About the artist

My name is Larry Ringgold. I was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay. I grew up crabbing and fishing with local watermen and have always felt a connection to the bay.

I have been a Carpentry/Woodworking Teacher and woodworker for over 42 years.  The driftwood thing is a recent endeavor that was made convenient by last summer’s hurricanes and the opening of the Conowingo Dam.

Due to the massive flooding, great amounts of all types of wood drifted down to the Maryland beaches. I have always found driftwood art fascinating and now I have plenty to pick from.

I saw my first driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s and since then found others online doing magnificent work such a Deborah Butterfield, Matt Torrens and Heather Jansch. I have found their work inspiring but different from my own in design and construction.

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Awards

  • Best 3D in Show — Arts in the Middle, Urbanna Va. 2019
  • Best in Show & Presidents Award — Crozet Art Festival, Crozet Va. 2019
  • Best in Show — Sunrise Garden Art Show, North Beach Md
  • Best in Show — Spotsy Art Festival, Spotsylvanis Va.
  • Best in Show — Art Under the Oaks, Corolla NC 2018
  • 2nd Place — Arts in the Middle, Urbana VA 2017
  • Judges Award — Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD 2016
  • Best in Show — Neptune Festival, Va.Beach, VA  2015
  • 2nd Place — Artscape 2014, Flag Pond State Park, MD 2014
  • Sand Dollar Award — Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA 2014