CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to present two unique exhibits for the month of October. In the front gallery, “Behind the Mask” explores the connection between creativity and COVID-19. The exhibition features masks as art created by community artists, hung via hand-painted clothespins crafted by the patients of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.

In the main gallery, “Close to Home, Reflections of the Shore” features the work of Anne Allbeury-Hock, Carla Huber and Patti Lucas Hopkins. In the artists’ words, “an exhibit appropriate for these times during the pandemic where we can appreciate the many beautiful and unique sights of our own area.”

In 2004, Anne Allbeury-Hock founded a group of outdoor painters called PAPES (Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore). For 10 years under her lead, the artists would meet every Tuesday at many picturesque locations. Carla Huber and Patti Lucas Hopkins were among the early followers of this ever-growing group. They continue to pursue their painting individually, on location or in the studio from nature inspired themes of the Eastern Shore.

As a “California girl,” Anne Allbeury-Hock was naturally drawn to the paintings of the early West Coast Plein Air artists. She came to Maryland’s shore after a career in advertising and fashion design. Allbeury-Hock has studied with well-known landscape artists, all of whom were instrumental in her development of the soft-focus realism she prefers in her oil paintings.

After a career in commercial and wildlife art, Huber settled on the water outside of Cambridge. There she is inspired by the local scenery as well as the unique light. Working primarily in oils, Huber particularly enjoys painting boats, marshes and farmland. She remains true to her subject matter, yet still striving for a looser, impressionist style in her painting.

A native of the Cambridge area, Hopkins lives on a farm on the Little Choptank River with her husband, dogs and chickens; surrounded by wild geese, deer, fox and wild turkeys. With a passion for the land and water around her, she is developing her oil painting to express that environment and takes inspiration from the expansive landscape.

Both shows will run from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For more information on exhibits and activities at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org, or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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