Special Exhibits to Debut at Annual Appraiser Fair January 26

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Collections to feature a slice of life and business memorabilia from St. Mary’s County

Leonardtown, MD – Two exhibits, one portraying a small slice of life, places to visit, and some of the people who live in St. Mary’s County and business memorabilia, are set to open to the public at the annual Appraiser Fair on January 26. The fair takes place at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, Maryland.

Local artist Nicole Stewart’s work will be on featured in an exhibit titled Portrait of St. Mary’s.

“St. Mary’s County is unique. From the low tech farming of local Amish and Mennonites, to the high tech research of the Patuxent Naval Air Station; the richness of St. Mary’s County’s local life, and the diversity of industry, is found nowhere else in Maryland,” says Stewart. “Visiting this exhibit is like going on a tour of St. Mary’s County.” 

Stewart’s exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the past and the present in St. Mary’s County. Many of the paintings are paired with a story about a person or place, or have information about an interesting site. Stewart’s exhibit takes you on a journey with farms, boats, old homes and buildings, a horse and buggy, a local seafood house, people fishing, and to a museum that has an impressive collection of high tech aeronautics.

Stewart has won numerous awards; including the prestigious Gilham Award (twice) for best in show in portraiture at The Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Stewart’s passion for portraiture is on display in her painting “SharecroppersDaughter” and in other paintings of people in St. Mary’s County doing what they love to do.

The second exhibit, “Businesses People Used and Loved in St. Mary’s County,” features business memorabilia from local collector, Josh Guy. 

The Chopticon High School student from Helen, Maryland, began collecting when he was 13 years old. He started with oil cans and signs and later took an interest in oyster cans. Everything he collects comes from a local business which once operated in St Mary’s County. Guy is excited his collection will be featured at the Appraiser Fair. “It’s important to remember these local businesses that people loved and used in their daily lives here in St. Mary’s County and I hope my collection teaches others something about our local history,” said Guy.

The Appraiser Fair occurs on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The exhibits will be on display through Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD, 20626. Call 301-769-2222 for details and hours of operation. If you are planning a visit to the museum, don’t miss Community Day on February 8 and Maryland Day on March 25.

For hours of operation, programs, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum orwww.facebook.com/1836Light or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.

For more information about Ms. Stewart’s work, go to: www.nstewartstudio.com. Her work can also be seen locally at North End Gallery in Leonardtown, MD.

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