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November 2018

Annual Holiday Show

November 15 - December 30
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The Annual RiverArts Holiday Show features gifts for every pocketbook – from stocking stuffers to hostess gifts, home decor to a child’s sweater. Holiday Show Preview Party:  Thursday, November 15, 5 - 8 pm Opening reception: Friday, December 7th 5-8pm  

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December 2018

Clay Studio Private Classes

December 9
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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, 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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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

December 10 @ 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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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

December 27 @ 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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January 2019

RiverArts Members’ Show

January 2, 2019 - January 25, 2019
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 includes photography, painting and pastels, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and fiber arts.  The show will run from January 2  through 27. The exhibit will be in both the Main and Studio Galleries. Open Reception:   Friday, January 4, 2019 Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 10, 2019 Image:  Bamboo, Marti Hawkins

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Watercolor Basics

January 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

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.  $20 supply fee payable to instructor at time…

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Modern Wall Hanging Course

January 9, 2019
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Join Jenny Walton of Great Blue Fiber for an in depth weaving class exploring color, shapes, texture and personal style. All students will learn how to warp a lap loom, weave a contemporary wall hanging and hang their unique piece of art. This 6 week class will engage your mind and help you relax and meditate through the process of slowing down to create a personal piece of art. Students will design, and weave a wall hanging of their creation…

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Explore Contemporary Watercolor Workshop

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019
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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Porcelain (or not)- Day Class

January 15, 2019
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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Intermediate Pottery Wheel – Evening class

January 15, 2019
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, a $22 value. Ages 16 & older.  

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Intro to Pastels

January 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

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 as well as 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 and the workshop will cover techniques for using photos and improving compositions, while helping students develop their…

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Beginner Pottery Wheel – Winter 2019

January 17, 2019
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 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 to…

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TGIF Paint Night with Jim Mahla

January 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  Have a fun TGIF while painting with RiverArts artist Jim Mahla. Learn how to paint in a fun-filled atmosphere using Jim’s east techniques.Students will be able to leave with a completed Birds of a Feather painting plus a new found love in acrylic painting.  Bring a group of friends or make new friends there! No experience necessary. Materials are included in the cost of the class.   Our friends at Chester River Wine & Cheese are happy to provide…

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Stained Glass Mosaic Window Class

January 19, 2019
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Popular instructor Jen Wagner will show you how to create an original Stained Glass Mosaic window In this six week class.  Choose your own design, learn  breaking, adhering and grouting techniques to create your own masterpiece. All materials provided including vintage window (or bring a favorite from home).    

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Variations on a Theme (Still Life and Portraiture)

January 30, 2019 - February 22, 2019
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

Simple Beaded Necklace Workshop

February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Learn  how to create and fasten an 18” beaded necklace on cable wire and fasten using crimp beads in this one day workshop with Joan Strand.  Bring your own beads from a broken necklace or purchase beads from the instructor. Materials Fee: $7 for basic bead crimping kit (cable, crimp beads, and clasp). Students are encouraged to bring their own beads. If you wish to purchase beads from the instructor;  cost will be $10 and up depending upon the type of…

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Shore Bird Carving Workshop

February 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Join master carver Rich Smoker in this one day workshop in bird carving. Named a Living Legend by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Rich now divides his time between carving and teaching others the joy of making birds and decoys. Students will start with a cut out blank of a small shorebird. Proper use and care of carving knives will be stressed. Students will be instructed in all aspects of carving and completion of this project. Geared to total…

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Dog Portraits & Beyond

February 27, 2019 - February 28, 2019
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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March 2019

Drawing

March 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019
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 Worshop

March 2, 2019 @ 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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Introduction to Kiln Art Glass

March 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

THIS IS FULL. We will offer another later in the year. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org if you wish to be put on a waiting list. 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.      …

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Decorate and Glaze

March 12, 2019 - April 2, 2019
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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April 2019

The Art of Stewardship

April 3, 2019 - April 23, 2019
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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May 2019

Visual Storytellers

May 1, 2019 - May 26, 2019
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, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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, 2019 - June 30, 2019
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, 2019 - July 28, 2019
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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August 2019

Judged Photography and Wood

August 2, 2019 - August 25, 2019
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, 2019 - September 29, 2019
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, 2019 - October 27, 2019
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, 2019 - November 10, 2019
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 15, 2019 - December 29, 2019
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 14:  5-8pm Pick-up Dates:  Sunday, December 29:  2-4pm and Monday, December 30:  10-1pm

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