, 2014

Behind the Scenes
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
connects fine arts with heritage

by Shannon Rice

REEDVILLE—Reedville Fishermen’s Museum director Katrina Lawrimore insists that there is no need to trek all the way to Richmond to get one’s fine art fix.

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Examples of fine art can be seen in the exhibits at the Reedville Fishermen's Museum. Each piece of this B.H.B Hubbard Jr. model had to be handcrafted as it is much larger than typical models.

“I live right here and I’m surrounded by it,” says Lawrimore.

What’s more is that locals need not look to traditional venues either. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum features fine art in many forms.

As part of its mission statement, the museum strives to bring education, recreation and cultural activities to the area. Lawrimore says this is where the arts community fits in.

In partnership with the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the museum offers a summer concert series featuring live music. Two more concerts are scheduled for this season, on July 21 and August 25. Musical stylings vary from nautical shanties to folk and jazz.

For those drawn to the visual arts, the museum’s 2012 featured exhibit entitled “Views of the Chesapeake… and more” highlights paintings and photography of maritime life. The exhibit features the artwork and photography of Vernon Carter Sr., Jack Jeffers, George Frayne and Starke Jett.

“There are so many visual renderings of maritime life, so we wanted to do something that focused on the fine arts aspect,” said Lawrimore.

In November, another exhibit will feature fiber and textile art including needlework.

Although not implicitly identified as such, examples of fine art can be found in the permanent exhibits as well, says Lawrimore.

“If you look at the exhibits alone, the paintings, photos, models and dioramas and the work that goes into them, I mean, you can’t forget the fine arts aspect of them,” says Lawrimore.

Evidence of this can be seen in a model of the B.H.B. Hubbard menhaden boat. Much larger than a typical ship’s model, each piece of the vessel had to be hand-crafted.

“Don’t forget our fleet either. These boats are works of art in themselves. Our model shop crew could be considered a group of artists,” says Lawrimore.

Decorative arts from the 20th century can be seen in the Walker House. Lawrimore says that these items are what would be found in a traditional waterman’s cottage.

The museum’s guest lecture series draws in anywhere from 80 to 200 participants, said Lawrimore.

Offerings are not limited to viewing and discussing the arts either. Opportunities to create works of art are presented through activities such as the RFM Quilters and the annual Family Boat Building Workshop that will take place June 29 through July 1.

“We do a lot of educational and cultural activities that I encourage people to take advantage of,” says Lawrimore.

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