Call For Artists: Life on and Around Eastern Shore Waterways



Workboat at Rest, Jack Fancher

RiverArts’ September exhibit is focused on the  Eastern Shore waterways that overflow with history, life and activity. Life on the Eastern Shore interacts with these waterways in countless ways, making this a rich environment for artists of all kinds.

Curators Barbara and Jack Fancher invite artists to share their interpretations of this beautiful, bountiful, unique locality. The show is open to all media, both two dimensional and three dimensional art.

The show opens Friday, September 1 and runs through October 1. Drop off for work is August 27 and 28.  Artists are encouraged to submit online in advance.

For more information and to register work for the exhibit, visit and click on exhibitions, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

RiverArts’ August Exhibits Include NY Artists Guild, Photo Show


RiverArts’ August exhibits include the annual juried photography show, “The Soul of Photography,” in the Main Gallery and work by the New York Artists Guild in the Studio Gallery. The opening reception for both shows is August 4, First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photography curator Steve  Kane challenged artists to transform an inanimate image into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Juror Jeff Weber selected work that “holds the viewers’ eyes and thought,”….and ..communicates a compelling story.”  The judge is Jay Fleming, a professional photographer based in Annapolis. His work has appeared in National Fisherman, Save the Bay, National Geographic News, and Angler’s Journal.

A Best of Show will be awarded, along with a variety of merit awards, including Nature and Wildlife, Street Life, Human Subjects and Portraiture, Still Life, Black and White, and Creative Digital Enhancement.

The Studio Gallery features work by seven members of the New York Artists Guild, a group of professional artists from upstate New York including  glass artist Sabra Richards, a part time resident of Kent County.  Sculptor and fiber artist Jappie King Black has a mixed media installation, « Disquiet, » plus a series of bronze baskets.

Photographer Howard Koft creates abstractions through digital photography. Bruno Chalifor’s « Le Site Corot » is a series of black and white photographs of a location in France frequented by Corot. g.a. Sheller is a watercolorist and photographer.  Her work is a combination of painting, 19th century and 21st  century photo processes.

The group also includes oil painter Wendy Menzie  and  mixed media artist Alice Gold, who  works primarily in painting, printmaking and collage.

Both exhibits will be up through Sunday, August 27.

For more information visit or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Pastel, Photography, Talavera & Windchime Workshops on Offer at RiverArts


The new ArtsAlive! RiverArts Education Center and Clay Studio are hosting a variety of summer workshops that are sure to pique your interest – and perhaps house guests and visiting family as well. Subjects range from Digital SLR camera basics to film making, painting pastels from photographs, to creating Talavera style beads and even wind chimes for your back patio.

Want to learn how to use that fancy camera you have and take pictures you will be proud to hang on your wall? Award winning photographer Bob Miller will teach a 4-week course, Wednesdays, June 14 – July 5, entitle Digital SLR Basics.

More interested in creating a video? Backpack Film making, Saturday, July 15, is a hands-on, one day workshop that will give an overview of tools used when shooting a video. No previous experience necessary. Three video cameras will be available for use during the class.

June 14- 16, instructor Mary Pritchard will unlock the secrets to success in Painting Pastels from Photographs. This workshop is for advanced beginners through experienced pastellists.

RiverArts Clay Studio potters are offering a number of special topic workshops in addition to the regularly scheduled potter’s wheel courses. There are two Talavera decorating workshops with Instructor Fredy Granillo, one for beaded jewelry – June 17, and one for Bisque ware – July 1.

Potter Dianna Frymiare will teach participants how to create, decorate and glaze a wind chime in Blowin’ in the Wind; dates for this 2-week class are July 5 and 19.


For more information and to register for these classes and others visit  the RiverArts website and click on Education, email, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.


Fifth Annual Art in Bloom Celebrates Floral Design


For the fifth year, Chestertown RiverArts and Community Mediation Upper Shore are joining together to produce “Art in Bloom,” a celebration of the art of floral design. On June 18, the RiverArts Galleries will be full of floral arrangements inspired by the artworks exhibited by RiverArts’ June exhibition, “The Journey,” a multi- media show of paintings, photographs, and 3D artwork.

My June Garden Paint Daubs Sue Basener

Some dozen floral designers will interpret the art on the walls. Don’t expect to see traditional bouquets. Previous arrangements included roses coming out of a violin, a giant window box, and an arch of flowers over a pond.

On Sunday, June 18, from 4-6 p.m., all are invited to a champagne reception to view the arrangements and artwork while enjoying music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle featuring garden – themed gifts. A ticket for this reception is $25. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by these creative floral arrangements

Proceeds from “Art in Bloom” go to support Community Mediation Upper Shore, whose mission is to provide accessible conflict resolution services through mediation, education, and training for the folks of Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil Counties, and Chestertown RiverArts, a community arts center with a spectacular gallery and an extensive program of exhibitions, education, and community outreach activities.

Tickets for these shows may be purchased online at the RiverArts website,, click on Annual Events, or by calling RiverArts at 410-778-6300.  You may also stop by the RiverArts Galleries at 315 High Street, Suite 106. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., First Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Christian Academy Students Participate in “Kids in the Gallery”


Christian Academy grades 3/4 repurposing books in KidSPOT during their Kids in the Gallery tour.

Students from Colleen Payne’s 3-4 combination class at Chestertown Christian Academy enjoyed a tour of “The Art of Stewardship” exhibit at the RiverArts Gallery on Thursday, April 20.They walked around the gallery, viewing, and stopping to discuss the artwork with docent Elizabeth Healy.

The tour, which is part of the RiverArts “Kids in the Gallery” program, was followed by an art activity which repurposed old books to create paper sculptures in the KidSPOT studio next door

“Kids in the Gallery” promotes visual literacy as well as art appreciation and an opportunity to create a work of art inspired by the exhibit of the month.The program is geared toward teachers and students in grades 1 -5.Elizabeth Healy, a retired elementary educator and trained gallery docent is the program director.

For more information about scheduling a visit, please call RiverArts director Andy Goddard at 410 778 6300 or email

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

“Paint the Town” Plein Air Festival for Art Lovers and Collectors


Fifty talented artists will be coming to Chestertown, MD to paint the local scene during RiverArts “Paint the Town”, a four-day plein air festival, April 27-30. Artists come from throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., and New York.

Many artists paint scenes of historic Chestertown and the surrounding towns and countryside recommended by local artists, while some come early to scout out Kent County looking for that something special. The result is a wonderful overview of paintings that capture the county in early spring, one of the loveliest times of the year:  historic buildings and street scenes, gardens, rural expanses, seascapes, nautical views, and more.

The artists will paint for three days. It’s great fun to watch them at work. The paintings are framed and available for sale at the free “Wet Paint Reception and Sale” on Saturday, April 29, 5:30-8:00pm at RiverArts, 315 High Street. On Sunday, April 30, there will be a two hour “Quick Draw.” These paintings, also for sale, will then be shown in Fountain Park from 11:00-noon. New this year, up to fifteen artists who were not able to participate in the four-day event, will be able to participate solely in the Quick Draw competition. Visitors are encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice” at the Quick Draw Exhibit on Sunday, and awards will also be announced.

For more information on RiverArts visit or call 410-778-6300. For information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions go to or contact our Tourism Department at 410-778-0416.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

RiverArts Administrative Assistant Search


Chestertown RiverArts, a large and growing nonprofit arts organization with a spacious gallery located in the heart of historic downtown Chestertown, Maryland, is now accepting applications for an Administrative Assistant.

The ideal candidate is someone that can handle multiple priorities and enjoys working with the public. Schedule may be flexible, but weekend hours are required. The position includes managing correspondence, opening and overseeing the RiverArts Gallery including coordinating volunteer staffing. Intimate computer knowledge including excel, social media. Ability to adapt to new technology a must. To apply, send cover letter and resume via email to by April 21, 2017

• Maintenance and operation of the gallery
• Coordination of gallery volunteers and docents
• Registration of classes and events
• Maintain membership database;
• Additional duties as assigned.

• Strong technical skills including MS Office,Excel and social media. WordPress a plus.
• Ability to adapt to new technologies.
• Strong interpersonal skills .

Application Process
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, send an email with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, along with your resume to RiverArts’ Executive Director, Andy Goddard.

Artist Greg Mort to Judge “Art of Stewardship” Exhibit at RiverArts


RiverArts’ annual celebration of our planet, the “Art of Stewardship” exhibit is currently on view through April 23. The opening reception is Friday, April 7, 5 to 8 pm, in conjunction with Chestertown’s First Friday.  This juried and judged show, includes 2 and 3-dimensional work as well as poetry. The exhibit, curated and juried by Ellie Altman and Margo Tilghman, includes a broad range of media, including painting, photography, drawing, kinetic, metal work and fiber.

On the Edge- Future River Keeper – Oil by Marj Morani

Internationally renowned contemporary American artist and passionate astronomer Greg Mort will return to judge the 2 and 3D work. Poetry entry judge is Andrew McCown, an environmental advocate with a passion for music and poetry. The awards ceremony will be held at 6 pm. Awards include Best of Show, Second, Third and the People’s Choice Award for 2 and 3D art. The Pat Nielsen Poetry Award, presented by Ed Nielsen, will be given to the winning poem.

Mort’s family foundation, The Art of Stewardship Project encourages artists and their associated art groups to commit time, talent, or treasure to an environmental organization. This year, RiverArts will be raffling off 3 pieces of artwork donated to the organization. Proceeds will support programming for the Sassafras Environmental Educational Center, an outdoor education facility which works with the regional school system to teach students how to live compatibly with nature.

The public is also invited to a separate poetry reading in the gallery on Thursday, April 13, 5:30 to 7 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Art of Stewardship exhibit will be open through April 26.For more information visit call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Chestertown Celebrates Earth Day with Festival & Recycled Art Contest


Celebrate our planet and sustainability on Saturday, April 22 at the annual Earth Day Festival in Downtown Chestertown’s Memorial Plaza from 9 am to 1 pm.

This event, co-sponsored by the Town of Chestertown, Washington College Center for Environment and Society, and the Chester River Association features an array of eco-friendly goods, services, solar energy contractors, energy auditors, and conservation organizations. Learn about growing local foods, native plants, and living sustainably with the environment.

Recycle your batteries, CFL and fluorescent bulbs courtesy of Hanleyman Services. Free paper shredding will also be available on site from 10 am to noon.

Infinity Recycling returns with their popular “guess the weight” bales of crushed cans, plastic bottles and paper. Gift certificates to local restaurants will be awarded to those guessing the closest weight.


In addition, RiverArts and the Kent County Arts Council are sponsoring a Recycled Art Contest open to all ages as part of the annual Earth Day celebration.  Media used must be composed of a minimum of 50% recycled materials; the bulk of the material used must be material that would be discarded were it not repurposed.  Each artist may submit up to four pieces, executed in any medium. RiverArts is holding a Recycled Art Workshop at KidSPOT on Saturday, April 8. Pre-registration is required for the workshop. Visit and click on KidSPOT for more info, or call 410 778 6300.

Judging and prizes will be awarded at the festival. Applications are available at RiverArts, 215 High Street, Suite 106, in the breezeway in downtown Chestertown, or call 410 778 6300. They must be received no later than April 18.

Other family friendly activities include face painting and live music. The Mt. Olive Church will have fried fish and other festival food, or grab something to eat at the farmers’ market or one of the locally run downtown restaurants. For information on sponsoring the event or vendor participation, please call 443 480 1987.

Space is limited for each of the Saturday workshops. Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $10 per participant per class for KidSPOT Kids Club members, and $15 for non-members. For more information on Kids Club and upcoming Saturday workshops and events, please visit and click on KidSPOT, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.