Office & Gallery Hours:
Tuesday: 10-1
Wednesday - Friday:
Saturday: 10-1


As KIFA is staffed by volunteers, it is always best to call ahead to ensure we are open.

405 Main Street
Stevensville, MD 21666




The Kent Island Federation of Arts (KIFA) will hold its third annual “Paint Stevensville” Plein Air Event from May 31st to June 3rd in and around Stevensville and the Kent Island area. Artists will take to the harbors, historic sites, countryside, Chesapeake Bay and marshes to paint “en plein air”. En plein air is a French expression that means “in the open air”, used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Plein Air events take place wherever the scenery is inspirational, artists congregate to paint it, and watchers gather to see the painters make art right before their eyes.

As many as 40 artists from both sides of the Bay will paint the picturesque spots of Kent Island and surrounding areas including Kent Narrows beginning the morning of Wednesday, May 31st and continuing through a “Quick Draw” timed event on Saturday, June 3rd. There will also be “nocturnal” or nighttime paintings at the Kent Narrows the evening of Thursday, June 1st and the Bay area the evening of Friday, June 2nd. Artists’ work will be exhibited in the KIFA gallery beginning the evening of Saturday, June 3rd and will be judged by nationally award-winning Baltimore artist Ken Karlic, a Signature Artist Member of Baltimore Watercolor Society. A reception and Wet Paint Sale will be held at the KIFA gallery from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday following the judging.

 The “Quick Draw” event will be held in historic Stevensville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd with judging by Hai-Ou Hou, Director of the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville. She studied at the Central Institute of Fine Art and Design in Beijing where she was born. Her works hang in many museums, corporate and private collections. She has received numerous awards at plein air events around the country including the renowned Plein Air Easton event. An “Off the Easel” sale of the Quick Draw pieces will take place near Rustico restaurant from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

For artists interested in participating, pull out your paints, pastels or pencils and set up an easel at one of many sites available. Get up early and paint the sunrise or stay up late and paint one of the gorgeous sunsets over the Bay or the nightlights of the Kent Narrows. Participate all four days or just come for a day or two or participate only in the Quick Draw Competition on Saturday. All artists must come to KIFA to pick up their welcome packets the day of the event and have their canvases or paper stamped. The day of the Quick Draw, artists come to downtown Stevensville directly. Cost for registration is $45 which includes the Quick Draw event, $35 for KIFA members and $10 for Quick Draw only.

The event is open to the public - come out and enjoy watching the artists paint. You can also call KIFA to find out where some of the artists are painting. Watching the artists and attending the reception at KIFA is free to the public.

Artists may contact KIFA at 410-643-7424 for more information or go to  to fill out a registration form. 

KIFA, or Kent Island Federation of Arts, was founded in 1963 as a small non-profit community organization, built on making the arts accessible to Kent Island and the surrounding environs. 


This reception will be

held in doors

Join your fellow artists showing their works of 
plein air at 

Goshen Farm Gardens
Wine and Cheese Reception
Thursday, May 25th
4:30 - 6:30 pm
1420 Cape St. Claire Road
Follow dirt road uphill until

reaching the farm.

A wonderful opportunity to visit this gem, rich in history, and view the Sharing Gardens!

The next opportunity to support your fellow artists will be held at the
Manresa Garden Party
Thursday, June 15th
5:00 - 8:30pm

Kent Island Federation of Arts