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Special Programs to Honor Veteran’s Day

The Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) will present two special programs in November to honor Veteran’s Day. Activities include a photography exhibit by Adjutant General James A. Adkins and a concert by the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage Brass Band. Adjutant General Adkins will have an individual show of his photography work in the front gallery at DCA in November. Highlighting the exhibit will be a discussion about the importance of Veterans Day led by General Adkins on Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.  The talk will be part of the Second Saturday events from 5:00 – 7:30 that evening at DCA. On Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. the USAF Heritage Brass Band will present a free concert at the George B. Todd Performance Hall on DCA’s 2nd Floor in Cambridge.  Heritage Brass features the diverse talents of five professional Airman-musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. From Bach to the Beatles and patriotic favorites, Heritage Brass offers a musical experience enjoyed by all audiences. The personnel performing will be on trumpets: Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon and Technical Sergeant Jon Rattay; on horn Staff Sergeant Juan Jimenez; on trombone Staff Sergeant Michael …

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Indie Craft Art Bazaar

The Indie Craft Art Bazaar is a free event designed to celebrate and showcase independent artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. The mission is to provide a unique outdoor venue for artisans to display and sell their work. The event will take place at the Ruark Boatworks located at 103 Hayward Street in Cambridge on October 8th from 10AM-4PM.  Over 20 artisans will be displaying and selling artwork at the outdoor bazaar.  Live music, food and local arts organizations will be on hand promoting upcoming events and programming.  There will be kids crafts and a “pop up” fall shop from Emily’s produce!  It will be a spectacular fall day on the shore! Cambridge is home to a vibrant arts scene, rich maritime history, historic homes and independent, locally owned stores and restaurants. Colleen Brighton Cofounder of the Indie Craft Art Bazaar said, “We are excited to enhance and highlight an already bustling, dynamic Eastern Shore city.” For more information visit the Indie Craft Art Bazaar Facebook page and website www.indiecraftartbazaar.com

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More than Meets the Eye

Focusing on re-purposed and up-cycled designs, Liv Again carries brand names, fair trade items, and home décor.  All items sold at Liv Again have a unique story and brings its own originality. Liv Again also features an open-space art gallery/bar on the second floor with pieces by original artists. The Art Bar is located on the 2nd floor of the historic Nathan building above Liv Again’s furniture store. Even though the upper level Art Bar is 2500 sq. ft., it is a warm and inviting space. The gallery contains a unique collection of art that celebrates diverse art styles and cultures. There is also a performance stage and a 17 ft. wine bar. The Art Bar sponsors monthly entertainment events such as 3rd Friday Paint nights and 3rd Saturday poetry/open mic nights.  Every 2nd Saturday, they host an artist reception and live entertainment. The flexible space can be leased for private parties, meetings and events. On June 10th Liv Again will host an exhibit featuring the extraordinary work of Alfred H. Lui, architect and designer.  His work will be presented in the gallery from June 10th to August 10th.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 10th and workshops on Saturday, June …

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Much More Than a Furniture Store

Liv Again, a furniture consignment store and art gallery, opened its doors in downtown Cambridge last summer.  Since then, Liv Again has hosted several events supporting the arts by bringing authors, musicians, artists, and much more at their High Street location. Focusing on re-purposed and up-cycled designs, Liv Again carries brand names, fair trade items, and home décor.  Liv Again features an open-space art gallery on the second floor with pieces by original artists. Most recently, a sketch artist was on-hand during Second Saturday to draw portraits.  Liv Again also hosted a celebratory surprise-wedding proposal on the second floor.  Liv Again has opened its doors to the community for a cultural experience that includes much more than a furniture store. To learn more about Liv Again, please visit www.livagain.net or call 443.515.0063.

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Lively Arts Scene Draws Visitors & Residents

When Mickey Love arrived in Cambridge in 2007 to run the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), she saw firsthand how the beauty of the environment inspired people to create amazing art. As she rolled up her sleeves to join the board and staff to plan DCA’s expansion and relocation to the historic Nathan building, she quickly discovered that the arts would be a key player in growing Dorchester County’s creative economy. “I used to say when I first moved here that you couldn’t throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting an artist,” she laughs, adding, “The arts have quietly and quickly become an economic and employment force in the county, creating artistic enterprises, supporting restaurants and retailers, and attracting tourists.” Since August 2008, the landmark Art Deco Building at 321 High Street has been home to the Dorchester Center for the Arts. With approximately 500 members, a world-class artisans’ shop, more than 100 classes and workshops, a dozen performances, and over 5,000 visitors each year, it is the anchor of the county’s arts industry. The 14,000-square-foot former Nathan’s Furniture Store was renovated in two stages. The recently completed second-floor performance and rental space will increase visitors and visibility. Love …

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Main Street Celebrates Annual Fundraiser

Cambridge Main Street will celebrate their annual fundraising event Spring Fling on March 29, 2014, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts at 321 High Street. Music will be provided by legendary DC bluesman Jimmy Cole. Food will be prepared by Chef Patrick Fanning of The High Spot, and specialty cocktails from Stoked will be available as well. The event will feature silent and live auctions that include great getaways, restaurant treats, wine and local specialties. Come out and join the celebration! The fundraising proceeds will support downtown revitalization efforts. Tickets are $65 and include one complimentary house beer or wine. For additional information or to purchase a ticket, email  office@cambridgemainstreet.com or visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com.

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District Affords Income Tax Savings For Artists

Story by Cambridge Economic Development Mural artist Michael Rosato planned to build a painting studio at his home near Cambridge. Then he discovered the tax benefits of creating artwork in the studio he now owns in the City’s Arts and Entertainment District. The lure of working from home was attractive, but Rosato could not ignore the financial savings that came with being in downtown Cambridge. As a Dorchester County resident, he does not pay Maryland state income tax on the art he sells that is designed and produced in his A&E District studio. “It makes great financial sense,” says Rosato, whose artistic works include the new Chesapeake-themed mural along Cambridge Creek outside The J.M. Clayton Company. “I have affordable space in a supportive, pro-art community, and all the work I create here is free of Maryland state income tax. It’s a fantastic deal.” But Rosato is in the minority. Many artists don’t consider locating in the A&E District because they are unaware of the potential income tax savings and the categories of creative works that qualify for this benefit. “There’s a common misunderstanding that the Maryland income tax subtraction applies only to artistic services that are physically sold or delivered …

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Dragonfly Galleria’s Grand Opening Saturday, March 15

Dragonfly Galleria is having their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting this Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. Local resident and gallery owner Shelley Abbott has semi-retired from her long-time career as an artist of music and has created a retail museum showcase of artwork on Route 50. Abbott said, “There is no cost to experience our collection of artisan creations. The beauty is free to the taker, come experience the magic!” Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe added, “The arts serve as the centerpiece for economic development. It generates economic vitality in our community. Dorchester County Economic Development welcomes Dragonfly Galleria to the community.” Dragonfly Galleria offers studio space and instructional classes in photography, painting and other skills showcased by artists. You are invited to sit and enjoy the ambiance and beauty around you or browse through the house and take in the creativity. Dedicated to selling the artwork of Maryland’s finest artists and craft persons, the products are carefully selected for their uniqueness, beauty of form, function and high-quality workmanship. Dragonfly Galleria will help you find that original item that sets you apart as a connoisseur of fine arts and crafts. For more information please visit www.dragonflygalleria.com, call 410.409.2454, …

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Harriet Tubman Organization

Director Donald Pinder and volunteer Bill Jarmon of the Dorchester Harriet Tubman Organization, located in Cambridge, have worked very hard along with many others to grow and nourish the educational tribute. Pinder and Jarmon have truly added to the local community by volunteering their own time to ensure the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center’s success. Jarmon commented, “We would like to see the organization move beyond Harriet Tubman and include personal stories of Dorchester County’s history.” The Dorchester County Harriet Tubman Organization will sponsor its Annual Harriet Tubman Banquet on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:45 p.m. at the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA). DCA is located at 321 High Street, Cambridge, Md. Speakers include Harriet “Ross” Tubman, Underground Railroad researcher Pat Lewis, and local historian John Creighton. For tickets and further information please email harriettubman@verizon.net or call 410-228-0401.

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Entrepreneur Leads Local Revitalization

Small business owner Jermaine Anderson, featured as one of the seven faces in the “water moves us” marketing campaign through the Dorchester County Economic Development Office, is not only a serial entrepreneur but also an active participant in the community. Jermaine is one of four principals at TNT Moving and Cleaning by Design. The business offers many services such as interior design and senior move services which entail assisting families and aging senior citizens to downsize, organize, persevering their history, etc. Anderson’s business also helps new residents, retirees and weekenders easily and efficiently move into and maintain their Dorchester home so they can enjoy all the amenities an Eastern Shore lifestyle entails. Together Jermaine Anderson and Adriane Holmes operate a nonprofit named Alpha Genesis CDC. The nonprofit focuses on the revitalization of the 500 block of Race Street in Cambridge. Anderson hopes the area will become a creative campus of the arts. The expectation is the local gallery movement will continue into the 500 block of Race Street and become a joint workspace where artisans can live and work. African American-owned businesses are an important part of the Eastern Shore’s economy and history. Jermaine Anderson’s creative entrepreneurial energy has provided …

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