is the leading source of clinical news, health information, and point-of-care tools for health care professionals. Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. Medscape Education ( is the leading destination for continuous professional development, consisting of more than 30 specialty-focused destinations offering thousands of free C.M.E. and C.E. courses and other educational programs for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.

About STAT
STAT is a national news site focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. A sister publication of the Boston Globe, STAT ( produces daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features.

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Academy Art Museum Announces November Events


Bennett Bean, M# 1806 Triple on Base, 2015 Pit fired, painted and gilded earthenware clay Photographed by Barbara Livar.


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star Democrat.

Bennett Bean: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With
Through November 5, 2017
Curator-Led Tours: Wednesday, November 1, 11 a.m.
Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing. He works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, and painting. The Easton exhibition, his first solo museum exhibition.

David Driskell: Renewal and Form, Recent Prints
Through December 31, 2017
Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell, PhD, (1931) is widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art. He is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field. The exhibition comes to Easton from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland, ME, and was curated by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME.

The Caprichos: Goya and Lombardo
November 21, 2017–February 25, 2018
The Caprichos by artist Emily Lombardo is a series of etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799. Both series address major cultural issues of their times through the medium of print. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has generously agreed to lend the complete set of Goya’s Los Caprichos, 1799 for the exhibition. The exhibition is supported by the Childs Gallery, Boston.

David Driskell, The Hibiscus, Linocut.

The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo
November 18, 2017–March 11, 2018
The Soothsayers is an installation of sculptural prints which represent excavated hearts from Magic 8 Ball toys that are positioned as divine relics of cultural nostalgia. The Magic 8 Ball was created in 1950, invented by Albert C. Carter, inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, a clairvoyant.

Helen Siegl: Fantasy Creatures from the Museum’s Collection
Through November 26, 2017
Helen Siegl (1924–2009) used an unusual printmaking technique—often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks. She designed these when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations.


Open MIC
Second Monday Each Month
7 to 9 p.m.
The Academy Art Museum’s Open Mic is a monthly occasion for our community to share and appreciate the rich tapestry of creativity, skills and knowledge that thrive in the region. The theme for November 13 is “Gratitude.” Contact Ray Remesch at for additional information.

Fall Portfolio Night
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 6–8 p.m.
Area high school students are encouraged to bring their artwork to the Museum’s Annual Portfolio Night to receive expert tips on what makes a winning portfolio from a panel of art school representatives and professional artists. Contact the Museum’s Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at or 978-902-1993 for more information.

Francisco de Goya, Spanish, 1746 1828, From Los Caprichos, 1799, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999.


Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series
These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature. Series Tickets: (6 lectures) $125 Members, $150 Non-members. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Friday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members


Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
National Gallery of Art
Tuesday, November 7
Cost: $60 Members $72 Non-members


Mini Masters Academy
An Early Enrichment Program for Children ages 2–5 Years Old
In Partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Morning or Full-Day Program – Classes through May 24, 2018
Mini Masters Academy introduces young children to new ideas through a thematic approach to learning that emphasizes relationships and the ability to make meaningful connections. The rich resources of the Academy Art Museum offer a wonderful venue for teaching these sensory explorations. Enrollment is ongoing. Contact Janet Hendricks for program details at jhendricks@academyartmuseum or (410) 822-2787.

Helen Siegl, Goose Waddle, Woodcut on tissue paper, AAM 2012.012.34.

Painting with Photoshop
Instructor: Chris Pittman
Students Grades 4–8
Dates: 6 classes–Mondays and Wednesdays: October 30, November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15
Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members


Adult Classes


The Landscape in Ink Washes
New Instructor: Daniel Riesmeyer
5 weeks: November 1–December 6 (no class November 22 for Thanksgiving)
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Member, $210 Non-members


Get Painterly! Palette Knife Painting in Oil or Acrylic
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
2 days: November 4 & 5 Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $145 Members, $174 Non-members

Rosemary Cooley

Oil Painting: Creating Color Harmonies
Instructor: Bradford Ross
4 weeks: November 7 – 28, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost $125 Members, $155 Non-members


Pastel: Sunrise, Sunset and a Nocturne
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: November 29–December 20
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $160 Members, $192 Non-members


Printmaking Exploration Evenings
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
Session 3–November 7, 14, 16, 21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m. Cost: $80 Members per session, $96 Non-members per session (plus $25 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)

Printmaking Workshop: The Poetry of Water Woodcut Resist Monoprint
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3 days: November 3, 4 and 5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $222 Non-members (plus $35 materials fee paid to instructor on first day.)


Movies, Music and Smart TV – – Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family
Instructor: Scott Kane
2 Days: Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 6–8 p.m.
Cost per class: $50 Members, $60 Non-members
High School Students Outreach

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

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Trump’s Plummet Predicts Itself

BY MAX BURBANK | “I didn’t think Trump could sink any lower, but…” is the beginning of a Facebook post or tweet that I see about once a week. We can all debate the relative lowness of specific Trumpian misadventures. Tweeting “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work!” is certainly despicable, but is it better or worse than the whole “calm before the storm” thing, teasing a potential nuclear war with North Korea like it was an “Apprentice” cliffhanger?

One can argue the merits of which specific barbarity is more egregious than the last, but the steady downward trend is undeniable. Trump is the Usain Bolt of human awfulness. He will spend his career breaking records, a Kryptonian mole tunneling relentlessly toward the center of the earth at super-speed.

Illustration by Max Burbank

Here’s another Internet poser you see a lot lately: “How low will Trump have to go before his fellow Republicans turn on him?” With very few exceptions, the answer has been, “I don’t understand the question.”

Considering the depths Trump has already spelunked to, it’s not unreasonable to assume that Republicans’ willingness to embrace, or at least justify, Trump’s every debacle is mathematically just as endless as Trump’s ability to burrow deeper.

So. No matter how bad he is, Trump has demonstrated he can and will get worse. No matter how ridiculous, transparent and damning Republicans have been in their support, they will get more bizarre, servile and tainted — rats defying all stereotypes, clinging tenaciously to the anchor chain of a sinking ship. It’s a mathematical death spiral before which all but the most dauntless imaginations would quail. Not mine. As Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson so eloquently sang in a tune penned for him by the great Lin-Manuel Miranda, “You’re Welcome.” See how I subtly placed myself in that company? That’s the kind of dauntlessness my imagination is sporting.

An algorithm of my own invention — based on the president’s ability to be ever more horrid, coupled with Republicans’ willingness to normalize each step downward — allows me to predict the future. Not with, you know, total accuracy or anything… but I think I can sketch out the gist.

About two weeks from now: During a horrific natural disaster, Trump will call “The biggest!” and “So exciting!,” Trump will fly from a weekend of golf at Bedminster to a rally in, let’s say, Kentucky. He will be introduced by Vice President Mike Pence, who will conclude his remarks by having surprise guest Joe Arpaio spank him with a large American flag-emblazoned wooden paddle. Pence will release a statement saying that this “sincere gesture of loyalty and patriotism” was a “surprise” to the president, who had “no idea, as this act was entirely my own.” Fifteen minutes later, Trump will tweet “I asked @VP Pence to be spanked by Joe Arpaio. I am proud of him and his @WifeMommy Karen.” Sean Hannity will describe the event as “The moment Mike Pence finally became Vice President.”

In a month or so: Trump will sign an executive order allowing the health insurance industry to classify being female as a pre-existing condition, which he argues, “It is.” Exceptions are granted for certain plastic surgeries, because “All citizens deserve the right to better themselves.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will claim “No health insurance is undeniably better for women’s health than having health insurance.” When accused by Katy Tur of “making no damn sense,” Sanders will reply they must “agree to disagree.” 

At 4 a.m. the next day, not really as a distraction from the health care/women thing, but just because he’s nuts and kind of a bastard: Trump tweets “When will Fake News shut up about needy Puerto Rico? Very poor & disgusting before Maria, now all gone. Did what we could. Move on!” United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he “can’t be bothered all the time” with “questions about stuff the president thinks.”

A week later-ish: In a wide-ranging, erratic interview with Lester Holt, Trump demands to know “When will you people will stop saying all the time about how I’m a White Supremacist? If I think white people are better, maybe it’s because all your black football players crap on my flag. Explain that.” During the second half of the interview, he will be almost unintelligible as he consumes and entire bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken but can be quite clearly heard wondering aloud why African American player’s “owners” can’t “just force them to stand up” and reminiscing about “the good old days” when “it was all fire hoses, police dogs and stretchers.”

About a month from then: Flying from a three-day golf weekend at Mar-a- Lago en route to a four day-golf weekend at some other course he owns, Trump stops off for a rally in some random former Confederate state. There he will invite Vice President Pence on stage, and ask him as a show of loyalty to strip to his underwear, bark like a dog, and “fetch” a star spangled rubber ball — all of which the Vice President will do after a pause that, while only 2.5 seconds long, feels like seven eternities. While Pence is telling the press it was his own idea, Trump tweets “He wishes.”

Two months later, if we’re lucky: Trump tweets “Loser Mueller Fake News Russia bastard lies! Maybe someone kills treasoner. An idea!” A haggard White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says he “can’t control what the president tweets” when he’s “locked in the bathroom.”

Like, another month and a half, maybe: For a harrowing three minutes and twenty-five seconds, a mostly naked, adult diaper-wearing Donald Trump can be seen on Facebook Live squatting on the Oval Office rug playing with a large set of plastic toy keys and saying the word “truck” over and over. A shrieking White House Chief of Staff John Kelly rushes the screen, which then darkness.

Four months after that at the very outside: Despite consensus on the part of all 17 intelligence agencies, the president refuses to accept that Kim Jong-un does not have an official Twitter account, and that the tweet calling Trump a “Morbidly Obese Tiny-Penis Mongrel” was fake. Deep within a hardened, underground bunker at an undisclosed location, the president tweets “Trump solves so-called ‘global warming,’ Fake News lying media call it ‘Nuclear Winter.’ So unfair!”

Solange pushes the limits of black artistry in Marfa

Photo Illustration by Israel Gonzalez | Staff Illustrator

As people flocked to Austin for the annual Austin City Limits music festival, Solange departed to Marfa, Texas to perform “Scales” amongst the Donald Judd site-specific art installation, 15 untitled works.

While “Scales” includes songs from her latest album, “A Seat at the Table,” it offers a more intimate look into Solange’s relationship to art than a standard concert performance generally allows.

She explains via Instagram, “(Donald) Judd’s philosophy that the art takes on the space it exists in, has resonated with me to the core, and his radical practices of building your own institution is what has pulled me back to make the pilgrimage to Marfa for 7 years.”

A pilgrimage is exactly what it was.

Upon arriving in Marfa, donning my most stylish full black outfit, we received the memo that all-white attire was required to attend the free show. However, no sense of exclusivity or diva-esque control ever occurred to me, it was as if we were a part of her art direction. We happily obliged and scrambled for new clothes to gain access to a once-in-a-lifetime event. This was only one of a few specific instructions shared with attendees. Solange’s presence extended to the whole weekend, though she was only performing on Sunday evening.

The day of the show we woke up early to watch the sunrise at the Chinati Foundation, an old military base turned art museum in 1979. Judd’s large concrete installations captured the incoming light, sharp shadows cutting across the square façades as we walked through the outdoor exhibit. One artist in residence explained to me that the elevation in Marfa, at around 4,600 ft. above sea level, combined with the vast, even terrain allowed for unique natural lighting that attracted so many artists to the foundation over the years. Solange would be performing in the adjacent field that evening.

The performance was set to start at 6 p.m. but lines began forming two hours prior. Hundreds of students, art aficionados, families, locals, and donors dressed in all white lined the fence toward the trail we’d be walking down.

“It’s a part of the performance,” a volunteer told us as we waited in suspense.

Once allowed in, the all-white processional marched past Judd’s 15 untitled works to a small hill in front of the stage where the performance would take place. At dusk, an electronic siren cued by a drummer and synth player, the only members of the band on stage at this point, signaled to a second group, dressed fully in hot pink, to make their way to the stage and begin the show.

At multiples points throughout, Solange, along with the full ensemble accompanying her on stage, burst into soulful fits of movements as if suddenly freed. She screamed into the mic after proclaiming the hook from her song “Mad,” “You–ouuuu have the right to be mad.”

Perhaps most powerfully, she traversed the predominantly white, affluent art crowd while performing “F.U.B.U” stopping to sing specifically to black audience members, “All my n*ggas in the whole wide world/ Made this song to make it all y’all’s turn/ For us, this sh*t is for us.”

With “Scales,” Solange challenges notions within all of us that question any limit on Black artistry. She has allowed herself total control of her artistic expression and made her own spaces to showcase it. In a talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, she explained, “there is a tonality in certain spaces and institutions that as a black artist you should just be happy to be here… I’m not interested in that conversation.”

Me neither, Solange.

Tafari Robertson is a public relations senior

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