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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  

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January 2019

Variations on a Theme (Still Life and Portraiture)

January 30 - February 22
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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When a viewer looks at a work of art, they are bringing with them all of their life experiences, all of their unique memories, all of their knowledge and understanding they posses. Their mind interacts with the artwork as their eyes travel over the piece. This exhibit is a modern take on two traditional themes, Still Life and Portraiture and is open to all media.  The magic of still life is that it can show us a new way of…

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February 2019

Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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.****No Life Drawing Monday, December 24 or 31*** There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use. Acceptable to arrive late or depart early. Bring a snack…

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Dog Portraits & Beyond

February 27 - February 28
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Looking for a truly enjoyable way to improve your painting skills? Whether you want to try your hand at portraiture or include these pets in the landscape or even still life, this class will add some skills to your toolbox. Lynne is known for dramatic use of light and shadow, color and expressive brushwork. Skills learned in this class may be applied to a variety of painting subjects:  figures, animals, landscapes... Specific topics Included will be: photographing the uncooperative animal…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

February 28 @ 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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March 2019

Drawing

March 1 - March 31
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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“I think of drawing as a dance and a dance is a drawing in space.” - Romanian artist, Geta Bratescu The term drawing is applied to works that vary greatly in technique. It has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. During the Renaissance the term 'disegno' implied drawing both as a technique to be distinguished from coloring and also as the creative idea made visible in the preliminary sketch. This exhibition is open…

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Let it Snow! Watercolor Workshop

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Come in from the cold and warm up with a fun, instructive watercolor workshop on painting snow scenes. All levels welcome. Bring your own gear - Steve will gladly share his ample supply of brushes and paints. May your next watercolor be snowy and bright! P.S. Never too early to start working on holiday cards.  

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Pencil Holder Workshop

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Here is an ideal introduction to basket weaving! It is a  wonderful family activity - perfect for beginners and/or children ages 8 years and up. Master basket weaver Heidi Wetzel will show you how to weave a pencil holder in this 3 hour workshop. All materials and tools will be supplied to complete one basket.    

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Zentangle ™ Drawing II

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  Zentangle™ is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In Zentangle™ you focus on process, not outcome – there are no mistakes! It is an art form, a life skill, a tool, a perspective, and an approach to mindfulness. This class is geared toward those with some previous Zentangle experience, and in creating more complex designs, but beginners are welcome! In this 2 week workshop, each student will be provided with all…

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Decorate and Glaze

March 12 - April 2
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This 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 (see below) or you may get it the first night of class. Please bring a minimum of one piece of bisqueware. Preferably, one with & one without texture or a combination of both on one…

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Basket Weaving Workshop

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Join master fiber artist Heidi Wetzel for this one day basket workshop/.  Participants will create one round basket approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter. All materials and tools are supplied. Some weaving experience helpful.

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Beginner Pottery Wheel – Day Class, Spring 2019

March 14 @ 10:00 am
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  Have you ever been transfixed when you saw a potter at the wheel creating a wonderful form from a lump of clay?  In this 8 week course, students will explore the basics of how to successfully make a pot on the potter’s wheel.  They will gain experience in centering clay, and lifting and shaping it into cylinders and bowls.  Students will also learn standard decorating and glazing techniques.  All finished pots will be microwave/dishwasher safe and can of course…

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Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Create your very own, one of a kind, nuno **felt scarf. We will start with a hand dyed silk chiffon scarf and layer on various wool, fibers, embellishments to make a unique scarf. Learn the art of wet felting, rubbing, rolling, and rocking. You can wear it home! A materials fee of $35 is payable to the instructor. **Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from…

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Lambscape: Painting with Wool Workshop

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Create a piece of artwork! This class will teach you about needle felting. Students  will make a small landscape out of wool, learning how to 'paint' with wool. Using a palette of color, dyed wool, yarn, silk and embellishments, you will layer texture until your painting comes alive. Take home a piece of art, ready to frame. Instructor Dalis Davidson will provide photos for inspiration, either a mountain scape or a beach scene.  Or feel free to bring your own…

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Get Out, March 17

March 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. It stars Daniel Kaluuya as a young black man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white girlfriend. Critics praised the screenplay, direction, acting, and satirical themes. The film was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute and Time as one of the top 10 films of the year.  

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Introduction to Lithography – Spring

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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In the tradition of fine printmaking, here is a way to utilize your drawing skills.  Use an image you are proud of and create multiple original hand pulled prints. Lithography was one of the latest art media to be invented and like many inventions, totally by accident. The chemistry of lithography is based upon the principle that water and grease do not mix.   The drawing is done on the surface of the stone with a specialized grease pencil. The finished drawing…

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Travel Photography

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  Love to travel?  Here is a 4 week course on best practices in travel photography with Bob Miller. It will include sessions on getting ready to go, compositional techniques, and tips on everything from shooting landscapes and festivals to architecture and people. Students as well as the instructor will be given the opportunity to share photos and travel stories from places they have already traveled to. Instructional info will include DSLR cameras as well as smaller compact cameras This…

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Explore Contemporary Watercolor Workshop

March 29 - March 30
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Enjoy this two day workshop introduction to a variety of traditional and experimental watercolor techniques. The first day will be spent learning how to use watercolor paint in a traditional manner. My teaching practice uses several sets of fun exercises to get students managing the ratio of paint to water and then complete a small simple still life painting. The second day of the workshop will be spent learning about a variety of experimental methods you can use when using…

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April 2019

Porcelain (or not)- Day Class, Spring 2019

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  Would you like to explore the silky, seductive, and sensuous quality of working with porcelain on the wheel? Ceramic master Rick Bisgyer will share his strategies and process from clay preparation to successful completion of your quality ceramic vessel over six weeks. He will work to demystify porcelain and alleviate the fear and apprehension many have working with it. Rick will help you improve your best practices to work toward better finished pieces. If you choose not to work…

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The Art of Stewardship

April 3 - April 23
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Each April, Chestertown 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 (TBD) 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.…

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Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Spring Evening class

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - May 28 @ 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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More advanced techniques on the potter’s wheel, including closed forms, lids and altered forms, taught by Marilee Schumann. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decorating and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay and 8 Open Studio tickets , a $102 value. Ages 16 & older.    

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Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – Spring 2019

April 11 @ 6:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  This is your opportunity to learn how to create functional bowls, cups, and vases on the potter’s wheel. In our eight-week introductory class with Marilee Schumann, you will learn the basics of clay preparation, steps for throwing a pot on the wheel, finishing techniques, and glaze application in addition to aesthetic theory and a smattering of history.  This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back…

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Introduction to Kiln Art Glass

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - April 18 @ 4:00 pm
315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This workshop will provide a good foundation of kiln-formed art glass concepts. On the first day, students will be introduced to central concepts like compatibility, cutting, and firing by viewing samples and creating a series of experimental tiles. On the second day, students will create a finished 8”x8” plate of their own design.       PAYMENT BUTTON

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May 2019

Visual Storytellers

May 1 - June 2
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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What does it take to tell a story?  Storytelling is vital to making compelling images. Great feats of visual storytelling appear all around us; church windows, works by Norman Rockwell and the published sketchbooks of Leonardo Di Vinci. Visual storytelling tells a story. It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. This exhibit is open to all media and the artists are challenged to narrate a story within…

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Bill van Gilder Workshop: The Functional Pot: Tips, Tools & Techniques

May 17 - May 19
Marilee Schumann’s Studo, 506 Old McGinnis Lane
Chestertown, 21620 United States

Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it, is often the question. Friday evening video, 6 - 8 pm Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm   Lunch break 30-45 minutes, plus a 10 minute break in am & pm During this two day, information-loaded, demo-workshop some 50+ making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to these ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work.…

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June 2019

Judged Painting and Craft

June 7 - June 30
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This exhibition will showcase the region’s finest artwork in the Judged Painting and Contemporary Craft Exhibition, June 7 to June 30, 2019. 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. Open Reception/First Friday: June 7:  5-8pm Curator’s/Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 13:  5:30 - 9pm Pick-up Dates:  Sunday, June 30:  2-4pm and Monday, July 1:  10-1pm Image:  Marj Morani, Dai Mai - Belt…

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July 2019

Patterns of Eastern Shore Life

July 5 - July 28
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore love spending their time here because of the quality of life. Much of that joy comes from the patterns found in our natural surroundings.  Artists are challenged to interpret this theme broadly, capturing the beauties, and wonders of rural eastern shore life. Some artists may be inspired by the seasonal rhythms of planting, a bountiful harvest, an early frost, or how light and shadow play across a changing environment. Some enjoy capturing the…

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Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Summer Evening class

July 9 @ 6:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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More advanced techniques on the potter’s wheel, including closed forms, lids and altered forms, taught by Marilee Schumann. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decorating and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay and 8 Open Studio tickets , a $102 value. Ages 16 & older. PAYMENT BUTTON  

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Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – Summer 2019

July 11 @ 6:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  This is your opportunity to learn how to create functional bowls, cups, and vases on the potter’s wheel. In our eight-week introductory class with Marilee Schumann, you will learn the basics of clay preparation, steps for throwing a pot on the wheel, finishing techniques, and glaze application in addition to aesthetic theory and a smattering of history.  This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back…

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Judged Photography and Wood

July 31 - August 31
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Judged Annual Photography Show to be on exhibit in the gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye.  This open-themed call for entry is open to all subject matter. All capture types, subject matter and photographic processes are eligible to submit. Photography pieces will be paired with…

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September 2019

Connections: Work in a Series

September 6 - September 29
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Creating a series allows each individual piece of work to be able to stand on its own, yet simultaneously relate to the rest of the other works in some manner. The idea of working in series or in distinct purposeful directions is not about repetition but rather about being able to explore, investigate, examine or address ideas, themes, issues, compositions, concepts or topics in progressively deeper and more meaningful ways, and from a greater variety of perspectives than is possible by…

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October 2019

Studio Tour Artists

October 4 - 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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November 2019

KCPS Student Art 2019

November 1 - November 10
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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2019 Holiday Show/Gift Sale

November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
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. Open Reception/Preview: November 21:  5-8pm Drop Off Dates: Sunday, November 17 & Monday, November 18, 2019 Pick-up Dates:  Sunday, December 29:  2-4pm and Monday, December 30:  10-1pm

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