The Latest News from Chestertown RiverArts

Chestertown RiverArts continues to bustle with activity this winter with such activities as ongoing classes, a film series, a gala, and much more.

In exciting news, all RiverArts Film Society screenings are now held at the Chesapeake 5 Movies located on Washington Street in Chestertown. This recent change provides 71 comfortable seats for each film event. Classic movie concessions will be available, along with a big screen for all films. Each member will receive a Film Pass Card to show at the door of each event to gain admittance. Non-members will still be welcome for a one-day membership cost of $10 per film.

Screenings are on the third Sunday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. Kickoff curator will be the new Assistant Director of the Starr Center for the American Experience, JaJuan Johnson. Other community curators include Tom Martin of The Bookplate, as well as Robert Earl Price and Alicia Kozma.

This year’s films include:

February 16: “Beasts of Southern Wild”

March 15: “The Big Night”

April 19: “Howl”

May 17: “Blackboard Jungle”

June 21: “Wild Ponies of Chincoteague”

July 19: “Days of Wine and Roses”

August 16: “The Defiant Ones”

September 20: TBD

October 18: “First Reformed”

November 15: TBD

December 20: “The Farewell”

For RiverArts Film Society membership information, contact Maria Wood, RiverArts’ executive director, at 410-778-6300.

Each month, RiverArts provides opportunities for growth, including ArtsAlive, drop-in art and crafting on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. (bring a project or jump in on a simple one provided for the day). First Friday events (often pop-up galleries and/or hands-on art activities) take place regularly, too. A wide variety of classes from fine arts series taught by professionals to unique one-day projects, RiverArts offers something for everyone.

In March, RiverArts will begin a series of monthly professional development workshops for artists. Topics will include framing, social media, Etsy tips, guidance on photographing your artwork, and more). March will also bring the first of monthly field trips to local studios.

Each month, RiverArts provides the following:

Pastels Class – with Mary Pritchard – Tuesdays • 9 a.m.-noon)

Life Drawing Drop-In – with a live model – Mondays • 1-4 p.m.

Photography Club – Last Thursday of the month

For more details, pricing, and sign-up information for classes, visit and look under the ArtsAlive/Classes tab at the top of the page.

In the ArtsAlive center at 200 High Street, there are classes in a variety of arts techniques and mediums.


Needle Felting – with Clara Daining – February 13 • 6-8 p.m.

SKIES! SKIES! and more SKIES in Watercolor – with Steve Bleinberger February 15 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Magical Mosaic Pendant – with Candace Liccione – February 20 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Chestertown Gallery Crawl – Drop-in activity with a “family” theme – February 22 •10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore Art! – for kids ages 8-14 – with Vanna Ramirez – February 25, March 3, 10, 17 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Fancy Fairies – with Clara Daining – March 3 • noon-2 p.m.

Explore Art – with Vanna Ramirez – March 3, 10, 17 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Metal Stamping – with Melissa Kay-Steves – March 11 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Etsy Success – Professional Development for Artists – with Jodi Bortz – March 16 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Fancy Fairies – with Clara Daining – March 19 • 6-8 p.m.

Field Trip to Wye River Designs – March 23 • 1-3 p.m.

Ukranian Egg Art – with Coreen Weilminster – March 26 • 6-9 p.m.

In the Clay Studio at 315 High Street, get your hands dirty as you learn techniques and tips for working with clay:

Hand Building – Saturdays through February 29 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Decorate & Glaze

Mobile Raku Workshop

Calling all aspiring fashion designers for RiverArts’ Reclaimed Runway Fashion Show and Gala on Saturday, March 21 at the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company. All that is needed is a little imagination and the skills to work with recycled or repurposed items. Vie for the People’s Choice Award or Best in Show. Designs will be juried to assure a variety of themes, designs and participants.

In other news, it was announced recently that Sue Wilson has taken on a new role at Chestertown RiverArts, that of Gallery Director. Sue has worked with art and artists all her life, in galleries and art spaces and, for many years, as manager of Chestertown’s beloved framing shop and art supply store, The Finishing Touch. She combines an artistic eye and attention to detail with strong administrative skills and a genuine warmth toward RiverArts members, artists, and the community at large, offering a rare and valuable set of talents and qualities that are of great benefit to RiverArts and the gallery.

The position of Gallery Director is a new one for RiverArts, reflecting the organization’s growing scope and aspirations. In this new capacity, Sue will work with the Exhibition Committee to ensure that monthly shows run smoothly, that the RiverArts Gift Shop continues to be a shopping destination for high quality decorative and wearable art at a range of price points. Sue will also continue to play an indispensable role in RiverArts events and activities. And, she will no doubt still answer questions and solve problems for anyone who enters the RiverArts Gallery. Contact Sue at

The RiverArts galleries and main office are located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, in Chestertown (in the breezeway). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are extended hours on First Fridays until 8 p.m.

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