Sea History 175 - Summer 2021

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Marine Art News Marine Art Exhibitions Resume In-Person Shows in 2021 The opening of the ASMA exhibition was the last in-person event NMHS staff and trustees attended in March 2020, when the artists and host venue at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia held a grand reception for attendees and guests at the ASMA national conference. Within a week of that opening, the doors closed and only a handful of visitors got a peek at the recent works of more than 100 contemporary marine artists. Like everything else we’ve experienced in the last fifteen months, it was a huge let-down, and no one knew when and where it would re-open. ASMA is pleased to announce that the show will re-open for in-person viewing at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona on 19 June, where it will run until early October. From there, the works by more than 100 of today’s top contemporary marine artists will be sent to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where they will be exhibited until February 2022. Check the ASMA website for details and exact dates. The American Society of Marine Artists has nearly 500 members and is made up of painters, sculptors, scrimshanders, and print-makers, all drawing inspiration from a relationship with the water. Their art captures a wide range of themes, from life under the sea surface, along the shorelines, and even in ponds, streams, and boathouses. (American Society of Marine Artists: www.americansocietyof marineartists.com. Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr., Winona, MN; Ph. 507 474-6626; www.mmam.org. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD; 410 745-2916; www.cbmm.org) Jonah and the Sea of Uproar by C. W Mundy, oil on linen, 16 x 16 inches

courtesy asma

American Society of Marine Artists 18th National Exhibition

In American Waters: Peabody Essex Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Ship America on the Grand Banks, by Michele Felice Cornè (1752–1845), oil on canvas, 39 3 /4 x 56 inches (right) Town of Mathwalta, Island of Venua Levul Viti’s, US Ship Peacock, 1840–49 by Titian Ramsay Peale (1799– 1885), oil on wood, 10 x 14 inches “When we think of marine painting we may think of high-seas realism and faithful portraits of ships but, as this exhibition attests, in practice we see broad-ranging expressions of American ambition, opportunity, and invention.” —Austen Barron Bailly, Chief Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. 36 SEA HISTORY 175, SUMMER 2021

images c/o peabody essex museum, photography by kathy tarantola

An ambitious collaboration between the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, the new exhibition opened at PEM on 29 May and will be on display through 3 October 2021, when it will move to the Arkansas museum, where it will open on 6 November and run through January 2022. In American Waters features paintings that reframe and expand our understanding of American culture and environment by looking at the sea. For more than 200 years, American artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power of the sea. The exhibi-


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