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May 2018

Intermediate Watercolor Basics

May 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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In this 4 week course designed for artists with some watercolor experience, instructor Jim Mahla will show and demonstrate  new techniques to sharpen your watercolor skills. Some of the subjects covered will be how to paint interesting skies, rocks, stone walls, and wet-in-wet technique for creating vibrant florals and landscapes. Participants may work from photos/drawing provided by Jim or bring their own. This is a ‘no critique’ fun workshop. Students should provide their own supplies and materials.  A suggested list…

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June 2018

Juried Fine Art and Contemporary Craft

June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018
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. AWARD WINNERS HEBE AWARD - most effectively and creatively utilizes the idea of “process.”  Larry Fransen for My Turn to Reflect BEST IN SHOW - Marci Wolfson Ray for Crest EXCELLENCE IN  2D - Sally Findlay for Are We There Yet? EXCELLENCE IN 3D - Ken Sadler for Hallelujah Chorus EXCELLENCE, OPEN - Kathryn O'Grady for Hans, Petri Smile, Wanda- You Can Keep the Children HONORABLE MENTION…

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

June 4, 2018 @ 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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TGIF Painting Session with Cindy

June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Have a fun TGIF while painting with Cindy. No drawing necessary. Learn how to paint with Different Stroke marks and colors. You will come home with a flower painting to cheer up your summer decor. All materials will be provided. We will provide some snacks and water, it is BYOB. Our friends at Chester River Wine & Cheese are happy to provide a 20% discount on any of their wine to TGIF class registrants - just show them your registration…

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Pinch Pots for Kids

June 24, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 9:00 am - August 10, 2018 @ 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, 2018 - July 28, 2018
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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Painting Dramatic Light Workshop

July 11, 2018 @ 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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TGIF Painting with Jim Mahla

July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Have a fun TGIF while painting with RiverArts Artist Jim Mahla. Learn how to paint in a fun-filled atmosphere using Jim’s easy techniques.Students will be able to leave with a completed Koi 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. We will provide some snacks and water, it is BYOB. Our friends at Chester River Wine &…

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Mosaics – Small Project Workshop

July 28, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Film Society Event – How to Watch a Movie

July 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chestertown Yacht and Country Club, 7738 Quaker Neck Rd
Chestertown, MD 21620
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The RiverArts  Film Society will host a public event built around sharing skills on how to watch a movie like film critics do. Following two professional film critic strategies—cultural impact and aesthetic construction—event attendees will have the opportunity to test their own critical muscles while learning new skills along the way.   The event will be led by Professor Alicia Kozma of Washington College. Professor Kozma will share tactics used by professional film critics to evaluate film while facilitating a…

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August 2018

Garden House Workshop

August 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Who’s guarding your garden right now? Does your favorite toad prince need a castle to call his own? Do you believe in fairies? If so, please join us at RiverArts Clay Studio, for a fun-filled, 2 day workshop of house construction. You won’t need a hammer; you won’t need nails…just your imagination. Build a house that any toad or fairy would be happy to call home. Celebrate this toad-filled (and fairy filled) season with a gift for the garden! Bring…

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Extraordinary Journey- Expressing Spirit Through Art & Medicine

August 2, 2018 - September 2, 2018
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The People's Choice Award for this Exhibit: Marj Morani, "Dai Mai - Belt Meridian" 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…

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Juried Photography

August 3, 2018 - September 2, 2018
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Congratulations to our Award Winners! Best in Show: David Biehler, “Life on a Cliff” Honorable Mention for Nature and Wildlife: Katrina Zimmerman, “A Rainbow of Pollen” Honorable Mention for Street Life: Linda Roy Walls, “The Joy of Life” Honorable Mention for Human Subjects and Portraiture: Dan Saunders, “Suspicion” Honorable Mention for Abstract: Lani Seikaly, “Botanical Lace” Honorable Mention for Black and White: Lewis Katz, “Reclaimed” Honorable Mention for Creative Digital Enhancement: Karen Klinedinst, “All That Remains” The People's Choice Award: …

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September 2018

Intermediate Pottery Intensive

September 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This is a four week course that focuses on more advanced techniques on the potter’s wheel, including closed forms, lids and altered forms. In addition to improving your skills on the wheel, an emphasis will be made on individual expression. You will complete a variety of shapes and sizes of pots which will be ready for glazing and decoration at a later time or the Decorate and Glaze Class.  

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Abstract and Ceramics

September 5, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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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White Line Woodcut Workshop

September 5, 2018 - September 7, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Calling all printmakers or aspiring printmakers! Explore this unique print method of white line woodblock printing. Also known as Provincetown Prints, this method draws inspiration from Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The process is easy and the results are clean and subtle. Printmaker Fred Dylla studied white line printmaking in Provincetown and shares this technique with us from initial conceptual drawing, various techniques for transferring the drawing to a wood block, the carving of key outlines of the woodblock drawing, to…

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Beginner’s Pottery Throw & Trim Class

September 6, 2018
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This is a four-week class concentrating on throwing and trimming pottery on the wheel. It will be an introduction to the skills for beginners, or serious practice for more experienced potters. Tailored to your ability, you will complete a variety of shapes and sizes of pots which will be ready for glazing and decoration at a later time or the Decorate and Glaze Class.  

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Handbuilding

September 8, 2018
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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Maple Leaves are Falling Platter Workshop

September 9, 2018
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Spend an afternoon at the Clay Studio designing and making two MAPLE leaf platters, one large, one small. Participants will cut slabs of clay (provided) and sculpt them into unique works of art. On the second afternoon, 2 weeks later, you will be provided many Fall glaze colors from studio samples.  You will make your plates uniquely yours with glazes of your choice. Your platters could make the perfect gift, be the centerpiece on your autumn table, and they will be…

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Introduction to Alcohol Inks

September 10, 2018
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 3 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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Calligraphy: Introduction to Italic Handwriting

September 12, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Learn the basic letter shapes that make Italic writing so elegant. A history of lettering will be given as you practice in class. Homework assignments will ensure that your fingers remember the letter shapes from class to class. This is good practice for Holiday cards! Pens and practice paper are included in the class fee.  

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TGIF Paint Night with Cindy Fulton

September 21, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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THIS CLASS IS FULL!  WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER IN OCTOBER, STAY TUNED. Have a fun TGIF while painting with Cindy. No drawing necessary. Learn how to paint with different stroke marks and acrylic colors. You will come home with a bird painting to welcome in the fall. All materials will be provided. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Our friends at Chester River Wine & Cheese Co. are happy to provide a 20% discount on any of their wine to TGIF class registrants…

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Intermediate Watercolors – Fall 2018

September 26, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

In this 4 weeks course designed for artists with some watercolor experience, Jim Mahla will show and demonstrate how to try some new techniques to sharpen their watercolor skills. Some of the subjects covered will be painting interesting sky's, rocks, stone walls etc. Also wet-in-wet techniques will be demonstrated so students will learn to paint vibrant florals and landscapes. Participants may work from photos/drawing provided by Jim or bring their own. This is a ‘no critique’ fun workshop. Students are…

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Learn to Write Like a Wizard 101

September 30, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED, BUT PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR CHESTAWIZARDS POTIONS AND JARS OR THE MAGIC HALL OF TALKING PORTRAITS- FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE Want to write with a quill pen like a wizard? This introductory class will show you the letter shapes of Italic Handwriting and teach you to write with a dip pen--just like a true wizard! Pens, ink, and paper are all included with the class fee. Kick off the Chestertown HP Festival week…

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October 2018

Magic Hall of Talking Portraits

October 5, 2018 - October 6, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

As all witches and wizards know, paintings in the wizarding world come to life and talk to you! This is your chance to walk the hallowed halls of a wizarding castle and speak with the talking portraits of famous witches and wizards who once dwelled there! Open Friday from 6 - 9 pm Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm Tours leaving every 15 minutes Limited to 10 per tour You will be asked to pick a time slot when…

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Studio Tour Artists’ Show

October 5, 2018 - October 28, 2018
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

The RiverArts Main and Studio Galleries will be filled with work representing the 60 + 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 – 5:30 pm both weekends Opening…

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Create a Mosaic Memory Vessel

October 13, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Memory Vessels are created to remember a person, a moment or even a feeling. The process of creating one can be incredibly healing. Participants are encouraged to bring letters, ceramics (which can be broken for the project), glass, and images (copies, no originals please) as well as jewelry to create their personal piece.  Stained glass, Ceramics and jewelry will also be available for use.

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Basic Iphoneography – Fall 2018

October 23, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you.  Photographing with an iPhone adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process.  This 4 - week class will provide a solid introduction to using your iPhone or iPad as a tool for editing photos and creating interesting art through the use of a variety of phone apps.  A list of apps will be emailed to participants prior to the first class.…

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Decorate a Holiday Pie Plate

October 30, 2018
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, fired and ready for you to pick up in time for the holidays. Please bring your own wine or beverage. We will…

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MIGRATION: An Exploration in Art, Words & Music, inspired by Jacob Lawrence

October 31, 2018 - November 11, 2018
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

MIGRATION: An Exploration in Art, Words & Music, inspired by Jacob Lawrence This two week show will feature work by Kent County Public School visual art students. The work was inspired by a visit the students took to view Jacob Lawrence's  Migration Series at The Philips Collection in Washington, DC. The artwork will be on view October 31 through November 11. Opening reception: Friday, November 2, 5 - 8 pm Gallery Talk, Thursday, November 8, 5:30 The exhibit is  a partnership…

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November 2018

FALL INTO WATERCOLOR with Trees, Trees and More Trees

November 10, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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There’s never been a better time to learn how or hone existing watercolor technique depicting trees and their fabulous fall foliage. Join award winning artist Steve Bleinberger in a personalized, instructive watercolor workshop loaded with demos. Beats raking leaves! All levels welcome. Steve will provide novices with a solid foundation in watercolor technique and tools. Bring your own gear. Steve will gladly share his ample supply of brushes and paints. Quality paper such as Arches or Fabriano preferred.  

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Annual Holiday Show

November 15, 2018 - December 30, 2018
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

Modern Wall Hanging Workshop

December 1, 2018
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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  This class has been postponed. It will be rescheduled in 2019. Consider the 6 week evening class beginning January 9- click here for more info Join Jenny Walton from Great Blue Fiber for a unique weaving class. In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to warp, weave, and complete a modern and unique wall hanging using a lap loom. At the end of this workshop series, you will have created a complete 10" x 20″ wall hanging using…

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Milk & Cookies for Santa Workshop

December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Learn how to paint a holiday scene on a pottery cup and cookie plate! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, including those young at heart.  Those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can paint their own design or trace one of the available designs on a provided plate and cup.   The finished work can be picked up at the Clay Studio after it is glaze fired...in plenty of time to be…

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Dickens Paint a Plate

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a personally designed plate, perfect for your holiday table  or to give as a gift. Trace and paint a holiday design on either a plate or bowl. You are also more than welcome to draw and paint a design of your own. All artwork and individuality encouraged! Stop in anytime after 10 am or before 3:30 pm. Supplies are limited so advance enrollment is encouraged. Please specify plate or bowl. All pieces will be glazed…

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Clay Studio Private Classes- Adult

December 31, 2018
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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 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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January 2019

RiverArts Members’ Show

January 2 - January 25
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:  Sumi e painting by  Marti Hawkins Congratulations to our People's Choice award winner, Ronn Akins for "The Things…

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Watercolor Basics

January 7 @ 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
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This class has been cancelled. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.otrg if you are interested in taking it in the future. 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…

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The Habit of Journaling: The Art of Creativity

January 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED. It will be rescheduled. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org if you are interested in taking it. Calling all artists, writers and other creative souls!  You have a superpower and you don’t know it! It’s hidden in your daily habits.  We’ll teach you a simple journal habit, (10 minutes in a.m. and p.m.) that engineers creativity and focus into your life and supercharges your inspiration and perseverance.       Make your own Art Journal book, using found objects and miscellaneous artistic…

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Intro to Pastels

January 16 @ 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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Stained Glass Mosaic Window Class

January 19
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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Daughters of the Dust

January 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Daughters of the Dust Directed by Julie Dash, 1991 The first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be distributed theatrically in the United States, Daughters of the Dust is a timeless film that lyrically narrates a unique African-American experience. Set in 1902, the film follows the Peazant family, Gullah Islanders who live in a community of relative exclusion off the coast of Georgia. Because of the island’s isolation, its inhabitants—whose ancestors were brought to the U.S. as enslaved…

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Zentangle ™ Drawing I

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are offering another Zentangle class on March 6 & 13, same day and time. The instructor tells me that although it is described as advanced, beginners are more than welcome. Click here for information on March class 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,…

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Family Fun! Paint a Lidded Jar

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

  This workshop has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org if you are interested in registering for the workshop. Children of all ages will have a fun and creative time  painting lidded jars. Choose from 3 different shapes; round, rectangular and heart shape. Would be the perfect gift for Valentines or Mother’s Day! Students will use underglazes to paint the jars and they will be glazed and fired in the kiln that following week.  Pieces will be available…

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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

Ceramic Garden Flower Workshop

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

It may be cold outside, but we are already thinking spring and flowers.  Garden catalogs are fun to peruse, but here is an opportunity to make your own garden ornaments. Create  three to four different ceramic blossoms in this one day workshop.   Learn to hand paint them with underglazes the same day they are made. Colors and embellishments are up to you. The flowers will be bisque fired, and a clear glaze applied by the instructor resulting in a beautiful…

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Simple Beaded Necklace Workshop

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
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 @ 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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TGIF Paint Night with Jim Mahla

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER TGIF PAINT NIGHT IN MARCH- STAY TUNED! Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org if you wish to be on our mailing list. Have a fun TGIF while painting with RiverArts artist Jim Mahla. Learn how to paint in a fun-filled atmosphere using Jim’s easy techniques.Students will be able to leave with a completed All Dressed Up! LBD (or ladies' choice) painting plus a new found love in acrylic painting.   BYOB adult beverage of…

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Introduction to Colored Pencil

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

This is a fast-paced, hands-on workshop designed to introduce students to the wide variety of pencil brands and types and the many types of working surfaces available to the colored pencil artist, along with invaluable colored pencil techniques, tips, and tools. It is perfect for artists wanting to learn to use colored pencils in their own work; as well as colored pencil enthusiasts looking to graduate from adult coloring books and create their own colored pencil art. All supplies provided by…

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Fruitvale Station, February 17

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

FRUITVALE STATION dir. Ryan Coogler, 2013 Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Dedicated to making something of himself, Oscar starts out well, but soon realizes that change is more difficult than he anticipated. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when he encounters police officers on New Year’s Eve. Ryan Coogler deftly directs a film that screams…

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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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Online Registration for this workshop is now closed. If you are interested in signing up at the last minute, please call RiverARts at 410-778-6300 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…

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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   Curator Melinda Carl discussing the Drawing Exhibit 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…

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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

We are sorry to inform you that this workshop has been cancelled. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org or call 410.778.6300 with any questions. 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 (4 week course)

March 12 @ 6:00 pm
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- cancelled

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

This workshop has been cancelled. Please email info@chestertownriverarts.org if you are interested in taking a weaving workshop. 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 – 8 Week Day Class, Spring

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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Travel Photography – 4 week course

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

Unfortunately, this class has been canceled.  Please email if you are interested in taking it, so we may re-schedule 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…

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Hands of Harvest

March 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chesapeake Movies, 21 Washington Square
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Hands of Harvest chronicles the journey of migrant Mexican women who travel to fishing villages on Maryland's Eastern Shore to pick blue crabs in seafood plants scattered along its rural shores, offering a glimpse into a renowned American industry being kept afloat by foreign labor. The Eastern Shore has long relied on these women to process the Atlantic blue crab, a viable economic resource and a Maryland cultural icon. Director Adrian Muys explores the history and captures the struggle of…

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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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This class has been cancelled. If you are interested in a future watercolor class please email mariawood@chestertownriverarts.org 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…

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TGIF! Dream Weaver Crystal Wrap Bracelet

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Wrap bracelets are trending! Wear them alone or stack them with your favorite bracelets to make a statement. In this class students will learn how to weave a lattice stitch with crystal beads on leather cord to create a stunning single or double wrap bracelet with a button enclosure. This gorgeous bracelet will make the perfect gift for  someone you love - or yourself! Bracelet kit includes: Leather cord, silk beading thread with needle, 100 fire polished czech glass beads,…

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April 2019

Porcelain (or not)- Day Class, 8 week course, Spring

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 eight 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,  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  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.   https://youtu.be/ZKaiVB8Z6hA…

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Intermediate Pottery Wheel – 8 week spring evening class

April 9 @ 6:00 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This class has been re-scheduled for July. Pls click here to register for the July Intermediate Pottery- Evening. 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…

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Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – 8 Week Course, Spring

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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TGIF! Altered Thrift Store Art

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Is that a monster in your landscape? Join instructor Raven Bishop in a fun-filled. light-hearted evening of remixing repurposed thrift store paintings. Come with your own thrift-store painting, the more awkward the better. We will paint in fanciful creatures and characters and bring new life to old art! What is "Altered Thrift Store Art?" According to Make magazine, " It's a simple idea: Find some 'bad' art,whether orginal or from a print, for a song at a thrift store, then…

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Fearless Quickdraw: Tips and Tricks

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Get outside for Plein Air! Whether you are a seasoned Plein Air eventer or just want some practical advice on making artwork outdoors, this Quick Draw workshop will work for you. Instructor Ray Ewing will help students improve their painting "on the spot" with an emphasis on getting set up and selecting a subject to complete a painting quickly. Students may work in the medium of their choice.  Instruction will be given on making a preliminary sketch, finding a focal…

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Never Cry Wolf

April 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Research scientist Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is sent to the desolate Canadian tundra to find out whether the local wolf population is responsible for decimating Canada's caribou herds. Helped by Ootek (Zachary Ittimangnaq), a local Inuit native, Farley manages to establish an observation post and, while braving the harsh climate, begins to study a family of wolves, as well as the caribou. He eventually determines that the greatest danger to the caribou doesn't move on four legs. The film is…

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Introduction to Lithography – 6 week course, Spring

April 16 @ 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. Transform your favorite drawing into a fine art limited edition lithograph in this six-week class taught by Gunston art teacher and printmaker Ben Dize.  The RiverArts Education Center houses a printing press and the increasingly rare lithography stones required for this fascinating medium.    Artists such as Whistler, Degas, Daumier and Matisse explored…

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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 is full! We will have another but has not been scheduled yet. Please email mariawood@chestertownriverarts.org to be put on the 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.     PAYMENT…

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Annual Earth Day Recycled Art Contest

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Memorial Row, Chestertown, 21167 Kansas Ave
Chestertown, MD 21620
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Introduction to Metalsmithing

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Join experienced RiverArts instructor and jeweler  Joan Strand for a 3 hour workshop on basic metalsmithing techniques used to make jewelry. Students will learn to cut, shape, saw, file, hammer texture, and stamp metal, and after some practice, design and make a pair of earrings or a pendant using copper. All materials included. For an additional $15 fee, payable to instructor, students may opt for sterling silver.  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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Watercolor Journaling

May 3 - May 4
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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This workshop with Jim will focus on how to develop a watercolor journal for traveling or simply sketching paintings “en Plein Air”. You will begin with some studio time learning various Watercolor techniques and then move out into Chestertown’s picturesque surroundings to work on location. He will show you, step by step, through the pen and ink stages and on to laying in transparent watercolor washes in local colors or those of your imagination. Students will see how Jim, and…

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TGIF! Stitch & Bitch with Jen Friedman

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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You know her from her unforgettable star turns at the Garfield and the Church Hill Theatre, but did you know that one of Kent County’s favorite performers is also an accomplished needleworker? Spend a night out in Chestertown stitching and bitching with the inimitable Jen Friedman!  Complete a quick and easy Eastern Shore-themed needlepoint project. Using provided materials and Jen’s guidance, choose from an anchor, a sailboat, or a star and make a 4” x 4” square suitable for framing,…

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Introduction to Smartphoneography

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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The best camera for taking photos is the one you always have with you. Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photography process. This class will provide a solid introduction to using your smartphone as a creative tool for editing photos. We will edit both existing photos on your camera, as well as photos you capture around town during class. No previous photography experience is necessary, but participants should have a basic…

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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 We will be having a pot luck dinner on Friday evening. Please bring a small dish or dessert to share. Sat and Sun you should bring a bagged lunch and snack for 2 short breaks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Water and soft drinks will be provided. Saturday & Sunday,…

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Dr. Strangelove

May 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mainstay, 5753 N Main Street
ChestertownRock Hall, MD 21621 United States

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known simply as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens.  The film is loosely based on Peter George's thriller novel Red Alert (1958). The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the…

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June 2019

Judged Fine Art and Craft

June 5 - 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 Awards Ceremony & Gallery Talk: Thursday, June 13:  5:30 - 9pm https://youtu.be/muikJyn-kAE Congratulations to our Award Winners. Best in Show- Centralia, PA, Kris Kelley First Prize,…

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Loopy Hoops Earrings Workshop

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Let’s face it, you can never have too many pairs of earrings. In this fun workshop you will make two gorgeous pairs of mixed metal hoop earrings. Students will be introduced to cold connections, forming, wrapping and texturing wire. They will also learn how to safely use a butane torch to make balled headpins for crystal wrapped drops and earwires. Packed with lots of tool technique tidbits, this class will teach budding jewelry artists as well as more seasoned jewelry…

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The Art of Making Paper Beads

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Please join Madonna Green Parker, a multidimentional jewelry artist known for her vibrant and original style of design, for The Art of Making Paper Beads. Learn a great, fun, and useful way to recycle by making beads out of newspapers, magazines, advertisements, scrap paper, and more. We’ll explore the origins of the art while learning the basics of this beautiful, timeless craft. Be prepared to make and finish several beads for your personal stash. Materials and one complimentary paper bead…

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The Royal Tenenbaums, June 16

June 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Community Curator: Jeff Maguire The Royal Tenenbaums The Royal Tenenbaums follow the quirky, sometimes famous, and always dysfunctional Tenenbaum family over the course of a sudden and unexpected family reunion.  Elegant filming, iconic characters, and Wes Anderson’s color-saturated eye have made The Royal Tenenbaums a contemporary classic. Featuring unforgettable performances from a star-studded cast including Gene Hackman, Angelica Houston, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by Wes Anderson, 2002 “Suffused with warmth…

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Quilting Class: Around the World In A Day!

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Create a machine-sewn baby or lap quilt in a single day using speed cutting and sewing techniques.  This traditional pattern is known as Trip Around the World, or the Amish Sunshine and Shadow design when done in solid colors. A follow up session to share projects and discuss various finishing options: tying, hand quilting, machine quilting and binding will provide time to wrap up this quilt. No previous quilting experience is necessary but this class requires a sewing machine and a basic…

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TGIF with Cindy Fulton: A Funky Kitchen Painting

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Come join us at TGIF and party and create a kitchen work of art!!  Along the way you will learn about shape, color, and balance. Choose between working like Mondrian and playing with primary and secondary colors, or expanding your horizons into balancing different values within a certain color range. You will end up with a frameable funky kitchen painting to remind you of the fun you had at TGIF  with your friends and Cindy Fulton! BYOB and snacks for…

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Photo Club – Every 4th Thursday – Free!

June 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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Talavera Style Painting

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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A 3 hour workshop that will teach the basic techniques necessary to create decorative Talavera designs.  Students will learn to apply different kinds of lines and decorative brush strokes to their pieces. The instructor will show characteristic palette combinations used in talavera, and how to transfer designs to ceramic pieces. 2-3 completed tiles are included with this workshop. Dinner plates and bowls ($8 ea) are available for purchase if students would like to paint on additional surfaces. This fee is…

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July 2019

Intensive Intermediate Wheel

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Clay Studio, 204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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A four-week intensive course for intermediate wheel-throwing with a focus on non-functional purposes. We will be making objects with a non-utilitarian perspective as a way of re-thinking the functional. Each week we will address a new theme of tableware: cups, bowls, plates—objects of the commonplace within our homes. We will explore an array of throwing techniques such as trimming, handles, lids, spouts, knobs, throwing off the hump, composite-building, altering, throwing in sections, and more. We will discuss aspects and approaches…

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Travel Photography Basics

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Whether you plan to travel locally or internationally, this photography class is designed to help you take beautiful photos of places, people, and events. A trip is a journey of the mind and heart. Your photos can reflect how you felt, what you discovered and what you wish to show others. This class can help you be ready to do just that. Sessions will include planning a photo trip, compositional techniques, and tips for shooting both natural and urban landscapes.…

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Hand Building with Marilee Schumann

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Marilee Schumann’s Studo, 506 Old McGinnis Lane
Chestertown, 21620 United States
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This class is FULL! We will offer another class sometime in the future. If you wish to be on the waiting list, please email info@chestertownriverarts.org A 4-week course focusing on hand building 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’s studio, which will be available on Saturdays and two other days during…

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Cats, Big and Small with Lynne Lockhart

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RiverArts Education Center, 200 A High St.
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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In this class, we will be studying the cat. Students will learn about basic anatomy, gesture, fur patterns, how to get a good photo reference, form and function, and so on. The aim is to get painters confident whether they are adding a cat to a landscape or still life or doing a portrait. Topics included in the course will be: Photographing the uncooperative animal Selecting the right references Basic anatomy and where to begin your drawing or painting Expression…

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Beginner Pottery Wheel, Evenings – 4 Week Course, Summer

July 11 @ 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 four-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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Animal Portraits

July 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Pinky, July 21

July 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Mainstay, 5753 N Main Street
ChestertownRock Hall, MD 21621 United States
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Community Curator: Robert Earl Price Pinky A late 1940’s cinematic look racial identity in the U.S., Pinky was shot in black and white is directed by Elia Kazan. The film earned three Academy Award nominations and was #9 in box office earnings in 1949. Produced by 20th Century-Fox, then-head of production Darryl F. Zanuck consulted with Walter White, then head of the NAACP. White and his daughter, actress Jane White, collaborated on the final version of the screenplay. Production started with…

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