April 18, 2018: On Friday, May 11, 2018 at 11 :00 a.m., the Town of North Beach will hold a ceremony to celebrate the Callis Park Gate public art project and to acknowledge gifts from The Arts Council of Calvert County and The Maryland State Arts Council. The ceremony will be held at the Robert W. Callis Memorial Park, located at 9018 Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach, Maryland. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this acknowledgement ceremony.
The public art project at Callis Park consists of two beautiful custom gate panels. Mr. Chas Sherman of Independent Custom Metalworks in Bladensburg, MD will be recognized for designing, fabricating and installing the fully-functional gate. This gate adds ta the rising collection of art pieces in the Town of North Beach. Pedestrians and motorists can see the gate as they travel Chesapeake Avenue. This gate was partially funded by the Town of North Beach and also funded from financial support from The Arts Council of Calvert County and The Maryland State Arts Council.
”The Arts Council of Calvert County is thrilled to be a part of this public art display. With the help and financial support of the Maryland State Arts Council, we were able to contribute to this beautiful gate making it the reality you see today. We were thrilled to apply for the grant that helped make this possible and appreciate the Maryland State Arts Council allowing us to revise our grant application so that the funds could be used where they were needed most.” , Bob Carpenter, President of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and past Board member of the Art Council of Calvert County
“It has been such a pleasure to work with Mayor Mark Frazer and his staff on this incredible gate and public art project in North Beach. It is a wonderful time to be involved in the arts in Calvert County and Southern Maryland and special thanks to the support from the Maryland State Arts Council that allows our area to encourage young talent in our Public Schools and support our own growing artistic community. Art is encouraged in Calvert County and the Arts Council is there to support ideas.” Carol Energy, Executive Director af fhe Arts Council of Calvert County