The Cecil County Arts Council is getting a colorful start to the new year.
About 200 works of art, created by Cecil County Public School's students, will be featured during January's arts council exhibition.
According to Danielle Dunn Tribble from the arts council, there will be nearly 200 works featured and that will attract a crowd. She said that parents, grandparents, and siblings of the school age artists flock to see the show which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and during the opening artist's reception.
February's exhibition will feature works by John Dixon, Jen Fox, William Scarborough, and students for the "It's Not All Skunks and Zebras" exhibit. The Lunchlines Poetry Group will stay with that theme and feature accompanying works entitled "Black & White & Read All Over".
Bob Piazza will be the featured artist in March for the "It's Not Always What it Seems" exhibit. The open show theme will be "Real Surreal".
April will be a busy month at the Cecil County Arts Council. For the first time ever, the art work of students from West Nottingham Academy and The Tome School will be featured in a private school exhibit entitled "Private Side of Cecil County. The open show will be "Textiles: Ties that Bind Us". That will pair with the Historical Society of Cecil County's 100 Years of Fashion.
"We are hoping to expand our partnerships," said the arts council's Anne Marie Hamilton. She said the goal is for the council to partner with all of Cecil's non profit agencies for various events.
May will see the return of the Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services show "Expressions of Healing". New in May will be a partner show along with the Historical Society of Cecil County's design your own birdhouse show.
Hamilton said the plan for the birdhouses has generated a great deal of excitement.
June will be the arts council's members show. Diane Lawler will also be the featured artist with her "Down the Rabbit Hole" exhibit.
Paulette Smyth will be the solo artist of the month in July with the "Grace, Beauty, Spirit, & Fire" equine essence in July. The open show will be "The Elements".
The arts council's Wednesday artists will be featured in August with the Artists in Action exhibit. The open show will feature recycled objects as art. September's featured artist will be Lisa Buttino's "Painting with a Twist." The open show will stay with that theme "Twisted Paintings".
The juried art show returns in October. The 19th annual Cecil County Arts Council's Photography Show will be held in November. Decoy lovers will rejoice in December. The partners show will feature decoys. The annual Holiday Art Mart will also be held. Another highlight of the new year will be the eighth season of the Cecil County Arts Council Wine and Dine series. Dates planned for this year are January 26 at Schaefer's Canal House, February 23 at Chesapeake Inn, March 23, and April 27 are the other wine and dine dates. Locations will be announced. The evenings include a multi-course meal and beverage pairings.
Gallery 301, a partnership with the Cecil County Public Library, will have art hung in the new gallery space at the Cecil County Public Library. This kicked off in December and will continue in the new year.
The former year, 2017, was a giving one for the arts council. They gave away more than $36,000 in an effort to bring more arts programming to Cecil County. The following organizations were partners in this program: Cecil Dancenter, the Milburn Stone Theater, Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, the Tome School, Cecilton Elementary School, Cecil County Choral Society, the Fair Hill Nature Center, Cecil College Performing Arts, Upper Chesapeake Community Band, Perryville Elementary School, and the North East Coffee House.
The arts council offers a dozen gallery exhibits each year, hosts 26 poetry workshops, helps maintain a community garden and more. The Cecil County Arts Council was established in 1977 and is located at 135 East Main Street, Elkton.