Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Get Creative!

Be a More Creative Person in 4 Short Weeks

1.       Exploration - Not sure where to start? Start in Leonardtown!  The whole family can relax, socialize, listen to music, meet local artists and play with hands-on art demos at Arts & Entertainment First Friday Celebration and Art Walk on September 4, 2015, from 5 – 8 p.m.   In celebration of Leonardtown’s Arts & Entertainment District, jazz trio Higher Standards will be serenading visitors as they move from demo stations to galleries to boutiques, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Leonardtown.  Local authors will be signing books, and artists will be located around the Square, creating works from start to finish and inviting passersby to try something new!  Near the Leonardtown Arts Center, a “paint-out” vignette will be staged for anyone who wishes to paint, sketch or sculpt with a live model.
Participants in the Art Walk around Town will see finished works from local artists, discover a variety of artistic styles and materials, and be able to vote for their favorite piece.  Ballots will be available in the September 3 issue of The County Times, or at any participating ArtWalk location. 

Artists who wish to submit to the ArtWalk should contact Nell Elder at the St. Mary’s County Arts Council info@smcart.org.  

Artists who wish to sell their work and/or provide demonstrations in the Square for this event should contact Maria Fleming at the Commissioners of Leonardtown:  maria.fleming2@verizon.net.

Artists wishing to set up for the paint out can contact Nicole Stewart at nstewart@olg.com.
For more information on the event visit leonardtownfirstfridays.com .

2.    Inspiration – Learn to think differently, step outside your comfort zone and change your perspective.   No better place for this than at The Clazzical Project concert, Saturday, September 5, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. in the Leonardtown Square.
What if Mozart had been born in Havana? What would it sound like if Dave Brubeck had written Beethoven's Symphony No. 9?   On Saturday, September 5th, enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by The Clazzical Project:   Don Stapleson on flute, his fellow St. Mary’s alum Peter Fields on guitar, and Fred Lieder the cello.
 By thinking “outside the Bachs” the trio has developed a playlist that includes, “Bachbird” (combining the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 in G Major with “Bye Bye Blackbird”), “Blueberry Madigan” (Mozart’s Elvira Madigan meets “Blueberry Hill”), “Havana Nacht Musik” (The Rondo from Mozart’s Eine Kliene Nachtmusik as an Afro-Cuban piece), and “Mars the Bringer of da’ Funk” (Gustav Holst plays that funky music).
Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on, and enjoy one of the many restaurants for dinner before the show.
3.          Participation – The Art*Work*Shop on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. invites people of all ages to challenge themselves, learn new skills, benefit from expert teachers, be confident, feel accomplished, and go home with something they created!
This first time event allows participants to explore art venues and studios around Leonardtown for a full day of hands-on, educational, creative workshops with professional artists.  Students can brush up on skills, gain some experience, or try something completely new!  Included in the cost of each seminar are materials and instruction for a creative take home project, including drawings, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, music, dance and so much more!
Registration is now open for classes including shadow knitting, felting animal sculptures, Raku ceramics, poetry writing, dance, photography, Ikebana flower arranging, bead crochet, painting, clay/stoneware, stained glass, fabric colored-in appliqué and music.  Classes are available for all ages and skill levels at a variety of price points.    Class details, registration and payment information can be found at the St. Mary’s County Arts Council website, stmarysartscouncil.com.   If you have further questions please contact Nell Elder at info@smcart.org.

4.       Motivation  – Don’t stop now!  Continue to socialize, have fun, improve your skills, and try new things – including foods - right here in Leonardtown!
Taste of St. Mary’s on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m.  showcases food and beverage establishments from around  the County, who offer food samples from their menus for a fraction of the price. 

Yellow Door Art Studio, Caught My Eye, Wine & Design, Quality Street Kitchen and Catering, and the College of Southern Maryland all have classes for community education.  Now is the time to take advantage of all the opportunities available in Leonardtown to become the creative person you want to be!