RiverArts KidSPOT and SANDBOX Collaborate

Chestertown River Arts/ Sandbox
January 25, 2015

RiverArts has long been a fan of Washington College’s SANDBOX grant and activities and is teaming up in February for a collaboration with SANDBOX for a series of kids and family classes at KidSPOT on Saturday afternoons with intern Trish Valerio and distinguished visiting artist, Jeni Wightman to engage children in activities that integrate art and the environment.

Among the planned activities are a scavenger hunt and the construction of a trash totem. Come to one or participate in all of the classes which will be free of charge. On February 7, the class led by Wightman will run from 2:00 to 4:00 whereas on February 14, 21 and 22, the classes led by Valerio will run from 1:00 to 3:00.

Wightman is also opening a show First Friday at the Sandbox Studio that will feature three living mud paintings which will continue to grow in the Studio over the next few months. Also on display will be large photographic prints of some of her previous paintings. The SANDBOX Studio is generally open from 10 – 4 during the week and in the mornings on Saturdays.

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David Foster Speaks on Using Nutrient Trading Markets at January 29, 2015 CBG Meeting

January 25, 2015

David Foster will discuss using nutrient trading markets to clean up the Chesapeake Bay with The Community Breakfast Group (CBG) at their January 29 meeting. David is an Environmental Economist with a PhD in Environmental Planning and Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has extensive experience in environmental planning for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has served as Riverkeeper for the Chester River Association.

The CBG meets for breakfast every Thursday at 7:30AM at the Holiday Inn Express in Chestertown. Our meetings start promptly at 7:30AM, so you may want to come at 7:15AM to get your breakfast before the meeting. Our website is www.kentcbg.org.

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RiverArts’ February Shows Complement Each Other

Chestertown, MD
January 23, 2015

Opening on First Friday, February 6, 5:00-8:00pm, and running through February 28 are two shows whose pieces intermix with each other in both the Main and Studio Galleries at RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106. Co-curators Barbara Parker and Ronn Akins have been overseeing the abstract show and Chuck Engstrom curated the Wood Workers Showcase. All worked together so that these pieces complement each other.

Without Reference – The Abstract Art Show includes both 2D and 3D pieces. Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. Therefore the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale. Abstract art began in 1911 with such works as Picture with a Circle by the Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky believed that colors provoke emotions. Red was lively and confident. Green was peaceful with inner strength.

Blue was deep and supernatural. Yellow could be warm, exciting, or disturbing. White seemed silent but full of possibilities. Kandinsky also assigned instrument tones to go with each color. Red sounded like a trumpet. Green sounded like a middle-position violin. Light Blue sounded like a flute. Dark Blue sounded like a cello. Yellow sounded like a fanfare of trumpets. White sounded like the pause in a harmonious melody.

These analogies to sounds came from Kandinsky’s love of music especially that by the contemporary Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg.

The Wood Workers’ Showcase: A Judged Show includes many types of work including tables, lamps, bird carvings and turned wood objects. Many different types of wood will be on display. In addition to our local artists, there will be works by artisans from other areas of the Eastern Shore, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maine and New York.

This show is a judged show. Modest monetary prizes will be awarded by David Fry from Washington, D.C. who is a long-time writer, critic, and wood turner. Many of his articles have appeared in the National Wood Turners Magazine. He has also judged several shows for the Chesapeake Wood Turners.

RiverArts regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-4:00, First Friday, 11:00-8:00 and Saturday 10:00-4. Be sure to stop by to see these two wonderful shows.

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Kent County Public Library Announce 2015 Board of Trustees Officers and Meeting Schedule

Kent County Public Library
Chestertown, MD
January 21, 2015

On January 14, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Kent County Public Library elected officers to serve during 2015:

President, Barbara Macbeth
Vice-president, Joseph Harding
Treasurer, Sarah Schut
Secretary, Wendy Costa

The seven-member Board also includes Beverly Birkmire, Richard Kalter, and Charles Lerner. Mr. Lerner will serve as Compliance Officer.

Board Appointments
The following Trustees and citizen representatives were chosen to serve on the Finance and Facilities Committees:
Finance Committee – Beverly Birkmire, chair; Charles Lerner; Sarah Schut; Earl Runde, citizen representative
Facilities Committee –Joseph Harding, chair; Harry Packard, citizen representative

Working Groups were also established to provide liaisons to The Foundation for the Kent County Public Library and The Friends of Kent County Public Library, as well as addressing topics including Marketing; Trustee Search and Evaluation; Director Evaluation; and Library Personnel and Volunteers Recognition.

2015 Meeting Schedule
In February, the Finance Committee and the full Board will meet on Tuesday, February 17 at 9am and 10:30am, respectively. This meeting will be held at KCPL’s Rock Hall Branch.

Thereafter, the regular monthly meetings will be held in the Chestertown Library, Inc. building (“the Yellow Building”) at the Chestertown Branch on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

The Finance Committee will meet at 9am and the full Board at 10:30am on the following dates: March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Facility Committee meetings will be announced as they are scheduled.

Meetings of the Board of Trustees are subject to Maryland’s Open Meetings Act and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information about or to contact the Board of Trustees, please visit the kentcountylibrary.org.

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Historical Society First Friday: After the War is Over: The Stewardship of Civil War Battlefields

Historical Society of Kent County
Chestertown, MD
January 22, 2015

In the mid-1940s Ronald F. Lee, the National Park Service’s Chief Historian, was dispatched to Appomattox, Virginia to dissuade some local citizens who were eagerly supporting the proposed reconstruction of the McLean House, where General Robert E. Lee had surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865. Installing such “fabrications” on historic battlefields were contrary to established NPS policy regarding the stewardship of these properties and it was Lee’s job to convince the local boosters, who were “all wild on restorations,” that his agency could not support—despite substantial architectural documentation–the reconstruction of the vanished building. The so-called “second defeat of Lee at Appomattox,” is just one example of the diverse challenges that impact the preservation, interpretation and management of historic properties associated with the Civil War. Since the early 1930s battlefield preservation has had a central place in the story of the National Park Service and its partners. This presentation will survey the story of battlefield preservation as it relates to “the late unpleasantness.”

John H. Sprinkle, Jr. serves as the Bureau Historian for the National Park Service in Washington, DC. With a quarter century of experience in the field, he is the author of Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation. Dr. Sprinkle is now at work on Saving Spaces: Land Conservation in the United States. Join us for History Happy Hour, 4PM Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street in Chestertown and learn more about the preservation of Civil War battlefields.

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Eastern Shore Writers Association Chesapeake Song Program with Tom McHugh

Eastern Shore Writers Association
Jan. 22, 2015

The Eastern Shore Writers Association has scheduled a Chesapeake Song program with renowned folk singer Tom McHugh at 11 a.m. February 14, 2015 in Rock Hall.

Festivities start at the historic Mainstay Theater with a concert of Songs of the Chesapeake by McHugh, who will present a set of his classic waterman and boating tunes. The program will then move to the Bay Wolf Restaurant for lunch, where McHugh will MC a program of recorded and live regional songs. Guests are invited to bring guitars and banjos.

Tom McHugh performing at the Rock Hall Clamhouse re-dedication November 2013 - Photo:SG Atkinson

Tom McHugh performing at the Rock Hall Clamhouse re-dedication November 2013 – Photo:SG Atkinson

A retired college professor, McHugh received a Ph.D. from Penn, then started his college teaching career at Washington College. He moved to Vassar College as chairman of The Department of Education and a member of the American Culture Program faculty. McHugh retired in the early nineties as a full professor and moved back to Rock Hall.

“When I retired early from Vassar I vowed to my students that I would take the things learned there and convert them for use in some other setting,” McHugh said. “Those things Vassar taught me were a love of community service, that every act is a teaching act, that the best learning takes place in settings that are artistic and creative, and that the arts are critical to any learning atmosphere.” So, in 1997, Tom founded The Mainstay as a community center for the arts.

Both events are open to the public – the concert is $6 at the door and lunch is $14. Please RSVP for the lunch at sweeneygf@aol.com. CDs of McHugh’s songs are available at the Mainstay.

The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (ESWA), including the ESWA Education Fund, holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, publishes The Delmarva Review and manages the Delmarva Book Prize, along with other educational programs. As nonprofit organizations, they support writers and the literary arts across the Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, see the ESWA website www.easternshorewriters.org, or email Gerald F. Sweeney at sweeneygf@aol.com.

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