Will’s artwork, “The Pearl of the Causeway”, is meant to represent the significance of the Original Oyster House to Baldwin County. As Will explains his piece, “First, I collaged the background with vintage pictures of customers, major events, visiting stars, and staff at the Oyster House. Next, I painted an oyster shell on top of that with the background of the oyster resembling a famous sunset view from the Oyster House on the causeway. Also, I painted the Oyster Houser logo as the pearl in the oyster. This is where the title, ‘The Pearl of the Causeway’, originated. Finally, I added a layer of wax, which was then etched and rubbed with an oil glaze to match the more rustic feel of the Oyster House.”
The Original Oyster House honors two Baldwin County art students with The Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarship Program, giving two $1,000 scholarships to area senior art students in the name of Chelsea, a former Fairhope High School art student, Fish River Fire Department rescue diver, and Original Oyster House employee. Tragically, Chelsea was killed in a boating accident in the fall of 2005.