Fifty Artists are in Chestertown for RiverArts 7th Annual Paint the Town

Studio Tour artist, Dennis Young, at work.

Studio Tour artist, Dennis Young, at work.

RiverArts Seventh Annual Paint the Town, a four-day plein air festival has begun.  Artists will paint the local scene for three days and make their paintings available for sale at the Wet Paint Reception and Sale on Saturday, April 30, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the RiverArts Gallery. The reception and sale is free to the public. On Sunday, there is a two-hour Quick Draw competition. Paintings will be on display in Fountain Park from 11:00am-12:00pm where the public will get to vote for the People’s Choice Award and Mary Pritchard, founder of Paint the Town and award-winning pastel artist, will select first, second and third place winners. These works will be for sale immediately after the awards are announced.   Learn More

By Invitation Only—An Invitational Exhibit for Eight Artists at RiverArts

Bobbie Staat_Where the Snapping Turtles Live

On May 3, Chestertown RiverArts’s main gallery doors will open for its first invitational show featuring eight artists. The exhibit will feature the works of painters Carol Minarick, Julia Sutliff, Marilyn Banner, Eva Stina Bender and Bobbie Staat, as well as works of photographer George Holzer, and sculptors Marcia Wolfson-Ray, and Ruth Pettus. Curator Ellie Altman, resident and former director of Adkins Arboretum, invited four artists, Sutliff, Banner, Wolfson-Ray and Holzer to participate, and then gave each of these artists the opportunity to invite one artist- bringing the invitations to eight. This is a way to introduce new artists to the Chestertown RiverArts’s community and to ensure a dynamic and diverse selection of work for the show.   Learn More

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Only 20 Raffle Tickets Left for River Arts  fabulous new fund raiser:  “Get Away” Raffle!

We all need breaks from the hectic pace of our lives, and this is the perfect opportunity.  You can win a trip to your choice of one of fourCosta Rica Marriotts 5nt coach fabulous locations below. Organized by RiverArts members Dave and Christine O’Neill,  the “Get Away” Raffle will only sell 100 tickets at $100 each.  When all 100 tickets are sold, RiverArts will have a public drawing.    The lucky winner will receive their choice of one of the following four trips  that includes airfare from major cities anywhere in the 48 contiguous states and that retails up to $9772.   The winner will have 12 months to book the airfare and up to 18 months to take the trip.  Don’t miss out on this incredible chance.   Call RiverArts today (410 778 6300) to buy your ticket.  Please share this awesome raffle with your friends and family!   The sooner we sell 100 tickets, the sooner the winner will be selected.            Click here to buy Raffle Tickets

Jessica Conor and Joan Strand with winning dessert at ArtsAlive. Photo by Jeff Weber

Thank you to everyone that made this year’s ArtsAlive Gala a success.

Twenty-five businesses and 35 members donated items for the silent and live auction. Ten restaurants donated fabulous hors d’oeuvres and twenty volunteers planned this spectacular event.

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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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