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Chestertown RiverArts revealed the awards for its first Open Juried Fine Art Show on September 15 at a reception at its High Street Galleries in Chestertown. A crowd of ~200 artists and art lovers enjoyed communing with show organizers; the show juror, David Grafton; and the show judge, Mary McCoy. The award winners were evenly split between local/regional regulars to the show and artists new to Chestertown. Karen Klinedinst, from Baltimore, won Best in Show for her painterly rendition of a tidal Maryland landscape using creatively enhanced photography based on her iPhone as camera. Juror’s Choice went to Rob Glebe from Chestertown for an innovative and poignant triptych of metal plates as monoprints in rust. First places went to Pat Herlihy of Galena for Best Representation of the Eastern Shore, Cheryl Schlenker of Media PA for Watermedia and Mixed mediums or graphics, Roberta Seger of Easton for Painting on Canvas or Board, Deborah Maklowski of Ellicott City for Pastel, and Cindy Brittain of Chestertown for Photography. Awards of excellence were sponsored by individual memorials to Kent County artists and teachers. Aina Nergaard-Nammack won the Lois Kuck prize; and prizes dedicated to long serving Kent County Teachers and Principal, Jack Stenger and Richard W. Hall, including the Patron’s Prize were won by Carol Ashton-Hergenhan of Bensalem PA and Dennis Young of New Castle DE for two lovely paintings. Honorable mentions were won by Signe Hanson of Denton, Sharon Hardin of Chestertown, Kim Henkel of El Prado NM and Isabel Pizzolato of Milton DE.
Other memorial remembrances in prize awards included Hilda Clinton Greene, Elizabeth Dixon Purnell whose daughter Lisa Raffetto presented the Best in Show award, Libby and Frederick Keer whose daughter Anne Charles presented Firsts in two categories and Lois Baxter Hall whose son presented a First in Mixed mediums or graphics. Bob Ramsey of Finishing Touch in Chestertown sponsored the Best Representation of the Eastern Shore.
Show judge Mary McCoy provided appreciations of the winning works which accompanied the award ribbons on the gallery walls. Visitors to the show are treated to both the visual excellence of the artists’ work and the masterful critiques of the judge.
The show includes a delightful installation by Mary McCoy (with her husband Howard McCoy) of discarded and fallen balloons onto her farm near Centreville. Mounted nearby is a delightful portrait by Evie Baskin of a child apparently enthralled with the installation. The creative and generous hanging of the show by RiverArts veteran show hangers Anne Lowell and Laura Hall was complimented widely amongst the show participants and visitors.
Refer questions regarding this show to Show Organizer Rich Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-928-5012 and visit the RiverArts web page, www.chestertownriverarts.org, for further information on the show. Chestertown RiverArts is the result of the merger (in May of 2012) of Chester River Artworks and the Chestertown Arts League. The RiverArts galleries are found at 315 High Street, Suite 106 in downtown Chestertown. Regular gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday 11am – 4pm; Saturday 9:45am – 4pm and Sunday Noon-3pm.
New 2013 RiverArts Juried Show
The former Chestertown Arts League’s Annual Open Juried Art Show had a run of 64 annual shows through April of 2012, bringing together fine works of art from regional artists. Following the merger of the Arts League with Chester River Artworks to form Chestertown RiverArts, the new organization is proud to continue this tradition with the first annual Chestertown RiverArts’ Open Juried Fine Art Show. The new show is scheduled for September 2013 and will be mounted in RiverArt’s new galleries in downtown Chestertown. The Juror will be David Grafton of Easton and the Judge will be Mary McCoy of Centreville.
Registration for the show will be done on-line via this web site and images of work will be submitted via email at registration. The registration period will open on May 15 and close on June 29. Mediums of works acceptable for the show include: all painting mediums on paper, board and canvas including pastel, mixed mediums and collage; drawings and hand-pulled prints; photography; and sculpture and other 3D works. The work must be original and completed in the past 24 months (i.e. May 2011 or later). All artists residing in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are eligible. Please refer to this web site in later April for the detailed call for artists which will include the timetables for notifications, delivery of accepted work, show dates and other details for registration.
Prizes awarded for any medium include “Best in Show” and “Juror’s Choice” and several “Awards of Excellence” and “Honorable Mentions”. Five medium specific prizes will be given for: watermedia painting; painting in oil or acrylic on canvas or board; pastel; photography; and a work in drawing, hand-pulled prints or mixed media. There will be one theme prize, “Best Representation of the Eastern Shore,” sponsored by Bob Ramsey of Finishing Touch in Chestertown – all mediums are considered for this prize. This is a long-standing tradition of the CAL Juried Show and rewards work evoking the rural nature and/or bay and river life of the Chesapeake region. Total monetary prizes will exceed $2400.
Show Juror David Grafton is an internationally-known painter with works in collections around the US and in Canada, Japan and Europe. He is collected by Earl Powell, Director of the National Gallery of Art and has had shows in NYC at the National Academy of Design; Allied Artists of America; and the Pastel Society of America. He is best known for his evocative, painterly landscapes and seascapes and for his bold abstracts. Based in Easton, MD, he has maintained a working gallery in downtown Easton (32 E Dover St) for over 10 years. He was juried in to the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Plein Air Easton Competitions and has been an active teacher, muralist and juror.
Show Judge Mary McCoy has an academic background in Studio Art and has written extensively on art for many
publications including the Washington Post and most recently as an art reviewer for local publications. She is also an accomplished sculptor specializing in found object installations and as a collaborator with her husband Howard McCoy. Their collaborative environmental sculptures have been featured at the Adkins Arboretum since 1999 and their work has been shown regionally in the Eastern United States and in Wales, Ireland and New Zealand. The McCoys have been central to the development of the Adkins’ art program and recently were recognized as the arboretum’s Volunteers of the Year for 2011.
Refer questions regarding this show to Show Organizer Rich Hall at email@example.com or 410-928-5012 and visit this web page for updates on the show.