CHESTERTOWN — An announcement went out calling for artists to participate in the Chestertown RiverArts 10th Annual “Paint the Town,” taking place April 25-28. The 55 openings filled quickly.
In addition to talented local artists, many other artists will be coming from throughout the mid-Atlantic region, according to a news release.
It is a credit to the Kent County community that many artists and visitors return to “Paint the Town” annually because “everyone is so friendly” and the area’s scenery is so beautiful and diverse, the release states.
The artists will paint for three days. On Thursday and Friday they will paint wherever they choose in Kent and upper Queen Anne’s counties. On Saturday the artists will be encouraged to paint in downtown Chestertown.
The paintings will be framed and available for sale at the free “Wet Paint Reception and Sale” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at RiverArts in Chestertown. The artists will have their own say by voting “Best in Show” and “Best Body of Work.” Sales tend to be brisk so visitors are encouraged to make their choices during the reception, the release states. However, if more time is needed, the paintings can be viewed again the next day until 3 p.m.
Sunday morning is for the “Quick Draw,” when artists have two hours to paint a scene. Several additional artists who could not participate during the week will have the opportunity to be part of the “Quick Draw.” These paintings also will be for sale from 11 a.m. to noon in Fountain Park. In case of inclement weather, the paintings will be moved to the breezeway near RiverArts.
A judge will award first, second and third places. The public will also be invited to vote for the “People’s Choice.”
The artists enjoy finding new landscapes to explore or working a scene in more depth, especially when local residents share their favorite places. Sometimes artists try another technique or medium and find it helpful to see how an audience reacts to it.
For a few days these artists will be totally immersed in painting and connecting with people who are watching them paint, giving artists the opportunity to practice talking and painting at the same time. The result is a wonderful overview of paintings that capture the county including historic buildings and street scenes, gardens, rural expanses, seascapes, nautical views and more.
For more information, go to www.chestertownriverarts.org/events and click on “Paint the Town” or call 410-778-6300.