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RiverArts’ 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 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.
The Literary Muse
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
Portrait 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
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
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
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.”
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
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, 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.