Looking for a great place to enjoy an evening of great art, wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and live music? Consider Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center’s Annmarie After Hours.
The recent Annmarie After Hours was held on Friday, January 19. Guests enjoyed an evening of adult coloring in the Tent of Many Colors. The giant indoor tent was inspired by the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a peaceful space where you could come to relax, enjoy tasty treats, a glass of wine or beer, dream and color.
The tent was created by the staff of Annmarie using large, colorful fabrics from around the world and strings of light. Inside the tent were tables, overstuffed chairs, pillows and comfortable places to sit, color and enjoy the company of friends. As you walked into the tent there was a large table filled with adult coloring pages and colored pencils. Throughout the evening the tent was filled with laughter and friendship.
Walking through the gallery I overheard one attendee say that the event inspired her to “go home and build a tent in my living room.”
Shelly Karl and her husband found two overstuffed arm chairs in the tent, where they settled in to color. From Brandywine, they frequently attended the evening events. Shelly said they really did not know what they were getting into when they decided to attend the event, but they found that it was “very soothing and calming.”
Delicious appetizers were provided by Blue Wind Gourmet, well-known for their fresh meals and their philosophy of buying local whenever possible. You can visit Blue Wind Gourmet at 22803 Gunston Drive, Lexington Park, MD. Visit their website to view their delicious menus – www.bluewindgourmet.com.
Music was provided by Joel Tuminaro, who plays handpan music, providing a melodic sound that might remind you of wind chimes. The instrument originated in Switzerland and looks like an inverted steel drum. Tuminaro had played piano for almost 40 years when he saw the instrument online. He has been playing handpan music for five years. The instrument creates a panatonic scale, like playing just the black keys on the piano. To tune this instrument you use a hammer. Also known as healing drums, the music he played soothed and calmed you. To learn more about his music or book him for an event, email him at email@example.com.
Annmarie After Hours events are free to members and only $5 for non-members. You must be 21 years of age to attend. The events are held from 5 – 8 p.m., so you can also plan to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants. Upcoming spring events will be held on Friday, February 16, featuring Big Fun Art; Friday, March 9, showcasing the Color & Light Society Show & Sale; and Friday, May 25. A special family after hours, open to all ages, will be held on Friday, April 6, opening a favorite family exhibit – Fairies in the Garden.
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Joyce Stinnett Baki / Calvert Beacon Reporter