American Society of Marine Artists Hosts the First National Maritime Art Conference

As this issue of Sea History reaches your mailbox, our chairman, Ronald Oswald; editor, Deirdre O ‘Regan; trustee, Admiral Robert].

Papp Jr, 24th commandant of the US Coast Guard and America’s Special Representative to the Arctic;

and I will venture to W illiamsburg, Virginia,

to participate in ASMA’s first National Maritime Art Conference on 8- 11 September.

Admiral Papp, a featured presenter at this inaugural event,

will give a talk on “The Arctic Ocean- The Case for Maritime Governance.”

ASMA is debuting its 11 ‘” National Exhibition at the M uscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary on the second day of the conference.

Marine art chronicles maritime history in a way that enables us to visualize our past and present relationship with ships and the sea.

In Ian Marshall’s portrayal of the merShipping at the Port of Kilindini, Mombasa 1953 by Ian Marshall, 14 x 21 inches,

watercolor chant vessels at the East African port of Kilindini, he brings to life a world from a half century ago, of which few survive who have direct memories.

M arine art can also transport us into a scene in a way the written word or even photography cannot.

In viewing Ronald Lent’s work, Breezing up at Ten Pound Light, a catboat sails up to a lighthouse on a sunny afternoon;

suddenly I find myself back aboard my own catboat,

catching the breeze and relishing the sun with my children in a season some years back before they grew up and spread their wi ngs fa r from home.

From our recent reader survey, we learned that our members look forward to marine art features and rake extra.

time to study and enjoy the images and commentary that artists share with us in the pages of Sea History.

 Be sure to read this issue’s marine art feature on painting en plein air by artist Neal Hughes on pages 34-37.

M r. Hughes will be presenting at the ASMA conference on this topic.

We are very excited about Breezing up at Ten Pound Light by Ronald Lent, 21 x 28 inches,

transparent watercolor attending this inaugural ASMA conference in Williamsburg and meeting many of the artists whose works we have featured and admired for years.

We are particularly appreciative that ASMA is awarding its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Mary Burrichter and Robert Kierlin,

founders of the Minnesota Marine Art M useum.

This couple has spent many years collecting important works of marine and folk art and serving the museum they fou nded to share them with the public.

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