Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Local Artists Celebrate Maryland's 375th!

We're kicking off Maryland Celebrates 375 with art! The North End Gallery, in co-sponsorship with the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, is getting ready to hold the “Maryland, My Maryland” Art Exhibit, which will be the first major event centered on celebrating Maryland's 375th birthday.

Opening February 3 and running through March 29, the Maryland, My Maryland exhibit will showcase artwork that reflects the true heritage and beauty of the Southern Maryland region created by artists from the local area. The exhibit is bringing together the artistic styles and mediums of over thirty-three resident artists from Southern Maryland as well as invited artists from our area, including Bud Adams, Jim Bershon, Karen Chambers, Larry Chappelear, Sue Chappelear, Jack Epstein, Connie James, Sue Johnson, Jenny Neat, Carrie Patterson, Lee Russell, and Tim Scheirer.

The North End Gallery will hold two unique receptions for the exhibit to give us all a chance to view the art in a more personal way. On February 6, a First Friday Opening Reception will be held from 5 PM - 8 PM. The reception will allow visitors to meet some of the artists whose work will be on display. On March 6, there will be a Celebrate Maryland's 375th Anniversary First Friday Reception from 5 PM - 8 PM. Birthday cake will be served in honor of the state's birthday.

And there is something for the kids too! Historic St. Mary's City is holding a poster contest for 4th grade students and those ages 9 or 10. Also themed for the celebration of Maryland's 375th birthday, the poster contest invites kids to think about Maryland's first capital, St. Mary's City, and to explore the state's colonial history. Prizes will be offered to the winning entry in each category, so make sure to have your 4th grade student enter!

As we get closer to the opening and throughout the “Maryland, My Maryland” exhibit, I will keep you updated!

For more information on the “Maryland, My Maryland” exhibit, please call North End Gallery at 301-475-3130 or visit To find out more about the Historic St. Mary’s City poster contest, please visit
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