Don’t miss the Chestertown RiverArts’ 19th Annual Studio Tour taking place over two weekends, October 20-21 and October 27-28, rain or shine. This year there will be 66 artists and artisans displaying their works of which 20 are new. Those who are returning are among our most popular artists whose works continue to evolve in new ways.
A good number of artists on the tour are nationally recognized. This is a reflection of how Maryland’s Kent and upper Queen Anne’s counties continue to attract artists who appreciate being part of a creative community as well as the scenery and lifestyle of the area. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peek inside their creative spaces, talk with artists, see demonstrations while also providing the opportunity to buy original artwork at studio prices.
The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that include painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass, and more. The venues vary from a prestigious gallery, independent studios in a small art complex and many at the artists’ homes. For the convenience of tour attendees, a number of artists, located more remotely, will display their work with others at a common venue other than their own studios. Whether the artists are in their own studios or sharing one, expect to meet the artists and learn about their techniques and inspirations.
The area, situated on a scenic peninsula where the Chester and Sassafras rivers meander into the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County retains its serene, timeless beauty. Historic Chestertown, on the banks of the Chester River, has been designated by the state of Maryland as an Arts and Entertainment District. Chestertown’s Mayor, Chris Cerino remarked, “The downtown arts scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade…The State’s designation validates…Chestertown is fast becoming a regional arts destination.” In addition to the charm of Chestertown, visitors will enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, water views and the area’s other small, friendly towns.
It is recommended that visitors start their tour at Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, located at 315 High Street, in the breezeway, to view an exhibit of works by the artists on the tour. The month-long exhibit will open on First Friday, October 5. Tour information is available at the gallery and at restaurants and shops throughout the area.
The tour’s website, www.studiotour.chestertownriverarts.org, provides information on each artist by name, location, and medium. Interactive maps will help to navigate the tour more easily. Even handicap accessible venues and artist studios open year-round are identified.
Combine the Studio Tour with the Sultana Education Foundation’s popular Downrigging Weekend, a tall ship and wooden boat festival taking place in Chestertown on October 26-28. (www.sultanaeducation.org). Many of the art studios are within easy walking distance of the ships, making for a fun family outing.
For more information on the tour, call 410-778-6300, visit or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and First Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. During the tour Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.