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2019 People's Choice for Best Carver
Cork McGee

An island native for 88 years, Cork began carving hunting rigs—he guided hunting trips for ducks and geese for 58 years. He mentored under Cigar Daisey as he “hung out in his shop”. His family lived on Assateague Island for many years and his father was a waterman and his mother took care of the home and children. Now his decoys are collector’s items.

2019 People's Choice for Best Artist
Yvonne Torelli

Yvonne Torelli is a self-taught oil painter residing in Laurel, DE. Yvonne was a social worker for many years while developing her style and perfecting her craft. Yvonne says she paints what she loves. That includes landscapes of Assateague Island and the Chesapeake marsh, sport fish, turtles from her backyard turtle sanctuary and birds from neighboring woods. Yvonne won the award in 2015 and 2017 as well.

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award winners

2019 Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence Winner
Carroll Lee Marshall

Carroll Lee Marshall from Sanford Virginia. He loves children and can be seen giving a miniature carving to children who visit his booth. Carroll Lee volunteers at the Saxis Island Museum and the Museum of Chincoteague Island where he does carving demonstrations. He is an active member of the Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Association and has been with the Easter Decoy & Art Festival for many years.​

2019 Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague
Capt. Debbie Ritter

Great White Egret with Outstretched Wing
heltering a Snowy Egret

Debbie has studied and captured images of wildlife on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Chincoteague and Assateague Islands for over 30 years. Her wild Chincoteague pony photographs capture the beauty of the animals, oftentimes during Spring or Fall roundups. She captains her own cruise boat under the name Chincoteague Nature Encounters. Debbie won this award in 2016 and 2018.

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