Voting Opens for Runway Designs

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“Carpet Bagger of the Chesapeake” modeled by Mike Pugh

RiverArts Reclaimed Runway designers are in various stages of finishing their creative designs made from recycled and repurposed materials for this Saturday’s event.  Emceed by John Schratwieser and judged by Marjorie Adams Marcy Ramsey, and Leslie Raimond, this is sure to be a fabulous, fun-filled event that will highlight the talent in this community.

Designer Harriet Olsen has knit the bodice of her dress out of plastic bags while Mary Pritchard added the kitchen trash bags sleeves to their design “Chic Plastique.”  Designer Anne Singer experiments with the use of bubble wrap to create her Tuesday Team’s “Bubbly Bride.” Meghan Dulin and Morgan Bench are making a social action statement by using homeless signs as part of her “Shared Hunger” creation.  The Runway’s two male designers haven’t updated us recently but Zane Carter’s “Knight on the Town” and Mike Pugh’s “Carpet Bagger of the Chesapeake” are sure to be exceptional as will all of our local talent.

In addition to the judges’ choice for a Best in Show design that evening, a People’s Choice award for the most creative design will be given to the designer with the most votes. Voting is now open online at http://chestertownriverarts.net/events/reclaimed-runway/ and will continue through Wednesday, March 28.  All are invited to vote for their favorite design, and the cost of each vote is $1.

Cheer on your favorite designer and the runway event by coming to the Reclaimed Runway this Saturday, March 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Chesapeake Room, Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Dept.  Our favorite bartender Jeff Maguire will be doing his thing at the bar, an incredible silent auction will be in play and a specialty welcome drink and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served in addition to the Runway fun.

Check out the RiverArts website to buy tickets, vote and learn more about the event at http://chestertownriverarts.net/events/reclaimed-runway/ or call 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Fashion Event of the Season – the RiverArts Reclaimed Runway

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Designers are at work creating beautiful and/or outrageous fashions to strut down the runway for the fashion event of the season, RiverArts’ Reclaimed Runway at the Chesapeake Room of the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Department on March 24. In addition, RiverArts members have donated some extraordinary items for the silent auction.  Among the exciting options are a three-bedroom condo in Telluride, a Paul Reed Smith guitar, a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gourmet dinners, and a sunset margarita boat cruise.

The luxury Telluride apartment sleeps up to eight people and has three bedrooms, three baths and a fully equipped kitchen sleeping up to 8 people.   Donated by Leslie and Andy Price, the apartment is available July 15 – 22 and is valued at $4995.  The resort is high in the San Juan mountain range in SW Colorado, and is a very short walk to two Gondolas, one which goes to downtown Telluride and the other to the food market in Mountain Village.   The Lodge will provide complimentary transportation between the Lodge and either the Telluride Airport or the Montrose Airport.

Telluride Condo

Is there a musician in your family? They will covet the Paul Reed Smith (PRS) SE Custom 24 guitar.  Played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players alike, this amethyst model features a maple top, mahogany back, wide thin maple neck, rosewood fretboard with bird inlays, and the PRS patented molded tremolo bridge.

Priceless! A behind-the-scenes private tour for two of the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York. Options include meeting curatorial and conservation staff.

Among the gourmet dinners are a fabulous September crab feast and garden party for six with Vida Morley and Bob Fox, a 4 course Asian fusion dinner for six with Ronnie Edelman, and a scrumptious paella dinner with a whole lobster for each of six guests with MaryJo and Champe McCulloch and Mary and Charlie Sjoquist.

A popular return auction item is a Margarita Cruise for 6 people down Still Pond Creek and along the Chesapeake Bay for a stunning sunset over the Western Shore with Nancy and Zane Carter.

Sandra and Neal Jackson have donated a two-night stay in their beautiful Washington, D.C., apartment with parking near the Washington Cathedral, Georgetown, and excellent restaurants.

Also on the auction table is a Tim Field’s framed photograph of Turner’s Creek, art classes at Hollycroft Studio with Cindy Fulton, knitting classes with Sue Wright, a Margaritaville blender and dozens of other unique, affordable items.

You can buy tickets, check out the full list of auction items, and vote for your favorite designer(s), online at chestertownriverarts.org, click on events. For more info call the gallery at 410 778 6300.

RiverArts Reclaimed Runway benefits RiverArts educational programming for children and adults. RiverArts currently provides programs at four locations:  children’s programs at KidSPOT and adult programs at the Education Center, the Clay Studio, and the Gallery.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Meet the Talented Designers for RiverArts Reclaimed Runway

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Excitement is building to see the creations of twenty local designers at RiverArts inaugural Reclaimed Runway.  This upscale fashion show will feature fabulous, one-of-a-kind creations designed by artists of all ages using recycled or re-purposed materials.The twenty designers or their chosen models will be “strutting their junk” on the runway while John Schratweiser, executive director of the Kent County Arts Council, emcees the fun at the Rock Hall Fire House on Saturday, March 24 from 5 to 8:00.

Runway designers were asked to submit their plans and share the inspiration for their designs and the materials that they would be using to transform recycled and repurposed materials and other trash into high class fashion and costumes.

Zane Carter’s “Knight on the Town” creation will be constructed from aluminum cans, monofilament, discarded clothing, paint, and feathers. Harriet Olsen and Mary Pritchard’s design “Chic Plastique” will use plastic bags and yarn, old neckties and used placemats. Cindy Fulton will create “Fulton’s Flying Saucer Fantasy” from recycled paper plates and string. RiverArts Clay Studio’s Mike Pugh is creating “Carpet Bagger of the Chesapeake” from shag carpet, leisure suits, carpet bags, pop tops and oyster shells.  A&E director Kay Macintosh is using recycled 2017 Visitors maps to construct “Last Year’s Dress.”

The PFLAG Mid-Shore Chapter team has designed “Spring Pastels begin the Blossom” and stated the following as their inspiration, “Our gendered lives begin with the pastel color labels of pink and blue.  As we blossom, each person becomes their own color palette.  The results are all beautiful!”

Beryl Kemp was inspired by the J. Crew Christmas mailer packaging and wrote to the CEO of J. Crew to see if she could get a larger amount for her creation, “J.”.  He wrote back that he was delighted to do so.

Rounding out the design talent are Radcliffe Creek School, Nancy Bennington, Liza Brocker and her daughter, Alanna Berman, Meghan Dulin, Morgan Bench, Christine Firrito-Easton, Kent School, Dora Pelczar, Tuesday Team, WCTR’s Leslie Sea, and Wired Coast.

Looking for a creative fundraiser, the RiverArts board became enthused when Mary Pritchard described visit to the Finger Lakes Art Council Recycled Runway and voted unanimously to host their own.  Reclaimed Runways are popping up all over the country, and the fashion designs and event videos easily found online share the creativity, hilarity, and community fun these events spur.

RiverArts Recycled Runway benefits RiverArts educational programming for children and adults. RiverArts currently provides programs at four locations:  children’s programs at KidSPOT and adult programs at the Education Center, the Clay Studio, and the Gallery.

Learn more about the RiverArts Reclaimed Runway and buy tickets online at Chestertownriverarts.org, click on events.

Or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

RiverArts Launches Film Society with Screening of The Butler

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RiverArts, a dynamic, regional arts center whose mission is to be the place where the arts meet the community, has launched a Film Society that focuses on film as a visual art form and forum for social commentary.  A screening of The Butler will kick off the 2018 season with a talkback by Wil Haygood at Sumner Hall on Saturday, March 3 at 5:00.  Register on the RiverArts website or call 410 778 6300.

The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines, the African American son of a sharecropper who serves as a White House butler to eight different presidents from Truman to Reagan. The film is based on a 2008 Washington Post story by Wil Haygood who served as an associate producer to the movie Haygood’s article, entitled A Butler Well Served by This Election, described Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House for more than 30 years, under eight different administrations, as “a black man unknown to the headlines.”

Filmmaking is a complex and powerful art form in our world.  The RiverArts Film Society mission is to provide transformative cinematic experiences by screening films with diverse perspectives followed by thought provoking discussions.  RiverArts will partner with Sumner Hall and the Mainstay to show monthly films with talkbacks at their venues which offer large screens and an intimate, coffee-house ambiance.

The RiverArts Film Society is a membership club with an annual fee of $30 for one person or $50 for two. Membership includes free admission to up to ten films per year that include talkbacks and Q&A by engaging, knowledgeable presenters.  You can join the 2018 Film Society on the RiverArts website, chestertownriverarts.org, click on film society, or call 410 778 6300.

The 2018 screenings are curated by Robert Earl Price and Pam Whyte.

They have chosen three films in each of four themes.  Screening dates will be posted as soon as confirmed.

The Butler

Films about African Americans
Curated by Robert Earl Price
Uptight
Nothing But a Man

Do the Right Thing

Bergman Films
Curated by Robert Earl Price
The Seventh Seal
Cries and Whispers
Persona

1960’s Cultural Phenoms
Curated by Pam Whyte
The Graduate
To Kill a Mockingbird
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Documentaries
Curated by Pam Whyte
Anne Frank’s Holocaust
JFK:  The Lost Bullet
9/11:  Stories in Fragments

More information about the film society, the film screenings, and filmmaking classes can be found on the website, chestertownriverarts.org, click on film society.  Louise Miller and Lani Seikaly chair the RiverArts Film Advisory Board and welcome any ideas you have for future film screenings, classes or workshops.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Call for Artists: “Birds and Bees, and Their Houses”

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Although we are amid this cold wintery season, it is not too early to be thinking about Spring. To usher in this delightful season, The RiverArts Galleries will be hosting an eclectic and unique show, Birds and Bees, and their Houses in March.

We invite you to exhibit your creative works that exemplify the birds, bees, and their houses.  Two and three-dimensional bird themed art, functional or non-functional bird houses, wild and whimsical, mixed media, will all be welcomed. Let your creativity run wild!

Artists are encouraged to submit works made from, but not limited to, wood, metal, natural materials, glass, tile, clay, or fiber. Combinations of materials are encouraged.

Bird –  themed two-dimensional paintings, drawings, etchings, fiber art, etc., are also welcomed.  This show will not include photography or water fowl, however.

The Birds and Bees, and Their Houses will be curated by RiverArts members Rob Glebe, accomplished Chestertown metal artist, and Laura Ventura, active potter at the RiverArts Clay Studio.

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – 31
Drop Off: Sunday, February 25, 2- 4 pm
Monday, February 26. 10 am – 5 pm
Opening Reception: March 2, 5 – 8 pm
Curator & Artists’ Talk: March 8, 5:30

Although online submission is not required for this show, we highly encourage artists to pre-register.

Please visit http://chestertownriverarts.org and click on Exhibits for more information. You may also call the gallery at 410.778.6300 or email info@chestertownriverarts.org.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Not Just Crosses and Cathedrals: How Medieval Art Matters Today

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Medieval art can feel very distant from the beliefs and concerns of today’s world, but when we move beyond the most familiar works to explore the Middle Ages more broadly, we can find insights onto many of today’s most pressing concerns. How do humans relate to the natural world? What do we have to learn from other cultures? How can art sharpen our ability to look at the world in new and creative ways? These are some of the questions pondered by art historian and professor Ben Tilghman, who will speak on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6pm, at RiverArts,  200 High Street, Suite A,  Chestertown.  The free event is part of RiverArts Creative Lives series.

Bio

Ben Tilghman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington College.  He was awarded a Ph.D. from John Hopkins University in 2009 and for the past five years taught at Lawrence University. His particular interest and expertise is in the art of Medieval and Early Modern Europe, but he also maintains an active interest in the art of the Islamic World and Modern and Contemporary art, which was his first love. He and his wife Darran relocated to the longstanding family farm in Centreville in 2017 from Wisconsin.

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).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Two Exceptional Exhibits Open Friday at RiverArts

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The RiverArts galleries offer two exceptional exhibits for the month of February.  Opening reception is First Friday, February 2, 5 to 8 pm.

In the main gallery, ‘Colorblind: The Art of Black and White,” artists invite viewers to discover the power and beauty of an image reduced to its essential black and white values. The show includes works in all media: traditional, and abstract drawings, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, and photographs.  There will be a curator and artist talk on Thursday, February 8, 5:30 pm.

Joanne Scott, Orme’s Buy Boat

“Elements,” a Joanne S. Scott retrospective on view in the studio gallery, features acrylics, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs, primarily from the past five years   She has lived on or near water all her life, thus her imagery reflects that.

Joanne has taught watercolor and exhibited her watercolor works widely in the area. In 1960 she expanded her painting to the medium of acrylics. She became involved in the local art organizations and founded the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Anne Arundel County Cultural Arts Center in 1981. There will be a separate reception for Joanne Scott on Saturday, February 10, 2 – 5 pm.

Both exhibits are on view through Saturday, February 25.

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).  Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Call for Artists – Color Blind: The Art of Black and White

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For centuries, artists have worked in black and white, choosing to express their ideas in line and tone. The absence of applied color challenges the artist and viewer alike to discover the power and beauty of an image reduced to its essential black and white values.

The RiverArts February exhibit in the Main Gallery is Color Blind:  The Art of Black and White.  Curators Melinda Carl and Patricia Gilkison invite artists to submit original works in black and white – and shades in between – that explore the use of line and tone in the absence of color. Works in all media are welcome, including traditional and abstract drawings, on paper or canvas, sculptural, or three-dimensional pieces.

Two Women by Kevin Harris

Artists may submit up to two pieces to the show.

Drop-off for the show is Sunday, January 28, 2-4 p.m. and Monday, January 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pickup for work after the show will be Sunday, February 25, 2-4 and Monday, February 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The show opens First Friday, February 2, 2017 with a reception from 5-8 p.m.

For more information and to register visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click Exhibits, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

The RiverArts office, Gift Shop and Galleries are located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Indulge in Your Creative Side at RiverArts

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RiverArts is offering a full schedule of workshops and classes this winter- from jewelry to watercolor, pastels to photography, pottery wheel to handbuilding. Programs are available for all skill levels, from novice to those advanced artists interested in learning a new technique.

Want to promote your work? Join instructor Raven Bishop for a one-day workshop on designing a simple yet effective website to showcase your work or business, Saturday, January 21. Videos are currently a hot promotional tool on social media. On January 17, film and video producer Adele Schmidt will show you how to create seamless, smooth cuts with her workshop, Video Editing Techniques.

Chinese Painting, Wisteria, Xidan Zhang

For those interested in developing photography skills, the RiverArts Photo Club meets at 7 pm, every fourth Thursday.  It’s a great way to meet like- minded members of the community, and progress as an artist.

In Chinese Painting and Calligraphy II, January 24, instructor Xidan Zhang will demonstrate use of color ink in painting more complicated images. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who took her previous class.

Steve Bleinberger, award winning watercolor artist and popular teacher will divulge tips and tricks in Warm Up to Cool Caribbean Watercolors, Saturday, February 3.

Create unique earrings with jeweler Melissa Kay-Steves in her one-day workshop, Charming Silver Clay Earrings, Saturday, February 10. A perfect gift for you or a loved one, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Taken a pottery wheel course and want to try something new? Master potter Rick Bisgyer will share strategies and process in his 8-week Intermediate Porcelain on the Wheel, beginning January 18.

Life Drawing sessions are held every Monday evening 5 to 8 pm as well as every fourth Monday afternoon from 2 – 5 pm. It is an opportunity to practice your drawing skills with a live model. Cost is $15 in advance, or $20 drop in.  All are welcome.

For more information and to register visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click Education, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.Classes are held at the ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High Street, or at the Clay Studio, 204 High Street.

The RiverArts office, Gift Shop and Galleries are located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.