Usher in La­bor Day with these lo­cal art open­ings and op­por­tu­ni­ties

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By AN­N­MARIE HAMIL­TON

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 an­n­marie@ce­cil­count­yartscoun­cil.org. Visit the arts coun­cil on­line at ce­cil­count­yartscoun­cil.org.

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