When the banners fly on Talbot Street, the St. Michaels community re-enters the full swing of summer recreation that brings thousands of tourists to this charming harbor town. From one end of Talbot Street to the other, colorful banners delight visitors with depictions of iconic boating scenes, crabs, local wildlife and all the summer fun for which St. Michaels is so well known.
This annual event, now in its eighth year, is made possible through the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations. The artists are members of the St. Michaels Art League. Their original images were on display during the month of April at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Public Library on Fremont Street. The Library has long been a collaborator with the League in sponsoring gallery shows.
Each spring, Curtis Short and his crew expertly hang the colorful banners on Talbot Street utility poles. The Choptank Electric Cooperative has been an enthusiastic partner from the inception of the banner program.
The Talbot County Arts Council assists with partial funding for the League’s community oriented events, including the banners, the league’s children’s Art Day and “Art Hunt” that inspires visitors to tour the sponsoring shops that line the streets.
While the Art League’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of art and members’ artistic professionalism, the city continues to benefit from the economic promotion that a lively arts scene engenders.