Sea History 142 - Spring 2013

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fugboats: fhe Art of Uave Sootte The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia recently opened a new Communi ry Gallery exhibition, curated by the artist. The exhibition not only showcases Boo ne's beautifully detailed artwork, but also portrays the life and progression of his passion fo r these vessels and the industry in which they wo rk. Boone has honed his self-ta ught skills to produce vivid, welldetailed watercolors of contemporary and historical ships and tugboats. Boone, from Camden, New Jersey, knew at a yo ung age that he wo uld find his place in the maritime communi ry. As a young boy he wo uld venture along N ewton Creek in his fath er's rowboats and capture the river traffi c in pencil sketches . In 1960, he exchanged w~~E '°°"E ·61 one of his paintings for a ride on the C urtis Bay Towing Company tugboat Reedy Point. Thro ughout the 1960s, he wo uld co ntinue to ride the tugs and paint the scenes he observed, both honing his skills as an artist and learning the business of the tugboat industry. In 197 1, he wo uld join Curtis Bay as a full-time dispatcher, and over the years was promoted to operations manager before retiring in 1999 after twenry-eight yea rs with the company. H e now paints fu ll-time and is available for commissions. A resident of Oaklyn, NJ, Boone is past president of the Tugboat Enthusias ts Sociery and volunteers at rhe Battleship New Jersey, at the Independence Seaport Museum , and at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, D elaware. (Tugboats: lhe Art ofD ave Boone will be on exhibit un til 4 August 201 3. ISM, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia PA; Ph. 2 15 4 13-8655 ; www. phillyseaport. org)

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SCRIMSHAW WEEKEND *MAY 17-18 -19 2013* Sponsored by No rtheast Auctions ofPortsmouth, N H. and the M aine A ntique Digest.

Scrimshaw Weekend, the world's only continuous forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers in the Age of Sail, takes place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, home to the world's largest scrimshaw collection.



Mystic Seaport is offering a special program, Behind rhe Canvas, with awardwinning Maritime Ar r Gallery artists. 16 March: "Luminisr Painter Creates a New England Coastal Scene" with artist Sergio Ra ffo; 6 April: "Simple Sketch to Finished Oil Pai nting" with artist Bill H anso n. Programs rake place ar the Mari time Art Gallery from 3-4:30pm. Tickers can be purchased in advance by calling the gallery at 860 572-5339 ; email for more info rmation, gallery@mysticseaport. org. (75 G reenmanville Ave., Mys tic, CT 06355; www. Sunrise Sail at Brandt Point,


oil on canvas, by Sergio Roffe

4 th An nual Mari ne Antiques Show and Swap-Meer (Friday) Cocktail Reception and Banquet (Saturday) Special Exhibition of Scri mshaw fo r Sale at Summer 201 3 Auctions Field-Trip


Mystic Seaport (Sunday) --




18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 508 997-0046 • www.whal


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