Artists Paint the Town

Paint Annapolis 2005, the fourth annual painting festival sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, begins today. Local artists will set up their easels and paint architectural, street and harbor scenes of Annapolis. Painters will be positioned at various points around downtown Annapolis including the Hammond Harwood House, the gardens at St. Mary's, City Dock, Main Street and Maryland Avenue. Tourists and locals are invited to watch the artists while they work and to visit local galleries that will remain open late. Spectators can pick up maps and other festival information at the Paint Annapolis tent at the City Dock. Artists will work from dawn until dusk today to Saturday, downtown Annapolis. Exhibit and reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. Call 410-263-6532 or visit

Agriculture and Art at Fair

The Anne Arundel County Fair, which was established more than 50 years ago, showcases the thriving agricultural life of residents in the entire county. The fair includes four days of festivities such as honey extraction demonstrations, livestock judging contests, animal shows and pie-eating contests. Activities will be available for children and adults, with some tailored for seniors. The activities will include magic shows, talent contests, art and craft exhibits and candle-making demonstrations. Noon-11 p.m. today, 4-11 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. 1450 General's Hwy., Crownsville. $5; ages 6-15, $2; 5 and younger, free. 410-923-3400 or

Electric Jazz at the Avalon

Guitar Player magazine calls jazz instrumentalist Al Di Meola one of the world's most skilled guitarists. Among Di Meola's many releases are such collections as the 1976 album "Land of the Midnight Sun" and 1977's "Elegant Gypsy." They are among the highest selling records by any instrumental artist. Di Meola will play electric guitar and will be accompanied by a quintet. 8 p.m. next Thursday. Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover St., Easton. $40. 410-822-7299 or

Artist John Ebersberger during last year's Paint Annapolis. This year's event begins today and ends Sunday with new works shown.