STEVENSVILLE — The Historic Stevensville Arts and Entertainment District hosted a benefit June 23 at Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville, showcasing eight painted park benches to be placed at specific locations around the downtown area.

Each bench was sponsored by a local business or local organization. The decorative paintings of the benches, done by local artists, depict typical Kent Island or Chesapeake Bay scenes.

The Historic Stevensville Arts and Entertainment District was awarded a grant to paint and install public art benches as part of the Public Art Across Maryland program, a one-time initiative commemorating the Maryland State Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary of supporting public art and celebrating the arts in local communities.

Another bench, painted by Bench Project leader Cindy Golding and assisted by several others, was placed in a silent auction during the event. Funds raised from that bench and the fees collected for attending the event all go to help fund continuing projects by the A&E District.

A&E District Chairman Nancy Cook said, “Our mission is to continue to improve the quality of life in historic downtown Stevensville.”

Here’s where you can find the benches: “Shore Comfort” by Sally Prascus, outside the Old Stevensville Bank, 409 Love Point Road;.”Colorful Family of Beautiful Swimmers” by Joan McWilliams, at Love Point Road and Cockey Lane; “Twilight and Dawn” by Jeannie Noble, in Market Court, near the Cray House; “Sea Turtles” by Merla Tootle, at 302 Love Point Rpad near the intersection with Main Street; “Hidden Treasures of the Shore” by Bobbi Hunt, at 314 Main St. in front of Lundberg Builders; “Sunrise Before the Rain” by Maureen Wheatley, at Kent Island Federation of Arts, 405 Main St.; “Chesapeake Bay Life” by Lee Butera, at D’Alessios Pizza, 206 Duke St.; and “Sunset at the Shore House” by Wende Woodham, Rams Head Shore House, 800 Main St.

The sponsors names are listed on each bench. They include American Legion Post 278, Kent Island Elks Lodge 2576, Kent Island Rotary Club, Rosendale Realty, Rams Head Shore House, Chesapeake Environmental Labs, Long and Foster Realty, and Chesapeake Charities.

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