RiverArts Seeks Administrative Assistant

Chestertown RiverArts, a large and growing nonprofit arts organization with a spacious gallery located in the heart of historic downtown Chestertown, Maryland, is now accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate is someone that can handle multiple priorities and enjoys working with the public. Schedule can be flexible, but some weekend hours are required. The position includes managing correspondence, and oversees the RiverArts Gallery including coordinating volunteer staffing. Intimate computer knowledge including excel, social media. Ability to adapt to new technology a must.   To apply, send cover letter and resume via email to jodibortz@chestertownriverarts.org by 11/30/15. Learn More…

RiverArts Annual Holiday Show and Sale Now Open

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Tasteful, Inspired, Creative, and Affordable; these words best describe the range of fine arts and crafts that will be available at the Chestertown RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale, November 20 – December 26. Every year these guidelines serve the customer well as RiverArts provides works that are beautifully hand-crafted, often unique, and often one-of-a-kind. There will be paintings, photographs, pottery, prints, jewelry, textiles, hand-made books, wood art and holiday arrangements. Last year there were over 1000 gifts for sale. We expect a large turn-out again this year, taking up both galleries. Learn more…

World War II Home Front: Chestertown Remembers

RiverArts Gallery will open “World War II Home Front: Chestertown Remembers” First Friday, November 6 with an opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00. Co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience, the exhibit features stories from interviews conducted by Washington College students during last summer’s StoryQuest program. Among the dozens of local residents included in the exhibit are Pat Ingersoll sharing how the war affected her life as a young bride on the farm, Allen and Virginia Capel talking about the German POWs who worked in the fields, Ralph Van Dyke remembering the munitions plant explosion in 1943, and Rolph Townsend sharing his experience as a teenager during the war. The exhibit will run through November 14.

RiverArts 2015 Holiday Show Opens November 20

The annual RiverArts holiday extravaganza is an opportunity for our member artists to reach a wide and appreciative audience. RiverArts members will fill the gallery with all nature of holiday gifts for everyone in your life. Most items are priced under $100, and gift wrapping will be available. Plan to shop local and support local artists for your holiday shopping this year.

Studio Tour 2015 A Great Success!

Studio Tour 2015 was a grand success! We are so pleased that so many folks came to visit our artists. We’ve had reports of visitors coming from as far as New York to visit for the weekend. Many of our artists reported larger than average crowds. The Studio Tour App made traveling the tour a breeze. RiverArts would like to thank our sponsors, WYPR, Chesapeake Bank and Trust, and the Kent County Office of Tourism Development for their support. We also thank all of the businesses that supported us through advertising in our brochure. We are so lucky to have such a vibrant community of artists, and we are so grateful to all of the artists that participated!


The RiverArts 2015 Farm and Winery Tour Drew Locals and Tourists  DSC_0051

Thanks to Cassinelli Winery, Clovelly Vineyard, Colchester Farm, Crow Farm and Winery, Galena Blooms and St, Brigid’s Farm for hosting visitors for the RiverArts’ 2015 Farm and Winery Tour. Locals as well as tourists joined the tour on a beautiful summer weekend to learn more about contemporary farm practices, wine-making, and growing crops from grapes to flowers to vegetables from our knowledgeable farm experts.   View photos from the weekend.

RiverArts Elects New Directors to Board at 2015 Annual Meeting

On Thursday, June 18, the Chestertown RiverArts membership gathered for the annual meeting to review highlights from the last year and to elect new directors to the board. President-Elect Mary Jo McCulloch announced the slate of new directors. This year’s new board members bring a wide variety of experience and insight to the board. The new board members include J.R. Alfee, Raven Bishop, Barbara Fancher, Mary M. Sjoquist, and Greg Waddell. Learn more

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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