Art and History Merge in EC250 “ARTifacts” Gallery Show Set to Open in August

Art and History Merge in EC250 “ARTifacts” Gallery Show Set to Open in August

The worlds of art and history come together in an exciting new gallery exhibition set to open August 19 at the Howard County Center for the Arts in celebration of Ellicott City’s 250th anniversary.  ARTifacts will explore the creative interpretation by artists of individual historic artifacts within Howard County Historical Society’s collection.  Works by 18 artists will showcase their responses to personally selected historic objects from the Ellicott family collection housed at the Museum of Howard County History.

Among the items serving as inspiration are two wooden pitchers hand-carved from trees in the Ellicott’s Quaker cemetery, a compass purported to have been used by Andrew Ellicott during surveying exhibitions in the late 1700s, and a collection of nine nails said to be from the foundations of Ellicott’s Upper Mills once located along the Patapsco River at Hollofield. Two colorful, glass beaded purses and a keepsake box that holds a lock of hair are also among the artifacts selected.

Both traditional and non-traditional media will be on display. Proposals by artists selected for the show include works in oil, mosaic, installation, photography, glass, cut paper, live floral, spoken word and more. Photographic enlargements of the inspirational artifact will appear alongside each artwork to give viewers a unique perspective on the finished piece and the artist’s creative process.

ARTifacts is presented by Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) in partnership with EC250, Inc and the Howard County Historical Society. The show runs from August 19th through September 24th.  A reception will be held at the gallery on September 16 from 6 to 8pm as Howard County kicks off the 33rd annual Road to the Arts. The Howard County Center for the Arts is located at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Check for more info.


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