Chestertown RiverArts

15th Annual Studio Tour Begins This Weekend

Table by Bob Ortiz

Table by Bob Ortiz

In 2000, Artworks held its first annual studio tour in which 12 artists participated. Now, 15 years and a merger later, there are 60 artists from a vibrant artists’ community in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties who will open their studio doors for the Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. This fascinating, free, self-guided journey will lead you to discover amazing work by the artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world. Read more and download a brochure to plan your trip.

Art of Stewardship Exhibition

art-of-stew-thumb2Mark your calendars now for November 6 and 7 when we open our first annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition. Seventy-four artworks were juried into this wide-ranging collection depicting each artist’s expression of stewardship. On Thursday, November 6, we will host the artists at a Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony. Greg Mort, an internationally renowned artist whose Stewardship series of paintings have been exhibited to much acclaim and Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum, exhibition judges, will be on hand to present awards. Greg and Rebecca will also speak about the intersection of art and activism in the movement to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the Earth. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A silent auction to benefit the Chester River Association is also planned. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. (Click to purchase.) Exhibiting artists are invited to attend at no cost. The Art of Stewardship Exhibition is the centerpiece of a four-day celebration, Earth Stewardship Days. There will be co-sponsored events all weekend to help promote the cause. Read more and see the schedule of events.

Chestertown Public Arts Master Plan Complete

histroy_etc._vennThe Chestertown Public Arts Master Plan was made possible by an NEA “Our Town” grant, sponsored by RiverArts and the Town of Chestertown. The intent: to codify a vision for celebrating the artistic, historical, and environmental assets unique to Chestertown, to revitalize the waterfront area, engage audiences, and create unique, memorable, and life-affirming experiences for residents and visitors alike.

The plan is the first public arts master plan in the region and will be a model for small towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and beyond.

This Public Arts Master Plan is the result of a year-long process involving a
series of public charrettes and meetings with stakeholders and community
members to identify types of and locations for public art projects, as well as a
process for incorporating public art into the planning and funding mechanisms
of the Town. View the plan here.

“Studio Tour” and “The Real War” Exhibitions Open Through November 1

Kent Sky and Soybean Field by Linda Hall

Kent Sky and Soybean Field by Linda Hall

Artists participating in Chestertown RiverArts’ Fifteenth Annual Studio Tour display samples of their best work in the current Main Gallery exhibition. Fiber arts, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more are displayed to wonderful effect. Visitors get a sneak peek into the abundant talent to be found on the Studio Tour, October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Read more and make plans to visit the best Tour yet.

The Real War: WWII Veterans Remember is a stunning glimpse into the lives and realities of veterans and survivors of World War II. This intensely moving exhibition features interviews and pictures that capture the stories of the Real War. Both exhibitions are on display through November 1.

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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