Golfers and artists unite for DCA

Maryland artist Will Hemsley returns for the 2018 Plein Air Golf and Artist Showcase (Pictured at 2017 event)

Maryland artist Will Hemsley returns for the 2018 Plein Air Golf and Artist Showcase (Pictured at 2017 event)

The 4th Annual Plein Air Golf Tournament and Artist Showcase will be held on June 4, at the Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club, 100 Heron Boulevard in Cambridge.

This signature fundraising event for DCA features artists on the course capturing the waterfront views and natural beauty of the grounds, while golfers are promised the same scenic vistas playing one of Maryland’s finest public courses.

Artist check-in is set for at 8 a.m., with juried art show submissions due by 2 p.m. Pig Roast and Art Show will begin at 4 p.m. A special Artist Reception will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m, limited to the first 50 guests. The $85 artist entry fee for the event includes the Sunday artist reception as well as the Monday pig roast. A live auction will be held for the top three paintings during the pig roast with the remaining paintings to be included in a silent auction. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place paintings will be awarded.

1st place, the David Grafton Memorial award in honor of the late artist, will be $1,000. 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded at $700 and $500 respectively, in addition to three $100 honorable mentions. Additionally, artists will receive 65 percent commission on all works sold during the event.

All participating artists will need to be present on June 3 at 10 a.m. for the artist meet and greet. Canvases will be stamped at this time. Artists are welcome to paint as many as they like, but only one work of the artist’s choice may be submitted into the juried show, with one additional work of choice into the silent auction.

Artists are free to paint anywhere in the City of Cambridge on Sunday but MUST paint on the golf course on Monday during the tournament. Artists will determine the minimum acceptable bid for their work. DCA encourages artists to be conservative in their pricing to encourage active bidding during this charitable event.

For golfers the format is $500 for a foursome, which includes the pig roast. Individuals may register for $150. Shot gun scramble start. There will be prizes for golfers in two divisions based upon handicap.

The public is invited to attend the artist reception as well as the pig roast, with the latter including the chance to bid on the artwork featured in the live and silent auctions. The $100 admission fee on each event is applicable towards any winning auction bid. Those choosing to attend both the reception and the pig roast receive a reduced combo fee of $150.

Golfers and artists interested in receiving registration information should contact DCA at 410-228-7782. Proceeds from the Plein Air Golf and Artist Showcase benefit the children’s summer camp program and supports ongoing enhancements to DCA’s historic building facility.

Second Saturday And
Photo Supplies Flea Market
DCA will host an Art and Photo Supplies Flea Market on Second Saturday, May 12, in partnership with Wednesday Morning Artists. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Plenty of time to stop by and peruse the eclectic selection of supplies. Watch for more details!

The Second Saturday Artists’ Reception for the May “Young People’s Show” will be held from 5 – 7:30 p.m., with live music and kid-friendly refreshments. Admission to both activities is free, all are welcome.

For more information on programs and events visit DCA at 321 High St. in Cambridge, or online at Like us on Facebook! Hours of operation: Tuesday – Thursday, moon – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Second Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, celebrating 50 years of service to the arts.

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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