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Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth

April 1 - April 22

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


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Barbara & Jack Fancher (Visual Art), Andrew McCown (poetry)
Ben Simons (Visual Art), Dennis Forney (Poetry)
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.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank LaMotte Company, The Environmental Interest Group at Heron Point, The Mill of Kingstown, and Fresh Start Food and Garden, in Rock Hall for sponsoring the Visual Art awards.

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

Opening Reception:   Open – Online Exhibit

Gallery Talk: August 15, 6:30 pm.

Poetry Reading and Presentation of Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Award: Monday,  August 17, 6:30 pm  Zoom  link  here.


Congratulations to the visual art prize winners!

Best in Show ($300): Fall Morning Light, watercolor by Steve Bleinberger

Second Place ($150): Gathering Storm, digital photograph by Wil Scott

Merit Award ($50): Treasures of Silver Creek, photograph by William Trainor

$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



Image credit: Jack Fancher, Chester River Spring