CHESTERTOWN - For the second year in a row, area residents can experience a sampling of the creative work of artists from the western shore without leaving Kent County. Last year's artists hailed from Baltimore. This year's contributors are part of the Washington, D.C., arts scene.

The exhibit, "artNOW: DC," is on display in Washington College's Kohl Gallery. It features the work of five young artists: Michael Dax Iacovene, Chandi Kelley, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Jonathan Monaghan and Kendall Nordin. They all work in different mediums – visitors can expect to see everything from computer animation to an intricate map of D.C. created from yarn.

The show was co-curated by Heather Harvey, an assistant professor of art at Washington College, and Natalie Cheung, a D.C.-based photographer who teaches at George Washington University.

Harvey hopes her students will treat the exhibit as an opportunity, and not just a show. A panel was held Friday, Feb. 8, the same day the exhibit opened, for students and the public to learn about the artists and their creative processes. A number of other talks and lectures are scheduled for students only. In addition, they can request one-on-one meetings with the artists.

Anyone interested in viewing the show is welcome to visit Kohl Gallery in the Gibson Center for the Arts from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until March 29. Next year's "artNOW" exhibit will feature artists from Philadelphia.

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