MA­RINE SCENES

40th an­niver­sary in­vi­ta­tional

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On Novem­ber 2 Prin­ci­ple Gallery will host the 40th an­niver­sary Ma­rine Art In­vi­ta­tional for the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Ma­rine Artists in one of the great Amer­i­can port cities, Charleston, South Carolina.

The show will fea­ture a stun­ning ar­ray of ma­rine artists and will kick off with an open­ing night re­cep­tion on Novem­ber 2.

One of the artists in the show is C.W. Mundy, who has sought out coastal ar­eas for much of his life. “While paint­ing dur­ing plein air trips in the U.S. and over­seas since the early 1990s, I al­ways have sought out the coastal ar­eas, es­pe­cially old har­bors with the old wooden boats. Old har­bors and dou­ble-masted schooners are some of my all-time fa­vorite sub­jects,” Mundy says. “My plein air paint­ing trips are usu­ally three weeks to two months, which al­lows enough time to en­joy the lo­cal cul­ture and seek out and re­turn to the primo paint­ing sub­jects, lo­ca­tions and the best time of day to paint the spots. I am very much at home in a ma­rine set­ting or an old har­bor!”

He will bring The ‘Lynx,’ Glouces­ter Ma­rine Rail­way at Rocky Neck, Rainy Morn­ing, an in­cred­i­ble im­age of a boat be­ing worked on in a dry dock. Mundy says, “Af­ter paint­ing sev­eral boat por­traits in Cam­den, Maine, we re­turned to Glouces­ter for sev­eral days, hop­ing to find some­thing in Rocky Neck. The fish­ing in­dus­try has re­ally changed in the last 15 to 20 years, and there are no more ‘drag­gers’ in the har­bor. I was pleas­antly sur­prised with the Lynx up at the Ma­rine Rail­way for re­pair. The weather con­di­tions can al­ways be prob­lem­atic for plein air painters, and there was a fore­cast of rain! I started the work with no over­head pro­tec­tion in dry con­di­tions and fin­ished it in the mid­dle of two to three down­pours. My Easy L pal­ette filled up twice with rain, and

I had to pour it out, be­cause I was mix­ing paint un­der­wa­ter. So grate­ful I stuck it out.”

James Con­sor will be show­ing Star­boat Regetta, a dra­matic ocean scene with lots of wa­ter in the fore­ground and an ex­cit­ing sub­ject in the near back­ground. “I have been on the Larch­mont Yacht Club Race Com­mit­tee for a num­ber of years and was in a small boat do­ing the pin end of the start­ing line for a Star Class cen­ten­nial re­gatta in 2007 in some wind and waves,” he says. “I had great ref­er­ence pho­tos and the phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing there no doubt added some emo­tional con­tent to the paint­ings. Again, none of the paint­ings are an ex­act ren­der­ing of any spe­cific pho­to­graph. Also I ma­jored in il­lus­tra­tion in art school, so I can do re­al­is­tic fig­ures on the boats. That comes in handy.

Tidal Marsh is a piece by Ser­gio Roffo, who found ma­rine scenes af­ter paint­ing land­scapes for many years. “My wife and I were look­ing to move out of the city to a nau­ti­cal vil­lage that had a good school sys­tem for our 3-year-old. We found Sc­i­t­u­ate, Mass­a­chu­setts, a nau­ti­cal vil­lage south of Bos­ton. I was im­me­di­ately in­spired by the salt wa­ter river marshes, and the boat-filled har­bor. I pur­chased an 18-foot Mar­shall san­der­ling that helped me see the beauty in ma­rine art. The rest is his­tory,” Roffo says. “Tidal Marsh is a 24-by-36-inch oil of one of the marshes at low tide. I was in­spired by the deep mud flats of the marshes. In the early 1900s Ir­ish Bos­to­ni­ans would flock to Sc­i­t­u­ate be­cause they heard of this new busi­ness that was thriv­ing called Ir­ish moss­ing. Chunks of mud and moss would be vis­i­ble at low tide on the river bank that was col­lected and sold as a means of fuel to burn in their fire­places to heat their homes. This is unique to see at low tide. At times the sun­light on the mossy chunks cre­ates this emer­ald color and re­flects on the wa­ter and cre­ates these beau­ti­ful re­flec­tions. I’m truly in­spired by this.”

The show runs through­out Novem­ber at Prin­ci­ple Gallery.

Prin­ci­ple Gallery 125 Meet­ing Street • Charleston, SC 29401 • (843) 727-4500 • www.prin­ci­ple­gallery.com

1James Con­sor,Star­boat Re­gatta,oil on can­vas, 23 x 29"2C.W. Mundy, The ‘Lynx,’ Glouces­ter Ma­rine Rail­way at Rocky Neck, Rainy Morn­ing, oil on linen, 9 x 12"3Ser­gio Roffo, Tidal Marsh, oil on can­vas, 24 x 36"4John Sto­bart, Memo­rial to the Age of Sail Wis­cas­set, oil on can­vas, 23 x 34"

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