Art & Exhibits

After you’ve sailed on a Tall Ship at Downrigging Weekend, take a few hours to explore some of the incredible art that will be on display at the festival.   Downtown Chestertown is filled with galleries and here are just a few of the art-related events that will be taking place during Downrigging Weekend.

Event Description Tickets/ Fee

Exhibit: Building Sultana – A Selection of Marc Castelli Paintings

Opening Reception Friday, October 27 / 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday, October 28 / 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, October 29/ 11:00am-4:00pm
Sultana Education Center  / 200 South Cross Street 

Partner event with Massoni Art

Between 1997 and 2001, renowned artist Marc Castelli captured the construction of the schooner SULTANA in more than 50 vibrant watercolor paintings.  Taken together, these works represent one of the finest and most complete artistic surveys of the construction of a traditional wooden schooner produced over the last half century.  Most of Castelli’s paintings of SULTANA’s construction were rapidly acquired by private collectors, and haven’t been seen by the public for almost 20 years.   With the assistance of Marc Castelli, Massoni Art, and multiple private collectors, the Sultana Education Foundation is assembling a selection of these paintings for a special Downrigging Weekend exhibit called “Building SULTANA.”   

Also of note . . .  Castelli’s “Building Sultana” exhibit shares its name with a new limited-edition book of his pen and ink drawings of the construction of SULTANA that will be released during a special event at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 28 at Sultana’s Education Center.




Castelli and Massoni

 Exhibit: Marc Castelli – Swinging the Lantern

Friday October 27 / 5:00-7:30pm
Saturday, October 28 / 10:00am-7:00pm
Sunday, October 29/ 11:00am-3:00pm
Massoni Art  / 203 High Street

Partner event with Massoni Art

Marc Castelli grew up in a military family enriched by travel and living in many places. While none of them seem connected to his present fascination with water and boats, his parents did pass down to him their love of history and cultures. This interest continues with Marc’s family and their vacations to Maine, Brittany, Iceland, and Italy, reflecting the desire to have more than a casual experience with such places. Their destinations have usually been based on proximity to water. This reflects his consuming need to talk to those who work on the water and photograph, sketch, draw, and paint them and their boats. These include watermen, lobstermen, their workboats, America’s Cup racers and their yachts, and the extended families that race their log canoes of the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore.

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Saturday, October 28 / 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 29 / 10:00am – 5:00pm
Multiple Locations

Partner event with RiverArts
phone: 410-778-6300

Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Chestertown RiverArts 18th Annual Studio Tour allows the visitor a chance to take a sneak peak inside Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties creative spaces. This free, self-guided tour on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland takes place over two weekends, October 21-22 and October 28-29 (also Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend), 10:00am-5:00pm, rain or shine. Over 50 artists, many nationally known, invite visitors in to talk, check out how they work, and provide the opportunity to buy original artwork at studio prices. The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that include painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass, and more. 

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