|This carving of a miniature green wing teal is the work of Chris Martin, one of the new exhibitors at the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at the White Stone firehouse.
Five new exhibitors will be attending the show this year, said co-director Pat Bruce. The selection process for new artists involves the submission of photos of their work and a biography. The show committee looks for applicants whose work is of the highest quality and who will enhance the show.
Lena Ennis of Newport, N.C., is a commercial artist, also known for her coastal and wildlife paintings. Her work has been selected by many corporations and organizations.
David Aiken of Green Cove Springs, Fla., spends a good part of each year on his boat on the Chesapeake Bay. He is the coauthor of six children’s books and has illustrated many more. He is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists.
Chris Martin is a decoy carver from Church Hill, Md. While he began carving hunting decoys, at age 13, his carvings are now a bit more decorative. He exhibits at major shows in Maryland and his decoys may be found in hunting rigs and collections around the country.
Bill Collins of Centreville, Md., studied under Madison Mitchell of Havre de Grace, Md. He carves miniature and full-size decoys.
Tom Kramer of Cockeysville, Md., is a model boat builder. His workboats are reminders of the many that plied the waters in this area.
Bradley Jackson of Weathersfield,Vt., is returning this year after an absence of several years.
People attending the show on Saturday may visit the contest, being held in the Women’s Club Building next door to the firehouse, to see the many decoy entries. The contest is administered by the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild, said Bruce.
The Artist of the Year is John Obolewicz of Powhatan, continued Bruce. Visitors to the show throughout the weekend will receive a free color print.
The Preview Night door prize is a decoy carved by William Bruce of White Stone. The weekend door prize is an original painting by Timothy Leary of Dumfries.
The Best of Show entries in the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Program will be on display. This special exhibit is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who will also have an exhibit.
The Virginia Waterfowler’s Association will again have demonstrations and presentations on a variety of topics relating to wildlife, hunting and decoys, as well as activities for ages 6 and older.
Sponsors of the show are W. F. Booth and Son, Inc. for the show prints, Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Rappahannock Rentals, Lawler Real Estate, Paul Sciacchitano and Welby Saunders of Wells Fargo Advisors, Coloryn Studio, Currie Funeral Home, and Willaby’s Catering.
Admission is $8, which is good for both days. Children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.
The show is sponsored by the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department and all proceeds benefit its operations.