September is winding down and Dorchester Center for the Arts is gearing up for exciting new offerings in the month of October. As a Chesapeake Film Festival partner, DCA will host a full lineup of films to engage, enlighten, and entertain on Saturday October 13, as well as an opening reception on Friday October 12 co-hosted with Cambridge Premier Cinemas. Visit DCA at www.dorchesterarts.org for complete schedule. Tickets will be available at the door. For additional locations, screenings, and advance ticket purchases visit chesapeakefilmfestival.com.
Join us for “The Angel of the Odd/ Edgar Allan Poe” with Kara Dahl Russell on Sunday October 21, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a solo program of reading, harp music and song from the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The life of Poe was fascinating and complex, and he was a true representative of the international generation of romantics. Multiple award-winner Kara Dahl Russell will present works by Poe contemporaries Bochsa, Chopin, Dussek, Liszt, Schumann, and Steven Foster, on a journey through Poe’s life as told in his work and the music of his time. Suggested $10.00 donation. A Gallery Stage performance.
An exciting new oil painting workshop will be offered on October 27 with instructors Madison and Meredith Brewington. This class will be teaching the art of realism in the most basic form, focusing on color correctness and proportions. The techniques to be presented are wet-on-wet painting, the grid method, and color checking. Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work must be finished before the first layers have dried.
Madison and Meredith Brewington are 18-year old twins from Salisbury, Maryland. Both artists specialize in realism and impressionistic oil paintings. Starting with their love of drawing as young children they have created beautiful work. However, once they were introduced to painting their lives changed and careers developed. In 2016 the young ladies started selling their art work. This summer they had their solo duo show at the Wicomico County Public Library.
“I have loved drawing ever since I was a little kid”, says Madison. “I started taking art seriously as a career path in 2016 and started painting in 2017”. Meredith states that “for over 2 years I have been doing detailed drawings, trying to improve my skills. I enjoy seeing myself grow and the response I get from other people once they see my work and my talents”. The girls are inspired by many artists including John Singer Sargent, Colin Chillag, James Jean, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Diego Velazquez and old masters like Michelangelo. Madison says that “art makes me feel creative, unique, and productive. It allows me to be proud of myself and push myself to improve”. In Meredith’s words, “creating is a cathartic release. I paint what emotions are on my mind if I can control the subject matter.”
This one-day workshop will be held on Saturday, October 27, Noon – 3:00 p.m. $40 DCA members, $75 future members. Supply list available at DCA.
October in the Galleries
October features the Community Photography and Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition Show and Sale October 5 – November 4, featuring work by all ages, beginners to professionals. Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Second Saturday October 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Cash Prizes will be awarded in each division: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Additionally, Studio One will feature an exhibit of art from Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge.
DCA offers a year-round schedule of activities in the visual, literary and performing arts. For more information on additional programs, membership, or ways to volunteer please visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org, or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge. Like us on Facebook! Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.