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Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth

April 1 - April 22

315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States


April 1 - 22, 2020
Opening Reception
Friday, April 3, 2020
Barbara & Jack Fancher (Visual Art), Andrew McCown (poetry)
Ben Simons (Visual Art), Dennis Forney (Poetry)
Call For Artists
Registration Deadline
March 3, 2020

Each April,  RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting an Earth-themed exhibit. Artists and poets are invited to submit work reflecting on the themes of taking care of and celebrating the Earth for this judged and juried show.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the Sassafrass Environmental Education Center at Turner’s Creek, a valuable Kent County institution lovingly directed by Wayne Gilchrest, in keeping with his conviction that “… kids are the soil from which wisdom grows.” Gilchrest has said “If you want a good crop of vegetables, you have to take care of your soil—healthy soil produces good food. Healthy children with good access to good teachers and real knowledge are fundamental for civilization.”

RiverArts is pleased to partner with ShoreRivers and Echo Hill Outdoor School to offer the Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Prize in honor of the late Pat Herold Nielsen, a poet who was a founding member of the Chester River Association, one of ShoreRivers’ original legacy organizations. An accomplished poet and an award-winning filmmaker, Pat unceasingly directed her many talents toward engagement with protecting our environment. Poets agree to allow ShoreRivers permission to reproduce prize-winning poems for online or print publications, upon request.

The Art of Stewardship Project TheArtofStewardship.org led by Greg Mort, GregMort.com. was the inspiration for this effort

Opening Reception:   Friday, April 3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading and Presentation of Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Award: Thursday, April 16, 6pm


$300 – Best in Show, Visual Art
$150 – Second Place, Visual Art

$50 – Honorable Mention
$25 – People’s Choice, Visual Art
$300 – Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Award, offered in partnership with ShoreRivers and Echo Hill Oudoor School
$150 – Second Place, Poetry

$50 – Honorable Mention, Poetry
$25 – People’s Choice, Poetry


Drop Off: Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Visual Art)

Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Visual Art)

Pick Up: Friday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Image credit: Jack Fancher, Chester River Spring