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Artist specializes in Native American subjects

The artwork of Cecky Ropelewski

To exhibit at Art on the Half Shell

Fine artist Cecky Ropelewski of Walkerton will exhibit her artwork Saturday, May 9, in Urbanna during the Art on the Half Shell fine art festival. 

“Cecky has been exhibiting with us for many years and we are always very happy to have her included on Rappahannock Avenue for the show,” said Diane Gravatt, co-chair of the festival. 

Her work was awarded a ribbon by judge Johnny Johnson of Fredericksburg in 2008. 

Distinguished by her use of Native American subject material, Ropelewski’s style is very much her own. “I have been enamored by Native Americans all of my life,” she said. “Their spiritualism and beautiful culture made an early impact on me that has not let me go.”

An artist since she was able to hold a pencil, Ropelewski exhibits her art regionally and will host the annual Wine & Arts Festival at Locust Grove on June 13.

Ropelewski will be one of approximately 80 fine artists who will be exhibiting their work during the 9th Annual Art on the Half Shell fine art and fine craft festival in Urbanna on May 9 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Artists from Virginia as well as artists traveling from as far away as Connecticut and Florida, will have their exhibit areas open to the public during the festival.

The Middlesex County artists will have a large exhibit area in Taber Park and will be joined by demonstrating artists, authors who will be signing their latest editions, and the Children’s Art Workshop area. 

“You’ll also be able to find great food offered by Richmond’s Strawberry Street Café, Dan Gill and his crew from our own Something Different, and some of Cross Street’s Coffee delicious cups of Joe to top things off,” said festival official Ginny Sawkins. 

On the lawn of Lansdowne, music by “Tinker’s Dam” of Richmond will be entertaining visitors from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to rest in the shade, listen to good music and enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine along with great food before continuing on through Urbanna for all the activities planned for that day.

For more information, email , go online and visit, or call the Art on the Half Shell Festival Foundation at 758-5788.

imageIn a related matter, the Urbanna Business Association is raffling off a model of the Chesapeake Bay buyboat “Nannie” in an effort to help raise funds to support Art on the Half Shell. Raffle tickets can be purchased at business locations in Urbanna. Tickets are $1 each, or six or $5.

The model of “Nannie” is on display in the window of the Urbanna Inn. The model will be raffled on Saturday, May 9.

posted 04.29.2009

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