Deborah Coffin Kennedy has just returned from 3 months at sea on a teaching ship. She is known for her fascinating sketch books that recount many of the details of the trip. She was kind enough to share the most recent ones with us.
Sue Lester is doing an outstanding job of making the Dorchester Center for the Arts' front window look interesting for passers-by. This shows some Spring flowers for April and May.
We've had another great year. It was productive, profitable, fun, benevolent, and, of course, creative. Why don't you consider partnering with us to learn more about what we do and to experience the wonderful relationships we've developed.
Diane Miller , Event Coordinator for the National Park Service, talked with us here in early February about the imminent opening of the new Visitors' Center and the Tubman Underground Railroad Conference in May.
In August, we held our annual reception for the Friday Morning Artists who are from a nearby, neighboring town. Many of us bring our personal art to share and Terry White serenaded us with her guitar and original music. The food, as you can see, was creative and beautiful thanks to Kathryn McKnight.
The Executive Director of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Bill Christopher, came to visit in July. I think we were all amazed at the variety and scope of the Chamber's activities. Members get lots of perks with their memberships . These include advertising, education, speakers, and so much more. There is also interaction and connection with high school students that is intended to give them some insights into the world of commerce.
Barb Seese, Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts, came to see us in June to give us an update on what changes are being made and to talk about maximizing DCA's interaction with us. She has a lot of energy and good ideas. The future looks exciting!
Robert Gladney, our member, talked about his immersion in art from an early age and showed some of his childhood art. Now he is creating studio art. He also shared his vision of using art to help children.
The art of our members dressed the Corsica Mental Health windows on Poplar Street starting in October. Here, you see the creative
In April, we visited the studio of Mary Etta and John Dynan, fine jewelry makers. They have an amazing collection of skills and equipment.Their demonstrations for us took much of the mystery out of how their striking pieces are made. We had a great, educational visit.
The month of September found us exhibiting at Candleberry Gallery in St. Michaels, Maryland. Ours is an outstanding, eclectic collection of fine art. We had some very nice sales.
Mary Konchar, talented and dedicated photographer, shared her philosophies and passions with us. What a great morning for us!
We want members to bring their art to show--just for appreciation or for help, if needed. Here you see Will Dennehy with one of his remarkable oil paintings.
Sue Lester installed this exhibit in the front window of the Dorchester Center for the Arts. It highlights the Members' Show that is in the Main Gallery for the month of January.
Brittany Andrew, the Program and Education Coordinator of the Dorchester Center for the Arts came to visit us in July. She is just the right person in this job and she has lots of energy and ideas to bring to it. We are hoping that we will see her often at our morning meetings on Wednesdays.
Here we are in late January in the home of one of our members. We had a light breakfast and a short meeting followed by a viewing of O'Keefe. This is a movie about Georgia O'Keefe, an independent woman and painter of large and bold flowers. It was educational, entertaining, and a whole lot of fun.
Janet Kerr has her photography in the front windows of the Hunt Insurance business on Race Street in Cambridge. Both windows are full of her striking images.
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The year of 2017 definitely was one to remember.
Brandon Hesson, head of Economic Development in Cambridge, spent some time with us here in April to talk about his passion for drawing crowds to Cambridge to witness the opportunities that abound here. He's looking to produce events that are attention getting. and unique. His enthusiasm is definitely contagious!
CeCe Davis, photographer and film-maker, told us about her very interesting background, how she found her real calling, and what her dreams for the future are. Quite a lady here!
Photographer Fran Saunders led a very educational and lively discussion on Pricing Your Art here in October. She started with general guidelines and then talked about using formulas and what should temper them. Should you have premium pricing to put you at the "top of the heap" or do lower prices attract more customers?
June has been an active month. Here we are watching The Agony and the Ecstasy, a movie about Michelangelo and the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Beautiful scenery, magnificent costumes and an intriguing story with lots of twists and turns. Thank you, Terry White, for supplying the movie.
In June, Fran Saunders presented a seminar on How to Size Your Photos in Your Computer. It was well-researched and very, very interesting. Thank you, Fran!
We took a trip to The Barnes and Rodin Museums in Philadelphia in early March. It got rave reviews from our members.
Heidi Wetzel's basketry and Sue Lester's paintings now grace the windows of Corsica River on Poplar Street in Cambridge MD. What a great combo in this art combination makes in these two windows.
At our March 22 roundtable, we began by learning something about the "rules" for titling art . Then we applied our new knowledge to some actual pieces, one of which was this grey-skied, haunting photo of a horse by Robin Burton. After careful consideration, we suggested Arabian Ghost.
The month of October finds us exhibiting at the Leggett Gallery of Chesapeake College, Cambridge Campus. It is our second show in this gallery during 2017. We had a good team that hung the show and the result was worth seeing!
Our rocks project for DCA's Showcase at the end of September, 2017, was a fun, successful event. Here you see Nancy Snyder with one of the smaller pieces, and Barb Seese (ED of DCA) with Janette Jones holding another small piece. We had lots of rocks in varied sizes, varied themes, and varied colors.
Here's a look at our final effort for the year: our annual 6-weeeks GALLERY OF GIFTS SHOW AND SALE at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, Maryland. See our magnificent collection of origami cranes, a theme selected to wish you happiness, joy, peace and longevity.
sculptures of Peg McCormack, the fanciful dolls of Terry White, and the colorful paintings of Nancy Snyder
In mid-May, Robert Gladney and Sue Lester held an outstanding roundtable about the basics of framing art. Even the most experienced of us learned something we didn't know. There was a lot of show and tell as well as discussion.
This is Bob Zimberoff, Editor of the Dorchester Banner. He's passionate about the newspaper and about reporting the local area news in an accurate and balanced manner. Here in early May, we learned a lot about the challenges and rewards of running a newspaper.