RiverArts – Open Juried Fine Art Show – September 2013
open: May 15 – June 29
former Chestertown Arts League’s Annual Open Juried Art Show had a
run of 64 shows through April of 2012, bringing together fine works
of art from regional artists in Eastern Maryland, Delaware and
Pennsylvania. Following the merger of the Arts League with Chester
River Artworks to form Chestertown RiverArts, the new organization is
proud to continue this tradition with the first annual Chestertown
RiverArts Open Juried Fine Art Show. The new show is scheduled for
September 2013 and will be mounted in RiverArt’s new galleries in
downtown Chestertown, Md. All artists residing in the United States
and Canada are eligible. The Juror will be David Grafton of Easton,
Md. and the Judge will be Mary McCoy of Centreville, Md. Chestertown
is an historic county seat on the Chester River, a major tributary of
the Chesapeake Bay. The town has a vibrant arts community and is the
home of Washington College and the tall ship, Sultana.
for the show will be done on-line via the RiverArts web site,
and images of work will be submitted via email at registration.
The registration period is open May 15 through June 29 and accepted
works will be announced in early August. Mediums of works
acceptable for the show include: all painting mediums on paper, board
and canvas including pastel, mixed mediums and collage; drawings and
hand-pulled prints; photography; and sculpture and other 3D works.
The work must be original and completed in the past 24 months (i.e.
May 2011 or later). Please refer to the RiverArts web site for show
news, the detailed call for artists and registration instructions.
awarded for any medium include “Best in Show” and “Juror’s
Choice” and several “Awards of Excellence” and “Honorable
Mentions”. Five medium specific prizes will be given for:
watermedia painting; painting in oil or acrylic on canvas or board;
pastel; photography; and a work in drawing, hand-pulled prints or
mixed media. There will be one all-mediums theme prize, “Best
Representation of the Eastern Shore.” This is a long-standing
tradition of the CAL Juried Show and rewards work evoking the rural
nature and/or bay and river life of the Chesapeake region. Total
monetary prizes will exceed $2400.
Juror David Grafton is an internationally-known painter with works in
collections around the US and in Canada, Japan and Europe. He is
best known for his evocative, painterly landscapes and seascapes and
for his bold abstracts. He was juried in to the highly competitive
2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Plein Air Easton Competitions and has been
an active teacher, muralist and juror.
Judge Mary McCoy has an academic background in Studio Art and has
written extensively on art for many publications including the
Washington Post and most recently as an art reviewer for local
publications. She is also an accomplished sculptor specializing in
found object installations and as a collaborator with her husband
Howard McCoy. Their collaborative environmental sculptures have been
featured annually at the Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, Md. since
questions to Show Organizer Rich Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 410-928-5012 and visit the RiverArts web page for updates on the
show. The new RiverArts galleries are found at 315 High Street
(suite 106) in downtown Chestertown, Md. Regular gallery hours
are: Wednesday through Friday 11am – 4pm; Saturday 9:45am – 4pm
and Sunday Noon-3pm.