The Banquet Years: Charlie Hewitt’s Tribute to Kay Daugherty
In Honor of the Dedication of the Mezzanine Gallery in Her Name
Annmarie After Hours Opening & Gallery Dedication - Friday, August 12, 2016, 6-9pm
The public is invited to the Annmarie After Hours Gallery Dedication on Friday, August 12, 2016, 6-9pm
Reservations are not required to attend the dedication; admission is free
Refreshments provided by Rouge Fine Catering with live music by Higher Standards Jazz
Artist Charlie Hewitt
The Banquet Years
Charlie Hewitt met Kay Daugherty when he was just a high school student through a friendship he’d formed with Kay’s son, Tom. Charlie admired the art work Kay had around the house, in particular a poster of Picasso’s Night Fishing in Antibes. Thus began their conversations about art that continued throughout her life time. A bond developed between the two and Kay became not only a collector of Charlie’s art, but also a promoter and supporter of Charlie’s achievements both in St. Mary’s County and New York City, of which there have been many.
Kay was passionate about the arts and particularly loved to support and promote the local artists of Southern Maryland. Her home was adorned with wood sculptures, metal sculptures, oils, watercolors, ceramics, prints and tapestries all created by wonderfully talented local artists. Because she always saw the importance of providing venues for local artists to show their work, it seemed only fitting that she should have her own space where local artists will forever have a platform from which to display their work, be recognized, and appreciated. Because Charlie Hewitt’s compositions were the most prevalent in her home, and because he was so loved by Kay, he was asked by the family to honor her by being the first show in her gallery.
Charlie has chosen his most recent prints, oils, sculptures and ceramics to be displayed.
The dedication of the Mezzanine Gallery in Kay Daugherty’s name was made possible through the kind donations of Tom and Katie Watts, Tom and Helen Daugherty, Old Line Bank, and close family friend Tom Waring.
Kay Daugherty, 1921-2006
Kay Daugherty loved art in all its forms. Life expressed through dance, music, literature, poetry, theater, paintings and sculpture all brought her no end of pleasure. She loved to discuss both classic and modern literature and poetry with her friends. She also had a flair for writing and enjoyed any opportunity to pen anything from a campaign jingle to a Church of Ascension "Fun Night" play. However, a particular passion of hers was that of the fine arts of painting and sculpture. She had a vast library of art books and attended art history classes at St. Mary’s College. Additionally, she and several members of the St. Mary’s Arts Forum (Susan Fletcher, Jane Rowe and Sylvia Briscoe) formed their own art class in the 1970s. They would meet once a week at one of their homes to talk about artists of their choosing and learn from each other. Kay also dabbled a bit in painting for her own enjoyment, but recognizing it was not her bailiwick, deferred to the many talented artists here in Southern Maryland. She did, however, paint three large totem poles which were installed along her driveway in Town Creek around 1960 which were wonderful.
During the 1970s, as a member of the St. Mary’s Creative Arts Forum and also a founding member of the St. Mary’s Arts Alliance at St. Mary’s College, she came to know and become friends with many of the local artists. It was then that she she began collecting their work. Some she would purchase and give as gifts to family members, but most she kept for herself. Her home was adorned from top to bottom with paintings, prints, etchings, stained glass panels, collages, weavings and sculptures. All of these shared space with her collection of antique furniture and unique artifacts. She had an artistic eye and knew just how to decorate with a balance of color and shape. Wooden tools from the turn of the century, for example, would find a harmonious home aside an abstract painting hung above an antique table. It all worked in Kay’s home gallery. The home she made was definitely eclectic in decor yet ever so welcoming. Kay’s husband Jack often said that their home was "The House of Love", and indeed it was.
Not being one to ever shine the spotlight on herself, Kay would rather have the attention of this piece be on the those artists whose work she admired and purchased rather than on herself. Therefore, it is a pleasure to fulfill what would surely be her wish. Listed alphabetically, they are:
Open Most Days & Open late on Garden In Lights evenings
Presented by the Annmarie Gift Shop, the Ornament Show & Sale is a juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by 20 regional artists. This is the perfect place to find unique and affordable gifts for friends and family. The ornaments are beautifully hung on trees displayed in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Visitors shop off the trees and take their purchases to the Gift Shop. The show kicks off before Thanksgiving and runs through early January. During Garden In Lights, the show is open late!
Information for Artists
The Gift Shop at Annmarie Garden invites artists and craftspeople to apply to the Annual Ornament Show & Sale to take place during the holiday season. Artists and craftspeople working in any medium are invited to apply - fine arts, folk art, and craft media, toys, etc. Individuals as well as groups may apply to share a tree and sell their creations. The beautiful Main Gallery of the Arts Building at Annmarie Sculpture Garden will be the setting for the show. All sales will run through the Gift Shop, so artists need not be on site every day. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Artists will be notified of acceptance into the show within one week of application submission. Modest booth fees apply.