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