Celebrate the arts at Showcase

Open mic performer Randy Welch

Open mic performer Randy Welch

September is here – the month that heralds not only back to school but also one of the community’s treasured annual events: Dorchester Showcase! Now in its 42nd year, Showcase celebrates our creative community and will be held rain or shine on Sept. 23 from noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Showcase is an outdoor art walk and street festival featuring juried fine art and crafts, music and dance, maritime heritage, Eastern Shore cuisine, and other treats and sweets. Visitors will stroll historic High Street from the Dorchester Center for the Arts to the waterfront at Long Wharf, enjoying music and dance performances including the Mid-Shore Community Band, vendor booths, family art activities, and raffle of original artisan works.

The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester will be docked at Long Wharf offering free public sails at designated times during the afternoon – a special opportunity to experience being out on the open water in this historic vessel.

Heritage arts demonstrations will be taking place along the street throughout the afternoon, including:
• Screen Painting with master screen painter John Iampieri. Both children and adults will be welcome to give it a try!
• Fiber art with advanced needle artists Windy Karpavage and friends
• Traditional Blacksmithing with Mark Williams of Williams Blacksmithing

Artisans exhibiting this year reflect a wide variety of art forms: original oil and acrylic paintings; framed and matted photography; locally sourced, all-natural sea glass jewelry, hand-felted Alpaca wool hats, scarves and purses; watercolor originals and prints; dichroic glass and natural stone jewelry; hand-painted driftwood; beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry; nautical signs; handmade doll clothing and accessories; fiber art; crocheted baby items; leather goods; glass yard art; hand-forged iron work and much, much more. Community organization booths will be sprinkled in the mix, showcasing their good work and offering information. Look for the return of the giant book sale by the Dorchester Retired Educators!

If walking works up an appetite, there will be plenty of food to enjoy – from burgers and fries, crab cakes and oyster fritters to ice cream, shakes and custom sweets! Or take a break and pop in one of the local restaurants along the route. Save the date for Showcase – Sept. 23, noon – 5 p.m. Showcase is generously supported by the Nathan Foundation.

Coffeehouse Open Mic at DCA
Final Fridays continue to be the time and DCA the place for poets, acoustic musicians, storytellers and other performing artists to take to the stage and share their talent. From September – November, the Gallery Stage will host the Final Fridays Coffeehouse Open Mic from 7 – 9 p.m., hosted by Maris Wicker. Admission is free for both performers and audience. If you would like an on-stage slot, just call DCA at 410-228-7782 to be added to the lineup.

DCA offers a year-round schedule of activities in the visual, literary and performing arts. For more information on additional programs at DCA visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org, or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge. Like us on Facebook! Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

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