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!

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.

“Without Reference: The Abstract Show” and the “Woodworkers’ Showcase” Currently on Exhibit


Best in Show Winner by Vicco Von Voss

Curated by Chuck Engstrom, the Woodworkers’ Showcase includes many types of art including tables, lamps, bird carvings and turned wood objects. In addition to our local artists, there are works by artisans from other areas of the Eastern Shore, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maine and New York. David Fry, a long-time writer, critic, and wood turner from Washington, DC judged the show.

Best of Show went to Vicco von Voss for his “Vicco Chair.” Von Voss’s submission was a sculptural yet comfortable hand-crafted chair of molded plywood. Fry writes in his critique: “From the front, converging lines soar up from the floor, disappear, and resolve in a single focal point at the top. The design morphs dramatically during a walk-around but never loses its integrity. This is imagination and craftsmanship at the highest level.”

Co-curated by Barbara Parker and Ronn Akins, “Without Reference”

Abstract by Ronn Akins

Abstract by Ronn Akins

explores the relationships between colors and forms that define “abstract” art.  Abstract art began in 1911 with such works as Picture with a Circle by the Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky believed that colors provoke emotions and also assigned instrument tones to go with each color. Red sounded like a trumpet. Green sounded like a middle-position violin. Light Blue sounded like a flute. Dark Blue sounded like a cello. Yellow sounded like a fanfare of trumpets. White sounded like the pause in a harmonious melody.  These analogies to sounds came from Kandinsky’s love of music especially that by the contemporary Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg.

Call for Artists: The Art of Stewardship Exhibition

stewardship_banner_15-2Chestertown RiverArts invites all artists to submit work for the second annual Art of Stewardship Juried Art Show which will run from Thursday, April 2 through Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the RiverArts galleries. The Art of Stewardship exhibition kicks off “Earth Stewardship Days: Rev Up the Planet,” a month-long series of stewardship activities devoted to expanding our community’s understanding of the issues, creating inspirational experiences and promoting personal and collective stewardship actions. Read the complete call.

Join Us to Visit the American Craft Council Show

acc show-smallOn Saturday, February 21, RiverArts is inviting you to climb aboard the bus to spend the day in Baltimore at the fabulous ACC Show. Several RiverArts members will be showing their best work in one of the most widely acclaimed fine craft shows in the nation. Let the driver do all the work while you have all the fun! Get all the details and register here.

paint the town bannerPaint the Town Registration Filling Up!

Artists interested in taking part in RiverArts’ Sixth Annual Paint the Town, scheduled for April 23 to April 26, should register soon. This premier plein air event, sponsored by RiverArts, culminates in the Wet Paint Show and Sale on Saturday, April 25 and a Quick Draw Competition, with judge Hai-Ou Hou, on Sunday April 26. Modest cash prizes are awarded. Learn more about Paint the Town and register now.

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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