Another Successful RiverFest –

Thanks to Our Fabulous Volunteers!

River Orrery, by Patti & Dave Hegland & Breon Gilleran

River Orrery, by Patti & Dave Hegland & Breon Gilleran

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.

Pres Harding put together a group of talented musicians – (The Illuminators), to entertain prior to the ceremony.
The evening culminated with a street dance, and performance by local hip- hop sensation Yvng Swag.

Charlie the Peacock, Lani Seikaly

Charlie the Peacock, Lani Seikaly

Charlie the Peacock, the giant steel light installation created by Baltimore artists Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller who presided over the Foot of High Street Friday and Saturday evenings was a hit with all ages. The second light installation, Diamonds, by Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz are on display along the curve of Cross Street in Chestertown through October 2.
On Saturday, Wilmer Park was filled with plenty of children’s exhibitions and crafts: pony rides, face painting, build a buoy, Scales & Tails and the Philips Wharf Fish Mobile, along with  the  paddle races, poker run, Chester River Rowing Club demonstration,  and the Washington College cardboard boat race. A popular new addition was the History Paddle Tours by Pat Nugent, Deputy Director Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience.

A Happy Festival Goer, Seikaly

A Happy Festival Goer, Seikaly

Live music by the Kent County High School Jazz Band and Steel Revolution, the community and college steel pan ensemble contributed to the festivities.

The party moved back to the foot of High Street that evening, for a Glow Party with Charlie the Peacock,  music with Kotic Couture and DJ Smallwood, and local ice cream treats by Lockbriar Farm.

RiverFest is a collaboration of a number of organizations:  RiverArts, SANDBOX, Washington College Center for Environment and Society,  Chestertown Arts and Entertainment District, and  the CV Starr Center for the American Experience.
Sponsors include Think Big, Chesapeake Bank and Trust, and the Kent County Arts Council.

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Fiber Art Wins People’s Choice Award  in Fine Craft Exhibition

Celtic Runner, Betty Kerr

Celtic Runner, Betty Kerr

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.

Happy Hydrangeas, Christine Kamon

Happy Hydrangeas, Christine Kamon

The show represents a wide cross section of  the region’s exceptionally skilled and creative
artists’ work: wearable art,  fiber art,  wood, ceramics, glass and metal.

The exhibition and sale will be up
through the month of September.

Meadow, by Alice Pickett Lews

Meadow, by Alice Pickett Lews

 

 

RiverArts Celebrates Artful Living with “Handmade in America”

Bluebird House, by Wayne Darrell

Bluebird House, by Wayne Darrell

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.” The show represents the wide variety of work created by local and regional artists: ceramics, metal, jewelry, fiber arts, and wood, in both small scale and large scale. Wood crafts are well represented, including doll houses, bird houses, a ukulele and a rocking cradle. Fiber work features quilts and pillows, as well as wearable art – jewelry, and hand knitted clothing.  In addition, there are a number of works by RiverArts Clay Studio artists, illustrating the growing popularity of ceramics.

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Talavera style bowl by Jody Gilliland

First Friday visitors are encouraged to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced over the weekend. The exhibit and sale will continue through the month of September. It’s not too early to start your holiday shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

TWO  AUGUST SHOWS:
JUDGED PHOTOGRAPHY & FIBER-GLASS-STEEL

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“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.

Sunrise-on-Lotus-Hill, Steven Hargrove

Sunrise-on-Lotus-Hill, Steven Hargrove

 

 

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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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