Mystic Seaport Hosts 2014 Marine Art Exhibit

John Tayson, “Steamer Dock, 1920s” Oil 18” x 24” Photo/Mystic Seaport by Dennis Murphy
John Tayson, “Steamer Dock, 1920s” Oil 18” x 24” Photo/Mystic Seaport by Dennis Murphy

Starting September 28 (2014), the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, will celebrate its 35th annual International Marine Art exhibition and sale.

America’s and the world’s maritime history continues to be retold in paintings, sculpture, ship models, and scrimshaw by a select group of gifted marine artists represented in this show. The range of subject matter includes majestic ships from racing yachts to fighting sail, coastal scenes of waterways, beaches and marshlands, marine wildlife in their natural habitat, and the working boats and people whose lives and fortunes depend on the sea. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

Prestigious-named awards and 5 awards of excellence will be handed out:

The Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award —  In memory of Rudolph J. Schaefer’s devotion to preserving maritime history and making it accessible and enjoyable, the judges will recognize the artist whose work entered in the show best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for generations of the future. 2013 award winner: Walfun Luey  “Departure”

Rudolph J. Schaefer III Emerging Artist Award – In memory of Rudie Schaefer, the founder and patron of the Maritime Gallery, and his lifelong commitment to recognizing and supporting emerging marine artists. 2013 award winner: Paul Beebe “Schooner Passing Gay Head”

Stobart Foundation Award – Encouraging the importance of painting from life, the judges will recognize the work that attracts their attention most by virtue of its uniqueness of style, quality of light, and atmosphere. 2013 award winner: Robert Noreika “Seaside Café”

The Maritime Gallery Yachting Award – Celebrating the singular pleasures of going to sea, the judges will recognize the work that best captures the beauty and excitement of the “sport of kings” in all its many forms. 2013 award winner: Russ Kramer “Last But Not Least, J-Boat WHIRLWIND, 1930”

Marine Environmental Wildlife Award – Acknowledging the importance of preserving the fragile balance within the world’s ecosystems, the judges will recognize the work that best depicts marine mammals, fish, or birds in their native habitat. 2013 award winner: Terry Miller “Paradise Cove”

Thomas M. Hoyne III Award – In memory of Thomas M. Hoyne III’s dedication and contribution to accurate historical representation of the great Gloucester fishing schooners and the men who sailed them, the judges will recognize the work that best documents an aspect of the marine fisheries industry of today or yesterday. 2013 award winner: David W. Smith “Dory Mates”

The Thomas Wells Award —  In memory of artist Thomas Wells’ (1916-2004) depiction and celebration of commercial tall ships and their ports of call, the judges will recognize the work that best documents sail commerce and trade routes at the turn of the century. A lifelong member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Tom spent his early days at sea aboard some of the last commercial sailing ships and is known for documenting his travel around Cape Horn. 2013 award winner: John Tayson “The White Ship”

The Museum Purchase Award – A committee of the curatorial staff of Mystic Seaport will select for purchase one work appropriate to the current needs of its permanent collection. One of the largest maritime museums in the world, Mystic Seaport has an extensive collection of marine art, emphasizing commercial maritime experience of the 19th and 20th centuries. 2013 award winner: Steven Lush “East-West”

Awards of Excellence – Five works of art exhibited will be recognized as outstanding examples of creativity, insight, and integrity in marine art.