Art and activities slated for 34th Waterfowl Show
, 2014

Art and activities slated
for 34th Waterfowl Show

Herons, bluebirds, pintails, swans, sandpipers, wrens and geese are a few of the wildfowl species that will be displayed in paintings, carvings and photography at the 34th annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show March 16 and 17 at the White Stone firehouse.

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A member of the Virginia Waterfowler’s Association works with a youngster at last year’s show.

The show features 80 wildfowl artists from 10 states, said co-chairman Pat Bruce.

This show has been named by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the South for March 2013, said Bruce. This is the only event selected in Virginia for this March.

The Virginia Waterfowler’s Association will have an expanded area. On Saturday and Sunday they will have activities for children ages 6 and older. Parents must accompany their children.

They also will have presentations on the historical background of Chesapeake Bay working decoys and presentations on duck habitats. The director of the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center will do demonstrations on decoys. All of this will be at the back of the large tent, she said. A schedule of presentations will be posted, but will repeat throughout each day.

In addition to the artists and carvers exhibiting, a number of carvers from several states will be entering the contest. The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild will hold its annual carving competition March 16 at the White Stone Women’s Club building, said Bruce.

Classes for working decoys include buoy, canvas, foam and wood decoys. Other classes feature decorative carvings, songbirds, birds of prey and shorebirds.

This year the contest will host the International Wildfowl Carvers Association’s working decoy championship, added Bruce. Youth carvers are urged to enter a special class just for them. Buoy decoys have become a popular medium and the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild is the first group to offer a competitive class for those decoys in a contest.

Judging for all classes begins at 11 a.m., she said. The public is invited to watch the judging and view the entries.

Exhibiting artists are Art LaMay of Palm Coast, Fla., John Obolewicz of Powhatan, Bill Bolin of Midlothian, Ned Ewell of Cockeysville, Md., Spike Knuth of Mechanicsville, Diane Jackson of Montross and Cary Savage-Ingram of Greer, S.C.

Carvers are Vince Ciesielski of Harrisburg, Pa., Charles Jobes of Havre de Grace, Md., Leroy Shelton of King George, Wayne Baker of Richmond and Chuck Robertson of Linville Falls, N.C.

Other exhibitors include David Turner of Turner Sculpture of Onley, Dan Williams, photographer of Dayton, Tenn., and Dick Cook of Topping.

Carving and painting supplies, along with wood blocks for carving, will be for sale.

Artist of the Year, Ann Holloway of Salisbury, Md., has completed a painting of buffleheads. Color prints will be given away to visitors each day. The Preview Night door prize is an original painting by Grover Cantwell of Salisbury, Md. John Day of Cecilton, Md., has donated a pair of bufflehead carvings for the weekend door prize.

A lunch menu and a special dining area are available.

Sponsors of the show are W. F. Booth and Son Inc., for the show prints, Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Rappahannock Rentals, Lawler Real Estate, Paul Sciacchitano and Welby Saunders of Wells Fargo Advisors, Coloryn Studio, Willaby’s Catering and Currie Funeral Home.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17. Admission is $8, with children under age 12 admitted free.

The show is sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the operations of the department.

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