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SABINO Receives Grant

Congressman Joe Courtney tours the Sabino restoration with Mystic Seaport Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker (left) on September 14, 2015. Credit: Andy Price/Mystic Seaport.
Congressman Joe Courtney tours the Sabino restoration with Mystic Seaport Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker (left) on September 14, 2015. Photo Credit: Andy Price/Mystic Seaport.

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that Mystic Seaport will receive more than $149,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America grant program to support the restoration of the 1908 wooden steamboat Sabino. Mystic Seaport will provide matching funds of more than $154,000 to complete the project. Courtney toured the Sabino this morning with Mystic Seaport President Steve White and Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker to view the restoration plan.

“The Sabino, a National Historic Landmark vessel, is an important historical artifact encapsulating part of the maritime history of New England. It is one of the last remaining wooden, coal-fired, operating steamboats in the country—providing a unique experience to visitors and tourists. This grant will help preserve that historic value for generations to come. I congratulate Steve White and the Mystic Seaport team on the most recent in a long line of successful restorations and exhibits that have rightly earned national recognition,” Courtney said.

“We are grateful for the support from the IMLS and the recognition of the importance of the work we do to preserve and share America’s maritime heritage through projects such as the Sabino restoration. Public support is crucial to our ability to fund this kind of work and carry out our mission,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White.

This year, IMLS received 521 applications for Museums for America grants. Of those, 202 projects were selected, totaling $20,207,105 in grants. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $29,946,584 in non-federal funds.

The 57-foot steamboat Sabino was built in Boothbay, Maine, by W. Irving Adams and was first operated on the Damariscotta River but spent most of her career ferrying passengers and cargo between Portland and islands in Casco Bay. This project will maintain the vessel’s historical integrity, and perpetuate knowledge, skills, and professional licensing necessary to operate a unique technological artifact of maritime history and culture.

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Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport to Open 36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale Sept. 27

Mystic, Conn. (September 14, 2015) — The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport opens the 36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale Sunday, September 27.

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 100 examples of their most recent work. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, sculptures, scrimshaw, and a ship model. 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 excited and honored to present the 36th International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Award-winning artists from eight countries will be displaying pieces of the highest quality works of contemporary marine art. Paintings on display will include coastal scenes and marine wildlife as well as historic vessels, racing yachts, and working boats. The show will visually inspire and delight art connoisseurs, sailors, and visitors alike,” said Monique Foster, director of the Gallery.

Participating artists include Laura Cooper, Richard Loud, Jeff Weaver, Don Demers, Russ Kramer, John Tayson, Patrick O’Brien, William Duffy, Elizabeth Mumford, and Robert Lagasse.

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 America’s maritime heritage for future generations.

The exhibition will open to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday, September 27. There will be an artists’ walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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 beginning on September 20.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2015.

About the Maritime Gallery

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art.  For more than 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.