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Pages 18-27 - J. Russell Jinishian Gallery
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An exhibition of rare paintings, the first of its kind,
is being held in San Francisco this summer at
the San Francisco Maritime National Historic
Park in cooperation with Paul and Linda Kahn
Foundation. It’s of the paintings of the major
West coast marine artist in the late 19th –early 20th
centuries, William A. Coulter (1849-1936), who
documented the maritime life and commerce of
San Francisco Bay for over 60 years. The exhibition is being held during the 100th anniversary of
the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, which
Coulter literally painted on a 5ft .x 10ft. window
shade which he had found still smoldering in the
ruins. This fascinating and historic retrospective exhibition is being curated by well-known
maritime curator Marcus de Cheverieux, and is
accompanied by a handsome exhibition catalogue.
(See our exhibition and book pages for more
If you’re traveling to the Far East this summer you
can visit a year around permanent exhibition of
the paintings of Keith Reynolds at the Reynolds
Art Museum at the Shin Nishinomiya Yacht
Harbor in Japan. Keith reports that he just came
back from an exhibition there and in Osaka at the
Tempozan Gallery where he had a show consisting of 10 large paintings, 32 miniature paintings,
17 pen and inks, 17 limited edition silk screens and
assorted cards and a book published last year on
his work in Japan. According to the accompanying
price list, referred to as the “Price Menu,” prices
range from the $3,000 -$4,000 for a silk screen,
$2,100-$2,700 for a pen and ink, $5,000 – $8,600
for a miniature painting, and then $22 – $40,000
for a large painting. Keith reports that it was an
extremely successful visit, with great sales of his
work, which only reinforces the notion that the
language of art is an international language which
knows no country borders.
This fall, also on the West coast from October 5
– March 31, 2007 the Ventura County Maritime
Museum will feature the West coast version of the
exhibition held at the Independence Seaport
Museum last year in Philadelphia, the first
ever retrospective of the paintings of Thomas
M. Hoyne (1926-1989) entitled “North Atlantic
Seas, Schooners and Fishermen, Thomas Hoyne’s
Paintings of the Grand Banks.” What a great opportunity for enthusiasts on the West coast to see the
work of this marine artist who continues to inspire
marine artists today. Tom’s paintings are being
borrowed back from collectors and museums especially for this occasion. The plan is that they will
then travel to an exhibition at the Mystic Seaport
Museum in Mystic, Connecticut, in 2007, dates to
be determined. A long overdue book on Tom’s work
was written by Reese Palley and published last
year in conjunction with the Philadelphia exhibition. It’s entitled Wooden Ships and Iron Men:
The Maritime Art of Thomas Hoyne published by
Quantuck Lane and available for $59.95. See our
book page for details. It’s well worth adding to
your library. For more information on the Ventura
County Museum contact them at [email protected]
com or 805-984-6260.
This spring the Ventura County Museum also held
a ship model exposition with demonstrations and
exhibitions through the month of May. It’s one of
the great small maritime museums in the country.
Their permanent exhibitions of ship models only,
not to mention paintings, now number more than
80 models, including the largest museum display of
18th century bone prisoner of war models and the
life’s work and recreated modeling studio of southern
California master modeler Ed Marple.
July 27 marked the ribbon cutting for the newest
marine museum, the Minnesota Marine Art
Museum, set on six acres on the banks of the
Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota. At a
time when most museums are converted warehouses or commercial buildings, it is extremely
rare for a museum to be designed and built specifically for that purpose from the ground up. But that
is what the folks in Winona after two years of planning and construction have done, creating a terrific facility in a turn-of-the-century architectural
theme to house a great collection, consisting of the
Burrichter-Kierlin Collection of oil paintings
depicting the era of conversion from sail to steam
by leading marine artists, including John Stobart,
James Buttersworth, Tim Thompson, Thomas
Hoyne, Don Demers, Jack Gray, James Flood
among others. The museum has even commissioned special paintings for its collection. One by
William Muller depicts the steamship Minnesota
of the Great Northern Steamship Co., which plied
its trade from Seattle to the Far East in 1908; and
another by the British painter Louis Dodd—a
magnificent painting of the SS Frigate Minnesota
which played a pivotal role in the battle of the
Monitor vs. Merrimack a.k.a. Battle of Hampton
Roads March 9, 1862. The museum will also house
the Leo and Marilyn Smith Folk Art Collection
of nearly 400 works; the incredible photographs of
the civil engineer Henry Bosse who documented
maritime life and construction along the upper
Mississippi during the early part of the century;
and an actual Mississippi River dredge the William
A. Thompson, scheduled to arrive at the museum as
a floating exhibit in 2007. The museum is serious
about its staff too. They’ve hired Jonathan David
Swanson as Curator of Collections and Exhibits.
He holds two Masters Degrees, one from Texas
A&M in Nautical Archeology and one in Art History
from the Courthold Institute of the University
of London. Ryan Nunting is the new Curator
of Education and Interpretation. He has his own
Masters Degree in History with an emphasis on
Museum Studies. What an exciting and committed venture, and a great addition to the national
family of maritime museums. They deserve all of
our congratulations and support. So if you’re in
the Minneapolis area this summer during their
grand opening on August 20, or this fall, winter or
spring, I suggest a visit to the Minnesota Marine
Art Museum. More information can be found by
contacting them at Minnesotamarineartmuseum.
org. All I can say is, they really know how to do it
in Minnesota!
Bob Kierlin reports that while the museum is being
constructed they have some of the collection on
display at the Signatures Restaurant in Winona.
Currently, Tim Thompson’s large painting of schooner yacht America greets you as you walk in. So
sailors will feel right at home there. Bob reports
that people have been marveling at it. In fact, he
said he had a visit from Minneapolis business
owner Marcus Gernes recently who said he got
up twice from his dinner to go back and look at the
painting. He “couldn’t believe how beautiful it is.”
Galveston, Texas was the site of its own marine
art excitement this winter as the Texas Seaport
Museum, under the leadership of Kurt Voss,
kicked off its new capital campaign to build a
new museum facility to replace the current one,
which sits on Pier 21 in Galveston adjacent to the
tall ship Elissa. The Second Annual Galveston
International Festival of Marine Art was a
great black tie event and art exhibition, spearheaded
by museum patrons Bill and Pat Broussard and
the Galveston Historic Foundation, which overseas the museum and many historic properties in
Galveston, and is run by Director Marsh Davis.
On display were paintings of historic Galveston,
borrowed from various collections by Julius
Stockfleth, Robert Moak, Boyer Gonzales,
Paul Schumann, and new paintings from the J.
Bangle Gallery by Galveston artist-in-residence,
Englishman Tony Blackman who was drawn to the
rich maritime history and current vessels which ply
the busy ship channel to Galveston Harbor. The
Marine Arts Gallery of Salem, Massachusetts
displayed paintings by Roy Cross, Len Pearce,
William Stubbs and Richard Loud who was on
hand for the events, and the J. Russell Jinishian
Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut exhibited
works by Christopher Blossom, Don Demers,
John Stobart, Stanley Meltzoff, Jim Flood and
others. Ed Parker created a view of the Elissa and
historic buildings of Galveston especially for the
event, which was reproduced as a limited edition
fundraising print. The museum has actually hired
a national fundraising firm, Chuck Bentz Inc. to
help reach its ambitious goal of $9 million. With a
rich maritime and social history of the seaport in
Galveston, I’m sure they’ll be successful. For those
looking for more information or way to support the
only regional maritime museum in that area you
can contact them at
On Martha’s Vineyard, The Edgartown Art
Gallery published two scenes of Martha’s Vineyard
by Ray Ellis. They both measure 12”x24” and are
priced at $650 each. They are designed to be displayed as a pair. They can be contacted by calling
If you’re a fan of John Barber’s limited edition
prints, and just want to update your value list, or
even see their new index which lists prints by boat
names, you can try calling Carol at 800-410-0727,
or [email protected] As many may
remember, John officially retired from the limited
edition print business a year ago to concentrate
his efforts on painting. But you can’t keep a good
man down. So don’t be surprised if you see new
prints using the new giclée computer technique of
some of John’s paintings. Already four giclée prints
are available; “Downwind Run,” “Journey’s End,”
“Approaching the Mark” and “Spinnakers” in two
flavors: one in an edition of 125 print only, the second, the master edition of 50-75 where John has
“hand painted additional details with his palette
knife directly on to the canvas.”
When John was focusing on his print business
he used to gather up his original paintings and
save them for a one night black tie sale in one
of Richmond, Virginia’s historic buildings—usually once every two or three years. The much
anticipated event was the hit of the social season.
Since he’s “retired,” and been painting mostly for
himself, we haven’t seen any new paintings on
the market. He’s just now told us that he’s begun
to offer a small selection of small paintings for
the first time since 2002. They range in subjects
from the “Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica”, 8”x12”
which sells for $3,000, to a Richmond street scene
“Along the Avenue” which measures 14”x26”
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Wooden Ships & Iron Men:
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Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921)
Pilot Boat NEW JERSEY with Inman Liner and Sandy Hook Lightship
Oil on Canvas Signed Lower Right 1903 22” x 36” $45,000
Another Jacobsen painting “Schooner DREADNOUGHT Competing for the Cape May Challenge Cup”
recently sold for a world record $281,000 at auction. See page 24 for the fascinating story.
Continued from page 7
The Louvre Museum in France, for example, has
made its own decision. As many people know the
controversial new film based on Dan Brown’s
book The Da Vinci Code begins with the murder
of a Louvre curator found in the museum’s Denon
Wing. Shooting for that part of the film actually
took place at the Louvre after hours. Not to be
outdone by the entrepreneurs who are now offering
Da Vinci Code tours of the Louvre, the Louvre itself
has put together its own Da Vinci Code audio tour
called “Step Inside The Da Vinci Code”, which was
actually produced by Sound Walcott, a New York
based company. They’re offering these tours for
$13 - below what the private tours cost. You can
actually buy them online at iTunes music store,
or the Louvre’s own Web site
htm. Dider Selles, General Administrator at the
Louvre said, “One of our goals is to attract people
who are not used to museums.” They have actually
begun a program to offer seed money to directors
whose films will feature the Louvre as a backdrop,
and in return will offer free use of the museum
as a set.
Many people don’t know that many museums are
involved in renting out their space after hours.
You can, for example, hold a party for hundreds
of your closest friends within the walls of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Many other museums make themselves available
for these opportunities. Having a party in the
Egyptian Gallery at the Metropolitan is really kind
of like getting seated at one of the exclusive
tables inside the kitchen of one of New York’s best
restaurants. You feel like a real insider.
How popular is the Metropolitan Museum among
actual and virtual museum goers? Well, according
to the museum itself, last year 4.5 million people
visited the museum, while 15 million people
visited their Web site which provides information
in 10 languages, and a variety of programs. That’s
a staggering number. But if you would like to
make it 15 million and one, their Web site is www.
The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven,
Connecticut is utilizing its resources to offer
a fascinating program to members of the New
Haven Police force. In a program designed to
sharpen their powers of observation, they’re given
an allotted amount of time to observe paintings
and then asked to write an exhaustive description
of what they’ve seen. It fits right into the police
department’s mandate as detective Lt. Irvin
Badgert says, “The main focus of our job is to be
trained observers.” The germ of this idea began
in 1997 at the Yale School of Medicine, which
developed it into a program that is now required
of all first year students in the medical school.
Linda Friedlaender at the British Art Center, and
a Professor of Dermatology, Irwin Braverman
developed the program after Friedlaender noted
that the resident physician examining a friend of
hers didn’t observe how agitated the person was.
While Braverman felt that too much emphasis
might be placed on laboratory test analysis in the
education of doctors, rather than the observation
of the patient. The germ of this program has now
spread so that the Yale School of Management’s
business students are using art to hone their
observation skills. And in New York City, the
Frick Collection has offered the same program
to medical students at the Weill Medical Center
and Cornell and others, and also to the New
York City Police Department. It’s even spread
to London’s Scotland Yard. Now here are uses
of paintings that Michelangelo, Leonardo Da
Vinci, Caneletto, and Buttersworth never had
in mind!
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Here’s an interesting new service being offered
on the Internet by, which “Maps
everything from wineries to bed and breakfasts
to Starbucks.” They’ve now added an interactive
nationwide map of art galleries to their services.
The idea being, if you plan on visiting a certain
region you can log on and find a gallery that may
be an interesting destination reflective of your
interest. To access it visit
That’s all the news we have room for now. There
will be more in the next quarter.
At last, the definitive book on contemporary marine art we’ve been
waiting for. The leading authority in the field guides us through the
breathtaking beauty of today’s marine art and the artists who are
the recognized leaders of the new renaissance of this
grand traditional art form.
authority in the field, it provides indispensable
insight into the most important marine art
artists of our time.
Steve Cryan
Watercolor 21” x 29” $6,000
The QUEEN MARY Docking at Luxury Liner Row in New York 1950
Continued from page 18
and sells for $18,000; and yacht racing and other
Chesapeake Bay scenes. For more information
Willard Bond was one of the very first to see the
potential of giclée prints. It’s amazing to see his
powerful, nearly abstract watercolors translated in
this new print medium printed directly on watercolor paper. They’re quite astounding. Two of his
newest are “ Knarr Class” and “Courageous.” Each
are published in an edition size of 150, measure
45”x34” and sell for $950 each. There are 30 giclée
prints of Willard’s currently available. More information can be found at
If you’re in Newport, Rhode Island this summer, be sure to stop the International Yacht
Restoration School, if nothing else, just to appreciate the shear esthetic beauty of classic yachts in
and out of the water. Their fundraising gala this
summer is an auction featuring, among other
items, a fascinating painting by Danish born but
New York/Hoboken, New Jersey resident Antonio
Jacobsen (1850-1921). It’s one of 5 paintings he
did of the steam yacht Riviera owned by Frederick
Gallatin. This one is not square or rectangular, but
pyramidal shaped on a wooden panel believed to
have come directly off the yacht itself.
Jacobsen’s stock has continued to rise as the premier ship portrait painter in New York City at the
turn of the century. It’s estimated that he painted
over 5,000 and as many as 6,000 paintings—later
in life, after 1900, with the help of various children and assistants. Because the paintings are
so numerous and were often treated badly—they
hung in bars, restaurants all over the New York
area—in addition to private collections, their values at auctions and elsewhere have tended to be all
over the map based on condition, rarity and quality. Even today you find them in obscure auctions
in terrible condition selling for $5,000-10,000. In
other auctions, premier examples sell for $50,000
dollars and up.
An interesting convergence of Jacobsen, James
Buttersworth and television market appeal
occurred recently over a period of months beginning with the appearance of an unsigned painting
on Public Television’s Antiques Road Show. This
large, 30”x40” oil featured a schooner approaching a buoy with a square-rigged ship behind. The
Road Show expert Debra Force identified it as a
painting by James Buttersworth (1817-1894) and
valued it between $215,000-500,000. Part of her
reasoning according to Force was that, “The billowing sails are characteristic of Buttersworth,”
and that the schooner was flying a U.S. flag, “an
extremely popular element in any art today.” But
the story doesn’t end there. After the Antique Road
Show appraisal the owner decided she wanted to
sell the painting. (Gee what a surprise!) So she
began contacting auction houses and settled on
Boston based auction house Skinner. Skinner
corroborated Force’s appraisal and identified the
schooner as James Bennetts’s Dauntless. As the
result of the exposure on television, both Force
and Skinner’s expert, Stephen L. Fletcher, began
getting phone calls questioning the attribution. So
they continued to dig, visiting the records of the
New York Yacht Club, and using the flags on the
schooner ultimately identified it as the schooner
Dreadnought they believed competing for the Cape
May Challenge Cup, October 10, 1872, painted
not by James Buttersworth at all, but by Antonio
Jacobsen who painted, obviously other things
besides ship portraits in profile. The painting
then came to auction at Skinner’s as an Antonio
Jacobsen still unsigned. And when the gavel fell
it was for a world record price of $281,000. Three
times higher than the $86,000 a Jacobsen had
brought at Bonham’s auction house in 2003.
on the fishing boats, piers, and men and women
who give so much character to the hardworking
waterfront in Rockland and Thomaston, Maine.
She’s highlighted the period between 1850 and
1940. Those paintings will be on display at the
Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland through
September 30. See our exhibition page for more
details, or visit
One wonders how often this happens with appraisals or auctions. In this case Charlie Lanagan,
one of Skinner’s consultants, summed it up by
saying, “Doing the research was like working on
a crossword puzzle. Every time I thought I had the
answer I’d find information wouldn’t fit the other
way. Eventually it came out all right.”
If you’re visiting Nantucket this summer, you
may want to stop in at the Nantucket Whaling
Museum which has just added a large sculpture
by Wick Ahrens to their permanent collection. It’s
entitled “Where have all the whalers gone.” And as
Wick, who calls himself “Moby Wick” and who has
been carving three dimension complete sculptures
and wall plaques of whales at his Vermont studio
for the last twenty years writes, “I’m thrilled that
my work will be exhibited long after I’m gone.
Maybe I should rename the piece “Where have all
the whale sculptors gone.”
One interesting follow up is a letter which appeared
in Maine Antiques Digest after the auction from
Tony Peluso, perhaps the leading authority on
Antonio Jacobsen’s work. His feeling was that
the Jacobsen could probably have easily been
identified perhaps by comparing it to one of the
five signed versions. There’s an 1876, and 1878,
1879 and 1895 listed in Harold Sniffen’s book
The Check List, which literally lists almost every
painting Jacobsen ever painted by ship name and
subjects, or the book Painted Ships on Painted
Oceans which actually depicts similar examples.
I’m not sure exactly what the moral of this story is
except that even the experts can be fooled. It pays
to do as much research and homework as you can
do. Although of course, collectors of contemporary
works don’t usually have this problem. They can
simply check with artist and make sure it came
directly from him or her!
If you’re visiting an exhibit in Newport this summer, it should probably be at the Museum of
Yachting where Russ Kramer has an exhibition
of his paintings running through August. Included
among them is a fascinating painting which places
the viewer right on the deck of the schooner yacht
America as she’s won the first “America’s Cup”
off Cowes. She’s sailing by the royal yacht, sailors
on board are doffing their caps towards Queen
Victoria on that famous day, August 22, 1851. The
painting was painted as a commission for Rudolph
J. Schaefer, Jr. whose father was the author
of the definitive book on the paintings of James
Buttersworth. Together they were responsible for
building the first full-scale replica of the schooner
yacht America which is still sailing today. Rudie
and his wife Jane have been great benefactors
of contemporary marine artists, helping to construct the Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Seaport
Museum, and building a terrific personal collection, one section of which is devoted to paintings
of the schooner yacht America in various stages of
her career by some of the today’s leading artists,
including John Mecray, Tom Hoyne, Carl Evers,
Don Demers and now Russ Kramer. It’s fascinating to see various artists’ interpretation of the
same event. Aside from Rudie and Jane’s personal
decision and interest in America, it’s a terrific way
to focus a collection by picking a particular subject
like that.
While some artists find themselves working on a
variety of disparate subject matter, other artists
like to hunker down and explore a single or related
theme over a period of time. This summer Loretta
Krupinski will be showing a series of paintings
she’s been making over the last several years based
Cape Cod and the islands are the subjects of new
giclée prints on canvas released by Michael Keane
this year. They range from a small print of catboats
sailing in the marsh “Under the Rainbow”, 8”x12”
for $150, to views of the popular yachting destination and striped bass fishing capital Cuttyhunk
which measures 10”x20”, published in an edition
of 95 and sells for $325.His print of classic J-boats
Shamrock and Endeavour, measuring 18”x30”, selling for $550. Compare that to the original painting,
which measures 24”x40” and sells for $135,000.
Michael was the subject of an article in Décor magazine this year. It’s interesting to observe his artistic
philosophy which he describes as, “I like to think
that art is meant to elevate the human condition,
not pull it down. I believe the job of an artist is to lift
people up.” More information on his prints can be
seen by visiting
Speaking of unique carvings, you haven’t seen
anything yet until you’ve seen the magnificent creations of Kaye Williams. Kaye, and his son Bruce
and daughters Jan and Jill and their husbands,
own and operate Captain’s Cove Marina and
Restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Kaye
is a lifelong fisherman and lobsterman. Heck, he
started hauling lobster traps for a living at the age
of 14. Over the years he’s been involved in a tremendous number of maritime projects, including
singlehandedly saving and restoring the HMS Rose
and operating the foundation that kept her alive
for over 20 years until she was sold two years ago
to the Fox movie people for use in the making of
the movie based on Patrick O’Brian’s novel Master
and Commander starring Russell Crowe. She now
exists as a permanent exhibit at the San Diego
Maritime Museum.
Kaye will not call himself an artist, but in his
spare time in his workshop he’s been turning out
nautical pieces that are nothing short of first class
works of art. These include a version of a ship’s
double “careening” block which measures 5ft. long
and 4ft. high, and is finished in natural wood (you
could careen the Queen Mary with that baby!) to a
8ft. long painted cleat which is beautiful just for
its sculptural beauty. And these sculptures really
celebrate the clear and simple beauty of objects
designed to be functional, but in their functionality
become esthetic objects, particularly at this scale.
What Kaye is going to do with them, he’s not sure.
He was just inspired to make them, but I know he
Lloyd McCaffery
Clipper Brig NEWSBOY, 1854
Scratch built ship model
The spars are of degama wood, with the rigging of a nickelchromium allow wire, with ratlines of copper. The sails and
flags are of neutral pH glassine. The sails have been specifically
formed to curve in two dimension, giving the “bag” to the sail.
The spanker is laced to the gaff, and reefed to the boom. Various
patches show on the sails. A total of nine crew figures are shown
about the vessels, with a dog on the fore companionway.
The model is set with the wind from the port quarter. She is
under lower and upper topsails, and double reefed spanker. The
two fore staysails are set, with some of the crew visible working
out on the jibboom. The fore course, carved from wood, is shown
brailed up. The case is of black walnut veneer.
Of course, the beauty of boats derives directly from
the form follows function relationship. No one
else can testify to that more than William Muller
whose paintings of the varied craft which ply the
waters in and around New York Harbor: tugboats,
day-liners, ocean liners, steamers, pilot boats and
ferries are the subject of a six page article Italian
publication Arte Navale in their February-March
issue. This is all in preparation of a publication of
book illustrating the 40-year career of Bill Muller
scheduled to be published by Flat Hammock Press
this fall. We’ll keep you posted on that. As the
yachting world looks towards the next America’s
Cup off Valencia, Spain, we will hear more and
more of this magazine, which has been putting
out a first class publication for the last several
years. The same issue contains an article about
the J-boats illustrated by a painting of Enterprise
by Tim Thompson and a beautifully illustrated
article on the critical scratch built model of HMS
Victory by Italian modeler Franco Rovida. More
information on this fine publication can be found
Speaking of liners, here is a fascinating convergence of liners and art. We recently learned of the
220 ft. yacht The Grand Luxe specially designed by
the yacht designer Luiz de Basto, built to be a
floating art gallery in essence, with three exhibition
decks housing 26 individual galleries, which are
7” x 12” x 12 ½” encased $28,000
The hull is planked over solid, with careful weathering used
throughout. The deck fittings are mostly of holly and apple wood.
The bell is turned of brass. The pinrails have pins with coils on
them. The taffrail features individually turned wood stanchions,
and the name is hand lettered on the stern.
This handsome clipper brig personified the essential qualities
of her type and period. She had both good looks and speed.
She was built at South Thomaston, Maine in 1854. She was 111’
long, 26’-2” breadth, and 11’-5” depth. Her owners were Dabney &
Cunningham of Boston. Her plans were published in Griffiths’
Monthly Nautical Magazine, and this material is the basis for all
modern interpretations of her. There is also some material on
her in the Nederlandish Historisch Scheepvaart Museum. Erik
A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. has made major revisions of the standard
interpretation of her, and it is this approach that I used.
is looking to find a new home for them. Any takers
just give him or Jan a call at 203-335-1433.
scale 16”=1”
Lloyd McCaffery
destined to be leased out in 2 to 5 week segments
to art and antique dealers, galleries and jewelers.
Their plan is to be sailing for an 11 month voyage
beginning in the fall 2006 in Miami, Florida, traveling to destinations on the east and west coasts
of Florida during the winter of 2007, and in the
spring heading north, stopping in Hilton Head,
Charleston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and
New York. The summer of 2007 she’ll be traveling
between Greenwich, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and
returning south in the fall. They won’t be focusing
strictly on marine art by any means, of course. In
fact, the organizers say some trips will be exclusively contemporary art, for example. Their plan is
to tie in with a local charity in each destination so
that during a 5-day stop they’ll be tapped into their
donor base, and also helping to raise money for
the local charity. Dealers will be paying between
$10,000 and $35,000 per week to show their art on
board—so you would expect the art to be at a high
level. It’s an interesting concept, and obviously a
clever marketing idea. We’ll see how it works. For
information on when they’re stopping in your area
We had a visit recently from David Hamilton.
During the course of our visit he mentioned he
belonged to the Chelsea Arts Club in London
where the discussion at the bar turned recently to
determining what subject matter would guarantee
that a painting would sell. This is akin to writing
the prefect country song. You make sure it includes
a dog, a truck, a broken heart, your mother, and
beer, and you’ve got a winner. Here’s what the
guys at the Chelsea Arts Club came up with: 1) the
painting shouldn’t be too big, it should be small; 2)
the subject should be Venice; 3) it should include
some of the landscape of Venice in moonlight; and
4) the painting should contain cats. They went so
far as to decide to have an exhibition in October
where every painting submitted must contain a cat.
So if you’re visiting a gallery and see a painting of
Venice in the moonlight with a cat in it, you know
it’s a Chelsea Arts Club boy who’s been at work.
Speaking of England, Tim Thompson is moving
in some rarified circles these days. He’s been
asked to complete a painting of Chichester’s
yacht Gypsy Moth, in which Chichester completed
his famous voyage circumnavigating the world
solo in 1967. The vessel was on display at the
Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England out
of the water next to the clipper ship Cutty Sark.
She’s recently being sailed around the world
again by three teenagers as a fundraising effort.
Tim’s been asked to do the painting by David
Green on behalf of the United Kingdom Sailing
Academy, to raise money to keep her sailing.
Presentation of the painting will take place at
Buckingham Palace, where it will be auctioned
by Princess Ann to raise money for the Academy.
Pretty heady stuff, Tim. For more information,
Continued on page 27
April 1 – November 19, and is only accessible by
arranging a tour through the Brandywine River
Museum Tuesdays through Sundays. The tour costs
$5.00 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 610-388-2700 or
To check for information on Historic Studios in
your area visit
Down in the Chesapeake this May
the Carla Massoni Gallery held
an impressive exhibition of Marc
Castelli’s newest paintings entitled
“Slack Water.” They featured his paintings of the working watermen of the Bay. His work
has been so popular that it’s often sold out even
before the exhibition actually opens to the public.
Randy Puckett
Edition of 350
Rhythm In Blues
10” H x 13” W x 8” D
Blue whales are probably the largest animals ever
to have lived, and are certainly the largest alive
today. They reach lengths well over 100 feet, and
weights in excess of 160 tons.
Etching and drypoint
Image: 19 ½" x 25", sheet: 21 ½" x 26 1/8"
A small printed remarque, in the form of an anchor between two ship’s clocks, is etched in the lower left corner of the plate.
WINSLOW HOMER (1836 - 1910)
Winslow Homer spent much of his life working in his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine. Today this American landmark has been recently purchased by the
Portland Museum of Art, which plans to make it available for public visits for the very first time in 2007.
In 1887 Homer painted one of his most famous images there, “Eight Bells” depicting two oil-skinned sailors taking their noon observations. In the same
year, he made this copperplate etching—one of eight etchings made by him between 1884-89. These were printed for Homer by George W.H. Ritchie and
his assistant Charles S. White between 1887-1900. In 1941 William M. Ivins, the Curator of Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchased this plate
along with four other original plates for the museum, and commissioned White to make an edition of 50 prints of “Eight Bells”, at which time the plate
was retired into the museum’s collection. The museum then made the prints available for purchase. This remarkable print from the 1941 printing has just
surfaced—an iconographic image by one of the finest artists America has ever produced.
J. Russell Jinishian is internationally recognized as America’s leading authority on
contemporary marine art. The former long
time Director of the Marine Art Gallery
at Mystic Seaport Museum, his writings
have appeared in Sailing, Sea History,
American Artist, Art New England and
other publications. For many years he was
the Art Critic for the Connecticut Post
and a Contributing Editor of Nautical World Magazine, where his
popular column on marine art appeared regularly. He has served
as a juror for many exhibitions, including three times for the
Arts for the Parks Exhibition, sponsored by the National Parks
Service. He is the author of Bound for Blue Water, considered
the definitive Guide to Contemporary Marine Art. He currently
operates the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, specializing in 19th,
20th, and 21st Century Marine and Fishing Art and continues
to lecture nationally on marine art and collecting. He may be
reached at 1657 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-259-8753
Fax: 203-259-8761, or e-mail: [email protected]
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Blue whale calves, born off the Pacific coast of
southern Mexico and Central America, spend the
winter with their mothers in the waters of the central
Gulf of California. Always traveling, the blues
congregate to feed in places where currents force
cold, nutrient rich waters to the surface. In the
spring, the blues start up the Pacific coast, spending
the late summer and early fall here in Monterey
Bay, before turning south to complete the cycle.
Continued from page 25
From Baja, Scott Kennedy reports that he’s begun
work on a series of pen and ink drawings to illustrate a new edition of John Steinbeck’s famous
book a Log from the Sea of Cortez at the behest of
Steinbeck’s son Thomas Steinbeck. Scott said he
took his first trip overland into the Sea of Cortez
recently “for the purpose of finding the close up
details of plant, rock, tide pool, life on shore and
characteristics for the backgrounds in my drawings.”
Steinbeck wrote this classic book as a result of a trip
taken with his friend, marine biologist, Ed “Doc”
Ricketts in the early ‘40s. Scott draws with pen and
ink like the wind. This will be a great supplement
to your Steinbeck library. Of course, we’ll keep you
posted as the future publication date nears.
For art lovers there’s nothing more fascinating
than visiting an artist’s studio and seeing firsthand the environment in which an artist creates.
If you’re in Paris you can visit Rodin’s studio, the
studios of Eugene Delacroix, Gustav Moreau
and others. Elsewhere in France Monet’s estate
of Giverny is a destination all by itself. In Chadds
Ford, Pennsylvania the house of N.C. Wyeth
(the father of Andrew Wyeth, the grandfather of
Jamie Wyeth), where he lived from 1912 –1945
and raised his artistic family has been restored.
Wyeth’s studio is itself an historic national landmark and a member of the Historic Homes and
Studios Group under the aegis of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. It is open from
From Cyprus we hear from artist Catherine
Deligeorghi who contacted us several
months ago looking for back issues of our
quarterly to use for inspiration. She sent
us photographs of the paintings she
made recreating the historic ships of
Lemnos, Greece. Including an interesting
note from her husband Alexis who says,
“Most regretfully places have changed
a lot, and even the sea is not the
same anymore.” This seems to be a
common lament.
We recently hosted our annual exhibition at the American Yacht Club in
Rye, New York with over 40 paintings
and sculptures on display, and an opening
dinner which included among its guests
artists Willard Bond, Don Demers, Peter
Bowe, Richard Dana Kuchta, William
Duffy, Bill Davis, Joe McGurl, Christopher
Blossom, Robert Blazek, Robert Lagasse,
Gerald Levey, Len Mizerek and Yves Parent. If you have an interest in
discussing what Bob can do for you, I’m sure he’d
be happy to talk about it. He can be reached at
[email protected]
We had a nice visit by Bob Grimson and his wife
Jean recently. You may have read about them in
WoodBoat magazine. They have spent virtually the
last 14 years aboard their 37 ft. gaff rigged ketch
Meander cruising between the Bahamas and
Maine, depending on the season. Bob, in addition
to being a boat builder is also a working artist,
painting nautical subjects like his hometown in
Cornwall in England and 19th century clippers
and 20th century steel vessels whenever he is in
port. None of his paintings exceed 18”x24” simply
due to limitations of space on board. He’s been
selling them from $1,500 to $2,000, selling just
enough to keep on cruising. After watching the start
of the Bermuda Race in June in Newport, they’re
planning to head to Nova Scotia. They are
a fascinating couple. So if you’re cruising
down east this summer keep an eye open
for them.
This June Len Mizerek traveled to the
Brittany Coast of France at the invitation of the town of Dinan. He was
selected as Artist in Residence and
given a studio cottage on the estate of
the Museum of Yvonne JeanHaffen, Maison d’artiste de la
Grande Vigne. In return the
museum chose one of Len’s
paintings for the museum collection. Nice work if you can
get it! C’est bon!
We also joined artist/sailor Brechin Morgan at
the Riverside Yacht Club this winter. He spoke
about his decision at the age of 50 to sell his lucrative sign painting business and sail around the
world single-handed aboard Otter his
Pacific Seacraft 28. The voyage
took him 4 years, starting
and stopping. His talk was a
fascinating mixture of sailing and adventures and
paintings and drawings from exotic
ports he’d entered along the way.
That’s all the news that fits.
Keep those cards, letters
and e-mails coming in.
Of course, he’s not the first artist
to drop out and live the dream. Paul
Gauguin was a successful banker and a
frustrated painter when he finally decided to
chuck it all and move to the South Seas
where he made the paintings that have
made him famous today.
Our friend, scrimshander
Robert Weiss has finally
decided to pursue his dream of
moving to the Hawaiian islands,
once of course the center of the Pacific
whaling industry. Today, it’s home to many
well-known scrimshanders including Ray Peters,
and Yoko Gados. We’re sure Bob will find a warm
welcome there. He’s planning to augment his
income from selling scrimshaw by using his first
class computer skills and understanding of the
needs of artists, to create Web sites for other artists. He’s done a great job with our Web site which
you can sample at or
Randy Puckett
Edition of 75
Southern Cross
43½” H x 38” W x 24” D
Somewhere in the warm seas of Earth, below 30
degrees north latitude, a humpback whale mother
and calf, with a male breaching beside them, find
the company of a group of bottlenose dolphins. The
constellation Southern Cross graces the night sky
wherever humpback whales are born.

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