Robert’s Picks | July/August 2018


1. If you love the sea and sailing, as well as painting, you will want to see the exhibition, Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. According to the Gallery, during the seventeenth century the Dutch became “leaders in marine travel, transport, commerce, and security as their massive cargo carriers and warships traversed oceans and their small vessels and fishing boats navigated inland and coastal waterways.” In this exhibition, Dutch artists capture the drama of the sea, its constantly changing forms and awesome power. The exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings and ship models, is open through November 25, 2018. For more information, visit

2. The First Sunday Arts Festival offers live entertainment and art by local and regional artists and is displayed on and around West Street in the Arts District. Local restaurants set up outside cafes so that you can have lunch or dinner during the Festival. Free parking is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets. The Arts Festival takes places every Sunday beginning August 5 and runs through November. Hours are 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. For details, visit

3. The Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast takes place Friday, August 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. Nearly 2,500 individuals are expected to enjoy 345 bushels of crabs and 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup and more. Proceeds of the Crab Feast benefit local community and cultural organizations. Visit for more information.

4. City tours are not only for visitors but also for local people. If you live in or around Annapolis, you will appreciate the city more if you continue to learn about its history. Colonial Tours of Annapolis offers tours through the Historic District of Annapolis and teaches you about life in Colonial Maryland. These walking tours feature knowledgeable, colonial-clad guides. Book your tour at


Image: Willem van de Velde the Younger, The Dutch Fleet Assembling Before the Four Days’ Battle of 11–14 June 1666, 1670, oil on canvas, On loan from Moveo Art Collection.
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.


Robert Haywood has a Ph.D. in art and architecture history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His book, Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg: Art, Happenings and Cultural Politics, is out now from Yale University Press, London. To order, visit


Annapolis Home Magazine
Vol. 9, No. 4 2018