John M. Barber received the NMHS Distinguished Service Award at the 2009 Washington Awards Dinner in recognition of his important contributions in both capturing the vanishing era of the Chesapeake Bay and his environmental efforts to help restore and preserve it. John Barber has painted the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Seaboard for three decades. Although he has also become known for his cityscapes and architectural art, Barber is renowned for his maritime subjects, primarily the Chesapeake and its vanishing way of life. In his oils and prints one often finds the Bay’s few remaining oyster dredging skipjacks and other traditional vessels, lighthouses, and harbors.
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