ST. MICHAELS — This Father’s Day weekend, more than 60 juried maritime artists and craftspeople from around the country will show and sell their works of art along the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.
The June 14 to 16 Arts at Navy Point is part of the 32nd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, and it will include a number of marine tradespeople exhibiting and exchanging ideas at the event.
The Arts at Navy Point and the Antique & Classic Boat Festival are organized by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, bringing an era of bygone days to St. Michaels as wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats take to the Miles River and are seen on exhibit on the museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus.
The Arts at Navy Point will feature nautical- and maritime-related oil and watercolor paintings, maritime models, sculptures created from various media, photographs, wildlife carvings, jewelry, boat models, furniture, books and more.
A complete and updated list of Arts at Navy Point marine artists and craftspeople will be posted at bit.ly/maritimearts19.
“Boat owners love this show because they can often source supplies found nowhere else,” CBC-ACBS’s John Into said. “Boats and art might seem like an odd mix, until you see the beautiful mahogany and chrome boats. As you learn about what was involved in restoring them to their original condition — sometimes from unrecognizable hulks — these boats, and their restorers, can also be viewed as art and artisans, respectively.”
The museum’s campus is on what has been referred to as “Navy Point” since the mid-19th century, before seafood packing houses, bugeyes and buyboats lined the working waterfront of St. Michaels. St. Michaels native and U.S. Navy Veteran Purser Samuel Hambleton named the area in honor of his service under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with the Arts at Navy Point continuing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The festival includes two-day admission to all of the museum’s special and permanent exhibitions. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults;,$15 for seniors and students with ID, and $6 for children 6 to 17.
Scenic river cruises aboard the museum’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost.
For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.
Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free.
For advance tickets and more information, visit cbmm.org/acbf or call 410-745-2916.