Chestertown RiverArts

Mark Your Calendars for a Night in the Tropics

ArtsAlive2015Imagine swaying to the soft tropical breezes of an island sunset, cocktail in hand, surrounded by your friends, with no need for airfare! ArtsAlive, RiverArts annual fundraising event, is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Department’s Chesapeake Room. Fabulous food and drink, live music, wheels of chance and a live auction will keep you entertained while supporting your favorite cause! Read all about it and reserve your tickets now!

Art of Stewardship

Sea Change, watercolor by Greg Mort.

Sea Change, watercolor by Greg Mort.

The second annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition is a joint effort between Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association, with the support of the Carla Massoni Gallery and the Art of Stewardship Project led by Greg Mort. The exhibition will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the earth. Greg Mort, acclaimed international artist and environmentalist, is the judge for the exhibition and will be announcing winners at the Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Greg will also provide critiques of artist work for interested Art of Stewardship artists.  Marcy Ramsey, president of the Chester River Association and curator and juror for this show is herself an accomplished painter and book illustrator. The exhibition is a central part of a month-long event, Earth Stewardship Days, focusing on the critical role of the artist as steward of our planet and our natural resources.


March Exhibitions

Fiber Show and Works on Paper

Hat, cowl, scarf and sweater by Julia Ramsey

Hat, cowl, scarf and sweater by Julia Ramsey

Curator for the “Fiber Show and Works on Paper”, Sue Wright, challenged artists to think creatively and stretch traditional boundaries be it watercolor painting, altered books, knitted garments or grass baskets. RiverArts hasn’t done a fiber/paper show before and think there could be great synergy.

iShow – Digital Art

by Linda Donahue

by Linda Donahue

For RiverArts’ second annual iShow, curator, Zane Carter, reached out to artists to work in any genre that incorporates contemporary expression in imaginative ways. This exciting exhibition will showcase area artists working with sound, video, light, animation and digital images. Artists were encouraged to demonstrate innovative techniques that transform traditional mediums in surprising ways that challenge our perceptions.


Bus Trip to the Barnes Foundationbarnes

Join RiverArts on Thursday, May 14 for a wonderful trip to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The bus leaves the Roses’ parking lot at 9 and will arrive at 11. Spend the day taking in the amazing collection of Post-impressionist masters, American masters, and world art. Learn more and register.


Empty Bowls – Food Pantry Fundraiser

March 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m

Enjoy a simple meal of bread and soup, served in handmade bowls created by local potters including artists from RiverArts clay studio, community members and Washington College students. These bowls are a unique keepsake to take home as a reminder that there are “empty bowls” everywhere. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the program begins at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for students and $20/adults. Children are also welcome at the event for $10. ALL proceeds benefit the Kent County Food Bank. Only 100 tickets are available so please call 410-778-7752 or e-mail to make your reservations today! No tickets will be sold at the door.

Thank you for your support!

Chestertown Featured in American Craft MagazineChester-River-Tall-Ships2

Chestertown and RiverArts are featured in the February/March issue of American Craft Magazine. Published by the American Craft Council, the magazine features Chestertown as this month’s stop in the “Wide World of Craft.” RiverArts gallery as well as many member artists are featured.
Read the full article here.


Paint the Town Become a Patron!

Paint the Town 2015 brings 50 artists to Chestertown to paint in and around Kent County. The paintings are sold at our “Wet Paint Show and Sale” on Saturday, April 25. Your $25 contribution as a Patron brings an invitation to the pre-show of the wet paint sale and mention in our program. Sign up to be a Patron on our website at, by emailing or by calling 410-778-6300.

First Public Arts Installation Selected

Broad-ReachThe Chestertown Public Arts Master Plan, made possible by an NEA “Our Town” grant, secured by RiverArts and the Town of Chestertown, has achieved its first step with a jury-selected sculpture design by esteemed Baltimore artist David Hess. The sculpture, a playscape destined for Wilmer Park, will be created out of premium grade, smooth edged stainless steel, and shaped like waves and sails to convey the spirit of a waterfront community. Read the full story in the Chestertown Spy.

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.

RiverARTS Camp Registration Open!

RiverArtsCamp_logo_15RiverARTScamp is a summer arts camp that offers campers ages 6-13 the opportunity to explore different media and techniques. The syllabus is different for each week. In addition to creating art, campers will explore the town, local galleries, and artist studios and participate in cooperative and art-based games and activities to build camaraderie and art knowledge. Parents can choose between half-day and full-day sessions. Register your favorite child today!

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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