Hello and welcome to the annual Solomons Plein Air Festival in beautiful Southern Maryland!
Artists play an important role in our community; they help encourage expression, bring people together, and have positive economic, cultural, and social impacts. The Solomons Plein Air Festival is a wonderful event that allows artists to share their creativity, and gives the public a look into the artistic process and a chance to watch an artist’s vision come to life.
I hope that you take advantage of the creative and imaginative abilities of the artists involved throughout the festival's various events, and that you take the time to truly appreciate and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Solomons and Southern Maryland. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will support the artists, as well as various charities, such as P.A.W.S., Sophia's Oasis for Equines, HeartFELT, student art scholarships at the College of Southern Maryland, and the Solomons Business Association's 4th of July fireworks.
Thank you to everyone whose hard work and dedication have made this event possible. Best wishes for a memorable festival and for continued success in the years to come.
A LETTER FROM MARYLAND'S
FIRST LADY: Yumi Hogan
Mrs. Hogan grew up on a farm in the South Korean countryside as the youngest of eight children. She immigrated to the United States over 30 years ago, and raised her three daughters, Kim, Jaymi, and Julie, in Howard County.
In 2016, Mrs. Hogan received the Inspirational Leader Award from the International Leadership Foundation, which recognized her as a trailblazing political and community leader and a role model to the Asian-Pacific American community and all Americans.
YUmi Hogan: Artist AND advocate
Maryland’s First Lady, Yumi Hogan, is the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States. Mrs. Hogan is a first-generation Korean-American, an accomplished artist, and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in art shows and museums in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, South Korea and more, including an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In addition to her work as an artist, Mrs. Hogan has juried numerous art exhibitions, including statewide and national competitions by the Maryland Federation of Art. In 2016, she served as jury chair for the new Concourse D Gallery at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport where artists from Maryland and
Washington D.C. were selected to feature their work.
As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it a priority to share her love of the arts with Marylanders of all ages through arts education. Since November 2015, Mrs. Hogan has served as the Honorary Chair of the Council for Arts and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, working with the University and Baltimore City to promote the arts.
BREATH OF DAWN
By Yumi Hogan
Following Governor Hogan’s diagnosis with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015 and their family’s battle with the disease, Mrs. Hogan has become a vocal advocate for cancer awareness and devoted much of her time to visiting Marylanders battling cancer, especially children, and their families. In 2016, Mrs. Hogan was recognized for her role as a caregiver and her work raising awareness with the Pheo Para Alliance’s Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award.
Through her work teaching art classes to patients with cancer and people with disabilities, Mrs. Hogan has become a strong proponent of art therapy and the positive impact it can have on health and wellbeing. She plans to continue to support the arts community and work to bring the joy of art to all Marylanders.