RiverArts Curator Cindy Stafford on “Patterns of Eastern Shore Life”


Residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore love spending their time here because of the quality of life. Much of that joy comes from the patterns found in our natural surroundings.

Artists were challenged to interpret this theme broadly, capturing the beauties, and wonders of rural eastern shore life.  Some artists were inspired by the seasonal rhythms of planting, a bountiful harvest, an early frost, or how light and shadow play across a changing environment.  Some enjoyed capturing the bustle of parades, fairs, summer parties, farmers’ markets.  Others were taken by the wildlife and still others by the water.  Artists were asked to capture the patterns that can be seen all around us in the life on the Eastern Shore.

For more information, please go here.

RiverArts Moment: Curator Pat Thompson discusses the June Exhibition “Fine Art and Craft”


Artistic inspiration is an unconscious burst of creativity. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or enthusiasm came from the muses as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus.

This exhibition showcases the region’s finest artwork in a Judged Painting and Contemporary Craft. Artist works include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and fine craft (wood, fiber, ceramics, glass and jewelry).

Awards Ceremony & Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 13:  5:30 – 9pm
Chestertown RiverArts
315 High Street, Suite 108
Chestertown, MD 21620

RiverArts Minute: Preview of “Visual Storytellers” Exhibition



A Spy recently tracked done Ronn Akins, RiverArts’ curator, to discuss the May gallery exhibition Visual Storytellers.  Storytelling is vital to making compelling images. Great feats of visual storytelling appear all around us; church windows, works by Norman Rockwell and the published sketchbooks of Leonardo Di Vinci. Visual storytelling tells a story. It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. What distinguishes Visual storytelling from other genres is its ability to narrate a story across diverse cultures, preserving it for future generations.

This video is two minutes in length. For more information about RiverArts please go here.

The public is welcome to come to the Gallery talk to hear the Artists tell the stories shown in their Artwork on Thursday, May 9 at  5:30 pm.

Exhibition Dates: May 1 – June 2, 2019
RiverArts 315 High Street, Suite 106 , Chestertown

RiverArts Minute: The Art of Stewardship Project


In collaboration with Greg Mort and the Art of Stewardship Project, each April, RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting The Art of Stewardship Exhibition.   

The Art and Poetry reflect a moment, experience, realization or vision of nature that inspires a new outlook.

Awards Ceremony, 2D & 3D and Gallery TalkThursday, April 11, 2019, 5:30 – 7pm

Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Awards and Reading: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:30

RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale on Now


Tasteful, Inspired, Creative, Affordable and Original; these words best describe the range of fine art and crafts that are available at the  RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale, open now through December 30. Every year these guidelines serve the customer well as RiverArts artists offer some 1,000 items that are beautifully hand-crafted, unique, and often one-of-a-kind.  There is a wide range of media available including fine art, pottery, jewelry, textiles, handmade books, cards, hand-painted gift bags, wood art, glass art, basketry, and holiday arrangements.

Sue Wright, curator of the show, encouraged artists to bring in gifts for men, women, children, and the home and at her suggestion most items are priced under $100. She also suggested painters and photographers to bring in miniatures – small pieces that offer original art at affordable prices. As works are sold, artists bring in additional pieces which keeps the show fresh.

Of the 61 artists represented in the show, 46 are popular artists from past shows while fifteen are new this year. New works include a broad array of fine art: oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, colored pencils, collages, and photography. There are small, dramatic pieces – perfect as stand alone, while others lend themselves to being part of a series.  Other new participants offer contemporary crafts: pottery, jewelry, glass art, wearable art, and basketry.

Another unique idea for holiday gifts is gift certificates to RiverArts offerings. Consider treating family and friends to items in the gift shop, classes and workshops, life drawing sessions, time and/or supplies at the Clay Studio, or maybe a membership to the film society. Go to RiverArts’ website, www.chestertownriverarts.org , for more detail. Needless to say, so many wonderful choices make RiverArts the “Go To” place for unique gifts.

Join in celebrating the holidays at the First Friday reception, December 7, 5:00-8:00pm.

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.


RiverArts Workshops for 2018


Chestertown Riverarts invites you to step into 2018 with one of these exciting workshops from the ArtsAlive! Education Center.


Bright River by Mary Pritchard

Intro to Pastels

Three days: January 10, 11, 12

9 a.m; – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mary Pritchard

This classroom-based workshop is for beginners and others who want to explore this flexible and forgiving medium. Students will be introduced to a variety of pastels, painting surfaces and pastel techniques as well as work from still life set ups and photographs.

 More Info and to Register.


Video Editing Techniques and Strategies

Adele Schmidt

Wednesday, January 17

9:00am – 3:00pm

Instructor: Adele Schmidt

Did you always want to know how to edit your video in a way that it flows seamlessly and with progression? In this course, you will learn techniques and strategies to take control over the edit of your video, creating smooth and coherent cuts.

More Info and to Register. 


Websites for Artists and Arts-Based Businesses

Sunday, January 21

10:00am – 4:00pm

Instructor: Raven Bishop

Designed for the beginner (no coding skills necessary!) this class will cover the basics of design-selecting colors, fonts, layouts and branding as well as tools to help drive traffic to your site-including ways to get noticed on search engines and on social media.  

More Info and to Register

Classes and Workshops are Great Gift Ideas!!



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


Two Women – Kevin Harris

River Arts Gallery invites 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.

Drop Off:

Sunday, January 28: 2 – 4 p.m.

Monday, January 29: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Opening Reception: First Friday, February 2:  5  – 8 p.m.

Pick Up:

Sunday, February 25, 2 – 4 p.m.

Monday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To register and for more information- CLICK HERE

Questions: info@ChestertownRiverArts.org  or 410.778.6300

Mastering the Art of Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at KidSPOT


Chef Stu Cawley demonstrates proper technique

Budding pastry chefs gathered at KidSPOT on December 3 for the annual Gingerbread Cookie Workshop.

Chef Stu Cawley demonstrated the proper technique using red, green and white icing and a variety of candies. The children then created their masterpieces with gingerbread cookies generously donated by Little Village Bakery.

This annual event is not possible without our sponsors: Evergrain Bread Company, Twigs and Teacups, and Yerkes Construction. It is presented by the Downtown Chestertown Association and hosted by RiverArts’ KidSPOT. Special thanks to Stu Cawley, Jayne and Paul Heckels.

Budding chef at work


Call for Artists: RiverArts to Launch 2018 Year of Exhibitions


Last Dune – Cindy Bowers Fulton

RiverArts Annual Members’ Show will soon open our 2018 year of exhibitions. All member artists are invited to submit work for this show. Open to all media and with no theme, the Members’ Show offers our artists the opportunity to exhibit some of their best work.

A favorite of artists and viewers alike, the Members’ Show both celebrates and proves the variety and vibrancy of the arts in our community. January’s show is curated by Cindy Bowers Fulton.

A note from the curator:
“This is the show you all have been waiting for.  The members’ show honors you, our wonderful members. Without you, there would be no RiverArts.

We hope you all participate so we can show our public the artistic diversity that represents our community arts center on the Eastern Shore. We have members not only from the Eastern Shore but across the bridge, and we welcome everyone to participate in this show. Let us show off our many different styles and media that we work in!!
Cheers, Cindy Fulton, curator”

Drop-off dates for the January 2018 Members’ Show differ from usual drop-off dates because of New Year’s Day.

Drop Off:

Tuesday, January 2: 10 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, January 3: 10 am – 1 pm

First Friday, January 5:  5  – 8 pm

Pick Up:

Sunday, January 28, 2 – 4 pm

Monday, January 29, 10 am – 1 pm

To register and for more information click here.

Questions: info@ChestertownRiverArts.org  or 410.778.6300



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