A Bountiful Harvest at Dorchester Center for the Arts

The arrival of November inspires appreciation for all that fills our plates, and sharing that good fortune with others. At Dorchester Center for the Arts, we are grateful to the members and supporters who help bring the magic to life every day; to the volunteers, who give so generously of their time and talents, and to those of all ages who come through the doors in appreciation of the arts in our community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

DCA is proud to offer free opportunities for members and friends to gather with like-minded others for artistic pursuits. Consider the Choptank Writers, who meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m., “to encourage all genres of writing, to provide a setting for sharing those writings by giving one another helpful feedback, and to promote our community’s wealth of appreciation for the written word”. New members are always welcome. DCA membership is encouraged, but not required.

Fiber artists may consider joining Fiber Art Fridays. From knitting to quilting to rug hooking to weaving – all are welcome. Meets Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Again, DCA membership is encouraged but not required.

DCA does offer gatherings for members only, as additional value but still no additional charge, including Friday Morning Drawing, an informal weekly portrait sketch open to artists of all levels of experience. Fridays 10:00 a.m. – noon. Members can also enjoy the free Open Painting Studio on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Membership is open to all – stop by 321 High Street or visit online for more information.

Everyone can enjoy the gallery exhibits that change monthly, showcasing a broad range of talent in a variety of mediums. DCA is open Tuesday – Sunday, and admission is always free to the public.

Friday October 27, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Friday Night Live: Coffeehouse Open Mic

Enjoy acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies. Free. Refreshments for purchase. Call to be added to the line up: 410-228-7782.

Classroom and Stage

Saturday, November 4, Elissa Crouch presents a Yarn Dyeing Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn how to custom color your own yarn.

Saturday November 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheryl Southwick will present “Intro to Linoleum Block Printing”. Students will learn the basics, and make multi-block, multicolor images. No experience necessary! The workshop will repeat on December 2. To learn more about the instructor, visit www.sherylsouthwick.com.

Also on November 11, and continuing on November 18, DCA will offer a seasonal workshop “Learn to Knit Socks”, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advanced needle artist and instructor Windy Karpavage teams up with DCA newcomer Theo Ewers to present this two-day workshop sure to put some twinkle in your toes.  With homework, students will be able to complete a pair of custom socks in the workshop. Some prior knitting experience is necessary. Theo’s goals for teaching are to share her experiences and strategies to help others continue to learn and enjoy fiber arts. Call DCA for materials list and registration details: 410-228-7782.

“Classical Guitar for Young People and Adults” is being offered by Victoria Tarbutton. Students will learn on a nylon string classical guitar sometimes called a Spanish guitar. Lessons will include learning to read notes on the staff, scales, chords, theory and technique. Students should be ages six and older in order to read the music. Sessions are held on Wednesdays.

“An Evening with Paul, Liz, and Randy” returns to the Gallery Stage on Saturday, November 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Paul Harrison, Liz Fisher, and Randy Welch share original and familiar songs featuring vocal harmonies and multiple instruments; guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and wood flute. Relax and enjoy their unique blend of musical styles including folk, blues, pop and light jazz. Tickets are $10 for DCA members, $12 future members. Refreshments available for purchase.

For more information on programs and events at DCA, call 410-228-7782, stop by Tuesday through Sunday at 321 High Street in Cambridge, or visit online at dorchesterarts.org. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, now celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.

Serving the Community Through the Arts

The Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) was founded in 1970 by three professional artists: W. Robert Tolley, Shirley Brannock and John Bannon – all educators and graduates of the Maryland Institute of Art. Believing it important to establish a center for the arts to serve the people of Dorchester County, they launched a search for a place where a broad-based arts program could be concentrated.

Several years earlier, as part of a program to build a new county office building on Cambridge Creek, the County Commissioners had purchased an 18th century house on High Street. They offered the use of three rooms in the house and an appropriate corporation was established. On August 17, 1970, the initial meeting to organize a community arts center was held with papers of incorporation drawn up and signed by the three founding artists. The first official meeting of the new Arts Center was held on October 5 in the meeting room of the County Commissioners. Over four decades later, DCA is housed in a new space with expanded services and plans for additional growth within the county. Both the present and the future owe a deep debt of gratitude to these visionary founders.

As the primary arts-provider and designated arts council for Dorchester County, DCA continues to serve the community with an annual calendar of instructional arts for all ages along with a full roster of exhibitions, performances and special events. The community is invited to be a part of the arts through program participation, instruction and as volunteers and supporters. Stop by 321 High Street to learn how to play a part in the arts at DCA.

In support of outreach commitments, sub-grants are made to area schools through the arts-in-education (AiE) program and to nonprofit organizations for arts-based activities through Community Art Development (CAD) grants, both in association with the Maryland State Arts Council.

The deadline is December 1 for new community art grant applications for programs scheduled January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. For complete information and application for download, visit www.dorchesterarts.org.

For the most recent round of funding, DCA was pleased to support the music and living history performances of the “Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Dorchester,” presented by the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance. Additional support included Drumming and Dance Rhythms with Dennis Minus, presented by Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation. Prior support has included the Christ Church Concert Series, art workshops for the Eastern Shore Hospital Center, programs for Pleasant Day Adult Daycare Center, performances by the Mid-Shore Community Band, the Cambridge Ballet Company, The Chesapeake Chamber Music series and more. For additional information and/or assistance with the grant process, contact Barb Seese, Executive Director, at 410-228-7782.

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