Es­cape the dog days with lo­cal art events

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - BY AN­NMARIE HAMIL­TON

Do­ing any­thing spe­cial to mark the end of the dog days of sum­mer?

Ac­cord­ing to the Farmer’s Al­manac, the dog days run from July 3 through Aug. 11, so if you are look­ing for a way to cel­e­brate, stop at the arts coun­cil.

Tonight marks the open­ing of, “The Vari­abil­ity of Art” fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal works painted by Ed Friend and Bert Kras­man. Ed had to leave this earthly plane be­fore the open­ing re­cep­tion but his wife, Grace, brought in all of the pieces he had per­son­ally se­lected. The open show, “This Ain’t Se­same Street” is hang­ing in the front gallery.

The show will be on dis­play through Au­gust, and the open­ing re­cep­tion fea­tures the mu­si­cal duo Joe Paulus and Doree Hep­ner. Join us for light re­fresh­ments from 5 to 8 p.m.

*** Con­tinue your dog day cel­e­bra­tion by vis­it­ing the Port House Grill on Main Street in North East. Not only do they have a very sat­is­fy­ing menu and cock­tail se­lec­tions, the sec­ond floor has been trans­formed into a ro­tat­ing art gallery. Whether you eat there or not, ev­ery day the restau­rant is open, you can walk up­stairs and check out the art!

Did some­one say dog? The artist fea­tured for Au­gust is Jen Roth whose work has dog por­traits ga­lore. She will gladly put your fa­vorite pup on can­vas, too. All you have to do is ask!

*** Don’t miss your op­por­tu­nity to get in on the 6x6 se­cret can­vas show! The arts coun­cil has given out about half of the can­vases and we want you (or your artsy friend or fam­ily mem­ber) to pick up a can­vas and dec­o­rate, paint or draw any­thing you like. Get the can­vas back to us by the end of Au­gust or early Septem­ber and we will hang them for the upcoming Oc­to­ber show. Make sure to sign the back of the can­vas to keep the sur­prise alive.

These pieces will sell for $20, and those who make a pur­chase won’t know who cre­ated their can­vas un­til they turn it over! Ques­tions? Call 410-392-5740.

*** FREE MONEY!! I know you had to go back and read that again. It does ac­tu­ally say “FREE MONEY!!”

From now un­til 4 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 12, the arts coun­cil is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for FREE MONEY. What that means is that you, a non-profit or some­one who is part­ner­ing with a non­profit, should go to our web­site and fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion for our Com­mu­nity Art De­vel­op­ment (CAD) or Arts in Ed­u­ca­tion (AiE) grant.

As long as the project brings an art pro­gram to Ce­cil County that al­lows all res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence and/or par­tic­i­pate in it, we will wel­come your ap­pli­ca­tion. Last year we gave out more than $25,000 in grant money that funded mu­si­cal per­for­mances, art ther­apy pro­grams, dance, theater and more!

Check our web­site for in­struc­tions and for the full ap­pli­ca­tion. We will be happy to an­swer ques­tions and give you guid­ance through Aug. 11. Mail or hand-de­liver your ap­pli­ca­tion by Aug. 12.

*** Drop off your unloved art and art sup­plies now through Aug. 16.

The arts coun­cil is hav­ing our an­nual Art Swap on Aug. 17 and 18 and a “name your price” sale on Aug. 19. Even if the piece you no longer want is from a re­tail store or from a fine art stu­dio, we will wel­come it into the gallery and send it on to a new home.

Have art sup­plies that you no longer want to take up space in your stu­dio? We will send them to some­one who will put them to good use.

Did you bring us too much art and your walls are bare? Great news! You can come back, shop for some amaz­ing deals and re­dec­o­rate your space!

Have enough art but need frames? We can help with that, too! Do art books count? Yes they do! If you have any ques­tions, call 410-392-5740.

*** Have you missed out on those group paint par­ties where every­body paints a pic­ture while en­joy­ing bev­er­ages and snacks? You are in luck!

The Tilted Can­vas is hold­ing a paint party at the arts coun­cil on Fri­day, Aug. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.

If you reg­is­ter early at tilt­ed­can­vas­party.com, you can get two seats for $60. It is great fun for every­one and all are wel­come.

Give an evening of paint­party fun as a gift, cel­e­brate a birth­day, make it a date night, or come by your­self! There’s no skill or train­ing re­quired. Visit the Tilted Can­vas’s Face­book page to see im­ages of com­pleted works of art from other par­ties.

Speak­ing of Face­book, please visit the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil’s page and hit the like but­ton! We add new artsy events ev­ery day!

*** Drop-off for the next open ex­hi­bi­tion, “Fervid Feel­ings & Pas­sion­ate Pic­tures” will be Au­gust 23-30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Share your pas­sion and feel­ings in any me­dia. The open show will co­in­cide with fea­tured artist Rich Lom­bino’s “Ab­stract Emo­tive Art: Cre­at­ing Art Through Emo­tion.”

The show will open first Fri­day in Septem­ber.

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.

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