Exploring Southern Maryland: St. Charles Day Trips

Thursday, January 17, 2013

In 2013, we will explore the wonders of Southern Maryland and bring them to our friends via the St. Charles Blog. This month, while it may be blustery outside, there are charming, educational and intriguing indoor trips for the entire family.
The Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) is located in Smallwood State Park in Marbury, MD on Route 224 in Charles County. The Center was founded in 1986 by a concerned group of local citizens who believed that the arts are compelling and should have a more prominent place in our lives and the lives of our children. The MCAC is a nonprofit organization and does not charge for admission, although donations are greatly appreciated. The Center is staffed with volunteers from all ages and walks of life, all dedicated to making the arts approachable to families.

The MCAC gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm during scheduled exhibitions and shows. The Center’s stated mission is:

•    Maintaining and operating a permanent facility to provide exhibition and studio/workshop space for working artists 
•    Introducing new art forms, concepts, and ideas through innovative programming
•    Perpetuating a sense of community among artists by the application of policies and procedures which will facilitate a free exchange of ideas among artists and the broader community
•    Programming workshops, lectures, demonstrations, films, and seminars with professional artists for participants of all ages, levels of experience, and artistic involvement
•    Presenting exhibits of regional, national, and international art
•    Providing a space for civic and social events in a setting enhanced by art
•    Maintaining and operating a permanent facility to provide exhibition and studio/workshop space for working artists 
•    Introducing new art forms, concepts, and ideas through innovative programming

•    Perpetuating a sense of community among artists by the application of policies and procedures which will facilitate a free exchange of ideas among artists and the broader community

•    Programming workshops, lectures, demonstrations, films, and seminars with professional artists for participants of all ages, levels of experience, and artistic involvement

•    Presenting exhibits of regional, national, and international art
•    Providing a space for civic and social events in a setting enhanced by art
The Center’s two galleries, porch and/or the large yard overlooking beautiful Mattawoman Creek can be rented for events and parties. Early evening events get the additional benefit of spectacular sunsets over the nearby marina! 
The Center has “open” shows and an annual juried show, all of them open to all artists. If you have an artistic inclination, watch for the Center’s Call for Entries on their website one month prior to the exhibit. In addition to exhibits, the Center holds Tea Parties spread throughout the year, also open to everyone and free of charge.  A variety of art related classes/workshops are available to the public throughout the year and the 2013 schedule should be posted to their website very soon. The Center has a gift shop showcasing member artist creations with items perfect for any occasion.

Be sure to visit http://www.mattawomanart.org/ for upcoming exhibits and everything you need to know to take a break from the cold and have an artful experience!

 

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