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‘Meet the Artists’ to hold raffle for Maritime Museum

Above is a Hank Roden image of the replica of a Capt. John Smith shallop built by volunteers at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. It will be among the many pieces of art on exhibit at Meet the Artists on August 17.

The annual “Meet the Artists” event in Urbanna, on Friday, August 17, will feature a fine art exhibit and raffles of lodging, personal services and art to raise funds for the Deltaville Maritime Museum Rebuilding Fund. More than a dozen area artists will present their work in person during the 4 to 7 p.m. reception where complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The art exhibit will include an eclectic mix of artwork, which includes paintings, mixed media, fine photography, clay, wood carvings and metal sculpture. The entire exhibit will run through Saturday, August 18.

“Meet the Artists” has become a season favorite for both residents and visitors who enjoy browsing the halls of the restored early 20th-century former hardware store building where this year’s exhibit will be displayed on both floors. Artwork can be seen and admired on easels, walls, tables and leaning in corners, adding color, energy and interest throughout The Taylor Building. Soft watercolors by Jack Banks, bright acrylics by Sarah Soderlund, the crazy and wild mixed media work of Jeff Helm, and the masterful iron sculptures of John Latelle are part of the mix of this year’s program. Candie Newman will exhibit her watercolors, and Pam Rennolds will display her clay pieces. Wade Brooks’ metal work and Ron Courtney’s acrylic paintings also will be included in the exhibit.

“We realize that the timing of Meet the Artists provided an opportunity to raise funds to help our friends in Deltaville as they work to rebuild their wonderful Maritime Museum in the wake of the recent fire that devastated so much of the museum property,” commented Karen Lowe, owner of “Lowe Tide,” located at 51 Cross Street in The Taylor Building. “We’ve organized a sophisticated raffle package with proceeds going to the museum.”

Raffle items include a weekend getaway generously donated by innkeepers Lee and Suzanne Chewning of the Urbanna Inn B&B, and a dinner for two compliments of Megan Brockman of Café Mojo.

But that’s just a part of the growing list of raffle items. 51 Cross Street merchants are contributing services and art including a therapeutic massage donated by Certified Massage Therapist Suzanne Caciola-White, and a custom facial provided by Trudy of Peaches & Cream Skin Care.

Artwork items include a framed special edition photograph by Trainor Photoart, jewelry by Jacquie Colligan, and mixed media sculpture by Clifford Earl of Glen Allen.

The Garden Club in Urbanna is adding to the raffle by contributing something very special from their interior design gallery, and Taste of Urbanna is donating a gourmet gift basket. Expect more items as the event draws closer.

“Don’t miss it. Bring family and friends and come have fun, enjoy some light fare and good wine, put some money in the jug for the museum and take home some fine art and a fabulous raffle item,” said an event spokesperson.

For more information, call 758-1606 or 804-815-4639.

posted 08.08.2012

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