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2nd Saturdays at the Artsway

Come Grow with Us - Birdhouses &

Mosaic with Joann Gelles

August 8th 2-4pm









Caroline County
Council of Arts

P.O. Box 292

Denton, Maryland 21629

Phone: (410) 479-1009
Fax: (410) 479-5100

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2nd Saturday | Shop Hop | FACES Classes | A&E District | Storytellers


2nd Saturday at The Artsway




Second Saturday at The ArtsWay

On Saturday, August 8, 2-4pm, there are several activities for the public to enjoy at the Denton Artsway in downtown Denton. These activities are free and open to all ages.


The Denton Community Demonstration Garden (DCDG) offers their “Come Grow with Us” series where the community can participate in a number of community garden efforts to support the community garden. These activities will be offered on the Second Saturday of every month from 2-4 pm at the community garden which is located next to the Town Municipal Parking Lot near Fourth and Gay streets in downtown Denton. For our August activity we will be making birdhouses for the community garden. Come and have some fun at the community garden!


The Foundry community art gallery will be hosting a dragonfly mosaic activity with Foundry artist Joanne Gelles. Materials will be provided for participants to make a mosaic dragonfly tile that will be grouted at the September 12th Second Saturday.


The Artsway is located on Fourth Street, between Market and Gay Streets in Denton. Demonstrations and activities from a variety of artists are typically held either at The Foundry community arts gallery (401 Market St.), FACES (7 N. Fourth St.) or at the Community Demonstration Garden (behind FACES). For more information please contact the Caroline County Council of Arts at 410-479-1009.




Heartland Quilters Host "One Stop Shop Hop" & Quilt Exhibits

Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore will SHop HOphost its 7th Annual One Stop Shop Hop on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Denton Volunteer Firehouse, located in downtown Denton, Maryland. Shopping hours will be 2pm – 8pm. There is a nominal admission fee of $3, which includes an entry ticket for fantastic door prizes, provided by our vendors. Inside the firehouse you will find twenty-five vendors from the Mid-Atlantic region, including quilt and fabric shops, crafters, a long arm dealer, raffle quilts, door prizes and so much more!


Just blocks away from the firehouse, there is an antique quilt display located at Caroline County's Rural Life Museum where you will be able to step back in time to enjoy a journey of quiltmaking! Featured from the collection of Heartland Quilt Guild members will be quilts from as early as 1840 to the red/green applique quilts of the 1860's to the depression era quilts of the 1930's. There will also be featured a series of quilt tops which were "works in progress". Learn the types of stitches and stories that quilters used to render these old but beautiful quilted treasures. Quilts on display 7/29 thru 8/31.


Then, be sure to visit the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to view "A Showcase of Heartland Talent". This quilt exhibit features 25 quilts that have been made by members of the Heartland Quilt Guild of the Eastern Shore. In one room there will be patriotic quilts to honor those who have served our country. The second room will feature a spring/summer theme that is sure to inspire! Quilts featured at FACES from 6/22 thru 8/8.


Heartland Quilters, currently with a membership of 40, was established to bring together persons interested in quilts and quilting. We support and encourage the art of making, studying and enjoying quilts. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs, lectures, and classes/workshops related to quilting. We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Choptank Electric Meeting Room (Alt 404 & Rte 328) in Denton, MD.





FACES Exhibits and Classes


Current Exhibits:


Faces Exhibit

Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore: Summer Floral and Patriotic Quilts

On display through August 8, 2015. Denton’s own local quilt guild will be joining us to show off their best work in this collective quilt show. Taking on two summer themes of flowers and patriotism, the group members will be showing off technique, color, and fun.


FACES exhibit

Common Sense and Pin Money: The Material Culture and Legacy of Lula Annie Butler

On display August 13 through November 14, 2015. An inter-generational and multi-media exhibition of four generations of former Caroline County residents. The focal point of the show will feature the modern quilts of Mrs. Butler made from scraps to supplement her income. Her family then followed in their own creative paths to create art including poetry, photography, fiber art, jewelry, and painting. Each subsequent generation adding to the family treasures.


Upcoming Classes:


Friday Night Teen Sew-In Club

Teen led sewing projects on the first Friday of every month from 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Advisor Lynn Davis; $20 annual dues; for ages 14-18. Group to determine sewing projects using donated supplies.  Encouraged to bring your own sewing machine. Drop-ins welcome to observe. First Friday dates: May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, and September 4.


Sip & Sew Ladies Night at FACES

Instructor led sewing projects on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Instructor Lynn Davis; $15/members, $20/non-members; for adults 21 and over; supplies and pizza included; BYOB.

  • Thursday, August 20, 6-9pm, Infinity Scarf. The must-have accessory for fall.  "Sew" stylish.


Scrappy Stars

Sunday, August 9, 9am-4pm and Monday August 17, 6-9pm; Instructor – Lynn Davis; $30; for 16 and up. Use your scraps to make 12 ½ inch wonky stars for an easy quilted throw using the quilt as you go method.


Denton Arts & Entertainment District Redesignation & Expansion!

The Denton Arts & Entertainment District has been chosen by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Department of Business and Economic Development for re-designation and expansion as an Arts & Entertainment District for the State of Maryland.


The mission of the newly expanded District is to engage the community to develop downtown Denton by capitalizing on its cultural and historic assets, and encouraging creative enterprises that foster economic vitality. With key anchor sites that include The Foundry community arts building, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), the Chesapeake Culinary Center, and the Museum of Rural Life, the expanded boundaries will assist the town in attracting a high concentration of artists, and arts & entertainment businesses. Such enterprises can take advantage of various tax benefits and, in turn, stimulate revitalization by developing underused and vacant properties for artist studio space, affordable housing, performance venues, galleries, and other creative commercial and retail enterprises.


Marina Dowdall, executive director of the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA), said the organization is “delighted” to receive the news. “This is a result of many years of hard work from numerous people, business owners, and organizations,” she said. The CCCA heads the Denton A&E District management team that includes representatives from the Town of Denton, Downtown Denton Main Street, the Caroline Economic Development Corporation, and the Caroline Office of Tourism.  “Together we will continue to work hard to develop downtown Denton into a unique, vibrant, art-centric destination.”


Building from its sense of history, the Town of Denton, through the work of the Denton Development Corporation, established an Arts & Entertainment District in 2005 to promote the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic blighted properties located in the heart of downtown Denton. With the successful completion of a number of redevelopment and public art projects in the Fourth Street corridor, now known as The Artsway at Denton, an expansion of the District boundaries was needed.


View a map of the expanded boundaries here.


With the re-designation and expansion taking effect on June 30, 2015, the Denton A&E District management team will engage residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders to become actively involved in creating a successful A&E District. For more information, contact the Caroline County Council of Arts by email at or call 410-479-1009.
According to the most recent FY2014 Maryland Arts and Entertainment Impact Analysis, Maryland’s A&E Districts collectively supported:

  • An estimated 6,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.
  • More than $198.5 million in total wages Nearly $571.4 million in total state GDP.
  • Approximately $38.5 million in total tax revenue impact.

Source: Maryland Arts and Entertainment Impact Analysis: FY 2014.





Local Writers Publish Storytellers & Host a Book Launch


The Caroline County Council of Arts has had a long standing tradition of providing programs for local writers, including an annual short contest for all ages that is now in its thirteenth year, and, most recently, an adult writing club called Write On! which meets twice a month at The Foundry. At these meetings writers share their work, encourage fellow writers, and generally enjoying the process.  This fall all this activity has culminated in the publishing of “Story Tellers”, a selection of writings from Write On! members and  Short Story Contest winners.  The book is illustrated by artwork from this year’s Youth Art Show winners.
Now on sale at The Foundry or online! 






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