Arts council gardens are in full swing
It’s a big night for the Cecil County Arts Council this Friday! From 5 to 8 p.m., the opening reception for the annual members show will take place and, for the first time ever, this show will include featured artists.
Selected for this honor are mixed media masters, Liz and Iris, who have filled the front gallery with brightly-colored, whimsical, playful pieces. The back gallery will feature the works of some of the most talented artists we are proud to call members of the arts council.
The annual members meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., where a vote will be taken to accept the nominations for the new officers of the board of directors and also to accept an amendment to the bylaws.
Did you know that this is also the day that Cecil County celebrates its 342 birthday? Join the party by scooping up a big bowl of your favorite Kilby Cream frozen confection while you check out all of the amazing art. Light refreshments will be served and Box Turtle Bob will play throughout the evening.
The arts council not only has lovely things to look at inside the building, but the gardens are in full swing.
Miss Ham’s garden is in full bloom with well-established perennials kept safe under the watchful eye of the multi-colored elk (does anybody have a name in mind for him?). The back has a straw bale garden fully planted with organic produce, herbs and more perennials.
We researched organic gardens and, with input from several successful straw-bale gardeners, started one of our own. The historical society, arts council and other volunteers have been coaxing their shared “babies” along and the results are spectacular. It takes a village.
*** The arts council has provided free, outdoor, live musical performances for decades all over the county — with performances in Rising Sun, Elkton, Chesapeake City and North East, to name a few. This year, we have been invited to bring our summer music concerts to Main Street in North East.
The owners of the Port House Grill restaurant have landscaped the back of their restaurant and invite anyone and everyone to join in the fun. Every Sunday in June and July, concerts will take place between 3 and 5 p.m. There will be food available for purchase and you can buy some adult beverages, which you are permitted to enjoy outdoors (on the premises).
This Sunday, we kick off the concert series with a performance from HowsMyHat (outdoors) and showcase the works of photographer John Dixon (inside). John has beautiful photographs of animals, bicycles, people, places and things all around Cecil County on display.
*** Feeling a little rusty? The art of yoga has arrived at the arts council.
Starting every Tuesday and Thursday, two different classes with two different instructors will take place on the second floor of the gallery. Classes will focus on relaxation and each instructor will tailor the session to best suit the needs of participants.
Not only do you get yoga, you get to admire art. No boring blank walls or sterile environments for our yoga practice – Shay and Sar- ah will take your practice to new heights.
Each class begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings are with Shay; show up for one or for as many classes as you like for $5 per class. Sarah’s class is $10 per session, or you can buy a block of classes at a discount.
*** The arts council is planning Brewery Tour for the Arts.
Our bus trip will visit Delaware breweries including 16 Mile in Georgetown, Dogfish Head in Milton, and Mispillion River in Milford.
The event on June 18 is $40 per person, which includes brewery tours, samples, lunch and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits arts programming.
For the art component, Dogfish Head is asking everyone to bring something to leave behind on their
A wall, which they have titled “Off Center.” Be creative! Bring your friends. Make reservations by calling 410-392-5740.
*** The Tilted Canvas is holding a paint and sip at the arts council at 7 p.m. on June 24. They provide the canvas, easel, smock, paint brushes, paints — even a glass of wine. You provide the laughter and whatever you feel like munching on.
Celebrating a graduation, engagement or birthday? Bring your party to the arts council and for $35 per person ($60 for two). You make the mess and we’ll clean it up! For more information or to register, visit www.tiltedcanvasparty.com.
*** Join our friends and neighbors at Minihane’s Irish Pub on June 25, from noon until 11 p.m., for an art and music festival.
There will be two stages, live music inside and out, cabaret shows, dancers, yoga, Zumba, face painting, puppet shows, and lots of food and drink.
Any and all artists are welcome to share space under the giant tent that will be provided for you. Artists call 410-392-5740 for details or to reserve your space under the tent.
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 410-392-5740 or annmarie@ cecilcountyartscouncil. org. Visit the arts council online at www.cecilcountyartscouncil.org.
The Cecil County Arts Council now has a straw bale garden fully planted with organic produce, herbs and more perennials.