Monday, July 30, 2012

I've enjoyed the chainsaw artist at the Carroll Co 4-H Fair.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Paula Waterman Opening Reception at Off Track Art Friday, July 27, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 PM


Opening Reception at Off Track Art
Friday, July 27, 2012
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Paula Waterman

Meet the Artist, and view her exceptional wildlife portraits!

Paula Waterman can’t remember a time she wasn’t making art. For the past decade she has been doing just that as a full time artist working in scratchboard, oil painting, and most recently in bronze sculpture. Her subject matter is mostly the animals she sees in the wild and in the company of people. She has a particular interest in birds, and of dog subjects, though landscape and marine subjects are also important to her.

A common thread in all her work in all media probably is the critical importance of light source and light color; in fact she feels that light is the true subject in all her work.


Please join us!

See our art at "OFF TRACK ART"
an Artist Cooperative at 11 Liberty St--side entrance
in downtown Westminster, MD
Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/  or www.offtackart.com

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“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The new display Off Track Art at 11 Liberty Street historic downtown Westminster

The train visited Off Track Art

Finally got aound to fixing our www.offtrackart.com sign...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Yesterday Off Track Art artist Judy Goodyear changed-out gallery window display


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Yesterday Off Track Art artist Judy Goodyear changed-out gallery window display

“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

Monday, July 16, 2012

Talkeetna Mayor is a Cat Named Stubbs

Talkeetna Mayor is a Cat Named Stubbs

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami

Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami: The Crescent Hotel on in Miami South Beach. Another masterpiece by Henry Hohauser built in 1938. And like all the hotels along Ocean Drive ...

“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 


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Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Westminster Fire Department to hold history museum open house and pit beef sale

Westminster fire history museum to hold open house

Later on Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed.

By Kevin Dayhoff,




On Sunday, July 15, 2012, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will swing open the doors to the past with an open house to the department’s critically acclaimed history of local firefighting museum, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Veteran firefighters and historians will be hand to answer questions and conduct tours of the museum which is attached to the southern-end of the firehouse on John Street in downtown Westminster.

Also available is pit beef and pit ham sandwiches for the event.

The museum at the Westminster firehouse offers the public a glimpse into the history of the fire department that spans two centuries. It was dedicated on October 24, 1998, when the fire department moved from the fire station located at 66 East Main Street, which had served the community for 102 years, to its current location on John Street.

The first mention of a fire department in the city of Westminster was in the year 1808 when the Maryland General Assembly “passed an act authorizing the raising of money by lottery to pay for a fire engine…”

The Act of the Maryland General Assembly named several “commissioners” who were charged with conducting the lottery. Even in those early days, they were also some of Westminster’s prominent community leaders.

Several were among the first elected officials of the town after the town’s first election in April 1819: Jacob Sherman, Daniel Zacharias, John Fisher (the first Burgess of Westminster) and Jacob Yingling.

It took another fifteen years before the fire company was formed. The name of the first fire company in Westminster, formed in 1823, was, the “Union Fire Company of the Town of Westminster.” The first firehouse was on Church Street. 

Another little known tidbit of history is when the “firehouse” was moved from its beginning location on Church Street, to near the intersection of Court Street and Main Street, around 1834, it was used as a “drunk tank.” 

When a town drunk was picked up, the local authorities would move the firefighting apparatus out of the “firehouse” and lock up the offender inside. Remember, although Westminster had first incorporated in 1818; at this time, it was still in Frederick County and there was no “county jail” in Westminster.

According to the Westminster Fire Department website, today the department’s museum looks “like an old station dating back to the late 1800's. The station is octagonal in design and in the front above the window contains the original stained glass window from our previous station…

“Inside the museum, you will find our two antique motorized pieces, 2 hose carts, and assorted photos, documents, and other historical memorabilia. The room is designed to look like a station of the late 1800's/early 1900's…”

In addition to display cases containing many artifacts from two-hundred years of firefighting in Westminster; on display are several pieces of historic firefighting equipment, including items such as hand drawn hose carts that date back to approximately 1893… A 1924 American LaFrance city service ladder, and a 1933 American LaFrance type 75 pumper; and much more.

In addition to this Sunday’s open house, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed on Saturday, July 21 at the department’s John’s Street quarters attached to the firehouse at 28 John Street in Westminster.

The menu features steamed crabs, pit ham and beef, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, Maryland crab soup, veggies, fruit dip, cheese, and desserts.

The tickets are priced at $40.00 per person and proceeds go to supporting the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance and firefighting services, and the museum.

For more information on the museum open house or the crab feed to support the fire department, call 410-848-1800 or go to the department website at westminstervfd.org.

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“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: National Governors Association New Engines of Growth http://tinyurl.com/825mo9r


Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: The #art and culture of economic development part 1 http://tinyurl.com/825mo9r



Kevin E. Dayhoff Art Econ Benefits of Art,

The National Governors Association recently released a new report on the role that community arts, culture, and design play in job creation and economic growth.

The remarkably creative and thoughtful report, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, was prepared by the group’s Center for Best Practices, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

The 52-page report itself is an eye-catching and well-designed piece of artwork in its layout and design.

However, even more amazing is that, page-by-page, the report presents a compelling and persuasive case for encouraging community arts and cultural programs, businesses, shops and industry to create economy and jobs – in a manner surprisingly devoid of mind-numbing public policy wonk-speak.

The executive summary of the report states, in part … http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5218
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“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kevin Dayhoff - Soundtrack: National Governors Association: Governors Look To Arts, Culture, And Design To Boost Economic Growth

Kevin Dayhoff - Soundtrack: National Governors Association: Governors Look To ...: GOVERNORS LOOK TO ARTS, CULTURE AND DESIGN TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH NGA Report Focuses on New Engines of Growth April 30, 2012 ...


National Governors Association: Governors Look To Arts, Culture, And Design To Boost Economic Growth

GOVERNORS LOOK TO ARTS, CULTURE AND DESIGN TO BOOST ECONOMIC GROWTH

NGA Report Focuses on New Engines of Growth


WASHINGTON—With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report out today from the National Governors Association (NGA).

New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design focuses on the role that arts, culture and design can play in governors’ policies to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run.

In particular, arts, culture and design can assist states with economic growth because they can serve the following roles: 

Provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster;

Help mature industries become more competitive;

Provide the critical ingredients for innovative places;

Catalyze community revitalization; and

Deliver a better-prepared workforce.

“Economic growth is a top priority for all governors,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a member of NGA’s Executive Committee. “They are using an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach throughout all state agencies to put in place policies and programs using arts, culture and design as a means to enhance economic growth.

Globalization and the changing economy have affected individual states differently, but all are searching for ways to support high-growth industries, accelerate innovation, foster entrepreneurial activity, address unemployment, build human capital and revive distressed areas. Using the five roles as a framework, state leaders—governors, economic development officials and state arts agencies—have a way to intentionally and strategically make arts, culture and design an important part of an economic growth agenda.

“As I travel across this country, I have found one thing to be true in state after state: art works,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The National Governor's Association has laid out 5 strategies currently employed by states to use the arts to help strengthen local economies and drive innovation. I look forward to working with our network of state arts agencies to support governors in this work.”

This report was produced by NGA with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about state strategies to boost economic growth and job creation, please visit www.nga.org/center.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.

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