Call and Registration for Annual Members’ Show

Call for Artists:  Celebrating Art, Creativity, and Community

Bamboo by Marti Hawkins

                             8th Annual RiverArts Members’ Show

Once again, for the 8th time since RiverArts formed in 2012, we dedicate a month solely to celebrating and enjoying the fine work of our talented community of member artists. Although members exhibit all year long, this show is reserved for members only. If you’re not already a member, it is not to late to join our great community of artists and participate in this show.

There is no theme other than your own creativity and imagination. On December 30th and 31st, submit one or two pieces of your favorite work in any medium. Then, join us on First Friday, January 4th, to celebrate art, creativity, and community. We hope you will also plan to participate in the popular “Artists and Curators Talk” on Thursday, January 10th.

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Curators: Marti Hawkins and Linda Kramer

Linda Kramer, Curator

After a career in management, Linda and her husband, Bob, retired to Kent County where Linda has discovered how rewarding retirement and a commitment to volunteering can be. Linda began volunteering 18 years ago with Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART), Artworks, and subsequently RiverArts. RiverArts and KART still hold prime real estate in her heart. She has been RiverArts’ Exhibitions Chair since April 2016.

Marti Hawkins, Curator

Marti is a sumi-e and oriental brush painting artist, working in watercolor, ink stick and stone on traditional handmade rice paper.

She was trained in this ancient art with a Chinese master painter the early 1970s, and with other internationally recognized artists in recent years.  Her work has been accepted in the Sumi-e Society of America’s annual  juried show and is frequently featured in the quarterly publication.  Sumi subjects are typically from nature, focusing on flowers, bamboo, plants, and landscapes.  The ‘Four Gentlemen’ of plum blossom, wild orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo are classic images. Her painting style combines a contemporary and western interpretation of this timeless art form.

Foreign language and art have dominated Marti’s career. She grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College including a year of study in Valencia, Spain.  After graduating from college, she joined the Peace Corps, serving in Chile, From 1991 until retirement, she was the administrator and editor for a foreign language research center in suburban Washington.

Exhibition Dates:  January 2 – 27, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, January 4, 5-8 p.m

Curators’ & Artists’ Talk:  Thursday, January 10, 5:30 – 7 pm.

Drop-off: Sunday,  December 30,  2 – 4 pm
Monday,  December 31, 10am -1pm

Pick-up: Sunday,  January 27  2 – 4 pm
Monday,  January 28, 10 am – 1 pm


Submission Guidelines

Although online submission is not required, we highly encourage artists to pre-register using the online registration form below and payment.

  • Upon submission of the entry form, (see below) you will be redirected to a payment page.  Entries will not be accepted until payment is received.
  • Digital image of artwork should be in jpeg format for each entry (2 MB maximum size allowed), submitted with Entry Form. 

Requirements for Art

  • Art to be hung on walls should be dry and securely wired for hanging. Works on paper should be framed behind glass or plexiglass. Unframed works of fine art, e.g. paintings on canvas, are accepted if appropriately wired for hanging.
  • Reproductions such as giclees are not accepted.
  • Lithographs, etchings and other printmaking works of art should be created by the artist, numbered and signed.
  • Photographic prints, digital and film, should be printed from the artists’ negative or digital file, ideally by or under the direction of the artist, and signed.
  • Works of art requiring special or unusual display structures should be submitted along with the structure for display.
  • Work should not have previously been shown in Chestertown.

Artist’s Agreement

  • Artists submitting work will be asked to sign a contract at the time of submission giving permission for the work to remain at the gallery until the end of the show unless special circumstances warrant otherwise.
  • All work must be for sale. A 35% commission is taken by RiverArts for all sales.
  • Artists pay hanging fees of $10 per piece of art if a member and $20 per piece if not a member.
  • Artists submitting work must pick up (or arrange with a friend to pick up) art at the end of the show during the checkout dates and times. RiverArts does not have adequate storage space to protect art.
  • All work sent to RiverArts via USPS, UPS or another carrier must have a prepaid return label included.


NO COMPRESSED PHOTO SUBMISSIONS  – If you receive a message that the page is not working, with all of the required fields are not complete OR your picture files are too large. To resize your images, visit this website and make the images smaller by 50% and resubmit.  

January 2019 Members' Show

  • Upon Submission

    You will be redirected to the payment page. If you are experiencing difficulties with submission, please email and we will be happy to assist.

Please email with any questions
or call 410 778 6300