Maritime art exhibit helps build excitement for Tall Ships

Just in time for Tall Ships, two major Pacific Northwest art leagues have come together for the South Sound Maritime Juried Art Exhibit at the Bronze Works Studio. Featuring nearly 130 works of art, including sculptures, by nearly 60 artists, the exhibit is well worth seeing, as it contains a wealth of masterful works of art by local artists. Everything in the exhibit has to do with the romance and drama of the sea and shore.

Well-known maritime artist Marshall Johnson and Kevin Keating, owner of the Bronze Works Studio, are jurors for the exhibit. Top winners were chosen June 17 (see sidebar), and awards will be presented at an artists' reception June 28 and will include a Washington State Governor's Award, awards from the mayors of Tacoma, Lacey and Gig Harbor, as well as awards from Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Working Waterfront Museum and others.

All of the art, which is for sale, comes from members of Pacific Gallery Artists and Rainier League of Arts, and their considerable skills are showcased through all kinds of nautical-themed works. While many are classic images of ships at full sail, others are dedicated to various maritime themes, such as George Milliken's (Rainier League of Arts) painting "Lobster Pot Buoys" and Susan Strohm's (Pacific Gallery Artists) watercolor "Beach Combers," which shows a group of children crowded around something interesting in the sand.

The exhibit will be up until July 18. Bronze Works Studio is located at 2506 S. Fawcett. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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