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Kent’s Carvers and Clubs opens at CBMM April 14

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Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine. Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine

CBMM_KentCarvers_HollyGrove1_Trumpington(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 30, 2018) Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new waterfowling exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The exhibition shares the stories of Maryland’s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs, and other artifacts.

In the Rock Hall area of Kent County, virtually every young man grew up learning to hunt waterfowl in the early 1900s. That intimate knowledge of birds, their habits and their habitat translated into a marketable skill as gunning became the pastime of the wealthy. Rich photo documentation from the 1930s and 40s illustrate the camaraderie of the well-to-do business and professional men who flocked to Kent’s gunning shores to spend icy mornings in booby blinds, awaiting the arrival of ducks and geese and warm evenings by the club woodstove, where they feasted on local delicacies.

Oral history excerpts reveal the stories of hardworking guides, who found vital supplemental seasonal income. Captain John Glenn fashioned hand-chopped decoys from his Piney Neck home, “Decoy Farm,” and began to work with other local carvers to supply a wide variety of stool. While the “Rock Hall School of Carvers” was likely influenced by the work of Susquehanna Flats decoy makers, Kent carver Charlie Joiner learned directly from legendary Havre de Grace carver R. Madison Mitchell, and befriended the Ward brothers of Crisfield, developing his own distinct and notable style.

“Kent County’s bountiful waterfowl population and picturesque shorelines drew gentlemen hunters from the cities to organized gunning clubs, especially along the shores near Rock Hall and Eastern Neck,” said CBMM Collections Manager Jenifer Dolde, curator of the exhibition. “Knowledgeable local men served as guides, savvy property owners leased their land for clubs, and skillful Kent carvers created co-ops to craft decoys for the rigs of neighbors and club members.”

“Kent County has an enduring waterfowling culture—one that continues to flourish in the fields, necks and islands of the deeply-rural region,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “We’re grateful for the support of this exhibition to be able to explore this important part of Chesapeake history with our guests.”

GuyetteDeeterWEBONLYKent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops  is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md. November 9-11, 2018, and return to CBMM’s Waterfowling Building through March 31, 2019.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund help support the non-profit’s exhibition, education, and restoration programs, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through October, 2018, CBMM’s guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org.

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Two duck hunters take aim from a “booby” blind on the lower Chester River, c. 1950. Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine © Jennifer B. Bodine, courtesy of aaubreybodine.com. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.    

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A member relaxes after the day’s shoot in thee Holly Grove gunning club room, on Kent County’s Eastern Neck, c. 1940. Courtesy of the Trumpington Collection. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.

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Gunners wade into shore as their guide prepares to pull in the decoy rig from the waters near the Holly Grove gunning club, on Kent County’s Eastern Neck, c. 1940. Courtesy of the Trumpington Collection. Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops is a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2019, with more at cbmm.org.

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Exploring the Life and Work of Chesapeake Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine (Fall Speaker Series 2015)

Exploring the Life and Work of Chesapeake Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine
Thursday, November 5
5-6:30pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium

Cost per program for each session in the series is $6 for CBMM members, $8 for non-members, or register for all sessions and save: $25 for CBMM members, $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required to 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org

Discover the photography, life and work of Chesapeake photographer A. Aubrey Bodine with UMBC Chrief Curator, Tom Beck. Bodine, a Baltimore Sun photographer for 50 years, was known for his signature maritime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the painterly attention to composition, line, and atmosphere in his images. His photography documented a period of great change in the Chesapeake, as the last years of the Bay’s era of sail concluded. Beck will also discuss a highlight of the Museum’s collections, a Bodine photograph, The Clam Rakers.

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Chesapeake Speaker Series begins October 15 in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., begins its “Highlights from A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting” Fall Speaker Series on October 15 and continues the series through November 19, 2015. In this five-part series, a selection of rare objects—which are all featured in the Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition and are part of CBMM’s permanent collection—will be explored in depth through a series of speakers. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed, as seating is limited.

CBMM_RuthStarRose_CrabPickers_Oct15_2015.On Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 10-11:30 a.m., “Exploring the Life and Work of Talbot County Artist Ruth Starr Rose” will be led by art historian and creative designer Barbara Paca, who is guest curator for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s special exhibition, “Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.” Rose, who spent most of her life at Talbot County’s Hope House, was an early 20th century artist with a social conscience. A chronicler of life in the African–American communities of Maryland’ Eastern Shore, Rose’s intimate sketches, paintings, and lithographs bore witness to the culture and CBMM_EdnaLockwood_Oct22_2015traditions of day-to-day life in Unionville and Copperville. Rose’s lithograph “Crab Pickers in St. Michaels” will be featured in Paca’s talk.

On Thursday, October 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman will discuss CBMM’s log built boats and their stewardship in “Old Technologies, New Technologies: A Stewardship Strategy for the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood.” From the search for large, old growth pine trees to the construction of the newest sailing log canoe Bufflehead, Gorman will explore how new technologies and traditional techniques combine to shape the restoration of the nine-log bugeye Edna Lockwood in 2016.

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Photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine, © Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine, Courtesy of www.aaubreybodine.com.

“Exploring the Life and Work of Chesapeake Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine” takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, when participants will explore the photography, life, and work of Chesapeake photographer A. Aubrey Bodine with University of Maryland Baltimore County Chief Curator, Tom Beck. Bodine—a Baltimore Sun photographer for 50 years—remains well-known for his signature maritime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the painterly attention to composition, line, and atmosphere in his images. His photography documented a period of great change in the Chesapeake, as the last years of the Bay’s era of sail concluded. Beck will also discuss a highlight of the Museum’s collections, a Bodine photograph, The Clam Rakers.

On Wednesday, November 11 beginning at 5 p.m., speaker series participants will join CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher to explore “Rambles on Rita—an 1898 Naphtha Yacht CBMM_LogBookRita_Nov11_2015_PhotoDavidHarpCruises the Chesapeake,” which covers the vividly illustrated late-19th century yacht logbook that is one of the highlights of CBMM’s Broad Reach exhibition. The log—which includes exquisite watercolors created by the owner’s artist friends while onboard Rita—provides a window into the Chesapeake’s charms and challenges of swimming, fishing, and landscapes. Lesher will also discuss the log book’s greater historical context from race relations to the Spanish-American War.

CBMM_SteamboatDays_Nov19_2015On Thursday, November 19 beginning at 10 a.m., participants will join CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher for “Steamboat Days-Capturing an Era on Film” as he narrates excerpts from a rare silent film depicting Virginia and Maryland’s steamboat era. The remarkable film—a highlight of the Museum’s collection—brings the world of the late 19th century Chesapeake to vivid life, with scenes taken by steamboat company officer Herman Hollerith, Jr. Lesher will provide a broader context for the film and show how it provides insight into the final decades of steam transportation on the Bay, connecting rural communities to urban centers at Norfolk, Baltimore, and Washington.

With artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crabpickers, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting is a new major exhibition of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum featuring 50 significant objects that have been accessioned into the museum’s collection over its first 50 years, and is accompanied by a commemorative catalogue available for purchase at shop.cbmm.org. The exhibition continues through February 28, 2016 only.

The cost for a session is $6 for CBMM members and $8 for non-members, with savings on registering for all five sessions at $25 for CBMM members, and $35 for non-members. To register, contact 410-745-4941 or aspeight@cbmm.org. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Talbot County artist Ruth Starr Rose’s lithograph “Crab Pickers in St. Michaels,” as shown here, will be featured in Barbara Paca’s October 15 talk on “Exploring the Life and Work of Talbot County Artist Ruth Starr Rose,” which kicks off the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s five-part fall speaker series. Art historian and creative designer Barbara Paca is guest curator for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s special exhibition, “Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.” A chronicler of life in the African–American communities of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Rose’s intimate sketches, paintings, and lithographs will be explored in this 10-11:30 a.m. session, with advanced registration needed by contacting aspeight@cbmm.org. Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965), “Crab Pickers in St. Michaels,” c. 1932. Lithograph, 28.1 x 35.6 cm. Gift of the artist to Historical Society of Talbot County, transferred to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 1965.51.2.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 1889 nine-log bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, under sail on the Miles River. On Thursday, October 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman will discuss CBMM’s log built boats and their stewardship in “Old Technologies, New Technologies: A Stewardship Strategy for the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood” as part of CBMM’s fall speaker series. The series showcases many of the items in CBMM’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting. John B. Harrison (1865-1945), nine-log bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, Tilghman Island Maryland, 1889. Pine with steel fastenings, 54.7 x 17.2 feet. Gift of John R. Kimberly, 1967.155.1. Photograph by Richard J. S. Dodds, 1989.

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CBMM presents “Exploring the Life and Work of Chesapeake Photographer A. Aubrey Bodine” from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, when Speaker Series participants explore the photography, life, and work of Chesapeake photographer A. Aubrey Bodine with University of Maryland Baltimore County Chief Curator, Tom Beck. “Clam Rakers,” as shown here, is also part of CBMM’s Broad Reach exhibition, which continues through February 28, 2106 only. A. Aubrey Bodine (1906-1970), “Clam Rakers,” 1948. Silver gelatin print, 35.6 x 27.9 cm. Museum purchase, 1289.46. Photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine, © Copyright Jennifer B. Bodine, Courtesy of www.aaubreybodine.com.

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On Wednesday, November 11 beginning at 5 p.m., CBMM speaker series participants will join CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher to explore “Rambles on Rita—an 1898 Naphtha Yacht Cruises the Chesapeake.” The vividly illustrated late-19th century yacht logbook, shown here, is one of the highlights of CBMM’s Broad Reach exhibition. Hunt R. M. Thom (1867-1925), et al., “Rambles of the Rita,” 1897-1898. Watercolor on paper with binding, 30.5 x 25.4 cm. Gift of Mrs. Catherine T. Parsons, 1986.80.1. Photo credit: David Harp.

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On Thursday, November 19 beginning at 10 a.m., CBMM Speaker Series participants will join CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher for “Steamboat Days-Capturing an Era on Film” as he narrates excerpts from a rare silent film depicting Virginia’s steamboat era, with a still from the movie shown here. Herman Hollerith Jr. (1892-1976), “Steamboats,” 1929. 16mm film. Gift of the Estate of Herman Hollerith Jr. MS10. Digital transfer © Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.