Sea History 176 - Autumn 2021

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Marine Art News American Society of Marine Artists Retreat and 18th National Exhibition Minnesota Marine Art Museum • 23–26 September 2021

No. 158


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ASMA is hosting a special artist’s retreat in Winona, Minnesota, with some very impressive educational programming planned for the event at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM). The museum is currently hosting the ASMA 18th National Exhibition, which is on display through 3 October 2021. The exhibition includes more than 100 works of art from today’s top marine artists, including painting, sculpture, and scrimshaw. ASMA’s programming will be open to members of the museum and the public on Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th. It is a wonderful opportunity to not only see great contemporary art, but also to be able to meet the artists in person. Situated on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum is an inspiring and compelling experience for visitors of all ages and abilities, showcasing great art inspired by water. The museum is home to some of the most unique and significant marine artworks in the Midwest. From Monet and Picasso to Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851), there is something for everyone in this diamond in the bluffs. ASMA Fellow Russ Kramer will do a presentation on Friday afternoon about developing interesting compositions from scratch, to easy no-risk experimentation and refinement through the painting process by using Photoshop. Kramer is a frequent contributor to Sea History and NMHS members will recognize his work from the cover of Sea History 158 (Summer 2017). ASMA Signature members Holly Bird, Anne Hill, and Donna Nyzio will each give short demonstrations on special techniques for various mediums. Saturday’s programming will start with Signature member Michelle Jung doing a live oil painting demonstration. ASMA President and Signature member Nicolas Fox and Fellow Len Tantillo will demonstrate how using computer programs can help an artist; Tantillo will present: “Hidden Ingredients: Cooking up a Better Picture,” discussing what makes a painting successful. Nick Fox will lead a narrated tour of the 18th National Exhibition. Len Tantillo uses three-dimensional graphics softAll ASMA programs at MMAM are open to visitors with paid admission or ware as part of his process of creating a new paintfree to MMAM members. Seating is limited. More information about the mu- ing. The computer program allows him to rotate seum and this unique opportunity can be found at To learn and zoom in on sections of the boat or structure, more about the retreat and how to register in advance for additional activities, providing him with views from multiple angles. please visit ASMA’s website at: or con- This example was used in preparation for his tact Kim Shaklee at (MMAM, 800 Riverview Dr, Wino- painting, Fulton’s Steamboat at Clermont, 1807 na MN; (oil on canvas, 17 x 24 inches). SPRING 2017



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Marc Castelli’s marine art exhibition, Querencia, will open on 29 October at the Massoni Art Gallery as part of Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend Festival. Castelli is the master of capturing the work of the Chesapeake Bay watermen, workboats, and log canoes in scenes both from history and today. The artist will give a talk at the gallery on Saturday morning, 30 October, at 10:00 am. The exhibition runs through 28 November 2021. (Massoni Art, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD; Ph. 410 778-7330; Visit for more about the festival.) Artist Austin Dwyer’s oil painting, Opus 4, Symphony of Rust, has won Best in Show at the 27th Maritime Art Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. Other top awards went to William A. Seldon, winner of the Director’s Choice Award for Charleston Marine (oil), and to Dutch Mostert, who won the Port of Coos Bay Award for Coos Bay Quintet (oil). The annual exhibition is a juried show of maritime-themed art co-sponsored by the American Society of Marine Artists. The exhibition closes on 25 September. You can view all the entries and award winners in this year’s exhibition on the museum’s website at maritime-2021/. (CAM, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR; Ph. 541 267-3901) Opus 4, Symphony of Rust by Austin Dwyer 40 SEA HISTORY 176, AUTUMN 2021

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