Upcoming River Artsfest 2006 in Indian Head Promises Bonanza of Culture - Southern Maryland Headline News

Upcoming River Artsfest 2006 in Indian Head Promises Bonanza of Culture

Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, woodcarvings, drawings, photography, novels, poetry and more… These are the types of artwork you will find for viewing and for sale at the Charles County Arts Alliance’s River Artsfest on the Village Green in the Town of Indian Head, June 10, 2006 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visual and literary artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will gather to exhibit their artwork with all who attend the festival. Add to that the many environmental groups, parks and museums (Chapman Forest Foundation, Southern Maryland Audubon Society, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Museum, Chesapeake Bay Floating Theatre, and more) that will also be on hand representing their work and educating us about the value of the rivers, waterways, Chesapeake Bay, natural resources, and various wildlife species in our Southern Maryland locale, and you’ll be busy for hours! There will be performing arts groups on three stages continuously throughout the day, food vendors, and art activities for the kids as well. And admission is free!

Some of the visual artists include:

John Myers’ Nautical Art (http://nauticalart.tripod.com): According to his website, John Myers’ work is “a very unique form of art featuring micro-fine detailing in a well blended combination of wood and color. This is a unique style of art which is done free hand. The process involves very intricate drawing, wood burning and color blending without special machines, tools or magnifiers.” John specializes in the beauty and diversity of life on or near the Chesapeake Bay. Some of his work is featured at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon’s Island., Maryland.

Stephen McDaniel Photography (www.stephenmcdaniel.com): Stephen McDaniel’s work explores the interrelationship of man and nature. Focusing on small objects and the tiniest details, his work draws the eye of the viewer to see things it might normally miss. A certified Master Beekeeper, Stephen McDaniel captures amazing close up views of honey bees emerging from or working on the honeycomb… thrilling, amazing close up photography from bees to frogs, birds, waterfalls and more! Stephen McDaniel’s work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including American Bee Journal, Newsweek, Outdoor America, and Scholastic.

Hope Armstrong, Emerging Artist (www.hopearmstrong.com): Hope Armstrong is an Illustration Major at the Rhode Island School of Design. Whether drawing, painting, or trying her hand at something else, Hope is developing her own style in the art world. River Artsfest provides emerging artists, like Hope, an avenue to present their works to the public for exhibition and for sale.

Other artists include: Gary and Kitty Frick’s baskets, jewelry and glass works; ceramics and more by Gerson David Arias, Pamela & Robert Larson, and Carol Park; drawings and pastels by Sonia DePhillip, and Susan Boarman; glass work by Lara Rupinski; jewelry by Mary Kercher, and Ambrose & Joan Frazier; mixed media work by James Pollock, Daniel Holden, and the artists of Corner Studio Artworks; paintings by Lucretia Dewey Tanner, Sandra Germann, and M. Evelyn Dashiell; the photography of Anne Marie Machetto, and Phil Napala; and woodwork by Hans Boecher, Burkey Boggs, Laconte Saunders, and Libushe Zorin.

In addition, there will be a book fair, as well as an exhibit by Connections, the literary magazine of the College of Southern Maryland.

Don't miss the culture and the arts (music, visual art, drama, dance, and literature) here in Southern Maryland on June 10, 2006 on the Village Green in Indian Head from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For updated information and a schedule of entertainment, visit http://www.charlescountyarts.org/, or call the Charles County Arts Alliance at 301-392-5900.

River Artsfest is sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Town of Indian Head, with assistance from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Charles County Government, the Charles County Office of Tourism, SMECO, and Moore Web Design.

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