Creating Art on Maryland's Eastern Shore

The winners of the Chesapeake College Show, included three "Judges Award Of Excellance" awards that went to Betty Huang, (left), for her oil painting, "Burst Of Sunset", (hanging above the tulips), Sandy Alanko, (middle), for her watercolor "Red Tulips", and Patty Mowell for her watercolor being held by the shoe judge, Matthew Hillier.

There were also four "Honorable Mentions" awarded to, Barbara Zuehlke for her watercolor, "By-Gones", "Sharon Mills for her painting "Crab del Sol", Stephanie Nadilski for her montage/collage, Kohun Lick", and Bronwyn Whaley for her painting "Sheeps Beautiful Day".

2017 Holiday Luncheon

           Mark Serratore's Pastel Demonstration March 2017​​

This year, The Working Artists Forum (WAF) is pleased to announce its continued participation through annual cash  donations to local schools.

     Working Artists Forum donates to local schools as an ongoing effort to foster visual art in our local public schools. All of this year’s recipients were delighted and grateful for the extra boost to their annual classroom allocations.WAF is a nonprofit organization of professional working artists who meet monthly for demonstrations and discussion at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.  At ninety members strong, they actively show their work both separately and together, while maintaining a strong interest in pro bono work within the Eastern Shore community. As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds from “Local Color” is set aside to supplement art supplies in various elementary schools on the Eastern Shore. These donations are made on a rotating basis to twelve schools located in Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent Counties. After the success of this year’s “Local Color”, the members of WAF were able to increase their support of the elementary schools by 60%. 

            Before schools adjourned for the holidays, members of WAF spread out over five counties to hand deliver gift cards.  Although many of the art teachers were prepared for the scheduled visit, a few did not have a clue until the principal made a surprise visit to the teacher while class was in session. 

All of this year’s recipients were delighted and grateful for the extra boost to their annual classroom allocations. Members of WAF believe that our teachers and students are an important part of the vibrant art community of the Eastern Shore and are grateful for the chance to assist in the growth and development of our young artists. WAF’s artist members are committed to a continued effort to maintain a strong arts presence on the Eastern Shore and help “keep the creative spark alive.” 

Above, Left to right:   Amanda Beck; Betty Huang; Anke Van Wagenberg;

Janet Hendricks

January 2016 demo with portrait artist Abigail McBride


WAF awarded at $500 Dick Blick Gift Card for exception artistic promise to support the students' plan to major in an arts-related discipline in college.  This year's recipients are: Camryn Carels and Sydney Kay.