"March Madness Comes to Chester"

March 3 to April 7 (by 5 p.m.)

CHESTER – Visitors who come to Chester’s downtown between Friday, March 3 and Friday, April 7 have a chance at winning a March Madness shopping spree worth more than $500.

Kicking off on First Friday in March and ending First Friday in April, shoppers, diners and gallery-goers can pick up a special “Chester” card at any business and each time they buy something their card will be validated. Once they’ve made purchases at seven different locations, their card is eligible for the drawing April 7 when the winner will receive $25 gift certificates from each of the eight restaurants and 13 merchants participating. Every store, gallery and restaurant in town is on board, and the cards will be available at each of them beginning on First Friday, March 3.

Completed cards should be turned in to The Perfect Pear at 51 Main Street no later than 5 p.m. April 7 for the grand-prize drawing at 6 p.m. Players can complete more than one card for entry. The winner need not be present to win.

The participating restaurants are: The Good Elephant, Otto, Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille, River Tavern, Simon’s Marketplace, Thai Riverside, The Villager and The Wheatmarket. The eligible retail shops and galleries are Black Kat Leather, Dina Varano, Elle Design Studio, The French Hen, Lark, Lori Warner Gallery and Swoon and Maple & Main Gallery, Also: The Perfect Pear, R.J Vickers Herbery, the Chester Bottle Shop, Strut Your Mutt, Matt Austin Studio and Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery.

Spring Exhibition On View Starting April 5

Opening Reception April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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The Spring Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery, presenting a selection of original work from traditional by 48 painters and sculptors, opens Wednesday, April 5 and runs through June 18.

 The gallery features a wide a variety of styles, medium and price points and also has a number of small works and unframed paintings on paper.

On First Friday, April 7, the gallery will be open until 8 p.m. serving wine; the opening reception for the spring show is Saturday, April 8 from 6 to 8 with appetizers and a wine tasting by Chester Package Store from 6 to 7 p.m.

                      Winter Exhibition Now on View Through April 2

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Maple and Main invites you to see the display of art included in our Annual Winter Exhibition. The show features all new artwork by 54 Connecticut artists. View paintings in a range of styles and compositions -- from paintings to sculpture, abstract to realism -- at many different sizes.

The exhibition runs through April 2. See you soon!

Annoucing our Second Annual Juried Show

OnView in Joslow and Stone Gallery

"Barricade" By Bryan Gorneau, First Prize Winner

"Barricade" By Bryan Gorneau, First Prize Winner

Our Second Annual Juried Exhibition is now on view in our lower Joslow and Stone Galleries. The show features work by 64 artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Juried by renown Connecticut artist and Chester resident, Deborah Quinn-Munson, the exhibit showcases a vast variety of styles and medium from classic still life’s to impressionistic landscapes to large, vivid abstracts.

The exhibit runs through April 2.