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Artwork Sought for Ghanaian Exhibit at Columbia Art Center

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Columbia Association (CA) is seeking a variety of artists and collectors of Ghanaian art for an upcoming exhibit that will introduce the community to Ghanaian artwork, while also celebrating Columbia’s new sister city of Tema.

“The Art of Ghana: A Contemporary and Traditional Art Exhibit,” will run from Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 18, at the Columbia Art Center. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, jewelry, etc. It is being put on in collaboration with CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

There are no fees for participating. Artwork can be for sale or not for sale. Any sales from the gallery will result in a 70/30 split, with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. Artists can also choose to donate a larger portion of their commission to CA’s Team Sister City Committee Fund.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibitors will be invited to discuss their gallery works with guests during an afternoon of Ghanaian food, music and conversation.

Interested artists and collectors should email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org for an Exhibition Entry Form, which must be received by email, fax or U.S. mail no later than March 15. Forms should be addressed to Laura Smit, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland, 21044. Acceptance letters and additional event information will be sent out after applications are received and reviewed.

Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana, is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra. It is Columbia’s third sister city. The Tema Sister City Committee is focusing on developing virtual exchanges via online video chats between high schools in Columbia and secondary schools in Ghana; connecting Rotary clubs and religious institutions in both towns; showcasing Ghanaian art and music programs; and conducting artist exchanges.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162.

Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Mrs. Maryland 2014 to Cheer on Local Youth Performers on Feb. 7 at CA’s Starlicious Talent Show

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Columbia Association’s 2nd annual Starlicious Talent Show will feature 11 great youth acts — with 29 kids between the ages of 7 and 13 performing dance, music and poetry.

And these performers will not only have the support of their family and friends, but also will be cheered on by Mrs. Maryland 2014, Columbia’s own Zereana Jess-Huff._51K6007flat

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the KidSpace locations at Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road), Columbia Gym and Supreme Sports Club (7080 Deepage Drive). Tickets will also be available at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $25 for a family of four.This year’s Starlicious Talent Show will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at Columbia Gym’s Youth Arena. Columbia Gym is located at 6151 Daylong Lane, near the River Hill Village Center in Clarksville.

Doors open at 6 p.m., though those with early bird tickets can get Backstage Pass access at 5:30 p.m. The show officially begins at 6:15 p.m.

The first set of performances starts at 6:20 p.m. and includes:

  • Peacock Dance by the GinaLing Dance Chamber (Margaret Fang, Kailee Suess, Jessica Wang, Nicole Zhang and Victoria Zhang).

  • Singing/pop music by Brooke Berlin and Natalie Lubitz.

  • Poetry by Sydney Barnes.

  • Bollywood Dance by Sara Jain.

  • Singing/pop music by Kian Mostoufi.

  • Music by Christina Zhang.

The halftime show will be at 7 p.m., and will include a magic show with Pravin, and Zumba with CA’s Megan Cooperman.

The second set of performances begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes:

  • Lucky Gold Fish by the GinaLing Dance Chamber (Elizabeth Bai, Madeline Carter, Heidi Herschbach, Gwendolyn Ho, Claire Huang, Leslie Lin, Christina Liu, Anna Tzeng, Steven Tzeng, Claire Wang, Krystal Wu, Molly Xu, Amanda Zhang and Dora Zhou).

  • Singing/Broadway music by Susanna Hoffman.

  • Hip Hop Dance by Brayden Walker.

  • Singing/pop music by Khalisah Omar-Johnson.

  • Traditional Indian Dance by Kasturi Vedantham.

Mrs. Maryland 2014, Zereana Jess-Huff, will then present awards and prizes at 8 p.m. A grand finale will take place at 8:15 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with the Shining Stars of 2014.

For more information, please contact Melissa Capo at Melissa.Capo@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3169.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Musicians Wanted! CA Seeking Performers for Lakefront Wednesdays Concerts

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Columbia Association (CA) is putting out an open call for musicians for its popular Lakefront Wednesdays lunchtime concert series.

Musicians are invited to apply by posting a video submission of a live performance on YouTube or Vimeo, and then emailing the link to Communications@ColumbiaAssociation.org. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 13.

Artists can be from any genre of music, including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, Latin, country, blues and indie. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Any video submissions that do not meet the criteria, or which contain inappropriate or explicit content, will not be reviewed by CA.

This year’s Lakefront Wednesdays concert series will premiere on Wednesday, May 7, and continue for a total of eight weeks of performances.

For more information, please contact Communications@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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See The Nutcracker on Ice at Columbia Ice Rink on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15

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The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its performance of The Nutcracker on Ice, which will take place at Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12. Kids ages 2 and under get in for free. Tickets are available at the Columbia Ice Rink or online at ColumbiaFSC.com.

For more information, call 410-730-0322.

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CA’s KidSpace Now Offering Little Wing Early Education Music Program

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Take a musical flight with the Little Wing Early Education Music Program.

Little Wing helps young children between the ages of 2 and 5 understand rhythm and melody, introduces them to the language of music, provides them with hands-on time with a variety of musical instruments, and much more.

This program is now brought by School of Rock Columbia to Columbia Association’s (CA) KidSpace facilities. CA is hosting free demo classes on:

  • Monday, Nov. 4, Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road, 410-730-6755)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, Columbia Gym (6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville, 410-531-8984)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, Supreme Sports Club (7080 Deepage Drive, 410-381-7559)

The sessions for the Little Wing 2-3 Program (which includes parent/child participation) run from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The sessions for the Little Wing 4-5 Program (kids only) run from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Pre-registration for these sessions is required.

Parents who pre-register their kids for a full six-week session will receive a 20 percent discount. Register by calling or visiting any KidSpace location.

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Columbia Art Center Hosting Five Exhibits From October Through December

CA Logo 4Pottery, clay, collage and fabric are among the media being spotlighted this October, November and December at Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Art Center.

The five upcoming exhibits are:

  • Oct. 10-Nov. 1: “The Craft of Composition: Ryan Greenheck.” Greenheck describes his elegant functional pottery as coming from sensitivity in the glazing process, with the design conveying a satisfying form. He studied at SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and was a visiting artist at Shanghai University in China.

  • Oct. 10-Nov. 1: “50 Years in Clay: Joe Vitek.” This retrospective exhibition spotlights Vitek, who has spent decades as a potter and teacher. Vitek’s work has taken him abroad; he has set up studios and worked in Guam, Japan and Palau.   Presently he teaches ceramics classes at the Columbia Association Art Center.

  • Nov. 7-Dec. 1: “The Sum and Its Parts: Deborah Berman.” Berman’s imaginative collages translate nature, color and shapes using homemade paper, magazine and book images and text, ink and paint. She has worked at museums such as the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    • A reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 4-6 p.m.

  • Nov. 7-Dec. 1: “Celebration of Women Through Faces in Fabric: Eileen Williams.” Williams’ exhibit demonstrates that women are like fabric in all colors and textures. This Maryland artist’s works strive to show what women have accomplished through their integrity, purpose, strength and inner beauty. Female faces are made in fabric form; the fabric is stretched over a wooden frame, canvas-style, and then layered with additional fabric and mixed media elements.

    • A reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 4-6 p.m.

  • Dec. 12-Dec. 21: “Singular Sensations: Annual Holiday Exhibition.” A holiday exhibition featuring fine artwork in all media priced for sale at $150 or below. A gala reception for this exhibit will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m.

Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday evening hours from 5-9 are contingent upon there being classes and rentals running at the time), Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About CA’s Columbia Art Center

Columbia Art Center is dedicated to providing artistic experiences in the visual arts for all ages and interest levels and to join with local arts organizations and community businesses in creating diverse offerings. Columbia Art Center offers year-round art classes, rotating gallery exhibitions, a gallery gift shop, summer art camp for children, art birthday parties, studio rentals, a Japanese Garden, art and life enhancement lectures and more. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a master planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Enjoy Family Fun Nearly Every Weekend with Events at Columbia Association’s KidSpace Locations

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There’s lot of family fun this fall and winter at Columbia Association’s (CA) three KidSpace locations, with events scheduled for nearly every remaining weekend in 2013.

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KidSpace is an interactive play area within CA’s fitness facilities: Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road in Columbia, 410-730-6755), Columbia Gym (6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville, 410-531-8984) and Supreme Sports Club (7080 Deepage Drive in Columbia, 410-381-7559).

The events being held this fall and winter include:

  • Family Sock Hop, for all ages. Saturday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m., Columbia Gym. Families can come shake, rattle and roll. Dress up in your finest ‘50s gear to enter the costume contest, learn ‘50s line dances, have fun in the talent show, win great prizes and more. Prices vary depending on membership/resident status.

  • Dad & Daughter Date Night, grades K-6. Friday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m, Supreme Sports Club. Prices vary.

  • Family Fun Friday, for all ages. Friday, Oct. 4, 5-6 p.m., at all three KidSpace locations. Free admission.

  • Movie Night Series, ages 4 and up (kids can dress up for weekly themes). Saturdays, 6-9 p.m., at the following locations: Oct. 5 at Supreme Sports Club, Oct. 12 at Columbia Athletic Club and Oct. 19 at Columbia Gym. Prices vary.

  • Monster Mash, for all ages. Friday, Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., Supreme Sports Club. Prices vary.

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  • Fall Hobby & Craft Fair, for all ages. Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Columbia Gym. Free admission. Relax and shop for original handcrafted items by local artists and crafters, with more than 30 vendors selling products for all. While you shop, your children can enjoy up to two hours at KidSpace. The service is free for KidSpace members and $8 per child for non-members. Register at KidSpaceCraftFair.Eventbrite.com and be enterered into a prize drawing, or register by calling 410-531-8984.

  • Boo Bash, for all ages. Friday, Oct. 25, 5-6:30 p.m. at Columbia Athletic Club; and Saturday, Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. at Columbia Gym. Prices vary.

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  • Movie Night Series, ages 4 and up (kids can dress up for weekly themes). Saturdays, 6-9 p.m., at the following locations: Nov. 2 at Supreme Sports Club, Nov. 9 at Columbia Athletic Club, Nov. 16 at Columbia Gym, Dec. 7 at Supreme Sports Club, Dec. 14 at Columbia Athletic Club and Dec. 21 at Columbia Gym. Prices vary.

  • Mom & Son Sports Night, grades K-6. Friday, Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Columbia Athletic Club. Prices vary.

  • Breakfast with Santa, for all ages. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11 a.m., Columbia Athletic Club and Supreme Sports Club. Prices vary.

  • Holiday Breakfast, for all ages. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11 a.m., Columbia Gym. Prices vary.

For more information on these events, please go to columbiaassociation.org/pdfs/getinvolved/KidSpaceSpecialEventsFall.pdf. And save the date for the Starlicious Talent Show, which will take place on Feb. 7, 2014. Auditions will take place in January. Kids between the ages of 8 and 13 can audition by pre-registering. Please call 410-715-3169 or email Melissa.Capo@ColumbiaAssociation.org for more information.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a master planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

About KidSpace

KidSpace is an interactive play area found at Columbia Athletic Club, Supreme Sports Club, Columbia Gym and Columbia Swim Center. KidSpace amenities are tailored to each facility and include kid-sized arenas, a computer room, a rock wall, climbing ropes, state-of-the-art games and equipment. The KidSpace program is structured in a manner that facilitates opportunities for both individual and group participation, striking a balance between self-selected and staff-directed activities, with both quiet and active periods. For more information on classes, programs, events and parties, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/KidSpace.

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