Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth - Visual Art

Click the "online viewing room" at right to see the exhibit!

Thanks to Curators Jack and Barbara Fancher for hosting our first Virtual Artists' Talk on Wednesday, August 12. Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth artists discussed their processes, their inspirations, and the meaning behind their works. Judge Ben Simons was unable to join us, so Jack announced the awards.

Congratulations to the prize winners!

Best in Show: Fall Morning Light, watercolor by Steve Bleinberger

Second Place: Gathering Storm, digital photograph by Wil Scott

Merit Award: Treasures of Silver Creek, photograph by William Trainor

People's Choice: Chester River: Symphony in Blue by Phyllis Ryan

Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth

Each April, RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting an Earth-themed exhibit. Artists and poets are invited to submit work reflecting on the themes of taking care of and celebrating the Earth for this judged and juried show.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the Sassafrass Environmental Education Center at Turner’s Creek, a valuable Kent County institution lovingly directed by Wayne Gilchrest, in keeping with his conviction that “… kids are the soil from which wisdom grows.” Gilchrest has said “If you want a good crop of vegetables, you have to take care of your soil—healthy soil produces good food. Healthy children with good access to good teachers and real knowledge are fundamental for civilization.”

RiverArts is pleased to partner with ShoreRivers and Echo Hill Outdoor School to offer the Pat Herold Nielsen Poetry Prize in honor of the late Pat Herold Nielsen, a poet who was a founding member of the Chester River Association, one of ShoreRivers’ original legacy organizations. An accomplished poet and an award-winning filmmaker, Pat unceasingly directed her many talents toward engagement with protecting our environment. Poets agree to allow ShoreRivers permission to reproduce prize-winning poems for online or print publications, upon request.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank LaMotte Company, The Environmental Interest Group at Heron Point, The Mill of Kingstown, and Fresh Start Food and Garden, in Rock Hall for sponsoring the Visual Art awards.

The Art of Stewardship Project led by Greg Mort was the inspiration for this effort.


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