Mystic Seaport to Feature “Behind the Canvas” Painters Series

The Mystic Seaport of Mystic, Connecticut, will present a 4-part series hosted by professional painters who will discuss their work and demonstrate how they capture maritime subjects on paper and canvas. The renowned artists will share their personal stories through lectures, slide presentations and live demonstrations. Attendees will be given a behind-the-canvas look at what inspires each artist’s creativity, and will additionally learn what qualities art collectors look for in a painting.

The series, called “Behind the Canvas”, kicks off on January 29 with classical painter Peter Layne Arguimbau, an artist well known for his mastery of the Flemish Technique. The series will continue Saturdays, February 26, March 19 and April 16.

January 29:

Peter Layne Arguimbau presents “Painting the Renaissance Experience.”

Attendees will learn how Arguimbau makes his own materials – from grinding his own pigments from powders and milling his own hard wood panels to frame his works – all while emulating the Renaissance experience.

February 26:

Joann Ballinger presents “Capturing Moments in Time through Pastel Painting.”

A leading pastel artist in the Connecticut impressionist movement known for her renditions of children, seascapes and animals, Ballinger will discuss the origins of pastel and the historical artists who were gifted in the medium. The artist will also demonstrate how to capture mood and light with her pastel painting techniques.

March 19:

Lou Bonamarte presents “Virtuoso Watercolorist.”

Longtime Maritime Gallery artist and notable watercolorist, Bonamarte will show how he uses watercolors to create vibrant paintings that are highly sought by collectors.

April 16:

Cindy Baron presents “Capturing the Beauty in Nature.”

Baron, an award-winning artist, instructor and signature member of the American Watercolor Society, will show how she utilizes both watercolor and oils to capture nature’s beauty.


  • $75 for the series ($55 for members)
  • $20 per program ($15 for members)
  • Order online Mystic Seaport Tickets or by calling (860-572-5322)

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