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Art on the Half Shell festival May 9 in Urbanna

The sculptures of Clifford Earl will be on exhibit.
Returning and new visitors to the Art on the Half Shell festival will be delighted once again on Saturday, May 9, when they spot Glen Allen artist Clifford Earl at his usual spot at the corner of Virginia Street and Rappahannock Avenue in Urbanna. 

“Cliff Earl has had his name in lights for years as a famous craftsman all around Virginia and beyond, and has become a very good friend over the years,” said Ginny Sawkins, artist coordinator and co-chair of the Art on the Half Shell Festival Foundation, sponsor of the festival.

Middlesex artists wanted!

The Art on the Half Shell Festival preparations are solidly in place for this year’s event on Saturday, May 9. Fine artists who have applied for street locations on Rappahannock Avenue will be traveling from as far away as Connecticut and Florida to mark this 9th anniversary of Urbanna’s well-known and popular art show.
Jana Bridgman, chairperson for the Middlesex County Artists Exhibit, is encouraging all local artists, regardless of experience, to join this year’s County Artist Exhibit that will be located under a large white tent at Taber Park. 
“We’re always so happy to offer this special part of the day’s festivities to our local artists,” said Bridgman. I want to encourage everyone in the county who has always wanted to take part in an art show as an exhibitor to be a part of this wonderful exhibition. We don’t discriminate from the beginning artist to the seasoned participant.
“We’ve got plenty of room for many artists, it only costs $20 to participate, and everyone will have the opportunity to experience the festival and sell their work,” continued Bridgman. “It’s a happy and rewarding experience, and the camaraderie under the tent is a big part of the fun. All media will be accepted.”
To learn more and receive an application, call Bridgman at 758-1820, or call the Art on the Half Shell Festival Foundation at 758-5788.

“To my way of thinking, the festival would just not be the same or complete without Clifford’s presence and his amazing sculptures that make people smile at the very least, and more likely laugh out loud,” said Sawkins. “I tend to include his old rusted and visibly orange vintage bread truck as part of his exhibit, and make sure that he’s front and center to welcome the many hundreds of people who visit the festival every year.”

Earl and at least 80 more fine artists will be exhibiting Saturday, May 9, for Art on the Half Shell’s 9th anniversary festival. There will be wood turners, fine oil, watercolor and acrylic painters, fiber artistry, jewelers, potters and metal sculptures—all to capture the eye and tempt the wallet. 

The kids craft workshop will be sharing Taber Park with demonstrating artists and food vendors.

On the lawn at Lansdowne from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., visitors can quench their thirst with a cold beer or a glass of wine while sitting a spell under the shade of a big white tent and listening to Richmond’s “Tinker’s Dam” band play their eclectic sound.

It’s all happening Mother’s Day Saturday in Urbanna. 

For information, or for ways you can volunteer (it’s fun!) and/or help support the festival with your very important financial contribution, call 804-758-5788. 

posted 04.01.2009

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