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Montpelier/South Laurel: New exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center and Needleart at Montpelier Mansion

Artists teaching at the Bowie State University arts department will have their work on view at the Montpelier Arts Center from Nov. 2 to 28. Come and be inspired by the creative endeavors of these local artists and take the opportunity to chat with them about their artistic approaches at the public reception on Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Starting Nov. 2 through Nov. 25, the works of Steven Williams will be on display in the center's Resident Artist Gallery. Mr. Williams uses acrylic paint and found objects as part of his mixed presentations featuring aspects of abstract art and surrealism.

The arts center is also in the process of developing the Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition. This exhibit is juried by a regional arts professional and is open to artists who are 18 and older who live in Maryland, Washington and Virginia. To receive a copy of the call for submissions for this event, e-mail

Next door at the Montpelier Mansion, the 17th-annual Needleart Exhibit begins on Saturday, Nov. 3 and runs through Sunday, Nov 25. This event, sponsored by Stitching Pretty of Laurel, has the theme "Heritage: A Tradition." The exquisite needlework will be on display in various rooms of the historic mansion. Judges will choose winners in several different categories, and you can have your say in the judging process by casting your vote for the People's Choice Award. An added feature sure to please needlework aficionados is the daily demonstration of various needle art techniques by those experienced in the craft.

The Deerfield Run Community Center has lots going on this fall. You can check out roller skating lessons for all ages, arts and crafts classes, pre-school basketball lessons, math and reading skills help and a variety of other athletic and craft opportunities. Thursday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., XtremeTeens/Preteens and Jeans will collect clean and gently worn jeans in support of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov.10 – 18). Donated jeans will be distributed to homeless shelters throughout the area. This is an excellent opportunity to get into the holiday spirit of giving and help a needy person. For more information on all of these activities, call the center on 301-953-7882.

Last but not least, hope all of us in the South Laurel/Montpelier community have a safe and happy Halloween!

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