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Beyond the Frame

We're all connected, even through maritime art!

This inspiring series takes you behind the scenes to explore our vast art collection like we've never done before. Experience the raw beauty of the brushstrokes, the intimate portrayal of people, daring rescues at sea, the power of our world's waters, and so much more. New episodes are shared on our social media channels the first Friday of each month!

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Something to Remember

    In this episode, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the recovery of USS Monitor's turret - a story told through this work, a tale to be proud of - to pass on, and something to remember.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Connection

    In our constantly connected world of endless emails, and spam calls, it can be easy to take infrastructure and the concept of connection for granted - but what if we didn't have that? What if your means of connecting with family or getting mail or groceries was a ferry?

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Symphony of Solitude

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we examine a work by outdoorsman artist Barclay Sheaks and explore the concept of reflecting upon the natural world and the issues affecting it as well as humankind's inherent bond with nature.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The World Beyond

    This mysterious ca. 1898 work by famed ship portraitist Antonio Jacobsen breaks the mold of what we might think of ship portraits and challenges us to look deeper and ask questions in search of the truth.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Uniquely Jane

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we are mesmerized by this colorful paradise. A symphony of bold, brilliant hues dance and dazzle through the quick but sure brushstrokes of "Gloucester Harbor" by Jane Peterson.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Everything

    We explore the life of Horace Havemeyer III and how his battle with a rare illness led him to seek art therapy, resulting in a huge body of work. There are times when we find special meaning in looking at the minutiae of a work, but in order to truly understand Horace's work, his life, and his journey, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Foundry

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we visit the floor of the Newport News Shipbuilding foundry in both 1953 and present-day to explore the impact of scale in Thomas Skinner's 1953 painting "The Foundry".

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Essence of a Memory

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we explore the essence of memories as represented by Frederick Judd Waugh's 1929 seascape, "Full Tide." In this work, we see how the artist has shown us not just the way this moment looked, but the way it felt.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Story of the Ship

    In this episode, we explore "The Story of the Ship" series by Harry Neyland (1924 Oil on Canvas). It is a series of 5 works - a first for Beyond the Frame, but also the first 5 oil paintings in the Museum's collection. We

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Upon Which the Sun Hits

    In episode of Beyond the Frame, we experience the beauty in the everyday. In Gifford Beal’s ca. 1930 oil on canvas, “Hauling Nets” or “Piling Nets on a Wagon” we see that outlook, very literally.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Rescuers

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we explore the duality of color in Hunter Wood's 1943 oil on canvas, "Unidentified Coast Guard Vessel". This icy blue rescue scene shows the Coast Guard heroically breaking through the daunting waves that seem to be pulling us under...

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Where Sea Meets Shore

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, experience the magic of the powerful and alluring meeting of sea and shore. Kyra Duffley explores the dark and tragic character of the Cornish Coast in William Trost Richards' 1884 oil on canvas.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Live Again

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, Kyra Duffley takes us into the International Small Craft Center to explore the life of our Portuguese Moliceiro, as told through a 1933 painting of the boat by Spanish artist José María López Mezquita. In this work, we learn about the people who used this boat to feed their nation.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Fun of it

    This larger-than-life painting portrays Anna not through the gaze of a man or a lover, but through the lens of a friend and admirer looking at someone and capturing their essence, their inner beauty. Anna was fierce, strong, and independent.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Will They or Won’t They? 

    Let the darkness, drama, and piercing moonlight draw you into this episode of Beyond the Frame. Artist William Richardson Tyler's 1892 work depicting the sinking of USS Monitor has a greater story to tell than what we might initially think and its a daring, captivating story that leaves us questioning.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: The Secret Ingredient

    In this episode of Beyond the Frame, we explore Edward William Cooke’s 1856 oil on canvas, “Violent Squall on the Adriatic” in which he transports us to the Venetian lagoon where we feel the wind whirling around us and hear the crashing of the waves while we watch a ferocious storm barrel in.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Happy Place

    In our very first episode of Beyond the Frame, we take you behind the scenes into our painting storage where, together, we'll explore the Harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts through the eyes of Fitz Henry Lane. Imagine the feeling you get when you're in your favorite place - the smells are sweeter, the sounds are music to your ears, and the light hits just right.

  • BEYOND THE FRAME: Introduction

    In this video series, we take you into the galleries and behind-the-scenes to explore our vast art collection in a way we have never done before. New episodes are published on the first Friday of every month.

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