September-October 2013 | DECADES OF INFLUENCE



From a beautiful new facility that showcases the work of literally hundreds of regional artists, The Art League of Ocean City celebrates 50 years of dedicated service to the community

A hearty congratulations to The Art League of Ocean City, which celebrates its proud semicentennial in 2013. For many years, the ALOC was forced to contend with the all-too-humble and sometimes claustrophobic confines of a 1,200 sq. ft. single room that had previously been an abandoned poolhouse, which the town had granted them permission to use back in 1984. Prior to that, the league had bounced around town a bit, headquartering in such places as the current city hall, on 3rd St. and Baltimore Ave., in 1964; a Boise Cascade building at 49th & 50th Streets from 1974-75; and the old Mt. Vernon Hotel on Talbot St. from 1976-78. They officially incorporated in 1976.

But the ALOC’s coming-of-age definitely arrived with the grand opening of their brand-new Ocean City Center for the Arts on March 1. Instead of the card tables and folding chairs that greeted the public in its predecessor, the art league’s new space boasts an expansive 7,500 sq. ft. over two levels. It was built by Gillis Gilkerson directly over the site of the old building on 94th St. and was designed by architect Robert Heron of Atlantic Planning & Development. The million-dollar-plus complex was made possible through a combination of municipal and state subsidies, private monetary and service donations, and the league’s own annual Sand Castle Home Tour outings, which had raised over $250,000 for the cause.

These days, the ALOC displays the original work of literally hundreds of regional artists of varied techniques and media, with works valued anywhere from $100 to well in excess of $10,000. In addition to exhibits, contests, classes, educational events and a full array of kids’ programs, the ALOC offers rentable space for meetings, events and artists seeking studio accommodations.


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