Does your favorite painting hang above your bed? Maybe you just appreciate a well-drawn doodle. Casual observer or devoted aesthete—if you have even a pointillism dot-sized interest in fine art, check out Charles County’s own Mattawoman Creek Art Center.
Located within Smallwood State Park in Marbury, the not-for-profit MCAC’s mission is to foster Southern Maryland residents’ appreciation and practice of the visual arts. Programming includes classes, workshops, lectures, and films, in addition to ongoing shows spotlighting both member and invitee work—the next exhibition, “Art as Meditation,” begins July 14. Through August 13, you can enjoy selected members’ chosen flair, including monotype prints, sculpture, and even metalwork: One of the show’s featured artists, Harold Kyle, is largely inspired by his workaday career as an auto mechanic. For more than 40 years, Kyle has made a study of found objects, with anything from broken headlights to fenders turning the key in his creative ignition.
After an up-close glimpse of visions accomplished, you may decide you want to be more than a spectator. Since its founding in 1986, The Center has thrived on local talent—why not add yours? MCAC will sponsor an all-media juried show, opening September 22. The theme? “Express Charles County in Art.” Open to anyone age 18 or older, this is your chance to capture the expansive beauty abundant throughout our area: Two- and three-dimensional artwork, as well as photography, are welcome. Entry fees, submission date requirements, and other details can be found in the Center’s flyer.
Whether you visit once a year or once a month, admission to MCAC is always free. Gallery and gift shop hours are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Like many nearby gems, this innovative community experience is within half an hour’s drive from The Apartments of St. Charles. For more information about our own unique community, contact us today.