The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Visions of the Eastern Shore
"Visions of the Eastern Shore," a juried exhibit that captures the spirit of the Eastern Shore through the works of some of Delmarva's finest painters, opens at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art July 23, 1999. "This exhibit has always been popular" says Ward Museum curator Dan Brown. "The variety of styles and subjects is always interesting." During the exhibit, which runs until September 19, 1999, some forty-five paintings will grace the walls of the LaMay Gallery.
For those unfamiliar with the local geography, Candy Bradshaw, Director of Public Relations for the Museum, explains "the Eastern Shore and the Delmarva Penninsula are two names for the area east of the Chesapeake Bay which encompasses Delaware, and parts of Maryland and Virginia. Historically a haven for watermen and farmers, large portions of this area are still rural, but its growing very quickly."
Salisbury, MD, painter C. Keith Whitelock's favorite subjects are "the weathered workboats and decaying derelicts" that accent the shore. In "Boat House" a worn boat house sits timelessly, resting between gentle bay waves and a huge expanse of sky dotted with soaring waterfowl. (right: C. Keith Whitelock, Island Retreat,)
Artist Jinchul Kim of Salisbury, MD, has three pieces in the show, including "Anguish of Departure," a haunting shoreline scene captured in oils. Kim, a member of Salisbury State University's faculty, is a graduate of King Sejong University in Seoul, Korea as well as having earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Art in New York City.
Lawrence Pitman's life-long enthusiasm for art is evident in his paintings, including his watercolor of Eastern Shore landmark Popular Hill Mansion. This Berlin, MD, native recently won second place in the flat art portion of the 1999 Ward World Championship.
Eastern Shore native JoAnn H. Wilbur prefers to work with oils and pastels, but experiments with other mediums to create her landscapes and wildlife paintings. This retired teacher has gone back to school, this time as a student, to study with artists Mary Talbot Reickert, Jinchul Kim, and Angela Herbert-Hodges.
Kirk McBride's art often features the warm and cool contrasts of early morning or evening light. McBride, a resident of Berlin, MD, provides two strong, compelling pieces for this exhibit with "Angler," a painting of a boardwalk scene and "Sunset, Assateague," a turbulent crash of waves as the day's light fades. (left: Kirk McBride, Angler, watercolor, 23 x 24 inches)
The public is invited to meet the artists at the picnic-style opening reception for the exhibit at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art on Friday, July 23, 1999 from 6pm - 8pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.
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