A good time at RIVERFest 2015!



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Many thanks to all who made it happen!

Thanks to Larry I’Anson for photography assistance

1st Place

Carolyn Dudley – “Fishing” 24” x 30”











2nd Place –

Nancy Zedd – “Morning Mist on the Elizabeth River” (oil on wood panel)

28” x 22”

Having lived on the Elizabeth River for seven years, I had the privilege of seeing the natural activity of our river’s shoreline begin to surface. I feel this painting captures the essence of the Elizabeth in color, light and its “value to our community.”




3rd Place

Marlow  D’Oriano – “Individuality of the American Oyster” (mixed media) 40”x30” (Acrylic on Canvas)


The colors and textures of our local coastal environments are an ongoing theme in my work. Oysters capture the essence of our waterways as a symbol of their health and vitality. I am inspired by the hard work of local organizations to restore oyster populations and hope my work can be of use to bring some attention and support to those efforts.




Eastern Branch Award

Melanie Chambers Hartman – “Imagine” (oil) 16” x 20”

The vision of the Eastern Branch Env. Restoration Strategy is to create “A healthy, enduring Eastern Branch, with abundant habitat supporting thriving wildlife and will be a beloved destination for residents. It will connect diverse neighborhoods, sustain model industries, and provide recreation; with well-coordinated support across three cities.” I painted what I imagine this vision, along stretches of the Eastern Branch, will look like when it becomes a reality.




Select Art to Travel! 

Select pieces of the Living River Art Show will be on display and for sale 

Sept. 15- Oct. 4 in the Nauticus gift shop, then travel Oct. 6-17 for display at Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock 

Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.  

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors!









Rotary Clubs of Norfolk, Portsmouth & District 7600


       HRSD   Rover Cruises    

Signature Family Wealth Advisors    

Wheelabrator    PRA Group

Jim Squires and Karen Jones Squires  



“Riverfest was fun, exciting, entertaining and educational, We were so inspired, that my husband and I canoed on Sunday to explore our river and learn more about the ecology system in our neighborhood.”
-Angela Bernard,  a River Star Homeowner, won the pearl necklace at Riverfest on Saturday.

“We are each a part of the river song.” 

-Skye Zentz: 

"Above all, this opportunity for us to have a first-time presence at ERP's annual event was great; your efforts to place us strategically and provide marketing support pre-event and on-site are appreciated beyond words of thanks."
-Sandra Lippman, Chesapeake Master Gardeners

"I was very impressed with the RIVERfest event overall and loved the enthusiasm that you all generated around local environmental education and restoration. I hope to have more opportunities to support your efforts through my art, particularly any initiatives involving oyster population restoration. Thank you  for including artists in the local environmental conversation!"
-Marlowe D'Oriano, artist

I wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to show with you.
It's a cause near and dear to my heart and home.
Kind regards, 

-Catherine Sprague, artist

"I really thought RIVERFest was a terrific event.  The energy and buzz was fantastic – particularly the “flow” of guests from the boat building out front all the way to the tents and barge on the pier.  I was at a nearby civic league meeting last night (Freemason neighborhood) and they raved about it, as have many others from around downtown this week.
Again, congratulations to you and your team for a great event.  Thanks for letting us play a small role."
-Stephen E. Kirkland, Executive Director, Nauticus

"Happy to show off the oceanographic goods from ODU! Wonderful festival! Grateful the bad weather stayed away. On behalf of the ODU Oceanography Graduate Students and the awesome R/V Slover crew- thanks to all who stopped by!"
-Shannon Cofield, ODU

"Despite the wind, it was a wonderful event with great music, beer, smart and fun exhibits, and helpful volunteers."
-Elizabeth Aucamp, visitor

"Yay for Riverfest!"
-Tanja Andrews, visitor