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April Arts Wrap Up at Dorchester Center for the Arts

Written on:April 25, 2017
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Dorchester Center for the Arts
Cambridge, MD
April 25, 2017

Dorchester Center for the Arts wraps up April with a bevy of events from Friday through Sunday. Stand up comedy takes to the Gallery Stage on April 28, 2017 for the first of the spring comedy series “Friday Night Live”, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Amateur comedians will take part in an open mic challenge where the audience vote helps determine the winner. Local comedians and comic-newbies alike are welcome. Admission is free for DCA members, $5 for non-members. Cash bar. Additional performances will be held on May 26 and June 30. Additional performers welcome, contact Bruce Grove: bricewelter@gmail.com.

Photo: Sara MacSorley

Sara MacSorley – Contributed Photo

Saturday April 29, 2:00 p.m., Cambridge native Sara MacSorley, author of Super Cool Scientists – A Coloring Book Celebrating Women in Science, will showcase her literary achievement on the Gallery Stage. McSorley will discuss the process of creating the book from idea to production; how she built a community of support around the project, raised money via crowdfunding, and came to use coloring as a tool for science communication. Sara worked with illustrator Yvonne Page to bring the featured scientists’ stories to life for an audience of kids and adults alike. The afternoon will conclude with a book signing and Q&A. Admission is free, all are welcome.

On Sunday April 30, 2017 The George B. Todd Performance Hall comes alive with a performance by opera singer and concert artist Martin Hargrove entitled “Art Song: A Spiritual Journey”. Hargrove will perform a program of Spirituals and American Art Songs, and discuss how Spirituals have influenced and shaped American music. Attendees will learn what defines an art song, what defines a spiritual, and what the history is of the two together. Part song, part conversational lecture, the performance will feature some 10-12 songs with piano accompaniment. Many will remember Martin as a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble, who performed at DCA last September. A champagne reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 for DCA members and $12 for non-members. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult with paid admission. This performance is part of the Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Foundation Trust Music Series. A second performance in the series will be held on Sunday May 21 entitled “From Baroque to Broadway” with John Wesley Wright, tenor, along with award-winning vocalists from Salisbury University.

In the Galleries, through April 30, 2017
“Points of Juxtaposition: A gathering of six African-American Artists,” an exhibit featuring the works of Maryland and Delaware artists: Tony Burton, Alex Gamble, Kennie Jones, Michael Morris, Ernie Satchell and Carl Williams. The exhibit reflects a culmination of more than 190 years of experiences and insightful excursions into creative points of view. It is a coming together of African-American artists from the Eastern Shore who find inspiration from life in America and from an older African consciousness.

In an exhibition such as this, it is often difficult to find a certain connection that unifies the whole, but it is nonetheless present. The exhibition is visually unified by elements of color, pattern, rhythm and a definite sense of spiritual awareness. The six artists use their own unique art styles to depict the social ills, beauty, history and the place of African-Americans in this country using their brushes, camera lenses and computers.  Works on display include oils, watercolors, prints, mixed /media, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Summer Arts in April

Photo: Fiber Arts Fun with Miss Windy

Fiber Arts Fun with Miss Windy – Contributed Photo

Registration is underway for the children’s summer arts program at DCA. At the recent Guest Artist event on April 22, donations to the Art Camp Angels program approached $2000 to provide scholarships for area youth. Applications are available at DCA. For a complete summer program listing, stop by Dorchester Center for the Arts at 321 High Street, or download at copy at www.dorchesterarts.org.
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