Art on the Eastern Shore: Karen Hubacher and the Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour

Karen Hubacher,
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We’re delighted when you spend your weekends with us at the Torpedo Factory—but we also love to hear that you’re exploring other art centers, because there’s a good chance you’re supporting one of our many associate artists in the process. Case in point: Karen Hubacher, who hopes you’ll take the opportunity to discover the works of some Eastern Shore artists—right in their own studios.

During the next two weekends, Chestertown RiverArts invites you to take a free, self-guided tour of 60 members’ studios in and around this beautiful Maryland village. Brochures pointing you to each artist’s workspace are available at restaurants and shops throughout Kent County, but you’ll want to start by sampling their work at RiverArts Gallery. You’ll find painting, pottery, printmaking, photography, sculpture, jewelry, metal and glasswork—pretty much any medium you can imagine—and ample opportunities for inspiration.

Chestertown RiverArts Gallery

“It’s a great way for folks to meet local artists and learn about their techniques,” says Hubacher, who will be demonstrating the art of encaustic painting at 3 p.m. during each day of the Studio Tour. Longtime friends of the Torpedo Factory may know Hubacher as a printmaker, but a few years ago she also became passionate about painting. At the same time, the Eastern Shore, where she and her husband first owned a getaway house in the 1980s, began to feel like home, as the bayside scenery wrought its own subtle change on her art.

“Working in total seclusion with views of tall, organized pines and occasional gum, poplar, and maple trees is a profound difference,” Hubacher explains. “In the silence of my forest, and within a short walk of the bay, my work has moved to a more organic and somewhat minimalist style.”

Less than two hours from D.C., Baltimore, and Alexandria, Chestertown RiverArts—which formed last year when two longtime arts organizations merged—is already a major draw for art lovers, and Studio Tour 2013 offers a sublime introduction to the Eastern Shore.

“It’s a wonderful way to explore the area,” says Hubacher, who’s looking forward to greeting new friends and old from across the region. She knows from personal experience that something about this part of Maryland inspires return visits—and artistic visions the curious traveler won’t quickly forget.

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, in Chestertown, Maryland. Their Studio Tour 2013 occurs on October 26 and 27 and November 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome! For more information about Karen Hubacher and her art, check out her Torpedo Factory page or her personal website.

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