Ocean City Center for the Arts Celebrates the Best in Abstraction

The Art League of Ocean City invites the public to a free opening reception on First Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 – 7 pm at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th St. featuring five new art exhibitions and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Brooke Rogers, Art League Fellow for Contemporary Art and Community Engagement, curates a new show titled “Charting Abstraction.” Ten contemporary artists connected by a commitment to abstract imagery are exhibiting their latest work in the Thaler Gallery. Featured artists are Rogers, Christy Cox, Joachim Gawryolek, David Gladden, Tara Gladden, Carl Goldhagen, Christopher Harrington, Elizabeth Kauffman, John Mosher, and Bill Wolff

Rogers, Ocean City native and current professor of art at Salisbury University, also exhibits his own abstract work in Studio E during the month of November. He is donating proceeds from sales during this show to the Art League’s student scholarship fund.

A group show titled “Celebrate,” inspired by celebrations spanning different cultures and traditions, opens in the Galleria and will be judged by artist Randy Hofman.

The collages and abstract paintings of Pauline Rakis of Silver Spring, Md. fill the walls of the Spotlight Gallery during November. Rakis has won numerous awards for her abstracts, still lifes, and portraits, and was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun.

The jewelry of Laura Ellison of Princess Anne, Md. is featured in November’s Artisan Showcase. A self-taught artist, she creates colorful, contemporary, nature-inspired jewelry with mixed metals and resin that is bold and distinctive.

Photographer Joseph Scukanec, studio artist at the Arts Center, will be offering 20-minute family portrait sessions during the First Friday reception on a walk-in basis. Packages are $90, and additional appointment times are available.

Admission is always free to the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street, home of the Art League of Ocean City, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the community through education, exhibits, scholarship, programs and community art projects. More information is available at 410-524-9433 or ArtLeagueOfOceanCity.org.

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