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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

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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May 2018

Working Artists Forum

May 2 - May 25
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

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 Congratulations to Curator Patty Mowell - winner of the People's Choice…

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Celebrating Black Entrepreneurs of the 50’s and 60’s

May 4 - May 27
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Celebrating Black Entrepreneurs of the 50’s and 60’s Gallery will be on display in the Studio Gallery during the month of May. Curators’ Statement for Celebrating Black Entrepreneurs of the 50’s and 60’s Thanks to a Maryland Traditions preservation grant, RiverArts has been able to stage an exhibition sharing the stories of twenty-five African Americans who were either black business owners, their family, employees or clients of businesses open in the 50’s and 60’s.  Over 15 black businesses alone were…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

May 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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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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Monday Afternoon Life Drawing

May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  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. 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. All levels of…

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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

The Juried Fine Art  and Contemporary Craft Show will be on display in both galleries. ACCEPTED ARTISTS Ronn Akins -  Rite of Spring Shahid Ali -  The Plunge, Ethereal, Desert Bloom Victoria Ali - Tulip Petals, Chrysanthemums Unfurled, Jubilant Petals Rick Bisgyer  - Northern Latitudes, Storm Tide, Depths of the Ocean Gina Bosworth - Flower, Pollen, Cell Nora Carey - Fallow Field I, Fallow Field II Sally Davies - Are We There Yet? Sallie Findlay - Flow, Homeland Lin Foa…

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Blowin’ In the Wind – Make a Wind Chime for Your Patio!

June 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Love the sound of wind chimes? Here's your opportunity to create one to grace your backyard, or give as a gift. In this two day class, June 4th & 25th, Clay Studio potter Dianna Frymiare will show participants how to hand build all pieces necessary to complete one wind chime, and then decorate and glaze the work on the second date. Timeline: June 4:  Handbuild all pieces June 25:  Decorate and glaze All are welcome to this class, novices to…

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Beginning Knitting

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sue Wright’s Studio, 25729 Pearce Way
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Learn the basics of knitting.  Students will practice knitting, purling, casting on and decreasing stitches plus basic seaming and then use those skills to knit a cap. There is a $25 materials fee due to the instructor the first class.

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Finding Your Creative Path

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The class is based on the firm conviction that all people are creative.  Moreover, finding and nurturing your creative self can tap into a source of satisfaction, meaning and joy that can stay with you your entire life!  Whether you’re 18 or 80, you ARE creative and your creativity can infuses all the rest of your life with resilience and confidence . This class is an enjoyable process in which you can discover what way your creativity most joyfully manifests…

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Intro to Filmmaking

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  This is a fun, hands-on class where students will learn the fundamentals of motion picture production. Students will shoot and edit sequences assigned to them while games, demonstrations and analyses of professional films will be the basis for learning the language and personnel of preproduction, production and post-production. There will be an emphasis on the basic techniques to create compelling, connotative shots and rhythmic editing. *Instructor will provide raw/uncut footage for students to practice editing. Age Restrictions: 16 years…

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Pinch Pots for Kids

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Learn how to make a bowl, cup and/or vase.  (Up to 2 pieces). Prepare to get your hands dirty and have a great time with your kids. Every finished masterpiece will Pinch Pot Vases be different! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart. (Those under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult). The finished work can be picked up at the Clay Studio after July 7. Fee includes up to…

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Summer Camp

June 25 @ 9:00 am - August 10 @ 3:30 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
July 2018

Faces and Places on the Eastern Shore

July 5 - July 28
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

In July, Chestertown RiverArts will explore what makes life on the Eastern Shore a beautiful adventure as we ask artists to show us “Faces and Places on the Eastern Shore.” Everywhere you look, inspiration abounds!   It is in the seasonal variations of color in the countryside and waterways where the light is ever-changing, from sharp sun shadows to stormy skies, to the soft, hazy glow of Ireland on the fields.  It’s the ospreys returning each year to rebuild their nests and…

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Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel, Summer

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

More advanced techniques on the potter's wheel, including closed forms, lids, and altered forms. 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 Refund Policy: Students may request a refund if withdrawn at least one week before the class begins, less…

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Painting Dramatic Light Workshop

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This workshop will focus on choosing subject matter, simplifying elements, building a strong composition, the importance of values and design, color and atmospheric perspective. Covered also will be new ways to think about your paint application to put excitement into your painting. Demonstrations, a group critique and individual personal attention are included. This is an indoor workshop using reference photos or sketches.  Night scenes and sunrises or sunsets and other photos using high contrasts are good however; Sara will work with…

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Beginner’s Pottery Wheel – Summer

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 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. 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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Mosaics – Small Project Workshop

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Learn the art of Stained Glass Mosaics! Design, Cutting, and Adhering are covered in this workshop. You determine what your design concept and Jen will help you the rest of the way. Optional 1hr grouting clinic the following day or let Jen do it for you! Projects are 7” x 9”. All materials provided. A $15.00 material fee is due to the instructor the day of the class.  

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Take a Dip into Watercolors

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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THIS SUMMER TAKE A DIP INTO WATERCOLOR! Come in from the heat and take the plunge into water-COLOR. From novice to seasoned artist, this immersive, hands on class promises to offer personalized tips, technique and instruction by award winning artist and popular instructor Steve Bleinberger. Bring your own gear though Steve will gladly share his ample art supplies.    

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August 2018

Juried Photography

August 3 - September 2
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The photographer grasps a fleeting slice of time to capture an image that expresses   what the mind perceives and feels.  A strong image propels the photographer forward, inspiring the skillful use of tools to create a final image to be shared with others.  “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” (Ansel Adams). “Fragility” is the theme of RiverArts Annual Juried Photography Show.  Photographers are challenged to create images that invoke a sense of fragility:…

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Extraordinary Journey- Expressing Spirit Through Art & Medicine

August 3 - September 2
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  This is a collaborative project between the healing and creative arts.  The concept was born out of the desire to gain a deeper understanding of a healing system that integrates sound healing with Chinese Medicine. The exhibit will showcase the works of painter Marj Morani, poet Meredith Davies Hadaway, and musician Jeff Davis in collaboration with Chinese medicine and Acutonics® practitioner, Valentina Morani. The works on display and in performance resulted from Acutonics (sound) and acupuncture treatments focused on…

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Introduction to Alcohol Inks

August 7 @ 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 4 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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September 2018

Abstract and Ceramics

September 7 - September 30
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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Handbuilding

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilee Schumann’s Studo, 506 Old McGinnis Lane
Chestertown, 21620 United States

A 4 -week class focusing on handbuilding techniques for functional and sculptural objects. We will use coiling and slabs to make large vessels, asymmetrical forms, and sculptures. Large pieces may be fired in a reduction kiln. The class will take place at Marilee Schumann’s studio on Saturday mornings. The studio will be available on Saturday afternoon and two other days during the week for Open Studio time. There will be ample time and space for finishing big projects. We will…

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October 2018

Studio Tour Artists’ Show

October 5 - November 11
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

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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November 2018

Annual Holiday Show

November 15 - December 9
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. Opening reception: Friday, December 7th 5-8pm  

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