Exhibits and Events

 If you’re interested in showing your artwork or contributing to a gallery show at the Center, please contact Janette Jones, our Visual Arts Coordinator, at mailto:jjones@dorchesterarts.org or at 410.228.7782.  To have artwork considered for display, all artists must follow the Gallery Guidelines.

Discover Crochet

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Classes and Workshops, Events and News, Featured Slider, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments

Discover Crochet

Discover Crochet on Saturdays in July from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with Mary Romans

Beginners interested in the fiber art of crochet will learn the basics in this four-week session;  how to “cast on” (make your first chain), the chain stitch, single crochet, and more as time permits.

No supplies are needed for the first class.  Crochet needle provided; sample yarns will be available to begin your work.

This is a great way to discover if this art is for you!

$50 for members and $85 for non-members

Summer Saturdays Open Art Studio

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Classes and Workshops, Events and News, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments

Rainy summer day?  Need a break from the sun?  Join us on Saturdays in July and August for our Open Art Studio.  This is for members only and is from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Artists who draw and paint are welcome to set up their supplies and enjoy the freedom and shared camaraderie of studio time at DCA.  No instruction. Tables and easels are provided.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Art for All

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Classes and Workshops, Events and News, Featured Slider, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments

Art for All
Join us Second Saturdays from 3:00-5:00 in July and August for Art for All!

Drop in and discover your inner artist!  Guided projects vary monthly.

Special feature for July:  Flexigons and poyhedra with Chris Carter – an integration of art with math and science.  All are welcome!  No registration necessary.  Under 16 please be accompanied by an adult.

This program is FREE!

Daryl Davis Lecture and Concert

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Daryl Davis Lecture and Concert
Dorchester Center for the Arts, Harriet Tubman Museum and MTS Broadcasting proudly present Daryl Davis, International Recording Artist, Author, Actor, Educator, and Award-Winning Race Relations Expert.

Free afternoon lecture at 4:00 on August 16, 2014 at DCA.  Come hear the amazing true story of a black man, a piano, and a klansman.

Daryl Davis concert on Saturday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.  Rock’n’Roll, Country, Rockabilly and Blues. tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.


Fine Art Finds & Attic Treasures

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Events and News, Featured Slider, In the Galleries | 0 comments

Fine Art Finds & Attic Treasures
Attention Artists, Collectors and Pack Rats….Join us for DCA’s August Art Antics this summer!

In addition to our usual fine art, for the month of August our galleries will be filled to the brim with great attic treasures from all over Dorchester County.  On August 9th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., our Artists’ Reception will be taken over by a merry band of salespeople offering bargains you won’t be able to refuse.

Are you a regional Artist?  Donate a piece of your work and we’ll give you a space in the August show…along with our undying gratitude for your generosity.

Keep reading all of you non-artists…we can take any treasures that are gathering dust off of your hands for you.  There’s more to this show than fine art (though the fine art will be in the spotlight).  Think about all those treasures gathering dust in your attic, garage, or storage unit. They, too, could help make some money for DCA. Sculpture, Elvis paintings on velvet, frames, undiscovered Rembrandts, jewelry, watercolors, Great Grandpa’s portrait, carvings, art supplies… we’ll take it all off your hands (with the understanding that whatever doesn’t sell by Saturday, August 30, the last day of the show, will disappear—unless you specifically state that you want it back AND you pick it up on August 30).

If you’d like more information, or if you have an item to donate please contact Janette at 410-228-7782.

Art Camp Angel

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Art Camp Angel

Dorchester Center for the Arts is offering an amazing summer of art opportunities for children. However, for some, the cost of attending camp is out of their means.

But you can help! Become an Art Camp Angel!

  • Your gift of $75 gives a 6-year-old a full week of mini camp.
  • A $125 contribution allows an 11-year-old to experience a week of full-day art camp.
  • Or, your $500 gift means a 9-year-old will have an unforgettable summer month of art education.

Please help us to give children an enriching summer, traveling around the world through art. Send your check to DCA, 321 High Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. Be sure to write Art Camp Angel in the memo. Or, call 410-228-7782 and make your donation with Visa, Master Card or Discover. Your gift is tax deductible!

Journey Into Color Workshop

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Classes and Workshops, Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Journey Into Color Workshop

Summer Feature:  Two-and-a-Half-Day Workshop with Chris Carter “Journey Into Color:  Color Mixing, Color Schemes, and Watercolor Techniques”

July 18th, 19th, 20th;  Friday: 5-7, Saturday: 9:30-4 and Sunday 9:30-4

Chris-Carter.jpgCreating mandalas, students quickly understand, apply and enjoy basic color theory using various color schemes to develop strong yet simple design.  Daily demos of color mixing and techniques inspire and encourage experimentation toward personal expression both abstract and representational.

Chris Carter is an exuberant artist, drawing and painting daily in sketchbooks; studying the natural world as well as the inventions of mankind.

Cost is $195 for members and $210 for non-members.  The supply list is available at DCA.

Water Moves Us to Paint Great Scenes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Water Moves Us to Paint Great Scenes

Marking the culmination of a comprehensive planning and creative process, Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) unveiled the county’s new brand marketing campaign “water moves us” to elected officials, businesses and community leaders earlier this month.

To read more about this exciting campaign visit choosedorchester.org



Showcase Vendor Applications Available

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Showcase Vendor Applications Available

Vendor Applications for this years Showcase are now available. The 38th annual Showcase will take place on Sunday, September 28.

Booth spaces are 10’ x 10’. The show will go on rain or shine and there will be no refunds due to inclement weather. We strongly encourage you to bring a canopy.

2014 Showcase Vendor Policy:

  • Booth spaces will be awarded to only those vendors offering:
  • No music or performances will be allowed in the vendor spaces.
  • 100% artisan crafted domestic made goods for sale.
  • Note:  New Vendors are required to submit three (3) photographs of their work with this application or email digital images to the attention of Barbara Seese, Showcase Coordinator, at bjseese@dorchesterarts.org to be reviewed by the SHOWCASE jury.



Showcase app

Non-Profit Vendor Application 2014

Food Vendor Application 2014 inside

Applications Available for Community Arts Grants in Dorchester County

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Events and News | 0 comments

Applications Available for Community Arts Grants in Dorchester County

Applications are now being accepted for organizations wishing to apply for The Community Arts Grants program. The deadline for receipt of the  Fall 2014 applications is Friday, Monday, July 15, 2014. The deadline for the Spring 2015 applications is December 21, 2014. These grants are an allocation of the DorchesterCenter for the Arts as the designated Dorchester County Arts Council, and monies are to be used for arts programming.

The funds allocated in the grant are from the Maryland State Arts Council and are intended to encourage arts participation across the county.

Supported arts disciplines include:

  • dance
  • theatre
  • visual arts
  • music
  • film/media arts
  • literary arts
  • folk/heritage/traditional and multi-disciplinary arts programming

Individual grants average $100-900. Granting allocations will total $2000 for the 20014-2015 fiscal year. Programs must take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit
  • organizational
  • effectiveness
  • service to the community.

Organizations receiving funds must be located or producing programs in DorchesterCounty and be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization or be in the process of obtaining 501(c) (3) certification.

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