Small Works Ex­hibit opens at QA Arts Coun­cil

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — An open­ing re­cep­tion for the Small Works Ex­hibit was held Jan. 6 at the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts in Centreville. Sev­eral artists were present and guests were in­vited to pur­chase chances to win their fa­vorite piece of art.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for the Arts Coun­cil, Rick Stritt­mater de­scribed the en­tries as any work of art, in any medium that would ef­fec­tively fit in a 9x9x9 space. En­tries in­cluded pho­tog­ra­phy, wa­ter­color, oils, sketches, pot­tery, wood carv­ings and jew­elry.

One en­trant, artist Ritze Miller of Ox­ford, sub­mit­ted her pho­to­graph ti­tled, “In the Com­pany of Women”. Miller’s spe­cialty is cap­tur­ing sub­jects in such a set­ting that in­vokes a vin­tage feel, a “vin­tage vi­gnette”, de­scribes Miller. Her sub­jects in this pho­to­graph were par­tic­i­pat­ing in a sketch­ing work­shop out­doors in Ox­ford. The women had just melded to­gether so per­fectly, that cap­tur­ing them on film seemed the thing to do, said Miller.

Miller said she loves be­ing a part of the Arts Coun­cil in Centreville.

James Malaro, Centreville, is also an artist and pho­tog­ra­pher who en­tered work in the Small Works ex­hibit. His work ti­tled, “It’s about Time” is a digi­tial com­pos­ite of three lay­ered im­ages — a woman’s sil­houtte is cap­tured in a vin­tage time­piece, sus­pended against a spi­der’s web. The pho­to­graph re­quired more than a sec­ond look and cap­tured the at­ten­tion of sev­eral guests.

Said Stratt­mater, “We re­ceived many en­trants, more than 80 en­tries to­tal...it is a good show­ing...artists sup­port­ing the arts.”

The ex­hibit will be on dis­play from now un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary. The pro­ceeds from the ticket sales go to sup­port­ing the Arts Coun­cil, said Stratt­mater. The grand draw­ing and artists recog­ni­tion re­cep­tion where win­ners will be an­nounced will be held Satur­day, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cen­tre for the Arts.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Pa­trons en­joy the small works on dis­play at the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts, the ex­hibit is open un­til the end of Feb.

A glass pen­dant, crafted by Phillip Lam­bert and dig­i­tal pho­to­graph of a deer by Dick Arnold.

A col­lec­tion of ‘Small Works’ on dis­play at the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts now un­til Feb. 25

Artist James Malaro from Centreville stands next to his small work, “It’s About Time”.

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