South Anne Arundel County Art Show “Art On the Half Shell” Starts Friday

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A poster of Muddy Creek Artist Guild is holding their annual Spring Art Show and Sale beginning this weekend and next.
Muddy Creek Artist Guild is holding their annual Spring Art Show and Sale beginning this weekend and next.

by Vikka Molldrem

The Muddy Creek Artists Guild holds its annual spring show, “Artists on the Half-Shell”, the next two weekends: Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, and May 5 through 7.

The Guild is an eight-year-old organization of artists from South Anne Arundel County (south of the South River). It was formed because there were no opportunities for artists of South County to meet together, share their creative passions, and give their neighbors a place to see and learn about art created in their own community.

Oil painting by South County resident Steve Schulman that will appear in Artists on the Half Shell. Photo: Vikka Molldrem
Oil painting by South County resident Steve Schulman that will appear in Artists on the Half Shell. Photo: Vikka Molldrem

The Guild has grown from about 30 South County artists to over a hundred. Artists work in virtually every medium, from paint to metal work to woodwork, textiles, and jewelry. About 40 artists will show and sell their art in the spring show. Opening night is Friday evening and will feature a “meet the artists” reception with live music, wine and light fare. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons during both weekends, the guild will host a “Studio Intrepid” at the gallery when guests can try their hands at art projects with the help of the guild’s professionals. One of our artists will show guests how to make animals with felted wool. Another will demonstrate stamping as a decorative art.

A rose pendant by South County artist JoAnn Kalb that will appear in Artists on the Half Shell. Photo: Vikka Molldrem

The Guild, named for a main artery (Muddy Creek Road) running through South Anne Arundel County, strives to broaden the skills of its own artists and to support art in the community. Each month, one member demonstrates a technique so others can learn.

Members also engage in community involvement on other projects and have adopted a stretch of Muddy Creek Road for quarterly clean-up. The guild’s scholarship fund helps school art departments purchase art supplies, and our spring show will feature one wall of student art from Southern Middle School.  The guild’s “Do Art” evenings teach new skills and, unlike typical wine and paint parties, they encourage people to express themselves through their own creativity.

The show is at Main Street at South River Colony Shopping Center, 187-189 Mitchell’s Chance Road, Edgewater. It will run from 10 to 8 on Fridays, 11 to 7 on Saturdays and 12 to 5 on Sundays.

For information, contact: vmolldrem@yahoo.com

Vikka Molldrem is a South County resident, a member of a Muddy Creek Artists, and a batik artist.  She lives in Mayo.