Fall 2014 Arts Events

We have a full slate of events happening in Chestertown and Kent County this fall.

Please join us at these exciting, artistic and historic events.

October 2014

raw nervesRaw Nerves: Provocation and Homage The Art of Jeffrey Kent and Warren Lyons

In collaboration with the Black Studies Program and Charles Sumner Post No. 25, Grand Army of the Republic

Opening Reception on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 5-7pm

Kohl Gallery Washington College




Saturday, October 18, 2014

NIAMarlon Saunders presents NIA in Concert
4pm at the Kent County High School

Funded in part by The Hedgelawn Foundation and Kent County Arts Council





Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014 and Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 2014

15th Annual Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour


Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2014

Downrigging Weekend
A Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival in America’s Best Preserved Colonial Seaport

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Music: Emancipation Day Gospel Concert
1:00pm / Charles Sumner Post #25
Official partner event with Charles Sumner Post #25
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Maryland Emancipation Celebration
4:00pm / Janes Church
Official partner event with the Historical Society of Kent County and additional partners TBA
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Thursday, November 6 – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Earth Stewardship Days


The Art of Stewardship Exhibition is the centerpiece of a four-day event: Earth Stewardship Days. In collaboration with other like-minded organizations, RiverArts hopes to increase our community’s understanding of the issues surrounding caring for our planet and our natural resources and to promote the design of personal and collective stewardship actions. Starting Thursday, Nov. 6 with the awards ceremony for the Exhibition, there will be co-sponsored events all weekend to help promote the cause.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Exhibit of African American Watermen painted by Marc Castelli
Exhibition courtesy of Dr. Mel Rapelyea, Marc Castelli and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Opening Reception 5:00 to 8:00 pm | Grand Army of the Republic Hall, Queen Street | Free

Sunday November 9, 2014
River Soundings: A Journey in Harp & Poetry with Meredith Davies Hadaway
11:00 to 1:00 pm | Chester River Packet | Tickets for Brunch and Talk $35 | Make Reservations
Proceeds to benefit the Chester River Association
Sponsored by Occasions Catering, RiverArts, Massoni Gallery, and the Chester River Association

Poet, teacher, and musician, Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of The River is a Reason, Fishing Secrets of the Dead and, forthcoming, At the Narrows (Word Poetry, 2015). Hadaway serves on the Board of Directors for the Chester River Association and was the 2013-14 Rose O’Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College.

Translations from Bark Beetle: A Reading by Jody Gladding
2:00 pm | The Book Plate | Free
Sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council

Acclaimed poet and translator, Jody Gladding has published three full-length collections of poetry, and two letterpress edition chapbooks. Her work has appeared widely in magazines, including Orion, Ecopoetics, Poetry Magazine, and Northern Woodlands. In her inspired new collection, Translations from Bark Beetle (Milkweed Editions 2014), Gladding examines how language arises from landscape, evoking both the fragility and the resilience of the more-than-human world in words, images, rubbings, installations, and inscribed objects. Her awards and honors include MacDowell and Stegner Fellowships, a Whiting Writers’ Award and Yale Younger Poets Prize. Gladding currently teaches in the MFA Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Red Devil Moon:  Inspired by Jean Toomer’s Cane

A concert performance of an original musical with book by Robert Earl Price, music and lyrics by Pam Ortiz. Featuring the Pam Ortiz Band and Sombarkin.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre
Saturday, November 15 at 8pm
Sunday, November 16 at 3pm
General Admission: $20

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

100 Voice Choir at Kent County High School


Winter Fest

GAR will Host an Open House for the Holidays

Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2014