Art and beer make a fantastic pairing. The Ocean City Center for the Arts is helping us kick off FeBREWary this year by featuring local craft beer at their monthly First Friday reception.

The public is invited to meet the artists and sample the local beer at the free opening reception on February’s First Friday, Feb. 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on 94th St. bayside.

Waterman’s Inn Catering from Crisfield will be serving complementary hors d’oeuvres, while the Shore Craft Beer team will be on hand to pour beer samples and provide information about all the upcoming events and tastings happening for FeBREWary throughout Delmarva.

The exhibits at the Center for the Arts change every month, and February will celebrate the talents of photographers, painters and mixed-media artists of the Eastern Shore. Grab sample of local craft beer and then wander throughout the first- and second-floor galleries to observe the local creative talents of our peninsula.

Photographers Dave Messick and Simona Calin will share the Thaler Gallery during February. Messick, a native of Ocean City and Cambridge who has been making films since grade school, produces Worcester County’s “Beach & Beyond” and the mid-Atlantic fishing show “Hooked on OC,” both which air weekly on WMDT. He works out of his studio in West Ocean City that he shares with Calin, who majored in art and theater in her native Romania.

The show will run through Feb. 24. It combines the pair’s nature photography with images of the fishing and boating community in Worcester County.

The Galleria displays a group show by members of the Art League of Ocean City with the February theme of “Roses are Red.”

Painter Teri Edgeworth will occupy Studio E in February. A seascapes and bay scene artist working in acrylics, she recently received an award from the Governor of Delaware, and her painting was chosen for the Wetlands Convention brochure cover. She is based in Ocean City and Lancaster, Pa.

Kathy Bohs of Selbyville shows her work in the Spotlight Gallery during February. A watercolor artist, Bohs paints anything that catches her eye including animals, flowers, skies, beaches and food. She teaches a monthly watercolor class at the Center for the Arts.

April Goodman of Hooper’s Island is the artisan in residence for February. Goodman specializes in designing sailboats out of sea glass that she finds herself near her home.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the 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. Financial support comes primarily through membership dues from individuals and corporate sponsors. Funding for exhibits is also provided by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Kristin Helf
Author: Kristin Helf

Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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