Escape the dog days with local art events
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.