Second Saturday Weekend at the DCA

Michael Rosato’s new mural will be painted on the exterior back wall of the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center on Race Street. Harriet Tubman is seen extending a powerful hand that will take enslaved people to freedom.

Michael Rosato’s new mural will be painted on the exterior back wall of the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center on Race Street. Harriet Tubman is seen extending a powerful hand that will take enslaved people to freedom.

Every Friday at the Arts Center starts with the Fiber Arts women who arrive at 10 a.m. with their projects. Out come needles, shuttles, hoops, even looms; the women get down to their pleasant work. The group has been meeting for five years but welcome newcomers to join in what one participant calls her “mental health day.” Even a visitor soon gets wrapped up in the friendly, low-key chatter while the women produce high art in needlepoint, weaving, quilting, crochet, and rug making.

Phyllis Rhoads’ mythical creature took four months and 52,000 stitches. There’s something traditional, even historic about the circle of women, sharing time, skills, and experiences that make you think of colonial women in Dorchester County.

Michelle Follett, the group’s master weaver, will be teaching in the Center’s “Kids Fiber Arts Saturday,” classes for children in February. Check on line at www. dorchesterarts.org

On this Second Saturday, crowds came to take part in for several functions. The Community Choir performed well-known carols. The singers never rehearse but I only know that because someone told me. The singing itself doesn’t betray that fact; there’s a gifted soprano who can be heard and lots of supportive singers who stay on key. They added a note (or notes) of good cheer.

In the center’s front room, Michael Rosato unveiled his next Dorchester project, drawing a Second Saturday crowd. Rosato is the painter who has given Dorchester County its “history in murals” in Cambridge, East New Market and Vienna. Sponsored by a grant from the Maryland State Council of the Arts and the Dorchester County Arts, the new mural will be painted on the exterior back wall of the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center on Race Street. Harriet Tubman is seen extending a powerful hand that will take enslaved people to freedom.

Meanwhile, another artist is also honoring extraordinary women. Hollie Taylor is part of the current Gift Show. Hollie calls her celebration of women “Protest Pearls.” An archival portrait and a freshwater pearl make a necklace that honors the women who fought for freedom, the right to vote, and social justice.

The variety of the Gift Show has wide appeal. Cambridge resident Lynn Hutchinson finds original selections that allow her to perfect gifts for family and friends. She says, ”A trip or two to the Arts Center lets me shop local and complete my buying easily and with confidence that I’ve gotten presents that they are going to love.“

The Holiday Gift Show ends on Dec. 22. Art lovers can look forward to the next show, the Members’ Show, which will open on Jan. 4.
Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Gloria Rojas who is filling in for Barbara J. Seese, executive director, while she is recuperating from surgery.

 

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