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Grand opening of Barber Exhibition set for Saturday at Maritime Museum

John Barber’s “F.D. Crockett and Steamer Piankatank off Stingray Point” will make its first public appearance on Saturday.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

The waiting is over!

This Saturday, June 14, the long-anticipated exhibition of John M. Barber’s original maritime paintings—“John M. Barber’s Chesapeake-50 Years of Maritime Art”—begins with its grand opening from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Saturday also essentially represents the grand opening of the new museum building as well, as this will be the first time all the walls and galleries of the museum will be in full use.

The current count of original Barber paintings on display, graciously on loan from their owners through the efforts of John and the museum, is 56. 

Museum exhibits accompanying the Barber Exhibition are: “The Civil War in Middlesex,” “Historic Buildings,” “What is a Deadrise?”, “Family Boat Building Week,” “Restoring the F.D Crockett,” and various detailed workboat models.

The Saturday opening also will mark the first public appearance of the Barber original painting “F.D. Crockett and Steamer Piankatank off Stingray Point” Circa 1930-Chesapeake Bay.

This artwork was painted especially for the Deltaville Museum and her national historically-registered restored log-hulled buyboat “F.D. Crockett” by John. He also has generously donated the print rights for the painting to benefit the museum. Limited edition prints of this historically accurate and majestic painting are available this Saturday and throughout the exhibition at the museum gift shop.

Here is the “legend” for the painting from the exhibition’s catalog: “Harkening back to when the era of sail and steam gave way to motorized vessels, on this bright summer day we see the steamer Piankatank (1890, Wilmington, Delaware), also known as “Old Smokey,” and the F.D. Crockett, a log-hulled motor vessel (1924, Dare, Virginia) built for Ferdinand Desota Crockett of Seaford for freighting cargo and dredging oysters and crabs. The vessels, along with several sailing schooners which were still working the bay, are rounding Stingray Point light with a view into the Piankatank River.”

The table-quality exhibition catalog, with full color plates and detailed legends, will be available in the museum gift shop.

Admission to the Barber Exhibition and the museum exhibits is $15 per person and free to museum members. Minimum individual annual museum memberships are $15 and family memberships are $25. Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to, free museum access, gift shop discounts, event ticket discounts, and a newsletter keeping members abreast of all things happening at the museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

To find out everything you need to know about the museum and park, purchase event tickets, donate, volunteer, or become a member visit, email or call 776-7200. The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 06.11.2014

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