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January 2018

Clay Studio Private Classes

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - December 31 @ 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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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, family, or even provide a fun activity for a party of 1-5 people in a 2-3 hour workshop at a flat rate of $250. If you are interested in having a group of 6-10 people, the rate would be $500.  This could be…

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February 2018

Black and White Exhibition

February 2 - February 25
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Congratulations to our People's Choice winner: On Foggy Pond, Zane Carter Our February Show is entitled Color Blind: The Art of Black and White. This exhibit, which celebrates the art of simplicity, will be on view in the Main Gallery February 1 -25, 2018. Opening Reception Friday, February 2nd 5pm-8pm Curator & Artist Talk Thursday, February 8, 5:30 - 6:30      

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Joanne Scott: Elements

February 2 - February 25
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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First Friday People's Choice winner: Moonlight Serenade   Review in Chestertown Spy by Mary McCoy       Joanne S. Scott, painter, printmaker and poet was born in Brockton, MA in 1928.  She spent her childhood in Winchester, MA, summering in Nantucket.  She attended Rhode Island School of Design for two years. In 1949, she married David Quentin Scott and moved to Annapolis, MD after his Korean air force tour of duty was completed. While residing in Annapolis, they raised…

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After School Enrichment Program

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

February 26 @ 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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Life Drawing Sessions are on hiatus until 2018. Next afternoon session will be Monday, January 23. 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 4th Monday Afternoon 2 to 5 pm. There are tables, chairs, and easels in the space for your use.…

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Monday Evening Life Drawing

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 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 Evening 5 - 8pm Every 4th   Monday Afternoon 2 to 5 pm. 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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March 2018

Birds and Bees, and Their Houses

March 1 - March 30
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The month of March traditionally ushers in the Spring season, a period of renewal and rebirth. It is the season when our senses delight in the sounds of migrating song birds returning to the Eastern Shore.  Warming temperatures signal budding foliage to emerge from the earth, providing nest material and nourishment for the birds.  Colorful blossoms will later be pollinated by buzzing bees. It is a magical time, when the earth seems to come to life again. RiverArts will celebrate…

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Pastel Bootcamp

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This 3-day workshop provides an in-depth and hands-on view of the pastel process from start to finish: from making pastel painting surfaces to photography of the finished pastel and frame selection. Through focused demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual instruction, students will learn a variety of pastel techniques as well as ways to strengthen their composition skills. In addition to analyzing different framing styles, students will frame one pastel with a simple plein air system they can do at home with limited equipment. Appropriate for…

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Try It! Discover the Magic of Clay March

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Always thought it looked like fun to throw clay on the potter’s wheel? Here’s your chance to try it at a one-time 2½ hour session. You’ll get basic instruction from a great teacher and hands-on help from friendly assistants. You’ll get a feel for the clay and discover how magic is made on the potter’s wheel. This is a great class for the curious, a friend’s night out, or a date. No experience needed. Just wear clothes that you don’t…

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Watercolor Basics

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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In this 4 week, introduction to watercolor, instructor Jim Mahla will demonstrate various techniques, including brush handling, color values and the color wheel. Students will learn to paint a color landscape from a drawing provided by the instructor and will develop a knowledge of basic techniques of the medium and embrace their own unique style. Students are welcome to bring in a photograph of their own to paint in the later classes.  $25 supply fee payable to instructor at time…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

March 22 @ 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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The Photo Club will resume in 2018 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 quickly improve…

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April 2018

Intro to Alcohol Inks

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Have you ever heard of alcohol ink? Learn about this new, wild, vivid, transparent, and forgiving medium with a founding contributor of the Alcohol Ink Community, Marilee Taussig. In this three day workshop, you will be introduced to the wacky world of Alcohol Ink, which can take a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master!

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Art of Stewardship 2018

April 4 - April 29
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Exploring the dynamic intersections where land meets water, air meets earth, man meets nature, the built meets the wild, upland reaches lowland and the wood’s edge opens to fields. Image above: Marilyn Banner-Effervescence

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Beginner’s Pottery Wheel Spring

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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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. This course is designed for people with a healthy curiosity, those who dabbled in school, and those who wish to go back to the basics to refine best practices for the pottery process…

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Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 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 Clay Studio Manager, Mike Pugh. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, we will work on decoration and glazing techniques. An emphasis will be made on individual expression. Included in cost of class is your first 25 pounds of clay. Toolkits are available for purchase during the first class meeting for $25

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May 2018

Working Artists Forum

May 2 - May 25
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Since 1979, Working Artists Forum has been a juried organization of working professional artists from diverse professions and geographic locations, who meet monthly for demonstrations, group critiques, and lively discussion. WAF members actively show their work on the Eastern Shore, separately and together, and have pieces in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. The work of WAF will be on display in the Main Gallery Image above: The Last Tea Bag- Pat Lang

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African American Tradition Bearers

May 4 - May 27
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The African American Tradition Bearers "Pop up" Gallery will be on display in the Studio Gallery. Image above: Humans of Kent County 2016

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June 2018

Juried Fine Art and Contemporary Craft

June 1 - June 30
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The Juried Fine Art  and Contemporary Craft Show will be on display in both galleries. Image above: Interplay - Marcy Ramsey

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Summer Camp

June 18 @ 9:00 am - August 10 @ 3:30 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Aummer arts camp that offers 6 weeks of classes for campers ages 6-13, and 2 weeks of morning sessions for ages 4 – 6, with different themed activities each week.

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July 2018

Faces and Spaces on the Eastern Shore

July 6 - July 29
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This show will highlight the beauty of the people and places surrounding us on the Eastern Shore. Image above: Blackwater Marsh - Evie Baskin

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August 2018

Juried Photography

August 3 - September 2
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 Chestertown RiverArts  Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main 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…

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Extraordinary Journey- Expressing Spirit Through Art & the Healing Arts

August 3 - September 2
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  This is a collaborative project between the healing and creative arts.  The concept was born our of the desire to gain a deeper understanding of a healing system that integrates sound healing with Chinese Medicine. The exhibit will showcase the work of three artists: painter Marj Morani, poet Meredith D. Hadaway, and musician Jeff Davis. These artists will be treated by acupuncturist Tina Morani using a healing modality called Acutonics which uses music intervals in the form of tuning…

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September 2018

Abstract and Ceramics

September 7 - September 30
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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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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October 2018

Studio Tour Artists’ Show

October 5 - December 2
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 19th Annual Studio Tour, which runs two weekends, October 20 & 21, and October 27 & 28. 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 Opening…

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December 2018

Annual Holiday Show

December 7 - December 31
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 – from stocking stuffers to hostess gifts, home decor to a child’s sweater. Opening reception: Friday, December 7th 5-8pm  

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