Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to present the main gallery exhibition “Close to Home, Reflections of the Shore,” featuring the work of Anne Allbeury-Hock, Carla Huber, and Patti Lucas Hopkins. In the artists’ words, “an exhibit appropriate for these times during the pandemic where we can appreciate the many beautiful and unique sights of our own area.”
In 2004, Anne Allbeury-Hock founded a group of outdoor painters called PAPES (Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore). For 10 years under Anne’s lead, the artists would meet every Tuesday at many picturesque locations. Carla Huber and Patti Lucas Hopkins were among the early followers of this ever-growing group. They continue to pursue their painting individually, on location or in the studio from nature inspired themes of the Eastern Shore.
As a “California girl,” Anne Allbeury-Hock was naturally drawn to the paintings of the early West Coast Plein Air artists. She came to Maryland’s Shore after a career in advertising and fashion design. Anne has studied with well-known landscape artists, all of whom were instrumental in her development of the soft-focus realism she prefers in her oil paintings.
After a career in commercial and wildlife art, Carla Huber settled on the water outside of Cambridge. There she is inspired by the local scenery as well as the unique light. Working primarily in oils, Carla particularly enjoys painting boats, marshes and farmland. She remains true to her subject matter, yet still striving for a looser, impressionist style in her painting.
A native of the Cambridge area, Patti Lucas Hopkins lives on a farm on the Little Choptank River with her husband, dogs, and chickens; surrounded by wild geese, deer, fox and wild turkeys. With a passion for the land and water around her, she is developing her oil painting to express that environment and takes inspiration from the expansive landscape.
Additionally, the front gallery will feature “Behind the Mask,” an exhibition exploring the connection between creativity and COVID-19. The exhibition features masks as art created by community artists, hung via hand-painted clothespins crafted by the patients of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.
Both shows will run from October 2 through October 31. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information on exhibits and activities at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, visit www.dorchesterarts.org, or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.