Exhibition honors marine art

NORWALK, Conn. — The Marine and Coastal Art Exhibition recently honored artists who create with a marine theme. The oil painting “Marsh Grass” won the first Saul White Memorial Award.

The show is at Connecticut’s Rowayton Arts Center. Official awards will be presented on July 10 to a variety of artists and a variety of mediums. The event is open to the public.

Russell Jinishian, who is regarded as the leading U.S. authority on contemporary marine art, selected the winning artwork from 103 entries by 66 RAC members. He says, “There’s no better proof that marine art is alive and thriving than the current exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. It truly reflects the tremendous diversity of styles, media, and subjects that characterizes the best of today’s marine art all around the country.”

Saul White, a Rowayton resident who died in April 2010, was a highly regarded artist, photographer and Rowayton Arts Center teacher. Don Axleroad, who is underwriting the memorial award, says, “Saul was inspired by the salty scenes around Rowayton and the many kinds of boats to be seen on Five Mile River – yachts, lobster boats, cruisers, tugs, kayaks, and workboats.”

Jinishian, who is on the Advisory Board of the National Maritime Historical Society, was the Director of Mystic Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum for more than 12 years. The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield (founded in 1997) is the nation’s largest gallery specializing in marine and sporting art. He has served as juror for many exhibitions including three years for the prestigious National Art for the Parks Exhibition.

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