The WT Hunt Insurance Company's front windows on Race Street are another of our ongoing window decoration projects.
We presented Night of a Zillion Snowflakes as Opening Night that accompanied our December Small Works and Other Good Things exhibit at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. The appetizers were creative and delicious, our guests were upbeat and fund, the drawing for the quilt sent it to a wonderful new home, the arts center garnered some new members, and we did have a zillion snowflakes. Look!
And then....the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha asked to use the hats as table decorations at a fundraising luncheon called Hat-i-Tude. We were delighted that the hats found another life for a good cause.
Here are the hats! Each September, Dorchester Center for the Arts holds Showcase, an art-focused street festival. In addition to having a display of our own art, we invited the public to make paper hats. While we knew it would be fun and popular, it was far more fun and far more popular than we ever expected! What a huge success it was! Congratulations to team leader Carol and to her mighty band of helpers. Take a look at some of these pictures.
In September, we held a reception for the Friday Morning Artists of Easton. Great weather, great place, great company.
We've applied our arts to a refurbished 8 pane window as a donation to Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center's annual Fesival of Wreaths. It is called "Eight Voices Reflecting a Summer Morning." We had a second spectacular donation of a sailboat scene done in fabric.
We measured the windows in many of the downtown stores and cut large sheets of heavy paper to fit them. Then we sketched Halloween scenes and sent them out to the elementary and middle school for the colorful completion. This was a great project for us, the art teachers, and, most of all, the students.
Stitch Witches assembled the pieces of a long-forgotten quilt belonging to member Lisa Krentel. This queen size Diamond Jubilee pattern quilt was sold by auction on December 13, 2014 on Opening Night at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.
We have lots of programs about art. Here you see Terry White singing folk songs, Bob Ritz talking about how theater sets are designed, Ann Geiger sharing her passion for pottery, Deborah Kennedy showing and talking about the art she has created during her successful career, Carol Feierabend reading one of her creative stories, Heidi Wetzel demonstrating fiber art and basketweaving, Paul Winters teaching us about glass and how his art pieces are made, Fran Saunders showing what can be done with fine photography and skilled Photoshop application, ,Marilyn Stone telling us of the development of her art style, and Susan Dickinson talking about her pointillism technique.
Along with Cambridge Main Street and Dorchester Center for the Arts. we entertained 35 competition artists from Plein Air Easton!, the largest plein air festival in the US. On July 11, 2014, these outdoor painters came to capture the unique and charming scenes of Cambridge. A very successful wet paint sale followed the morning's painting.
Led by member Paul Hutton, the students of Dorchester County's elementary and middle schools learned about the things that threaten the sea turtles. As a part of the project, they created more than 350 colorful paper turtles.The art pieces were shown in the Dorchester Center for the Arts' front window and in the Main Gallery.
On June 7, 2014, we held our 4th Opening Night. This time the show in the Main Gallery was Florally Inspired and comprised flower and plant designs by the Dorchester Garden Club. Five of our members painted 6 wood Adirondack chairs that were sold by silent auction. What a wonderful flowery evening!
And we're still creating those wonderful front windows for the Dorchester Center for the Arts.
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In February of this year, the Wednesday Morning Artists presented a Behringer Public Address System to the Dorchester Center for the Arts.
It was complete with 20 inputs, 4 speakers, speaker stands, 4 microphones (2 corded, 2 wireless), 2 audio-video carts and all associated cables. Our thanks to Bob Ritz for the research and the purchase.
The art center has just completed the renovation of its second floor performance hall that will seat 200 for dinner or 400 theater style. So our gift was necessary and timely.