September 26, 2015
Wilmer Park, Chestertown
Sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts & Washington College
Chestertown RiverArts and Washington College Center for Environment & Society are launching RiverFest, a new, annual event on Saturday, September 26 that will include an afternoon festival at Wilmer Park, water activities and the lighting of a large, floating, solar-powered sculpture at sunset.
Beginning at noon, Wilmer Park on the Chestertown waterfront will be filled with music, activities for families including RiverArts’ KidSPOT, and Phillips Wharf Fish Mobile; a Sun, Sail and Paddle Expo displaying kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboards and day sailors as well as accessories by manufacturers and local distributors; art and environmental displays; and good food and drink.
The first water event of the afternoon will be RiverArts Poker Run, in which participants paddle to each of five buoys stationed along the river to pick up one sealed envelope containing a playing card at each buoy. After all paddlers return to shore they open their five envelopes at once and compare their cards to see who drew the winning hand and wins the cash prize.
Washington College’s 9thAnnual Cardboard Boat Regatta will take to the water at 3PM. The popular and always exciting competition is open to students and all members of the community. Participants create homemade cardboard crafts ranging from nautical to whimsical and from seaworthy to waterlogged to compete. The regatta takes place along the waterfront by Wilmer Park.
Kayak and canoe races are planned for the afternoon and will start and finish in front of Wilmer Park. The mile-long racecourse extends south to a broad turn at the mouth of Radcliffe Creek before returning to the park. The race will begin with a heat for kayaks 12 ft. long and over. The second heat will feature kayaks less that 12 ft. long, and a third heat for twosomes in tandem kayaks and canoes.
RiverArts Parade of Lights will begin just prior to the illumination of the solar sculpture. Led by RiverArts’ KidSPOT children, the festival will process to the area where the illumination of the floating sculpture is staged.
The RiverFest floating sculpture is designed by Vicco and Jacquie von Voss with the logistical and engineering support from Zane Carter and Ed Minch. The solar powered sculpture will light up as the sun goes down and the full moon rises over the eastern shore of the Chester River. It will be a stunning spectacle to behold.
Vicco von Voss is a master wood worker and furniture maker, best known for his use of natural materials. His signature “Vicco Chair” was awarded Best In Show at RiverArts’ recent “Woodworkers’ Showcase” exhibition. His work has been displayed at art galleries including Kohl Gallery at Washington College; The Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown; Academy Art Museum, Easton; Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and in Hamburg, Germany. No stranger to art on a grand scale, his home was featured as a work of art in the Thanksgiving 2014 issue of the New York Times.
Painters competing in the RiverFest Plein Air competition will be visible throughout RiverFest capturing images of the event. For out-of-town visitors, there will be walking tours of downtown Chestertown to learn about our rich history. The Sultana has two public sails scheduled during the day and the Center for the Environment and Society will also be taking folks on their research vessel, the Callinectes. Echo Hill Outdoor School will be hosting students and staff from Pennsylvania State University on it’s classic skipjack, The Elsworth and it’s historic Annie D.
RiverArts is currently looking for sponsors of the event as well as paddle and solar exhibitors for the Sun, Sail & Paddle Expo. Interested parties should contact Jodi Bortz at 410-778-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
RiverFest promises to be a fun filled day for everyone. It will be a great showcase of Chestertown, the waterfront and our community. For more information about RiverFest, visit www.chestertownriverarts.org
For more information visit the Art at Chestertown website.
February 6 – 28, 2015
Woodworker’s Showcase, a Judged Show
315 High Street, Suite 106
Chestertown, MD 21620
Best of Show, Vicco von Voss, Vicco Chair, walnut and birch plywood
Ever since Charles and Ray Eames tapped into the functional and aesthetic possibilities of molded plywood, designers have labored to produce credible all-wood alternatives to traditional stick-built seating. The Vicco Chair arguably fills the bill. Although highly sculptural, it remains remarkably comfortable with a broad contoured seat and sinuous flared back. The openings between the overlapping elements give the piece an airiness lacking in many molded forms. From the front, converging lines soar up from the floor, disappear, and resolve in a single focal point at the top. The design morphs dramatically during a walkaround but never loses its integrity. This is imagination and craftsmanship at the highest level.
– From juror David Fry of Washington
October 31 – December 20, 2014
Transformations: The Art of Vicco Von Voss
September 4 to October 3, 2014
Wednesday through Sunday, 1-6pm
Reception September 4, 5- 7pm
kohl gallery • gibson center for the arts
washington college • chestertown, maryland
An exhibition of new work by artist and Washington College alumni Vicco von Voss. Previously on view at the Academy Art Museum, Easton.
May 10 to July 13 2014 Healy Gallery at the Academy Art Museum in Easton Maryland
May 8 4:00-6:00 pm Seed Patron Reception
May 9 5:30-7:30 pm Academy members and Vicco’s invitation Reception
Curator-led tour with artist: Wednesday, May 28, 12:00 noon & Friday, June 20,12 noon
Get involved in supporting Vicco in the process of creating a new body of work the seed project. Read more…
On February’s First Friday, new work by artists Greg Mort and Vicco Von Voss will be showcased in the ongoing exhibition – MIDSTREAM – featuring the photographs of Kelly Parisi Castro and Alessandra Manzotti.
We’ll be using this opportunity to celebrate the upcoming exhibitions for Mort in 2013 and Von Voss in 2014 at the prestigious Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.
The Art of Greg Mort – Selections from the Hickman Bequest will be exhibited from February 16 – March 31, 2013 and the unique sculptural furniture of Vicco Von Voss is scheduled for an exhibition from May – July 2014.
In anticipation of Vicco’s 2014 show, Massoniart is launching The Seed Project. Collectors and Friends are offering their support to underwrite the creation of new work dedicated specifically for his exhibition at the Academy Art Museum.
Greg Mort’s watercolor, Midstream, was inspired by the journey every artist undertakes in the creation of new work. A portion of the funds from the sale of this painting will be donated to The Seed Project.