Arts celebrated in Maryland at state, local level
Art is celebrated in Maryland!
Tuesday of last week, Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill (along with Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Bush) providing an additional $2 million for art funding. The law requires the full balance of the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts goes directly to the state arts council.
This growth in funding for the arts equals growth in the economy. Please take a moment to thank the governor and the leaders in the House and Senate for passing the bill. We will put a link on our website where an email has been drafted for your convenience.
A 2014 report from the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Economic Impact of the Arts shows that the arts support more than 12,000 jobs across the state and, for every $1 spent by the state on arts, we are returning more than $3 in state and local taxes.
*** It’s First Friday, so check out the “Expressions of Healing” exhibition at the arts council featuring works created by participants in the Upper Bay Counseling and Support System’s art therapy program.
The opening reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The works will hang in the gallery through the month of May (which is Mental Health Awareness Month). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*** The arts council and the Historical Society of Cecil County are clutter clearing that Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at the nonprofit yard sale on May 14.
Main Street will be closed until noon for the Color Run, but you can park behind court buildings and walk over for a preview as early as 10 a.m.
You are also welcome to sell your items for an $8 donation. Bring a table and whatever you have that needs a new home and set-up right out front of the arts council building. Call us to save your spot.
*** Potluck for the Arts returns! Bring a $10 donation and show-off your baking or cooking skills with a dish (it’s byob)!
In preparation for the upcoming tiny canvas show, to be held in the fall at the arts council, 6-by-6 canvases will be provided. Enjoy great com- pany, play some games, watch a movie in the theater or just eat, drink and be merry.
Join the party at 16 Manor Circle (not Manor Drive) in Elkton, at 6:30 p.m. on May 14. Proceeds benefit the arts council. Send us an email with what you’ll be bringing.
*** Tilted Canvas is holding another paint party at the arts council on from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 20. Register early at www.tiltedcanvasparty.com and get two seats for $30 each.
For those 21 and older, a complimentary glass of wine is included. Bring your snacks and friends to have a fun couple of hours. All supplies are included, Janie even provides smocks. Questions? Call 410-392-5740.
*** Don’t miss the third annual Art of Cooking at the Port House Grill at 6:30 p.m. on May 27. Kelly Benson is pre- paring a special menu and will show us a restaurant secret or two. This event has sold out every year, so call the arts council to make your reservation.
The Bensons plan to enhance your dining experience with a rotating art gallery. Local photographer John Dixon will be the first artist featured in the restaurant on Main Street in North East. The opening reception will run 3 to 5 p.m. on June 5. Light refreshments will be served and, weather permitting, How’s My Hat will perform outdoors.
*** Minihane’s Irish Pub and Showcase on Main invite you to listen to the Joe Trainor Trio, a piano-based rock group this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Also at Minihane’s, catch Charlie Zahm at 7:30 p.m. on May 19 for a night of Celtic music. And the off-Broadway hit “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 27 and 28, and June 3 and 4. Tickets to all are $10.
*** The arts council will host auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Bring 16 bars of a Broadway song that you have prepared (an accompanist will be provided), a current headshot and theater resume. The callback date will be May 17 at 7 p.m. (if necessary).
Annmarie Hamilton is executive director for the Cecil County Arts Council, 135 E. Main Street in Elkton. For more on the arts council or to share your art news, contact Annmarie at 410392-5740 or annmarie@ cecilcountyartscouncil. org. Visit the arts council online at www.cecilcountyartscouncil. org.