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Waterfowl show is this weekend in White Stone

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Ned Ewell
The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is celebrating its 30th show on March 21-22. Ninety-six artists and carvers from up and down the East Coast will travel to White Stone to exhibit their paintings, carvings, bronze sculptures, and photography.

A celebration of wildfowl art at its finest, this show is dedicated to showcasing all forms of wildfowl in many varied art mediums. The Southeast Tourism Society has selected this show as one of the Top 20 Events in the South for March.

This year’s Artist of the Year is Ned Ewell of Cockeysville, Md. Prints of his painting of a marsh scene with a great blue heron, created specially for this show, will be given out each day.

The weekend door prizes are a carving by Wayne Baker of Richmond and an original painting by Bill Bolin of Midlothian. The Preview Night Gala door prizes are an original painting by Art LaMay of Palm Coast, FL and a carving by William Bruce of White Stone.

Other artists attending are Jane Partin of Petersburg and Mathews, John Shaw of King George, Ed Hatch of Spring Grove, William Redd Taylor of Newport News, Al Dornish of Ridgway, Pa., Bill Martz of Lottsburg, Bradley Jackson of Weathersfield, Vermont, Spike Knuth of Mechanicsville, and Cary Savage-Ingram of Greer, S.C.

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Prints of this painting by Ned Ewell will be given away each day during the 30th Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show at the White Stone Firehouse.
Other carvers include Vince Ciesielski of Harrisburg, Pa., Charles Jobes of Havre de Grace, Md., Leroy Shelton of King George, Chuck Robertson of Linville Falls, N.C., Dick Cook of Topping, Wilson Hunt of Chesapeake, Jack Dashiell of Smithfield, and Bennett Scott of Berlin, Md.

Other exhibitors include David Turner of Turner Sculpture of Onley; John Orehovec, photographer, of Williamsburg; and Frank Jarrell of Senoia, Ga., with antique wildlife books, etchings and prints.

The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild will host its annual carving contest on Saturday, March 21, at the White Stone Women’s Club. Carvers from several states will be competing in classes for working decoys, decorative carvings, birds of prey and shorebirds. An auction will begin at 11 a.m.

Show sponsors are W.F. Booth and Son Inc., Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Connemara Inc., Rappahannock Rentals, Lawler Real Estate, B.W. Wilson Paper Co., Willaby’s Catering, and Currie Funeral Home.

The show will be held at the White Stone Firehouse and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. The admission is $8, with children under age 12 free.

The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department and all proceeds benefit the operations of the fire department.

For more information, call 435-6355, visit http://www.rrws.org, or e-mail

posted 03.18.2009

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