The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce unveiled the featured poster art for the upcoming 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Art at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy.
The painting, “Jubilant Crabs,” produced by local artist Ricky Trione, depicts crabs congregating during a jubilee on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. A jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast in which many species of crab and shrimp and other bay life leave deeper waters and swarm in high numbers in a shallow coastal area of the bay. The events draw large crowds seeking an abundance of easy-to-catch seafood.
The Jubilee Festival of Art is scheduled for 26-27 September 2020 on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. The festival is traditionally home to a confluence of art, music, and local seafood vendors set along the oak-lined streets of Olde Towne Daphne.
The venue for the unveiling was particularly fitting given the role of the Academy in housing ASAMA. Unique to Baldwin County, the surrounding areas, and the world, ASAMA is believed to be the largest collection of sport art in the world. The collection is home to more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs.
The unveiling was part of the Chamber’s June “Business After Hours” event, the first of its kind since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused great economic and social disruptions across the globe. Understanding its role in minimizing the risk of exposure to guests, the Academy limited the number of visitors allowed in the building, performed temperature screenings, provided guests with personal protective masks, hand sanitizer and surgical gloves and encouraged social distancing. In addition, all food and beverages were served in individual containers to limit contact between staff and the public.
The Academy will host its annual Awards of Sport program on campus on Thursday, 12 November 2020. Works from 2020 Sport Artists of the Year painter Brian Fox and sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov will be unveiled at that time. In addition, the Academy will confer its Eagle Award to World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari and an Honorary Doctorate to International eSports Federation president Vlad Marinescu during the program.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.