LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Clement’s Island Museum is honored to have been presented a donation of an exceptional oil on canvas painting entitled “Water Taxi” by award-winning artist, Nicole Stewart.

Professionally framed and measuring 30” x 24,” the painting depicts the St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi with Captain Jack Russell at the helm. This piece is an iconic representation of charter boating on the Potomac River in St. Mary’s County and Mrs. Stewart have generously offered the painting to be sold as a fundraiser for the museum.

Nicole 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, Virginia.

Valued at $7,000, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division and Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums have been inspired to use this substantial gift as a steppingstone to a new online fundraising auction for the Friends organization.

“We are so grateful to Nicole for her generous donation during a time when all of our usual fundraising events have been canceled because of the pandemic” stated Karen Stone, Manager for the St. Mary’s County Museum Division. “This would be an incredible piece of St. Mary’s County history to hang in a local business, office, or home, and we hope it will help replenish the sponsorship funds lost this year” added Amber Puschinsky, the fundraising coordinator for the Friends group.

The auction, set to occur sometime soon, will feature this work of art, among other items of note. The public is encouraged to follow the St. Clement’s Island Museum on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SCIMuseum to keep up to date on the auction and other fun happenings at the museum.

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison, and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets. For more information regarding hours of operation, programs, events, admission prices, and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s social media pages on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCIMuseum or Facebook.com/1836Light, or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum, or at Museums.StMarysMD.com.

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