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Student Art to be featured at Art on the Half Shell

by Ginny Sawkins

As the May 9 date for Art on the Half Shell approaches, final preparations are in full swing not only for the festival committee, but also for the many artists who will be exhibiting on Rappahannock Avenue, Taber Park and the Woman’s Club. 

In case you haven’t yet experienced this annual community fine art event, you’ll have plenty to see, touch and purchase in just a few more weeks. On Rappahannock Avenue, approximately 80 artists will be lining both sides of the street with their familiar white tents and original art. 

In Taber Park you’ll find the Children’s Art Workshop, the Middlesex County Artists Exhibit (there’s room for lots more of you!), familiar authors whose books will be available for a personal autograph and purchase, and numerous demonstrating artists whose creative skills will be front and center for visitors to observe. 

And don’t forget the food vendors, especially our own Dan Gill of “Something Different” who will tempt everyone with his famous barbecue.

At the Woman’s Club on Virginia Street you will be able to go inside and look at artwork created by our local students from Middlesex High School all the way down to the little ones from Middlesex Elementary. Take your time here, as the kids’ art is wonderful. This very special and important exhibit is being sponsored by The Middlesex Art Guild Inc. (Sheila Jones, president). Art teachers representing our county schools have had this now traditional exhibit on their calendars as they prepare their students for festival weekend. Ribbons will be awarded to the children by this year’s judge, Lella Lee Edwards, well known artist, teacher of long standing, and past president of the Rappahannock Art League in Kilmarnock.

The art fest activities are part of Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9, in Urbanna starting at 9 a.m. But that’s not all that will be going on in town. The Farmers’ Market will occupy its usual spot next to the Sentinel building, and the town marina on Urbanna Creek will have all kinds of things going on at the docks to satisfy the boat lovers in the crowd.

It’s a day to spend in Urbanna. Shop, browse and enjoy. Take in the Visitor’s Center located inside one of the oldest buildings in Virginia, the Old Tobacco Warehouse on Virginia St. Bring your family, especially mom, and your friends and join us for this very special springtime occasion here on the creek. 

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

posted 04.22.2009

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