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Art League of Ocean City

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

Sitting right over the bay on 94th street with one of the best sunset views in Ocean City is the OC Center for the Arts, home to the Art League of Ocean City. Inside you’ll find a two-story gallery, classrooms, five artist studios, a pottery studio, an art library and even local handmade jewelry and pottery available for sale. The Art League is the center of all things artistic in Ocean City: whether you’re looking to take a class or immerse yourself in the exhibits that change on a monthly basis, the OCCFA is the place to indulge your creative spirit. 

About the Art League

The Art League of Ocean City was founded in 1963 by a small group of local artists, who used a space in OC’s current City Hall for its headquarters. In the mid-1980s, a vacant ex-pool hall on 94th street was renovated to become the ALOC’s new location (which was later rebuilt to accomodate a larger gallery in 2005). In 1987, board member Anita Bunting organized a concert to raise money for the ALOC’s first scholarship fund, a tradition that continues to this day. Every year, the Art League awards the Anita Bunting Scholarship to a Stephen Decatur High School graduate wishing to pursue a career in the arts. 

In 2013, the ALOC celebrated its 50th anniversary. Rina Thaler serves as the nonprofit’s first and current Executive Director. 

Annual events

Artists Paint OC: Every summer, artists set up their easels in various picturesque locations around Ocean City to paint the town plein air. Paintings are later sold or awarded prizes and displayed in the gallery, and a Quick Draw competition wraps up the weekend of watercolor painting. 

Sand Castle Home Tour: The self-guided home tour around Ocean City was first organized in 2005 to raise money for the Art League’s new, current building. From oceanfront family homes to bayside beach retreats, the annual event is a large source of funding for the Ocean City arts scene, the CFA and the ALOC.  

Ocean City Film Festival: Founded in 2017, the Ocean City Film Festival is an annual weekend-long event that screens regional and international films in venues all over town. 

In addition to their annual events, and annually participating in the city’s Art’s Alive festival, the Art League hosts a number of monthly events including Originals Only, $5 Film Nights and Family Art Day. 

Roberta Staat paints boardwalk scenery during the Quick Draw Competition at last year’s plein air event. 

Hours and location 

 The Ocean City Center for the Arts is located at 502 94th Street Ocean City, Maryland 21842, bayside. 

Their hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday – Sunday. 


This page was updated on 9/18/17. 

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