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Let Summer Fun Begin at DCA
July 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Quiet may reign in the schoolhouse halls, but things are just gearing up at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. Starting June 26, the joyful noise of happy children fills the space for the next eight weeks, as it does each summer at about this time.
Several unique offerings fill the schedule for 2017. Highlights include music-making, collage and mixed media, a panorama of printmaking, knitting and fiber arts and much, much more. Students will develop new ways of seeing color, discover the possibilities of paper and have fun experimenting with a variety of media. Full and half day classes are offered and scholarships are available. For the complete catalog, visit dorchesterarts.org, or stop by DCA at 321 High Street.
Currently in the galleries is Steve Dembo, Photographic Commentary and Karen Hubacker, Encaustic Painting.
Steve Dembo is a native of Baltimore and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. He received his B.A. from Towson University and an M.F.A and College Teaching of Art Certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is an adjunct professor of photography at the Community College of Baltimore County and has been teaching college level courses for more than six years. In addition, he is a competition judge, lecturer, workshop facilitator, tutor and mentor. His 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. His work was selected for Black & White magazine’s 2016 Annual Single Image Contest. His publications include The Two Faces of a Fair and (UN)LIMITED Access. He was the owner of The Easton Gallery of Photographic Arts, which he closed at the end of 2014 to better pursue his photography and teaching endeavors.
“I have learned many things from my diverse experiences as a student, salesman, business owner, graduate teaching assistant and teacher,” says Steve, “one the most important being we can never stop learning. We learn by listening, watching, experiencing, doing; by communicating with our peers, by exploring and playing; by participating in the life process. This is a philosophy and concept I hope to instill in my students. I have found that by stimulating in various ways the learning process, the experience becomes transformative. To learn becomes joyful.”
Karen Hubacher has been exhibiting her work in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years. Despite a childhood passion for drawing and painting she has a B.S. from American University in Computer Systems. For 15 years she was a systems analyst in the Department of Defense consulting industry.
In 1986 she began studying watercolor painting with Susan Abbott, hauling a suitcase full of art supplies with her on business trips, painting at night in her hotel room. A temporary move to Korea in 1989, where she was able to devote her days exclusively to painting, was the catalyst for leaving her IT career and establishing herself as a full-time, exhibiting artist when she moved back to the Washington, D.C. area. During the 1990s, her creative focus moved to printmaking and the book arts. In 2000, encouraged by Boston abstract painter, Wilfredo Chiesa, Karen began to paint again. Combining techniques she developed during her printmaking and book arts years, she paints with oil and mixed media, creating organized abstracts with textured surfaces. Recently she has been exploring the organic possibilities of encaustic, resulting in a subtle, more minimalist expression. Using wax to build up her surfaces, she creates grid-like artworks in varying neutral colors and textures.
There will be an Artists’ Reception on Second Saturday, July 8, with music and light refreshments. The show runs through July 30. For more information, contact DCA at 410-228-7782.