Black Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
An Exhibit of Marc Castelli paintings from the collection of Dr. Mel Rapelyea &
Images from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
October 31 – November 9, 2014
Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic ~ G.A.R.
An important part of Eastern Shore life revolves around harvesting the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. The significant work done by men and women who ply the waters fishing and oystering or do the jobs of shucking and packing is celebrated in an exhibit of paintings and photographs of Black Watermen. The era of plenty is vanishing and this display captures and celebrates some of its highlights before it is gone.
October 31- November 2, 2-14 Chestertown is celebrating its maritime heritage during Sultana Downrigging Weekend.
November 7-9, a second celebration called Earth Stewardship Days will feature exhibits and events about the fragility of our world in a concerted effort to bring attention to this growing dilemma.
Through paintings, film, poetry and prose, the Arts will speak to the need for all of us being good stewards of our lands and waters. On both of these weekends, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Charles Sumner Post #25 is featuring the exhibit of Black Watermen with Marc Castelli paintings from the collection of Dr. Mel Rapelyea, and with images from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. A special night will be held for First Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 and the next day, a talk given by Pete Lesher, Chief Curator, and Marc Castelli is planned for Saturday, November 8 at 11:00 am. All events are Free and open to the public and will take place at the Charles Sumner Post #25 – 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, Maryland, 21620.
Sponsors: Carla Massoni Gallery; Kent County Arts Council; Chestertown River Arts; Sultana Education Foundation; GAR Post #25, Inc.; Dr. Mel Rapelyea; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; Marc Castelli, and Pete Lesher