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RiverArts STUDIO TOUR 2014
The Fifteenth Annual RiverArts Studio Tour Continues To Grow
In 2000, Chestertown RiverArts, formerly known as Artworks, held its first annual studio tour. Twelve artists participated that year. Now, fifteen years later, there are some sixty artists, of which twelve are new, from a vibrant Kent County, Artists Community who will open their studio doors for the Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This fascinating, free, self-guided journey will lead you to discover amazing work by artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world. With so many artists on the tour, it is well worth a day trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore or perhaps plan a weekend get-away.
The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to the avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass and more. Every bit as joyful as seeing the magnificent art is meeting the individual artists and having the opportunity to buy original work at studio prices.
Visitors have the options of walking through the 18th-Century village of Chestertown and visiting the studios “downtown.” Or tour the countryside around Chestertown and Rock Hall and visit the studios in the outlying areas of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, a ride made more beautiful by the fall colors. Many studios overlook the Chester River, numerous creeks or the Chesapeake Bay. And visit Arts At Still Pond Station where Chestertown RiverArts has its Clay Studio, the only one of its kind on the Upper Shore.
Examples of each artist’s work will be on display at the Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one’s interests. Brochures may be found at the Gallery and at restaurants and shops throughout Kent County; they provide a brief description of each artist along with directions to the studio and a user-friendly map. During the Studio Tour, Gallery hours are Saturday 9:30-4 and Sunday Noon-3. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, October 3, from 5-8 p.m.
Combine your Studio Tour with Chestertown’s Schooner Sultana Downrigging weekend October 31-November 2. The Sultana Foundation is joined by many historic tall ships and Chesapeake Buy-Boats. Many interesting art studios are within easy walking distance of the ships. All this makes for a fun family outing.
If you wish to make a weekend of it, information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions is available at www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416.
We hope that you will join us for our fifteenth year.