Annmarie Hamilton (copy)

ELKTON — Don’t miss July’s First Friday exhibition at the Cecil County Arts Council where more than 200 images are hanging featuring the works of J.P. Henry and Jane Ward, mother-and-son photographers and world travelers. The partner show, “Listen to Color,” will hang through the month of July. Enjoy catered treats and music especially chosen by J.P. for this special event from 5 to 8 p.m.

Summer Music in the Park is just weeks away! Plan to spend your Sunday afternoons in August with the arts council at The Green on Main Street in North East, from 4 to 6 p.m. The lineup includes
 Tidewater Adams (Aug. 4), Howsmyhat (Aug. 11), Take 2 (Aug. 18), and Charlie Hitman (Aug. 25). Bring chairs, blankets, snacks and enjoy family-friendly, live musical performances sponsored by Integrity Real Estate. In September, concerts will return to Pell Gardens in Chesapeake City.

This is the first week of the new fiscal year which also marks the beginning of terms of service for our new and returning board of directors. Officers and directors include: Laurie Fitzgerald (president), Gene Daley (vice president), John Dixon (treasurer), Gaby Coutz, John Downs, Dave Massimiano, Ingrid Minihane, Brittany Schwartz and LuAnn Snow. We are beyond grateful for the dedication, continued support and countless hours of volunteerism from this talented group of people. We warmly thank Suzanne Roberge for her six years of service to the arts council and are happy to have her continue to serve on our fundraising committee. Thank you to each of you, the arts council is grateful. We want to appreciate our lifetime members, Maggie Creshkoff, Mary Clark Confalone, Buzz Williams and R.J. and N.M. Valentine for your generosity.

Canvas distribution has begun for our third annual 6x6 show! The first year we had 60, last year we had 80 and I’m certain that this year we will have 100 original works of art on canvas to display during the opening of the 6x6 show. Stop by and grab a canvas and create to your heart’s content. This is a fundraiser for the arts council and works like this: you return your canvas (painted, glued, drawn, 2-D or 3-D work — doesn’t matter! Surprise us!) and sign your name on the back of the canvas. When the reveal takes place on First Friday in October, nobody touches a canvas until they pay the $20 fee to purchase it. The surprise comes when they turn it over to see the name of the artist who created their masterpiece. Join in the fun! Questions? Call 410-392-5740.

More public art work is coming to a town near you! The arts council is focusing attention on fire hydrants in the county which will be transformed into characters, animals and decorative mini-statues. Starting in Cecilton and followed by Rising Sun, watch as hydrants are turned into original works of art. Details will follow as to which towns have painted hydrants for you to visit, take photos with and then upload to social media. We will tell you how many hydrants are in each town, but we won’t tell you where they are. There will be a prize for the person who finds the most. Don’t worry! The contest has not yet begun. Check our Facebook, Instagram and website for coming details.

Community Art Development (CAD) and Arts in Education (AiE) grant applications are due Aug. 9. The grants are designed to foster excellence in the arts in Cecil County, to provide specific project support for nonprofit organizations bringing arts
programs to residents, encouraging audience awareness of, and participation in, artistic expression in all media. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations located in Cecil County.

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