Volunteers of the Month

Inez Santori

One of our newest volunteers, Inez, has already become invaluable. An ex computer programmer, she is a wiz at helping Sue and Andy keep up with the many, many spreadsheets we juggle every day. Inez’s husband, Paul, is a frequent Gallery artist and his bold Plein Air and abstract paintings may be found brightening up most of our exhibits. They are both wonderful additions to RiverArts.

Carol Droge

You can find Carol, smiling behind the reception desk in the RiverArts Gallery, every week, manning the phones and answering questions. She has also taken on the challenge of keeping all our volunteer hours up to date and ensures that all our membership information is current and accurate. We are very grateful to have her steady help and support. Carol is also an active volunteer for the United Way of Kent County, making her not only a valuable asset for RiverArts, but for our community as well .

Anna Hurd

Saturday mornings are Anna’s favorite time to volunteer. She loves the hustle and bustle that the Farmers’ Market generates downtown, attracting both old and new friends to the Gallery. A retired teacher, she keeps up to date on the local and not so local news and also thoroughly enjoys art and travel. You can always count on her to be able to answer questions about what’s going on in and around the town, making her the perfect person to have in the Gallery greeting our weekend visitors.

Muriel Cole

Muriel, volunteers in the RiverArts Gallery, KidSPOT, as well as behind the scenes at most RA events, offering to help whenever and wherever she is needed. She is also very active in many other local organizations and is especially concerned with the health and well being of our senior citizens. She is on the Kent County Commission on Aging, a past member of the State Commission on Aging, and has served on the board of HomePorts (past president). We are so fortunate to have her.

Elizabeth Healy

Elizabeth is one of the dynamos on our KidSPOT team. She coordinates our popular After School Enrichment Program, the Kids in the Gallery visual literacy program, the First Friday Youth Art Exhibits, and is a tireless promoter of all things KidSPOT.

Les Palmer

Les is our KidSPOT Greeter (and attendance counter- we need him to collect all that data)! He is an invaluable member of the KidSPOT team, and a former RiverArts board member.

Xidan Zhang

Xidan is a whirlwind! She volunteers at KidSPOT on Saturday mornings and for the After School Enrichment Program – the kids all adore her. She also teaches Calligraphy and Chinese painting workshops, is a RiverArts Gift Shop and Gallery artist…and she is a senior at Washington College. We will miss her.

Anna Maloney

Anna is our ace KidSPOT Saturday morning volunteer assistant. She is always ready with a smile to help Rebecca, parents, grandparents and the kids. Little known fact, she is also a darn good artist!

MJ Baldwin

Thanks to MJ Baldwin, Holiday Show Preview Party Coordinator, who always makes it look easy! Pictured here, a small representation of the Libations Committee: Cindy Stafford, Jonathan Chace, Anne Vansant, and MJ Baldwin

Sue Wright

Holiday Show Chair for how many years? Thank you, Sue for another beautifully presented show, and to all who assisted: Lesley Campana, Connie Schroth, Lee Penninger, Melissa Clarke, Ronnie Edelman, Judi Gunter.

Lesley Campana

Lesley Campana: for always being a wonderful front desk volunteer and keeping all of our Holiday Show inventory items (1,000+!) accounted for and in order, we couldn’t do it without her!

Beryl Kemp

Beryl Kemp, our decorator extraordinaire, ably assisted by Ed Churka. The two have transformed RiverArts Gallery into a Winter Wonderland for the Holiday Show!

Jodi Bortz

Jodi Bortz for design and construction of the vibrant and colorful 16 Page Studio Tour Brochure for 2017. Pick yours up at River Arts beginning the First Friday in October. Get ‘Em while they last!

Barbara Vann

Barbara Vann for liaison with the Kent County Office of Tourism that allowed RiverArts to partner for Ads in national & regional magazines like American Craft, County Lines, What’s up Eastern Shore, and the Washington Post Express. Look for her interesting Studio Tour articles in upcoming issues of KentCounty News and Tidewater Trader.

Sue Wright and Mary Pritchard

Sue Wright and Mary Pritchard for helping to recruit advertisers and artists, expert review of the Studio Tour Brochure, and keeping the committee grounded and focused! Enjoy the 2 new Studio Tour venues at the Arts Alive Education Center and the Kent County Arts Council Building.

Patti and Dave Hegland

Patti Hegland for taking the lead in curating another great Studio Tour exhibition for the month of October. Dave Hegland for being the committee chair of the Studio Tour Committee. Looking forward to the 18th Annual tour the last 2 weekends in October.

Jody and Jim Gilliland

Congratulations on the birth of their first grandchild! Jody, in particular for monitoring open studio and helping with fund raising at First Friday- always a plus!

Laura Ventura

Laura Ventura for her dedication in ensuring that Clay Studio ALWAYS has the most stylish window display on High Street. Her own spectacular ceramic creations reflect her talented design eye.

Dianna Frymiare

Dianna Frymiare for the countless hours spent monitoring open studio, recycling tons of clay (pugging), and helping with the kiln in Clay Studio. And for generously offering to share her creativity and ingenuity.

Lolli Sherry

Lolli Sherry for keeping Clay Studio spinning on all wheels, particularly when the studio manager was on vacation. For re-crafting the Try It class for interested newbies, and her generosity with time when we need help with First Fridays, strategizing, and sharing techniques

Jonathan Chace

Jonathan Chace for organizing, provisioning and supervising the libations consultants for First Fridays for the past five years and for organizing and staffing multiple other RiverArts events.

Kathleen O’Connor

Kathleen O’Connor for coordinating food for every First Friday since RiverArts opened five years ago and for chairing Art in Bloom for the past several years.

Mike Heffron

Mike Heffron for negotiating contracts for the Clay Studio and the new education center, ArtsAlive, for coordinating and completing the work that needed to be done to make the new education center ready and for serving as treasurer of RiverArts for almost two years.

Cindy Stafford

Cindy Stafford for coordinating another successful Paint the Town event in April, for being a monthly libations consultant and for serving previously as secretary to the board, Visionaries chair and Education chair.

Sue Basener

Sue Basener for serving on the gift shop committee every Wednesday morning for the past 18 months to meet with artists to take in new inventory and arrange the gift shop displays.

Joy Berghaus

Joy Berghaus for serving on the gift shop committee every Wednesday morning for the past couple of years to meet with artists to take in new inventory and arrange the gift shop displays.

Sue Leeman

Sue Leeman for creating and maintaining our Quickbooks gift shop inventory and spending every Wednesday morning at RiverArts to update inventory and coordinate gift shop displays for the past two plus years.

Barbara Fancher

Barbara Fancher for her leadership as co-chair of the Membership Committee and for volunteering in the Gallery for two hours every week for the past two plus years.

Sue Wright

Sue Wright for her leadership as chair of RiverArt’s Holiday Show and Sale for the past 5 years.

Raven Pray Bishop

Raven Bishop for her successful curation of Emerging Artists and of Jeff Huntington and his Harriet Tubman mural as well as for her expertise as chair of the KidSPOT Advisory Board.

Jim North

Jim North, along with his brother-in-law, Ronn Akins, for his expert hanging of over a dozen RiverArts exhibitions in the past 18 months.

Ronn Akins

Ronn Akins, along with his brother in law, Jim North, for his expert hanging of over a dozen RiverArts exhibitions.