In the Art Galleries
Cambridge is home to a thriving, eclectic community of artists and several galleries with a range of work.
Special Holiday Art Walk is Second Saturday, December 13!
Be sure to enjoy the next Art Walk on Second Saturday, when most shops and galleries stay open until 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:
CHOPTANK CHARLIE'S EMPORIUM: This shop features the work of several area artists, including items created from re-purposed buoys and crab bushel baskets. Stop by for refreshments beginnig at 5pm on Second Saturday, December 13. 533 Poplar Street.
DORCHESTER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Small Works and Other Good Things features works created by members of the Wednesday Morning Artists especially for gift giving. Join in the big (and free!) festivities on December 13, 5-7:30pm, during Night of A Zillion Snowflakes, with delicious appetizers, a brief concert by members of area church choirs, and magical snowflakes everywhere. At the end of the evening, the winning ticket for the Wednesday Morning Artists-made queen-size Diamond Jubilee quilt will be drawn. (Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 and will be sold from now through Saturday, December 13. To inquire about tickets, call Mary Ellen at 410.228.5193 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also purchase tickets at the Hunt Insurance office.)
Also on December 13, the DCA hosts a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas" at 2pm ($3 per adult; $2 per child), followed by the free Art For All from 3-5pm. All ages welcome; stop and see what they're creating this month! 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.
DOWNTOWN FRAME OF MINE: Free Second Saturday reception December 13 from 5-7pm to celebrate the one-woman show featuring the work of artist Carla Huber of Woolford, Maryland. She's won several Maryland Duck and Trout Stamp competitions as well as placing in the finals of the Federal Duck Stamp judging. All are welcome; light refreshments will be served. Downtown Frame of Mine features original artwork—including paintings of Shore life and sports memorabilia prints—by guest artist George Wright. They also offer custom framing. 319 High Street, 410.228.7977
LIV AGAIN: Hosting a Second Saturday reception starting at 5pm with mosaic artist Jen Wagner, driftwood artist Mike Campbell, and artist Deena Deense Kilmon. The Bells of the Bay handbell choir performs at 6pm. Santa's Friend will also be on hand. This shop and gallery showcases the work of 19 regional artists. 317 High Street.
MAIN STREET GALLERY: Join in the Second Saturday reception on December 13 from 5-9pm for Artful Giving, with artworks that make great, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from 34 different artists. (Gift certificates are also available.) Enjoy a glass of cheer and light h’ors d’oeuvres while eyeing the artists' new creations. Please bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for Anchor Point Food Bank in Cambridge. And for those late Santas, there will be a "Guy's Night" at the gallery from 5-9pm on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Enjoy a beer, chips and salsa while you shop for that special someone. Expert staff will be on hand to help you with your selections and they'll gift wrap your purchases for free! The gallery is open 11-4 on Thursday, 11-9 on Friday and Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. In addition, on Monday Dec. 22 the gallery will be open from 11-4, Tues. Dec. 23 from 11-9, Wed. Dec. 24 from 11-3, Thursday, Dec. 25, closed and Friday, Dec. 26 from 11-9. 518 Poplar Street, info@MainStGallery.org.
RACE STREET GALLERY: Second Saturday reception on December 13. This month's show features a range of jewelery artists with great gifts that are easy to ship. The gallery features pottery, photography, sculpture, paintings, wood carvings, jewelry and other works by regional artists and artisans. Race Street Gallery is part of the the Shops at Magnolia Grove, which also features a microbatch coffee roastery (Night Kitchen) and vintage fashion. 410 Race Street, 410.228.7000
You can also find artwork by area artists at some of the shops downtown, including Sunnyside Shop (500 Poplar St.) and Bliss (501 Poplar St.).
Art For All on Second Saturdays
Each Second Saturday of the month, join in a free arts workshop for all ages at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. Each month you'll learn to make a different project using different media. 3-5pm. 321 High Street.
Art classes and workshops
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.