Many people in the United States look to Baltimore as the cultural center of Maryland. However you may be surprised to know that smaller communities in the state offer a vibrant array of art, museums and theater options for visitors.
Here in Chestertown there is one definitive locale for art-lovers to appreciate and support the creative talents of both local and National artists, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woven art, photography and more. Chestertown RiverArts at 315 High Street offers a place for area talent to display their work, and acts as a central location for art and art-appreciation activities of all kinds.
The organization even earned a place in What’s Up Magazine‘s 2014 Best of Eastern Shore rankings for Nonprofit and Home & Garden categories, being named Best Local Non-Profit Group! And before you claim that the experts never know what interests the general public, this honor was decided by area residents and visitors through public voting. So you know that this is a sincere recommendation for a visit!
Each month, the main gallery features exhibitions of different themes or artistic styles. There may be judged shows, exhibitions featuring specific mediums, displays of work by a specific group of artists (including children), or any number of other themes, ideas and concentrations.
Besides the main exhibition, area, Chestertown RiverArts offers a number of classes for fledgling artists, a clay studio and a creative learning center for kids. They also host a number of events each year including:
March: ArtsAlive! is an annual fund raising event for the Rock Hall Fire Department (the 2015 event happening on March 28)
April: Art of Stewardship Exhibition showcases art that inspires conservation of the earth and our natural resources (the 2015 Event begins on April 3 and encompasses Earth Stewardship Days)
April: Earth Stewardship Days is a series of events happening throughout the month of April including family programs, a community health fair, Art of Stewardship (above), a variety of artistic displays and performances, a Rail Trail clean-up, festivals, contests, Paint the Town (below), and much more.
April: Paint the Town is the name of the Chestertown RiverArts Plein Air Festival where fifty artists from the east-coast area literally “paint our town”: create paintings from vantages all over Kent County. The 2015 event happens April 23-26.
June: While the 2015 dates have not yet been set, keep checking back to coordinate your visit with Art in Bloom. This exhibition celebrates floral design and includes floral and wall art. The Sunday Patron’s Reception and Champagne Celebration are the newest event activities. Proceeds from this event benefit Community Mediation Upper Shore.
October: RiverArts Studio Tour offers a self-guided tour of artists’ studios and area sights. Come to the gallery to see examples of work from each artist and plan the itinerary that is of most interest to you!
Great Oak Manor would be honored to host your art-inspired vacations to Chestertown. No matter what time of year, Chestertown RiverArts Exhibitions offer fun, education and art appreciation for the entire family. Once you visit, you’ll want to return again and again to see the monthly features and attend the events, and we are happy to help you plan your art-centric vacation itinerary.