OCEAN CITY, MD — March 14, 2015 — As a nonprofit organization, the Art League of Ocean City depends on partnerships with regional businesses to keep the doors of the Ocean City Center for the Arts open and its community outreach programs going.

To honor and thank the businesses that have provided support, the April show at the Arts Center will honor corporate partnerships. The Corporate Partners Show runs April 1 through 25, with an opening reception on Friday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to the free event, and refreshments will be served.

During the opening reception, the Art League will present each corporate partner with a matted print of “The Tree Farm” by artist Debra Howard, the winner of last year’s Best in Show.

“We truly appreciate the support of our business partners who recognize the importance of the arts to our community,” Marian Bickerstaff, president of the Art League of Ocean City, said. “This event is one way for us to thank them.”

The Corporate Partners Show is a juried show, which means all submitted art is reviewed and judged by an expert juror. Artwork is accepted into the show based on technical skill, creativity, vision and originality. On opening night, the Art League will award cash prizes to the artists selected for first, second and third place.

Also at the Arts Center in April is a show from the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UMES gallery director Susan Holt selected art from current students, alumni and faculty, including works from the university’s sequential arts program that includes comic book illustration.

“We wanted students to have the experience of seeing their artwork on display in a professional space like the Ocean City Center for the Arts,” Holt said.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts shows its dedication to the Town of Ocean City by being a year- round business, open 7 days a week, 12 months of the year.

Corporations and businesses that partner with the Art League and the Ocean City Center for the Arts show their commitment to their community and their belief in the future of Ocean City as a world-class destination. Tax-deductible partnerships are available at levels from $250 to $5,000.

Businesses and corporations interested in a partnership at the Ocean City Center for the Arts should contact Rina Thaler, executive director of the Ocean City Center for the Arts, at 410-524-9433 or rthaler@artleagueofoceancity.org.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the home of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Ocean City area through education, exhibits, scholarships, programs and community art events. The arts center is supported by memberships, corporate and civic funding, donations and sales of art.

More information is available at www.artleagueofoceancity.org or by calling 410-524-9433.