About Our Galleries
The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) manages three public gallery exhibition spaces in Charles County. These gallery spaces are provided free of charge to our very talented local artists to provide a venue for their own artworks to be displayed in a public venue, and to provide an opportunity for the public to view original artworks by their fellow citizens in a professional gallery setting. Currently, we manage the following gallery spaces:
- Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery – La Plata
- Charlotte Hall Veterans Home – Charlotte Hall
- Community Bank of the Chesapeake – Waldorf
- County Commissioners Gallery – La Plata
- Waldorf West Library Gallery – Waldorf
The Waldorf West Library Gallery is located at 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf. It actually is a set of four separate gallery spaces in this new, beautiful, state-of-the-art building. The largest of these gallery spaces is located on the first floor, in the conference room near the main lobby. The other three gallery spaces are located on the second floor, in two smaller conference rooms (study group rooms) and the wall near the Youth area. The Waldorf West Library gallery spaces are used to showcase 15-38 artists at one time. These multi-artist exhibits take place for three months each, and are promoted in our CCAA news publications, The Arts Insider monthly e-newsletter, the Arts Newsflash weekly e-calendar of events, and our periodic press releases. The CCAA does not charge any fees whatsoever to artists for displaying their artworks with us, nor does it charge a commission fee for any sales of artworks. All sales take place strictly between the artist and customer, and no artworks may be removed from the gallery space until the current show ends. Likewise, there is no charge for the public to view the artworks.
A unique feature of artworks being selected to exhibit in the Waldorf West Library Gallery is the associated “Meet the Artist” Reception that takes place for each gallery show. These receptions are sponsored by the CCAA to permit the public to have the rare opportunity to meet the group of exhibiting artists in person, and discuss their artworks and the creative process. The receptions are advertised in advance and are very well attended, with public audiences typically in the hundreds. During these receptions, the CCAA Gallery Committee holds a brief formal ceremony to introduce the artists to the public, and to formally recognize these artists with CCAA certificates of appreciation.