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February 3 – March 4, 2017 Opening Reception – February First Friday – February 3, 5-7:30 pm Closing Reception – March First Friday – March 3, 5-7:30 pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday – Tuesday by appointment. MASSONIART is heating up February with a sizzling exhibition featuring a diverse and exciting group of gallery and visiting artists. The exhibit’s title was inspired by Ken Schiano’s newest series of work titled “Little Demons.” For over twenty years, Schiano has been represented by the gallery and during that time he has explored the same existential concerns that have been front and center throughout his career as an artist, architect and professor. Who am I – Where am I – When am I – Why am I. “We all have our demons,” he explains, “and these are mine. They linger, drinking and arguing in the corner of my studio all day, chortling and high-fiving each other when I get it right, tut-tutting when I don’t, and incessantly offering unwarranted criticisms.” Carla Massoni, owner of the gallery, usurped Schiano’s title – "Little Demons" – focusing more in the vein of the ancient Greek word – daimon – denoting a spirit or divine power. “For so many of the artists I represent this “divine inspiration” can serve as both a curse or blessing. The artist often has no choice but to succumb to these “little demons” and create." Joining Schiano are gallery artists Karen Hubacher, Claire McArdle, Zemma Mastin White,Leigh Wen, Katherine K. Allen, Anne Leighton Massoni and Deborah Weiss all presenting new work. Additionally, Massoni is welcoming several visiting artists many who are familiar and some new. Multi-talented Joe Karlik has been busy in his studio and will exhibit a new series of collages. Raphael Sassi and Sara Bakken were introduced to the gallery in 2007 in the exhibition, "The Next Generation." Sassi exhibits regularly but this is Bakken’s first return. A Philadelphia based artist and graduate of the University of the Arts, Bakken works in blown glass and silk to create stunning otherworldly sculptures. Her work was recently featured in a juried exhibition at the 9th International Shibori Symposium at the China National Silk Museum, in Hangzhou, China. Blake Conroy, who dazzled us last year with his laser cut paper sculptures, recently had a one-person exhibition at the Adkins Arboretum. Conroy is exhibiting anew work utilizing his laser techniques but constructed in metal. And, two new Eve Stockton oversized woodcuts will greet visitors at the top of the stairs. New to the gallery are artists Elise Margolis from NYC; Rebecca Saylor Sack, a Philadelphia based painter who exhibits internationally and is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; and Washington based painter Elizabeth Casquiero. Casquiero spent her early years in Portugal where she studied art before moving to Washington, DC to pursue a graduate degree in architecture. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. "Schiano was the impetus for this new exhibition," Massoni explained. "I think he speaks for most artists when he shared his story of the "little demons" hanging out in his studio." "I endure their antics," he laughed, "because they are my guardians as much as my subjects." "Little Demons" opens on February First Friday, February 3, with a reception from 5-7:30 pm. Chestertown will be hosting numerous First Friday events so bundle up and join the festivities. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11-4, and Saturday 10-5. Private appointments may be arranged at any time. If you see the lights on, take a chance - the gallery will be open. There will a closing reception on March First Friday, March 3, 5-7:30 pm. For additional information and images of the exhibition. Visit our website - www.massoniart.com.Find out more »
FEB 3 – 19 By Thomas Heggen & Joshua Logan Directed by Tess Hogans Director Tess Hogans and her cast of 22 men, 1 woman and (1 dog!) invite you to the Garfield Center for the Arts for the first play of the 2017 theatrical season; Mister Roberts. Running three weekends from February 3rd – 19th, this play is a rowdy and realistic saga about a crew of sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific during WWII. The cast includes actors who frequent the Garfield stage, as well as many new faces, including a few veterans of the US Navy. The role of Lt. Douglas Roberts is portrayed by John Mann of the Sultana Education Foundation, and he is joined on stage by Will Robinson as the Doc, Morgan Jung as Lt. Pulver, Chris Williams as the Captain and Bill Blake as Chief Dowdy. The crew is made up of Kirby Powell, Cody Collins, Chris Walmsley, Troy Strootman, Zac Ryan, Paul Cambardella, Robin Wood, Ian Ellison, Tennant Allen and Jackson Williams. Bella Williams plays Lt. Ann Girard, James Diggs is Chief Johnson, John Caraway plays the LCT Officer, David Ryan is the Shore Patrolman, Ken Noble is the Shore Patrol Officer, and both Skip Bushby and Tom Dorman have double roles as a Military Policeman, Medical Corpsman and Radio Announcer. John Mann’s Labrador retriever, Angus, plays Rear Admiral Wentworth’s dog. Julie Lawrence is Assistant Director and Hester Sachse is the Stage Manager. During the run of Mister Roberts there will also be a display in the Kohl Lobby of the Garfield Center that honors local veterans, titled “Stories in Service”. Hogans, along with Garfield photographer Jeff Weber and reporters from The Kent County News, photographed and interviewed over 40 local veterans from all branches of service, to honor these men and women for their service to our country. Due to overwhelming response to the series, The Kent County News will continue to highlight one veteran per week through the month of March. The show opens February 3rd with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm until February 19th. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Purchase your tickets online at www.garfieldcenter.org, call 410-810-2060 or visit the Garfield Center Box Office at 210 High Street in Chestertown.Find out more »
TOWN TRASH & RECYCLING SERVICES The Town will be divided into two collection areas, both of which will be serviced twice each week. Collection of garbage and trash will be conducted in one area on Monday and Thursday evenings, and the other on Sunday and Wednesday evenings; except no collection will be made on New Years’ Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, but will be made on the next regular collection day after the holiday. Recycling: Paper, aluminum, household plastics picked up each Friday call 410-928-3333 (Infinity Recycling).