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‘John M. Barber’s Chesapeake’ opens June 14 at Maritime Museum

The walls await… Spotlighting on the walls of the new Deltaville Maritime Museum’s stunning center hall marks the areas awaiting the hanging of the over 50 John M. Barber original paintings to be displayed during his “Chesapeake—50 Years of Maritime Art” exhibition in the museum building. The Barber exhibition will be in the center and west halls of the museum while the east hall, entry hall and library will house the “historic buildings,” “Civil War in Middlesex,” “What is a Deadrise” and “Family Boatbuilding Week” exhibitions. The audio-visual exhibition of the “History of the F.D. Crockett Restoration” will accompany the display of the Barber original painting, “F.D. Crockett and Steamer Piankatank off Stingray Point.” A selection of ship’s models will enhance the exhibitions. (Photo by Bill Powell)

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

These are exciting times for the Deltaville Maritime Museum!

“John M. Barber’s Chesapeake—50 Years of Maritime Art,” an exhibition of over 50 original paintings of bay scenes by nationally known maritime artist John Barber, will be on display at the Deltaville Maritime Museum from June 14 through October 12. Currently there are 56 paintings graciously on loan from their owners through their commitment to John and the museum’s mission. More paintings are scheduled to arrive before the opening.

The grand opening of John M. Barber’s “Chesapeake” will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and the exhibition will run daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through October.

For over 50 years, John has meticulously depicted the scenes and scenery of the Chesapeake Bay watermen, their vessels and lifestyles. Barber doesn’t just paint pictures, but the stories behind them. He is a Charter Member and Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists (FASMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and support of fine marine art and history in the United States.

Calling Barber the “premier chronicler of Chesapeake Bay life,” J. Russell Jinishian, the nation’s leading authority on contemporary marine art, praises the artist’s technical skill and painstaking attention to detail. “Many artists paint skipjacks,” he explains, “but John’s emotive depth puts him on another level entirely. Should the skipjacks disappear, Barber’s paintings will provide a valuable historical record of the waterman’s era for generations to come.”

The Barber exhibition is made possible through the efforts of sponsoring patrons Ted and Mary Linhart, the dedication to the museum by John Barber, and the work and commitment of the museum’s Barber Exhibition Committee and board of directors.

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 06.04.2014

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