RiverArts’ Reclaimed Runway: A Fashion Extravaganza

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You don’t have to be a fashion expert to have a wonderful time at RiverArts’ Reclaimed Runway, March 23, 5-8pm, at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Hall. Just enter on the red carpet, have your photo taken, enjoy heavy appetizers by Magnolia Caterers, a cash bar with bartenders, Jeff Maguire & Fannie Hobba Shenk, and bid on items in the silent auction. Then be amazed by 18 one-of-a-kind creations by artists of all ages using recycled and re-purposed materials with emcee, Mayor Chris Cerino.

As designers and models strut their stuff down the runway, family, neighbors, friends and co-workers can cheer for their favorites and vote for the “Peoples Choice Award.”

Winning designs chosen by judges receive cash awards and bragging rights.

Individual designers include Katie Dalton, Carol Dobson, Christine Kamon, Lilah Lynn, Dora Pelczar, Joan Strand and Pam Vogel.  Mary Pritchard and Liza Brocker worked together on their design to be modeled by Annie Page and Cameron Spence.

Liza Brocker transforming an old bath mat as part of her Reclaimed Runway design.

Ten organizations have designers representing them.  The creative team of Annie Singer, Mary Pritchard, Kate Quinn, and Roberta Ingram came up with their design on behalf of Blueberry Pie and Artist Society. Ashley Singer will be their model. The RiverArts Clay Studio is represented by its manager, Dianna Frymiare with models, Kolene Spicher, Laura Ventura, and Wendy King. The Kent School’s sixth grade class, overseen by teacher, Pat Parkhurst, completely designed their entry based on a combination of arts and science themes. Three students, Hayden Haber, Victoria MacGlashan, and Alyesha Williams, will be models. Radcliffe Creek School’s designers include students from the 5th to 8th grades under the direction of teachers, Mary Ann Herron and Kristin Kirby.  Barron Scott will model their creation. Other organizations being represented are the Kent Center with Arthur E. Lee, Physically Fitch with Eric Fitch and Jen Koch, Pura Vita Events with Pamela Sautter, Sarah Paige Studio Salon with Sara Paige, WCTR with Leslie Sea, and Wired Coast with Cheryl Hurt.

The range of materials is fascinating. They include such things as mylar, vines, hair, used sails, laminate flooring scraps, nespresso coffee capsules and even a metal corner of a box spring. Some designers have been collecting their materials over the past year.

Enjoy this wonderful event while supporting RiverArts adult and children’s educational programs and scholarships. Runway seating is limited; tickets are $100. General admission is $50. To purchase tickets go to www.chestertownriverarts.net/events and click on Reclaimed Runway or call 410-778-6300. A portion of the ticket is tax deductible.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. ArtsAlive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

Last Call for Artists – The Art of Stewardship Juried Exhibit

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Chestertown RiverArts’ popular Art of Stewardship show, encompassing 2D, 3D and poetry, will be on view during the month of April. Curators Alice Ritchie, visual arts, and Meredith Davies Hardaway, poetry challenge artists to share their vision of the act of  stewardship, bringing artist and observer together in an awareness of the connection between all things, the tenuous nature of each moment, and the sensory particulars of a special place. Whether tacit or explicit, every act of art calls us to participate, to promote, to illustrate, and to celebrate the stewardship of our planet.

All varieties of two- and three-dimensional artwork as well as poetry of any length and style will be considered. Submission deadline is March 2, 2019. For more information on submitting work, please visit http://chestertownriverarts.net/call-registration-for-art-of-stewardship-2019/

Beverly Hall Smith is the visual Juror. Painter Greg Mort will be the judge of the 2- and 3-dimensional work. His paintings are included in many distinguished private and public collections.Poetry juror and judge is Sue Ellen Thompson, award winning poet, author of 5 book of poetry and recent Pushcart prize winner.

“Home” by Mary McCoy

Prizes of $200 for the winning artwork and poem will be awarded. Second and Third Place artworks will also be recognized. In addition to winning poems, finalists will be displayed in the Exhibit.

The Opening Reception is April 5, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in conjunction with Chestertown’s First Friday, is free and open to the public. The Gallery Talk and Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 pm.

Winning and Finalist Poets will be invited to read their work at a Reading in honor of this year’s Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Prize winner at the RiverArts Gallery on April 18, at 5:30 pm.

The Art of Stewardship Project is a foundation created by the Mort family. https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofStewardship/. The primary mission of The Art of Stewardship Project is to encourage individual artists and or their associated arts groups to commit time, talent or treasure in a form that yields direct benefit to a specific environmental organization.

The Pat Nielsen Poetry Award was initiated by the Chester River Association (CRA) in 2010 as a tribute to the late Pat Herold Nielsen, a founding member of the CRA. An accomplished poet and an award-winning filmmaker, Pat was a woman of many talents and unceasingly engaged in protecting our environment.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. Arts Alive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

RiverArts Offers Shore Bird Carving Workshop with World Renowned Instructor

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Anyone interested in learning the craft of bird carving should be sure to take RiverArts’ Shore Bird Carving Workshop on Sunday, February, 10, 9:00-4:00, with Rich Smoker, an extraordinary carver and teacher. Students will start out with a cut-out of a small shorebird. Proper use and care of carving knives will be stressed as students learn all aspects of carving. Rich loves to get folks started and is more than happy to work with more advanced carvers as well. All will leave with a finished bird of their own.

From a teenage enthusiast to an industry expert, Rich Smoker has turned a youthful passion into his life’s work. As much as he loves carving, so does he love teaching as a way to further this art form. Smoker, named a Living Legend by the Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art, has won 500 ribbons and 100 Best of Shows along with Best in World. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton where he has been twice named The Masterpiece Carver.

To register for this workshop, and for information on other classes and workshops, go to http://chestertownriverarts.net/  and click on education at the top of the  page,  or call RiverArts at 410-778-6300. The registration deadline is   February 7, cost of class is $100 for members and $125 for non members.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. Arts Alive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

KidSPOT After School Enrichment Winter Session Begins February 4

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The After School Enrichment Program runs for eight weeks and is designed for first through fifth graders. The program, which is limited to 10 students per class, is led by Elizabeth Healy and additional instructors.

Themed art activities and lessons incorporating science and social studies experience, field trips, theatre arts, non-competitive games, movement and dance are offered Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 pm.

Winter session begins February 4, and runs through April 4, with a midterm break. Students may register for 2, 3, or 4 days per week. Class is limited, register now.

For more information and to register, visit http://chestertownriverarts.net/after-school-enrichment-program/ or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next to gallery. ArtsAlive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

8th Annual Members’ Show Opens the RiverArts Exhibit Season

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The annual RiverArts Members’ Show, which opened January 2, highlights the quality and diversity of our arts community. Curators Marti Hawkins and Linda Kramer encouraged artists to submit one or two of their favorite pieces of art in any medium.

The exhibit includes photography, paintings, pastels, ceramics, fiber art (wearable and decorative), paper, mixed media, glass and wood – including a baseball, mitt and guitar.  First Friday attendees cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. “The Things He Sees…” by Ronn Akins garnered the most. Runners up were Annie Singer, “So Close,” and Kate McGraw for “Moonrise Over Big Woods Road.”  The Members’ Show will be on view through January 27.

The Things He Sees, Ronn Akins

The RiverArts gallery exhibits change monthly. Most shows are open to non-members as well as members. Two are juried and judged. One is judged.Upcoming exhibits are Variations on a Theme, Still Life and Portraiture, February and Drawing, March. April brings the annual juried Art of Stewardship exhibit, which includes both poetry and visual art. May’s theme is Visual Story Tellers, and June is our annual Juried Painting and Contemporary Craft.

The popular Eastern Shore Life exhibit will run the month of July. The August show is Judged Photography and Wood. Connections:  Work in a Series is scheduled for September.  October is reserved for our annual Studio Tour Artists Exhibit. The gallery will showcase Kent County Student Art work in early November, with the Holiday Show and Sale rounding out the year.

More information on all upcoming shows, including specific dates and artist submission information is available on the RiverArts website, http://chestertownriverarts.net, and click on exhibitions.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. Arts Alive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

RiverArts Film Society Brings Indie Cinema to Kent County

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The RiverArts Film Society (RAFS), a program of Chestertown RiverArts, is bringing its first year to close at the end of this month. Created to provide a community space for watching and discussing independent, classic, and diverse films, RAFS provides a unique space for cinema in Kent County.

“We know there is a demand for film in Kent County, and we’ve been thrilled to meet our community’s needs,” said Louise Miller, RAFS Advisory Board Chair. Miller continued “The special thing about RAFS is that we show films that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see in the area, and after each screening a guest facilitator brings the audience together for a group conversation about what we’ve just watched. It’s been illuminating.”

Past facilitators have included filmmaker Pam Whyte, screenwriter and playwright Robert Earl Price, historian Pat Nugent, and film professor Alicia Kozma. In 2019 RAFS is bringing on new community curators and facilitators to widen the scope of films shown and discussed. “I’m really excited for our community curators in 2019,” said Prof. Kozma, “They are choosing some amazing films to bring to town.”

Daughters of the Dust, January 20 screening at Sumner Hall

RAFS is membership based, which is what provides the funds for the group to exist. “We are dedicated to a low membership price–$50 for couples and $30 for individuals. That provides members with access to at least 12 free films a year, special filmmaker events, and local film festivals,” Miller said. “It’s a great value, and certainly costs much less than going to a movie theater 12 times a year!”

RAFS is responding to the need The Chestertown Spy identified earlier in the year. A poll the Spy conducted in August 2018 asked if readers would support independent films being screened in Chestertown; overwhelming readers said yes. “It was great to see,” said Prof. Kozma, “it really validated what RAFS is doing; we are the people showing independent film in Chestertown!”

RAFS 2018 screening scheduled included award-winning political documentaries, a look back at films of 1960s that reflected that turbulent time in U.S. life, a retrospective of indie directors the Coen Brothers, and a series exploring the lives of African Americans. A full list of the film shown can be found at  http://chestertownriverarts.net/programs/riverarts-film-society-2/.

The 2019 schedule will kick off with a film considered one of the best ever made: Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust. “Daughters of the Dust was unavailable for over 20 years – there was just no way to watch it,” said Miller. “Two years ago, it was restored. We can’t wait to bring it to town on January 20th and induct RAFS members into the select group of people who’ve seen this movie.”

RAFS is currently accepting members for 2019. You can join, renew your membership, and learn more about RAFS on their website, http://chestertownriverarts.net/programs/riverarts-film-society-2/

A program of RiverArts, the Film Society is dedicated to providing transformative cinematic experiences by screening films with diverse perspectives followed by thought provoking discussions.

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM.

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. ArtsAlive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

RiverArts Classes: Find Your Creative!

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by Lynne Lockhart

Though the winter weather has set in, it is worth venturing out to take any number of classes offered by RiverArts: fine art and craft, including pottery as well as watercolor and pastel painting plus some intriguing specialties. The instructors are known both for their expertise as well as their teaching experience. Class sizes lend themselves to demonstrations and one-on-one assistance and are of interest to all level students, novices to skilled artists. They are held at a variety of times; daytime, evening, mid-week and weekends, to accommodate a variety of schedules. And, of course, they are affordable. A gift certificate to any one of the offerings would, no doubt, be well received during the holidays!

Here are a few of the upcoming classes:

“Introduction to Colored Pencils” will cover the basics of using colored pencils and experience using all kinds of papers. Students will become familiar with varied brands of materials. Instructor, Deborah Maklowski, is currently the President of the Colored Pencil Society of America.

“Dog Portraits & Beyond,” taught by Lynne Lockhart, provides an enjoyable way to improve painting skills and capture “man’s best friend.” Learn all the techniques: from photographing the uncooperative animal to getting a likeness. Demonstrations will be in oils and sharpie. Well behaved dogs will be welcome to class and used as models. Lynne is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and is known for dramatic use of light and shadow, color and expressive brushwork.

Several jewelry classes are being scheduled. Joan Strand, a popular local artist, will be offering “Simple Beaded Necklaces.”   Students will create and fasten an 18” necklace on cable wire and fasten it using crimp beads. Other upcoming jewelry classes include Viking Knit Bracelets, Precious Metal Clay, and Metalwork Earrings.

Join Jenny Walton of Great Blue Fiber for a “Modern Wall Hanging Course,” an in-depth weaving class exploring color, shapes, texture and personal style. Students will design and weave a wall hanging with the instructor’s hands-on help. According to Jenny, weaving is one of the world’s oldest surviving crafts. The deep connection of doing something that has lasted 12,000 years and slowing down to create with intent and purpose add balance back to her busy life.

Create an original “Stained Glass Mosaic Window” with Jen Wagner. Students will choose their own design and learn breaking, adhering and grouting techniques. Jen is an award-winning professional mosaic artist. She is also a muralist, with 31 large scale mosaic murals in Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia. She has been teaching the art of mosaics since 2006. Classes at her studio have a six-month wait list. Students are fortunate to have the opportunity to take this class at RiverArts.

by Rich Smoker

Join Master Carver, Rich Smoker, for a “Shore Bird Carving Workshop. Students will start with a cut-out blank of a small shorebird. Proper use and care of carving knives will be stressed, and all aspects of carving. They will leave with a finished bird of their own work. This class is geared to beginners. However, Rich is more than happy to work with more advanced carvers. Rich has been named a Living Legend by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. He was inducted into The Hall of Fame at the Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Md where he has been twice named The Masterpiece Carver.

Marilee Taussig will be teaching “A Habit of Creativity: Making and Keeping a Bullet Journal” geared towards artists, writers, and other creative souls. Students will make an art journal book using found objects and other artistic treasures and learn a simple journal habit (10 minutes in a.m. And p.m.) that encourages creativity and focus and supercharges inspiration and perseverance. No drawing, painting or bookmaking experience is needed.

Looking for something to do with your grandchild, niece or nephew? “Explore Contemporary Watercolor Workshop,” will encourage fun and a shared experience with children thirteen and older. All will learn traditional and experimental watercolor techniques through a series of fun exercises. Instructor Deena Ball is a nationally-known watercolor artist, Signature Member of several watercolor societies and being President of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. She paints to help others see, respect and conserve the beauty of our natural world.

It’s all about a fun night out! Bring a group of friends or meet new ones with “TGIF Paint Night,” offered monthly. RiverArts will supply the snacks and participants are encouraged to BYOB. All supplies provided.  Jim Mahla will host the January 18th session. Students will leave with a completed painting, “Birds of a Feather,” plus a new found love for acrylic painting.

In addition to this full range of classes, RiverArts offers “Life Drawing” sessions every Monday form 2 – 5 pm and sponsors the Photography Club every fourth Thursday. For information on all these offerings go to www.chestertownriverarts.org and click on Education

RiverArts Galleries & Gift Shop 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM, First Fridays until 8 PM. chestertownriverarts.org – 410.778.6300

KidSPOT Creativity Center next door to the gallery. Arts Alive Education Center 200 High St., the Clay Studio, 204 High St.

Call for Artists: Annual RiverArts Members’ Show

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Sumi painting by Marti Hawkins

Once again, for the 8th time since the organization formed in 2012, RiverArts will dedicate a month solely to celebrating and enjoying the fine work of our talented community of member artists. The show, curated by Marti Hawkins and Linda Kramer, will be on view January 4 through 27. Although members exhibit all year long, this show is reserved for members only. If you are not already a member, it is not too late to join our great community of artists and participate in this show.

There is no theme other than your own creativity and imagination. Please submit one or two pieces of your favorite work in any medium.  Artists are highly encouraged to register electronically on line, http://chestertownriverarts.net/call-and-registration-for-annual-members-show/.
Drop off is Sunday December 30th and Monday, December 31st.

Join us on First Friday, January 4th, to celebrate art, creativity, and community. We hope you will also plan to participate in the popular “Gallery Talk” on Thursday, January 10th.

For more information call 410.778.6300, email info@chestertownriverarts.org, or visit http://chestertownriverarts.net/exhibitions/

RiverArts Holiday Workshops

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Does Santa need a new plate for his cookies?  We’ll bet he does. And just in time, RiverArts is offering their Milk & Cookies for Santa workshop this Sunday, December 2, from 2 to 4 pm.

Children of all ages will enjoy painting a holiday design on a pottery cup and plate – trace one of the images available or draw your own.

On Saturday, December 8, instructor Dianna Frymiare will offer Dickens Paint a Plate. Stop in the RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street and paint a holiday scene on a plate of bowl.

The finished work for both workshops will be glazed and fired in plenty of time for the holidays.

For more information, and to register visit http://chestertownriverarts.net/education-2/ and click on education, or call 410.778.6300.

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