RiverArts to host exhibition celebrating rural life
CHESTERTOWN — Chestertown RiverArts believes one of the reasons residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore love spending their time here is because of the quality of life and that much of that joy comes from the natural surroundings exhibited on the Eastern Shore. On the First Friday, July 1, the RiverArts Main Gallery will host an eclectic exhibit, “Celebrating Rural Life.” First Friday guests are asked to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award, which will be announced at 8 p.m. Friday evening. The show runs through July 30.
Curators Jack and Barbara Fancher have challenged artists to interpret this theme broadly, capturing the beauties, wonders, and perhaps even the oddities of rural life. Artists may be inspired by the seasonal rhythms of planting, a bountiful harvest, an early frost, or how light and shadow play across a changing environment. The Fanchers note art is subject to the artist’s perspective and medium; popular subjects are local parades, fairs, summer parties, farmers markets and wildlife.
When Master Knitter Sue Wright enters a piece in a show, it is always special, said Director Andy Goddard. Friends of Wright raise sheep; Wright has knit a vest from the wool of a sheep named Snuggles. It is made of lambswool, so called because it is made from the wool that comes from the first shearing of the sheep.
Tom McHugh, long associated with the Mainstay, is an award winning artist whose work will also be on display. McHugh, when his children were born, began to paint in mixed media using all kinds of medium from glue to acrylics, newsprint and glitter. His work has been described as whimsical and “outsider art,” said Goddard. For this exhibit McHugh will use mixed media to capture Bay fisheries caught by watermen such as crabs, oysters, rock fish, perch and clams.
In the Studio Gallery, there will be an exhibit of “Humans of Kent County.” People from all walks of life are interviewed to capture something special about them and/or the times they have lived in. A broad range of volunteers have conducted these inter views and photograph the individual being interviewed.
RiverArts is located at 315 High Street in Chestertown and is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On First Fridays the gallery and gift shop remain open until 8 p.m. To learn more about RiverArts, go to www.chestertownriverarts. org or call 410-778-6300.
The Centreville Giants semi-pro baseball team in 1950. Head coach John Selby is in the center of the front row with his players.