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Ocean House Artist-in-Residence Program

From late summer into fall the Maritime Gallery will be participating in the Artist-in-Residence program at the Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Through this unique event, Ocean House is bringing art to their guests by inviting local artists to take residence on the property and use the Ocean House as their muse. Five Maritime Gallery artists will be guests of the hotel Fridays-Sundays, August 30-September 29.

From Friday to Sunday, watch the artist-in-residence at work on hotel grounds, creating a masterpiece and using the Ocean House as the backdrop. Meet the artist-in-residence at a cocktail reception from 5-6 pm on Friday evening and see the artist’s work on display. On Saturdays at 11 am, participate in an hour-long demonstration or hands-on workshop given by the artist in residence.

Featured Artists and Demonstrations

Jeanne Potter, "Ramp to Beach"August 30-September 1: Jeanne Potter, Director of the Maritime Gallery

August 30, 5-6 pm, Main Lobby of the Ocean House: Artist reception featuring a selection of small works from the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

  • August 31- September 1, 10 am-1 pm: “The Watercolor Sketchbook” - This two-day workshop will teach you how to create your own keepsake watercolor sketchbook filled with images of the Ocean House and surrounding gardens and beach. You’ll get a jump start on the fundamentals of creating successful watercolors from composition, color mixing, and how to create washes to the finished ‘sketch’ paintings. For all levels of experience, limited to 10 participants. Materials (paints, brushes, pencil and watercolor book) will be provided.
  • Fee for hotel guests and outside guests: $195.

David Bareford, "Mason's Island"Also featured August 30-September 1: David Bareford, Maritime Gallery Artist

Watch as Bareford demonstrates his love of the sea and plein air painting as he paints throughout the grounds of the Ocean House. The artist is the recipient of the prestigious Stobart Foundation Award at the Maritime Gallery’s Annual International Marine Art Exhibition which honors the artist for their work that shows “uniqueness of style, quality of light and atmosphere.”

Maris Platais, "Griffiths Head"September 6-8: Maris Platais, Maritime Gallery Artist

  • September 6, 5-6 pm, Main Lobby of the Ocean House: Artist Reception
  • September 7 at 11 am: “Capturing the Beauty of Memory and Imagination through Acrylics with Maris Platais” – The artist, a master of painting in acrylics, will create from memory and imagination a painting that showcases the many creative possibilities of this magical, fast-drying medium. He will cover color mixing, under painting, and present general methods of handling acrylics.
  • Fee for non-hotel guests: $20 ($15 for Museum members). No charge for those in the Maritime Gallery Patron Program.

Anthony DavisSeptember 13-15: Anthony Davis, Maritime Gallery Artist

  • September 13, 5-6 pm, Main Lobby of the Ocean House: Artist Reception
  • September 14 at 11 am: “The Anatomy of a Wave” with Anthony Davis – Watch as Davis demonstrates how he creates his wave pastel and oil paintings from the beginning studies at beach locations where he photographs the ocean waves, and then brings these ideas back to the studio where he paints his formal large seascapes. The artist has an uncanny ability to recreate the energy and beauty of the wave as seen in person.
  • Fee for non-hotel guests: $20 ($15 for Museum members). No charge for those in the Maritime Gallery Patron Program.

James MagnerSeptember 27-29: James Magner, Maritime Gallery Artist

  • September 27, 5-6 pm, Main Lobby of the Ocean House: Artist Reception
  • September 28 at 11 am: “Capturing the Spirit of the Sea and the Sand” with James Magner – See how Magner’s lifelong love for the ocean and its shoreline translate into his energy-filled paintings of ocean dunes and water. Watch as he captures the atmospheric condition of the interplay of light and shadow with his expressive brushstrokes.
  • Fee for non-hotel guests: $20 ($15 for Museum members). No charge for those in the Maritime Gallery Patron Program.