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Studio Tour Artists’ Exhibit Opens
Sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass, pastel, watercolor, oils, photography, print making and more; traditional to modern – all is represented at the Studio Tour exhibit which opened October 7, First Friday. The show offers a sampling of the work of the more than 45 artists participating in the 17th Annual Studio Tour, which runs two weekends: October 22 – 23 and October 29 – 30.
Hundreds of First Friday attendees cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to the winner, Christine Kamon for her quilt, Light in the Forest, and close runner up Evie Baskin for her portrait, entititled Determination.
This perennially popular Studio Tour allows visitors to visit a number of artist studios not generally open to the public, see work in progress and speak directly with the artists.
For artist studio information, interactive maps, suggested tour routes and downloadable brochure, click here: www.studiotour.chestertownriverarts.org. Print brochures are also available at RiverArts and at artist studios.
Participating Studios and galleries are open 10 am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday on both weekends.
This event is sponsored in part by Chesapeake Bank and Trust, WYPR Radio and Delmarva Public Radio.
Another Successful RiverFest –
Thanks to Our Fabulous Volunteers!
Chestertown’s second annual celebration of art and the river was off to a brilliant start with Friday’s Illumination Ceremony. Julie Wills, Washington College professor of art and art history at Washington College, judged the sculptures, created specifically for RiverFest, installed on the waterfront bridge between High Street and the marina. The Hegland/Gilleran collaboration, River Orrery was awarded first place, Rob Glebe received an
elegance award for Just Because, and Cosmic Bloom, Cindy Fulton’s work, for excellence in use of materials. The sculptures will be on view through the end of October.
Fiber Art Wins People’s Choice Award in Fine Craft Exhibition
Downtown Chestertown was hopping for September’s First Friday – a combination of the holiday weekend, Washington College students back in town, and perhaps folks celebrating the fact that Hermine decided to spin off the east coast.
RiverArts clicked in 540 guests to view the new Fine Craft exhibit, Handmade in America, most of whom participated in voting for the People’s Choice Award.
Fiber Art was very popular; Betty Kerr’s Celtic Runner received the most votes, runners up were Christine Kamon for her quilt, Happy Hydrangeas, and Alice Pickett Lewis, for her work, Meadow.
RiverArts Celebrates Artful Living with “Handmade in America”
RiverArts’ Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale features work from artisans, local and beyond, in a celebration of artful living in the gallery’s second annual fine crafts show, opening Friday, September 2.
Curators Shelly Minch and William Brockschmidt challenged participants to “elevate their work beyond the rapidly disappearing line separating crafts from fine art.”
Fans Board RiverArts Chartered Bus Bound for a Red Devil Moon Performance at the NYC 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.
Great Turnout for August First Friday
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.
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
TWO AUGUST SHOWS:
JUDGED PHOTOGRAPHY & FIBER-GLASS-STEEL
“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.
at Washington College. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including the “Baltimore Sun” and “Bird Conservation” magazine.
Gilleran Sculpture Garners “Best of Show” in RiverArts June Exhibit
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.
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.”
RiverArts Mission: To engage our community in the creation, appreciation, and support of the arts through education, events, and exhibitions.
RiverArts Vision: To inspire and foster creativity as a positive and sustainable force that enriches our community and establishes the region as a premier arts destination.
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RiverArts is supported by
Kent County Arts Council
Maryland State Arts Council