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

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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 www.chestertownriverarts.org 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

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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 chestertownriverarts.org 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 www.chestertownriverarts.org and click on KidSPOT, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

KidSPOT Summer Camp Includes Little Kids And Clay Studio Sessions

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RiverArts is once again offering its popular summer arts camp – 6 weeks of classes for campers ages 6-13, plus, new this year, 2 weeks of morning sessions for ages 4 – 6. Sessions begin June 19.  Campers have the opportunity to explore different media and techniques, as well as visit local art galleries and artist studios. They will also participate in cooperative and art-based games and activities to build camaraderie and art knowledge.

Activities include 2 separate weeks of exploring sculpture and pottery at the RiverArts Clay Studio, printmaking, ancient Egyptian art – studying and creating masks and drawing pyramids, multi-cultural media mix-up, and artistic journeys, in which campers will learn and practice different artistic styles. Parents may choose between half-day and full-day sessions.

Mary Ann Herron, program coordinator and instructor, has been teaching at Radcliffe Creek School for 20 years- currently teaching art to students in grades K-8. Additional instructors teach various session throughout the summer. Instructors are talented art educators and local artists.

For more information visit www.chestertownriverarts.org, and click on KidSPOT, or 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.

7th Annual Empty Bowls to Benefit Kent County Food Pantry

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Bowls created for the event by Clay Studio volunteers.

RiverArts and the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre invite the public to attend their 7th Annual Empty Bowls on Monday, March 27 at the Garfield Center, 210 High Street in downtown Chestertown. This popular community event raises funds for the Kent County Food Pantry.

For the price of a $25 ticket, $10 for students with ID, guests will enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and dessert in a keepsake handmade pottery bowl. Clay Studio instructor Marilee Schumann worked with her students and members of the community to create the bowls, which are a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. No one should go to bed hungry. The Chestertown Ukulele Club will provide entertainment.

Reservations are required. There are two seatings, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. For tickets please call the Garfield Center box office at 410 810 2060, or go online at www.garfieldcenter.org and click on all events.

This event is sponsored by RiverArts, the Garfield Center for the Arts, Kent County Arts Council, Bookplate, MassoniArt, Mimi’s Closet, Peaceful World Enterprise, and Welcome Home.

For more information visit www.chestertownriverarts.org or 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.

RiverArts’ Birthday Party March 18 – Not to be Missed

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Emile with Birthday cake_resizedWho doesn’t love a Birthday Party?  If you are interested in having fun and supporting a worthwhile organization, then come to “Arts Alive!” on Saturday, March 18, 6:00-10:00pm at the Rock Hall Fire House.  RiverArts is celebrating five years of accomplishments including wide ranging exhibits, a thriving gift shop, art and craft classes for the rank beginner through advanced students, RiverFest, Paint the Town, Creative Lives series, bus trips, expanding children’s programs at KidSPOT, and a very busy Clay Studio relocated to downtown Chestertown.

Come in out of the cold and be greeted with a sparkling welcome drink and the opportunity to have your picture taken. Enter the Chesapeake Room where the birthday party is in full swing!  Enjoy an open bar and creative hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Magnolia Caterers. In keeping with the birthday theme, several RiverArts committees will be providing desserts that will be judged for the most artistic, colorful, imaginative, humorous and delicious.

There will be lots to entertain you! Just for fun have Jim Rehak do a complimentary caricature of you. A face painter, Amber will appeal to the child inside all of us. “Pres Harding and the Illuminators,” will provide music while you bid on a multitude of a silent auction items, including cruises/parties on the Bay and a Get-Away to Rehoboth Beach. Every party should have presents. Lovely hand-made cloth bags with items worth anywhere from $25 and up; guests pay $20 and select the bag of their choice.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $100 per seat. They may be bought individually or you may reserve a table for eight. Visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click on annual events for more details, to purchase tickets, view the auction items. You may also call 410-778-6300 or stop by RiverArts at 315 High Street (in the breezeway). Open Tuesday-Friday, 11-4, Saturday, 10-4, or Sunday, 11-3.

Who doesn’t love a birthday party! Join the fun.

RiverArts Seeks Clay Studio Manager

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RiverArts is seeking a part-time Clay Studio Manager to oversee all operations of the Clay Studio, located at 204 High Street in Chestertown.

RiverArts’ popular Clay Studio, the only one in our area, provides equipment and workspace for our many potters, as well as classes from beginning pottery and sculpture to advanced workshops.  The workspace also offers Open Studio hours daily when classes are not in session.

clay studioClay Studio manager responsibilities include developing classes and programming, maintaining the studio, supervising volunteers, and developing and administering the budget.

For a full description of the position, please more information visit www.chestertownriverarts.org/clay-studio or 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.

Muralist Jeff Huntington to Speak at Creative Lives Series

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Jeff Huntington painting Harriet Tubman

Artist Jeff Huntington returns to RiverArts on Thursday, February 23 as part of the Creative Lives Series. His show Catalyst is currently on exhibit through the month of February at the RiverArts studio gallery, as well as the Harriet Tubman mural he created at RiverArts in collaboration with youth from the J DeWeese Carter Center and the Bayside HOYAS.

Huntington’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally over the past 25 years; his paintings are in private and public collections throughout the world, including US embassies. In addition to his solo career, Huntington has formed a non-profit, Future History Now, with his partner, Julie Gibb. Future History Now creates public artworks and art programming through the collaboration of at-risk youth and local, professional artists—creating opportunities for all involved to become stakeholders in creating the future landscape of their own communities.

The Harriet Tubman mural currently on exhibit at RiverArts is the result of Future History Now’s collaboration with Kent County youth.  RiverArts is in the process of finding a home for the mural once the exhibit has concluded.

The public is encouraged to come and listen as Huntington shares his passions and philosophies with us, and view the mural as well as Huntington’s solo work.

The talk will be held in the RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD, 21620.  Reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $15/$10 for RiverArts members, and may be purchased on line www.ChestertownRiverArts.org, click on events, or by calling the gallery at 410 778 6300.  Refreshments will be provided.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 Am- 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

 

RiverArts Celebrates 5th Birthday on March 18 with Arts Alive!

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It’s hard to believe that RiverArts will be celebrating its fifth birthday in 2017! Save the date for the Arts Alive! Gala to show your support. This annual event will be held at the Chesapeake Room, Rock Hall Volunteer Fire House, on March 18, 6-10pm.

ArtsAliveLogo_17This non-profit community arts center has become a major force in the community, with over 400 members who bring artistic talent and a great deal of energy to support the arts. Its mission is “to engage our community in the creation, appreciation, and support of the arts through education, events, and exhibitions.” Its vision is to inspire and foster creativity as a positive and sustainable force that enriches our community and establishes the region as a premier arts destination. Its many successes were instrumental in helping to get Chestertown designated as an Arts and Entertainment District.

Looking back, RiverArts has had many successes. Right from the beginning RiverArts’ space at 315 High Street was designed to show off its monthly changing exhibits in the Main and Galleries. The themes for the shows, especially the juried exhibits, bring out the creativity of both members and nonmembers. On First Fridays, RiverArts is the place to be with several hundred visitors taking in the shows and participating in voting for the Peoples’ Choice.  The Gift Shop has items for sale in every medium. In 2016, the Gift Shop instituted the “Artist of the Month” highlighting various arts and contemporary crafts as well as offering insight into the artist’s background and creative process.

Education is an important part of RiverArts. Weekly life drawing sessions, monthly Photo Club meetings, and courses in a wide range of fine arts and crafts are offered throughout the year. The Creative Lives Series provides talks by individuals, not necessarily artists, who discuss their own creative processes -in the way they live their lives and their projects. RiverArts sponsors bus trips to craft shows, museum exhibits, Broadway and off Broadway shows.

ArtsAlive! photo by Lani SeikalyOver the years, special events have expanded: Paint the Town, Art in Bloom, Earth Stewardship Days, RiverFest and the Annual Studio Tour draw local as well as visitors from throughout the region, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. What often makes these events so successful is the collaboration between RiverArts and many other community organizations such as the Chester River Association, the Downtown Chestertown Association, Washington College, Kent Mediation Upper Shore, the Garfield Center, and Sumner Hall.

KidSPOT, next door to RiverArts, started out providing a place for children to be creative during the Farmers’ Market. It quickly expanded from there. Classes, gallery tours with follow-up activities to promote visual literacy, all make for a great place for children to experience a range of arts and crafts. It’s fun to visit the space which is decorated with the children’s work.  In addition, there is a KidSPOT After School Enrichment Program as well as a Summer Camp.

Moving Clay Studio from Still Pond to 2014 High Street in Chestertown has greatly improved visibility and activity. The place just buzzes with classes for those with no experience at all to highly advanced potters. With the availability of daily open studio time there is a real sense of camaraderie as potters come in to work on their pieces.

As RiverArts reaches out to the community we hope the community will support us by coming to our Gala. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information on RiverArts, and to purchase tickets for the ArtsAlive! Gala, visit www.chestertownriverarts.org/events or 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.

 

KidSPOT Winter Fun – Family Yoga and MardiGras Mask Making

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KidSPOT, RiverArts’ Creativity Center, is offering a variety of activities for children of all ages in February, from family yoga and mindfulness crafts to making masks for the upcoming ChesterGras parade.

mardigras mask.1On Saturday, February 11, Carrie Evans from Joyspring Yoga will lead participants in playful poses, Yoga games, and mindfulness crafts for a Family Yoga workshop – kids ages 6 – 12 plus parent. Session begins at 1 pm, and runs for two hours.

A mask making workshop In honor of Chester Gras, (Chestertown’s own MardiGras celebration), will be held Saturday, February 18, from 1 to 3 pm, with instructor Mary Ann Herron. Children will make two types of masks: a Mardi-Gras style mask to be worn and a decorative mask. Paint, feathers, fabric, beads, glitter, and jewels, as well as other materials, will be available to adorn each mask. Kids will also learn about the significance of masks from various cultures.

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 www.chestertownriverarts.org and click on KidSPOT, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

For more information visit www.chestertownriverarts.org or 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.