October’s First Friday at the Library

Kent County Public Library
September 30, 2014

Kent County Public Library is pleased to announce a First Friday art reception featuring the work of THE ART GROUP. Drawing from the work of artists who engage in oil painting, photography, watercolors, sculpture, craftmaking, and other art forms, THE ART GROUP has created an exhibit that is filled with diversity of style, form, and subject matter.

The artists–Lauryn Cunningham, Sheila Exum, Cal Jackson, Allen Johnson, Theresa Schram, Betty Smith, and David Stuebing–invite you to join them on First Friday, October 3, 2014 between 5pm and 8pm. Meet the artists, engage with others who support the arts, and enjoy refreshments while enjoying the diverse exhibit. All are welcome at this free celebration of the arts in Kent County.

During the month of October, KCPL will also be hosting a display of artwork created by students from the Chestertown Christian Academy.

All artwork showcased at the First Friday reception will remain on display at KCPL’s Chestertown branch during the month of October.

For more information about the First Friday reception or to learn how to apply to be a featured artist at KCPL, please call 410.778.3636 or visit the Chestertown Branch at 408 High Street, Chestertown.

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Elizabeth Davis & Justin Panepinto are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
September 30, 2014

Justin Panepinto
Shoreman of the Week

Freshman tennis player Justin Panepinto (Cary, N.C./Middle Creek) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Panepinto reached the semifinals of B6 Singles at the ITA Southeast Regionals, hosted by the University of Mary Washington, over the weekend.

Panepinto won his first two collegiate singles matches, beating Karim Fahmy of Penn State-Harrisburg, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round, and Goucher’s Pat Murnin, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinals before being eliminated in the semifinals.

Panepinto also won his first collegiate doubles match, opening B2 Doubles playing alongside sophomore Zachary Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) to post an 8-3 win in the first round. The duo was then forced to withdraw due to an injury Novick suffered in singles play.

Elizabeth Davis
Shorewoman of the Week

Sophomore field hockey player Elizabeth Davis (Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Davis scored four goals in a 5-1 win at Gettysburg Saturday.

Davis scored a pair of goals in each half of the Shorewomen’s win. The four-goal margin of victory was the Shorewomen’s largest ever over the Bullets and their five goals in the game was their most-ever against Gettysburg. Davis now has nine goals on the season.

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Top Experts Share Insights Into India’s New Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Washington College

Washington College
September 30, 2014

Speaking October 1 at Washington College, Brookings Institution fellows will discuss impact of spring elections on India’s international policies.

In spring of 2014, a record number of Indians participated in the world’s largest democratic exercise, delivering a historic win for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, over the incumbent Congress Party. On Wednesday, October 1, two experts from the Brookings Institution, Bruce Riedel and Tanvi Madan, will visit Washington College to talk about the impact of that election result and the challenges it poses for U.S policy in the region.

Their presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. Sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, the event is free and open to the public.

Bruce Riedel brings decades of high-level international policy experience to his role as senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, part of the Institute’s new Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He also serves as a senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He has written several books, including The Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of the Global Jihad (2011), and Avoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back (2013).

Before joining Brookings, Riedel worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years, a tenure that included multiple overseas postings and earned a Distinguished Intelligence Career Medal. As a senior member of the National Security Council, he was a senior advisor to the last four U.S. presidents on South Asia and the Middle East. In the 1990s, he served at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Near East and South Asia and was a senior advisor at NATO. More recently, he has advised both the Obama Administration and Britain’s National Security Council on Middle East policy and terrorism. A graduate of Brown (B.A.), Harvard (M.A.) and the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, Riedel teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

Tanvi Madan is a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and director of its India Project. Her work focuses on Indian foreign policy, particularly India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection of India’s energy policies with its international and security policies. She holds a Ph.D. from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India.

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Vince Raimond, A Force for the Arts – Remembrance of Vince Raimond at RiverArts

Chestertown RiverArts
September 2014

Chestertown RiverArts is dedicating its October exhibitions in fond remembrance of Vince Raimond, who died Aug. 12, 2014. His presence is seen and felt in our “The Real War” Exhibition (see below), but it is also visible in almost everything and everyone who has been involved in the arts in Kent County for the past 60 years. We miss him terribly, as all who knew him do. Please join us to celebrate his memory and work to further his vision.

The Real War: WWII Veterans Remember
“The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember” exhibition, based on Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience’s StoryQuest oral history program, opens on Wednesday, October 1, at RiverArts with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Curated by Lani Seikaly and Shane Benz, the exhibition shares the images and interviews of veterans and families done by Starr Center students. Thirty-three veterans share their stories about the war and their service more than seventy years later. The Kent County Historical Society, a co-sponsor, will have the exhibition on display at the Bordley Center in later months. The exhibition will be displayed in RiverArts’ Studio Gallery through November 1.

Studio Tour Exhibition Opens First Friday, October 3
In 2000, Chestertown RiverArts, formerly known as Artworks, held its first annual studio tour. Twelve artists participated that year. Now, fifteen years later, there are sixty-one artists from a vibrant Kent County artists community who will open their studio doors for the Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, October 25 and 26 and November 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. For a sneak peek of the works of these artists, many of whom are known and recognized for their achievements throughout the art world, RiverArts will host an exhibition of their works throughout the month of October. Featured are paintings, pottery, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, glass and wood art, and hand-made furniture. Meet the artists and get a jump start on planning your personal tour at the opening reception, Friday, October 3 from 5-8 p.m.

After-School Programs at KidSPOT
Clara Daining, professional jewelry-maker and master crafter, is leading a series of after-school workshops in jewelry-making for kids ages 8-13. Each week, children will tackle a new project, including Memory Wire Bracelets, Button Rings, Paper Bead Jewelry (bracelets and/or necklaces), Beaded Dragonfly Pendants, Decoupage Jewelry Boxes, and Multimedia Necklaces. The six-week workshop, which starts Monday, October 13, will be held from 4-5 p.m. Each class costs $20, or save by paying $100 for all six classes. To read more about the workshop, visit us online. Please call 410-778-6300 to register your child.

New Beginner’s Pottery on the Wheel Classes starts October 16
On Thursday evenings, from 6-9 p.m., award-winning sculptor, potter and educator, Marilee Schumann, will share her expertise with beginner clay students in our beautiful new Clay Studio at 204 High Street in Chestertown. Beginners learn to make basic forms of functional ceramics on the potters wheel, including glazing. Focus will be on aesthetics, craftsmanship, and personal expression. Students should wear clothes that can get messy, bring a towel, a beverage, and a sense of humor.

Life Drawing Class Moves to Wednesdays
Life Drawing classes, currently held on Mondays from 4-7 p.m. will be moving to Wednesdays beginning October 15. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.

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In Kohl Gallery’s “Raw Nerves,” Artists Take on Iconic Figures, Tough Racial Themes

Washington College Kohl Gallery
September 29, 2019

Exhibition of works by Jeffrey Kent and Warren Lyons opens October 16 at Washington College.

Two artists who capture the African-American experience through very different styles will be showcased in an exhibition opening Thursday, October 16, in the Kohl Gallery at Washington College. “Raw Nerves: Homage and Provocation, Jeffrey Kent and Warren Lyons” will explore the racial divide that has defined much of America’s social, economic and political history.

A free reception with the artists will officially open the exhibition that Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Each artist will return to campus to talk about his work. Warren Lyons will speak Friday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Kohl Gallery. Jeffrey Kent will speak Tuesday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent makes bold, provocative statements, layering vibrant colors and elements of mixed-media collage with authentic references to historical elements such as slave-picked cotton and racist Golliwog dolls. The Kohl Gallery show will include a mix of his paintings and sculptural work.

Kent earned a master of fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, where he was recently artist-in-residence and guest lecturer. He has shown in numerous exhibitions in Maryland, including Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. He co-founded Unexpected Art Space, a pop-up gallery that now operates in two locations in Baltimore City.

Warren Lyons is a cum laude graduate of Adelphi University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He also holds a post-master’s certification in social work from Hunter College; at least one reviewer has noted that his art reflects his “ongoing love for both art and psychology.” Lyons’s paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including in the Ashok Jain Gallery in New York City, where he lives.

On exhibit in “Raw Nerves” will be six of Lyons’s bold, intricately wrought portraits of historical figures who were key influences on civil rights, social justice and American culture. From Harriet Tubman to John Coltrane, Lyons captures these iconic figures in a visceral way that rises far above mere documentation. “The unconscious and inexplicable emerges and overtakes the primary image,” the artist has said of the portraits. “Consequently, the familiar and the unnamable co-exist beside, within, around and throughout that which is immediately discernable.”

“Raw Nerves” is co-curated by Alex Castro, an artist and architect who serves as interim director of the Kohl Gallery, and Alisha Knight, an associate professor of English and director of the Black Studies Program at Washington College.

“I see elements of confrontation and celebration in their work, and I’m looking forward to seeing how others react,” says Professor Knight of the two artists. “Notions of race, class, sexuality, and privilege continue to be sensitive, raw subjects for many people. I hope that visitors will find the works moving. Better yet, I hope they feel provoked and that, rather than repress any emotions the pieces may stir up, they push themselves to contemplate whatever is at the core of their reactions.”

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the College’s Black Studies Program and by the Charles Sumner Post #25 of the Grand Army of the Republic, which recently renovated its historic building in downtown Chestertown. First built in 1908 by African American veterans of the Civil War as a social gathering place, the G.A.R. post is now a venue for community events and cultural programing. “One of our goals is to increase interest in fine art and the pleasures of a gallery visit,” says GAR program director Robert Earl Price, a poet and playwright who lectures at Washington College. “This show by two young African American artists is a wonderful opportunity, and we’re pleased to support it.”

“Raw Nerves: Homage and Provocation” will continue through December 5. The Kohl Gallery is located in the Gibson Center for the Arts on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday and Thanksgiving). For more information, email kohl_gallery@washcoll.edu.

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Candidate Forum for State’s Attorney and Clerk of the Court on October 2, 2014

League of Women Voters
September 2014

Candidates for two offices in Kent County will meet and answer questions from the public at a League of Women Voters event on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown. Back-to-back forums will feature candidates for the offices of Clerk of Court and State’s Attorney, beginning at 7 p.m.

Current Clerk of Court Mark L. Mumford, a Democrat, is being challenged by Robert H. Strong, a Republican. Strong is now completing his announced last term as State’s Attorney for the county, after 16 years in that office. Mumford has held the clerk’s position for six terms, now totaling 24 years in office. The position pays $92,600 annually.

The office of State’s Attorney has two men seeking what would be their first terms in that office. The candidates are Democrat Andrew C. Meehan and Republican Harris P. Murphy. Both candidates have practiced law for many years in Kent County. The State’s Attorney job pays $101,802.

The forums will follow League procedure by controlling the amount of time that candidates have to make statements and answer questions. Margie Elsberg will moderate the event.

For more information on the candidates, and all those persons running in Maryland’s November 4 election, visit the League’s special website – www.vote411.org.

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