Upcoming Events

May

First Friday Opening Reception and Artisan Marketplace
May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Extended Hours! Meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see the new exhibits featuring the "Divine Feminine" curated by Deborah Rolig. In conjunction with the opening reception, the Women's Marketplace will open at 5pm, featuring a variety of handcrafted wares from local artisans. Admission is free. Marketplace continues Friday 5-9pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Divine Feminine: Artisan Marketplace
May 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Marketplace will be a gathering of artisans selling a variety of wares to the public, creating an open market feel. This will be a wonderful complementary/ancillary adjunct to the gallery show further galvanizing the Creative Power of the Divine Feminine.
Originals Only
May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy live original music by emerging local artists. Suggested $5 donation. Coffee provided. 6:30 - haleyomg 7:00 -Brief Encounters 7:30 - Emily Foot 8:00 - Valley Grrl Click here to find the event on Facebook!
Healing Sound Bath with Chrissy Ehrhart
May 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Suggested $10 donation. Chrissy Ehrhart is trained in sound healing and sound therapy, an ancient healing modality using musical vibrational instruments such as crystal and Himalayan Bowls, drums, bells and voice that will bring the receiver into a deep relaxation passing into the mind's thetic state while vibrations of sound will travel through the body creating harmonious balance of the body and mind's cells. Sound therapy nourishes the body's nerve endings reducing chronic pain and inflammation while lowering heart rate, blood pressure and toxic levels in the body. Stored emotions and energy blockages may be released and all while listening to a beautiful orchestra of sound embracing your every cell!
Free Family Art Day:
May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come and participate with your children in this exciting new series integrating our love of nature, our precious Delmarva environment, and the arts. **Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults accompanied by a child** All family members (including adults) must be registered for this event.
Divine Affirmations Collage Workshop with Deborah Rolig and Dee Gray
May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: $45 Members, $55 Non-Members Plus $10 Material Fee to be paid directly to instructor. Calling all Girlfriends! This might be the perfect afternoon to get together and celebrate your womanhood! Join artists Deborah Rolig and Dee Gray for a fun exploration into what The Divine Feminine means to you. Be ready to play with color, images and meaningful script that speaks to your heart. This mixed media/collage class will offer techniques in overall design, color, texture, layering and distressing. The focus will be on positive affirmations that strengthen and unite us as woman. Feel free to bring scrapbook papers and ephemera to enhance and personalize your work of art. Invite your girlfriends for an artsy afternoon!
Readings from "The Divine Feminine: An Anthology of Seaside Scribes"
May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us to celebrate the literary arts, as local women authors perform readings from their works of fiction and poetry. You'll be captivated by the diversity of these talented coastal writers. Curated by Kathleen Martens.
Free Lecture Series: Stepping into the Embrace of the Great Mother: Learning to Love Yourself and to Let Yourself Be Loved
May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A free series to create conversation and encourage curiosity. With Dr. Judy Pierson. At the core of the notion of the Divine Feminine is a call for the reembracing and reclaiming of all qualities considered feminine. These includes our sense of interconnectedness, our capacity to extend unconditional love, to nurture, to include, to cooperate, to act from the heart, to respond with compassion, to be intuitive, and to mother. Women are quicker to respond to the needs of others than they are to their own needs and desires. Women who mother others with kindness too often go un-mothered. This workshop is about learning to respond to yourself with greater caring. And it will also focus on creating more opportunities in your own life to receive the nurturing you need and deserve.
Art and Soul: Face Collage on a Mask
May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10. Funded by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. We all wear masks of some sort. This is an expression of how you see yourself, or how others perceive you. (pre-made paper mache masks will be available) This workshop is focused on the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. This healing workshop provides support, acknowledgement and personal acceptance to those who may be experiencing illness, homelessness, abuse, addiction or painful challenges in life and to the family members and friends who may also be affected. Our mission is to offer an escape and healing through art.
Free Lecture Series: Daring to Say Yes!
May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A free series to create conversation and encourage curiosity. This month: Let’s be clear. Being human IS a courageous act. Showing up fully and authentically is often what gives life juice & color. Yet, “playing it safe” can frequently seem like a perfectly good option. Unfortunately, that can also leave us feeling like our lives are tinted in shades of grey. If you are interested in living your life in full color, please join Karen Barwick as she guides us in a collaborative conversation that explores a few of the components required for living with your whole-heart. Karen Barwick, LPCMH is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health, a Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator, and a life-long student of the human condition. Her work is deeply informed by an inter-disciplinary relational approach, the expressive arts, and mindfulness practices. Karen brings a light-hearted, playful spirit to the complex process of finding more ease and joy in our lives.

June

First Friday Opening Reception for June Exhibits
June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists. Complimentary refreshments will be served and admission is free.
Free Family Art Day:
June 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come and participate with your children in this exciting new series integrating our love of nature, our precious Delmarva environment, and the arts. **Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults accompanied by a child** All family members (including adults) must be registered for this event.
Free Lecture Series: Essence of Life - Poetry Cypher
June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A free series to create conversation and encourage curiosity. This month: a cypher.. what is it exactly? Through coded writings and cyclical rotations we accept our life's journey at the end of each cypher. Bring your own personal journal along to decode the visions and writings hidden within us.
Art's Alive Fine Art Show
June 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
At Northside Park, 125th St in Ocean City. Stroll through artist displays and shop their beautiful artwork. Grab lunch from a local food truck. Enjoy wine by the glass or a craft beer as you take in the sights while the kids create a masterpiece at the many free children's art areas. Admission is free!
Art and Soul: Collages on a Perfect Day
June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10. Funded by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Think about what constitutes a perfect day for you, and then take mixed media materials to create a collage. What about this collage can you make happen? This workshop is focused on the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. This healing workshop provides support, acknowledgement and personal acceptance to those who may be experiencing illness, homelessness, abuse, addiction or painful challenges in life and to the family members and friends who may also be affected. Our mission is to offer an escape and healing through art.

July

First Friday Opening Reception for July Exhibits
July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists. Complimentary refreshments will be served and admission is free.

August

Artists Paint OC: A Plein Air Event
August 9 @ 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Welcome to the Art League of Ocean City’s 2017 Plein Air Event! Artists will take to the boardwalk, streets, harbors, bay and marshes to participate. “En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air,” used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Plein air events take place wherever the scenery is inspirational, artists congregate to paint it, and watchers gather to see the painters make art right before their eyes. 50 artists will paint the picturesque spots of the Ocean City area Wednesday through Saturday, August 9-13. Then gather at the Arts Center on Saturday to hang your best work and offer it for sale from 6-8 p.m. at a free reception open to the public. The entries juried in will continue on display at the Arts Center through August 26. See the event calendar and competition prospectus on our web site.

September

Pottery Fundraiser for PEO
September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Enjoy a memorable night of pottery while raising money for PEO. An artist will guide you step-by-step as you create a fun and functional piece of art— no experience necessary. Make your very own ceramic cheesboard-- all materials included. Reserve your spot now!