The artwork of middle and high school students from public and private schools in Worcester County will be on display at the annual Shirley Hall Youth Memorial Art Show being held at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from 11am to 4pm. For more than 20 years, the Art League of Ocean City has organized and presented the art show in cooperation with Worcester County Schools. The purpose of the event is to promote creativity and to allow the youth of Worcester County to present their artwork in a gallery space. In addition to the students being able to present their artwork in a gallery, they are also eligible for cash prizes.

“The Art League has been hosting this annual show for the past 20 years,” said Rina Thaler, Executive Director, Ocean City Center for the Arts. “Our organization believes it is important to support and encourage the artistic efforts of our area students.”

The art show is named in memory of former Art League of Ocean City board member Shirley Hall, who was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Art League. Originally, the exhibit was presented by the Ocean City Women’s Club and hosted at the Art League. Shirely was a member of both the Women’s Club and the Art League and always coordinated the art show. When the Women’s Club dissolved, the Art League decided to continue the yearly contest. It was renamed the Shirley Hall Show when she passed away. The judges of the show are Shirley’s daughters, Betsey Hall-Harrison and Barbara Shade.

In conjunction with the art show, on Saturday March 8th from 1 to 3pm there will be a “Family Clay Day.” This is the perfect opportunity for families to explore their creative side together. Participants will make clay lighthouses in the pottery studio at the OC Center for the Arts. The cost is $25 for ALOC members, $30 for non members and all clay, materials, glazing and firing are included. Sign up online at or call 410-524-9433.