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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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Chestertown Christian Academy Students Participate in “Kids in the Gallery”

Written on:April 24, 2017
Photo: Christian Academy grades 3/4 repurposing books in KidSPOT during their Kids in the Gallery tour

Students from Colleen Payne’s 3-4 combination class at Chestertown Christian Academy enjoyed a tour of “The Art of Stewardship” exhibit at the RiverArts Gallery on Thursday, April 20, 2017.


Guided Tours Through Town and Country Give a Unique Perspective on History, Culture, and Work as Part of “The Way We Worked”

Written on:April 24, 2017
Photo by SG Atkinson: Entry to "The Way We Work" Smithsonian Exhibit at Sumner Hall in Chestertown.

“The Way We Worked” takes to the streets starting April 29, 2017 with guided walking and driving tours of Chestertown and Kent County offering a unique perspective on local history, culture, and the ways in which work intertwines the two.


D’Amore Duo: Bringing the Sounds of Classical Guitar and Oboe to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown

Written on:April 24, 2017
Photo: D’Amore Duo – classical guitarist William Feasley and oboist Emily Tsai

The D’Amore Duo – classical guitarist William Feasley and oboist Emily Tsai — are bringing their unique sound of classical guitar and oboe to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7 PM.


“The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at Sumner Hall

Written on:April 23, 2017
“The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at Sumner Hall

Have you been to “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition that open at the beginning of April at Chestertown’s Sumner Hall? The traveling exhibition explores how work became such a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.


Museums of Kent County, MD Driving Tour – May 6, 2017

Written on:April 23, 2017
Photo by SG Atkinson: Part of Sumner Hall's companion exhibit

A self driving tour of the 12 museums in Kent County, MD, will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 4 pm.


RecycledArt at Chestertown’s Earth Day

Written on:April 22, 2017
Photo bt SG Atkinson: Kent School 4th Grade's Bottle Cap Maryland Crab was Youth Best of Show

At the annual Earth Day Festival in Chestertown, RiverArts and the Kent County Arts Council sponsored a Recycled Art Contest.


Acclaimed Novelist Roxana Robinson Visits Kent County Public Library in Chestertown

Written on:April 22, 2017
Photo: Roxana Robinson

Kent County Public Library is delighted to announce an evening with acclaimed novelist Roxana Robinson. On Friday, May 19th, meet the author during a catered reception and book signing starting at 5:30.


Skipjack Stanley Norman docks at CBMM beginning April 28, 2017

Written on:April 21, 2017
Photo: Stanley Norman, a skipjack used as a floating classroom by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will be docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., from Friday, April 28, to Monday, May 8. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

(ST MICHAELS, MD – April 20, 2017)

The skipjack Stanley Norman can be seen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., from Friday, April 28, to Monday, May 8, 2017, with public tours available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017


Chester River Chorale Rehearsing More Than Song

Written on:April 19, 2017
Actor Greg Minahan shows the Chorale singers how to dance it up. Photo Submitted by the Chester River Chorale

“Hooray for Hollywood!” is presented at Washington College’s Decker Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th 2017.


Audition for the Garfield Center’s “Short Attention Span Theatre”

Written on:April 19, 2017

The Garfield Center for the Arts seeks actors for “Short Attention Span Theatre” (our annual 10-minute play festival) and “Hey! Wait a Minute!” (One-minute plays).


César Orozco and Kamerata Jazz will play Cuban and Venezuelan influenced Jazz at The Mainstay in Rock Hall

Written on:April 18, 2017
Cesar Orozco, photo: Michael G Stewart

Jazz pianist César Orozco and Kamerata Jazz will play Cuban and Venezuelan influenced Jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday April 29, 2017