Maritime arts at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels

This Father’s Day weekend, more than 60 juried maritime artists and craftspeople from around the country will be showing and selling their beautiful works of art along the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The June 14-16 Arts at Navy Point is part of the 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, and includes a number of marine tradespeople exhibiting and exchanging ideas at the event.

The Arts at Navy Point and the Antique & Classic Boat Festival are organized by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, and brings an era of by-gone days to St. Michaels, Md. as wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats take to the Miles River and are seen on exhibit on CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus.

The Arts at Navy Point features nautical- and maritime-related oil and watercolor paintings, maritime models, sculptures created from various media, photographs, wildlife carvings, jewelry, boat models, furniture, books, and more.

A complete and updated list of Arts at Navy Point marine artists and craftspeople will be posted at

“Boat owners love this show because they can often source supplies found nowhere else,” commented CBC-ACBS’s John Into. “Boats and art might seem like an odd mix, until you see the beautiful mahogany and chrome boats. As you learn about what was involved in restoring them to their original condition—sometimes from unrecognizable hulks—these boats, and their restorers, can also be viewed as art and artisans, respectively.”

CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus is located on what has been referred to as “Navy Point” since the mid-19th century, before seafood packing houses, bugeyes, and buyboats lined the working waterfront of St. Michaels. St. Michaels native and U.S. Navy Veteran Purser Samuel Hambleton named the area in honor of his service under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm; with the Arts at Navy Point continuing on Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For advanced tickets and more information, visit, or call 410-745-2916.