Call and Registration for Judged Fine Art and Craft

Inspired Choice
image by Marj Morani 

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.
Let your muse inspire you to create a new work of art. This is a non-themed judged show; representational or abstraction is the artist’s choice.
All artists may submit two works of art whether painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and fine crafts (including metal, wood, fiber, ceramics, glass and jewelry).

Best in show will be awarded $500. Other monetary awards include Excellence in 2D, 3D, and Open Category as well as People’s Choice.

Curators:  Marj Morani and Pat Thompson
Judge:  Mary McCoy

Exhibition Dates: June 5 – 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 5-8 pm
Awards Ceremony & Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Drop-off: Sunday, June 2 , 2 – 4 p.m.
                Monday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pick-up: Sunday, June 30, 2-4 p.m.
                Monday, July 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pat Thompson
Pat holds state of MD and national certifications as a school psychologist.  With a doctorate in education, areas of expertise include learning, behavior, social/emotional health and organization development.  Her primary experience is in public schools; additional experiences include residential settings  and consultation with Eastern Shore non-profit organizations.  A long-term resident of Kent County, she values the contributions of the arts to our culture and the health and well-being of our community members

Marj Morani
One time gallery owner now full time artist, Marj maintains a studio in Chestertown, Maryland. Working mainly in oils with a palette knife, Marj’s paintings are vibrant and colorful. She has been mainly influenced by the color theories of Henry Hensche of the Cape Cod School of art and abstract expressionist, Sam Finestein, with whom she studied with for three years. She has also taken workshops with Claudia Post and Lois Griffel. Wether working in abstract or in Impressionism, Marj’s main subject matter is color. Her studio on Cannon street is open most afternoons by chance or appointment. Visitors are welcome.

Mary McCoy
Mary McCoy is an environmental artist and writer who lives on her family’s working farm near Centreville, Maryland. Both her visual art and her poetry are concerned with the earth and how people have approached their own relationship with the earth down through the centuries. Working both on her own and in collaboration with her husband, Howard McCoy, she uses natural materials such as vines, branches, stones, feathers and shells, as well as drawing and painting to explore environmental themes.

She is an Artist-in-Residence at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD, and has exhibited her work in the U.S., Ireland, Wales and New Zealand. Upcoming shows include a site-specific outdoor sculpture exhibition at Adkins Arboretum, June-September 2019, in collaboration with Howard McCoy, and solo work at Adkins Arboretum, October-November 2019, and at Howard County Council for the Arts in November-December 2021. She recently published Iceland, a book of poems, photographs and drawings, available at The Bookplate in Chestertown. She is a former art critic for The Washington Post, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, American Craft, and The Washington Review. Currently, her art reviews appear in The Chestertown Spy and The Talbot Spy.

Submission Guidelines

Artist may submit up to two (2) pieces of art. Although online submission is not required, we highly encourage artists to pre-register using the online registration form below and online payment. This streamlines the drop off for you, as we have all of your information, plus we have your digital image(s) that we may use to promote the show once it opens.

  • 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.
  • Artists may submit up to TWO entries.
  • 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 your images are too large, you will not receive a submission receipt or be redirected to the payment page. If you would like assistance in resizing your images, please send the image in an email to

Please email with any questions
or call 410 778 6300

Judged Fine Art & Craft Exhibit June 2019

  • 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.