Finding Common Ground
At Arts Lab we believe everyone has their own creative spark. We invite you to join us and share your ideas and experiences.
MFA Studio Tour 2023 @ the Arts Lab
June 25 & July 1, 10am-4pm
Come to the Arts Lab on June 25th and July 1st to see our artists at work!
Featured artists include:
Extraordinary Women, Embracing Equality March-May 2023
In Celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, SoCo Arts Lab is hosting an exhibit featuring 8 local women and their art.
Our Extraordinary Women:
Split By Antonina Enalieva
Poetry Project Launch:
With reading by Annapolis Poet Laureate Maggie Benshaw
312 Deale Road,Tracys Landing, MD 20779
This event is free.
Please Register here.
“To wake the soul with tender strokes of art, to raise the genius, and to mend the heart.” Alexander Pope
ABOUT WORDS ON THE THIRDS
Join us on the third Wednesday each month to discover, develop and share your poetic voice. All are welcome. No experience necessary, just an interest in words and how to use them.
Each session will include: writing prompts, exercises, workshopping, peer review, info about regional poetry events and opportunities.
Words on the Thirds is a year-long program culminating in a collaborative poetry/visual art exhibition and publication. Those who attend at least 6 workshops will be eligible to apply for a slot in in the exhibition. For more information about the workshops and the exhibition contact the project coordinator: Nancy Murray at email@example.com
Workshop Dates and Themes
(all sessions will be from 6-8:30pm)
May 17: Common Ground
June 21: Pride
July 19: Moderated by South County Poet, Hiram Larew
About the Coordinator:
Nancy is a published poet, playwright, storyteller, and author who teaches writing at The Community College of Baltimore County.
2022: Claymates, an invitational show of Maryland clay artists
Clay is a material that lends itself to collaboration, to community. While many clay artists work alone in their studios, the process, the material itself, often calls upon individuals to come together and form a community to accomplish the end product. Acquiring the clay, making the glazes, delivering work, installing a show, these activities are all much more successful when many hands come together.
Firing with wood, for example, is a long arduous process that requires many hands to load, stoke, and unload. Yang-ja’s vase and teapot would not exist without both her vision and the community that fired the work.
As with any creative process, the community that impacts the work might not even be in the room when their influence is expressed. Melanie’s “Zippy” was inspired by the experiences of her friend who grew up with the original stuffed monkey. Both Laurel and I were inspired by our parents to make sculptures that celebrated their lives.
Many artists spoke about the influence of the process and the material behavior in how their work emerged. The call and response between maker, material, method, and meaning is always happening. In some ways we are never truly alone in the studio!
This show presents both the breadth of individual expression and the collaboration of many. In a way it presents the vision of the Arts Lab itself: to be a creative community constantly changing as new voices and hands, new visitors and members, enter the space bringing diverse perspectives and experiences to share.
It celebrates of the individual, the community, and the creative process, and we welcome you and your voice into our space.