Don’t Miss Our Festival’s Maritime Artists, Artisans & Vendors in “The Arts at Navy Point”
Our tradition of displaying the fine work of maritime vendors at our Annual Classic Boat Festival began 25 years ago. Since then several past presidents and committee chairs have worked tirelessly on behalf of our Chesapeake Bay chapter to increase the variety and quality, attracting vendors from across the US & Canada.
Steve Lucy (in the photo above) will be one of over 60 maritime-themed artists & vendors displaying their creativity and talent in "The Arts at Navy Point" on June 17-19 at the 2016 Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival. All Festival events are held on the 17 acre-grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD and sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the International Antique & Classic Boat Society.
The hundreds of different vendors who’ve displayed with us over the years constitute a strong group of artists and artisans, many with very impressive credentials. Together they represent a wide variety of goods and services that are all related in some way to boats and boaters. Over the years, it became apparent that we really offered an exceptional “show within the show” each year at our Chesapeake Bay Chapter’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Among other ACBS boat shows, our focus on the arts at this level was truly unique.
Why Our Commitment to Maritime-Themed Arts was a Natural Fit
The fine work of local classic boats restorers that was already on display each year gave us a perfect entrée.
When you walk down to the docks at our Festival you’ll see boats glistening with their varnished mahogany, brilliant whites, complex upholstery, and reflective chrome. Many are in brand new condition old yet new. You'll see the beauty, style, craftsmanship & expertise reflected in each of these “works of art” in their own right.
Many of these boats have been reclaimed after being discovered in a remote pasture or the corner of a barn—wood all grey, rotted or missing; ripped & dried out upholstery flapping in the wind; bronze turned matte black; pitted chrome; engines rusted frozen; and their hulls often morphed into shapes that would be hard to describe. When you see these gorgeous vessels at the show, you have to realize that these boats are truly “art forms” and their boat restorers are unequivocally bona fide artists.
As with most art forms, the artist must have a vision. They must understand different materials and substances (ask one of our restorers about the different varieties of mahogany). They must have the skills to create what they envision from those things. ...and as it is with the finest painters, the quality of the brush strokes can be ever so important. That’s why the fine arts are so comfortable within the setting of a classic boat show.
We introduced “The Arts at Navy Point” several years ago to highlight the fact that the arts have been for many years and continue to be an unexpected yet significant presence within our many faceted annual Festivals. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, we’re honored to see how many other classic boat and car shows around the country have conspicuously added the arts to their titles.
Over 60 Maritime-Themed Artists, Artisans & Vendors Every Year
The range of our vendors, from marine hardware and tools to jewelry, is large. Who is art and who is not? It's in your eyes, as the beholder. You will certainly find much more than “just art”. All of the vendors at our Festival are professionals and are juried by our Vendor Advisory Panel, a group of people who have all been involved with our Festival in different capacities over the years.
When I think back on those who have displayed their talents here, I am amazed. Many of our artists and vendors have been acknowledged as among the best in their fields. Every year we attract several new vendors as well. In the past five years we've averaged between 60-75 maritime artists and vendors for each of our annual Festivals.
Here’s a brief overview of the diverse talent that you’ll see displayed at our 2016 Festival on June 17-19:
Bill Hickson has been one of the region's favorite bird carvers for decades with pieces, some intricately detailed, others that make you laugh.
Ed Kuhn is past-president of the famous Chincoteague Carvers Association. He carves both aquatic and airborne wildlife.
Dave Newcomer (in the photo at right) carves beautiful fish and other sea life. He has been coming to our show from New Hampshire for over 10 years.
Bill Veasey is a founder of the famous Waterfowl Festival in Easton. Among his achievements was a commission requested by then-sitting-President George Bush Sr., which he installed at the White House. He is also the author of 14 books on carving and has received several lifetime achievement awards, including one from the Ward Foundation.
CLASSIC BOAT RESTORERS & PRODUCT SPECIALISTS
Joe Reid of Mast & Mallet, George Hazzard of Wooden Boat Restoration, Jerry LeCompte of Dockside Boatworks, Dave Hannam of Classic Watercraft Restoration and Will Ruhland of Distinctive Finishes all represent exactly the kind of artistry described above in their boat restoration work.
Jim Wade of Philadelphia is a master plater and has been a fixture at our show for many years.
Jim Torbert is a seller and specialist in every type of rope and the art of marlinespike.
If you need anything for your classic boat, regardless of size, type, or how much you paid for it, there is no finer chandlery than Annapolis based Fawcett Marine. Their expert representative, Rick Sadler, will be happy to help you find whatever you need.
OIL & WATERCOLOR PAINTERS
Don’t miss Marylou Troutman, Ellen Lawler, Jim Kinnett, W. Robert Tolley, Carole Ann Heck, Aimo Hill and Grover Cantwell.
Grover (in the photo on the left) joined us in our Festival’s original group of vendors.
Russ Orme's pen-on-oak works are unmistakable. Nick Vincent is a blacksmith who creates delicate sea life sculptures and furniture from iron and glass.
Our fine photographers include Ellis Underkoffler, Joe Gruver and Joan Orme. We also have furniture makers, authors, model makers, jewelers, clothiers, maritime collectibles, and much more.
For the current list of our 2016 Vendors and Artists please visit our Artists, Craftsmen and Vendors page in the Annual Boat Festival section of this website.
Co-Chair, The Arts at Navy Point
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