So I picked two works as my own favorites from those chosen during the years 1983 to 2009. One is oil by artist, Douglas Purdon, titled “Tugboat Alley” and the other a graphic by William H. Ewen, Jr. titled, “Tug Coming Alongside.” I admit I may have been influenced a bit in my choice by the special exhibit Mystic Seaport has planned for later this spring: the opening of the new Tugs! exhibit Saturday, May 8, and Tug Blast held the weekend of May 22 and 23. You’ll be hearing more about that; so stay tuned.
Right now though, do get yourself to the Maritime Gallery to view the Museum Purchase Award Collection. Pretend you’re a judge and choose your own award winner in the collection. It won’t be easy. These are magnificent works representing a mixed medium of oils, water colors, acrylics and graphics. Most selections have historically focused on ships, sailing or a nautical commercial theme, although the 2009 selection hints of a broadening in scope.
Mark your calendar. The Museum Purchase Award Collection remains up until March 31. The Tugs! exhibit will be tooting into Mystic Seaport in May.
There’s always something new happening at Mystic Seaport. Check our website often so you don’t miss out.
Blog written by Trudi Busey