We’re very pleased to announce that “Drying Sails in Camden Harbor” by Brad Betts was selected for the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. The award recognizes paintings that are “outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art.”
“Drying Sails in Camden Harbor”, 24×18, oil on canvas
From our campsite in Camden Hills State Park, we climbed partway up Mount Megunticook, down a ravine, up and over Mount Battie before descending the boulder-strewn south face into town. After miles of hiking through the dark confines of the woods, we now walked in neighborhood streets past old homes and the local library to a lawn overlooking the bustling harbor. A green schooner glided to a wharf, its red sails glowing against the blue sky. Sailboats coasted in the narrow aisles of water between the floats, painted buildings lined the wooden docks and people hurried by in all directions. We were taken by the beauty of the scene and a sense that time had stood still: we had entered a world unchanged since the 1800s. We were neighbors from a nearby village, traveling into town to sell our wares, stock up on dry goods or simply hear the latest news.
NATIONAL MARITIME SHOW: AT SEA
“Morning on Monhegan, 1898” has been selected for a national maritime show at the Copley Society of Art. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian.
May 20 – July 6, 2017
COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
“Morning on Monhegan 1898”, 11×14, oil on linen
AMERICA AND THE SEA EXHIBITION AND SALE
“Camden Harbor” has been selected for the America and the Sea exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.
April 29 – June 18, 2017
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
“Camden Harbor”, 11×14, oil on linen
First One Out, 6″ x 8″, oil on linen
“A Good Place to Fish”, 24×24, oil on canvas
“A Good Place to Fish” will be exhibited in the 37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. The exhibit runs October 1 through December 31st, 2016 in Mystic, CT.
“The Fishing Grounds”, 11×14, oil on linen
“Back in the Day, Somes Sound” is a 30″ x 40″ painting commissioned by the Gallery at Somes Sound. Basing my work on a circa 1900 black & white photograph, I wanted to bring life, color and light to this historic scene. After visiting Somesville and studying old photographs, what amazed me the most was how much of this scene still exists today. Painting and researching an historic moment in time is always a fulfilling journey… it creates a deep connection with the people and places of the past and it changes your view of the present.