Call for Artists: Abstract & Woodworking


RiverArts is pleased to announce that our July exhibit will feature the synergistic and exciting pairing of Abstract and the Woodworker’s Showcase. Exhibition dates are July 7 through 29, with an opening reception on First Friday, July 7.

Chuck Engstrom

Established and emerging woodworking artists are invited to enter their original creations in wood – made by carving, turning, or any other woodworking technique.  Curator Chuck Engstrom seeks to display a wide variety of articles and styles representing the best in woodworking craftsmanship and design.  The Woodworking Showcase will be judged by David Fry, whose career spans more than 35 years, encompassing architectural and gallery turnings, speculative and commissioned furniture, and collaborations with designers, prototype developers, and ceramists. He has also has demonstrated, taught, curated, and written about his field.  Modest cash prizes will be awarded.

The concurrent Abstract Exhibit, Exploring Abstract,” will enhance the beauty of these wood objects. Curators Ronn Akins and Barbara Parker invite artists to submit works that might run the gamut of abstract, both traditional and developmental.

Barbara Parker

The definition of abstract art refers to a visual language of color, shape, line, and form from which compositions exist with a degree of independence from visual reference.  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.

For more information on these calls, deadlines and more, and to submit an entry, please visit and click on exhibitions, 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.