Winter Blues Exhibit - February 2022

Of equal appeal to all, blue is the color of sea and sky, of loyalty and commitment, and of the inner reaches of the human psyche. It conjures a complex mixture of emotions, of music, of serenity, of constancy, and of the period of time we call winter during which we humans use the cold and dark for retrospection and regeneration.  

In RiverArts’ Winter Blues exhibit, it is possible to represent in paintings, photos, and sculpture many of the aspects of the color that make it simultaneously calming and mysterious.  

This show is co-curated by Barbara Parker, a longtime member of the local arts community both as a painter and musician, and by Matt Meilnick, the new Director of The Mainstay in Rock Hall. 

Matt hails from Utica, New York, but has moved to Kent County full time to assume leadership of the Mainstay and to become a vibrant member of our larger arts community. He is a musician, a published author of fiction and non-fiction and a licensed Therapist who has worked with special needs children for twenty years. But his first love is presenting live music. He will be arranging for a presentation of blues music at the opening on February 4.

“I always thought blue was the most powerful of colors, the most elastic. You can’t reach any higher than the blue sky. And yet a case of the blues brings one to a depth populated by heartbreak, heartache and hard-asses. The musical idiom of the blues somehow gives us a groove in which to sail through such difficult waters.”

EXHIBITION DATES: February 4th through February 27th

OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday, February 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

GALLERY ARTISTS’ TALK: Thursday, February 10th, 5:00, please join us

DROP OFF: Sunday, January 30th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Monday, January 31st, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

PICK UP: Sunday, February 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Monday, February 28th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please click here to read and consent to RiverArts’ Artists’ Agreement and Exhibition Guidelines before submitting work.

Registration Information: Artists are invited to submit up to 2 pieces. To submit your work, please fill out the registration form located at the bottom of this page. You must fill out ALL required fields

You can now upload images of your works directly in the registration form below. (Image submission is helpful but not required to enter online): 

  • Files should be saved in jpeg format.
  • Each file name should include your Name, and the Title of the work (for example: Auguste-Rodin-The Thinker.jpg).
  • Click the "choose files" buttons included in the form to upload one image for each piece you are submitting. 
  • Be sure to match the correct image with the correct entry.

Registration submission fee: RiverArts Members: $10 per entry. Non-Members: $20 per entry. 

To enter payment information: Calculate your payment amount (members: $10 per entry, non-members: $20 per entry).

Enter ONLY the dollar amount in the "Payment Amount" field, with no dollar sign (example: 10 for one entry or 20 for two entries).

Enter your credit or debit card number, expiration date, and CVC code (the three numbers on the back of the card).

Check that all the required information has been entered completely and correctly, and then click the "Submit" button. 

Check your email to be sure you have received a confirmation email. If you do not see the confirmation email, check your spam folder. If you do not receive a confirmation, you may NOT be registered. If this happens, contact us for assistance.

If you have questions or need help with your registration, please contact Sue Wilson: suewilson@chestertownriverarts.org or call W: 410-778-6300 / C: 443-480-4980. 

Registration Info

Registration submission fee: RiverArts Members: $10 per entry. Non-Members: $20 per entry.