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American Visionary Art Museum Bus Trip – October 13, 2020

Join RiverArts on Friday, May 15, for a bus trip to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and a tour of the mega-exhibition, “THE SECRET LIFE OF EARTH: Alive! Awake! (and possibly really Angry!)” with founder, director and curator Rebecca Hoffberger.

10th Annual Empty Bowls on April 1

Join RiverArts Clay Studio at Chestertown Presbyterian Church for a delicious, beautiful evening of soup and community to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry.

New ArtsAlive! Director Ann Farley

We are delighted to introduce our new ArtsAlive! Director, Ann Farley. She will be an invaluable addition to the RiverArts team as we undertake the new initiatives and adventures that await us in 2020 and beyond. 

November People’s Choice!

“Final Observation” by Sarah Herron is the People’s Choice winner for the Kent County Student Art 2019 exhibit now on view at the RiverArts Gallery. Click to see other winners at all age levels!

Two Underground Railway films – Oct. 27

“Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom,” a short film shot in Dorchester County, and “Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad” will be shown Sunday, Oct. 27 at Sumner Hall. Talkback included

New Executive Director Maria Wood

Meet Maria Wood, our new Executive Director. She is familiar with many of you through her previous RiverArts position, as the ArtsAlive! Center manager.

Gift Shop Featured Artists

Paul and Irene Aspell of Ridgely, Maryland are our October Gallery Gift Shop featured artists. Stop and see their work and all the fine artwork our member artists have in the shop!

Members Cruise on the Chester River Packet

A sunset supper cruise for RiverArts members on the Chester River Packet, Monday September 30! Join us for a beautiful trip on the river with a buffet dinner and cash bar. Register early, as space is limited!

Volunteers of the Month

Celebrating our Front Desk Volunteers! Carol, Anna, Muriel and Inez help out on a regular basis at the RiverArts Galleries. Please join us in thanking them for their invaluable assistance,

Why Clay?

Are you intrigued by the pottery wheel? Want to try your hand at Talavera or handbuliding? Stop by our Clay Studio at 204 High Street- and chat with the potters. Classes for novices through experienced potters. Open daily, and late on First Fridays!

Congratulations to Sukie Tilghman!

Sukie’s arrangement won the coveted People’s Choice award for our annual Art in Bloom, Celebration of the Art of Floral Design on Sunday, June 23.

Congratulations to Miki Smith!

Congratulations to Miki Smith, winner of our fabulous Metropolitan Opera, NYC Getaway raffle. Thank you to all who participated in the raffle.

New This Summer – Film Camp!

Summer Camp has plenty of options for kids ages 4 – 13! Sessions this year include weather, film making, ceramics, fiber arts, construction and even dinosaurs. Weekly sessions begin June 24 and run through August 2. Register now!

Featured Gift Shop Artists

Our spring featured artists are :Claire Gervais, modern wall hangings, and Mary O’Bara – well known for her hand painted wood plaques and ornaments of local landmarks. Perfect for gifts- including yourself!

Zentangle™ Drawing

An easy artful approach to mindfulness – perfect for beginners as well as those with previous experience. Wednesdays, March 6 & 13.

Fun Friday with Friends!

Looking for something different to do on a winter Friday? Paint this “All Dressed Up, LBD” in a fun filled, TGIF Paint Night on February 15th with Jim Mahla

After School Winter 2019 Session

Our 8 week After School Enrichment Program begins February 4. Designed for students in grades 1 – 5. Space is limited to 10 students per day. Register now!

Dog Portraits & Beyond!

Looking for a truly enjoyable way to improve your painting skills? These techniques may be used to paint figures, landscapes, and your family pooch in this 2 day workshop, February 27 & 28, with instructor Lynne Lockhart, signature member Society of Animal Artists.

Practice Your Drawing Skills

We offer weekly Life Drawing sessions with a live model. All levels welcome. No need to register- drop ins encouraged.
Every Monday 2 – 5 pm.

Love Mosaic Windows?

Create an original Stained Glass Mosaic window! In this six week class with popular instructor Jen Wagner.

KidSPOT Summer Camp

Thank you to all who contributed to another successful Summer Camp! The children – and parents – are already asking about next year.

Gift Shop Artists of the Month

Elsie Inzer, fabric artist and Dianna Frymiare, potter and glass blower, are our new Gift Shop Artists of the Month. Stop in and see their new work! hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5:30 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5:30 pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm.

Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month: Lolli Sherry, Laura Ventura, Dianna Frymiare, and Jody & Jim Gilliland. Our volunteers are our most important asset.

Recycled Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Kent School 4th graders for winning Best of Show in the student category for their “Maryland Crab” bottlecap art and Janet Dinsmore for “Lintscape,” Best of Show in the adult category

Visual Storytelling

Learn how to develop your visual story for a narrative or documentary film with filmmaker Cid Collins Walker.

Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our March Volunteers of the Month: Ronn Akins, Jim North, Raven Bishop and Sue Wright. Our volunteers are our most important asset.

Great Comet Bus Trip – May 3

“It is both the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since “Hamilton,” Charles Isherwood, New York Times