May 2016 Exhibit- By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only—An Invitational Exhibit for Eight Artists

Bobbie Staat_Where the Snapping Turtles Live
Bobbie Staat – Where the Snapping Turtles Live

May 3 – 29, 2016

On May 3 Chestertown RiverArts’s main gallery’s doors will open for its first invitational show featuring eight artists.

The exhibit will feature the works of painters Carol Minarick, Julia Sutliff, Marilyn Banner, Eva Stina Bender and Bobbie Staat, as well as works of photographer George Holzer, and sculptors Marcia Wolfson-Ray, and Ruth Pettus. The show has a unique twist.

Chestertown resident and former Adkins Arboretum director Ellie Altman is curating the show. She invited four artists, Sutliff, Banner, Wolfson-Ray and Holzer to participate, and then gave each of these artists the opportunity to invite an artist bringing the invitations to eight. This is a way to introduce new artists to the Chestertown RiverArts’s community and to ensure a dynamic and diverse selection of work for the show. The show will include contemporary work, abstract and realistic, a variety of painting media and techniques, as well as drawings. The sculpture reflects the careful craftsmanship of Pettus and Wolfson-Ray that cannot be replicated as they work with unique raw material. Pettus transforms old shoes into compelling human stories, and Wolfson-Ray constructs complex structures with natural materials using techniques that reflect each plant species’ characteristics.

Inclusion by Marcia Wolfson-Ray
Inclusion by Marcia Wolfson-Ray                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Artists Mary and Howard McCoy, and Marcy Ramsey are assisting with planning and installing the exhibit.

The Chestertown RiverArts board and staff are proud to bring these eight accomplished artists to Kent County for this special exhibit.

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held on May 6, 5-8 pm, as part of downtown Chestertown’s May First Friday event.  The  show will remain open through May 29.

Gallery hours are Tuesday  through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 4pm, and  open until 8 pm on First Fridays.


Click here for a review of the exhibit by Mary McCoy