Port to Paint: Maritime Art
from the Permanent Collection
On Display February 25, 2023 to August 13, 2023
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum welcomes you to “Port to Paint: Maritime Art from the Permanent Collection.” We have brought together 18 works by a variety of artists including Reynold Weidenaar, Lewis Cross, James G. Campbell, Scott O. Suits, and others. Though they have different styles and subjects, the pieces in this exhibition are tied together by a common maritime theme. Some of the ships in these works served as military vessels and performed heroic feats, while others sailed for decades and worked to deliver goods until their retirement. A few of these ships were lost tragically at sea and mourned by those left on the shore. As you explore this exhibit, we invite you to consider how your own life has been shaped by the unique maritime legacy of the Tri-Cities.
Dive a little deeper into three fascinating maritime topics with our supporting Lecture Series beginning March 14. Download our flyer for complete details on the three lectures, our featured experts, and days and times. Lectures are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is needed.
:Port to Paint
Join the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for these two hands-on workshops for KIDS! Attendees will explore the newest exhibit "Port to Paint: Maritime Art from the Permanent Collection" through hands-on learning and fun activities. Each attendee will be able to get creative and design their own artwork to keep!
Creating Great Ships -- with Oil Pastels!
Date: June 15th
Time: 9 - Noon
Paintings in the Port to Paint exhibit illustrate the variety of ships that travel over water. Come learn about why ships are so important while creating fun maritime art using an art technique called oil pastel resist. Workshop includes an interactive tour of the exhibit and a step-by-step guide to creating your masterpiece to keep.
Fun with Ships -- and Watercolors!
Date: August 11th
Time: 10 - Noon
Ahoy Mates! Ships are not only fun to ride on, they also play an important role in our local community! Do you know why? In this workshop, participants will explore the newest exhibit, learn about ships on the Great Lakes and use watercolors to create your OWN ship masterpiece to keep!
Register your child early at the FRONT DESK or by contacting Erin Pilarski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-842-0700 ext. 132
(Please Note: Class may be canceled if only 2 or less attendees are registered 24-hours prior to the event.)
Old Ironsides by Moonlight
Painted by famed Spring Lake artist Lewis Cross, featuring USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides".
Corps of Engineers Ship
Painting by local artist James G. Campbell of USACE Hains, a dredge that worked on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
Painting by an unknown Coast Guardsman, of the USCGC Woodbine, displayed on her bridge for many years.