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The Hopeful Project in Lexington Park

In early spring 2022, St. Mary’s CDC was approached by a small group of local art-lovers with an idea: how to bring hope to Lexington Park. This idea of “hope” began with Charlie Hewitt, a renowned artist from St. Mary’s County who now lives in Portland, Maine, and his nationwide “Hopeful Project”. Charlie’s artwork–which may remind one of the large marquee signs you would see at a movie theater from years past–is painted colorfully and lit with LED bulbs, ultimately spelling out his project’s namesake: HOPEFUL. The Hopeful Project’s 2019 inception was inspired by New England’s dark winters and Charlie’s desire to not only bring light to his community but to also stimulate unity, togetherness, and optimism. Charlie has installed his full-scale Hopeful Project pieces in big cities and small towns all over the east coast, as close as Easton, Maryland, and a miniature version of the sign has a home at Ann Marie Gardens in Solomons. We are honored and thrilled to welcome Charlie’s positive message in the community where he grew up! To start at the beginning, the steering group–which included the aforementioned art-lovers, in addition to the executive director of St. Mary’s County Arts Council (SMCAC) Nell […]

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