What’s New at the Dorchester Center for the Arts


Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the winning entries in the W. Robert Tolley Memorial Members’ Show. Thanks goes to all the members who participated in the show this year and made the judging such a challenge.

Best in Show: “Camp Wright Road” by Carol Meers

Best Composition: “People Taking Pictures” by Joseph Soares

Most Creative: “Ruffled Sweater Coat” by Windy Karpavage

Honorable Mention (3): “Morning Mist” by Linda Reichnach

“Basket Weaver” by Barbara Zuehlke, “Woodland Marsh” by Heidi Wetzel

People’s Choice: “Camp Wright Road” by Carol Meers

There’s still time to see this exhibit, which also includes several works from the late W. Robert Tolley, one of the original founders of DCA. Bob passed away in 2017, but left a legacy that will continue for generations to come. Through his efforts and those of Shirley Brannock and John Bannon – all graduates of the Maryland Institute of Art, educators and practicing painters – DCA was founded in 1970 and continues to serve as a cultural arts center. The annual members’ show was named in his honor for 2018, and will be in the galleries through Sunday, January 28.

Next up in the galleries – “Texture, Color and Light: A February Escape”. This multi-artist exhibit features oil paintings by Susan Dickinson, quilts by Irene Chandler, fiber arts by Sarah Jillard, and wearable art by Barbara Stone. Opens February 2, with a Second Saturday Artists’ Reception on February 10.

Artful Interest Groups

DCA takes pride in offering a wide range of arts activities to the community that assists with the growth and development of artists and their craft. In additional to a full instructional calendar, several interest groups call DCA home, including Friday Morning Drawing, Baywater Camera Club, Fiber Art Fridays, Choptank Writers, and Tuesday Open Paint, that provide opportunities for artists to gather with like-minded others in an inclusive environment. To find out how you can get involved, call DCA for more information: 410-228-7782.

 Special Event Rentals

Are you planning your own special event? Consider DCA’s landmark building for your wedding, birthday or anniversary party, reunion, corporate or civic function, or performance. You’ll find a variety of versatile spaces that can be uniquely configured to meet your needs. Whether studio, gallery or Performance Hall, each is an artful venue for your next big event. For more information, stop by 321 High Street or call 410-228-7782. DCA hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, celebrating 50 years of service to the arts. Like us on Facebook!


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