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Mystic Seaport to Open 35th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale Sept. 28

Public Can Meet the Artists from 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Mystic, Conn. (September 22, 2014) — The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport opens the 35th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale Sunday, September 28.

The International is the most comprehensive collection of contemporary marine art in the United States. Award-winning artists from around the world will present more than 95 examples of their most recent work. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models. The show is a commemoration of America’s maritime heritage with both intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document the relationship of man to the sea.

“We are honored to present the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery for the 35th year,” said Jeanne Potter, director of the Gallery.  “This exhibition and sale continues to delight art lovers and visitors year after year, showcasing the finest art by today’s leading marine artists.  From racing yachts to working boats, every aspect of maritime life is celebrated in this exhibition and is displayed in the most ideal setting–overlooking the historic Mystic River at the nation’s leading maritime museum.”

Participating artists include David Bareford, Harley Bartlett, Laura Cooper, Yoko Gaydos, Ian Hansen, Neal Hughes, Richard Loud, Victor Mays and Jeff Weaver.

The exhibition will honor participating artists with five awards of excellence and nine named awards–including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, which recognizes the work that best documents our maritime heritage for future generations.

The exhibition will open to the public at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 28, with an artists’ walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Gallery. The walk is an opportunity for the public to meet some of the participating artists and listen as they share how they created their works in the International and what inspires them to produce their art.

All works in the exhibition are available to view and purchase daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The show can also be viewed on the Gallery website.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2014.

Downloadable image:  John Tayson, “Steamer Dock, 1920s” Oil 18” x 24” Photo credit:  Dennis Murphy

About the Maritime Gallery

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art.  For over 30 years, the Maritime Gallery has been privileged to exhibit the works of leading maritime artists from across the globe and to support the scholarship, curation, and exhibition work of its parent organization, Mystic Seaport. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org/gallery.