Fans Board RiverArts Chartered Bus Bound for a Red Devil Moon Performance at the NYC Fringe Festival

Red Devil Moon Talkback at Fringe Festival

Red Devil Moon Talkback at Fringe Festival


RiverArts hosted a bus trip to NYC last Thursday that transported forty-nine fans of Red Devil Moon to see the performance at the Fringe Festival.  And they were not disappointed.  The RiverArts bus group, who made up nearly half of the audience that afternoon, were all on their feet cheering by the end of the performance.  The entire cast was spectacular, while challenged by a less than stellar sound system.

A talkback sponsored by the Fringe Festival gave the audience a chance to ask questions. Friends were anxious to hear how the performance was being received by other audiences, how the cast was dealing with life in NYC and where Red Devil Moon was heading next.  Songwriter Pam Ortiz facilitated the talkback discussion and emphasized how important the Chestertown and Kent County community were to the cast.

Following the show, band member Ford Schumann hopped on the RiverArts bus heading home after he got news his daughter Brooke was in labor.  She subsequently delivered his second grandchild early the next morning.  Pam Ortiz also headed home for 24 hours to be at the stellar performance of her daughter Sofia at the Mainstay on Friday night.  Both headed back to NYC for their final performance on Saturday.

Reviews are still coming in for Red Devil Moon but one online reviewer wrote, “The band’s infectious energy makes it hard to avoid swaying, clapping along, and tapping one’s toes.  Red Devil Moon ultimately provides an entertaining experience mostly because of the powerful, feel-good music.”

Great Turnout for August First Friday

Scenic Merit Award: Turner's Creek, by Michael Wootton

Scenic Merit Award: Turner’s Creek, by Michael Wootton

First Friday attendees were treated to not one, not two, but three exhibits at RiverArts.  the KidSPOT Summer Camp  annual art show,  a judged Photography show in the Main Gallery and Fiber.Glass.Steel,  a two- person show featuring work by  Sabra Richards and Joyce Murrin, in the Studio Gallery.

The KidSPOT show highlighted work by students who attended the various weekly camp sessions: Clay Studio, Making Marks, Art in Science, Media MixUp and Design.  KidSPOT  Camp is  summer arts program that offers campers ages 6-13 the opportunity to explore different media and techniques. The activities are different for each week. In addition to creating art, campers  explore the town, local galleries, and artist studios and participate in cooperative and art-based games and activities to build camaraderie and art knowledge.

Murrin Fiber Art & Richards Glass & Steel Sculpures

Murrin Fiber Art & Richards Glass & Steel Sculpures

Fiber.Glass.Steel  presents  fine technique by two award winning, internationally recognized artists.  Sabra  Richards’ kiln-formed glass and steel sculptures and the fiber art of Joyce Murrin – she calls her latest work,  “New Vision-Fused” – create a stunning exhibit, filling the gallery with color.

RiverArts’ annual Judged Photography Show historically attracts a wide range of subject matter and technique, and this current show is no exception. The work ranges from beautifully composed landscapes to intriguing abstract images.  read more








“Capture This” will open First Friday, August 5, in the RiverArts Main Gallery, 5:00-8:00pm. This annual judged photography show is highly popular with historically wide-ranging participation. In this show photographers seek to capture a fleeting moment where light, subject, and mood all merge into a unique image, using a broad range of photographic processes.

Show awards will include a prize for “Best in Show,” and Merit Awards for First Place in a variety of categories: Nature and Wildlife, Scenic, Street Life, Human Subjects, Portraiture, Abstracts, Black and White, and Creative Digital Enhancement. Visitors are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” at the opening reception.

 Man with dog, Dick Pitini

Man with dog, Dick Pitini

The show’s judge is Lynne Parks, a Baltimore-based photographer, environmental artist, and curator who monitors and provides outreach for Lights Out Baltimore (LOB), an avian conservation group that strives to make Baltimore safe for birds. Lynne’s works have been widely exhibited in such venues as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goucher College, George Mason University and here at Washington College. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including  the “Baltimore Sun” and “Bird Conservation” magazine.

Sunrise-on-Lotus-Hill, Steven Hargrove

Sunrise-on-Lotus-Hill, Steven Hargrove



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Art in Bloom 2016 Enjoyed by All

Striking and Fun Design by Darla Downer

Striking and Fun Design by Darla Downer wirh  “Big Boradcast” painting by Cindy Holden Fletcher

On Sunday June 19 and  Monday the 20th , the RiverArts Galleries were full of floral arrangements inspired by the artworks exhibited in RiverArts’ June Fine Arts show. This celebration of the art of floral design was sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts and Community Mediation Upper Shore.

Arangement by Hannelore Henry, photo by Lani Seikaly

Arangement by Hannelore Henry, photo by Lani Seikaly

"A Walk in the Forest" by Jessica Coner

“A Walk in the Forest” by Jessica Coner



Sunday guests enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres, including sushi courtesy of Bob Fox, while  viewing and voting  on the fabulous arrangements. Designs ranged from the whimsical to traditional, exotic flowers to woodland and native greenery. Jessica Coner and Hannelore Henry were tied for the People’s Choice award.

Those attending Monday’s Fashion Show and Champagne Celebration viewed  the latest styles  from Houston’s Dockside Emporium, Mimi’s Closet and Houck’s Menswear while sipping Crow Sparkling Vidal Blanc and sampling  luscious hors d’oeuvres made by Vida Morley and her talented culinary team.

Funds raised from the two events benefit RiverArts and Community Mediation Upper Shore.

Arrangement by Sandy Hudson, artwork by Ronn Akins

Arrangement by Sandy Hudson, artwork by Ronn Akins

Cile Cummings colorful arrangemnt- "Triple Dutch"

Cile Cummings colorful arrangemnt- “Triple Dutch”

Gilleran Sculpture Garners “Best of Show” in RiverArts June Exhibit

Breon Gilleran, Best of Show winner, with Judge Michael Bell

Breon Gilleran, Best of Show winner, with Judge Michael Bell

Artists and art lovers gathered in the RiverArts galleries Saturday, June 4 for the Fine Arts Exhibit Artists’ Talk and Awards Ceremony.  Curator and RiverArts board member Raven Bishop, Juror Marcy Dunn Ramsey and Judge Michael Bell, all artists in their own right, spoke to the audience and assisted with presenting awards.

Ramsey, whose award- winning work focuses on “kayak- view” marshes and wetlands, discussed her criteria for admission to the show, and emphasized the importance of an artist finding his or her focus and concentrating on making it “pop. “   Judge Michael Bell urged artists to keep the creative process flowing.

“Best of Show,” presented by Lisa Raffeto, in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Dixon Purnell, longtime Chestertown Arts League member, was awarded to Breon Gilleran for her interactive piece, entitled “Leeuenhoeks’ Dream.” Breon also won Excellence in 3D for her sculpture, “Singularity.”  Karen Klinedinst received Excellence, 2D for her IPhonography  “Blue Bay.” The People’s Choice award, sponsored by Cassinelli Distributing, was presented to David Terrar for his painting, “February on the Marsh;” the work also received the Excellence Open prize.

Cindy Fletcher Holden won a Merit Award for "Big Broadcast"

Cindy Fletcher Holden won a Merit Award for “Big Broadcast”

Anne Charles presented Martin Ali the Eastern Shore Life award (in honor of her father, Frederick Keer, for Ali’s photograph, “The Maryland Dove.” Charles also presented the Libby Keer Memorial Award for Best Watercolor to Christine O’Neill for “Race Over.”

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