On Sunday, January 7, a Bench Dedication was held in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, to celebrate the life of local artist, Wiliam Maurer, who passed away last year. The Dedication was attended by many of Maurer’s family and friends.
On Amelia Island, William Maurer is well-known for his island watercolors depicting the town of Fernandina Beach, with its quaint streets, harbor, and shrimp boats. These images are featured in his book, Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer. In 2006 he juried the artists in the annual Shrimp Festival, and in 2009 he was selected by a jury to represent the Festival with his Shrimp Festival poster design. He and his wife, Kathleen, also an artist, formed Maurer Fine Art, and their paintings, prints, and postcards can be found around Amela Island.
“William would have had fun at his own dedication but I’m sure he was looking down upon us all enjoying all his friends, family and students,” says Kathleen. “Thank you to those that stood in the cold and said a few words. William was special to downtown Fernandina Beach, so his bench is in a fitting place where he sketched every week.”
(Photo by Sherry Roberteen Carter)