Voices of the Chesapeake Bay

Voices of the Chesapeake Bay:
The Art of Making “Audio Portraits”

RiverArts invites you to hear Michael Buckley, radio host, producer and program manager of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, present his perspective on the correlation between the art of the interview and the art of portraiture on Thursday, February 27, at the RiverArts Gallery in Chestertown. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m., the program begins at 5:30. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Maryland heritage hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

For the past 15 years, Buckley (of 103.1 WRNR-FM) has been searching out and recording audio interviews for a weekly radio series called Voices of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal of these interviews (over 500 so far) is to create what Buckley calls “audio portraits” of people living in the 6-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. “Having interviewed portrait and landscape painters as part of this ambitious undertaking, I can see corollaries in the choices I make when making these audio portraits. Choosing colors, context, point of view and an arc of events which can signify and celebrate a person’s life are similar to those encountered by painters making portraits,” says Buckley. “It’s been a liberating life-long learning project for me, and, I hope, for the people I’ve interviewed.”

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