In the Art Galleries
Cambridge is home to a thriving, eclectic community of artists and several galleries with a range of work.
Next Art Walk is Second Saturday, December 14!
Be sure to enjoy the next Art Walk on Second Saturday, when most shops and galleries stay open until at least 8pm or so. Many of the galleries host free receptions to celebrate the opening of new exhibits, while shops hold special promotions and other surprises await. Of course, galleries are open the rest of the month, too, so explore the arts anytime! And don't forget that most retail shops in our downtown carry work by local and regional artists as well--so stop in and ask while making your way from gallery to gallery.
In the galleries right now
JOIE DE VIVRE GALLERY: Joie de Vivre celebrates its Lucky 13th Anniversary this month with an "International Show" that spotlights the Gallery's roster of Shore-based artists with international roots. Owner Joy Staniforth hails from Cardiff, Wales. Visit the Race Street Gallery in the back part of the Joie de Vivre building with a juried exhibition of 20 different regional artists. Meet the artists at free receptions on Second Saturdays, 5:30-7:30pm. 410 Race Street, 410.228.7000.
• Named best "Art Gallery" on the Lower Eastern Shore in the 2013 "Free State's Finest" awards presented by Maryland Life Magazine.
• Named "Best Art Gallery Showcasing Local Artists" in 2012 "Best of the Eastern Shore" ratings by What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. Also named "Best Artisan Jewelry" in 2011 and 2010 "Best of the Eastern Shore" ratings.
ARTIST LOFT STUDIOS: Artists open their studios to the public on Second Saturdays, 5-8pm. Current artists are Lesley Giles and Sarah Stolte. 410 Race Street, 2nd Floor (just above Joie de Vivre Gallery).
DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: This month's exhibit is the annual "Small Works" show by the Wednesday Morning Artists. It's focused on artworks that are sized and priced for holiday giving. A free reception will be held on Second Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm, with light refreshments and live music. Also, don't miss StudioWorks, the gift shop with artist-made items. The DCA also offers a wide range of art classes for children and adults. 321 High Street, 410.228.7782.
• Named "Best Art Program" in 2012 "Best of the Eastern Shore" ratings by What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. Also named "Best Art Gallery Representing Regional and National Artists" in 2011 "Best of the Eastern Shore" ratings.
MAIN STREET GALLERY: This co-op gallery features the work of member artists from around the Eastern Shore region. This month's exhibit is built around the theme, "Artful Giving," and also features works by other regional artists invited to submit works. There will be a free reception on Second Saturday, 5-8pm. 447 Race Street, info@MainStGallery.org.
DANNY DOUGHTY GALLERY: Step into another time and place at this gallery, which features the vibrant, colorful work of folk artist Danny Doughty. Through paint, Doughty shares his life growing up on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Open by appointment by calling 757.709.4994. 437 Race St.
DOWNTOWN FRAME OF MIND: Featuring original artwork—including paintings of Shore life and sports memorabilia prints—by Cambridge artist George Wright. Stop by and you may see the artist at work on a painting. They, too, stay open late on Second Saturday. 319 High Street, 410.228.7977
Art classes and workshops
Artist studios available
Wednesday Morning Artists
Wednesday Morning Artists is a diverse group of local artists united by a desire to promote art for public and private enjoyment. The group meets each Wednesday morning in downtown Cambridge to share advice and more. Find out more at their website, www.wednesdaymorningartists.com.