In this special, in-depth edition of Beyond the Frame, we explore the world of oysters - past and present. Two 1907 paintings by Clifford Warren Ashley highlight oyster dredging and replanting from the skipjack Mattie Flavell as it was done over 115 years ago. While exploring these works, the author, Kyra Duffley, worked with both oyster farmers and restoration specialists in our world today to show the full-circle story of oystering. Read the full blog to learn about the mariners who come together in the name of the oyster.
In this edition of Beyond the Frame, we explore a grouping of 4 small oil paintings by the artist Milton J. Burns painted between ca. 1875 and 1925. Though this grouping was very likely never intended by the artist, they work together to tell a greater story, allowing the viewer insight into the life of the artist, and even an interpretive narrative of the life of a fisherman.
A mariner, through and through, the artist John Alexander Noble (1913-1983) devoted his life's work to the capture of scenes of mariners at sea, shipping, salvage, and decay. But of all of the ships he captured, in various phases of their life and death, it was the Spanish Bark, Guadalhorce, that he seemed to favor above all others.
In this edition of Beyond the Frame, we'll explore Samuel Ward Stanton's narrative dual-ship portrait from 1909 featuring steamships Trojan and Rensselaer as the ships steam along the Hudson River under the light of a full moon. Explore the influences of the passionate artist's life and learn about the "Searchlight route" as we step into this scene in the summer of 1909.
We're familiar with aircraft pilots, but did you know that ships have pilots too? In this special episode of Beyond the Frame, we take a peek into the career of ship pilots as told through Former Maryland Pilot and Artist Captain Brian Hope's work, Boarding a Liberty ship - 1947.
In this edition of Beyond the Frame, we explore a work showing an early America's Cup match race in New York harbor by beloved maritime artist, James Edward Buttersworth (British-American 1817-1894). The story we thought it depicted, however, is not correct. Read on to discover the truth behind this painting, including an exclusive interview with Curator of Maritime History and Culture and Director of the Ifland Center for Exploration, Jeanne Willoz-Egnor.
In this edition of Beyond the Frame, we explore the emotionally complex act of waiting - especially for the return of a loved one. In the painting we see a women and child standing on a cobblestone walkway looking out to see. How long have they stood here waiting? Who are they waiting for? Will they ever return?
Robert Turner Ewell, a Coast Guard Veteran, a Shipbuilder, and a Norfolk, VA native was one who was inspired by the story of USS Monitor. In this episode of Beyond the Frame we'll explore the ways in which USS Monitor's story met aspects of Ewell's life and led him to create a work depicting the Ironclad in a style that is purely his own.