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The Art of Stewardship

April 3 - April 23

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


April 3 - 23, 2019
Opening Reception
April 5, 2019, 5 - 8pm
Alice Ritchie, 2D & 3D, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Poetry
Beverly Hall Smith -2D & 3D
Greg Mort, 2D & 3D, Sue Ellen Thomson, Poetry
Registration Deadline
March 2, 2019
Registration Link
Curator & Artists' Talk
Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 5:30
Each April,  RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting The Art of Stewardship Exhibition. Artists and poets are
invited to submit work that reflects a moment, experience, realization or vision of nature that inspires a new outlook or reflects on an annual; Earth themed exhibit  in collaboration with Greg Mort and the Art of Stewardship Project. Poetry and all varieties of two- and three-dimensional artwork, which are relevant to the theme, will be considered.


Congratulations all of our winners!

Best of Show, 2D, County Trees, Kathryn O’Grady

Best in Show
2D:  County Trees, Kathryn O’Grady
3D: AD 2017, Joe Dickey
Pat Herold Niesen Poetry Award: Rowboat, Russell Reece

First Place
2D: The Run #3, Deena Ball
3D:  Sunset on the Cliffs of Tolchester, Laura Ventura
Poetry:  Drumbeat, Wendy Ingersoll

Honorable Mention
2D:  Great Blue Heron, Christine Kamon
Benediction, Jennifer McGovern
Water Moves, Joan Hart
3D;  Wooden Turtle, Heidi Wetzel
Return of the Giant, Joe Dickey

People’s Choice Award Winners
2D/3D: Chesapeake Environmental Center, Lani Browning.  runner up: AD 2017, Joe DIckey

People’s Choice, Visual Arts: Chesapeake Environmental Center, Lani Browning

Poetry: Chester River Rising, Kate McGraw
Rowboard, Russell Reece, runner up

McGraw_Chester River Rising
Reece-Rowboat Display


Open Reception/First Friday: April 5, 2019, 5 – 8pm

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

Poetry Awards Ceremony and Reading: Thursday, April 18, 2019,  5:30

Best in Show, 3D & People’s Choice: AD 2017, Joe Dickey

Drop Off Dates: Sunday, March 31, 2- 4 pm
Monday, April 1, 10 am – 1 pm

Pick-up Dates: Thursday & Friday, April 25 & 26, 10-3pm

More information about Greg Mort and the Art of Stewardship Project

Greg Mort Website

Art of Stewardship Project Facebook

Greg Mort is a widely recognized American contemporary artist whose unmistakably modern creations have the classic feel of the Dutch Masters juxtaposed with startlingly modern designs. His signature images combine his twin passions for science and nature.

Mort’s artwork is in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Boston Museum of Science, Delaware Art Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Academy Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. The United States Department of State’s Art in Embassies program has selected many of his paintings for their cultural diplomacy efforts, including an ongoing exhibition at The White House. Mort’s artwork has been exhibited in over one hundred museum and gallery shows around the world. Recent museum shows include “Lunar Attractions” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and “Starry Skies of Art” at the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland. Currently Mort’s paintings are featured at The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore Maryland.

Deeply fascinated with astronomy and the universe, Mort’s life-long interest in science is frequently reflected in his artwork. He has been a commissioned NASA artist since 1983 and serves on the board of the Lowell Observatory. In 2010, his painting “ZERO-G Apples” was one of six paintings juried into “The First Art Show in Space@” aboard the International Space Station. A skilled astro-photographer and telescope builder Mort is a sought after speaker on the intersection of art and science.

Throughout his career Mort has recognized the power of imagery and used his art to share his passion of promoting environmental awareness. In 2007 he established The Art of Stewardship Project, his family foundation that supports and inspires ecological consciousness through the arts. The Art of Stewardship Project works with arts and educational organizations to build partnerships and collaborations reinforcing the artist’s role in preserving our fragile Earth. Leading by example, Mort is a Clinton Global Initiative Partner offering his artwork to support the goals of Circle of Blue, the international organization of top journalists and scientists providing relevant, reliable, and actionable on-the-ground information about the world’s water and food resource crises. CircleofBlue.org

Mort is a self-taught artist, passionate amateur astronomer and enthusiastic competitive archer. During the winter, he lives and paints in rural Montgomery County Maryland and in summer on the rugged Maine coast in the fishing village of Port Clyde.