CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council held the opening reception for its ninth annual Small Works”show Friday, Feb. 7, to benefit the organization and its programs.

The event, held at the Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., featured of 96 individual donated pieces from professional and amateur artists that ranged from age 13 to 80 and older in various media. Among the artists were 14 students from Queen Anne’s County High School.

“This is a real reflection of the talent that spans from the very young to the senior citizens in the community, and every year, it just gets bigger,” said Rick Strittmater, executive director of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. “This county is an extremely well-kept secret, and there are so many artists, writers and photographers. When I first got got here, it was astounding. People can buy a chance to get work for $5, but these are pieces that normally go for $500 or more.”

While admission is free to see the donated art, the works are being raffled with the winners to be drawn following the closing reception Saturday, March 14. Individual raffle tickets are available for $5 or three for $10, and guests can write their contact information on them and place them in the boxes of the pieces they hope to win.

Work for the show came from artists as far away as South Carolina with opening night drawing over 120 guests with more to visit the center to peruse the pieces before the show’s closing.

“This is a way to get exposure for a number of artists that wouldn’t necessarily get it otherwise,” Strittmater said. “Since we started three years ago, the council has grown 300%. This month we have four events, and it’s a phenomenal amount of work. But it’s worth it because we’re an advocate and we really believe in what we do.”

For more information, visit www.queenannescountyarts.com or call 410-758-2520.

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