, 2014

Waterfowl fans will flock to
White Stone this weekend

This weekend the White Stone firehouse will be filled with paintings, carvings, sculpture and photography from 80 artists, carvers and photographers for the 34th annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show.

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From left, Todd Booth, Ann Holloway and Tim Booth display the 2013 show print. W.F. Booth and Son Inc. of Kilmarnock sponsors the show prints.

Original paintings, prints, decorative carvings, working decoys, fork art carvings, bronze sculpture, photography and antique decoys will showcase a variety of wildfowl in many mediums and prices, said co-director Pat Bruce.

The Southeast Tourism Society has named the show to its prestigious Top 20 Events in the South for March 2013, said Bruce. This is the only show selected from Virginia for March.

The 2013 Artist of the Year is Ann Holloway of Salisbury, Md. She completed a painting of buffleheads. Color prints of the painting will be given away each day at the show. This is her 27th year as an exhibitor at this show, said Bruce.

Holloway has lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore most of her life and as a child in Chincoteague. Being fascinated with the wildlife around her, studying and sketching even the smallest birds became her favorite pastime, said Bruce. She spent several years teaching art to elementary grades in the Wicomico County school system.

Holloway also made a very successful career of painting cloth art and original paintings. She exhibits in many art shows on the East Coast and throughout the United States.

The show print was started in 1984 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the show, continued Bruce. Only a limited number of black and white prints were given out each day, sometimes only lasting an hour.

In 2000, color prints were given away and eventually W.F. Booth and Son Inc., of Kilmarnock, became the sponsor of the show print, and more copies were able to be printed so that everyone attending the show could receive one. The originals of all the show prints are on display at the firehouse year round. Copies of the prints from previous years are available for purchase.

The Preview Night door prize is an original painting by Grover Cantwell of Salisbury, Md., and the weekend door prize is a pair of bufflehead decoys carved by John Day of Cecilton, Md.

The Rappahannock Carvers Guild will hold their annual carving contest Saturday in the White Stone Women’s Club building beginning at 11 a.m.

The Northern Neck Audubon Society will sell bluebird boxes. The Virginia Waterfowler’s Association will offer special presentations and demonstrations repeatedly on Saturday and Sunday. They also will have activities for children ages 6 and older. A schedule will be posted.

More than 50 items have been donated by the exhibiting artists to be raffled at the end of the show. Winners do not need to be present.

Special business sponsors of the show are W. F. Booth and Son Inc., for the show prints, Rappahannock Rentals, Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Lawler Real Estate, Paul Sciacchitano and Welby Saunders of Wells Fargo Advisors, Willaby’s Catering, Currie Funeral Home and Coloryn Studio.

All weekend a variety of food, including oysters, crab, BBQ, chowder and homemade desserts, will be available to purchase.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, children under 12 are free.

The show is sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the WSVFD.

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