Muddy Creek guild sup­ports stu­dent art pro­grams

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For its an­nual hol­i­day show and sale, Gifts from the Arts, at the South River Colony shop­ping cen­ter, the Muddy Creek Artists Guild also in­vited all nine south county el­e­men­tary schools to par­tic­i­pate.

In a gallery set up just for them, Loth­ian, David­sonville, Cen­tral, Cen­tral Spe­cial, Edge­wa­ter, Mayo, Shady Side, Deale and Tracey’s el­e­men­tary schools have on dis­play beau­ti­ful, col­lab­o­ra­tive works of stu­dent art. Last week­end, the guild hosted a re­cep­tion for the young artists who par­tic­i­pated.

Fourth-grader Sophia Manof­sky proudly showed off a black and white can­vas called “Night Owl” cre­ated by the David­sonville El­e­men­tary School Art Club, a group of fourt­hand fifth-grade stu­dents who meet be­fore school to en­rich their art ex­pe­ri­ence.

They may meet early, but “I like it,” Sophia said of the club.

Tracey’s El­e­men­tary art teacher Dou­glas El­more took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. He got the en­tire se­cond grade in­volved in a can­vas called “ABC — Ab­stract Blue Crab.”

“The project started with a dis­cus­sion about com­mu­nity, about sym­bols, and about col­ors,” El­more said.

In prepa­ra­tion for the col­lab­o­ra­tive project, El­more found an im­age of a blue crab and grid­ded it into 80 blocks. Af­ter the dis­cus­sion, each stu­dent was given a tile to recre­ate one of the grid blocks. In the end, the blocks were as­sem­bled on a can­vas to recre­ate the im­age of the crab.

For the past three years, the guild has sup­ported artists and art pro­grams in south county schools with schol­ar­ships. To con­tinue their sup­port of the arts in schools, all of the stu­dent art work at the show, and six dif­fer­ent “bas­kets of art” are be­ing raf­fled to ben­e­fit the el­e­men­tary school art pro­grams.

Vis­i­tors may place their tick­ets in a box un­der­neath the art­work(s) of their choos­ing. There will be a win­ning ticket from each box. Tick­ets are $5 each, three for $10 or seven for $20.

“We al­ready raised $2,000 at our spring show and hope to match that dur­ing this show,” said Jen­nifer Heinz, the guild’s im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent.

The Gifts from the Arts show con­tin­ues through Sun­day, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to “shop lo­cal” for the hol­i­days. More than 50 lo­cal artists are show­ing their new­est cre­ations at the show which fea­tures the works of mem­ber painters, pot­ters, pho­tog­ra­phers, fiber and glass artists, wood­work­ers, mixed-me­dia artists and more.

And for those who find in­spi­ra­tion view­ing the work of the emerg­ing and pro­fes­sional artists, the guild brings Stu­dio In­trepid, a free, hands-on ex­plo­ration of art, in the stu­dent gallery, from 1 to 4 p.m. to­day and Sun­day.

Show hours this week­end are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to­day and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day.

South County is Kind

Last week, many fam­i­lies from south county at­tended a free event at the Deale Com­mu­nity Li­brary hosted by South County is Kind. The event in­cluded the read­ing of “Kind­ness Elves” by Anna Ran­son and Ben­jamin Byrne, and “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?” by Rana DiOrio.

Harper Reese, Toni Eberly and Lil­lian Mar­tin, Girl Scouts from Troop 1186, helped at­ten­dees sign in. Robin Lawrence, Erin Mae Hill and Jaylin Sell­man, Na­tional Ju­nior Honor So­ci­ety mem­bers at South­ern Mid­dle School, helped younger chil­dren com­plete kind­ness bracelets and other crafts.

Par­ents and chil­dren painted kind­ness rocks to be left for oth­ers to find — one was found on the li­brar­ian’s desk, and one was re­port­edly found in a Lit­tle Free Li­brary in Franklin Manor.

South County is Kind founder Sarah Blaser or­ga­nized the event, in­spired by Kris­ten Caminiti’s or­ga­ni­za­tion, Kind­ness Grows Here, in Crofton, which has helped to spread the mes­sage of the power of kind­ness and tol­er­ance.

Lights of Kind­ness

Lights of Kind­ness, sponsored by the Ro­tary Club of South Anne Arun­del County, re­turns to Home­stead Gar­dens through Sun­day. Tour the hol­i­day for­est at Home­stead Gar­dens and vote for your fa­vorite tree, or the char­ity it rep­re­sents. You can also vote on­line at www.ro­tary­lights ofkind­ness.org/vote­fo­ra­tree.

All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the des­ig­nated char­i­ties and Ro­tary Club of South Anne County’s Boun­ti­ful Back­pack Pro­gram, pro­vid­ing week­end food sup­plies to el­e­men­tary school chil­dren.

Read­ing tutor train­ing

Start the Ad­ven­ture in Read­ing, with 10 sites in Anne Arun­del County, is or­ga­niz­ing an 11th site at Loth­ian El­e­men­tary School. STAIR is an af­ter-school tu­tor­ing pro­gram for se­cond graders who need sup­port with read­ing flu­ency and com­pre­hen­sion skills.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. All tu­tors are re­quired to at­tend a two-hour train­ing ses­sion. There will be a train­ing ses­sion at Loth­ian El­e­men­tary from 4 to 6 p.m.. Wed­nes­day, and an ad­di­tional train­ing ses­sion in early Jan­uary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact vol­un­ter­co­or­di­na­[email protected]­napo­lis.org.

VICKI PETERSEN/COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Stu­dent artist Nick Waple, left, and art teacher Dou­glas El­more in front of “ABC — Ab­stract Blue Crab,” Tracey’s El­e­men­tary School’s sub­mis­sion to the Muddy Creek Artists Guild’s hol­i­day show and sale at South River Colony shop­ping cen­ter.

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