AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Drying Sails in Camden Harbor

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

PAINTING INSPIRATION:

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.

Camden Harbor

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

https://www.mysticseaport.org/event/modern-maritime-masters-america-and-the-sea-exhibition-and-sale/
“Camden Harbor”, 11×14, oil on linen

2016 Holiday Special!

Down East Gallery is pleased to offer a Holiday Special for 2016!

20% off all original, framed artwork… click here to view Gallery of Holiday Special Paintings.  Special lasts until December 31, 2016.

Midsummer Sail“Midsummer Sail”, 11×14, oil on linen

 

Back to the Islands

“Back to the Islands” was selected by jury for the 31st Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Mystic Seaport Gallery, Mystic, CT.  This annual show celebrates the timeless beauty of the sea in the most comprehensive exhibition of contemporary marine art in the world.

Back to the Islands by artist Brad Betts
Back to the Islands, 16″x20″, oil on canvas by artist Brad Betts

Fisherman’s Island

My newest painting called “Fisherman’s Island” will be showing at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 33rd Annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibition. The show will run April 29th – June 17th, 2012.

This annual exhibition showcases the timeless beauty of ships and the sea and features original paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and models from top marine artists around the world. On view are works that inspire the artist’s spirit, including classic racing yachts, elegant modern vessels, everyday working boats and the men who make their living from the sea, scenes of busy harbors, and paintings of serene beaches.

More than 80 of today’s leading maritime artists will participate in the exhibition and over 100 works of art will be on display and available for purchase.

Fisherman’s Island, 12″x24″, oil on canvas