Friday Nites in Caroline presents a free performance by multi-instrumentalist Jay Smar on Friday, March 7, 7:00 pm at Caroline County Public Library in Denton.
Armed with 2 guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddling, singing, and flat-footin ' (a form of clog-dancing), he serves his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk, ol time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.
Playing aggressive flat and finger picked guitar, Smar has opened for Leo Kotke, Tom Paxton, New Grass Revival and John Hammond among others. In the last 5 years, Jay Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, "The Welsh in America" and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster.
For more information contact the Library at 410-479-1343 or email@example.com Friday Nites in Caroline is presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts and the Caroline County Public Library; is sponsored by Tri Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Maryland States Arts Council and is FREE for all attendees.
On Saturday, March 8, 2-4pm, the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA) will host a bird nesting ball activity at the Denton Demonstration Garden, as part of the “Second Saturday” series offered at the Denton Artsway in downtown Denton. The event is free and open to the public.
March is the time that many birds begin to make their nests. We will be making nesting balls filled with materials that birds can use. These balls will be hung in trees in the Artsway garden or can be taken to use in your garden at home.
The Artsway is located on Fourth Street, between Market and Gay Streets in Denton. Free demonstrations and activities from a variety of artists are held the second Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m. Events will typically be held either at The Foundry community arts gallery (401 Market St.), FACES (7 N. Fourth St.) or at the Community Demonstration Garden (behind FACES). Upcoming dates are April 12, and May 10.
“Stitching the Stories of Freedom: A Byway Quilt Trail Honoring the Underground Railroad” is a public art project developed by the Caroline County Arts Council and the Caroline County Tourism Office with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sixteen quilt block replicas are being installed at significant sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County.
“Through this partnership, we have been able to honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and tell the story of the Underground Railroad through public art,” says Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts.
Blocks include Chips and Whetstones at the Linchester Mill, Underground Railroad at the Leverton House, Tobacco Leaf at the Village of Choptank, Log Cabin at the Webb Cabin, North Star at the Williston Grist Mill, Whig’s Defeat at the Williston Community Church, Hole in the Barn Door at the 4H Park, Children of Israel at the Tuckahoe Meeting House, Sailboat at the Choptank River Heritage Center, Cotton Boll at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, Garden Maze at the Foundry, Wagon Wheels at the Greensboro Riverfront Park, Maple Leaf at the Tuckahoe State Park, and Pine Tree and Wild Goose Chase at Adkins Arboretum. A companion trail-guide will be available in the new year with quilt block locations, stories, and parking information for each site. Details about the project can be found online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/.
This project has been made possible through the contributions of numerous volunteers, the Maryland State Arts Council, and by private sponsors. To sponsor a quilt block along the Stitching Stories of Freedom Byway Quilt Trail, complete the form online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/. Each $100 contribution will help maintain a quilt block throughout its lifetime. Sponsors will be recognized on the Byway Quilt Trail trail-guide, webpage and at the location of the block they have chosen to sponsor. For additional information on the Byway Quilt Block Trail or to get involved in the project, please contact Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009
FACES Hosts The Lucinda Reddington Cawley Quilt Collection:
What it means to be made on the Eastern Shore
January 9th through March 22nd
Though quilts of her home state, Pennsylvania, were her first passion, Lucinda Reddington Cawley collected quilts from the Eastern Shore during the time that she lived in Easton and Salisbury. What she found were some amazing examples of work that featured the wonderful fabrics of the area, due to its proximity to Dover, Wilmington, and Baltimore; resulting in traditional patterns in bright and vibrant hues. Accompanying the collection, are small quilts made in tribute to Cinda by her Eastern Shore Quilt Study friends. These quilts all began with a vintage album block from Cinda’s collection, but are re-imagined by modern quilters.
Lucinda Cawley, known to friends as Cinda, was a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her lifelong interest in history and her adult occupation of quiltmaking joined together to create a new passion—antique quilts. The rich history of Pennsylvania quilts led Cinda to the textile collections in historical societies and museums and resulted in the publication Saved for the People of Pennsylvania: Quilts from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, coauthored with Lorraine Ezbiansky and Denise Nordberg. During this time Cinda began collecting antique Pennsylvania quilts. She also joined the American Quilt Study Group, which publishes current research on the history of textiles and quiltmaking.
In 2000, Cinda moved with her husband John to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She took advantage of the move to join two quilt study groups–Fran’s Vintage Friends in western Maryland and the Antique and Vintage Fabric Dating Club of northern Virginia. Cinda soon started the Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group, which meets quarterly in Denton, Maryland. Also during this time, Cinda began adding Eastern Shore quilts to her already sizeable textile collection and presented trunk shows and lectures for quilt guilds and the public on Pennsylvania quilts, the history of quilts in America, and twentieth century quilts. Antique quilt lovers around the world met Cinda through her internet posts of quilts seen in exhibits and study groups. Cinda was admired for her prodigious memory and her willingness to share her knowledge with others.
Visit the Quilts of the Eastern Shore exhibit which is on display through March 22nd. Information on our current show, upcoming shows, and classes can be found at www.fiberartscenter.com or by calling 410-479-1009. FACES is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA) whose mission is to enhance the cultural, educational, and economic growth of Caroline County through community arts development
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. Fourth Street, Denton, is presenting the following classes:
- Drop Spinning 101; 12-4pm; Saturday Feb. 8 or Mar. 8, Instructor – Drew Bogda; $20 plus kit fee; for ages 8 and up. In just a few hours, you can learn to make your own yarn on a drop spindle. Students will first make a “homemade” spindle then get started on learning the basics of understanding fiber. Then learn the basics of spinning without investing in a spinning wheel (yet!). Once you’re ready for a wheel, all of the skills you learn on the drop spindle will make you more successful. Supplies available for use during class include practice roving but students will have a working drop spindle to take home.
- Traditional Rug Hooking; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, & Mar 29; Instructor – Elissa Crouch; $100; for adults. Beginners will learn basic traditional rug hooking techniques and tips while making a “mug” rug. Students will choose their own colors and work at their own pace to complete up to four 4in. x 4in. rugs. More experienced rug hookers are welcome to join the class and bring their own designs or commercial patterns to work on while having the opportunity to ask questions and perfect their techniques.
- Creative Sewing; 12-6pm; Sunday Feb. 23, Instructor – Sylvia Snyder; $45; for adults. Create wonderful fiber art pieces using decorative stitches and embellishments. In this 6 hours class we will start with solid color fabric that will be painted and changed more with every decorative machine-stitch and couching yarn stitch. We will finish with quilting, beading, and hand embroidery stitches. A separate kit fee, made payable to Sylvia, will be required on the day of the class.
- Youth Sewing Basics; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 26, & May 3; Instructor – Donna Hayes; $40; for ages 7 and up. Children and adults are welcome to join in to learn basics of sewing. Learn to use the sewing machine for basic projects. Students are encouraged to bring their own machine. However, a limited few are available for class, please arrange sewing machine rental in advance. Students will be able to take their knowledge into the follow up classes on either sewing 101 or quilting.
- Still Life in Quilting; 12-6pm; Sunday March 30, Instructor – Sylvia Snyder; $45; for adults. Turn your photographs into something special. Students will be show how to turn their pictures into a quilted art piece. Emphasis will be given to learning how to build a fabric collage using the color wheel and lying raw edge fabrics down to create a still life. Students will also look at focal points and triangular compositions for balance and harmony. For this class, a sewing machine is not required. Some materials will be required on the day of the class, see requirements list online.
Visit www.fiberartscenter.com to register and for more information. The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts and is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm. Visit the Quilts of the Eastern Shore exhibit which is on display January 9th through March 22nd.
FACES is proud to host classes for students of all ages. Learn a new skill for the New Year! Children and adults are encouraged to come and learn together in one of our intergenerational classes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.479.0009 for more information
State’s investment in 241 Maryland organizations supports job growth, sparks visitor spending.
Maryland’s nonprofit arts sector has a $1.07 billion impact on the state’s economy and supports 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs—a 1,266 jobs increase over last year, according to a report released today by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2012 report details how spending by the MSAC’s 241 grantee arts organizations and their audiences boosts Maryland’s economy by creating and retaining jobs, and generating revenues for businesses and state and local governments.
“Our investment in the arts fuels job growth, attracts visitor spending and promotes our vibrant, inviting climate for business and residents,” said Maryland Governor O’Malley. “The arts support the vitality of Maryland’s economy and advance some of our highest priorities as a state like education, community revitalization and quality of life.”
The benefits of Maryland’s vibrant nonprofit arts industry are felt widely. According to the report, the cultural sector generates 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs that return $426.5 million in salaries to local residents. Local business owners and workers are not the only ones to benefit; nonprofit arts generate $47.9 million in tax revenues for Maryland’s state and local governments. And, every $1 of the arts organizations’ operating budgets generates an additional $3.60 in total economic activity.
Areas of Growth
The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts organizations and audiences in FY 2012 increased by 11.1% compared to FY 2011, with the greatest increase—43.6%—occurring in the Upper Eastern Shore region of Maryland. An overall increase was also seen in total salaries, which grew by 6.9% over FY 2011.
The arts industry supported state and local tax revenue of $47.9 million, up from $37.8 million last year—an increase of 27%. Visitor spending has increased 14% from last year, with 7.7 million arts events visitors generating an estimated $345 million in direct spending, up from $302 million in fiscal year 2011.
Visitors to Maryland's non-profit arts organizations generate significant economic impacts for the state. An estimated 7.7 million people visited the MSAC’s 241 grantee organizations—and of that group, nearly 63% attended free.
Based on the number of visitors to Maryland's non-profit arts organizations, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) estimates spending of $345 million on lodging, transportation, restaurants, gifts, and other travel-related incidentals in FY 2012.
Economic Impact by Region
The study analyzed the state regionally, dividing it into six regions. Maryland’s Central region comprised of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties contributed $547.5 million in economic impact from the arts, and supported 6,568 arts-related jobs. The Capital region, which includes Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, contributed $438.2 million and supported 5,226 jobs. The remainder of the state, which is divided into Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, the Upper Eastern Shore and the Lower Eastern Shore, contributed a combined $80.2 million and supported a combined total of 906 arts-related jobs.
To review the complete report, visit www.msac.org/economicimpact.
About Economic Impact of the Arts FY 2012
Statistics for the study were drawn from 241 Maryland organizations that produce or present the arts around the State, and receive grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for ongoing support of their operations and programs. Data was collected utilizing the Maryland Cultural Data Project. The study did not take into account the economic impact of for-profit arts organizations and the activities of individual visual, performing and literary artists.
About the MSAC
The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council call (410) 767-6555 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519 or connect to the MSAC web site at www.msac.org.