Muddy Creek Artists Guild
Showcasing Local Art in Southern Anne Arundel County, MD since 2009
The Muddy Creek Artists Guild (MCAG) is a roving band of intrepid artists and supporters whose mission is to encourage, support and promote the original art of southern Anne Arundel County artists. The focus of the Guild is to show and sell local artwork, while also educating our members and the public about our art, the importance of art to our culture, and how it contributes to the quality of life in South County.
Monthly membership meetings are held to encourage artists to share ideas/inspirations, professional development tips and strategies, and to just have fun as a means of fostering a creative community in which to grow our talents. We also host informal workshops, guest speakers, and fun-filled field trips (name tags included!).
To assist artists in their personal development and to promote their work, the Guild annually hosts two or three large, multi-day pop-up shows in a temporary "gallery" installation at a South County location. Guild members have the option of participating in these various open, juried, and thematic shows, all of which include original works from our members in a wide range of media: painting, textiles, jewelry, clay works, sculpture, photography, pottery, wood, mixed media, and more. These shows are free and open to the public. In 2017, the Guild expanded its promotional aspirations in adding an weekend-long, self-guided studio tour. Over two days, guests can visit artists throughout the area—in their own workspaces!—for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes experience.
Pop-Up Shows and Studio Tours
From community centers, to open store fronts, MCAG has produced pop-up galleries throughout South County.
The Guild is an active member of the South County community. Among Guild activities are: sponsoring "DoART" experiences, where the artists teach non-members fun and engaging art techniques; running the popular community art project called "Studio Intrepid" at each show for visitors to have an opportunity to create with our artists; cleaning up a stretch of Muddy Creek Road through the "Adopt-a-Highway" Program; displaying member artwork in local businesses; and sponsoring community bus trips to art museums to enjoy special exhibits.
Members at work on our Adopt-a-Highway location.
A portion of the proceeds from every MCAG show, in addition to raffle ticket sales for artwork donated by the artists, fund the Guild's Arts Education Fund in support of South County students pursuing the arts. Additionally, the Guild maintains a continued partnership with the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, and the family of former Muddy Creek artist Gail Henderson, to provide scholarship funds for deserving students who will major in the arts or art education, in Gail's memory.
South River High School accepts one of the two educational funds awarded by the Guild in 2017.