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Artful News for October at Dorchester Center for the Arts

Written on:October 4, 2017
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Dorchester Center for the Arts
Cambridge, MD – October 4, 2017

Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to present the Annual Community Photography and Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition, in the galleries now through November 5, 2017. Stop by and view the works of these photography artists and cast your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award! All prizes will be awarded at the Second Saturday Artists’ Reception on October 14, 5-7:30 pm. The evening will include music and light refreshments.

Photo: Beaded necklace by Elissa Crouch

Beaded necklace by Elissa Crouch – Contributed Photo

Be sure a look into Studioworks, DCA’s onsite artisans’ gift shop, is a part of your visit. New works are on display, including a variety of handcrafted jewelry. Artist Sharon Stockley is new to the shop. Sharon is a full-time studio artist from the Eastern Shore of Maryland who works with torch and kiln worked glass and metals. Silver, copper, steel, aluminum, brass, gold, and scrap metals are combined with melted formed glass to create sculpture for the home and garden as well as one-of-a-kind wearable art. With a BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting and Life Drawing, and classes in glass beadmaking at Touchstone Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania, she is self-taught in metalwork and jewelry with a lot of experimentation.

Sharon has work in private collections in the United States, England, Japan, and Australia. Her art can be seen in galleries and exhibits throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Sharon is a member of Friday Morning Artists, Mid-Atlantic Smiths Association (MASA), Rehoboth Art League, and the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA).

Discover the new fused glass necklaces and earrings in the gift shop by DCA’s own Visual Arts Coordinator Janette Jones. Janette is responsible for the monthly gallery exhibits at DCA, but is also a talented glass artist who works out of an Eastern Shore studio, creating exquisitely delicate fused glass jewelry in an inspiring array of colors.

Visitors will also find new pieces by Heidi Wetzel and Elissa Crouch. Heidi features bold metalwork designs layering brass and copper, and the latest from Elissa includes colorful beadwork, including one stellar neckpiece boasting vintage Cracker Jack prizes!

Workshop with Master Screen Painter John Iampieri

“The Art of Screen Painting”, a one-day workshop with instructor John Iampieri, will be held on Sunday, October 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Individuals will learn the history, tools, techniques, and functionality of this unique folk art that was embraced in Baltimore over a hundred years ago. Each student will create their own personalized screen. This workshop is a perfect multigenerational activity, fun for children and adults alike. Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All supplies are included and provided by the instructor.

Photo: Master screen painter John Iampieri

Master screen painter John Iampieri – Contributed Photo

John Iampieri is a visual artist dedicated to sharing the magical, functional, art form of screen painting. Growing up in Baltimore, he was exposed to the hand painted screens that were prevalent in many Baltimore row house neighborhoods, planting the seed for what would become his life’s work. John has traveled throughout Maryland teaching this century-old folk art. A member of the Baltimore Painted Screen Society, John is also a roster member with Maryland State Arts Council and Young Audiences of Maryland – enabling him to teach in schools throughout Maryland, Virginia and Delaware using 21st Century and common core curriculum standards. John’s paintings are commissioned worldwide and frequently exhibited in numerous venues including museums, libraries, businesses, books, magazines, newspapers, and TV. Workshop fee is $70 DCA members, $100 non-members. Call DCA at 410-228-7782 to register or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge Tuesday through Sunday.

For complete program and event information, visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. Follow us on Facebook! DCA is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.

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