Usher in Labor Day with these local art openings and opportunities
Special to the Whig
Happy First Friday and Labor Day weekend!
Stop by the arts council tonight and experience “Abstract Emotive Art: Creating Art through Emotion,” the solo exhibition of works created by Rich Lombino. The open show, “Fervid Feelings & Passionate Pictures,” will accompany the solo show. Enjoy Freddie Gray’s saxophone performance and light refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m.
The exhibition will remain in the gallery through the month of September, and the arts council is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spend part of your Labor Day weekend enjoying the arts in North East. Located on Main Street, Port House Grill is having an opening reception for Almerle Davis on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. Almerle creates very unique pieces that often range from 2D to 3D.
His prices are very affordable and, in some cases, comical (his last sold piece was $69.47). Almerle’s work will remain in the restaurant until the end of September. Free and open to the public — join the arts council and Port House Grill!
For the first time in years, the arts council was able to award three scholarships to local students who are continuing their studies in the arts.
Using money collected during the Summer Music in the Park Concert series, combined with a private donation, we were able to award Jasmine Hill, Andrew Aguilera and Judith Miller scholarships. Congratulations!
Have you ever heard a word that made your eyes glaze over and your brain go foggy? For me, that word was “grant.”
I thought grants were complicated, unattainable and meant for giant corporations or industries. I thought they needed writers who were paid a fortune to apply for them. Guess what? That’s not true (at least not where the arts are concerned).
Not only does the Cecil County Arts Council offer grants, but so does the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)! The instructions for both applications are easy to follow and are very logical. Fear not the grant process! Instead, whenever you hear the word “grant,” think “free money.”
The MSAC is now offering their Grants for Organizations and, if you can answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you can apply! • Does your organization have ongoing programs to produce or present arts to the public? • Is your organization a unit of government or a college/university or designated as a 501(c)3? • Is your organization a Maryland corporation (or does it have a significant physical presence)? • Has your organization operated
for one full fiscal year? • Will your organization have a financial statement for FY16 or calendar year 2015? Hint — you can always pitch your idea to a non-profit and have them be your partner. Doing so would land you “yes” answers to all 5 questions. Visit msac.org, click on eGrant.net at the top, and register.
In conjunction with the upcoming Fall Fest, the arts council is hosting an international food tasting, Sept. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come sample foods from Asia, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, France, Italy, Poland and more!
Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting our website and clicking on the PayPal button. Three tickets for $5, eight tickets for $10, and 20 tickets for $20; one ticket equals one portion and you get to select what you would like to taste. Visit cecilcountyartscouncil.org for more information.
Sept. 16 has even more going on. The Historical Society of Cecil County will host a remembrance event for Sunset Park, which hosted country music for 55 years.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Rising Sun Banquet Hall, and will include light refreshments and a cash bar.
Reminder — drop-off for the Juried Show begins the last week of September. This is the time to bring in your latest and greatest!
The show is juried by an out-of-state resident and prizes are awarded for first, second and third place honors. Bring your work to the gallery at 135 E. Main Street, Elkton, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 4, 10 am to 4 pm. We have a “no news is good news” policy, so if we do not call you to pick up your art, it means that it has been selected to hang in the show for the month of October.
The opening reception takes place on Oct. 7 and coincides with the opening of the 6x6 show. The Juried Show is free and the 6x6 canvas show is $20, which gets you a painted canvas of your choosing.
Save the date! Celebrating 39 years of presenting, promoting and sustaining the arts in Cecil County, our annual Silent Auction and Gala will be held at Schaefer’s Canal House. Themed, “A Grand Royal Affair”, join the arts council for dining, dancing and wonderful auction items on Nov. 11, from 6 to 11 p.m. Details to follow!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the arts council online at cecilcountyartscouncil.org.