Year-End Wrap-Up at DCA

The Chorus of Dorchester performs under the direction of their leader, Cookie Brohawn. The chorus was founded by Mrs. Brohawn 43 years ago and is still going strong.

The Chorus of Dorchester performs under the direction of their leader, Cookie Brohawn. The chorus was founded by Mrs. Brohawn 43 years ago and is still going strong.

It’s been “Showtime” at the Dorchester Center for the Arts this month but it’s not stopping yet. The current Gift Show may be thinning out a little as purchases are adding up, but plenty of tasteful gifts are still available. Just looking is fun with plenty of original jewelry, pottery, and paintings. And mittens! For one dollar, you can win a pair of mittens in the Raffle being held. On display are so many pairs it looks like everyone in town can be winners.

“Showtime” continued this week with the traditional appearance of the Chorus of Dorchester. People filled the Todd Performance Hall upstairs to hear the holiday music. Besides the auditory program, we could also visually enjoy the graceful, almost dancelike direction of Cookie Brohawn who founded the chorus 43 years ago. Some veteran singers started with her then and are still at it, but every year, new members join, without auditions because everyone who likes to sing (even those who can’t) is welcome.

And they sound wonderful all together. This year, as in other years, the selections included familiar songs we all feel comfortable with and enjoy; however, very thrilling is the choice of classical selections which are uncommonly fresh and lovely.

Coo-ool off the presses is the new DCA Winter Catalogue with a variety of new opportunities. In her catalog greetings, Executive Director Barb Seese says, “The arts are the great equalizer — they do not care about your age, your ethnicity, your political party or your income.” Are there requirements? Of course! If you’re taking a class at the potters’ wheel, you must wear clothes that can get messy and have trimmed fingernails.

For children, Something New! Fiber Arts Saturday will include weaving, knitting, basket weaving and rug hooking in a series of two-hour sessions on Saturdays for children. See the program for details. For adults and teens, do you want to learn how to use a sewing machine to create your own outfits? The instructor LaToya Jackson, born and raised in Dorchester County, has a presence on YouTube which she is bringing to the Art Center. You too can alter those too-long pants or make something new. Imagine enjoying the rewards of mastering a new skill.

For the Literary Arts, a new program will be Amber Green’s five-week weekend workshop in Performance Poetry. Pitch, volume, emphasis, you’ll learn how to use them to improve your delivery of poetry and dramatic speech. “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” and they will want to listen to you.

Music classes, painting classes, even Mozart for 4-year-olds is on the schedule for the winter. Copies are available on Facebook, at the center, or at www.dorchesterarts.org.

The Gift Show wraps up on Dec. 22, and the call for Members Art is over. That show starts on Jan. 4, when the Dorchester Arts Center reopens after its seasonal break from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. The Members’ Show opens on Jan. 4, 2019.

Wishing you a Happy and Artful New Year!

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, who is recuperating from surgery.

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