Sea History 127 - Summer 2009

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Marine Art News The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia recently opened a new exhibition featuring a different kind of marine art: Skin & Bones-Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor, now through 3 January 2010. The exhibition explores the origins, functions, and significance of tattoos in American sailors' lives, as well as how the art of tattooing has spread throughout society, impacting not only the body, but fashion, decor, and many forms of contemporary art. The exhibit will include traditional and modern tattooing tools, flash, tattoo-related art, historic photographs, personal stories of tattoo artists and tattooed sailors, etc. (ISM: Penn's Landing, 211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; Ph. 215 413-8655; Tattoo artist Owen Jenson giving sailor L. M Brown his latest tattoo, c. 1943.

Schooners Off Cape Ann by Donald Mosher The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport will host its annual spring exhibition, Modern Marine Masters, now through 14 June. Paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models from more than 70 contemporary marine artists will be displayed and available for purchase as well. Featured artists include Loretta Krupinski, Joseph McGurl, Donald Mosher, Yves Parent, and H.G. Park IV (MSM Maritime Gallery, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT 06355; Ph. 860 572-5388;

The 16th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum gets underway on 11 July with a "Plein-Air Paint Our and Dinner" and will run through 19 September. Featured artist will be Buck Braden ofTualatin, OR, who will select the "Best of Show." Jurors are Louis Gadal, Paul Mullally, and Dutch Mostert. Each are members of the American Society of Marine Artists. (CAM: 235 Anderson Ave. Coos Bay, OR 97420; Ph. 541 267-3901;

The American Society of Marine Artists will wrap up its 30th an niversary celebrational tour this summer at the New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts. More than 100 contemporary marine artists will have had their works exhibited during the tour, which began last year and traveled to museums in five states. Check it out, 7 June-5 September 2009, at 608 Pleasant Street in New Bedford, MA. Ph. 508 961-3072; See also:

The Ventura County Maritime Museum will host its ann ual Plein Air Festival & Exhibit, June 20 through July 29, with the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, 27 June, 3-6 pm . See images of the deepwater cargo ships in the harbor at the Port of Hueneme and images of coastal and marine life-all painted on site, by artists working in the tradition of the 19th-century French impressionist painters en plein aire. (VCMM, 2731 South Victoria Aven ue, Oxnard, CA 93035; Ph . 805 984-6260. Admission is free-donations accepted.)