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January 2020

Annual RiverArts Members’ Show

January 3 - February 2
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The annual RiverArts Members’ Show highlights the quality and diversity of our arts community.  This popular exhibit is open to all media, and includes photography, painting and pastels, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and fiber arts. Open Reception:   Friday, January 3,  5-8pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 9.  5:30 Drop Off:  Sunday, December 29, 2019, 2 - 4pm Monday, December 30, 2019, 10am - 1pm Pick Up: Sunday, February 2, 2 - 4 pm Monday, February 3, 10 am - 1 pm Image:…

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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing (Ongoing)

January 6 @ 2:00 pm - May 18 @ 5:00 pm
ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The drawing of the human figure requires the highest level of artistic ability and when mastered, these same skills apply to the still life, landscape, and all fields of art. RiverArts offers opportunities to practice your skills by hiring a live model for Life Drawing, Every Monday afternoon 2 to 5 pm There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack and a drink. All levels of…

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Bulworth: starring Warren Beatty

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chesapeake Movies, 21 Washington Square
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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"Brace Yourself" Written, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty, Bulworth explores what can happen when politicians tell the truth. This film is at least as relevant in 2020 as it was in 1998, when Roger Ebert called it a “cry of frustrated comic rage.” (1998, dir. Warren Beatty, 102 min.)

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Beginner Pottery Wheel with Rick Bisgyer (8 weeks)

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Have you ever been amazed to see someone at the potter's wheel creating something beautiful from a lump of clay? This class is for beginning pottery students with little or no wheel experience, and those who have taken introductory wheel classes and wish to have more instruction. Students will be working with stoneware clay. They will learn the fundamental techniques of preparing clay, throwing on the wheel, trimming, and glazing a piece, creating a finished decorative or functional pot. Amaze…

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Drawing Series (8 weeks – Tues & Thurs)

January 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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What is drawing? Observation, translation and interpretation -- it is the practice of illusion and the power of persuasion. It is the basis of all visual arts. In this 8-week course, we will develop the basic skills to practice the art of visual representation through the composition of “marks.” Throughout the session, we will maintain an active sketchbook and engage in weekly projects and discussions as we explore each new skill/technique/concept. We will also practice using various drawing mediums such…

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Steampunk Crab

January 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Make a cool Chesapeake Bay crab creation in the steampunk style. Steampunk art incorporates elements from both the mechanical Industiral revolution era and romantic Victorian designs. Your 6 inch crab can be decorated with all types of embellishments for a fun keepsake project. All supplies are included, although you are welcome to bring broken jewelry, watches, or other baubles to include. Feel free to bring a drink of your choice & snacks to make the evening relaxing and fun! Candace…

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Steampunk Crab

January 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Make a cool Chesapeake Bay crab creation in the steampunk style. Steampunk art incorporates elements from both the mechanical Industiral revolution era and romantic Victorian designs. Your 6 inch crab can be decorated with all types of embellishments for a fun keepsake project. All supplies are included, although you are welcome to bring broken jewelry, watches, or other baubles to include. Feel free to bring a drink of your choice & snacks to make the evening relaxing and fun! Candace…

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Beginner Pottery Wheel with Marilee Schumann (8 weeks)

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Have you ever been amazed to see someone at the potter’s wheel creating something beautiful from a lump of clay? This class is for beginning pottery students with little or no wheel experience, and those who have taken introductory wheel classes and wish to have more instruction. Students will be working with stoneware clay. They will learn the fundamental techniques of preparing clay, throwing on the wheel, trimming, and glazing a piece, creating a finished decorative or functional pot. Amaze…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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NEXT PHOTO CLUB MEETING IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 Beginning, enthusiast and professional photographers meet at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month at the RiverArts Education Center to show our latest images for each other to comment on, praise and offer suggestions for improvement. If you are fairly new to photography we know it might be kind of scary to have others evaluate your work for the first time. But we find it is a very good way to…

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February 2020

Seeing Red – Main Gallery

February 5 - March 1
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  Red! The color red brings to mind both images and emotions:  hearts, fire, roses, love, anger, passion. RiverArts invites artists to submit works that depict or are inspired by the color red.   Express your “red” in the February show at RiverArts.   Opening Reception:   Friday, February 7, 5 - 8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 13, 5:30 Drop Off: Sunday February 2, 2 - 4 pm Monday, February 3, 10 am - 1 pm Pick Up: Sunday, March 1,…

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Amazing People, Studio Gallery

February 5 - March 1
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Amazing People is an oral history exhibition curated by Lani Seikaly and Gordon Wallace.  The show will feature stories of the challenges and impact poverty has on children through adulthood as told by local, young men and women who have experienced it.  The story tellers are all amazing people from whom we have much to learn. The exhibit will include portraits, highlighted excerpts from interviews and short videos. Gordon Wallace is a recent graduate from Stevenson University with a degree…

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Hand Building with Marilee Schumann (4 weeks)

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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A 4-week course focusing on hand building techniques for functional and sculptural objects. The course will be held at Schumann studio. We will use coiling and slabs to make vessels, asymmetrical forms and sculptures. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and one other day during the week for open studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing your projects. The course fee includes your first 25 lbs. of clay (Std. 308) and 4 free open…

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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"Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin' under" in this 2012 film directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

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March 2020

Abstract & Ceramics

March 4 - March 29
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The definition of abstract art, such as it is, refers to a visual language of color, shape, line, and form from which compositions exist with a degree of independence from visual reference. Moving from its origins in the 20th century, into the 21 st century, the genre has expanded to respond to the stimuli of the times, which may include new materials or new perspectives on the tried and true. Artists are casting about for ways to utilize a broader…

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Try It!

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This one hour workshop will introduce you to clay and the wheel. You will receive minimal instruction, so that you can get a sense of what is needed to produce a bowl. Then, you can take a Beginner Pottery Wheel class, starting later in the month. Participants can purchase their creation for an additional $10, paid during the workshop. The instructor will trim and glaze your piece for pick up in approximately 2 weeks. Each session is limited to 9…

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Decorate and Glaze (4 weeks)

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - March 31 @ 9:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This course is intended to show different techniques in decorating and glazing your pottery. Each week you are expected to have at least one piece ready to decorate and/or glaze. More than one is recommended. A syllabus containing piece requirements can be obtained in advance (see below) or you may get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware. Preferably, one with & one without texture or a combination of both on one…

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The Big Night

March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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"Lavish, luscious, and delicious-looking, "Big Night" hits all the right spots. On the menu of this food-centered comedy is a perfect balance between comedy and pathos." -Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media A comedic drama from 1996, The Big Night features a powerhouse cast including Stanley Tucci (who also co-directed the film), Tony Shaloub, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rosselini, and a pre-The West Wing Allison Janney, among many other strong actors. The winner of a Sundance Grand Jury Prize and a New York Film…

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Mobile Raku Workshop

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas returns to Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Following the success of his previous visit in November, Brett will again conduct a full day Raku workshop on Court Road, just down the block from the Clay Studio. Class will meet in the Clay Studio in the morning to discuss glazes, under glazes, and…

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April 2020

Annual Earth Stewardship Exhibition

April 1 - April 22
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Each April,  RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting an annual Stewardship Exhibition. Artists and poets are invited to submit work that reflects a moment, experience, realization or vision of nature that inspires a new outlook or reflects on an annual; Earth themed exhibit. Poetry and all varieties of two- and three-dimensional artwork,  which are relevant to the theme, will be considered. "The Art of Stewardship Project TheArtofStewardship.org lead by Greg Mort, GregMort.com. was the inspiration for this effort"…

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Judged Fine Art and Craft

April 29 - May 31
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This annual  exhibition  showcases the region’s finest art and craft work.  Artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and fine craft (including metal, wood, fiber, ceramics, glass and jewelry) are encouraged to submit to this exhibit. Exhibition Dates: April 29 - May 31, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 5-8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Drop-off: Sunday, April 26 , 2 – 4 p.m.                 Monday, April 27,…

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June 2020

Epicure

June 3 - June 28
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Food, glorious food! It sustains us, nurtures us and inspires us. The RiverArts June show is devoted to the pleasures of food and wine  - a feast for the senses! Open to all media Opening Reception:   Friday, June 5, 5 – 8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 11, 5:30 Drop Off:Sunday May 31,  2 – 4 pm Monday, June 1, 10 am – 1 pm Pick Up: Sunday, June 28, 2- 4 pm Monday, June 29, 10 am - 1…

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