It’s Happening Downtown!

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Calling All Cars!

Every third Thursday, from April through October, 6 to 8 pm, weather permitting.

(April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18)

Auto enthusiasts meet to share their classic, antique, and exotic wheels with the public. The season opening April 19 features the blues/bluegrass music of The High & Wides.   For more info: https://www.facebook.com/CarsOnHighStreet/

Party Like It’s 1776!

Tea Party Festival returns May 25-27, 2018

A boisterous celebration of Colonial resistance to British rule, the town’s longest-running festival includes re-enactments, food vendors, crafts, music, talks, a raft race, and more!

http://chestertownteaparty.org/

First Fridays in Chestertown

 

Now Showing at
The Garfield Center for the Arts

  • Brushes & Bubbly!

    Join in the fun while painted and embellishing through texture this large 20 inch Maryland Blue Crab shape. You will be given lots of color… Read mor […]

4th of July

 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird Film Screening

    This critically acclaimed, classic trial film burst onto the scene in 1962, revealing ugly truths at a time when Civil Rights activists and students were challenging segregation in the South. The story takes place in 1930s Alabama as Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer (Gregory Peck) defends a black man falsely accused of raping an impoverished white woman. The innocence of Finch’s young children — daughter, Scout, and son, Jem — gives way to understanding crucial lessons about prejudice and the fears that motivate it. Talkback Facilitator: Reverend Ellsworth Tolliver Event seating is limited. Pre-registration is required for everyone. Priority seating is given to Film Society Members. […]

  • River Arts Film Club

    "To Kill a Mockingbird" – part of the 60s series of movies presented to the River Arts Film Club. […]

  • Sultana Public Sails (Music Sail)

    All of the fun of a regular SULTANA trip with the added treat of hearing great music by local artist. […]

  • MassoniArt presents KEN SCHIANO

    Summer Showcase – August & September Reception – August First Friday – August 3, 2018. 5-7:30 pm Ken Schiano is the featured artist for the August First Friday – Summer Showcase exhibition at MASSONIART. Schiano’s award winning work has been exhibited widely up and down the East Coast and is in numerous corporate and private collections. He has been exhibiting with the Carla Massoni Gallery since 1995. Schiano is known for his luminous multi-layered abstractions. In 2013, he began experimenting with new mediums and a larger scale.  His shaped paintings were introduced in his one man show at the Academy Art Museum in 2015.  Art critic Mary McCoy commented in her review of the exhibition, “There are some works of art that you can look at again and again and always see something more. Ken Schiano’s paintings are a case in point. Full of impossibly angled planes and baffling color relationships, they provoke you to puzzle out what is going on and how Schiano managed to do it.” An architect by training, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union. While there Schiano was exposed to the power of color by Op-Art painter, Ben Cunningham, and later by contemporary artist Wolf Kahn. He taught both art and architecture at the University of Kentucky and the Illinois Institute of Technology and was a partner at QA13 Architects for 25 years. “My skills as an artist are still largely self-taught,” Schiano commented. “I tend to rely heavily on architectonic principles, especially in the honest use of materials and process. My work is uncompromisingly abstract, and despite external sources, my subject matter is derived solely from the act of painting.” In describing his work McCoy commented on his technique and medium, “By mixing his own paints from dry pigment, Schiano is able to create an incredible range of extremely subtle colors. Like a latter-day Abstract Expressionist, Schiano allows his intuition to guide him as he plays with color, texture and form.” The front gallery at MASSONIART will be dedicated to Schiano’s new body of work.  Also featured are artists: James Tatum, Grace Mitchell, Susan Tessem, Zemma Mastin White, Vicco von Voss and Karen Hubacher. Gallery hours are subject to change based on our exhibition schedule. When we are installing a new exhibit the gallery will be dark. Otherwise our hours are Wednesday thru Friday 11-4pm, Saturday 10-5 pm. […]

  • Extraordinary Journeys

    Studio Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm Curators: Marj and Tina Morani Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • Juried Photography Show (Main Gallery)

    Main Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Opening reception First Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • The Sounds of Nature- Animals, Insects, & How They Make Noise

    Join 4-H's Beth Hill as she shares the sounds of the insect and animal world and how they are created. Ages 5+ […]

  • Juried Photography Show (Main Gallery)

    Main Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Opening reception First Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • Extraordinary Journeys

    Studio Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm Curators: Marj and Tina Morani Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • MassoniArt presents KEN SCHIANO

    Summer Showcase – August & September Reception – August First Friday – August 3, 2018. 5-7:30 pm Ken Schiano is the featured artist for the August First Friday – Summer Showcase exhibition at MASSONIART. Schiano’s award winning work has been exhibited widely up and down the East Coast and is in numerous corporate and private collections. He has been exhibiting with the Carla Massoni Gallery since 1995. Schiano is known for his luminous multi-layered abstractions. In 2013, he began experimenting with new mediums and a larger scale.  His shaped paintings were introduced in his one man show at the Academy Art Museum in 2015.  Art critic Mary McCoy commented in her review of the exhibition, “There are some works of art that you can look at again and again and always see something more. Ken Schiano’s paintings are a case in point. Full of impossibly angled planes and baffling color relationships, they provoke you to puzzle out what is going on and how Schiano managed to do it.” An architect by training, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union. While there Schiano was exposed to the power of color by Op-Art painter, Ben Cunningham, and later by contemporary artist Wolf Kahn. He taught both art and architecture at the University of Kentucky and the Illinois Institute of Technology and was a partner at QA13 Architects for 25 years. “My skills as an artist are still largely self-taught,” Schiano commented. “I tend to rely heavily on architectonic principles, especially in the honest use of materials and process. My work is uncompromisingly abstract, and despite external sources, my subject matter is derived solely from the act of painting.” In describing his work McCoy commented on his technique and medium, “By mixing his own paints from dry pigment, Schiano is able to create an incredible range of extremely subtle colors. Like a latter-day Abstract Expressionist, Schiano allows his intuition to guide him as he plays with color, texture and form.” The front gallery at MASSONIART will be dedicated to Schiano’s new body of work.  Also featured are artists: James Tatum, Grace Mitchell, Susan Tessem, Zemma Mastin White, Vicco von Voss and Karen Hubacher. Gallery hours are subject to change based on our exhibition schedule. When we are installing a new exhibit the gallery will be dark. Otherwise our hours are Wednesday thru Friday 11-4pm, Saturday 10-5 pm. […]

  • Mid-Week Sips with Jenn & John

    Join Jenn & John for happy hour at Chester River Wine & Cheese Co.! Selections will include wine, spirits, and a few beers paired with noshes made in-house. Menu will include seasonally inspired cheese & charcuterie, tartines, salads, and appetizers. Visit the Facebook event page for more info – https://www.facebook.com/events/349303695595461/ &nbs […]

  • Extraordinary Journeys

    Studio Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm Curators: Marj and Tina Morani Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • Juried Photography Show (Main Gallery)

    Main Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Opening reception First Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • MassoniArt presents KEN SCHIANO

    Summer Showcase – August & September Reception – August First Friday – August 3, 2018. 5-7:30 pm Ken Schiano is the featured artist for the August First Friday – Summer Showcase exhibition at MASSONIART. Schiano’s award winning work has been exhibited widely up and down the East Coast and is in numerous corporate and private collections. He has been exhibiting with the Carla Massoni Gallery since 1995. Schiano is known for his luminous multi-layered abstractions. In 2013, he began experimenting with new mediums and a larger scale.  His shaped paintings were introduced in his one man show at the Academy Art Museum in 2015.  Art critic Mary McCoy commented in her review of the exhibition, “There are some works of art that you can look at again and again and always see something more. Ken Schiano’s paintings are a case in point. Full of impossibly angled planes and baffling color relationships, they provoke you to puzzle out what is going on and how Schiano managed to do it.” An architect by training, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union. While there Schiano was exposed to the power of color by Op-Art painter, Ben Cunningham, and later by contemporary artist Wolf Kahn. He taught both art and architecture at the University of Kentucky and the Illinois Institute of Technology and was a partner at QA13 Architects for 25 years. “My skills as an artist are still largely self-taught,” Schiano commented. “I tend to rely heavily on architectonic principles, especially in the honest use of materials and process. My work is uncompromisingly abstract, and despite external sources, my subject matter is derived solely from the act of painting.” In describing his work McCoy commented on his technique and medium, “By mixing his own paints from dry pigment, Schiano is able to create an incredible range of extremely subtle colors. Like a latter-day Abstract Expressionist, Schiano allows his intuition to guide him as he plays with color, texture and form.” The front gallery at MASSONIART will be dedicated to Schiano’s new body of work.  Also featured are artists: James Tatum, Grace Mitchell, Susan Tessem, Zemma Mastin White, Vicco von Voss and Karen Hubacher. Gallery hours are subject to change based on our exhibition schedule. When we are installing a new exhibit the gallery will be dark. Otherwise our hours are Wednesday thru Friday 11-4pm, Saturday 10-5 pm. […]

  • Brushes & Bubbly at the Garfield!

    Join in the fun while painted and embellishing through texture this large 20 inch Maryland Blue Crab shape. You will be given lots of color choices and finishes as well as tools to add texture. I will guide in some new technique and you will have the opportunity to make an original masterpiece. The theatre bar will be open and offer refreshments for sale so grab a friend or two and register for this great event and make a night of it. The cost is $45 which includes supplies, guidance and a donation to Garfield Center. Get a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider with your tickets. If you want to avoid the online convenience fees, feel free to stop in and pay for your tickets in-person at the box office or call 410.810.2060 to pay for tickets over the phone. Hope to see you all there! […]

  • Social Action Committee Meeting

    Regular monthly meeting of this group formed to address issues of social inequity in our community. Newcomers welcome! […]

  • Extraordinary Journeys

    Studio Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm Curators: Marj and Tina Morani Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • Juried Photography Show (Main Gallery)

    Main Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Opening reception First Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]

  • Sing a Song for Owen

    The Mainstay misses our long-time volunteer and friend, Owen McCoy. Come to listen, sing a song, or tell a story for Owen. He loved music and developed a large repertoire of songs, especially Irish tunes, but any song would be fine. Send an email to the organizer, Tom McHugh at tommchugh38@gmail.com Invite your friends. We will take donations for the 4-H to be donated in Owen's name. […]

  • Juried Photography Show (Main Gallery)

    Main Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Annual Photography Awards Show, “The Soul of Photography,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. You are challenged to transform the inanimate image that the camera dutifully records into a work of art that expresses the passion of the mind’s eye. Opening reception First Friday, August 3rd 5pm-8pm. Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-5:30pm), Saturday (10am-5:30pm), Sunday (11am-3pm) […]