Art for all ~ October at DCA

By Barbara J. Seese
Special to Dorchester Banner
October at Dorchester Center for the Arts boasts a plethora of arts opportunities from fiber to fused glass; drawing to dyeing – plus music, photography, painting, and more. Visit to download the full schedule of upcoming activities. If you are not already a member, stop by Tuesday through Sunday and discover the advantages of membership, including reduced fees on classes and workshops, advance notice for events, and special savings at area restaurants and businesses.
In the Galleries:
The month kicks off with the Community Photography and Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition. Cash prizes will be awarded in each division for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place. Cash prizes will also be awarded for Best Use of Light (one award for each division). Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held as part of Second Saturday on Oct. 14, 5-7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
In the Classrooms:
New class sessions include knitting with advanced needle artist Windy Karpavage, beginning Oct. 4 and continuing on Wednesday evenings through Nov. 8. Open to ages 16 and up. No experience necessary to enroll, but more experienced knitters are welcome, too. $75 DCA members, $125 non-members. Late fall session will begin Nov. 15.
Looking to try something new without a lengthy commitment? The Intro to Fused Glass Workshop on Oct. 5 is a one-day session from 3-5 p.m. for participants interested in experiencing kiln-formed glass for the first time, or those who want to brush up on their skills before the intermediate session starting Oct. 12. $35 for DCA members, $75 non-members. A $10 materials fee is payable to instructor on class date, which includes use of tools and two kiln firings.
Starting Oct. 17, find Intermediate Drawing with Jennifer Cristaudo. This class is for those with some drawing experience and ready for the next level. The class meets weekly on Tuesdays 1 -2:30 p.m. through Nov. 7. Students will analyze line quality, value, form, and composition, and complete the class with a finished self-portrait. Session fee is $75 for DCA members, $105 non-members. Materials list available at DCA.
Wrap up the month with a unique yarn dyeing workshop with Elissa Crouch. Participants will be dyeing a skein of super wash knitting yarn that can be taken home for use in your project of choice. During this class, the color wheel will be used to facilitate painting with the dyes, Observe how the colors mix and see the magic happen! This is a beginner-level class for simple dyeing technique. Call for details.
The monthly music lineup begins Oct. 7, with pianist Phillip E. Kirkland on the Gallery Stage from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for DCA members, $12 for non-members. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Next up in music, DCA welcomes The United States Air Force “Rhythm in Blue” Jazz Ensemble to the George B. Todd Performance Hall on Oct. 13, 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome for this family-friendly performance! The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their fabulous vocalist radiates sounds of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics. For additional information about this free concert, call DCA at 410-228-7782.
Consider a premier of your own performance and take to the Gallery Stage for the Final Friday Coffeehouse Open Mic on Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. To share your talents as a performer call DCA at 410-228-7782 to be added to the lineup. Slots are 10 minutes; piano is available onsite. Audience members welcome too! Come enjoy the listening experience in this friendly, supportive atmosphere. Admission is free, beverages for purchase.
For more information on programs and events at DCA, call 410-228-7782, stop by Tuesday through Sunday at 321 High Street in Cambridge, or visit online at Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, now celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.
of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

Rhythm and Blue performance at DCA

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