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Caroline County
Council of Arts

P.O. Box 292

Denton, Maryland 21629

Phone: (410) 479-1009
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Faces Exhibit


FACES Exhibits and Classes


Current Exhibits:

Common Sense and Pin Money: The Material Culture and Legacy of Lula Annie Butler

On display through November 14, 2015. An inter-generational and multi-media exhibition of four generations of former Caroline County residents. The focal point of the show will feature the modern quilts of Mrs. Butler made from scraps to supplement her income. Her family then followed in their own creative paths to create art including poetry, photography, fiber art, jewelry, and painting. Each subsequent generation adding to the family treasures.


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Fiber Arts Bazaar 2015: A Celebration of the Craft, November 19th – January 2nd, 2016

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.

Upcoming Classes:


Beginning Applique – Tulip Quilt

Tuesday, November 10, 10am-4pm & Wednesday, November 18, 10am-1pm Instructor – Kay Butler; $35/members, $40 non-members; for adults. Learn to applique the easy and perfect way using the back basting method. Learn all the steps from tracing your pattern to sewing the block by hand. No sewing machine necessary.


Holiday Table Runner

Holiday Table Runner; Sundays, November 8th & 15th, 10am-3pm; Instructor – Lynn Davis; $35/members, $40/non-members; for 16 and up. We will combine the layers of the runner and mats into small, manageable sections, which requires virtually no precise measuring or cutting. Your sewing machine and it’s decorative stitches do all of the quilting – no quilting skills needed, making this technique perfect for beginners and new comers to quilting. Participants will complete one table runner and 6 place mats in this class.


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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