Newly Formed Creative and Performing Arts Group Dances Into South County

A new arts group has formed in our community. Known as the Creative and Performing Arts of South County, the group will strive to bring quality arts education as well as performance opportunities and gallery space to southern Anne Arundel, northern Calvert and Prince George’s counties.

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Peter Rabbit will be coming to Honey Hive in Edgewater on Saturday.

Kimmary MacLean is the executive director of the group. She said that, they have already recruited members and are working with multiple organizations, including the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (LS), the Muddy Creek Artist Guild, Arundel Vocal Arts and the National Ballet Institute.

MacLean said that the group wants to collaborate with the artists that live in the area. She is involved locally in the arts scene. She is a member of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild where she’ll be showing her photography work in their upcoming show in Galesville on April 24-27.  She also runs an extracurricular art club at Shady Side Elementary School. MacLean, who earned degrees in accounting and art from the University of Maryland, trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet. She currently teaches at the National Ballet.

The Creative and Performing Arts group, which formed in February, will focus on classes and performances for students, from children to adults, as well as continuing education for professionals.

Right now, they have two small events planned. From noon to 3 p.m. on April 19, they host a free Easter-themed event at the Honey Hive cafe in South River Colony Main Street in Edgewater. In collaboration with the National Ballet, costumed Peter Rabbit characters will stop by, while Rachel Powers, who owns Honey Hive will run an Easter Egg Hunt and other activities.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 10, they’ll assist with Wimsey Cove’s annual Mother’s Day, “Make It, Mat It, Give It,” event, where families can come to Wimsey Cove Framing and Art in Edgewater to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork for mom, grandmom, or that special someone in your life. Wimsey Cove will be donating half of the proceeds to the Creative and Performing Arts of South County. Wimsey Cove is located at 3141 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater.

MacLean said that they are working on future events and also focused on finding performance space.

“LSO does not have a home for the organization. They hold their concerts at the high school or whever they find space available. We would like a space to provide artists. We’d like gallery and performance space to have everything in one location,” she said.

Think of what Maryland Hall provides the Annapolis community. MacLean said that they are hoping for something in the Edgewater area, but if they can find a temporary space while they look for a more permanent space, that would be ideal.

If you’d like to learn more about the group, email contact@artsofsoco.org.

 

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