Thursday, July 28, 2011

First Friday Art Walk at the Museum of the Albemarle

Contact: Thomas Spagnol


(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle and the Museum Gift Shop will highlight Retired United States Coast Guard Captain Billy E. Richardson’s art work on Friday, August 5, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm in honor of Coast Guard Week celebrated by Elizabeth City. The Museum Gift Shop will have original paintings and gicle├ę prints and greeting cards suitable for framing by Ret. USCG Capt. Richardson available for sale.

Captain Richardson began his Coast Guard career when he noticed a poster “Free education. Go to the Coast Guard Academy” while working at a Post Office. His career with the Coast Guard began in 1950 and continued until 1979 when he retired. He has served tours from Wilmington to Florida and Brooklyn, N.Y., Illinois, Texas, New Orleans, Bermuda and Elizabeth City.

Captain Richardson’s interest in Coast Guard art began with his tour on the Cutter Mendota. He has works-of-art that depict airplanes and helicopters from the past to the modern day.

While viewing Ret. Capt. Richardson’s art work, register to win one of four hand turned wine/bottle stoppers with the United States Coast Guard ensign and have a refreshing glass of punch.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

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