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March Art Show: Paintings by Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis

It’s all in the story | Paintings by Bill Lewis

March 4 – March 25, 2016
Opening Reception – First Friday, March 4, 5-8 pm

Closing PartyFriday, March 25, 5-8 pm

Sumner Hall
206 South Queen Street
Chestertown, MD

Please join us on an inspiring visual journey through one man’s experience with brain cancer. All proceeds from this benefit show will go toward treatment.

While he has been widely recognized as a Renaissance man, most predominantly for his wood work, Bill Lewis has been an artist of multi-media for years. Since being diagnosed in June, he has come back to his roots and once again embraced his role as painter, creating an extensive new body of work. Translating his experience through color, texture and abstract imagery, he navigates the waters of this illness with grace, and an openness for whatever floods in. This is sure to be a riveting show.

There will be a silent auction and raffle the night of the opening reception.
* Paintings for sale.
* Signed prints available.
* All proceeds from this benefit show will go toward treatment.

Bill Lewis painting: "The Mistrel" 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas

“The Mistrel” 36 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas


Lani Seikaly Awarded 2015 KENNY Award

When the Hedgelawn Foundation and the Kent County Arts Council was tasked to identify the 2015 KENNY winner for an exceptional individual who has given “excellence and service in the arts in Kent County,” they didn’t need to look far to see that Lani Hall Seikaly would be the perfect 10th recipient of one of the County’s most prestigious awards.

A very special thanks to The Chestertown Spy for the article and video coverage of the event and to Steve Atkinson of Local in Kent County for wonderful photo coverage of the event.


Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Concert


Join us for the 5th Annual Commemoration Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features music, poetry, dance and spoken word.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Garfield Center for the Arts
5 – 7pm

Admission is free, but donations will go to the charities supported by the MLK Breakfast Event.


Welcome — Leslie Prince Raimond and Andy Goddard

EmCee ~Rev. Anthony Brown

Sylvia Frazier

Pam Ortiz Band: Pam & Bob Ortiz, Nevin Dawson, Ford Schumann, Philip Dutton

Andre Sisco

Sombarkin: Karen Somerville, Jerome McKinney, Lester Barrett, Jr.

Alisha Stewart

Pilgrim Travelers

Robert Earl Price

New Gospelites: Irene Moore, Mary Hynson, James Phillips, Hester Newnam

Peter Heck

Burke Family Singers

God’s Wealth with Sunny Fassett

Presented by Garfield Center for the Arts and Kent County Arts Council

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