Opening reception for veterans’ art project for peace

CHESTERTOWN — Artwork created by veterans living in Kent County will be on display from April 3 to April 14 at the RiverArts Galley, 200 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (First Friday), April 5. All are invited; there is no cost.

The exhibit features artwork on the theme of world peace as conceptualized by the individual participants, who created their art during a special event March 9 at Sumner Hall in Chestertown.

The local artwork will contribute to a group paper quilt and then exchanged with another group making art, matched through the Global Art Project for Peace.

According to a news release, participants will be joining with thousands of other art messages of peace and goodwill simultaneously that will encircle the world during the week of April 23-30.

According to its website, “The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project celebrates diversity and multiculturalism while expressing the idea: We Are All One.”

Locally, the project is made possible by a Creativity Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council that was awarded in August 2023 to artist Marianne Laino Sade, who worked in collaboration with RiverArts’ arts education coordinator Kris Kelley and Sumner Hall.

Sade said, “Creating art together in the name of peace can be powerful, rewarding, and at the same time lots of fun.”

The focal point of the project is to express individual and collective ideas of a peaceful global community and to broaden this relationship with a more worldwide one, through this international initiative.

To learn more about the Global Art Project for Peace, see

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  1. This exhibition shows that the Eastern Shore can reach across the country and the world in the name of Peace.

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