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  • Kimmary MacLean has been dancing since she was a little girl. This piece she made is hanging in one of the dance studios at the Creative and Performing Arts of South County.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    Kimmary MacLean has been dancing since she was a little girl. This piece she made is hanging in one of the dance studios at the Creative and Performing Arts of South County.
  • “Waiting for a Key” is a piece by Kimmary MacLean.
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    “Waiting for a Key” is a piece by Kimmary MacLean.

Jack Of All Arts

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January 23, 2018
The word “artist” doesn’t do Kimmary MacLean justice.
MacLean owns the Creative and Performing Arts of South County, a studio that provides classes and education in dance, music, visual and dramatic arts. In addition to those media, MacLean paints, draws and does photography.
“I was a child [when I started]. I remember doing [my artwork] when I was in elementary school,” MacLean said. “My mom paints in oils and acrylics. My great-grandmother also did pastels. My father painted in oils.”
MacLean is Mountain Road Library’s Artist of the Month for January. She has 24 pieces currently hanging in the library, where they will be on display through January 31.
Natalie Benjamin, a library associate and early literacy specialist at Mountain Road Library, posted in the “City Coffee Connections” Facebook group that the library was looking for an artist’s work to exhibit. MacLean responded to the post, and it took off from there.
“It’s always exciting to have my artwork on display,” MacLean said. “Everyone at the Mountain Road Library has been very friendly and helpful.”
MacLean’s artwork is on display all over Maryland. She has two pieces hanging in Bowie City Hall, and the Chesapeake Arts Center took two of her pieces to Hospice of the Chesapeake and one to the Chase Brexton Health Center in Glen Burnie.
Her drawings, however, are harder to come by.
“I’m more attached to them,” MacLean said. “I take the photo and I print it, and I can print another one, and I can print another one. These, the original drawings, they will always be the originals.”
Though MacLean uses pencil, paint, acrylics, chalk and photographs to create images, her art comes in less physical forms. Since MacLean’s great-grandmother founded the National Ballet in 1948, dance has also been a huge part of her life.
“I perform. I do character roles, things like the Baker and Bon-Bons in ‘Nutcracker,’” MacLean said. “I teach, also. I hold my advanced teaching certification from the Cecchetti Council of America, so that certifies me to train students.”
MacLean holds a level seven, or advanced, certification. This allows her to train students, professional dancers and teachers. MacLean, her mother and her sister all teach dance classes out of the Creative and Performing Arts of South County.
When she began her studies at Anne Arundel Community College, MacLean was a music major. She transferred to the University of Maryland and switched to accounting, which she holds a bachelor’s degree in. While at UMD, MacLean also earned a bachelor’s degree in art.
“My dad was a CPA (certified public accountant), and I worked for him for 14 years, and I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just get an accounting degree, that’s good money.’ And then I thought, ‘Well, gee, I don’t really want to be an accountant, what am I doing?’” MacLean said. “By then, I had so many credits that I just went ahead and got both.”
Despite having her hand in many creative outlets, MacLean said she doesn’t have a favorite.
“I love all of the arts, so to me, they’re all a part of life,” MacLean said.
For MacLean, the most important part of starting a new piece is not to worry about it.
“When I start to draw, I’m always a little bit nervous. Is it going to turn out OK? You have to not worry about it and just let things happen,” MacLean said. “You just have to trust that it’ll be OK and go along with it.”
Outside of art, MacLean said she enjoys warm weather, the beach and the pool. She enjoys swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. MacLean also said she likes trying new things, whether it’s new foods, activities or places.
MacLean self-published a book of her artwork and poems. “Excursion: A Book of Art and Poems” is available on Amazon. Her two children’s books, “A Caterpillar Goes for A Walk” and “One Squirrel In A Tree…,” are also available on Amazon.
All of MacLean’s work that’s on display is available for purchase. Her work can also be found on Imagekind and Fine Art America. Follow MacLean on Facebook at “Kimmary I. MacLean” and Twitter @ArtistKimmary.

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