Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val

The an­nual Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val fea­tures more than 80 artists work­ing in a num­ber of sub­ject mat­ters and styles.

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Eas­ton, MD

For one week­end each Novem­ber, Eas­ton, Mary­land, be­comes a must-visit des­ti­na­tion for pa­trons of wa­ter­fowl, wildlife, land­scape and sport­ing art­work, as its an­nual Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val gets un­der­way. The event, high­lighted by the art­work and de­coys, also has ties to con­ser­va­tion of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion. The 2018 show will take place Novem­ber 9 to 11, with its Pre­miere Night, ben­e­fit­ting Wa­ter­fowl Ch­e­sa­peake, kick­ing off the fes­tiv­i­ties on Novem­ber 8.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val takes place at 4 p.m. on Novem­ber 8, when the Hall of Fame awards will be an­nounced and the new Fed­eral Duck Stamp-win­ning artist will be named. Fol­low­ing from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. is the pre­miere party where at­ten­dees have the first look at the art­work in the show, which is sit­u­ated across three art venues. They also will have the chance to min­gle with the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, en­joy a “Fin, Fowl and Farm” tast­ing tour, and at 7 p.m. can par­tic­i­pate in the “Mak­ing Way For Duck­lings” Art & Decoy Auc­tion where art and minia­ture de­coys do­nated by par­tic­i­pat­ing artists will be up for grabs in

sup­port of the Wil­liam A. Perry Schol­ar­ship. This year the fes­ti­val is also adding quick draws to the open­ing night event, al­low­ing pa­trons to watch artists cre­ate new works of art on the spot.

“Ev­ery year we look for­ward to the crates of art ar­riv­ing, the artists walk­ing in that have be­come like old friends to our chair­men and wel­com­ing the new artists to town and telling them where to find the best cream of crab soup,” says Les­lie Milby, the fes­ti­val and events man­ager. “While we be­gan as and will al­ways be the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val, guests will still see a va­ri­ety as they stroll through our ex­hibits. A great ex­am­ple is our featured art piece this year ti­tled The Lovers by Eric Tardif—it de­picts the beauty of na­ture in a very con­tem­po­rary form for our fes­ti­val.”

Cana­dian artist Tardif, who is the Featured Artist, will have his bronze The Lovers on the poster for the fes­ti­val. The 46-inch piece, in­spired by two birds court­ing that he saw on a trip to Florida nine years ago, is avail­able for pur­chase as well as smaller wood ver­sions. In ex­plain­ing the work, Tardif says, “I de­cided to bring this mem­ory to life for the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val and have cre­ated two long-tailed birds—the Lovers—in a sin­gle, strong piece that ex­press the rich and solemn con­nec­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the pair. I hope that it ex­presses their grace, calm, peace­ful­ness and for­mal­ity dur­ing a mo­ment in time.”

Along with Tardif, vis­i­tors can view art­work by 37 painters, 16 sculp­tors and more than 30 carvers in­clud­ing Featured Carver Jeff Rechin. Among those par­tic­i­pat­ing are Chris May­nard, David Kiehm, Jill Basham, Lau­rie Snow Hein, Sara Linda Polly, Tom Bald­win, Vi­vian Boswell and Joseph Wal­droup, to name a few.

Three-day tick­ets to the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val can be pur­chased for $15 on­line prior to Novem­ber 1, while chil­dren un­der 12 are ad­mit­ted free. For a com­plete sched­ule of week­end events and a venue map, visit the show web­site.

Col­lec­tors view art­work in the Pav­il­ion.

David Kiehm, Slow and Steady

Black-throated Blue War­blers, by Jeff Rechin, the 2018 Featured Carver.

The Lovers, bronze, 46”, by Eric Tardif, is the 2018 Featured Art Piece.

Chris May­nard, Ev­ery­thing

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