Muddy Creek Art Show is Open Through Thursday in Galesville
Better get over to Galesville this weekend to see the latest artwork by members of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild, a group of artists who create original work and live in South County. All of the work at the show, “Artists on the Half Shell,” is new. It includes paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, stained glass, woodwork, textiles and more.
Show chairman Ray Boedecker, a photographer, said that the works of about 40 artists are on display, including pieces by three new members.
The show is being held at Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Main Street, Galesville. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be a “Meet the Artists” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Golden and Silver Oyster awards and reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and refreshments. On Sunday, scholarship award winners will be announced from 2 to 3 p.m.
Boedecker said that the largest category of art is photography.
He said they began the setup for the show on Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. With about 18 people working to set up the show, they were working steadily for most of the morning and into the early afternoon.
By Thursday morning, the show was all set up and ready for guests.
The South County Chamber of Commerce and South County Coffee Connections hosted a joint morning meeting at the event. About two dozen women checked out the artwork — some making purchases.
The show officially opened on Thursday at 10 a.m.
The price point for the show starts around $10 for some of the jewelry items. The most expensive piece is an oil painting by Rick Casali of Galesville ($2400). Then there are hundreds of pieces at all prices in between.
The judges were on site on Thursday morning, carefully evaluating each of the pieces. The winners will be announced on Saturday night. They also have an opportunity for members of the public to vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” balloting. Be sure to drop off your ballot. It’s free and open to everyone.
Boedecker said that the Guild will take 10 percent of the sale price of any item. Artists pay $40 to participate in the show. The goal for the group is to simply break even.
“We spend on entertainment, refreshments, signage, hall rental,” he said.
The overall goal of the Guild, started in 2009 by current president Bea Poulin (photographer) was to give exposure to local artists from Southern Anne Arundel County. Check out a story in The Capital about the founding of the group here.
That goal is still in place to this day, with the artists keeping nearly all of the proceeds from the sales of their work.
Alongside the show, there will be a raffle of gift baskets where the proceeds benefit the scholarship program of the Guild. Poulin said that there are two $1,000 scholarships and two $100 scholarships that they will be announcing on Sunday.
The recipients of scholarships will come from high schools in South County (Southern and South River).
In addition, a scholarship fund in honor of local artist Gail Henderson, who died in late 2013, is being supplemented by her paintings, donated by Henderson’s husband. The scholarship is currently available for Anne Arundel Community College students. Henderson’s family and friends contributed and raised $4,000. The money from the paintings sold during the weekend art show will go toward the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation.
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