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August 2018

Clay Studio Private Classes- Adult

August 24, 2018 - December 31, 2019
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

RiverArts Clay Studio now offers a flexible custom pottery class for those who wish to learn a basic technique with the help of our talented pottery instructors. We are happy to accommodate your small group of friends or family,  providing a fun activity for a party of 1-4 people. Perhaps you are looking for private instruction outside of our usual offering of classes. Your workshop can be custom designed to enjoy one of the following: - learn throwing on the…

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December 2018

Clay Studio Private Class- Youth One on One

December 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This course is designed to give one youngster (ages 10-15,)  individual attention from one of our accomplished instructors. The child may choose between the wheel or hand building. The course will be up to 2 hours long and the student will be able to keep ONE piece to be completed (trimmed & glazed) by the instructor and fired in the kiln. Please note, this is not a group class. Each additional child will be another $125. Age Restrictions:  10-15 Please…

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September 2019

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The drawing of the human figure requires the highest level of artistic ability and when mastered, these same skills apply to the still life, landscape, and all fields of art. RiverArts offers opportunities to practice your skills by hiring a live model for Life Drawing, Every Monday afternoon 2 to 5 pm: Resuming September 16, 2019 There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack and a drink.…

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October 2019

Studio Tour Artists

October 2 - October 27
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The RiverArts Main and Studio Galleries will be filled with work representing the 50 + artists on the 20th Annual Studio Tour, which runs two weekends, October 19 & 20, and October 26 & 27. Painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, fiber art, sculpture, glasswork – and more! We recommend starting your tour at the RiverArts Gallery, picking up a brochure and plotting your route. The RiverArts Galleries and all Studios will be open 10 am – 5 pm both weekends. Open…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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NEXT PHOTO CLUB MEETING IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019 Beginning, enthusiast and professional photographers meet at 7 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month at the RiverArts Education Center to show our latest images for each other to comment on, praise and offer suggestions for improvement. If you are fairly new to photography we know it might be kind of scary to have others evaluate your work for the first time. But we find it is a very good way to…

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Two Homegrown Films on the Underground Railroad: October 27

October 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Soldier for Freedom is a heart-wrenching yet triumphant story of Harriet Tubman. Filmed on location here on the Eastern Shore and featuring Chestertown resident Pat Martin, the film briefly shares the dramatic, difficult story of Tubman’s life as an enslaved child and adult, her pursuit of freedom on the Underground Railroad, and her determination to end slavery and bring liberty and justice to others. The short film is a deeply moving introduction to the park’s exhibits and programs, highlighting all…

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Go Big with Rick Bisgyer

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This course offers students an 8-week intensive in which they will learn techniques to double, triple, and even quadruple the size of the pieces they can throw on the wheel. If you think you are not strong enough, think again: It is mostly about technique, not strength! This class will focus on bowl and vase forms. Instruction will include centering, throwing, drying, trimming, and glazing of larger vessels. Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students are all welcome to expand their skills and…

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Decorate A Holiday Pie Plate

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Enjoy a relaxing evening, sipping some wine, munching on light refreshments and hand painting your very own clay pie-dish for the holidays. Learn how to use underglazes to personalize your very own creation. In a single class you will learn the techniques and decorate your pre-made piece. After you have decorated your pie-dish, they will be glazed and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays (about 1 week). Please bring your own wine or beverage. We…

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Acid Etching with Ben Dize

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Take your best drawings further by creating limited edition prints on the press housed at ArtsAlive! in this five-week evening class. Join Ben Dize for an exploration of printmaking through Acid Etching. Often known for its fine-arts applications, this medium lends itself to drawing, embracing and utilizing line techniques such as cross-hatching and line variation. This process dates back hundreds of years and was popularized by artists such as Rembrandt and Durer. Students should come with an image (sized 6"x 8"…

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KCPS Student Art 2019

October 30 - November 17
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This two week show will feature work by Kent County Public School students –  elementary through high school grades. The exhibit is  a partnership with the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre and the Kent County Arts Council . Open Reception/First Friday: November 1:  5-8pm Pick-up Dates:  Sunday, November 10:  2-4pm and Monday, November 11:  10-1pm

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November 2019

Bottomless Mugs

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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We will be selling hand made mugs provided by our very own studio potters. You will be able to come in and fill your mug with: hot coffee, tea, cider, or chocolate, as much as you want all day long. Ages: 1 - 105. Children under 12 must chaperone their own adult. Mugs are breakable and parents are responsible for any injuries that may occur.

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Decorate & Glaze

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - November 26 @ 9:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This 4-week course is intended to show different techniques in decorating and glazing your pottery. Each week you are expected to have at least one piece ready to decorate and/or glaze. More than one is recommended. A syllabus containing piece requirements can be obtained in advance or you can get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware, preferably one with and one without texture, or a combination of both on one piece…

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Mobile Raku Workshop

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  Have kiln, will travel! Ceramic artist and educator Brett Thomas will visit Chestertown with his Mobile Raku studio and kiln: a ceramics studio on wheels with full teaching facilities right on the Clay Studio's doorstep. Brett will conduct a full one day Raku workshop on Court Road, just down the block from the Clay Studio. Class will meet in the Clay Studio in the morning to discuss glazes, under glazes, and glaze application and then head outside where his kilns will…

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Talavera Bead Painting with Fredy Granillo

November 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Paint an assortment of beads in the style of Talavera. In this class we will study the primary design characteristics and brush work techniques for decorating ceramics. We will also study the main colors and shapes to creating simple designs on different ceramic forms. The instructor will show you unique ways to decorate beads—or help you create your own designs—that you can string to make necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. There is no limit on the number of beads you paint…

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Platters with Wanda Brumwell

November 10 @ 2:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Please join us at RiverArts Clay Studio for an afternoon of Clay-tivity—no experience necessary! You will be hand building an oval or rectangular serving plate of approximately 8" x 14". A slab of clay will be provided as well as a form and many items with which to imprint texture. We are suggesting an autumn leaf theme but please feel free to bring anything of special interest that could be used to personalize your plate. What's your style? What makes…

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Basic Beading with Joan Strand

November 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Using beads that you have made in the Talavera Bead painting class (or other beads of your own) and supplies provided by the instructor, make one necklace and one pair of earrings. Learn skills including mounting your beads using cable wiring and crimping beads. You may want to bring magnifying glasses to be able to see the small parts. The Talavera course is not required to participate in this class, but students who register for both classes will receive a…

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The Fall – November 17

November 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chesapeake Movies, 21 Washington Square
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Community Curator:  Alicia Kozma The Fall In 1915 Los Angeles, stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is hospitalized, bedridden and possibly paralyzed after taking a jump in his first film. He meets Alexandria (Catinca Untaru), a young Romanian-born patient in the hospital who is recovering from a broken arm, and begins to tell her a story about her namesake, Alexander the Great. Alexandria is told she has to leave, but Roy promises to tell her an epic tale if she returns the next day.…

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2019 Holiday Show/Gift Sale

November 21 - December 29
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The Annual RiverArts Holiday Show features gifts for every pocketbook. These unique gifts created by our members include everything from children’s clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor, stocking stuffers, holiday cards and ornaments, paintings and more. Opening Reception/Preview: November 21:  5-8 pm Drop Off Dates: Sunday, November 17 & Monday, November 18, 2019 Pick-up Dates:  Sunday, December 29:  2-4 pm and Monday, December 30:  10-1 pm  

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December 2019

The Spirit of the Beehive – December 8

December 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mainstay, 5753 N Main Street
ChestertownRock Hall, MD 21621 United States

Community Curator:  Marc Dykeman The Spirit of the Beehive (Spanish: El espíritu de la colmena) is a 1973 Spanish drama film directed by Víctor Erice. The film was Erice's debut and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish cinema. In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders…

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January 2020

Annual RiverArts Members’ Show

January 3, 2020 - February 2, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The annual RiverArts Members’ Show highlights the quality and diversity of our arts community.  This popular exhibit is open to all media, and includes photography, painting and pastels, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and fiber arts. Open Reception:   Friday, January 3,  5-8pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 9.  5:30 Drop Off:  TBD Pick Up: Sunday February 2, 2 - 4 pm Monday, February 3, 10 am - 1 pm Image: Holly's Garden, Rob Manaraze

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Introduction to Pastels

January 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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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. Students will use three different surfaces and learn a cost-effective way to make their own pastel surfaces.  Demonstrations and critiques are part of this lively workshop. Students will work from still life set ups and photographs. The workshop will cover techniques for using photos and improving compositions, while helping…

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February 2020

Seeing Red – Main Gallery

February 5, 2020 - March 1, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Look around.  RED. You can see it.  You can feel it.  Red hearts for lovers.  Red hots for tasty snacks. Red at Christmas for poinsettias.  Red in the spring for strawberries.  Lipstick, roses, steamed crabs and cherry popsicles. Consider how dull our world would be without the vibrancy of red. Celebrate its intensity by highlighting the boldness and passion of RED in your most creative artwork. Opening Reception:   Friday, February 7, 5 - 8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 13,…

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Amazing People, Studio Gallery

February 5, 2020 - March 1, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Amazing People is an oral history exhibition curated by Lani Seikaly and Gordon Wallace.  The show will feature stories of the challenges and impact poverty has on children through adulthood as told by local, young men and women who have experienced it.  The story tellers are all amazing people from whom we have much to learn. The exhibit will include portraits, highlighted excerpts from interviews and short videos. Gordon Wallace is a recent graduate from Stevenson University with a degree…

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March 2020

Abstract & Ceramics

March 4, 2020 - March 29, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The definition of abstract art, such as it is, 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 21 st 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. Artists are casting about for ways to utilize a broader…

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April 2020

Annual Earth Stewardship Exhibition

April 1, 2020 - April 22, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Each April,  RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting an annual 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. Poetry and all varieties of two- and three-dimensional artwork,  which are relevant to the theme, will be considered.   Opening Reception:   Friday,April 3, 5 – 8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 9,…

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Judged Fine Art and Craft

April 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This annual  exhibition  showcases the region’s finest art and craft work.  Artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and fine craft (including metal, wood, fiber, ceramics, glass and jewelry) are encouraged to submit to this exhibit. Exhibition Dates: April 29 - May 31, 2020 Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 5-8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Drop-off: Sunday, April 26 , 2 – 4 p.m.                 Monday, April 27,…

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June 2020

Epicure

June 3, 2020 - June 28, 2020
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Food, glorious food! It sustains us, nurtures us and inspires us. The RiverArts June show is devoted to the pleasures of food and wine  - a feast for the senses! Open to all media Opening Reception:   Friday, June 5, 5 – 8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 11, 5:30 Drop Off:Sunday May 31,  2 – 4 pm Monday, June 1, 10 am – 1 pm Pick Up: Sunday, June 28, 2- 4 pm Monday, June 29, 10 am - 1…

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