Cheers to Art!

Every Third Wednesday, 7 pm

Join art historian Lorna Cahall every third Wednesday of the month as we uncork a fresh program on a famous artist or art movement. Savor a fun evening as we examine the cultural and artistic influences that fueled great artists throughout history.

This 90-minute program includes a slide presentations, libations, open conversation, and occasional extras like live music, theatrical performances, and cinema. Each month has recommended reading, in case you want to delve deeper into our month’s topic before or after our event.

Each month, we’ll pour tastes of select wines.

$10 per person (no RSVP required)

2017-18 Program

Wed, Sept 20, 7 pm


From court portraits for the Spanish royals to horrific scenes of conflict and suffering, Francisco José de Goya made a mark as one of Spain’s most revered and controversial artists. A master of form and light, his court portraits documented the world of the great, but above all, his unflinching eye recorded the agony of war and persecution suffered by ordinary people. $10

Read: Goya by Rose-Marie Hagen  and Rainer Hagen

Wed, Oct 18, 7 pm


Marc Chagall (1887-1985) is widely regarded as epitomizing the “painter as poet”.  He used his great talent to create a unique world full of magic, poetry, enchantment and fantasy. His use of intense, glowing colors conjured up memories of his childhood and youth in Vitebsk, in today’s Belarus. $10

Read: Marc Chagall by Franz Meyer

Wed, Nov 15, 7 pm

Hadrian’s Villa

The great Villa constructed by the Emperor Hadrian near Tivoli between A.D. 118 and the 130s is one of the most original monuments in the history of architecture and art. Hadrian was the most passionate art collector and supported  innovative architecture in the ancient world. $10

Read: Hadrian’s Villa and Its Legacy by Professor William L. MacDonald and John A. Pinto

Wed, Dec 20, 7 pm


Rembrandt was the finest painter of the Dutch Golden Age. He evolved through rich Baroque portraiture and landscape to deeply felt humanism with religious subjects that used ordinary people for subjects.  $10

Read: Rembrandt by Ernst van de Wetering, Wardy Poelstra

Wed, Jan 17, 7 pm


Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the most influential sculptor of his age. Inventive and skilled, he virtually created the Baroque style. He excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion in sculpture uniting figures with their setting to create works of overwhelming intensity.  $10

Read: Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque by Rudolph Wittkower

Wed, Feb 21, 7 pm


Eugène Delacroix (1789–1863), a dominant figure in 19th-century French art, was a complex and contradictory painter whose legacy is deep and enduring.
Delacroix’s works laid crucial groundwork for immediate successors including Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, and Renoir. Later admirers, including Seurat, Gauguin, Moreau, Redon, Van Gogh, and Matisse renewed the obsession with his work. $10

Read: Delacroix: and the Rise of Modern Art by Patrick Noon and Christopher Riopelle

Wed, Mar 21, 7 pm

The Acropolis

The Athenian Acropolis is an architectural complex that is generally considered to be one of the outstanding achievements of Western civilization. It holds layer upon layer of myth and history cumulating in the Parthenon, a temple to the goddess Athena, that contained exquisite sculpture from the High Classical period.  $10

Read: Architecture and Meaning on the Athenian Acropolis by Robin Francis Rhodes

Wed, Apr 18, 7 pm

Picasso’s Sculpture

Over the course of his long career, Picasso devoted himself to sculpture wholeheartedly, using both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques. Unlike painting, in which he was formally trained and through which he made his living, sculpture occupied a uniquely personal and experimental status in Picasso’s oeuvre. Inventive, whimsical and ever evolving, his sculpture keeps pace with his artistic development.  $10

Read: Picasso Sculpture by Luise Mahler and Virginie Perdrisot

Wed, May 16, 7 pm

Winslow Homer

Homer is a consummate watercolorist who captures the 19th Century American world and reflects the dynamic intensity of everyday life. From the beautiful mountains and streams of Canada and the Adirondacks to the sandy beaches of New England, he illustrates the relationship of mankind to nature. $10

Read: Winslow Homer: An American Vision by Randall C. Griffin

About Our Presenter

Lorna Cahall

Art historian Lorna Cahall masterfully weaves literature, history, music, theatre and art to create a rich view of each month’s artist or art movement. Lorna’s humor and enthusiasm—and her deep understanding of history and the humanities—make each “Cheers to Art!” an entertaining and enlightening event.

Lorna served as a member of the British Open University Humanities faculty at the University of Maryland for 15 years. She is the author of The Actor King, The Field, and Late in the Hammock of Night.

Lorna facilitates One Breath Poets (a local haiku poetry group) and is an A6 Artist Member. Lorna has presented  A6’s “Cheers to Art program since its inception in 2014. The program is now in its fourth season.