The Seasonal Art Walk taking place this Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Chestertown will feature 10 commercial galleries and studios and three pop-up venues, offering a range of art from paintings and sculpture to fiber-art and furniture. Organized by the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District, the Art Walk will provide shoppers and art patrons with a map that enables them to stroll from one venue to another at their own pace between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Masks and effective social distancing will be enforced at all stops.

Robert Ortiz Studios will showcase furniture pieces from Ortiz’s “Sofia Line” along with ceramic work by Vanna Ramirez, paintings by Fredy Granillo and the wearable art of fiber artist Yuh Okano. Also on display will be drawings for a mural commissioned by Ortiz and designed by Granillo and Ramirez for the Chestertown Arts and Entertainment District. The mural pays tribute to the Latin American Community and its contributions to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Newcomer Les Poissons Gallery will feature Plein Air landscapes, botanicals and local farm and water scenes by more than  20 artists of the Mid-Atlantic region. CREATE Gallery will feature an expanded selection of Faith Wilson floor cloths. Wilson will be on hand to discuss her work and to share information about the other artists whose fine crafts and wearable art are carried at the gallery.

Diane Rappisi opens her studio and exhibition space to offer a range of her contemporary realism in oil and pastels. Portraits, still life and landscape paintings as well as works in progress and preliminary studies will be available.  At the Blueberry Pie and Art Society, members Kate Quinn, Roberta Ingram and Anne Singer will show their paintings. And at her shop on Park Row, Linda Roy Walls will exhibit her photographs on wood and metal and her collection of vintage Christmas items. She also will host neighboring Spa Angels, selling bracelets and spa products, and Carol Mylander, selling her fresh greenery wreaths.

Inez Santori, co-owner with husband Paul of Tish Fine Art Plus, describes their First Annual Silver and Gold Show as “an eclectic display of art work that evokes a festive spirit as we approach the end of this all too interesting year.” All styles of art – abstract, surreal,  representational, 3D– will be available,.

Contemporary glass artists Patti and Dave Hegland will be in their Hegland Glass studio to share  the design and firing techniques that earned them the Cohn Family Trust Prize for Excellence in Glass last month at the 44th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show last month.

The Artists’ Gallery, a cooperative gallery run by five artists, is featuring “Water, Wildlife and Wonders” by Barbara Zuehlke.  The watercolor artist captures the beauty of the Eastern Shore in water reflections, the color and movement of skies, the delightful forms of shore birds and turtles, and the glory of the garden. Zuehlke is a partner with The Artists’ Gallery and her paintings will be featured in the gallery throughout December.

Window shopping is the order of the day as RiverArts continues its Annual Members’ Holiday Show & Sale. Original work by local artists is displayed in the RiverArts storefront windows and on its website. Shoppers can purchase the items online or request a private appointment at the Gallery.

The venues for the three one-day pop-up shops on the tour include the back patio of The Kitchen at the Imperial, where pastel artist Mary Pritchard will demonstrate and sell her award-winning work in the Barn building adjacent to the outdoor dining area.  This exhibition features scenes from Maine and the Eastern Shore, including Pritchard’s iconic images of Chestertown barns, fields and river.

Artist Samuel Moore of S. Edward Moore Art will fill the former Gabriel’s storefront at 207 S. Cross Street with his acrylic paintings on canvas. And Mike Pugh will offer his Friendship Farm artisan pottery in front of The Finishing Touch.

Maps for the Art Walk will be available in downtown shops and all the participating galleries. Downtown restaurants and cafes will offer special holiday menu items for Art Walk participants who want to rest and refuel along the way.

Kay MacIntosh

Executive Director, Main Street Historic Chestertown
Manager, Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District
118 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
office: 410-778-2991