Arts Council: 2016 Juried Show results are in
Special to the Whig
The Juried Show opens tonight!
With so much to do this First Friday in October, make sure to include the arts council as one of your “must see” stops on the Art Loop. The Juried Show brings together artists from all over the region, and they’ve waited eagerly to see if their works would be selected to hang in the show. Artists may be even more excited to find out if they’ve scored any of the prize money awarded to first, second and third place winners. Drum roll, please. Juried by Darla Dolinger, the selected artists for 2016 include: Doris Anderson, Anne Bates, Mary Clark Confalone, Heather Connell, Maggie Creshkoff, Electra, Judy Hotchkiss, Mimi Irwin, Eve Jesonis, Norm Letiecq, Jeanne Murray, Debbie Pierce, Debbie Schiller, Donna Steck-McMahon, John Styer, Mary Lou Tabo, Donna Thachik, Tommy Torres, David Trout, Janie Trumbull, Brian Vazquez, Brett Warner, Marion Welch and Mark Wickkiser.
Special congratulations to Bert Krasman (first), Nancy Woodward (second) and Debbie Pierce (third), who are this year’s prize winners! The opening reception is held tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., with light refreshments and live music provided by Daytripper. Works will hang until the end of October.
Need another awesome reason to visit the arts council tonight? It is the opening of the first 6x6 canvas show! For six months we handed out canvases all over the county — some went to super skilled artists, some went to elected officials, some went to teachers and some went to business owners. The only instructions we gave was to return the canvas with something artistic on the front and the name of the artist on the back.
Nearly 100 canvases have returned and, for $20, guests can select their favorite piece and be surprised whose name is on the back of their original masterpiece. All are welcome!
Want to see more art? Visit the Port House Grill restaurant on Main Street in North East. Their second floor has been converted into a rotating gallery space. Electra’s pieces will hang through October and then Rob Massimiano’s works will be featured in November. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday except for Monday. Everything is for sale!
The Tilted Canvas is holding a children’s paint party on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Even if you’re old enough to vote, you’re still welcome to come to the arts council and paint your own glow-in-the-dark friendly ghost! $25 per ticket or 2 for $40. Register at www.tiltedcanvasparty.com. Arrive early; painting begins promptly at 1 p.m.
Maybe you have no interest in painting a ghost that glows in the dark. In that case the next paint party at the arts council is for you. The Tilted Canvas will give you everything you need to paint a scarecrow on Friday, Oct. 14, 6 to 8 p.m. Register at www.tiltedcanvasparty.com. The party starts promptly at 6!
Get your photos ready! The 17th annual Photography Exhibition opens Nov. 4. Whether they’re big, small, dark, light, brightly colored or black and white, the dropoff period begins Oct. 24 and ends the 31st. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded. Need frames? The arts council still has deep discounts on frames — for some of them you can even name your own price!
The arts council’s annual Silent Auction and Gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Schaefer’s Canal House. Please join us as we celebrate our 39th anniversary of “presenting, promoting and sustaining the arts.” The theme is “A Grand Royal Affair,” and tickets are $75 per person ($500 per table), which includes a beer and wine cocktail hour, cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, dancing and amazing silent auction items.
Call 410-392-5740 to make your reservations. Black tie is optional. Sponsorship is available and we welcome donations for the silent auction.
The art of … flexibility! Yoga classes are happening at the arts council! Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Sarah Mester is teaching a one hour class that anyone at any level can do. Each pose is shown at a beginner’s level, a slightly experienced level and an all-out challenged level. You choose what works for you. At 7 p.m., Shay Robb is teaching a Vinyasa flow class that will definitely have you searching for your yoga towel. Drop-ins are welcome. Sarah is offering a block of classes at a discount and Shay’s classes are $5 each.
Anybody interested in morning yoga classes? Let us know! What day and what time would you be interested in? Where would you like to go — Elkton or North East? Classes are now forming and the instructors want to tailor them to your needs. $5 to drop-in, send us an email or message us on Facebook, www. cecilcountyartscouncil.org or on Twitter @cecilcountyartscouncil.
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 email@example.com. Visit the arts council online at cecilcountyartscouncil.org.