Arts Alliance "Call for Artists" for the Fall Show
at Waldorf West Library
Deadline to Submit is July 31!
Theme is "Artists Choice"
he Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Fall Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from September 28 to December 30, 2015. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. The Charles County Garden Club will create floral interpretations of selected art to be included in the show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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 August.
On Saturday, October 3, 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 fall show.
For more information on the gallery contact the Alliance at 301-392-5900, or email@example.com.
Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Awards
Application Deadline is 4:30 pm, July 23, 2015
The Maryland State Arts Council's annual Individual Artist Award (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Each year, awards of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 go to Artists from across Maryland who are selected through an anonymous process by an out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. The categories are:
To further assist applicants, the Foundation has assembled the following resources, which may be accessed at any time prior to the application deadline:
Applicants are encouraged to request technical assistance as early in the application process as possible. Applicants receive assistance from Foundation staff on a first-come, first-served basis and should be aware that demand increases dramatically shortly before the deadline. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is not able to assist with the recording or editing of work sample content.
Attention All Organizations and Businesses
Charles County Fair is September 17 - 20
Help Us Fill the CCAA Arts Bags!
The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with the Charles County Fair Board for many years. We help supervise the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building, and staff a CCAA booth to promote the arts in our county and membership in our organization.
Each year we assemble arts bags filled with interesting flyers, pens, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.
This year, again, we plan to stuff 500 arts bags. We need your stuff, so we can stuff these bags. The bags are 12" wide and 15" tall. Please deliver 500 of your promo items to our CCAA Office by
12:00 noon on Friday, August 21. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House, La Plata, MD. Thank you!
Free Evening Concerts
Thursdays, 7:00 pm
10400 O'Donnell Place
Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
July 16 - Jennifer Cooper
July 23 - Sin Miedo
July 30 - Marguerite
August 6 - Donegal X-press
August 13 - U.S. Navy
August 20 - U.S. Air Force
August 27 - Tomorrow's
For more information, go
For both locations, bring lawn chairs or blankets.
For the La Plata Town Hall Concerts, coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. 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.
July 17 - U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade
July 24 - Roadhouse
July 31 - The Lucky Few
August 7 - 257th Army Band
August 14 - U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact
August 21 - Eric Scott Band
August 28 - Southern Maryland Concert Band
September 4 - Dance Party with Elite Beatz Entertainment &Chesapeake Country Cruizers
September 11 - Dr. Phill's Big Band
September 18 - U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers
September 25 - John Luskey Band
Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
For Children 5 - 12 Years
July 20 - 23, and 27 - 30, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD
Each camp is $120 for 12 hours of instruction, includes materials and snacks
Ballet Arts Academy
Summer Dance Camp
Monday - Friday, Now through July 31
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Boys and Girls Ages 5 and Older
Old Waldorf School
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Classes in ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, make-up, music and acting.
For more information and to register, call 301-932-4002, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.balletartsacademy.wix.com.
College of Southern Maryland
Free Summer Entertainment
All performances begin at 6:45 pm.
Bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner!
La Plata Campus
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Wednesday, August 5 - CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)
In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Fine Arts Center Theatre.
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tuesday, July 21 -
Dave Chappell Band
Tuesday, July 28 - With Lying Eyes
Tuesday, August 4 - CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Thursday, July 23 - "The President's Own" Marine Jazz Combo
Thursday, July 30 - Navy Band Cruisers (Rock, Pop, Country and Blues)
Thursday, August 6 - CSM Theatre "Sneetches" (Children's Show)
For more information on the summer shows, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact CSM at 301-934-7828.
The Newtowne Players
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Now through August 2
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (65+), Military, Students; $13 Children 12 and under, and General Admission
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever written. It takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. This unforgettable, hysterical musical has "something for everyone - a comedy tonight!" For more information, go to
or call 301-737-5447.
Port Tobacco Players
Monty Python's Spamalot
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
July 17 - August 9
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $17 Adults, $14 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military
(Adult musical comedy) Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Spamalot" is a hilarious musical retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Featuring a cavalcade of cows, killer rabbits, French people, acts of brave (and not so brave) chivalry, beautiful show girls and one very special shrubbery, "Spamalot" will have you rolling in the aisles and humming a merry tune (you can even sing along at the end of the show!). After all, as the Monty Python boys say, "Always look on the bright side of life!" For more information and to order tickets, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit
Tantallon Community Players Auditions
Monday - Tuesday, July 27 - 28, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
St. John's Church
9801 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Audition Register Deadline: July 22
This Tony-winning Sondheim musical explores the ups and downs of married life, from newlyweds to those who've "done it three or four times," as the central unmarried character struggles to decide whether it's really all worth it as he turns 35. Performances take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11, 2015, at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. For more information and to download the audition form, visit
Town of La Plata
Kids' Summer Shows
Class Acts Art - DinoRock - Dinosaurs Forever!
Tuesday, July 28, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Bring Lawn Chairs or Blankets for Sitting
As long as children dream BIG dreams, dinosaurs will be part of their fantasy lives. Combining a child's fascination for dinosaurs with giant dinosaur puppets and catchy dinosaur tunes is what DinoRock Productions loves to do. Dinosaurs Forever! is a dinosaur musical revue. Come sing along, stomp around and giggle often with the dinosaurs of DinoRock as we cheer: "Dinosaurs Forever!" For more information about Class Acts Arts, go to http://www.classactsarts.org/artist/dinorock. For a complete list of summer kids shows, go to http://www.townoflaplata.org, and click on Events, then Kids Summer Shows.
Summer Camps for Ages 7 to 17
Monday - Friday
July 20 - July 24
August 10 - 14
Two Sessions Per Week: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $125 per session, $195 for both sessions per week,
Multiple sibling discounts available upon request.
The camp is designed to spark visual intelligence by delving into the rich toolbox of the elements of art and design! Skills will be increased and visual IQ's will soar! All three weeks will be a bit different, and cater to the unique participants' needs. If attending both sessions a day, the student should plan to bring a bag lunch. A r
eception will be held on Friday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30, to display the art work. Students can invite guests and will take their art works home afterwards. Minimum number needed to hold a camp is 5, and maximum capacity is 12. Register at http://www.art-smart-studio.com. For more information and directions to the camp, call 240-258-7758, or send an email to email@example.com
National Gallery of Art
Inspired by Nature: French Paintings
Tours for People with Low Vision or Are Blind
Wednesday, July 22, 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 25, 1:00 pm
West Building, Rotunda
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)
This tour makes the collections more accessible to adult visitors with visual impairments. The basic teaching methodology employed is called intensive verbal description, although some tours may include tactile elements.
Tours last about an hour. For more information, contact Lorena Baines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-842-6905.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more information about events, workshops and discounts for early registration, call 301-743-5159 or go to
to download the summer programs brochure.
Saturday, July 18, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
$20 Fee for Materials Payable to the Instructor
Instructor: Harriett Lawler
Favored by the old masters for its dramatic effects, drypoint is an intaglio printing process (such as etching or engraving), done without the use of acid. You will draw directly onto a zinc printing plate and will learn how to use hand-inking and wiping techniques. Making working proofs will help you achieve your final composition. You may wish to print an edition of your composition at this point, or you can add color to your prints using monotype techniques. For those interested, there will be an opportunity to create cards, either as an edition or as individual monoprints. To save time, please bring a photograph, or your own design, to use as a basis for your composition. All levels.
Introduction to the Art of Painting on Silk
Wednesday - Thursday, July 22 - 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $210 Members / $220 Nonmembers
Instructor: Diane Tuckman, www.iteachsilkart.com
Apply the brush to silk once and you are hooked for ever! You will learn the basic silk painting techniques and vocabulary, painting eight technical pieces that you will be able to take home. The techniques taught are stretching, diluting, resisting, spotting, salting, double loading, wet-on-wet, fabric setting and more. There will be an in-depth discussion with many visual samples of hand painted fabrics. Diane is an accomplished silk painter and has co-written several books about this art form. Materials used during the workshop are included in the cost. Bring latex gloves.No art experience is necessary to take this workshop.
Folk Art Mirror
Tuesday, July 28, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $30 Members / $40 Nonmembers
$15 Fee Payable to the Instructor for Surface, Acrylic Paints and Pattern
Instructor: Nancy Owens
Create a basic primitive acrylic design on a wooden framed mirror. It is done in a basic decorative painting style. Bring wet palette, graphite paper, and the following brushes: Flats 2, 8, 10, 1/2-inch; a Liner, a mop, and deerfoot 1/4" and 1/2". Learn how to paint on a usable wooden surface. Class limited to 12 students. Beginners to intermediate welcome.
Folk Art Open Show
Now through August 9
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
MCAC Friday Open Studio
Now through August 28, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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!
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tours on Sundays, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13
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
and click on Visit. For more information, go to
and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at email@example.com or 202-842-6905.
Maryland Art Place
Request for Proposals:
IMPACT at GREEN SPRING STATION
Open to All Maryland-based Artists
Application Deadline: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Download the Full RFP HERE.
is now accepting applications for its fall 2015 IMPACT project at Green Spring Station, located at 10803 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093. This fall, MAP is partnering with Green Spring Station
for an artist or team of artists to create an original temporary
indoor installation comprised of a wide assortment of items from the merchants of Green Spring Station.
The selected artist/artist team will receive a
stipend to cover the cost of materials and labor. Installation is scheduled to take place between
October 1 and November 13, 2015
. Green Spring Station will host an opening reception at the site in mid-November.
is a public art initiative developed to extend Maryland Art Place's programming to broader audiences. Each IMPACT project is unique and developed based on the partnering site. MAP plans to host two to three IMPACT projects over the course of 2015.
Life Journeys Writers Club
Tenth Annual Authors' Reception
Saturday, August 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Literary lights shine on local authors at Waldorf West Library!
It's the perfect marriage between booklovers and authors. Every year the event grows and cultivates the Literary Arts. This year, 15 authors will showcase and sell their literary wares.
The event is hosted by the Charles County Public Library, and co-sponsored by the Citizens for the Charles Count
Library (C4CCPL) and the Life Journeys Writers Club (LJWC). Both are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, and partners of the Charles County Public Library.
For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-705-8972.
Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Continues through August 15. . . .
and it's not just for kids!
Charles County Public Library is encouraging teens and adults to get into the program. This year, we're using bookmarks and hole punches to track Summer Reading activities. You can earn hole punches for checking out books, using a computer, attending a program, or getting help from a staff member. You'll be able to get up to three hole punches per day. Every time you collect 10 hole punches in your bookmark, you'll be entered to win one of our incredible prizes! Come in to the library and sign up today!
For more information and to view the list of prizes,
, or contact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395, ext. 417.
Charles County Library Schedule
Get a copy of the
brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!
For more information, call
301-934-9001 or go to
The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too! Click the link to sign up.
Adult Discussion Book Groups
Writers of Color Book Club
Note location change!
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of African descent who write contemporary fiction. The Club mee
ts bi-monthly at alternating locations. The July meeting will be held at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Click here to register.
For more information, call 301-645-1395.
Jam on the Vine: A Novel by LaShonda Katrice Barnett.
Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith from Texas, first ignites her lifelong obsession with journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother's white employer. After earning a scholarship to the prestigious Willetson College in Austin, and eventually
settling in Kansas City, she founds the first female-run African American newspaper,
Jam! On the Vine. In the throes of the Red Summer, the 1919 outbreak of lynchings and race riots across the Midwest, Ivoe risks her freedom, and her life, to call attention to the atrocities of segregation in the American prison system.
Jam! On the Vine is both an epic vision of the hardships and injustices that defined an era and a moving and compelling story of a complicated history we only thought we knew.
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 or to place a copy of a book on hold.
July 22: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media, as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents, Nick, the town golden boy, parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. He is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is Nick really a killer?
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. To join, call 301-645-2864,
and reserve a book with your library card.
August 1: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.
In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy's impressive estate. But on the eve of the annual autumn ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth's disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in an hysterical state, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley's owners and servants alike may never be the same.
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.
August 5: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. T
he Ganguli family struggles to transform from their traditio
n-bound life in Calcutta into becoming Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.
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.
August 6: Sycamore Row by John Grisham. Three years after his victory in the Carl Lee Hailey case, Jake Brigance believes his glory days as a trial lawyer are gone. Jake's commitment to his profession is revived when he is called on to defend Seth Hubbard's seemingly incredible decision to disinherit his family and name his black housekeeper as his beneficiary. Why? In Sycamore Row, Jake searches for an answer as he returns to the courtroom arena in a legal battle against larger, well-financed law firms. As Jake pursues justice at all costs, the prejudices, racial tensions, and southern social structures of 1950s Mississippi are once again explored under John Grisham's pen.
Book to Film Discussion Series
Meets on Saturday for the summer, from 2:00 - 5:00 pm, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.
For more information, call 301-375-7375.
August 8: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les Misérables is not only a superb adventure but a powerful social document. The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and the oppressed.
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
for more information.
August 13: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America 's pre-eminent humor writers. Each essay turns into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to grow to love oneself.
Nanjemoy Community Center
The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults. Click here to get a copy of their newsletter.
For more activities and events, get a copy of the July and August issues of
, Charles County's Senior Center News.
The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662. For more information, call
301-753-1647, or click
to go to their website. The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at email@example.com or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.
The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
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CCAA Board of Directors
Ronald G. Brown
, Interim Treasurer
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.
Honorary Board Member