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Abstract and Woodworking

July 7, 2017 - July 29, 2017

315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States


July 7-29
Opening Reception
Friday, July 7, 5- 8 pm
Abstract: Ronn Akins & Barbara Parker, Woodworking: Chuck Engstrom
Call For Artists
Registration Deadline
Online submissions now closed
Epistemology of Silence, Joe Dickey Best in Show, Woodworkers Showcase

Woodworkers Showcase Award Winners
Best in Show: Epistemology of Silence,  Joe Dickey
Honorable Mention: Natural Edge Bowl 2, Mark Supik
Galaxy, Louis Rudinski
People’s Choice: Life’s Journey, Tim Moore

Special thanks to Judge David Fry for traveling to the Eastern Shore to judge the show and for his enlightening comments.
Woodworkers Showcase Judge’s Comments

Exploring Abstract Award Winner
Best in Show: Elements, Ronn Akins




Life’s Journey, Tim Moore People’s Choice – Woodowrkers Showcase


The Woodworkers Showcase is a judged woodworking show, displayed in the Main Gallery and Studio Galleries.  Established and emerging woodworking artists are invited to enter their original creations in wood – made by carving,  turning or any other woodworking technique. The curators seek to display a wide variety of articles and styles representing the best in woodworking craftsmanship and design. Entries will be judged with modest cash prizes awarded.

The beauty of these wood objects will be enhanced a concurrent Abstractions Exhibit in the Main Gallery, comprising 2-D art which also emphasizes beauty in shape, line, and space.

RiverArts Gallery and arts activity in the Chestertown area were subject of a feature article in American Craft magazine February/March 2015. See https://craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/chestertown-craft-chesapeake




Elements, Ronn Akins People’s Choice, Exploring Abstract

Exploring Abstract 

The definition of abstract art refers to a visual language of color, shape, line, and form from which compositions exist with a degree of independence from visual reference.  Moving from its origins in the 20th century, into the 21st century, the genre has expanded to respond to the stimuli of the times, which may include new materials or new perspectives on the tried and true.

More recently, in addition to more “traditional” abstract forms, artists are casting about for ways to utilize a broader range of materials, including found objects, fabric, paper, sand, wire, and more.  Many of these works are structural, deeply textured, and visually arresting.

In that spirit, River Arts Gallery invites artists to submit works that might run the gamut of abstract, both traditional and developmental.