CHESTERTOWN — The annual RiverArts Members’ Show, which opened Jan. 2, aims to highlight the quality and diversity of the arts community in Kent County.

Curators Marti Hawkins and Linda Kramer encouraged artists to submit one or two of their favorite pieces of art in any medium, a news release states.

The exhibit includes photography, paintings, pastels, ceramics, fiber art (wearable and decorative), paper, mixed media, glass and wood — including a baseball, mitt and guitar.

Then on First Friday attendees cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award with Ronn Akins’s “The Things He Sees...” garnering the most votes.

Runners-up were Annie Singer’s “So Close” and Kate McGraw’s “Moonrise Over Big Woods Road.” The Members’ Show will be on view through Jan. 27.

The RiverArts gallery exhibits change monthly. Most shows are open to non-members as well as members. Upcoming exhibits are “Variations on a Theme,” “Still Life and Portraiture” in February and “Drawing” in March. April brings the annual juried “Art of Stewardship” exhibit, which includes both poetry and visual art. May’s theme is “Visual Story Tellers,” and June is the annual “Juried Painting and Contemporary Craft.”

The “Eastern Shore Life” exhibit will run in July. The August show is “Judged Photography and Wood.” “Connections: Work in a Series” is scheduled for September. October is reserved for the annual “Studio Tour Artists Exhibit.” The gallery will showcase “Kent County Student Art” work in early November, with the “Holiday Show and Sale” rounding out the year.

More information on all upcoming shows, including specific dates and artist submission information, is available on the RiverArts website,, and click on exhibitions.

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