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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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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Water Moves Us to Paint Perfect Pictures

Arts advocate Mickey Love believes the county’s unsurpassed natural beauty and growing creative class inspires and nurtures artists in ways few places can. As Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), Love has been a driving force overseeing the expansion and relocation of this popular attraction. Along with galleries, performance venues, special events and public art, the DCA is an anchor tenant in Cambridge’s Arts & Entertainment District. Love is fond of saying; you can’t “throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting the arts.” She points to the caboose next to the train station that houses Powell Realtors, now a canvas for renowned Church Creek muralist Michael Rosato. The latest public art project beautifully illustrates her point, as Chesapeake’s iconic landscape comes to life on Cambridge Creek. Visit the DCA, and discover how water can move you to paint a masterpiece.

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Dorchester Unveils 2014 Marketing Campaign

On Tuesday, January 14, Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe unveiled the county’s 2014 business marketing campaign before the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The ad campaign is the latest installment of “water moves us,” the economic branding program Haythe introduced last fall to elected and community leaders. The inaugural advertisements profile Dorchester’s business strengths and opportunities. Highlighting specific industries and showcasing successful people, the campaign features bold photography, memorable copy and compelling stories. The seven campaign profiles illustrate how Dorchester’s identity reflects the landscape, culture and the character of the people who live, work and visit. The industries and companies featured in the 2014 campaign are: Agriculture (Layton’s Chance Winery); Aquaculture (Chesapeake Gold); Arts and Creative Class (Dorchester Center for the Arts); Manufacturing (GKD); Restaurants/Retail (Realerevival Brewing); Small Business (TNT Moving & Cleaning); and Tourism (Harriet Tubman State Park). “Water moves us” captures the heritage, identity and economic opportunities unique to our county,” Haythe said, “we plan to add new profiles each year to continue to tell our stories of industrious and innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders.” The 2014 campaign will be featured on Dorchester County’s website, in social media, on banners, brochures, print and digital advertisements as well …

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