Museum accepts artwork donation for permanent collection
The Fairhope Museum of History received a generous donation on April 5th from Barry and Dorothy Stevens. Museum Interim Director Darby Wiik accepted the donation.
The unique crab-shaped piece of artwork was once on temporary loan to the museum as part of a bay boat exhibition in 2015. Originally part of the Jumpin’ Jubilee fundraiser 2011, the crab was sponsored by Roberts Brothers Realty and won in a live auction by Don and Ingrid Cheney. The Stevens acquired it in 2016 and wanted to give “Steamer Crab” a home in the museum’s permanent collection, property of the City of Fairhope, as the couple is moving back to Michigan.
Created by Melissa Smith and Tom Yeager, the crab depicts bay steamers, landings and maps related to the history of Fairhope and Mobile Bay transportation.