Sea History 049 - Spring 1989

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Marine Art News Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, England, opened a new marine art gallery in November. The Museum consists of seaport buildings grouped around the Canning Half-Tide Basin, and activities include a working cooperage, boatbuilding, rigging and ship modelling. Liverpool was a center of marine painting in the 1800s, and included among fifty paintings in the new gallery are works by Joseph Parry, Robert Salmon and Miles and Samuel Walters. (Merseyside Museum, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool L69A, England)

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"Ships and the Sea: Marine Paintings from the CIGNA Museum and Art Collection" will be on ex hibition at Mystic Seaport from 1 April to 12 June. CIGNA, a Philadelphia-based insurance corporation has lent 48 paintings illustrating the perils of the sea, which will be on display in the museum 's R.J. Schaefer Building. The collection reflects the major artistic styles of the last two centuries including folk painting, romantic seascapes, impressionism and 20thcentury reali sm. The In surance Company of North America, CIGNA 's subsidiary, began insuring ships in 1792, and has been acquiring works of art related to its early business interests as a marine insurer since then. (Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT 06355; 203 572-0711) More than 100 works of art by 85 contemporary marine artists will be displayed 31 March through 19 August in the ninth National Exhibit of the American Society of Marine Artists at the Maryland Historical Society Museum History in Baltimore. ASMA, a nonprofit organization devoted to the work of living marine artists, was establi shed in 1978 to recognize and support marine art and history in the United States. The I 1th annual Smith Gallery Marine Exhibition was held 14 January to 16 Febuary at the Smith Gallery , 1045 Madison Ave., New York NY 10021; 201 744-6171. Catalogue, $10. Fournew limited edition prints by John Mecray have been issued by Mystic Maritime Graphics depicting "Shamrock V," "Concordia Yawl," "The Sloop Gloriana," and "A Narragansett Passing. " Mecray, famous for hi s portraits of racing yachts, is chairman of the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island. (Mystic Maritime Graphics, Seaport Stores,MysticCT06355; 203 572-8551)

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