RiverArts to host ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing ru­ral life

Record Observer - - Arts & En­ter­tain­ment -

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Cen­tre­ville Giants semi-pro base­ball team in 1950. Head coach John Selby is in the cen­ter of the front row with his play­ers.

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