Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts Events Ready for the Summer

Looking for fun & creative activities the whole family can enjoy. Students can learn to draw, dance, paint, make jewelry, design mosaics, get fit, and much more.  Their talented photography class instructors will ensure you capture those summer vacation memories!  QACe has partnered with the YMCA to offer kids’ camps sure to cure those summer blues! 

Painting an Eastern Shore Landscape in Watercolor

Some people say watercolors are difficult. Instructor Kurt Plinke disagrees. Over 30 years of painting in the medium, he’s found that it can be learned easily and that watercolor can be a blast. Join him as he paints a typical Eastern Shore landscape including fields, barns and distant trees. Students will start by working up drawings, then use basic techniques to create views that have depth, color and feeling and they’ll have fun in the process! Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 5/23. $60($55 members) Ages 14+

Painting Birds in Goouache – 5 wks June 2 – 30 Tues 10 am – 12 pm

Students will explore the medium of gouache and learn characteristics of avian anatomy, feather coloration along with techniques for painting birds. Instructor and painter Ric Conn studied at the Corcoran College of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He teaches regularly to students of all ages.   Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 5/30. $130($105 members) $85 groups of 4+ Ages 16+

Beautiful Skies and Dramatc Clouds in Watercolor –June 3rd 10 am-4 pm

Join award winning artist and instructor Steve Bleinberger for a fun, hands on, personalized watercolor workshop that will show you how to paint magnificent skies. This class will have plenty of demos and tips on how to make your next sky gorgeous! All levels welcome. Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 5/27. $60($55 members)       Ages 14+

Watercolors and Wildlife 8 wks Thurs 6-9 pm June 11-July 30

Learn how to add important details to a watercolor painting using basic watercolor techniques with . Instructor Kurt Plinke This fun and easy class will focus on the natural world while each student completes several small watercolors. A great class for painters at all levels. Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 6/4. $105 ($95 members) Ages 14+

PAINTing a bird IN WATERCOLOR June 2711 am-5 pm

Instructor Kurt Plinke makes painting wildlife fun, easy and understandable. With simple-to-learn basic watercolor techniques you will paint a life-like little bird on a branch during this all day workshop [with a working lunch break.] By day’s end you will have basic understanding of washes, wet-in-wet and dry-brush techniques. Materials: registered students will receive a supply list. Register by 6/19. $60($55 members) Ages 14+


Advanced Painting Birds in Gouache 6 wks Tues 10 am- 12 pm July 7-Aug. 18 (no class July 28)

This class begins with a brief review of skills from previous class. Compositional design, subject size and placement, color mixing, color application, matting and framing will all be covered. We’ll also explore the different techniques used for painting birds of various sizes and color patterns. The students will paint birds of various sizes and colors to gain experience in these techniques. Designed to increase technical and compositional skills, this class will also aid students in their ability to recognize features necessary for realistic depiction of not only birds but all wildlife. Instructor Ric Conn (see above) Materials: Registered students will receive a supplies list. Register by 7/1. $155 ($125 members) $105 groups of 4 + Ages 16+


Outdoor Photography in Delmarva    June 6 12-7 pm

Photographer Jay Fleming will share fine art photography techniques while revealing different subjects and locations unique to the Delmarva Peninsula. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photographs for critique. Bring an SLR camera or a point and shoot. Jay’s award-winning photography showcases his passion for the outdoors and photography. The class will conclude with a field photo-shoot from 5-7 pm. Register by 6/1. $130 ($115 members) $105 pp, groups of 2+Ages 12+

“Mom Can shoot” basic digital photography    June 13. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. (with 1 hour lunch break)

It’s said that this generation is the most photographed. With the ease of smart phones and digital cameras, we can snap and share all day long! But taking goodis a different matter. This workshop offersdigital photography for moms, dads, or any novice wanting to break out of Auto Mode on their DSLR camera. Taught by New York-based photographer of newborn, child, and families, Amanda Lessner, the course will cover camera gear, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, lighting, histograms, composition rules, and some light editing. You’ll learn the skills to shoot in manual mode so you can create stunning images. DSLR Camera required. Course book provided. Register by 6/6 Ages 14+. $150($140 members) Ages 14+


Sunday Craft Workshops at Wye River Designs ~ Take one or all!

Instructor Candace Liccione grew up in the craft industry with her family’s business: Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Teaching crafts for many years, she now owns Wye River Designs where she teaches all kinds of crafts. Location: 4300 Main St, Grasonville. Registration deadlines are 1 week prior to class. Ages 13+

  • I: Mosaic Sun Catcher – June 28, 1-4 pm $35 Using a picture frame as a base, students will create a mosaic on glass with cathedral mosaic tiles. Great to hang in a sunny window!
  • II: Mosaic Stepping Stone – July 5, 1-5 pm $53  Learn to make a square foot concrete stepping stone with a beach, garden or other theme. Use tiles and stained glass for this design. Learn how to glue the tiles and apply grout to the piece.
  • III: Basic Jewelry Making – July 19, 1-3 p.m. $45   Learn the basics of making your own jewelry. Learn to crimp and attach clasps, use wire and stretchy cord, use eye-pins, jump rings and other jewelry findings.       You will make a necklace, earrings and bracelet. Feel free to bring old jewelry or beads from home to this class.


Zumba® Dance Fitness Drop in Tues & Thurs. 6-7 p.m. $5 per class   Ages 13+

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Ditch the workout, join the party, lose yourself in the music and find yourself getting toned and in shape at the ultimate dance-fitness party! Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring. Instructor Heather Efland is a licensed Zumba instructor certified in Zumba® toning.   No pre-registration required.


21st Century Genealogy for Family Historians  June 17 7-9 pm

The computer and internet have revolutionized how we do family research. No more pencil and paper and shelves full of files. In this workshop you will download a basic genealogy program from the internet and enter a three generation pedigree and family group sheet. We will explore several paid and free sites that contain images of original records that place your family at a specific time and place in history. Discussion will cover definition of “family”, citing sources and further tips for research. A personal computer or device with internet capability is required. (A limited number of computers may be made available.) Instructor Catherine Wilson is a professional member of many Genealogy societies and has extensive experience in the field. Register by 6/11. $15($10 members) Ages 18+


Children’s Creativity Arts Camp     Mon, Tues & Wed 1 pm –2:30pm
3 sessions: June, 29, 30 July 1. II. July 6, 7, 8; III. August 3, 4, 5

Children will explore their individual creativity while creating art projects with instructor Maria Sage that will increase their art and self expression skills. They will create a different project each day using different art materials (such as watercolor, tempera, and oil pastels) and a variety of techniques. The projects your little artist will bring home are sure to be treasured masterpieces! Materials: $10 fee paid to instructor. Limited to 10 campers. $70 ($60 members) Ages 5-12


Summer Camps in partnership with the YMCA:

The Queen Anne’s County Family YMCA offers weekly arts camps in partnership with the Arts Council. Camp Drop-off will be 8:30 a.m. at the Centre for the Arts at 12 pm campers will transition to Gunston School for the remainder of the day where pick up will take place. Campers will spend the first half of the day at the Centre for the Arts engaged in arts related activities and the second half enjoying a variety of activities such as canoeing, games and songs, arts and crafts. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 pm with after care available to 6 pm at no additional cost. Campers must bring lunch, water and 2 snacks daily.


Queen Anne’s Players Theatre Group $175 week June 15-19 – ages 5-7 & July 27-31 – ages 8-12

Led by local actor extraordinaire and experienced counselors, participants explore the skills and freedoms of the theatre world! Costumes and props set the stage as children learn about movement and stage presence, performing light scene work from favorite shows and playing fun theatre games to build confidence, expression, presence and creativity. Limited to 14 campers


2D Art $175 week June 15-19 – ages 8-12, July 6-10 – ages 5-7, & July 27-31, ages 8-12

Explore the artistic side of everything you can do on paper. Students will discover a variety of 2D mediums such as papermaking, drawing, printmaking and painting. At the end of the week, campers will take home a portfolio of the work they created to share with family and friends. Limited to 13 campers.


Messy Masterpieces  $175 /week July 6-10, ages 8-12 & July 20-24, ages 5-7

Prepare to dive into making art using printing techniques, rollers, spraying, dripping, dying, and papier maché. Working both inside and outside, campers take inspiration from the world around them. There’s so much to discover and have lots of silly fun, too! With local artist Susan Mayberry or one of the other talented Arts Council Artists. Limited to 13 campers.


Summer Free Concerts – Thursdays in the Park

June 25           Wheelhouse ~ Millstream Park ~ Classic Rock

July 2               21 Horses ~ Chesapeake Heritage Center ~ Country

July 16             Chris Sacks Band ~ Hemingways Restaurant ~ Beach Tunes

August 6        Hot Tub Limo ~ Chesapeake Heritage Center ~ Today’s Hits Maryland’s 2014 Coverband of the Year

August 20       Sunnyland Band & Rock Candy Cloggers ~ Chesapeake Heritage Ctr Blues for Family & Kids & featuring an acclaimed Storyteller.


Queen Annes County Arts Council
206 S Commerce St.
Centreville, MD 21617




Chesapeake Storytelling Festival Preview Stunning Success

Dressed as an Eighteenth Century southern gentleman, storyteller Tim Lowry was on hand to greet hundreds of audience members as they arrived for the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival kickoff.  The Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts in partnership with Chesapeake College will bring a three day festival to Chesapeake College April 29-May 1, 2016.  Tom Helfenbein welcomed the audience promising an evening of laughter and entertainment; he didn’t disappoint.  Tim Lowry regaled the audience with authentic stories of his South Carolina heritage and Br’er Rabbit while Geraldine Buckley, with her wonderful British accent, entertained them with personal stories of growing up Baptist in England, her world travels, and working with prisoners.

 Storyteller Geraldine Buckley recounts stories of growing up in England with “Tatton Hall”

Storyteller Geraldine Buckley recounts stories of growing up in England with “Tatton Hall”

The diverse audience represented people of all ages and included several families and members of the 4H public speaking club whose attendance had been sponsored by Lea Brooks, Mr. & Mrs. M. King Hill, III, and Mr. & Mrs. Alan Griffith.  Attendees came from all over the Eastern Shore and a few from Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties.  The one thing they all had in common was their complete enjoyment of the performances.  Several attendees remarked on the uniqueness of the event, commenting they weren’t sure what to expect but so happy they had come.

“Tonight wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors.  Thanks in large part to our Underwriters: Chesapeake College, Queen Anne’s County Office of Tourism, QAC Free Library, Friends of the Library and Tom and Anne Welsh, we will have the  funds necessary to begin the planning that will make the 2016 three-day festival a reality.”, Belinda Cook, Executive Director, stated.    She went on to say, “We are thrilled and energized that tonight’s performances resonated so well with the audience.  We can’t wait to begin work on Monday!”

Smiling attendees were treated to complimentary lemonade, strawberries, popcorn and refreshments provided by Kelly Distributors as they mingled with storytellers and friends during intermission.  Mark and Kim Cascia of Cascia Vineyards were on hand with complimentary wine.

In his closing Emcee Tom Helfenbein stated, “I knew you would love it!” as the audience responded with thunderous applause.

All proceeds raised were for the benefit the 2016 Chesapeake Storytelling Festival.  Information on upcoming events will be available on the Queen Anne’s County Art’s Council website at www.queenannescountyarts.com.


Evening of Enchanting Short Plays at QAC Centre for the Arts in May

The Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts welcomes the Brown Box Theatre Project for their spring production, BOXER SHORTS on May 8th.

BOXER SHORTS is an evening of enchanting and interrogative short plays that explore the space between sleeping and waking, thinking and knowing, living and dying. This production will be performed on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Centre for the Arts and will feature these four esteemed works:

Play by Samuel Beckett – An absurdly thrilling exposé of three adulterous lovers by the legendary Irish playwright,

Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen – by Tennessee Williams – A poetic exploration of the reality of desperation, fantasy, and delusion between two isolated lovers by one of America’s most beloved playwrights,

The New World Order by Harold Pinter – An examination of the practice and implications of torture in a gripping dark comedy by the influential English playwright, and

Personal Belongings by Diana Raznovich – This comedic one woman show by revolutionary Argentinian playwright is a searing portrait of a self-proclaimed diva rummaging through a sea of unclaimed baggage.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Tourism to provide an opportunity for audiences to experience live theatre with such a wide range of rarely produced work. BOXER SHORTS is sure to provide a most engaging evening of entertainment.” Executive Director Belinda Cook stated.

Kyler Taustin, Artistic Director and Delmarva native, explained, “Our company offers something different to the Delmarva theatre scene, and this production is sure to be a unique theatrical experience. We are very excited to present these diverse voices and engage in a meaningful dialogue with our audience.”

BOXER SHORTS will appear in Queen Anne’s on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the Queen

Anne’s County Centre for the Arts at 206 S Commerce St. in Centreville. Tickets are $25 per person. Please visit www.queenannescountyarts.com to purchase.

“Brush with Nature” Exhibit Opens at Centre for the Arts

Owl ShawQueen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts hosts an art exhibit beginning on March 13th. Jonathan Shaw and Hai-Ou Hou are featured in the first shared exhibit of these distinctly unique artists. The show “Brush with Nature” runs through April 15th with a public reception on Friday, March 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

A wildlife artist and avid outdoorsman, Jonathan Shaw is a familiar sight at area wildlife festivals and plein air events, often accompanied by one of his falcons.  Whether painted in oils, acrylics or watercolor, Shaw’s sensitive portraits of wildlife are rendered with exquisite detail.  British-born, Shaw lives on an historic farm in Wye Mills where he keeps Paso Fino horses and several birds of prey.  Shaw is an avid falconer who hunts on horseback, a practice dating at least to medieval times in Europe and the Middle East.  He has had a passionate love for nature since childhood, and his love of animals in their habitat is evident in this show.

Hai-Ou Hou lives on Kent Island where she has recently opened a wonderful gallery space offering classes and exhibits.  She was born in Beijing China where she received a B.A. from the National Academy of Fine Art and Design. Following her immigration to the United States, she received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Towson State University. Hai-Ou has received numerous awards for her landscapes, portraits and figurative oil paintings. A noted outdoor painter, she has traveled to plein air events from California to the East Coast. Hai-Ou is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Washington Society of Landscape Painters and the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Visitors can see the exhibit during the Centre for the Art’s regular office hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday by appointment. For more information please visit us at www.queenannescountyarts.com



QAC Centre for the Arts Announces “LOVE IS RED” Winter Show Opening

We have carried the theme of the “LOVE IS RED” show into our Paint Brush Party on January 23rd – instructor Sarah Lyle has created an “Artsy Heart” for attendees to create.

We have carried the theme of the “LOVE IS RED” show into our Paint Brush Party on January 23rd – instructor Sarah Lyle has created an “Artsy Heart” for attendees to create.

Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts will open “LOVE is RED”, a gallery exhibition celebrating love and the color red, with a public reception Friday, January 30th, at 5 pm.  A variety of art including photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media and more will be included in this exciting show open to all artists. With the snuggle-up days of winter here and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems appropriate that artists are expressing the many manifestations of love in art.  Emphasis for this show is on the color red and the subject of love in many forms. Warm red colors, hearts, and flowers will be representative of the many possible whimsical interpretations of the theme.  We have carried the theme of the “LOVE IS RED” show into our Paint Brush Party on January 23rd – instructor Sarah Lyle has created an “Artsy Heart” for attendees to create.

These exhibits offer artists and audience members an excellent opportunity to participate in a show that reflects the diversity of regional artwork. This show will run from January 30th to February 26th. All work will be available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s programming. The Centre is located at 206 S. Commerce St. in Centreville, MD. Hours are Tuesdaythrough Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday by appointment.

For more information please visit us at www.queenannescountyarts.com or email info@queenannescountyarts.com.  The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.


“Viewpoints” at QAC Centre for the Arts

Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts invites the public to “Viewpoints”, an exhibit featuring artists Robert Ciesielski, Ann Crane Harlan, Joan Hart, David Terrar and Judy Ward. There will be a public reception on Friday, September 12th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Centre in Centreville, Maryland.

The diversity of their approaches leads to an interesting show. David Terrar has been painting for over 35 years. “My paintings come from observing rural Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Many of my paintings have Bay work boats in them. They represent the struggle of life and of going out on the water day after day to get food on the table and support a family. My paintings memorialize that struggle.” Terrar and his family live in Gaithersburg.

Crabbers Time for Prayer, Oil Painting by David Terrar

Crabbers Time for Prayer, Oil Painting by David Terrar

Joan Hart says “My first love as a painter is to be outdoors in the weather and changing light, trying to capture some spirit of the land that has moved me. I am experimenting with pushing shape and color to a more abstract, elemental level while maintaining an emotional connection with my subject.” Her art has appeared in shows and won awards throughout the area.

Ann Crane Harlan has been an artist all her life. She taught and raised a family all while using art as a creative outlet. Now retired, Crane’s recent work includes whimsical collages using glued paper for color and design. Shows of her collages and watercolors in the area include Kent Island Federation of Art, and a one woman show at Quiet Water’s Park.

Judy Ward works mainly in oil, employing a style of disjointed shapes in a color-block style that lets the painting surface show through between blocks of color, similar to stained glass. “This affords me the opportunity to emphasize the essence of my subject – its minimal shape, its maximum color and its most basic attributes.” Says Ward. Her recent exhibits include the Oxford Art Fair and a show at Maryland Federation of Art.

Robert Ciesielski enjoys painting cityscapes, landscapes and water. He has spent considerable time in Ireland and loves the constantly changing weather and cloud formations there that provide variety for his landscapes. Whatever the subject in his paintings, he uses light and shadow and color contrast to catch the viewer’s interest and create the mood of a scene. Ciesielski lives and paints in Centreville.

The exhibition begins September 11th and will run through October 30th. Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts is located at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520 or slyle@queenannescountyarts.com.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. We connect artists to audiences and the community to the arts. Visit us on the web at www.queenannescountyarts.com


QAC Arts Council Announces Free Concert Series Line up

The 2014 “Thursdays in the Park” Free Concert Series kicks off on June 12th at Millstream Park with acoustic artist Keri Glorioso.  Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the classics in blues, soul, and rock.  With her soaring vocals and mesmerizing guitar skills, Keri is a favorite at area night spots.  Millstream Park is located in Centreville, Maryland.

June 24th get your flip flops on and experience the Chris Sacks Band at the Kent Island Yacht Club.  Come and enjoy a creative blend of breezy Country Beach Rock, Americana and folk with influences of Jimmy Buffett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.  The Kent Island Yacht Club is located in Kent Narrows, Chester Maryland.  Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Join us for a night of patriotic themed music on July 10th at the Centreville Court House Square in Centreville with the Chesapeake Bay Community Band.   The band performs throughout the region delighting audiences with marches, classic concert band literature, and Broadway favorites.  American flags are welcome!

July 26th local favorites 21 HORSES will bring a taste of country to the Kent Island Yacht Club.  With deep roots here on the Shore; they will deliver a well-paced energetic show with a variety of material that will appeal to everyone!  Come enjoy the picturesque setting and be ready to dance!  Food and beverages will be available for sale.

August 7th Milkshake will rock out the whole family! Led by Lisa Mathews in her trademark tutu and Frye boots, this nationally known band will deliver a show described as “a little like magic” for parents and kids alike.   Come on over to the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center located in Kent Narrows where we will have face painting and frozen treats from Rita’s available.

We wrap up our series with a Motown theme on August 21st at Matapeake Amphitheatre on Kent IslandA long time Maryland favorite, Bobby and the Believers performs funk, soul, rhythm and blues and Big Band top 40 dance and party hits from the 1960s to today.  Come and enjoy great dancing music and an incredible Kent Island sunset!   The Amphitheatre is located on the beach at the Matapeake Club House on Route 8 in Stevensville, Maryland.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Concerts begin at 7 pm. The series is presented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council with the help of our Sponsors – the Queen Anne’s County Tourism Office, Priceless Industries, and the Maryland State Arts Council.  Bring blankets or chairs; picnicking is encouraged. Concerts will be held rain or shine. Contact the Arts Council in the event of extreme weather conditions or alerts. More information on the summer concert schedule is available online at www.queenannescountyarts.com

Learn Ballroom Dance at the Arts Council

Two new dance classes start at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts Wednesday evenings from May 14 through June 4. Rumba is inspired by African rhythms and Latin melodies, and  is a pre-requisite for good Latin dancing, while it helps sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscle control. This month’s class is aimed at students already familiar with the basic steps. Rumba class begins at 7 p.m.

At 8 p.m., you will be moving slow, slow, quick, quick to the Foxtrot. Perfecting this smooth and elegant dance is the key to gliding around like Fred and Ginger at your next social event. Ballroom dance classes are held year-round for dancers of all levels. Class fees are $50 for members of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, or $55 for non members. The deadline for registration is May 13.

Instructor Amanda Showell has taught at some of the largest dance schools on the east coast, having coached the dance teams of both Princeton University and the University of Delaware. A teacher since 1996, she has won numerous ballroom dance competition titles and trained with World Class dancers such as Peter Eggleton and Charlotte Jorgensen.

Centre for the arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville,  Tuesday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, or by calling 410-758-2520, online, or by request via email at exhibit@arts4u.info. The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts by connecting artists to audiences and the community to the arts.  Visit us on the web at www.queenannescountyarts.com

QA County Arts Council Offering Classes in Visual Arts

There is still time to sign up for our Visual Arts Classes! Our skilled instructors are offering classes designed to renew existing artistic interests and develop new skills. Classes are limited in size to ensure quality individual instruction.

Artists and instructor Ric Conn will be teaching “Painting Birds in Gouache”. Gouache paint, similar to watercolor, is modified to make it an opaque painting medium; a perfect match for painting birds. The journey begins with information on avian anatomy as an aide to understanding their characteristics. Students will then learn a variety of painting techniques with an emphasis on painting birds. Classes will be held Wednesdays March 5 – April 2 from 10-2 pm.

sallyWell known artist, Sally Clark has been a passionate art educator for over 30 years. In her “Drawing Made Easy” class she guides students through lessons based upon the Betty Edwards book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, which shows that everyone can learn to draw. This class incorporates her philosophy through easy-to-follow instructions. Still life and landscapes are introduced at a relaxed pace while experimenting with various drawing tools and techniques. Therapeutic for mind and soul, students will enjoy learning in a productive and fun atmosphere. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 1-3 pm March 5-26.

Wye River Designs, Candice Liccione, will offer several classes including her popular “Steampunk Jewelry Workshop”. Steampunk is an art form that mixes the styles of the past with modern materials. You will create a necklace using watch parts, metal charms, gears and hardware with beads, patinas, alcohol inks and metal stamping. You can create a funky modern style or a graceful Victorian style necklace to match your personal style. The workshop is March 23 from 1-4 pm.

Alexas Carbezas works with Black Rocket Productions to help children learn to make their own video games. Her Anime/Manga drawing instruction is a popular medium for kids 12-18. Japanese styled characters are known for their unique style and the stories behind them. Learn the basics of both the artistic and conceptual side of designing your own anime. In this class you will start from scratch and work step by step toward a final design as you learn to sketch and color, and create a personality and dress style for your character. Classes are Saturdays March 15-29 from 1-4 pm.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. All donations are 100% tax deductible. To register; please visit our website: www.queenannescountyarts.com or call 410.758.2520.


Celebrity Waiters Delivered Impeccable Service at Mardi Gras Tea

The QAC Centre for the Arts was transformed into scene straight from Bourbon Street in shades of purple, green, and gold at the Annual Small Works High Tea served Mardi Gras style. Serving to a sold out crowd; our Local Celebrity Servers were the highlight of the event!

Attendees were treated to traditional tea fare with a delicious Cajun twist that included Creole Shrimp Salad and Muffuletta sandwiches. In between courses, guests were able to create their own masks and compete for prizes. Scrumptious King Cakes were served bringing luck to those who found the traditional baby in their slice.

Picture caption: Mardi Gras Tea Local Celebrity Waiters: Tim McCluskey, George O’Donnell, Dave MacGlashan, Scott MacGlashan, Mark Turner, Major Jim Wright, Rick Strittmater, Paul Comfort, Frank Aversa, Larry Mitchell, and Lance Richardson. Delegate Steve Arentz and Sherriff Gary Hoffman had to head out before we grabbed this picture.

Proceeds from all activities benefit the Arts Council. The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Visit us on the web at www.queenannescountyarts.com.