Arts Center Announces May Events

OCEAN CITY — The OC Center for the Arts will kick off the month of May with the reception for the judged exhibition, “Landscapes”.

This exhibit of paintings and photography is sponsored by the American Legion and will be judged by Connie Constigan, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University. The reception will be held Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m. with refreshments provided by the Hobbit.

Featured in the galleria for the month of May will be the “Fiber Arts, Decorative and Wearable” exhibit. Artists contributing to this exhibit include Betsy Harrison with batiks, weaving by Deborah Lewish Idema, fire talk quilts by Barbara Warden and fiber/basketry by Heidi Weitzel. In addition, the members’ spotlight gallery will feature the paintings of Jim Adcock, known for his paintings of local scenes and iconic images.

Every month the OC Center for the Arts, located on 94th Street bayside, features a new artist in residence. The artist in residence for the month of May will be fiber artist Monika Lilley. Her work includes felting and knitted items, both wearable and decorative. In addition to showcasing her own work, Lilley will teach a series of fiber classes during the month. The classes are available to both adults and kids. No experience is necessary and all materials will be supplied.

“Through everything, my goal is for children and adults to enjoy an amazing art while taking part in continuing a legacy,” said Lilley. “It’s more than just creating something beautiful and unique. It’s a way to continue our world’s traditions.”

The Friday, May 3 reception will also be the launch for the “Little Pink Pocketbook” created by the Society of Women Leaders, a Lower Shore Red Cross Auxiliary. The Little Pink Pocketbook is a directory designed for women by women. It includes a handy guide to local art organizations, charities, churches, schools, recreation, galleries, government services and more.

Those who visit the OC Center for the Arts during the month of May will have the honor of viewing the collection of photographs, “Notice Deficit-Listening to the World Around You” by UMES students Lauren Ritter and Mia Blend.

There are also the ongoing artist displays with handmade pottery by Erik Hertz, original watercolor paintings by Dorothy Harrison Braun and fine art paintings by Faith Lord.

Also, the Art League will continue to accept bids for the original oil painting, “Atlantic Light”. The painting valued at $6,000 was donated by artist Peter Cosby to help raise funds for the Art League’s scholarship program. The minimum bid is $2,500 with minimum increments of $100. The auction will close on May 31, at 4 p.m.

About The Author: Steven Green

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