The Judged Members Show Opened on First Friday, June 7

Work from RiverArts’ member base is on display at the Judged Members Show opened on First Friday, June 7 with a reception form 5 to 8:00.  The curators, William Brockscmidt and Kate Bursick, have invited all member artists to submit artwork to the show, which will feature works in photography, acrylic, mixed media, fiber, sculpture and pastel.

Local talents Alex and Kelly Castro judged the show and awarded cash prizes sponsored by the Peggy Blades Memorial Awards for Best in Show and 2nd Place  Nanny Trippe won the best in show award and Marj Morani won the 2nd place award.  Several Honorable Mentions were also chosen.

Alex Castro is an art professor at Washington College, the architect for the Visionary Museum in Baltimore among others and the curator for many stimulating exhibitions at the Kohl Gallery.    Kelly Castro, an art lecturer and art photographer, was recently featured at the Carla Massoni Gallery with her stimulating and beautiful photographs.

Our curators are new members of RiverArts this year.  Kate Bursick is the managing director of the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts and is curating her first show for RiverArts as part of the ongoing  collaboration between Garfield Center and RiverArts.  William Brockschmidt, an IT software developer and real estate agent,  moved to Chestertown in December with his family and hopes to renew his artistic pursuits  his scarce free time.

May 3 through June 1

The Chestertown RiverArts’  open show for May 2013 is titled “Abstraction” and is open to all artists in all fine art mediums.  The curators are looking for all expressions of abstract art including works completely unrelated to the physical world and/or without literal meaning and works  with  roots in the physical world but substantially transformed into a composition  with wholly different values or meaning.   Abstraction may also be found by taking an unusual view of reality, e.g. imagine the beauty of other-worldly abstract compositions found in close detail or magnified views of the physical world.   Works might be created for the sake only of composition or a desired range of values, or may try to express a thought or emotion or a state of being.  The curators especially encourage artists who usually work with a concrete vision of reality to push their work and their minds into an abstract state.   Experimental approaches are welcome and the curators look forward to being surprised and informed by novel interpretations of this theme.

Second Look

Thirty-six Paint the Town artists left selected art from their four days of plein air painting in Kent County for a “Second Look” on exhibit in the RiverArts studio gallery.

“Abstraction” and “Second Look” Opened

First Friday, May 3 at RiverArts

Visitors are treated to a unique exhibition featuring abstract art in a variety of mediums including painting, fiber arts, photographs and sculpture.                         more info

Fiber Show

Runs March 1 to March 30, 2013

Fiber takes center stage with gorgeous color, rich texture and meticulous crafting, and creativity.

Spring Fever Art Show

Runs March 1 to March 30, 2013

Spring Fever is an art show with works based on the universal yearning for spring during March.

African American Art and Stories
February 1 – 23

Allen Johnson

Featuring RiverArts artists, Allen Johnson and Kevin Harris and the written stories told by Kent County African Americans including Reba Warren, Rev. Hawkins, Doris Brown, Armond Fletcher, Milford Murray, Noritta Hopkins, Carolyn Brooks, Milford Murray, Allen Johnson, Ruby Johnson and Hilda Hopkins.

The show opens on February 1 and runs through February 23.





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