Arts and Culture
Paint the town on the Eastern Shore
By Barbara Vann /
April 17, 2018

Guest feature: Barbara Vann is associated with Chestertown RiverArts. Follow more tourism happenings in Kent County on Facebook and Twitter.

After a brutally long winter, what better way to savor the warmth and beauty of spring than the RiverArts 9th Annual "Paint the Town," April 26-29, where more than 50 talented artists will paint Chestertown and the surrounding countryside and waterways.

Artists come from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and as far away as Washington, D.C. and New York. In fact, Chestertown has been voted the "best place to escape" in Maryland. Many artists paint scenes of historic Chestertown and the surrounding small towns and countryside, while some arrive a day early to scout out Kent County, looking for something special. The result is a wonderful range of paintings that include historic buildings and street scenes, gardens, rural expanses, seascapes, nautical views, and more.

The artists will paint for three days: on Thursday and Friday they will paint throughout Kent and upper Queen Anne's Counties, and on Saturday, artists are encouraged to paint in downtown Chestertown while one of Maryland's most popular Farmers' Markets is in town.

The paintings are framed and will be available for sale at the free "Wet Paint Reception and Sale" on Saturday, April 28, 5:30-8:00pm at RiverArts, 315 High Street. The artists will have their own say by voting "Best in Show" and "Best Body of Work." Sales tend to be brisk so visitors are encouraged to make their choices during the reception. However, if more time is needed, the paintings can be viewed on Sunday morning.

On Sunday there will be a "Quick Draw" where artists have two hours to paint a scene. These paintings will also be for sale 11am-12pm and will be shown in Fountain Park. In case of inclement weather, the paintings will be moved to the breezeway near RiverArts.

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