Portsmouth Marine Society Press

Wendy Turner’s New Book Available

Wendy Turner Island Light

Wendy Turner – Island Light,

Carl Little, with contributions by Catherine Armsden and Mekeel McBride
Portsmouth Marine Society Publication 36
Hardcover with jacket, 112 pages, 10 x 12, full color throughout
$40.00 ISBN: 978-0-915819-44-7
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Wendy Turner’s paintings of the Maine and New Hampshire coast, from the Schoodic Point to the Isles of Shoals, done over a period of thirty-five years, demonstrate the range and talent of this artist who lives and works in Kittery Point, Maine.  While often based on the plants, water, rocks, sky, and sea life of the Seacoast in terms of their subject matter, her watercolor and oil paintings have an ineffable quality that elevates them from depictions of nature to transcendent and sublime works of art. This book follows her work through various transitions in her career, starting with her delicate watercolor images of tide pools.  Over time, her focus moved from images taken along the beach, to beautiful garden studies, and then moving on to her large tour-de-force rock and wave paintings. [Read more…]

New Book Explores the Life, Art and Process of Edmund C. Tarbell

Illuminating Tarbell is a unique two-part book devoted to the life and legacy of Edmund C. Tarbell, one of the major American Impressionist painters and the leader of the Boston School. Although often most closely associated with Boston, Tarbell maintained a home and studio in New Castle, New Hampshire, for more than thirty years and had an especially close relationship with this beautiful area.

Illuminating Tarbell: Life and Art on the Piscataqua and Legacy in ActionThis book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Portsmouth Historical Society, illustrates and discusses many of his principal works, some never published before and several recently conserved. Based on new research into the holdings of the Tarbell Charitable Trust and other sources, Jeremy G. Fogg and Christopher Volpe examine Tarbell’s career, emphasizing the importance of family and place to his artistic vision. Read more…

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NEW BOOK! American Eagle: The Bold Art and Brash Life of John H. Bellamy by James A. Craig

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The Portsmouth Marine Society Press announces the release of their latest title by James A. Craig

On sale at the Discover Portsmouth Museum Shop April 1st.

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March 28, 2014 New York Times article

Craig’s colorful account of Bellamy’s life and career vigorously argues for a man with a vision for his art. Creating a body of work that was ambitious both in scale and sheer volume, Bellamy translated his skills as shipcarver into a populist decorative form that was potently infused with his nautical upbringing and surroundings. Craig’s work offers tremendous depth to our appreciation of Bellamy’s quintessentially American sculptures. — Daniel Finamore, Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An independent curator and lecturer specializing in American marine art, author James A. Craig became enamored with New England’s maritime saga while studying Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. Having by his own admission “fallen” into the world of fine art, Craig was first employed at the House of the Seven Gables Museum in nearby Salem, Massachusetts, where he served as a curatorial assistant and museum educator. He went on to serve as Associate Curator for Collections at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he published an award winning biography on the great American marine painter Fitz Henry Lane. Besides Fitz H. Lane: An Artist’s Voyage through Nineteenth-Century America (The History Press, 2006) he has published 100 Essex Road: an American Treasure about the George Cabot Lee estate in Newton, Massachusetts (2008) and Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century (Hard Press Editions, 2010).

In 2011 he contributed to the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Maritime Portsmouth: The Sawtelle Collection, describing the artistic relationship of George S. Wasson and John Haley Bellamy based on his research for American Eagle: The Bold Art and Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy. When not working as an independent consultant to fine art collectors, antique dealers, and museums, he can be found along the granite shores of the ancient fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife Katie, their two cats, and that irascible scoundrel, George the Turtle.