LUNCH WITH THE ARTS (PRO045)Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany Arts Council and Potomac Edison are pleased to present the Fall 2013 season of the "Lunch with the Arts" series. The sessions will be held on Thursdays in October from Noon to 1:00 P.M. Each week, a local artist will lead an informal demonstration/discussion pertaining to their individual art form. The cost of each session is just $14.00 and includes a delicious lunch provided by the Culinaire Café.
Back by popular demand! "A Lunch with the Arts" Season Pass (PRO334). Save more than 15% off the individual session rate. All four sessions for just $48.00. This makes a wonderful gift for the art lovers in your life.
The Gateway Center is located just off Maryland I-68 on the Downtown Cumberland Mall, 112 Baltimore Street. Lunch with the Arts is held in the 2nd floor conference room.
For more information or to register, please contact Allegany College of Maryland at 301-784-5341.
Artists sponsored by Potomac Edison
Mark Ashby, Actor/Playwright/Voice
Mark Ashby has worked in most every position the audiobook industry has to offer since 1996. In that time, he has narrated more than 400 titles for the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped -- everything from Dan Brown to Dostoyevsky -- and has nearly 100 commercially-recorded titles to his credit on Audible.com and Amazon. He is a past recipient of the Alexander Scourby Award for excellence in non-fiction narration from the American Federation of the Blind (2004). A trained audio engineer and mass communications graduate of Frostburg State University, Ashby has recorded voiceovers for musical acts such as Factory of Dreams and the Barstool Philosophers, and hosts a podcast called Progtopia featuring interviews with progressive rock musicians, all from his home studio in Rawlings. He's also an actor who has appeared in many local productions such as Boeing Boeing, The Odd Couple, A Christmas Carol, and his self-penned, semi-autobiographical play How to Make a Baby.
Richard Shuck, Stippling artist
Richard Shuck uses a form called Stippling, which is the art of creating an image by applying thousands of small dots or light touches on a surface. Richard's artwork is often mistaken for pencil, charcoal, and even computer generated work. Believe it or not, it has even been mistaken for photography! "One dot at a time. That's how I do it. Pen and Ink. Only dots. No lines," Shuck says. Shuck's remarkable drawings are done exclusively in pen and ink dots without line. With patience and tenacity the artist works his way toward a completed subject. Shuck's technique is often confused with Pointillism first used by the Impressionists in the 19th Century. Because of the detail, one drawing can take many hours to complete. Shuck's work is amazing in its accurate representation of each subject whether it is a landscape, the portrait of a famous person or a local scene, and his skill as a draftsman is remarkable.
George Small, Photographer
George Small has had a passion for photography since his teens growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. A resident of Allegany County since 1977, Small has used his interest in photography throughout his "day job" as a professional Traffic Engineer documenting traffic events as well as special events throughout Western Maryland. He sees every family and life event as a photo opportunity, from building a play house to vacations abroad, to sporting events. Small's varied interests in photography include landscapes, animals, weddings, insects, flowers, butterflies, moths, birds and sometimes unusual creations that catch his eye. Vacations have provided a great opportunity to capture butterflies and birds primarily in Florida and abroad but also in the local area. Taking butterfly photos takes great patience, a good eye and a fast finger as well as keen anticipation. Small says he often passes up a shot just to get the right background and follow a single butterfly as it moves from plant to plant. Small has exhibited his work locally as well as internationally, appearing in the European Earth Day Butterfly Exhibit, as well as at the Saville Gallery and the Wills Creek Survey in Cumberland Maryland, Bedford Arts Council in Bedford, Pa. and numerous selections in the Washington County Museum of Fine Art Photographic Salon in Hagerstown Maryland. He has also displayed works at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts in Cumberland and Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort.
Albert L. Feldstein, Author/Collector
Feldstein has a problem. He can't dance. He can't act. He was born without any artistic or literary talent. But he has always had a desire to be creative. What to do? For almost 45 years Al Feldstein has been a collector of postcards and political buttons. The postcards have formed the basis for almost 40 books, videotapes, DVDs, posters, prints, and websites chronicling the history of western Maryland and nearby West Virginia. They have also provided a resource for downtown revitalization, architectural restoration, fund-raising, speeches, real artists and real historians, Public Television and Radio, historic preservation grants and tax credits, and tourism throughout the region. The buttons, his real passion, formed the basis of a unique best-selling political history art poster which for over eight years has been popular item at the Smithsonian's Institution American History Museum. In the fall of 2012, and after being introduced as an internationally recognized button expert, he was interviewed on Sweden's National Public Radio program on "Culture and Art" to discuss the relationship between art, popular culture, and buttons. Feldstein will discuss his collecting adventures, and how to be creative with crap when you have no talent.