Arts Coun­cil: Pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hibit to open Fri­day

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By an­n­marie hamil­ton

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

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AN­N­MARIE HAMIL­TON

A look in­side the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil.

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