The women of the Frederick Art Club meet the second Thursday of the month from September through May at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick. Each meeting starts with lunch, followed by a program on topics ranging from art in architecture and storytelling to historic preservation and landscape design. We welcome summer in June with a casual get-together strictly for pleasure and also hold social events throughout the year.
Programs and Activities
The club has always advocated for the arts. In 2018 the club launched a public art endeavor to honor fashion designer and Frederick, Maryland, native Claire McCardell (1905-1958). Credited with inventing American sportswear, McCardell created innovative fashions that have uniquely defined decades of American fashion. The Claire McCardell Project is the creation of a bronze statue of the designer in Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The community has enthusiastically supported the project, and the statue will be installed in 2021 and surrounded by an elegant garden.
Watch this 8-minute film about Claire and the project to honor her.
Broadening Our Knowledge
Club members can enjoy informative field trips each fall and spring to museums, gardens, historic sites, and other places of artistic interest. Coach travel makes the trips convenient and comfortable. We stop for lunch along the way. And tickets are reasonably priced. Among the sites we've visited:
The New Barnes Foundation Museum, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Museum of the Arts, Philadelphia
The Phillips Gallery, Washington, DC
Winterthur Museum, Delaware
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
American Visionary Museum, Baltimore
Hillwood Mansion and Gardens, Washington, DC.
National Museum of African American Culture and Arts, Washington, DC
Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD
Happy Hours, Lunches, Movies
We usually get together once a month at a local restaurant for drinks, great conversation, and a chance to get to know each other even better. And sometimes a gathering for lunch or dinner or an art-themed movie night is just the thing for us to enjoy each other's company.