Behind the Canvas: A Special Program for Art Lovers

Experience a unique series of four programs with award-winning Maritime Gallery artists in the beautiful setting of the Maritime Gallery on the banks of the Mystic River. Hear their personal stories on how to create a work of art through lectures, slide presentations, and live demonstrations. Learn what inspires their creativity from sketch to finished masterwork. Discover what art collectors today look for in a painting – whether for personal enjoyment or investment.

February 3
Russ Kramer: Inspirations, Adventures and Methods
Through a painting demonstration, Russ will show us how he is able to create a unique “first-hand” experience in his paintings for the viewer, putting you right on board during some of history’s greatest yacht races. His works combine narrative, historical, figurative, and maritime disciplines, along with meticulous research and attention to detail, to create a real sense of the dramatic moment.

February 24
Leif Nilsson: In the Moment…
Leif will lead us on a journey as he shows us through photos various paintings of the stages of their development, videos of the process of setting up and working on them while spinning yarns and anecdotal tales of interesting encounters from different locations: his boat on the Connecticut River, in his garden in the center of Chester, and traveling around searching for beauty.

March 10
Preserving a Moment in Time with Pastels
Cindy House has developed a unique way of using pastels to capture the beauty of the natural world. Using PowerPoint, she will show, step by step, her work as it moves from idea in field to finished pastel in the studio. She will explain many of the techniques she uses with this fascinating medium.

April 7
Exploring the Dynamics of Moving Surf in Oils by William D. Hobbs; Inspirations from Nature and the Historic Traditions of the Hudson River School
Amidst decades as a water-sport enthusiast, William has sought to explore those aspects of moving water that has always held his fascination. Building on natural observation, he will demonstrate his techniques to help viewers appreciate and explore the wonders of the surf. William will also talk of the marine art traditions among the American Hudson River School painters. He senses a deep connection with the vision of such painters as William Trost Richards and William Stanley Haseltine, and will discuss their influence on his art.