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What’s in Store for Summer at Dorchester Center for the Arts

Written on:June 27, 2017
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June 27, 2017

Has everyone visited Studioworks – the artisans’ shop at DCA? Much more than a store, this little treasure of a shop is a showcase of artist creativity in a variety of mediums. Visitors will find an array of handmade items created by talented artists and artisans, from original paintings to hand-thrown pottery to one-of-a-kind jewelry to hand-woven baskets. Studioworks also features stained glass, hand-painted silk scarves, and a wonderful selection of note cards and books by local authors about art and the Eastern Shore.

Always full of newly created items, the Center’s gift shop showcases local and regional artists, and selects pieces for sale through a juried process to maintain high quality. The committee that oversees this effort is an exemplary example of teamwork in action. These tireless volunteers spend countless hours working to present these pieces in the best light possible, to ensure a positive experience for visitors. More than a third (35%) of the purchase price of work sold in this gift shop goes to support the Dorchester Center for the Arts and its programs to promote the arts in the community.

Studioworks Artisans-Shop at DCA - Contributed Photo

Studioworks Artisans Shop at DCA – Contributed Photo


Dorchester Center for the Arts will host an adult workshop with nationally recognized plein air colorist Camille Przewodek, to be held Monday – Thursday, July 24- 27. The workshop will include painting at various locations in Cambridge and Easton. Class meets the first day at 8:00 a.m. at DCA. Camille will enlighten students to seeing color in a new way during this 5-day workshop for all levels.  Participants will learn the structure of the landscape – what is important to include and what to leave out – and will focus on the abstract relationships of the big shapes and masses of color and their proportions. The workshop will begin with still life study out of doors on the first two days, followed by two full days painting on location. On the final day, Camille will work with students on still life, landscape, the head and clothed figure.

Hibiscus Quintet-oil on canvas by Camille Przewodek

Hibiscus Quintet-oil on canvas by Camille Przewodek

Przewodek believes that just about any scene is beautiful, if one is willing to seek out the beauty in it.  “I paint light, that’s what I do” states Camille. “When people say they like a painting that has bright colors in it, they obviously like sunny days.  For others the appeal is found in the cooler colors of gray days.  The abstract relationships of the big structures and the masses of color are where I begin.  How does the sky relate to a hill and to the foreground?  I see the relationships and proportions of color in my mind, and then I go for it!”

Demonstrations will be done throughout the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring in some of their original artwork or photos to talk about with Camille. She will be happy to have students share their personal vision as an artist. 

Strongly influenced by – and a student of – master artist Henry Hensche, Camille has been using this master theory of building form with color for over fifteen years. She has participated in numerous selected group shows in major cities across the United States and is the recipient of many prestigious plein air competition awards.

 Camille is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters, and the American Impressionist Society. Space is limited. For detailed registration information, call DCA at 410-228-7782.

In the galleries

Opening Friday June 30: Steve Dembo – Photographic Commentary and Karen Hubacher – Encaustic Painting. Dembo’s photographic work has been critically acclaimed and has garnered numerous competitive awards and accolades, having appeared in national publications, juried exhibitions, and recognized by National Geographic. Hubacher’s paintings and collagraph prints have been shown in a number of invitational and solo shows in the Washington, DC area and throughout the United States. Exhibit runs through Sunday, July 30. Artists’ Reception, Second Saturday, July 8th, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. with music and light refreshments.

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