47th Dundalk Art Show promises variety
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:50

Show set for Saturday in Veterans Park

by John G. Bailey

    The 47th annual Dundalk Art Show takes place Saturday, May 11, at Veterans Park, with an opening ceremony at noon.
    For a community lacking in displays of public art, the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society-sponsored event provides a welcome showcase for artists of all ages.

    Variety is the word: there’s something for everyone at the show. Spectators can indulge familiar appetites while discovering new ones.    
    The energy in the lines and color of elementary school artists new to unfamiliar mediums  is often refreshing. 

    The frankness that frequently characterizes the art of middle and high school students can be as revealing as it is creative, expressing the angst of minds in turmoil.        And the work of more established adult artists is always well represented at the Dundalk Art Show. From wooden duck decoys to abstract splashes of pigment, the range of interests of professional exhibitors is as broad as their tastes and inclinations at the yearly event, where undiscovered geniuses mix with would-be Thomas Kinkades.

    According to Dundalk Art Show organizer Joe Stadler, the highest number of artists to participate in the event one year was 63. “So far, its hard to say what the number will be this year,” he said in a telephone interview. “As many as half the artists register a week before the event.”
    All art will be judged according to categories based on age and medium by Bill Roth, a judge at former Dundalk Art Shows. With a degree from Maryland Institute of Art and a career as an art teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts and Archbishop Curley High School behind him, Roth is well qualified for the job. He is currently a professonal photographer and owns his own studio.
    At least one face painter  will be rendering his services at the show, giving spectators versions of performist art to gawk at.
    Live music will be provided by James Walton, a classical pianist and graduate of Baltimore’s Peabody Institute. 
    The 47th Dundalk Art Show shares the day with Dunfest, which takes place in Heritage Park. “That was no accident,” Stadler said. “I wanted to increase the sense of community by having both events on the same day.”