Sea History 125 - Winter 2008-2009

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Maritte Art News (continued)


hristine Hanlon has been awarded Best in Show for Death of an Oil Tanker: Prestige 1976-2002 (right) at the Coos Art Museum's 15th Annual Maritime Exhibit. This painting is an oilon-panel triptych, which was inspired by the devas tating oil ranker disaster that occurred off the coast of Spai n and Po rtugal at the end of2002. This maritime disaster, which devastated rhe fishing industry and ecology of the Spanish coast, is one of several such incidents rhar have become the foc us of H anlon's oil pai nting. The world's dependence upon oil and its effect upon rhe marine environment, along wi th her love of the sea and ocean-going vessels, are the reaso ns that cargo shi ps, fishing boats, tugboats, and oil tankers have become subjects of interest for H anlon. She lives near H alf Moon Bay in Northern Cali fo rnia and routinely paints plein air watercolors of M ave rick's beach near Pillar Point H arbor. In addition to m aritime com em , she focuses o n urban landscape and in d ustrial warerfrom scenes. H er resume, bio and additional artwo rk may be viewed at www.christinehanlo n .com . (Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave. Coos Bay, O R 97420 ; Ph. 54 1 2673901 ; www.coosart. o rg)

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as t wimer, we reported o n the fi re that devastated the Skipj ack Nau tical Wares and Marine Gallery in historic O lde Towne Portsm outh, Virgin ia, o n 20 D ecember 2007. The story hit home for Sea H istory's readers, to see artist Patrick O'Brien hauling damaged paintings out of the charred building, including his painting Union I rondads: The New Ironsides and the Passaic, which had graced the cover of Sea History 120 just a few momhs before. For the gallery's owners, Joe and Al ison Elder, the fi re also destroyed their home, which occupied the floor above the gallery. We are pleased to report rhar rhe Elders, with a lot of suppo rt from their local communi ty and the marine art world, have just reopened their busin ess at a new location alo ng the Elizabeth River waterfront in Portsmouth. They are eager to reconnect with fo rmer artists and customers, as well as, of course, mee t new ones. (Skipjack Na utical Wa res & Marine Gallery, One High Street, Portsm outh, VA 23704; Ph. 757 305-77 4 1; m)


he Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director. The museum opened in July 2006 and exhibits the Leo and Marilyn Smith Folk Ar t Collection, the H enry Peter Bosse M ississ ippi River Photographs and Maps, and rhe Burrichter/Kierlin Marine Ar t Collectio n, including wo rks by W illi am Bradfo rd, Alfred Bricher, Edwa rd W iUiam Cooke, Montague Dawson and Mauri tz Frederick de H aas. Plans are underway to acquire the dredge WiLLiam A . Thompson, which h as maintained the navigati on channels of several upper M idwestern rive rs fo r nearly eigh ty years. Interested parties can view rhe positio n description at www. n1inneso tam arineart. org.


SEA HI STORY 125 , WINTER 2008-09

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