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New artists to be featured at Art on the Half Shell

Artist Patrick O’Brien’s “Whale Tails”

There will be something for everyone at this year’s Art on the Half Shell fine art festival on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Urbanna. 

“I never get tired of meeting new artists and seeing the products of their creative energy,” said Ginny Sawkins, artist coordinator for the festival.  “It’s like Christmas in May, and one of the most rewarding aspects of what we do here is invite new exhibitors to join us who have learned about Art on the Half Shell from other fine artists who happen to love our show and come back year after year. We’ve waited a long time for this kind of reputation, so all the hard work has really paid off.”

Wood turner Patrick O’Brien from Alexandria is just that kind of artist. A friend of long-standing festival exhibitor and many times over award winner Bill Firestone of Annandale, O’Brien will delight visitors with extraordinarily beautiful works in wood that promise to keep the attention of the many people visiting the show. 

“The really wonderful thing about art in all its many forms is that each medium is the fuel that keeps the artist perpetually moving forward and this is what is so exciting for us to experience each year as old friends exhibit new work, and new artists surprise us with something different,” said Sawkins. “It will all be here May 9th on Rappahannock Avenue.”

For information about the festival, and how to volunteer or contribute, call 758-5788. 

“Keep Mother’s Day Saturday in Urbanna on your calendar. Invite friends and family and take advantage of everything going on during the day—from the artists, to the music, to the kids’ workshop, the Middlesex County Artist Exhibit, the Farmer’s Market and all the happenings at the waterfront,” said Sawkins. “There will be buyboats tied up at the town marina and model boats at Jamison Cove. Don’t miss it!”

posted 04.15.2009

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