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Holiday Fun at the Dorchester Center for the Arts
December 1 @ 8:00 am - December 13 @ 5:00 pm
The festive spirit of the holidays is in full swing at the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) in downtown Cambridge. DCA offers plenty of holiday shopping experiences, performances and workshops during the month of December.
Enjoy a festive gathering in the gallery on December 1, as singer/pianist and occasional raconteur, Maris Wicker, brings her solo show “By the River,” to the DCA Gallery Stage beginning at 7 p.m. Her eclectic program includes works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson, Stephen Sondheim and even J.S. Bach. Guest artists Victoria Tarbutton on classical guitar and Ashley Watkins on flute will be joining her on several selections.
Before Maris and her husband, Larry Skinner, moved to Cambridge, she was active in the D.C. area as a voice and piano teacher, music director for youth theater, and as an oratorio, art song interpreter and cabaret performer. She has performed at the acclaimed Cabaret at Germano’s in Baltimore, with the D.C. Cabaret Network and in cabaret performance workshops in D.C., Chicago and New York City. Tickets are $10 for DCA members, $12 non-members, with all proceeds to benefit programs at DCA.
“Gallery of Gifts” Celebrates Creativity
Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Wednesday Morning Artists and Friends for an artful holiday show and sale in the galleries. This creative collective will continue through Saturday, December 23. Over 20 artists and artisans are showcasing their creativity in a variety of mediums, festively displayed against a backdrop of origami cranes. As of press time, participating artists include Brittany Andrew, Deborah Colborn, John and Maryetta Dynan, Lesley Giles, Jeannette Faber, Maura Manley, Ann Farley, Joyce Fritz Ritz, Windy Karpavage, Theresa Knight McFadden, Peg McCormick, Betty Papson, Wendy Rue, Fran Saunders, Sheryl Southwick, Linda Starling, Sharon Stockley, Diane Stoecker, Marilyn Stone, Susan Tolis, Heidi Wetzel, Terry White and Paul Winters.
Visitors will find a varied assortment of beautifully handcrafted works for unique gift-giving: wire wrapped jewelry, metal sculptures, kiln-formed glass, paintings and photography, fiber art, mixed media, pottery, wearable art, books and more. Gift purchases give back to both the artist and to the local community, as 35% of the purchase price of every item will benefit public programs at Dorchester Center for the Arts.
Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1to 5 p.m. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Second Saturday, December 9 with live music and holiday treats from 5 to 7 p.m. along with a Holiday Community Choir performance with Carol Bech on piano. On Wednesday, December 6 and 13, enjoy a night at the gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy hot tea and cider.
Holiday Greeting Cards and Gift Tags Workshop
On Saturday, December 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., enjoy crafty holiday fun with instructor Brittany Andrew, using stamps, paper, ribbon, glitter and more to make beautiful and fun cards and tags for the holidays. This workshop is child and adult friendly. All materials are provided. Youth under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free; reservations advised by calling 410-228-7782.
Chorus of Dorchester Annual Christmas Concert
Share the joy of the holiday season in the George B. Todd Performance Hall at DCA on Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. when the Chorus of Dorchester performs. The chorus is an all-volunteer multi-generational group that sings for the joy that music brings to their lives and to the community. Since its founding in 1975 as The Bi-centennial Chorus by choral conductor, Cookie Brohawn, the Chorus of Dorchester has been an active and evolving organization providing concerts in a variety of venues throughout Maryland. For nine consecutive years it sang with the University of Maryland Studio Orchestra for the Maryland You Are Beautiful program held in Annapolis. The Chorus is partially funded by the Nathan Foundation and its concerts are presented free of charge. It is accompanied by pianist Laura Todd and is under the direction of Cookie Brohawn. All are welcome.
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.