April 28, 2016  

              
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ArtsFest 2016 is Coming!
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 24th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland.  ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.  This is our fifth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.
 
ArtsFest is our annual outdoor celebration of all the arts and artists - visual, literary and performing.  It is our "free gift" to the citizens of Charles County and Southern Maryland, and there is no charge for the public to attend.  It is a family-friendly, wonderful way to kick off the summer season!  Great food and Southern Maryland specialties will be available for purchase throughout the day.
 
Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations.
 
Our audience attendance at ArtsFest averages 2000 people each year.  At last year's ArtsFest, we presented nonstop music and dance performances on two stages, 50 artists and exhibitors on display, local authors autographing their books, and a Kid's Art Tent with a wide variety of hands-on creative projects.  This year's ArtsFest promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

Click HERE to download the Artist/Exhibitor Vendor Registration Form.

Click HERE to download the Food Vendor Registration Form.

Click HERE to download the Product Sponsorship Registration Form.

Registration forms are also available at    www.charlescountyarts.org , or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at info@charlescountyarts.org.

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
Acapella Vocal Ensemble
Call for Voices

Do you like to sing challenging choral music from composers Eric Whittacre, Rene Clausen, Ola Gjeilo, Anton Brukner, Philip Stopford and Bobby McFarren? AVE (the Acapella Vocal Ensemble) is looking for new voices to be a part of their group. There is a need for Sopranos and Tenors, but they also need additional Altos and Basses. The group performs in Southern Maryland (Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert Counties) and anticipates 2-4 concerts a season. To schedule an audition,  contact AVE

Maurice J. McDonough High School Show Choir
Songs of America
Thursday - Friday, April 28 - 29, 6:30 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets:  $5, Available at the Door



The concerts feature a wide variety of songs from patriotic, pop, rock, Motown and the military. Click HERE for the program.  For more information, contact the school at 301-934-2944.

La Plata High School
Sweet Charity
Thursday - Friday, April 28 - 29, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2:30 and 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $5 Student


The play, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, follows taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine who is unlucky in love but always looks on the bright side of life.  For advance tickets, email jjoyner@ccboe.com.  For more information, call 301-934-1100 or 301-753-1754.


The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble
Spring Concerts
Friday, April 29, 7:00 pm
College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Free and Open to the Public!





Lucy Snell, flute; Amy Hones, oboe; Takako Mato, clarinet; Ashley Adams, bassoon;
Daniel Romagno, horn; and Eileen Peerless, piano, will perform works by Fuhrmeister, Croakley, Mozart, Ibert & Hart.    

For more information, contact Lucy Snell at  ljsnell@comcast.net.

Honoring Our Heros Award Ceremony and 
The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman
Friday, April 29, 10:00 am
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theatre
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  April 29, All Tickets are $5
Tickets:  April 30,  $10 Adult, $5 Child

There are heroes living among us!  Come join the  Honoring Our Heroes Award Ceremony  to  thank and honor five Charles County fire, police and EMS heroes for their courage, bravery, and public service. Then rev up your fire engine with the dramatic presentation of The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman. Participate with Officer Jack, Uncle Rocky and EMT Morales as they put out fires, rescue people, and stop crime. Be ready to scream like a siren, honk like a fire truck and shout "Glad to do it!" just like Uncle Rocky. Patrol cars, a fire truck and an ambulance will be on display outside the theater. Take your picture with Moxie, a champion Dalmatian, and be impressed as Jr Miss Fire Prevention (11 years old) talks about fire safety.  For more information, call 301-932-6819, or visit  www.ptplayers.org.  

Uncle Rocky, Fireman children's books are available in all Charles County libraries;  Maries Diner and Country Store, La Plata; and at Keepin It Local, Morganza. For more information, go to  www.gladtodoit.net.

Celebrate La Plata!
Saturday, April 30, Noon to 4:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Family Fun!


Enjoy a day of activities for children of all ages at Celebrate La Plata:  Face painting, displays, entertainment, refreshments for sale from local favorites and the ever entertaining Bed Races!  Stop by the CCAA tent and say Hi!

Go to  http://www.townoflaplata.org and click on Events to see the complete schedule.  
 
SmArtEArthArtsCelebration
RecycleArt Contest! at Celebrate La Plata!
Saturday, April 30, Beginning at Noon
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Instead of throwing things away into the landfill, let's recycle them to create beauty!  This art contest will be a chance for people of all ages to show their love for the arts and our Earth all at once, during the Celebrate La Plata event. The instructions are to create an assemblage 2D or 3D art piece using at least 60% of materials that would ordinarily get thrown away, into a beautiful piece of art, functional or not.  These art pieces will be judged using these criteria. Materials; 60% or more are recyclable locally, (besides glue, tape & string)

Entry is handmade by participant.  All materials are clean, safe and neat,
Entry shows creativity. Entry is aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Category 1:  5-11 years
Category 2:  12-17 years
Category 3:  18 years and up

To register contact Art Smart Studio at art.smart.studio1@gmail.com.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and crowd's favorite. Winners will be announced during the Celebrate La Plata event at 1:50 pm.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Born to Entertain Broadway Cabaret
Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15
Staring Broadway hopefuls Amelia Arrigo and Kristin Kauffman, who will wow you with their brassy voices and hilarious patter. Enjoy classics from shows like Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun and Les Miserables, peppered with more modern showstoppers from Nunsense, Jekyll & Hyde, and Hairspray. Watching these two women switch from a high-energy comedic duet to an introspective dramatic song is captivating!   For more information, call 301-743-3040, email web.ihca@gmail.com, or visit http://www.indianheadblackbox.org.

College of Southern Maryland 
Concert Band
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

Under the direction of Michael Peerless, CSM students can join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, or visit www.csmd.edu/arts.

Friends of Old Waldorf School
Friendship Tea:  Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf School Auditorium
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf (access across from Jaycees Hall)
Free Admission!  Donations Accepted.

This year's theme will be a celebration of Spring with an Exhibit of past May Festivals and the Maypole Dance at Waldorf School.  It will include a photo of Waldorf School's first May Queen, Margaret "Berry" Dodson, daughter of early Waldorf Postmaster E. Guy Berry.  The menu will feature assorted teas, delicious scones, tea sandwiches, fruit, tea cakes, and cookies.  In addition, there will be a few vendor tables with affordable gifts for purchase including:  bedding plants such as Marigolds, Waxed Begonias, etc., & fresh cut asparagus in 1 lb. bundles; Artists' works from Mattawoman Creek Art Center's Gift Shop; select affordable gifts from FOWS including local history books, local ornaments, etc.; and there will be a 50/50 "stretch" raffle and door prizes!   Seating is limited to 100; please RSVP to  Sandi at 301-752-5198, Peggy at 301-645-5564, or email waldorfschl@aol.com.  For more information about the school, visit http://oldwaldorfschool-com.webs.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Octtava Duo
Sunday, May 1, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission


Pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, now in their fifth year of collaboration, have been friends since they pursued their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Maryland at College Park. Both pianists now serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.

Music at Mount Aventine
Lynn Hollyfield with Steve Wolf on Bass
Sunday, May 1, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Gates Open:  1:00 pm, Rain or Shine
Chapman State Park, 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Free Admission
 


Featuring singer/songwriter Lynn Hollyfield, accompanied by bass player Steve Wolf. Enjoy an afternoon of music at beautiful Mount Aventine, a tour of the mansion, refreshments and kids' crafts. For more information, contact Friends of Chapman State Park at 301-753-6664, or visit www.friendsofchapmansp.org.

 
The Newtowne Players
A Few Good Men
Now through May 1
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park, MD
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Military, Student; $10 Child (up to 12 years)
Due to mature language and content, this production is recommended for theatergoers ages 13 and over.


During the summer of 1986, two Marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.  For more information, go to  http://newtowneplayers.org  or call 301-737-5447.

College of Southern Maryland
The Fresh Sounds of Spring Dance Performance
Monday, May 2, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 at the Door

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble, directed by Joanne Lunsford, performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance.   For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recital
Thursday, May 5, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM's best students perform at a public recital each semester. The recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances that represent the highest level of musicianship. For more information, visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/recitals/index. 
 
College of Southern Maryland
Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

CSM's Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, will be joined by the Chamber Choir in performing an assortment of classics.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, or visit  www.csmd.edu/arts .

College of Southern Maryland
Latin Ensemble Concert
Sunday, May 8, 2:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 at the Door

Ritmo Caché, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson, presents an encore concert from the Latin Festival, with additional music to celebrate Mother's Day.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.
Christ Church "Old" Durham Parish
Songs from the Highway
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
Free Admission, Donations Accepted


Guitarist/vocalist  Peter Griggs, from  New York City, will  perform a selection  of instrumentals and songs, including  folk, blues, jazz  and originals, in  this all-American  music program.  For more information, contact Carl Lockamy at 240-346-4130.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, College of Southern Maryland Theater & Dance Club and Delta Psi Omega
Kids Night on Broadway
Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15, 3:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $12 Students, Seniors, Military
 
T he Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, in collaboration with the College of Southern Maryland Theater & Dance Club and Delta Psi Omega, present a family-friendly concert of music for kids of all ages! "Kids Night on Broadway" will feature music from several Disney classics: "Beauty and Beast," "Lion King," and "Mary Poppins," as well as some of the favorite numbers from "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Into the Woods," "Matilda," and "Once on This Island." Countertenor opera singer  Jacques Wieciech joins the program, and CSM students will entertain by performing scenes from several of the musicals. For more information and to reserve tickets, c all Carol Charnock at  301-642-0594,  
visit http://www.chesapeakechoral.com or find them on Facebook.

Southern Maryland Film Festival
Call for Film Submissions
Open to All Age Groups in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties
Deadline is May 13
Festival is July 15 and 16
Complete submission guidelines are available at  www.smdff.org . Contact smdfilmfest@gmail.com with any questions.

The Newtowne Players
A Night on Broadway:  Sight, Sound and Song
May 20 - 29
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theater
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Military, Senior, Member, Student; 
$13 Children under 12




Join them for a magical journey to the heart and soul of Broadway as the Newtowne Players present renditions of favorite Broadway songs.  For more information and to order tickets, call 301-737-5447, or visit  http://newtowneplayers.org/index.html.

Tantallon Community Players
Dreamgirls
May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00 pm

Sundays, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets:  $20 Adult, $15 Student/Senior



Set to the beat of the rise of Motown, this dynamic musical pits the bonds of love and friendship against the pressure cooker of fame, image, and prejudice.

For more information, go to  tantallonplayers.org.
 
Town of La Plata 
Summer Concert Series
Fridays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Grounds of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission!
La Plata Concerts
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones.
 
May 27:   Drivin' Muzzy -  Country

June 3 Franklin Square Band -  Rock, Country, Blues, 90s Alternative, & Acoustic

June 10:   US Navy Band Country Current -  Country & Bluegrass

June 17 Three Days of Rain -  Today's hits, 80s Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country
 
July 1:   Pork Donu t -  Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s
 
July 8:  Sara Gray Band -  Top 40 Country/Classic Rock
   
July 15 U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade -  Pop & Rock Favorites
 
July 22:  US Navy Band The Sea Chanters -  Traditional choral music, including sea chanteys & patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, & contemporary
   
July 29 Dr. Robert Band -  Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles
 
August 5:  257th Army Band -  "The Band of the Nation's Capital"
 
August 12:  Eric Scott Band -  Acoustic Soul/Pop
 
August 19: The Muddy Crows -  Americana/Alt Rock
 
August 26:  Southern Maryland Concert Band -  Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes
   
September 2:  John Luskey Band -  Pop, Country, & Rock
 
September 9:  Paul Thomas and The M W B Band -  50s & 60s Oldies
 
September 16:   BackFin -  Pop, Rock, Oldies, Country, Blues, & Funk
   
September 23:  Port Tobacco Pickers -  Bluegrass
 
September 30:  Robbie Boothe -  Country

For more information, visit www.townoflaplata.com
 
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Art Impact USA
Call for Artists
Caribbean Jubilee Juried Exhibition
Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Deadline to Enter:  Friday, April 29, 11:59 pm
Reception:  Saturday, June 11, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Entry Fees Apply

Rhythms of the Diaspora
 by Clifford Darrett

AIUSA's second annual juried exhibition for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month June 2016 will be held on two floors at the Site Gallery Two and Site Gallery Three at The Torpedo Factory. The art must be joyful and related to and/or inspired by any Caribbean nation or Caribbean historical figure. The work can be abstract.  All works with a joyful Caribbean theme are welcome.  Dimensions of work must not exceed 72" H x 36" W (including frame.) Selections will be announced on Monday, June 2; drop off time is Saturday, June 4, noon to 5:00 pm;  To read the full prospectus and to submit art, go to 

http://www.artimpactusa.org/caribbean-jubilee-artist-call.html.  For more information, contact Carolyn Goodridge, 877-772-6045 or 202-297-3040.

 

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"

 
  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is May 6

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their third art show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from May 20 to August 19, 2016.
 
Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
 
The email must include: 
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable 
The artists will be notified later in May.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
 
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

Indian Head Business Association
Local Artists Wanted
4th Annual Taste of Indian Head
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Indian Head Village Green Pavilion
100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head Highway, Indian Head


The Association is seeking  local artists, sculptors and painters.   Each year, this event attracts over 500 people.  There will be food, vendors, entertainment for all ages, expo's, dance performances, and fashion shows.  Vendor space is $25.00 for non-members and $20.00 for members of the Indian Head Business Association.  C ontact Pam at  301-743-6777,  for applications and more information, and visit their Facebook page, Taste of Indian Head for updates.

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
for the Summer Art Show at Waldorf West Library

Waldorf West Library  
 
  Deadline to Submit is May 16, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from June 27 to September 24, 2016. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.
 
The email must include:
      • Artist's name
      • Artist's mailing address
      • Artist's email address
      • Artist's phone number
      • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
      • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
      • Title of artwork
      • Medium/materials used
      • Size/dimensions
      • Year created
      • Price, if applicable
Artists who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified at a later date in May. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the summer show.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home "Call for Artists"
For the Summer Art Show


Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: May 24, 2016

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting  submissions for their Summer Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans  Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from June 16, 2016 to October 19, 2016.   The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway. 

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

The email must include:

  •  Artist's name
  •  Artist's mailing address
  •  Artist's email address
  •  Artist's phone number
  •  Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  •  Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  •  Title of artwork
  •  Medium/materials used
  •  Size/dimensions
  •  Year created
  •  Price, if applicable
Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early  June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the summer show.

For more information on the gallery please contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171 ext. 468, or VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

Arts Alliance "Special Call for Artists" 
for the Summer Art Show 
at the Charles County Government Building

 

Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2016!

Theme is "Artists Without Limits"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland, from July 13 to September 26, 2016. The gallery is adjacent to the front entrance lobby. The exhibit will recognize local artists with disabilities. The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities for this event.

Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  Please include Special Summer Art Show in the subject line.

The email must include:
    • Artist's name
    • Artist's mailing address
    • Artist's email address
    • Artist's phone number
    • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
    • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
    • Title of artwork
    • Medium/materials used
    • Size/dimensions
    • Year created
    • Price, if applicable
Selections will be made by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities, and the artists will be notified in mid-June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang. 

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Charles County Government Building to honor all the "Artists without Limits" participating in the summer show.
 
For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at  301-392-5900, or  info@charlescountyarts.org.

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College of Southern Maryland Global Initiatives Committee
A Passport to China:  Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit
Now through April 30
La Plata Campus
Library (LR) Resources Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata


For more information, visit  www.csmd.edu/PassportToChina

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:  Now through May 6
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Gas Station #1
by Tom Siehl, 2015 Faculty Purchase Prize Recipient

For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index  or call  301-934-7828.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Spring 2016 Events
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to www.mattawomanart.org.
Click HERE for their spring brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays through May 20, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free!


Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to mattawomanart.org.
MCAC
Open Photography Show
Now through through May 22, 2016


MCAC Workshop
Plein Air
Friday, May 6, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Barbara Stepura, member of MAPAPA (Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association)

Experience the challenge of painting outdoors. This first session will include a brief explanation about plein air painting, demonstration, individual instructor attention and a lunch time critique. Any medium that you are experienced with may be used.  Bring your lunch, painting supplies, one support (canvas or board), and a sturdy, portable easel suitable for outdoor work. Intermediate or advanced levels.

Plein Air
Fridays, May 13, 20, 27,  9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: No Charge


There will be no instructor for these sessions. Come and paint. At 1:00 pm, eat lunch and critique each other's work. If there is rain, the participants will set up a still life inside.
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, May 8, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

The tours take place on the second Sunday of every month and last about an hour.  Meet the guide in the Rotunda of the West Building for the public tour. The program is interpreted into spoken English. Assistive listening devices are available for use on any public tour with 3 weeks' advance notice.  To plan your trip and view hours and maps, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Visit. For more information, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! American Seascapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, May 25 and Saturday, May 28, 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Florentine, Lorenzo de' Medici
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

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College of Southern Maryland
Spring 2016 "Connections" Magazine Publication Reading
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

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Contributors to the Spring 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.  For more information, visit http://www.csmd.edu/community.
Charles County Public Library
Semi-Annual Author's Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Deadline for Authors to Apply:  Thursday, June 30, 8:00 pm

Local authors who would like to have their work featured at the Author's Reception need to submit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at any Charles County Public Library branch.  Authors must include contact information and must be able to attend the Author's Reception on  August 20 .  Authors will present a brief (2 minute) overview of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. Submitted books will be returned at the author's request after the event or the books can be added to the library's circulating collection. CCPL reserves the right to restrict which authors' works will be included at the Author's Reception. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at  301-645-1395, x417,

Charles County Library Schedules
For March/April and May/June 2016



Get a copy of the March/April and May/June  brochures to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions for all ages, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-645-1395 or go to  http://www.ccplonline.org .

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

May 4:  The Violets of March by Sarah Joi.   In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of  GQ , and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.   Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her Great Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.  

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 

 May 5:  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money -- and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.  But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. 

Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

May 7:  Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen.  On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. As a U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small-- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more-- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.
  
May 12:  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.   Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.  Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Adult Book Discussion
Meets monthly at 10:30 am at  Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf.   For more information, call 301-645-1395.

May 14:  My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons, who both fall unwittingly in love with her, and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the difficult birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds. 
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Call 301-375-7375 for more information.

May 25:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.   Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in the small town of Holt, Colorado, they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis' wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. This is a spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. 

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Community Senior Centers

The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including:  Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get the April and May copies of The SCOOP,
Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
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Robert Rausch, 
President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
Antoinette "Toni" Roxanne Megas
February 5, 1960 - March 20, 2016

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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.

 

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.