Elk­ton gal­leries open­ing De­cem­ber ex­hi­bi­tions

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— The weather out­side is slowly be­com­ing fright­ful, but that shouldn’t have any bear­ing on your sup­port of lo­cal arts. A num­ber of Elk­ton-area gal­leries are open­ing new ex­hi­bi­tions this evening.

Here’s a list and brief de­scrip­tion of some of the lo­cal spots dis­play­ing new work.

ELK­TON

The Pal­ette & The Page (120 E. Main St., Elk­ton) Fri­day evening will see the open­ing re­cep­tion here of an ex­hi­bi­tion called “Tak­ing Shape: Story, Hand, Ex­pe­ri­ence,” fea­tur­ing artists Sarah Dressler (tex­tiles and cal­lig­ra­phy) and Su­san O’Han­lon (ce­ram­ics). Dressler lives in Delaware and O’Han­lon in Penn­syl­va­nia.

In ad­di­tion to art in­stal­la­tions, au­thor Sharon Brubaker will sign books dur­ing the re­cep­tion. She re­cently pub­lished a ro­mance novel called “Be­tween Earth and Sea: A Selkie Tale.”

The Pal­ette & The Page will have some­thing for the ears, too — Wendy Gill and Joe Paulus will play mu­sic.

“Wendy and Joe are sort of our First Fri­day hol­i­day duo, be­cause they’ve been do­ing it for so many years,” said Patti Paulus, co-owner of the gallery and store (Joe is her hus­band).

She added that Gill has a ten­dency to reel the au­di­ence into the tunes. When asked if gallery-go­ers should ex­pect to sing a lit­tle, Paulus said, laugh­ing: “If they want.”

Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil (135 E. Main St., Elk­ton) Sue Eyet, a Ris­ing Sun res­i­dent, will open a solo ex­hi­bi­tion here called “Frag­ments of Life,” made up of mixed me­dia art ex­plor­ing that theme (of­ten buck­ing con­ven­tions in the process).

The open show, ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled “Life in Frag­ments,” will take place in the front gal­leries from 5 to 8 p.m. For it, lo­cal artists have brought in their

own cre­ations. An­n­marie Hamil­ton, Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, made special note of a painted skate­board some­one had sub­mit­ted to the gallery.

“Peo­ple have been bring­ing in sur­pris­ingly clever takes on that theme,” Hamil­ton said.

Dave Mas­simi­ano will play guitar at the open ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Gallery at 122 Main (122 E. Main St., Elk­ton)

For its hol­i­day show, the Gallery at 122 Main will fea­ture a recorder-play­ing group known as the Wedge­wood Trio, made up of Katie Gerges and Doug and Mikki Senn. They’ll play both Christ­mas and Celtic tunes, said Mikki Senn, a res­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake City.

Mikki will also ex­hibit her acrylic land­scape and stil­l­life paint­ings, and she’ll be joined by Rhode Is­land artist Nancy Sall, whose work will ac­com­pany Mary Clark Con­falone’s and co-owner Carol Mangano’s in a side ex­hi­bi­tion Mangano refers to as “Three Moore Girls” (they’re all alum­nae of the Moore Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Philadel­phia).

“[Sall]’s a mixed-me­dia painter,” Mangano said. “She cuts ma­te­rial and turns it into col­lage, mixes it with paint. The col­ors are win­tery soft, with light blues and beiges.”

Lastly, Bal­ti­more painter and pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Ir­win will show work at the gallery. Mangano de­scribed his work as re­al­ist and ex­pres­sive.

Ce­cil Col­lege at Elk­ton Sta­tion (107 Rail­road

Ave., Elk­ton) “A Taste of the Arts” opens Fri­day, and it’ll fea­ture stu­dent work from Ce­cil Col­lege’s fine and per­form­ing arts pro­grams.

The gallery in­cludes draw­ings, paint­ings, de­signs, sculp­tures, ce­ram­ics and dig­i­tal im­ages, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, and will fea­ture cap­stone projects from stu­dents Ja­son Cam­bria, Alyssa Frazer, Erica Jones, Ha­ley Miller and Mary Anna Podle­sak. Jack Sch­midt, who stud­ies guitar and bass in the mu­sic depart­ment, will per­form two songs for his cap­stone.

For Cam­bria, who’s lately been paint­ing with oils, the ex­hi­bi­tion is a cul­mi­na­tion of his artis­tic train­ing to this point, as it likely will be for many of the stu­dent artists on dis­play there.

“I re­mem­ber draw­ing and I would get lost,” Cam­bria wrote in his artist state­ment. “Noth­ing else mat­tered. … I was put­ting the pieces of my mind to­gether on the can­vas.”

Want to have your gallery’s ex­hi­bi­tion in next month’s county com­pi­la­tion? Email ac­cent@ce­cil­whig.com at least two weeks be­fore it opens.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Santa Claus waves to all of his ador­ing fans along the pa­rade route in North East last year. This year’s pa­rade kicks off at noon on Satur­day.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAM KAMRAS/CE­CIL COL­LEGE

“Watcha Look­ing At,” by Ja­son Cam­bria. His work will be in­cluded at the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing this Fri­day at Ce­cil Col­lege Elk­ton Sta­tion.

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