Kent County by Water by Chris Cerino

Cerino to Unveil New Book on First Friday, November 7, 2014 at Robert Ortiz Studios

Chris Cerino’s Kent County by Water: A Portrait of Maryland’s Most Scenic Peninsula

Chris Cerino with his Book and Ship










On Friday, November 7, 2014, Chestertown Mayor and Sultana Education Foundation Vice President Chris Cerino will unveil his new book, entitled Kent County by Water, at Robert Ortiz Studios at 207 South Cross Street in downtown Chestertown. While working on this project, Cerino collected thousands of photographs during guided canoe, kayak, and sailing trips on the Chester River, Sassafras River, and the Chesapeake Bay proper. The resulting book features 120 pages of full-color digital images that provide readers with an intimate look into the rivers, creeks, and marshes that make Kent County such an ideal location for boaters and paddling enthusiasts. In addition to stunning pictures of the flora and fauna that inhabit the waterways of the Eastern Shore, the book also portrays the people and communities that make this region such a special place to live, work, and play.

Free food and drink will be provided, and the author will give brief talks about the book featuring a variety of images from the publication starting at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm. Books will also be on sale for purchase. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to mingle with the author, view spectacular photographs of Kent County, and enjoy free wine and hors d’oeuvres with friends and family.
















Event is Free and everyone is invited.

Photography and Story: Chris Cerino

Book Design: James Dissette

Support: Kent County Arts Council, Leslie Prince Raimond, Director


Black Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay Exhibit at Charles Sumner Post #25

Black Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
An Exhibit of Marc Castelli paintings from the collection of Dr. Mel Rapelyea &
Images from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

October 31 – November 9, 2014
Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic ~ G.A.R.

Collection of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Collection of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

An important part of Eastern Shore life revolves around harvesting the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. The significant work done by men and women who ply the waters fishing and oystering or do the jobs of shucking and packing is celebrated in an exhibit of paintings and photographs of Black Watermen. The era of plenty is vanishing and this display captures and celebrates some of its highlights before it is gone.

October 31- November 2, 2-14 Chestertown is celebrating its maritime heritage during Sultana Downrigging Weekend.
November 7-9, a second celebration called Earth Stewardship Days will feature exhibits and events about the fragility of our world in a concerted effort to bring attention to this growing dilemma.

Black Waterman by Marc CastelliThrough paintings, film, poetry and prose, the Arts will speak to the need for all of us being good stewards of our lands and waters. On both of these weekends, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Charles Sumner Post #25 is featuring the exhibit of Black Watermen with Marc Castelli paintings from the collection of Dr. Mel Rapelyea, and with images from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. A special night will be held for First Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 and the next day, a talk given by Pete Lesher, Chief Curator, and Marc Castelli is planned for Saturday, November 8 at 11:00 am. All events are Free and open to the public and will take place at the Charles Sumner Post #25 – 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, Maryland, 21620.

Sponsors: Carla Massoni Gallery; Kent County Arts Council; Chestertown River Arts; Sultana Education Foundation; GAR Post #25, Inc.; Dr. Mel Rapelyea; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; Marc Castelli, and Pete Lesher

More info RiverArts Chestertown
Carla Massoni Gallery


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

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 3.17.05 PMSaturday, November 1

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
More Information >>

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

More information about this project >>

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