2017 Exhibition Schedule

JANUARY
RiverArts Members’ Show

January 6-28

Open to all media. Members only
More info and to register

Main and Studio Galleries

Curator: Nora Carey

FEBRUARY
Emerging Artists (Invitational Show)

February 3-25

Main and Studio Galleries

Curator: Raven Bishop

MARCH
Juried Painting, Sculpture, & Contemporary Craft

March 3-April 1

Main and Studio Galleries

Curators: Mary Pritchard and Rob Glebe

APRIL
Art of Stewardship

April 7-23

Juried show open to all media.

Art that expresses and exemplifies the importance of being good stewards of the earth.

Main and Studio Galleries

Curators: Ellie Altman & Margo Tilghman

Paint The Town

April 27-30
Wet Pain Sale Saturday,  April 29
Quick Draw Sunday, April 30

MAY
At Work

May 5-27


Main Gallery

Open to all media.

Art that reflects humans and/or animals at work, their tools, etc.

Curator: Lani Seikaly

Cindy Fulton & Rick Bisgyer

Studio Gallery

JUNE
The Journey

June 2-July 1

Open to all media.

Art that depicts life’s many journeys — emotional, sentimental, physical — as well as our means of travel
(cars, planes, bikes, boats.)

Main Gallery

Curator: Evie Baskin

One Artist’s Journey – Sihnja Whiteley

Studio Gallery

Curator: Ellie Altman

JULY
Abstract and Woodworking

July 7-29

Abstract is open to all media.

Main and Studio Galleries

Curators: Ronn Akins, Barbara Parker, Chuck Engstrom

AUGUST
Juried Photography Show

August 4-26

Main Gallery

Curator: Steve Kane

New York Artists’ Guild

Studio Gallery

SEPTEMBER
Life  on and around the Eastern Shore Waterways

September 1-30

Open to all media.

Art that celebrates life on the Eastern Shore with a focus on our swales, ponds, creeks, rivers and bay.

Main and Studio Galleries

Curators: Barbara & Jack Fancher

OCTOBER 
Studio Tour

October 6-29

Members only

Main and Studio Galleries

Curator: TBA

NOVEMBER
TBA

November 3-18

Main Gallery

Curator: TBA

Annual Children’s Show

Studio Gallery

Curator: Elizabeth Healey

November 22-December 30
Holiday Show

Main and Studio Galleries

Curator: TBA

 

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November Exhibitions

Annual Holiday Show and Sale Now Open!

holiday show picHoliday Hours (November 27-December 26)
Monday-Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-4

Tasteful, Inspired, Creative, and Affordable; these words best describe the range of fine arts and crafts that will be available at the Chestertown RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale, November 20 – December 26. Every year these guidelines serve the customer well as RiverArts provides works that are beautifully hand-crafted, often unique, and often one-of-a-kind. There will be paintings, photographs, pottery, prints, jewelry, textiles, hand-made books, wood art and holiday arrangements. Last year there were over 1000 gifts for sale. We expect a large turn-out again this year, taking up both galleries.

Sue Wright, curator of the show, has encouraged artists to bring in gifts for men, women, children, pets and the home and suggested that most items be priced under $100. She also encouraged painters and photographers to bring in miniatures – small pieces that will make original art an affordable present. For example, Elise Sinatro will be bringing in a series of miniature abstract paintings in wonderful color combinations, 6”x6” in size: these can be bought individually, as a pair, or as a grouping. Jody Primoff will be putting in 15 small, framed paintings plus a few matted pieces. She said it’s been a lot of fun trying to make these pieces in spite of their small size into exciting finished paintings. She picks up little frames here and there, and then creates paintings to fit the frame. Here is a real opportunity to get a wonderful painting by a very popular artist.

RiverArts is known for its talented fiber artists. Many of these popular artists will be returning and several new artists will be contributing to the show this year. Alice Pickett-Lewis will be bringing in her felted potholders which were extremely popular last year; they are practical while also beautiful as Alice combines rich colors.

Well-known among the fiber artists are knitters all of whom make varied items, using different wools and all love playing with texture and color. Ronnie Edelman will be submitting a range of items including pet sweaters, children’s clothes, and ladies’ shawls, scarves and apparel. Master Knitter, Sue Wright, is using a new approach to knitting cowls/scarves which give them a lovely draped effect. Sheila Austrian has made caps and fingerless mittens. Connie Metcalf will be bringing in several shawls, scarves, felted bags and hats.

Other fiber artists include Joan Brown who hand-stitches felted, vintage wool with antique buttons, beads, charms and embroidery. She creates brooches, purses, scarves, and Christmas ornaments. There will also be a number of quilters. Judi Gunther is an abstract quilt artist who uses a blend of textiles, fibers, and interfacings to create sculptural-like dimension and textures to her work. She will bring in a number of small quilts that can be used as wall art. Christine Kamon’s quilted items range from small mug rugs and table toppers to small hangings and lap quilts.

There will also be several jewelry artists two of whom are especially popular. Joy Berghaus is inspired by color, texture and feel of combinations of glass, metal, semi-precious stones and wire to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She often incorporates antique jewelry and buttons into her designs. Her necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are individually designed using beading, knitting, and crocheting with wire.

Char Guschl of Rockn’N Roses designs jewelry predominately with semiprecious stones. She incorporates the compatibility of the stones in their traditional meanings and believed to be healing qualities. Rock ‘N Roses’ pieces are never duplicated for that reason.

Unusual this year is the work by Ann Farley who creates 3-dimensional paper designs of bright colors and fun shapes all individually cut by hand. She will be bringing in original cut-paper artwork, along with canvas giclees, greetings cards, and coasters of her most popular designs.

There will be many other art forms such as holiday centerpieces by Alex Rudderow, woven baskets by Heidi Wetzel, hand-crafted books by Stephanie Somers, puzzle book wooden shelves by Chuck Engstrom, a star knot series that can be used in many ways by Bonnie Clark and, of course, plenty of pottery. Many other artists will be participating.

World War II Home Front: Chestertown Remembers

WWIIRiverArts Gallery will open “World War II Home Front: Chestertown Remembers” First Friday, November 6 with an opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00. Co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience, the exhibit features stories from interviews conducted by Washington College students during last summer’s StoryQuest program. Among the dozens of local residents included in the exhibit are Pat Ingersoll sharing how the war affected her life as a young bride on the farm, Allen and Virginia Capel talking about the German POWs who worked in the fields, Ralph Van Dyke remembering the munitions plant explosion in 1943, and Rolph Townsend sharing his experience as a teenager during the war. The exhibit will run through November 14.

October Exhibitions
Studio Tour 2015 and Art of Stewardship Winners

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The 16th Annual Studio Tour Exhibit will open on First Friday, October 2, 5-8pm in RiverArts’ Main Gallery at 315 High Street, Suite 106. Thus visitors may return throughout the month to plan their itineraries based on the work of each Studio Tour artist on display. Be prepared to take a fascinating, free, self-guided journey to discover amazing work by artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world. Returning visitors will note that there are eight new artists on the tour this year. Artists will be ready to greet you during the Chestertown RiverArts 16th Annual Studio Tour on October 24th, 25th, 31st and November 1ST, 10am-5pm, rain or shine.

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. having the opportunity to buy original work at studio prices. Many visitors return year after year to see the new work of their favorite artists and the work of new artists on the tour.

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.

On Friday evening in RiverArts’ Studio Gallery, come enjoy a show presented by our 2014 and 2015 Art of Stewardship Show winners Arthur Benson and David Crane. The artists have collaborated to bring together a fabulous group of pieces.

Arthur Benson, was the winner of the 2014 Art of Stewardship show. He has been a teacher and sculptor for more than fifty years, and in recent years has forayed into digital photography, that he calls pixel modeling. Benson was on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for 30 years. He and his wife hail from Baltimore.

David Crane is a ceramic stoneware artist. Crane grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, and after years in the Merchant Marine and captaining yachts, he built a home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where he was inspired by the beauty of the sea. Crane says that his art is “guided, in part by the notion that the planet is a living entity.”

September Exhibitions
Handmade in America Fine Craft Showcase

2015-09-21 15.59.51Be sure to visit the acclaimed Chestertown RiverArts September Fine Craft Exhibition “Handmade in America” now showing in the High Street gallery.  The juried show, featuring works from national and regionally acclaimed crafts people, opened to rave reviews on Friday September 4th.

Over 400 people attended the opening reception for the show curated by Shelley Minch and William Brockschmidt.  One visitor reported to the curators “It is really a beautiful show.  I really liked the way the names of the artists were displayed and the placement of the art.  So nice to be able to see and appreciate everything there.”

Three best in show winners were chosen by Alex Castro, Director of SANDBOX and Lecturer in Art, Architect, Exhibition and Book Designer in Residence at Washington College.  The winners were local favorite Allen Johnson’s “Learning Tree”, a bold wood carved bust,

James Aarons’ “Cocoon” a masterful sketch on ceramic and 

Marthe Roberts Shae’s stunning “Dimensional Swirl Cuff Bracelet”.  All works are for sale and the gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturday

August Exhibitions
Art & New Media and Lightscapes by Caroline Huff

Still from animated short “Phone Booths” by Tad Sare

Shelley Minch has curated the show “Art and New Media.” The show will feature the artists’ use of new media or new takes on older media formats in the expression of the artists’ ideas. The show will feature illustrations, comics, printing, and use of disruptive technologies.

Among the works featured will be a short film by Tad Sare. Sare’s movie “Phone Booths is an animated piece that uses interesting graphics and sound to draw in the viewer. The piece will be projected onto one of the gallery walls. Sare is a  multi media artist and teacher of  animation at Delaware College of Art and Design. Davide Prete, Italian sculptor and architect, will also be presenting works in the exhibit. His work connects traditional and digital elements, and spans small and large-scale sculpture, ironwork, furniture design, metalwork and jewelry. He speaks and exhibits internationally in 3D printing and laser scanning and digital production.

In the Studio Gallery, Caroline Huff presents “Lightscapes.” When Huff was a child, her painter father encouraged her to make art. She never had another ambition. Reflecting on her long career, Huff speaks with the same assurance she felt as a child, “Painting is what I do. It is my life.” She paints some figures, but landscapes are her forte. Her images may be of a lone figure sitting by the sea, sun-struck houses or a Southwestern chapel. Light is the common denominator in her work. Critics have praised Huff’s ability to use light to transmit the impact of a scene, emphasizing the bright whites of the buildings, stones of pastel blues and pinks.

A former art educator prior to her retirement, Huff attended school in Richmond, at what is now Virginia Commonwealth University, and eventually earned her master of arts degree at American University. She has lived in Maryland ,West Va. and in Santa Fe, N.M.She has had more than 50 shows throughout her career in New York City, Houston, Scottsdale, Beverly Hills, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and throughout the Chesapeake Bay area. Huff now lives full time in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Her work can be viewed on her Facebook page (carolinehuffart), on Instagram and on her website (www.carolinehuff.com).

July Exhibition
The Art of Wine

IMG_0413-2RiverArts ‘July exhibit opens First Friday, July 3, at 5:00 PM. This show, The Art of Wine, tips a hat to the emerging industry of grape growing and wine making on the Eastern Shore. Join us for the opening reception and guess how many wine corks are in the glass vessel. Best estimate wins a prize. Examine the ‘aroma wheel’ used by wine experts to describe the tastes and aromas of different wines. Could some of these words be used to describe art? See beautiful paintings celebrating the pleasure of wine in different settings and stages.   We will be highlighting the work of local artists in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. This show will also feature a beautiful hand crafted wine bench made of cedar and a large quilt of original design, representing the very finest fabric art.   Unique photographs will also be on display.

Please join us to celebrate The Art of Wine. Purchase a gift for your favorite oenophile. Start off your Fourth of July weekend by raising a glass to family and friends. This interesting display will be open until Friday, July 31. Don’t miss it!

June Exhibition

The Artist’s Touch

“Bella” by Kathy Lazo

 

“The Artist’s Touch” exhibit showcases the participants’ best work reflecting how the artists express their view of the world. The show features original sculpture and original works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and egg tempera. A wide variety of themes are depicted, including portraits, landscapes, wildlife, and abstract.

RiverArts is pleased to announce that “The Artist’s Touch” was judged by Barbara Nuss.  Barbara is a well-known artist, writer, and educator.   She has exhibited throughout the US and in Europe, including solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and New York.  Recently two of her paintings exhibited at Arti e Amicitiae in Amsterdam, Holland.  Barbara has written for North Light books and for The Artist Magazine; see her latest article in the Jan/ Feb issue.  Her awards are too numerous to print here but readers are encouraged to visit her website at www.barbaranuss.com

May Exhibitions

The Art of the Photograph

IMG_3962“The Art of the Photograph” exhibit will feature outstanding work from local photographers and photographers from surrounding areas. Warren Kahle, an award-winning photographer from Annapolis, will judge the show. He earned the Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America at the national convention in Atlantic City in 2002.   Among his many awards is the Kodak Gallery Elite award he received at the 2005 PPA national convention in New Orleans. He is currently a member of the Maryland Federation of Art and has participated in many juried shows with this organization and others. You can learn more by visiting www.wkgallery.com/bio.

pot-&-dogwoodArt from Earth: A Judged Clay Show

“Art From the Earth: A Judged Clay Show” features pottery from local artists and will be judged by Paul Aspell. Aspell has been working in stoneware pottery for many years. He describes his current work in ceramics as a continuing investigation of texture and form.  His training includes a B.A. in Art Education and an M.A. in Ceramics.  He taught at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey for sixteen years before moving to the Eastern Shore in 2002. Paul has his studio  at his home in Ridgely, Maryland and currently teaches pottery  at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

April Exhibition

Rhinoceros Endagered - Lani Seikaly

Rhinoceros Endagered – Lani Seikaly

The Art of Stewardship

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, in the RiverArts Galleries, features works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the earth. Greg Mort, acclaimed international artist and environmentalist, was the judge for the exhibition and announced winners at the Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Greg also provided 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 was 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.

Greg Mort gave permission to use one of his beautiful Stewardship images, “Sea Change” to promote the Art of Stewardship show. You can find more information about the Art of Stewardship projects around the world on their website and on theirFacebook page.

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.

To give a feel for the caliber of works in the show are fiber art by Julia Ramsey who does both fiber painting and knitwear. Julia has an M.S. degree in Knitted Textile Design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Her personal collections of knitwear and textile art have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She also designs knitwear for companies such as Anthropologie, Patagonia, and Neiman Marcus.

Antoinette Smith’s passion is origami. Her work is influenced by Jason Barnes, the former production manager of the National Theatre of Great Britain, and Lillian Oppenheimer who is the creator and founder of the Origami Society of North America.

 

Christine Kamon has been a prolific and passionate quilter for more than 25 years. A BS degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell laid the foundation for her creative process.

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.

Charles Bergen, both an architect and sculptor, will be entering “A Capitalsaurus Chasing a Falcarius. In 1898 bones of the Capitalsaurus were discovered a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. This sculpture portrays the carnivorous Capitalsaurus chasing a feathered but flightless dinosaur known as Falcarious. This fanciful interaction occurred when the area around the Capitol was a savannah and populated by dinosaurs. It is made of water jet cut aluminum that has been sand blasted and then painted with automobile paint for flashy durability.

 

February Exhibitions

Woodworkers’ Showcase: A Judged Show

Vessel by Michael Scarborough

The Woodworkers’ Showcase includes many types of work including tables, lamps, bird carvings and turned wood objects. Many different types of wood are on display. 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.

This show was  judged by David Fry from Washington, D.C. who is a long-time writer, critic, and wood turner. Many of his articles have appeared in the National Wood Turners Magazine. He has also judged several shows for the Chesapeake Wood Turners.

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.”

Three participants were awarded the distinction of Honorable Mention. Baxter Smith was recognized for his “Walnut Tux Vase,” a turned wood piece that was honored for his skillful use of the wood’s color and contour. Carl Clazey was honored for his bird carving “Merlin”. Fry writes of Clazey’s piece: “This is art that the Eastern Shore, like few other places, can celebrate as its own.” The final distinction was awarded to Jeff Haude for his desk chair in cherry and ash. Fry writes of this piece: “This complementary pair reflects a happy balance between luxurious mass and articulated form and space.”

Without Reference: the Abstract Show

Illumine Triptych by Barbara Parker

Illumine Triptych by Barbara Parker

Co-curated by Barbara Parker and Ronn Akins, “Without Reference,” includes both 2D and 3D pieces. Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Therefore the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale. 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. Red was lively and confident. Green was peaceful with inner strength.

Blue was deep and supernatural. Yellow could be warm, exciting, or disturbing. White seemed silent but full of possibilities. Kandinsky 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.

January Exhibitions

Member’s Open Exhibition

Blackhead by Terry Wolf

Blackhead by Terry Wolf

An art showexhibiting art works of River Arts members will open with a reception Friday, January 9, at 5 pm. A variety of art including paintings, photos, and sculpture will be exhibited.
With a membership of 228 artists, one can expect a wide variety of artwork. The Members Only Show is unique because artists express themselves in the manner that is most true to their artistic vision.

 

Through the Eyes of a Child

photo 2On display will be some of the best children’s art produced in Kent County’s eight elementary schools this year. Artwork produced by kindergarten through fifth grade students, selected by their art instructors, will be hung on clotheslines in KidSPOT and featured in the Studio Gallery.

Also featured will be the winning works of the National PTA Reflections art contest in Kent County. Middle and high school students compete in the visual arts, dance choreography, music composition, literature, photography, and filmmaking. Be prepared to be delighted and impressed by the creativity and technique exhibited by our young artists. Meet the artists at a reception on Sunday, January 11, from 1-3 p.m.

December Exhibition

The Annual Holiday Show and Sale

pottery by doug sassiThe Chestertown RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale is open in the Studio Gallery! On First Friday, December 5, the show will expand into the Main Gallery. This year, we’re featuring the works of more than 50 artists and artisans; and already have more than 700 items to choose from. All the artists are members of RiverArts and all of their work is hand-made, many are one-of-a-kind. Most pieces are available for under $100.

Holiday Show Artists’ Contracts can be downloaded here.

Curators Sue Wright and Connie Schroth make sure that there is something for everyone. Popular items last year included a broad range of gift items including knitted wearables and other fiber items, jewelry, pottery, cutting boards, artwork and photography, cards, and so much more. The big sellers are described below; expect to see work by these artists again this year.

Fiber artist Alice Pickett-Lewis created felted pot holders for this show; last year they were so attractive that many buyers said they were going to be used in a decorative way. Katherine Trout’s woven chenille scarves were loved for their warm, soft textures and glorious color combinations. Knitters Sue Wright, Ronnie Edelman, Sheila Austrian and Connie Metcalf offered sweaters, shawls and more for both children and adults. Each of these knitters has a style of her own, using different types of wools and color combinations. To create her scarves, Judy Friis used personal photography, graphics, fine art, and a collection of images to develop unique designs which were then printed on 100% silk. Barbara Wilson made tapestry bags of all sizes.

Jewelry was also very popular. Joy Berghaus’ jewelry included different combinations of glass, shells, metal, semi-precious stones, antique jewelry and buttons; her necklaces, earrings and bracelets were individually designed using beading, knitting, and crocheting with wire. Charlotte Guschl created contemporary pieces with semi-precious stones from the southwest and other parts. Bonnie and Joe Masslofsky created jewelry using seaglass and semi-precious stones wrapped in sterling silver and 14k gold-filled wire.

“Marshland Farm” by Ed Blake is a wonderful photograph of a winter’s scene, snow everywhere with a red barn that breaks up the white. Last year the photograph was on sale either framed or unframed and matted ready for framing. He will be offering this photograph again as well as some others this year using the same price structure. Ed is a professional photographer who specializes in high quality black and white and color images.

Pottery by Donna Hickman and Doug Sassi stood out. Both create utilitarian pieces. Doug is known for making his own clay and glazes. Roy Mears, a local contractor, has taken his love of wood to a different level creating gorgeous cutting boards; they’re almost too beautiful to use. Marty Elvin’s hand-painted gourds were also well received.
Needless to say, there will be many other gift items from which to choose. So do your holiday shopping at RiverArts and support your local, talented artist community.

November Exhibitions

The Art of Stewardship Juried Exhibition

Go to Art of Stewardship Exhibition page.

The Five Turners

Gene3PiecesSmFive Maryland woodturners will present a group show of turned objects at RiverArts Gallery in Chestertown from November 7 to 22. Their work displays an extensive individuality of styles in a medium that dates back to ancient Egypt and continues to fascinate its practitioners even in this modern day of mostly molded plastic stuff.

ChuckSmWalnutGene Adcock, Chuck Engstrom, Margaret Lospinuso, Lou Rudinski, and Tim Moore all work largely with wood discarded from unstable trees, road and building projects, and even the occasional firewood pile. Many of their objects are indeed useful as bowls, platters, and the like – but they are all objects of beauty and craftsmanship intended to highlight the natural beauty of the wood and the embellishments of their individual imaginations.

October Exhibitions

Fiber Finesse

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campana-weaveRiverArts’ widely acclaimed annual Fiber Show, “Fiber Finesse,” presents a collection of beautifully handmade, original pieces, which run the gamut from wearable works of art to fiber pieces to adorn the walls of your home. See tiny felted folk and baskets, alongside a rainbow of scarves, shrugs and sweaters. Alice Pickett-Lewis, Sue Wright, the show’s curator, Leslie Campana and many other talented artists display their best work.

Fabrications 2014

garden Fabrications 2014 is highly imaginative, creative, contemporary artwork created by nationally/ internationally recognized and awarded artists whose work is represented in private, public, museum and corporate collections. This guest exhibition presents art from the masterful fabrication of kiln formed glass and steel into indoor/outdoor sculptures and tables by Sabra Richards (click to read more about Sabra), porcelain vessels by Rick Bisgyer (click to read more about Rick), Art Quilt and “mirror images” by Jean M. Evans, “New Visions-fused” by Joyce Murrin. Read more about the show and the artists here.

September Exhibitions

The Literary Muse

The River is the Reason

In the Main Gallery, “The Literary Muse” showcases artwork from all mediums that draws on literature for inspiration. The artists contributing may have been moved to express something about a favorite literary character, a specific scene or setting in a novel, a cherished book title, or a well-known author’s life. Artists have been encouraged to be either literal or abstract in their approach to their literary inspiration. Expect to see wonderful interpretations such as Marcy Dunn Ramesey’s watercolor, “Why the River” (above) inspired by the book The River is the Reason by Meredith Davies Hadaway. Marcy often finds her inspiration from Meredith’s poetry. Also enjoy a mixed media piece, by Sally Clark, which takes her back to a childhood book of poems and stories about fairies. The show is set to coincide with the 5th Annual Chestertown Book Festival which takes place September 19-21, 2014.

Portraits: Conversing with the Sitter

Kris - portrait 4-14 at 30Portrait painting is among the oldest of human arts and resonates with us in a very primitive way. A good portrait tells some of the sitter’s story and captures a moment of their lives. Artists of any medium have been invited to participate and will turn the Small Gallery into “Portrait Hall”. Popular portrait artist, Evie Baskin, will be showing “Visionary,” (at right) a pastel portrait of her son on his 30th birthday. He recently moved to New York City after three years in Silicon Valley as a software developer. In this painting he looks to the future with clear eyes, a strong mind and a good heart.

Celebrating Rural Life

 

Misty Morning on the Upper Chester River by Cindy Stafford

Misty Morning on the Upper Chester River by Cindy Stafford

During the month of July, Chestertown RiverArts hosts an exciting partnership between RiverArts and the Kent County Public Library Writers’ Group. Art, representing rural life, shares space with various musings from our local writers. Scenes and thoughts reflecting our local environment, such as favorite places and faces, are displayed side by side. In the heat of the summer, spend some cool time amid the things that draw us all to this place we love and appreciate.

 

Ted Ramsey Painting and Sculpture Show

 

Plains of Juniper, watercolor by Ted Ramsey

Plains of Juniper, watercolor by Ted Ramsey

Ted Ramsey is reentering our art community after being away some 30 years. He grew in a family of artists on the serene Chester River at Deep Landing. His formal art education began in high school and continues to evolve through new media. He plans to return to his Chestertown roots in two years and is taking this opportunity to reintroduce himself and his works to you. Read more

"Sidewalk Café," mixed media painting by Cheryl Schlenker

“Sidewalk Café,” mixed media painting by Cheryl Schlenker

The Musical Muse

The Musical Muse features original pieces in various mediums that are either inspired by music, showcase musical themes or capture actual musicians at their craft. The show, curated by Philip Dutton, coincides with the National Music Festival at Washington College, which “brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers.”

Tulips by Christel Mottur-Pilson

“Tulips” by Christel Mottur-Pilson

Color, Rhythm and Harmony

This exhibition celebrates the use of these musical terms in oil, watercolor and pastel paintings by three different artists. Melinda Carl, a Rock Hall artist, is showing a group of lovely oil paintings, many in the impressionistic style, done in plein air right in Kent County. Christel Mottur-Pilson brings a set of pastels from her studio in Ardmore, PA. Her work is lively, mysterious, and lyrical. Cindy Stafford, from Betterton, MD, compliments the show with a varied group of watercolors that can be described as representational, delicate, and a bit whimsical.

Electric Dreams: Brave, New, Bold

 

Days of Selfie Reflection by Mitch Rodman

Days of Selfie Reflection by Mitch Rodman

RiverArts is stretching the traditional boundaries of art with its May exhibition, Electric Dreams: Brave, New, Bold, which features the artistic use of technology. The show opened on First Friday, May 2, and showcases innovation in many forms. For this unique exhibition, RiverArts invited students from Washington College, St. Mary’s College, University of Delaware and local students to join with its member artists in exploring bold new mediums. Artists working in light, animation, sound, video, digital images and electronic mixed media display their unique creations that transform the concept of art in surprising ways. The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 31.

Artists may pick-up their unsold work on Sunday, June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., or on Monday, June 2 26, from 8 to 10 a.m.

 

Second Look

 

High Street Pinks by JoEllen Murphy

High Street Pinks by JoEllen Murphy

Second Look, in the Studio Gallery, features original paintings by participants in our popular “Paint the Town” plein air festival held the April 24-27. Artists include Ray Ewing of Swan Point, MD, David Diaz of Annapolis, Bill Wright of Stevenson, MD, Christine O’Neill of Rock Hall, Dennis Young of New Castle, DE, Claudia Brookes of Monkton, and a host of other local and regional artists. The artists painted around various locations in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties and around the streets of historic Chestertown. Every piece in the show is offered for sale. The exhibition will displayed through May 17.

Artists may pick-up their unsold work on Saturday, May 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., or on Sunday, May 18 26, from 1 to 3 a.m.

 

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