Exhibits and Events
September in the Galleries: “Lost and Found” exhibit. Artists featured in the exhibit include: Terri Griffin with Upcycled Furniture, Karen O’Dowd with Found Art; Susan Stewart with Collage, Carol Gordean with Mosaics, plus a collaboration by Joyce L. Fritz Ritz with Line Design Characters and Elissa Crouch with Traditional Rug Hooking.
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:email@example.com or at 410.228.7782. To have artwork considered for display, all artists must follow the Gallery Guidelines.
Now that students are back to school, the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) invites the community to participate in upcoming classes and programs. Enroll in one of the many affordable offerings. Supply lists for classes are available from DCA. To learn more about theses classes, call 410-228-7782, or click on the link to the right for a pdf of the class schedule.
Dorchester Center for the Arts presents the 38th Annual Dorchester Center for the Arts Showcase, a free outdoor street festival on historic High Street in Cambridge, MD on Sunday, September 28. This signature event is designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the arts in Dorchester and surrounding communities, and to showcase the area as a prime cultural destination. From noon to 5 pm, visitors can enjoy well over 100 artist and artisan booths featuring painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, photography, and woodworking. Heritage arts such as blacksmithing and model work boat building will be featured as well. Throughout the afternoon there will be live music on three stages, theater and dance performances, and interactive art projects for all ages. Not to mention plenty of food including traditional Eastern Shore cuisine. This year premiers a new event feature; “Wine on the Waterfront and Craft Beer Tasting”, to showcase Dorchester’s local Layton’s Chance Winery and Reale Revival Brewery. Positioned at Long Wharf, this area also includes the Nathan of Dorchester Skipjack exhibit and rides as well as a music performance area. Join us as we celebrate our creative community. Showcase is generously supported by the Nathan Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, or to become a vendor, please contact Dorchester Center for the Arts at 410-228-7782.
The September gallery show at the Dorchester Center for the Arts brings a wide array of unique and stunning works to view. Artists featured in the exhibit include: Terri Griffin with Upcycled Furniture, Karen O’Dowd with Found Art; Susan Stewart with Collage, Carol Gordean with Mosaics, plus a collaboration by Joyce L. Fritz Ritz with Line Design Characters and Elissa Crouch with Traditional Rug Hooking.
The exhibit will be on display through September 28 and an Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-228-7782.
Dorchester Center for the Arts will present its “Discerning Palates” event over two weekends, September 27-29 and October 4-6, 2013. Discerning Palates is a yearly fundraiser for the Center, featuring specially prepared meals served at some of the most beautiful homes and businesses in the region. Activities occurring over the two weekend period include cocktail parties, dinners and much more.
Only paid reservations accepted, and sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check out these menus, and make a reservation for your favorite by calling 410-228-7782.
Join us Second Saturdays from 3:00-5:00 for Art for All!
Drop in and discover your inner artist! Guided projects vary monthly. All are welcome! No registration necessary. Under 16 please be accompanied by an adult.
This program is FREE!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be reviewed by the SHOWCASE jury.
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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:
- visual arts
- 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
- 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.
The Dorchester Center for the Arts recently awarded Community Art Grants for the January – June 2013 term. As the designated County Arts Council, with funding received from the Maryland State Arts Council, DCA re-grants funds for activities and events that promote arts in Dorchester County.
Recipients and their art programs for this term are:
Zion United Methodist Church – organ concert
Christ Church Concert Series – The Russian Trio
Harriet Tubman Organization – jazz concert
Mid-Shore Community Band – music for Dorchester County performance
Dorchester Center for the Arts now has a Sit and Knit Group. Every Friday, the group will gather in the front studio, 10 a.m. to noon, at DCA. The Sit and Knit Group is for those seeking a more sociable environment, open to all skill levels. A membership is encouraged, but not required. It is free to all who want to join. For more information, please call 410-228-7782.