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Art installation pays tribute to life on the water

Tom and Jennifer Long of Richmond and Mathews have long been supporters of local artists. They purchased a weekend place on Horn Harbor 15 years ago, and have since moved twice, currently enjoying a weekend home on the East River in Cardinal.

“We just love the bay, and specifically the Mathews area,” said Tom Long. “We try to support local Mathews artists as much as possible.”

The couple has assembled bird wood carvings from Ernest West, hand-crafted items from Ben Richardson, stained-glass pieces from Rita Cutler, and many more.

But when it came to creating a tribute to the Chesapeake Bay area for their lawn, they reached out to Kirk Thore, a Richmond artist whose work they had been collecting for a number of years. Thore uses found items from junkyards and antique stores to create his metal fish wall art and sculptures, including everything from nuts and bolts to gears and jacks to large sheets of stainless steel from old refrigerators.

The Longs also have a collection o...

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