Somerset County Arts Council

Serving Somerset County, Maryland

Arnold Roberts

This painting hung on one wall of Arnold Roberts studio in Dames Quarter.  It was donated to the Arts Council upon his death.

This studio was in his childhood home where his parents, recognizing his talent, gave him his own studio space.  His talent was also recognized by the Army which he joined after graduating from Greenwood High School.  He painted everything from signs to murals on the walls of Officers Clubs.  Refining his talent, studying at The Philadelphia College of Art, he made his home in Philadelphia where he became a successful commercial illustrator, working in all media.  But, he returned frequently to his studio in Dames Quarter.  He loved to paint the life of the marshes.

What of these fierce horses?  Mr. Roberts was a quiet, gentle man.  Most of his paintings were equally quiet and reflective.  But his spirit was fierce and determined.  However, society was likely to ignore his talent.  This painting hung on his studio wall, speaking to his determination and to his success.

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp is now FULL.  It starts July 17th; and runs for three weeks.  We currently have a waiting list if you'd like to sign up your child.

Bay Strolls

The City of Crisfield, Somerset County Arts Council, and WBYC Radio have been partnering up to bring you the new fourth Saturday "Bay Strolls" monthly art and entertainment festival.  Bay Strolls takes place on the FOURTH SATURDAY of each month, from May through October.

Please visit our Bay Strolls page for more information, or visit Crisfield Arts for more information.

If you would like to participate with the planning of Bay Strolls, please contact Carol at