Christian Academy Students Participate in “Kids in the Gallery”

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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 andygoddard@chestertownriverarts.org. www.chestertownriverarts.org

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.

Guided Tours as Part of “The Way We Worked”

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“The Way We Worked” takes to the streets starting April 29, with guided walking and driving tours of Chestertown and Kent County offering a unique perspective on local history, culture, and the ways in which work intertwines the two.

The series of tours, planned in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “The Way We Worked” traveling exhibition, begin on Saturday, April 29 with a walking tour of downtown Chestertown. Led by Patrick Nugent, deputy director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the tour will focus on the intersection of work history and African American history. Starting at Sumner Hall, the tour will wind its way through several historic African American neighborhoods, such as Scott’s Point and Santiago, tracking the expansion of African American work and culture from the riverfront to uptown factories and mills. Along the way, current and former residents will share their stories of work with stops at Church Alley, Janes Church, Cannon Street, the former Walley Funeral Home, Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School, and the site of the Uptown Club. For tour reservations email aceruzzi2@washcoll.edu

On Saturday, May 6, the Museums of Kent will host an open-house and driving tour.  Participants will have a chance to visit the wonderfully unique historic sites scattered throughout the county including the Bordley History Center; Massey Air Museum; Kent Farm Museum (agriculture, rural heritage); Knock’s Folly Visitor Center (farming, native American Tockwogh tribe); Betterton Heritage Museum (fishing and old recreation resorts); African American Schoolhouse; Cliffs School Museum; Rock Hall Museum; Tolchester Beach Revisited Museum, Rock Hall Waterman’s Museum; and Rock Hall Marine Restoration and Heritage Center. Maps and other information can be found at the Kent County Visitor Center at 400 High Street, Chestertown.

Tour Dates, Times, and Locations:

A Walk Through Working Chestertown:  Saturday, April 29: 10 AM – 1 PM, starts at Sumner Hall. Saturday, May 6: 10 AM – 1 PM, Starts at Sumner Hall. Reservations are recommended for both of these tours. For tour reservations email aceruzzi2@washcoll.edu

Museums of Kent Driving Tour

Saturday, May 6: 10 AM-4PM. Pick up maps and information at Kent County Visitor Center at 400 High Street, Chestertown.

“The Way We Worked” has been made possible in Maryland by Maryland Humanities and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities through their own Main Street museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. Residents enthusiastically engage with exhibition content, and diverse community members come together to share and celebrate their heritage. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Academy Art Museum to Open Four New Exhibitions

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Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV, 2013, Fabric, embroidery, paint, Collection of the artist.

On April 22, 2017, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD will open four new exhibitions featuring both nationally and internationally-known artists. Three of the exhibitions will be the first solo exhibitions for the artists in the U.S. Anke Van Wagenberg, Senior Curator at the Academy Art Museum, comments, “We are proud to offer these exceptional artists their first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and are excited to be a part of their thriving careers.”

The exhibition, FABRICation, is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of University of Nevada-Reno, Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, Reno, NV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation, which closes on July 9, was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.

The exhibition, Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford, is Steven Ford’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Ford, who studied glass and painting at Washington University in St Louis, MO, received a BFA in painting and printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia in 1986. Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates.  The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls.  Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. The exhibition is sponsored by Steven Ford’s gallery, Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia. After it closes at the Academy Art Museum on July 9, the exhibition will travel to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.

Todd R. Forsgren, Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012 Collection of the Artist.

Internationally-known sculptor Shelley Robzen will present Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Originally from Pennsylvania, Robzen studied Fine Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY where she received her BFA in sculpture in 1974. After graduation, she moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, an international center for sculptors who work in marble and bronze. She has been living and working there ever since. She came to Pietrasanta determined to learn everything she could about marble. Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. She has a perfect sense of form, volume and line. Her marble and bronze sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity as her artist statement reads, “Simplicity of line seeking the purity of form is the essence of my sculpture.” Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery.

Finally, the Museum will feature the photographs of Todd R. Forsgren in Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, he uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques.  Forsgren’s ornithological photographs depict birds that have been caught in mist nets as part of scientific surveys and ornithological research. Today, many bird-watchers share a similar goal to the famous bird painter, John James Audubon: to record every species in the country on their personal “life lists.” He resides in Alexandria, VA. The exhibition, which is his first solo museum exhibition, will be on display through June 30, 2017. Forsgren states, “My photographs are a reflection on this need to personally see, observe, and capture diversity.”

These Academy Art Museum exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat.   There will be curator-led tours for the exhibitions on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 12 noonFor further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Garfield Center Open Auditions

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Mike Cades and Kayla Klugman in the 2016 SAST festival.

The Garfield Center for the Arts seeks actors for “Short Attention Span Theatre” (our annual 10-minute play festival) and “Hey! Wait a Minute!” (One-minute plays).

Auditions will take place at the Garfield Center on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7pm
Thursday, May 4 @ 7pm
Sunday, May 7 @ 11am

Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from provided scripts. No experience is necessary.

Short Attention Span Theatre will run three weekends: June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9.

Everyone is encouraged to audition. Those who are unable to attend auditions can contact the theater at 410-810-2060 to make other arrangements. Stage crew, set builders, set painters, costumers and assistant directors are also needed. Anyone interested in helping should stop by the Garfield during auditions to leave their contact information.

For more information, contact SAST producer Mark Sullivan at sast@garfieldcenter.org, or call 410-810-2060 or visit our website www.GarfieldCenter.org.

About Short Attention Span Theatre (SAST)
At the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, playwrights, directors and actors who delight in the art of the 10-minute play are at it again! Short Attention Span Theatre offers an evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just long enough. The plays will feature a multitude of actors, directors and authors, as well as the world premiere of original works by local playwrights.

Michael Pugh to Succeed Jessica Coner as Clay Studio Manager

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RiverArts is pleased to name Michael Pugh as the new Clay Studio manager. Jessica Coner, who has managed the studio since 2014, will continue to participate as an experienced potter and clay teacher.

Pugh, a seasoned educator, has taught science and math in the Baltimore public schools and special adult programs for the past decade. He and his partner, John Schratweiser, are in the process of moving to Chestertown permanently. His avocation has always been in pottery and the American craft tradition. He brings strong technical and aesthetic skills to RiverArts after years of study and work in his own studio.

The RiverArts Clay Studio provides equipment and workspace for potters through its Open Studio hours, as well as offering introductory classes for potters and sculptors through advanced workshops.

Pugh wrote, “Artisans are known for their celebration of community and peer support.” He is a welcome addition to RiverArts and the greater community.

For more information about RiverArts and the Clay Studio, visit www.chestertownriverarts.org call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

The Clay Studio is located at 204 High Street, Chestertown.

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

Academy Art Museum Announces May 2017 Events

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Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV, 2013, Fabric, embroidery, paint, Collection of the artist.

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. Curator-Led Tours will be held on Tuesday, May, 2, 2017 at 12 noon.

FABRICation

Through July 9, 2017

The exhibition FABRICation is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department (ESWA.org).

Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford

Through July 9, 2017

Steven Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates. The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls. Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. Steven Ford is represented by Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Ford, Untitled (N0619A) 2013, Linocut & collagraph with chine colle Image/sheet: 29 1/2 x 59 3/4 inch, Collection of the artist.

Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen

Through July 16, 2017

Shelley Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. Robzen has a sophisticated sense of form, volume and line. Her sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity. Her sculpture is included in private collections in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, Israel and Japan. Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery. The Academy Art Museum is presenting her marble and bronze sculpture in her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S.

Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist

Through May 30, 2017

Todd R. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, Forsgren uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques. His work has been shown at numerous venues and has been featured in National Geographic, Nature, and TIME’s Lightbox, to name a few.

Shelley Robzen, Volo #6, 2012, Carrara White Marble.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Annual Spring Event – The Art of Color
May 6, 2017
Guests will sip cocktails under the spring sky, while enjoying the smooth sounds of The Eric Byrd Trio. Dinner will be held at the Museum, where attendees will be surrounded by the vibrancy and boldness of the exhibitions on view, Steven Ford: Prints and FABRICation. This event celebrates the Museum’s mission to promote the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore. To purchase tickets, call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Art After Dark: Pottery Date Night
Friday, May 19, 6–9 p.m.
$100/couple (includes wine, beer and light snacks)
Need date night plans? Ceramics instructor, Paul Aspell will walk you through how to center and shape your clay on the potter’s wheel. Students will select the glaze colors to finish their pieces. Dress in comfortable clothes. You may get a little dirty!

ARTFUL ADVENTURE TRIP
Maine
July 31-August 5, 2017
The Museum will travel to Maine from and visit the state’s leading museums, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art (where former AAM Director Christopher Brownawell serves as Executive Director), the Colby College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, and more. Led by Director Benjamin Simons and Senior Curator Anke van Wagenberg, participants will enjoy private visits to some of the leading private collections in the region, take in Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, and explore the region’s other cultural offerings and fine dining. For further details, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Damika Baker, Director of Development, at dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

Todd R. Forsgren, Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012 Collection of the Artist.

ADULT CLASSES

Classes:

Paint Along with Diane and Sheryl
Mentors: Diane DuBois Mullaly and Sheryl Southwick
3 days: May 30, 31, June 1 Tuesday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 Museum members, $114 non-members
Diane and Sheryl invite all their students and friends to paint along (in any medium) with them during this unique mentored outdoor painting experience. Each day the group meets at a different fabulous private property, where everyone picks a spot and starts painting. Diane and Sheryl will make rounds to each painter’s easel throughout the morning to make suggestions and give advice. www.dianeduboismullaly.com and sherylsouthwick.com

From Viewer to Doer
Monday, May 15, 6–8 p.m. or Thursday, May 18, 2–4 p.m. (Choose one)
Cost: $10
Transform yourself from “viewer” to “doer” by taking part in a special spring workshop. The “From Viewer to Doer” approach consists of an informal tour/chat about the exhibition(s) on view and the opportunity to work on a related art project. No art experience or “talent” necessary! Workshops to complement the Museum’s spring exhibitions, FABRICation: Fiber Art and Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford. Contact Constance Del Nero at cdelnero@academyartmuseum.org for additional information or sign up online.

CHILDREN’S CLASSES/PROGRAMMING

FAMILY ART DAYS

Travel the World at the Academy Art Museum
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Children 6+ and their parents work together on an art project and enjoy tasty snacks typical of that country. Our next stop will be Ghana. We will be inspired by the work of El Anatsui, who works with recycled materials to create stunning wall-hangings.

PIANO & GUITAR LESSONS

Participants work on an abstract bird project after viewing Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein’s Avian Inspirations exhibition.

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesh (410) 829-0335
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during holidays or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.

VOICE LESSONS

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Erika Knepp (443) 254-0157
Exploring techniques, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.

DANCE

Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance

Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088. www.dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Chester River Chorale Singers Rehearsing More Than Song

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The Chester River Chorale has been singing up a storm for almost two decades, but can they dance too? You can find out when “Hooray for Hollywood!” is presented at Washington College’s Decker Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th.

Actor Greg Minahan shows the Chorale singers how to dance it up.

Some members of the 95-voice Chorale have been taking dance lessons from Greg Minahan who has brought his Broadway chops to lead the singers through their paces in dance moves choreographed by the Chorale’s own dance professional, Alto Karen Lynn Smith.

Minahan will serve as the song and dance master of ceremonies, soloing with an umbrella in “Singin’ in the Rain” and leading the Chorale’s Hollywood Troupe in ballroom turns for “Cheek to Cheek” and some Snoopy-inspired boogying in “Better When I’m Dancin’.”

A bonus will be an interlude of movie themes by Maryland guitarist Tom Lagana.

The musical program, put together by Artistic Director Doug Cox and accompanied by the Chorale’s Sam Marshall, raises the curtain with Richard Roger’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from 1945’s State Fair) and concludes with the stirring rhythms of Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” (from 1989’s Working Girl).

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door in the Gibson Center for the Arts and in advance from the Chorale’s website, www.chesterriverchorale.org.

Cuban Musician Gato Gatell and Grupo Gato at Washington College

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World renowned musician Ernesto “Gato” Gatell and his Grupo Gato will join two Washington College students on April 21 for a singular musical performance of dance, rhythm, percussion, and voice that is guaranteed to light up the Eastern Shore evening with the soul-stirring sounds of Cuba.

Co-sponsored by the Washington College Concert Series and the Cater Society for Junior Fellows, the event at 7:30 p.m.will be in Decker Theater,and features a ten-piece band performing selections of Cuban traditional and popular music. With bass, saxophones, piano, percussion, and a full complement of singers, the group is comprised of an all-star cast of Cuban and American musicians, and will include student performers Michael DeMaio ’18 (saxophone) and Jordana Qi ’18 (voice). Demaio and Qi first met Gatell a during a Washington College January 2017 trip to Cuba, led by Associate Professor of Music Kenneth Schweitzer, and have since been attending rehearsals in Washington, D.C. to prepare for this opportunity.

The featured singer and bandleader, Ernesto “Gato” Gatell, is one of the most recognized and beloved Cuban singers alive today. In 2013, the U.S. Government acknowledged him as a Musician of Extraordinary Ability at the very top of his field both nationally and internationally, thus allowing him to immigrate to America in 2014.

His list of accomplishments over the past 30 years are far too vast to enumerate, but he has recorded and toured with the biggest names in Afro-Cuban music—Clave y Guaguanco, Tata Guines, Changuito, Pancho Quinto, Rumberos de Cuba, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Puntilla, Hilario Duran, Jane Bunnett; and he has been a member of several Cuban All-Star groups. His recordings have been nominated for and/or won the top music industry awards in three countries—the U.S. Grammy, the Canadian Juno, and the Cuban CubaDisco.

For this concert, in addition to the WC students, Gatell will be joined by Paul Austerlitz (saxophone), David Marsh (bass), Raciel Suarez (piano), Steve Bloom (percussion), Oscar Rousseaux (percussions), Yudisleidy Valdez Mena (voice & dance), and Indira Martínez Ayala (voice).

Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College students/seniors over age 65/WC faculty and staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Inquiries and ticket holds can be sent to Debbie Reed at concertseries@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7839. Online tickets and additional information on the series is available at washcoll.edu/concert.

RiverArts Administrative Assistant Search

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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 andygoddard@chestertownriverarts.org by April 21, 2017

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

Qualifications
• 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. andygoddard@chestertownriverarts.org