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Community Art Project Captures Bay Culture at July 28 Chesapeake Folk Festival

St. Michaels, MD, July 15, 2012 --( “Stepping Out of the Boat” is the theme of a special community art project highlighting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) July 28 Chesapeake Folk Festival in St. Michaels, MD.

The hands-on sculpture project is partially sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds provided by Talbot County and the Town of Easton.

Led by noted mosaic artists Sue Stockman and Bobby Malzone, folk artist “Mama Girl” Mary Onley, and wood carver Eric Applegarth, the project is open to July 28 festival-goers beginning at 10am until the project is complete.

Using reclaimed materials, including pottery found along the Chesapeake’s banks, native wood, and other natural materials, participants will help create an approximate 5’ x 12’ sculpture depicting the people, flora and fauna that continually shape the Chesapeake Bay’s culture.

The centerpiece of the structure will be a small canoe, carved out of native yellow pine by Eric Applegarth. Mama Girl’s newspaper-art creations will be placed in and around the boat, as participants paint other figures to be later incorporated into the finished piece. A mosaic base depicting the flora and fauna of the Bay will serve as the sculpture’s foundation. During the July 28 festival, the public will be invited to participate in all aspects of creating the art piece, which will remain on display at CBMM until later used in public school programming.

The July 28 festival takes place from 10am to 5pm and includes opportunities to meet the Bay’s people while enjoying five bands, family activities, local foods, boat rides, and more. The event is free for museum members and active military, or $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children 6-17. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit CBMM on the web.
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