Arts cel­e­brated in Mary­land at state, lo­cal level

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - BY AN­N­MARIE HAMIL­TON

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.

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