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Caroline County
Council of Arts

P.O. Box 292

Denton, Maryland 21629

Phone: (410) 479-1009
Fax: (410) 479-5100

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Mark Lohr's Friday Nites in Caroline performance for Feb 5th has been postponed due to artist injury!

Please check back soon to find out when it will be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.



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Faces Exhibit


FACES Exhibits and Classes


Current Exhibits:

Knitting: The Everyday Art: January 15th – March 26th, 2016

Let’s celebrate this most noble of fiber arts! Knitting is such a common presence in our everyday that we forget just how amazing it really is. The women and men that knit today are artists with yarn and create warmth and beauty in everything that comes off their needles. We are honored to present a few of these local artists and showcase the diversity of the world of knitting.


Downton Abbey Mystery Quilts: January 15th – March 26th, 2016

Inspired by the hit PBS series and the fun of making a mystery quilt, a group of local quilters met at FACES this summer and individually completed their own versions of a Downton Abbey Quilt. See the results on display at FACES.Opening reception: Saturday, January 16, 2-4 pm


Visit the current exhibit Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm.



Upcoming Classes:


FACES First Saturday Applique Bee, Saturday: January 2, 9am-12pm

$5/members, $10/non-members; for adults.

Fiber Artists from around the Eastern Shore will be selling their work in the FACES gallery leading up to the holiday season. We will be featuring great holiday gift items for all types. So, whether you are shopping for someone with a cold neck, the jewelry lover,or even the fiber artist in your life; you are sure to find a wonderful hand made gift. Some of these artists will be in the gallery demonstrating their work so check out our calendar for those upcoming dates. We are looking for vendors for our Fiber Arts Bazaar. Contact Marina at 410-479-1009 for more info.


FACES First Sunday Meet & Sew: Sunday, January 3, 1 pm-4 pm

$5/members, $10/non-members; for 16 and up.

Do you have a sewing or quilting project that’s just not getting done at home? Want to reduce the items in your mending basket, finish that quilt, sew the final bit of that dress? Meet like-minded individuals, help each other, and have fun finishing your projects!


Beginning Hand Quilting: Tuesday, January 5, 10am-2pm

Instructor – Kay Butler; $25/members, $30/non-members; for adults.

Start the new year by learning a sewing skill of yesteryear. There’s much to be learned including the use of proper tools, basting and quilting stitches, types of batting, thimbles, marking tools, thread, hoops and frames as you stitch a lovely 18" wholecloth quilt.


Sit & Sew at FACES: Second Saturday of every month from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm (NEW DATE & TIME)

Instructor Lynn Davis; $10/members, $15/non-members; for ages 16 and up; supplies included.

Instructor led sewing projects. Drop-ins welcome to observe.

  • Saturday, January 9: Jewelry Pouch
  • Saturday, February 13: Memory Shirt Pillow
  • Saturday, March 12: Zippered Wristlet/Crossbody
  • Saturday, April 9: Wine Tote
  • Saturday, May 14: Tote Bag
  • Saturday, June 11: Pillow Case


Hundred Good Wishes Quilt Throw: Sundays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31; 1-5pm

Instructor – Lynn Davis; $40/members; $45/non-members; for ages 16 and up.

Learn beginner patchwork and the quilt-as-you-go method to complete this throw.


Beginning/Intermediate Applique – Rebecca’s Fancy Quilt: Tuesday, January 12, 10am-4pm & Wednesday, January 20, 10am-1pm.
The same class is also offered Tuesday, January 26, 10am-4pm & Wednesday, February 3, 10am-1pm

Instructor – Kay Butler; $35/members, $40 non-members; for adults.

Learn to needle turn hand applique the easy and perfect way using the back basting method. Get smooth, round edges, stems and leaves with points. Learn all the steps from tracing your pattern to sewing the block by hand. No sewing machine necessary.


Little House on the Prairie Mystery Quilt Along: Every other Tuesdays, starting January 12th: 6:30-8:30pm


For more information and to register for classes contact 410-479-0009, or email Find FACES online




Denton Arts & Entertainment District Redesignation & Expansion!

The Denton Arts & Entertainment District has been chosen by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Department of Business and Economic Development for re-designation and expansion as an Arts & Entertainment District for the State of Maryland.


The mission of the newly expanded District is to engage the community to develop downtown Denton by capitalizing on its cultural and historic assets, and encouraging creative enterprises that foster economic vitality. With key anchor sites that include The Foundry community arts building, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), the Chesapeake Culinary Center, and the Museum of Rural Life, the expanded boundaries will assist the town in attracting a high concentration of artists, and arts & entertainment businesses. Such enterprises can take advantage of various tax benefits and, in turn, stimulate revitalization by developing underused and vacant properties for artist studio space, affordable housing, performance venues, galleries, and other creative commercial and retail enterprises.


Marina Dowdall, executive director of the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA), said the organization is “delighted” to receive the news. “This is a result of many years of hard work from numerous people, business owners, and organizations,” she said. The CCCA heads the Denton A&E District management team that includes representatives from the Town of Denton, Downtown Denton Main Street, the Caroline Economic Development Corporation, and the Caroline Office of Tourism.  “Together we will continue to work hard to develop downtown Denton into a unique, vibrant, art-centric destination.”


Building from its sense of history, the Town of Denton, through the work of the Denton Development Corporation, established an Arts & Entertainment District in 2005 to promote the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic blighted properties located in the heart of downtown Denton. With the successful completion of a number of redevelopment and public art projects in the Fourth Street corridor, now known as The Artsway at Denton, an expansion of the District boundaries was needed.


View a map of the expanded boundaries here.


With the re-designation and expansion taking effect on June 30, 2015, the Denton A&E District management team will engage residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders to become actively involved in creating a successful A&E District. For more information, contact the Caroline County Council of Arts by email at or call 410-479-1009.
According to the most recent FY2014 Maryland Arts and Entertainment Impact Analysis, Maryland’s A&E Districts collectively supported:

  • An estimated 6,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.
  • More than $198.5 million in total wages Nearly $571.4 million in total state GDP.
  • Approximately $38.5 million in total tax revenue impact.

Source: Maryland Arts and Entertainment Impact Analysis: FY 2014.





Local Writers Publish Storytellers & Host a Book Launch


The Caroline County Council of Arts has had a long standing tradition of providing programs for local writers, including an annual short contest for all ages that is now in its thirteenth year, and, most recently, an adult writing club called Write On! which meets twice a month at The Foundry. At these meetings writers share their work, encourage fellow writers, and generally enjoying the process.  This fall all this activity has culminated in the publishing of “Story Tellers”, a selection of writings from Write On! members and  Short Story Contest winners.  The book is illustrated by artwork from this year’s Youth Art Show winners.
Now on sale at The Foundry or online! 






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