Arts Council: Photography exhibit to open Friday
Live from Main Street, it’s First Friday night!
Stop at the arts council to see the 17th annual photography exhibition. The opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with light refreshments and live music provided by Anthony Nanni. The exhibition hangs in the gallery Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the end of November. The judges (photographers Bill Hughes and Joe Antoshak) have selected this year’s prize winners, but there will also be a “People’s Choice” award that will recognize the best photo selected by those attending the reception on opening night. Cash prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winners selected by the judges, and a free membership (or an extension to an existing membership) will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” award winner.
During the intermission of the photo exhibition, CCAC will award more than $30,000 to local nonprofit organizations that bring arts programming to an ever-expanding audience. Those organizations include: Cecil Dancenter, the Milburn Stone Theatre, Upper Bay Counseling & Support Services, the Tome School, Cecilton Elementary School, the Cecil County Choral Society, Elkton High School, the Fair Hill Nature Center, Cecil College Performing Arts, Cecil College Unity in the Community and Upper Chesapeake Community Band.
After visiting the gallery to see the photo show, stop into the Historical Society of Cecil County next door and attend their book signing. “Greetings From Gettysburg,” written by Daniel Craig, will be available for purchase and can be autographed upon request.
The fun continues on first Saturday as both the arts council and the HSCC are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Returning guest G. “Doc” Smith, an expert appraiser of old coins, will speak and attendees are invited to bring a couple of old coins for identification and appraisal.
Later in the afternoon Coloring for Kids — Emma’s Elves founder Emma Short and her friend/elf Emily, along with their friends — will be coloring for a cause. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., kids will create their minimasterpieces to take home with them and sell. Once they sell, the proceeds are donated to a charity of their choice. Emma and Emily are donating their proceeds to A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Need more art experiences? Check out the opening reception of Rob Massimiano’s solo exhibition at the Port House Grill restaurant in North East on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Original pen and ink drawings will be on display and prints are available for purchase. The show will hang until the end of the month.
Only a few days remain to make reservations for the art council’s Annual Silent Auction & Gala. Celebrating 39 years of “pre- senting, promoting and sustaining the arts”, the event takes place on Friday, November 11, at Schaefer’s Canal House from 6 to 11 p.m. This year’s theme, “A Grand Royal Affair,” features dining, dancing, a free beer and wine cocktail hour, a cash bar, amazing silent auction items and a special tribute to veterans. You can purchase tickets on our website at cecilcountyartscouncil.org, by phone at 410-392-5740 or in-person at the arts council, located at 135 E. Main St. in Elkton.
We thank and acknowledge those who have gener- ously supported and sponsored the gala, including: Delmarva Power, APGFCU, Premier Auto & Tire, Picture it Framed, Attorney Harry D. Barnes, Resolution Services, Angelucci Bail Bonds, Turnt’ Loose Bail Bonds, Perry Point VAMC, Dixon Energy Chesapeake Pawn Brokers, Minihane’s Irish Pub, Elkton Florist, Elkton Chamber & Alliance, Kaye Merrey, Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, Cecil County government and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Have somebody on your shopping list that needs something extra special? What about a one-of-a-kind, original piece of art? Stop at CCAC during the month of December to shop at the annual Holiday Art Mart. Now in its sixth year, local artists display their favorite hand-made works at deeply discounted prices that make excellent oneof-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t worry, we can keep a secret!
Coinciding with the Art Mart is the final exhibition of 2016, which opens on the first Friday of December. CCAC welcomes featured artist Sue Eyet who will display her works based on the theme “Life in Fragments.” The open companion show is called “Fragments of Life” and will hang until the end of December.
The first Sunday in December is also the last art show opening at the Port House Grill and will feature the acrylic abstract work of Tommy Torres. The opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. and his work is available for purchase through the month of December.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the arts council online at cecilcountyartscouncil.org
A look inside the Cecil County Arts Council.