Spectrum: Community Photography & Digital Arts Exhibit

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A variety of arts, including live music, will be seen and heard at Showcase on Sunday.

It’s time to prepare for the Dorchester Center for the Arts’ Annual Photography & Digital Arts Exhibit and Competition. Entry forms are due on Sept. 22 and are available at DCA or for download at www.dorchesterarts.org.

The show opens Oct. 5, and entries may be dropped off Oct. 2 and 3 between noon and 8 p.m. This judged show is open to the public, and each photographer may enter up to three works.

The theme this year echoes the slogan of Dorchester County: “Water Moves Us,” in keeping with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit opening Oct. 19 in the Performance Hall at DCA, through a partnership with Cambridge Main Street. Water/Ways will also include a local exhibit with elements specific to Dorchester County heritage and traditions.

Submissions for the photography show must be original and may not have been previously shown at DCA. All photographs must be either gallery wrapped or matted and framed, and properly wired (ready to hang). The maximum size is 30″ in either direction including the frame.

Digitally altered photos and photo collages are acceptable. If you have done extensive alterations (e.g., adding something to or subtracting something from the photo), you will need to make a note of that on the Registration Forms and Labels. Basic editing (cropping, color correction, adjusting contrast, etc.) doesn’t count as digital alteration here.

Judging is based on the following criteria: quality of photograph, originality, composition, and overall presentation. Cash awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony on Oct. 12 in each of the three divisions: Youth, Amateur Adult, and Professional Adult, as well as for Best Use of Light (one award for black and white and one for color).

In addition, a DCA Gift Certificate will be presented for Best in Show, and ribbons will be awarded for People’s Choice and honorable mentions. DCA reserves the right to reject any work. All entered works must remain on display through the end of the show except for sales to out-of-town buyers.

October will also feature a special front gallery exhibit, “Lesley Giles: Reflecting on Water.” Lesley is a contemporary painter from London who currently resides in Dorchester and is a member of the Main Street Gallery artist cooperative in Cambridge. Lesley holds a BFA from Goldsmiths College of Art in London, and an MFA from the Royal College of Art in London. The exhibit will run Oct. 4-Oct. 28.

This weekend – Showcase!
The 43rd Annual Showcase event arrives Sept. 22. This art walk and street festival is held on historic High Street from noon – 5 p.m., rain or shine, and features fine art and craft vendors, community organizations, music, dance, maritime heritage and Eastern Shore cuisine.

A special heritage village celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Dorchester County will animate the Courthouse grounds with re-enactments spotlighting Dorchester heritage, historical displays, art and essay contest awards and the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule.

Additional highlights of the day include a fun photo both set up by the Wednesday Morning Artists and free rides on The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Right around the corner on Glasgow Street, Zion Church is hosting “Rolling Sculpture,” a car and truck show featuring vehicles as works of art.

There will be classic, contemporary, hot rods, muscle cars, antiques, art cars and more. Join us on Sept. 22 as we celebrate our creative community! Showcase is generously supported by the Nathan Foundation.


Dorchester Center for the Arts is dedicated to enriching Maryland’s Eastern Shore community through high quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts. To learn more, stop by 321 High St., call 410-228-7782 or visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. Find 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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