“Pollywogs and Shellbacks” - Marine Paintings by Frank Hanavan
Come see Pollywogs and Shellbacks” - an exhibition of marine paintings by Frank Hanavan May 3 through October 26, 2013 aboard the Lehigh Valley No. 79, the floating home of the Waterfront Museum
There will be an Artist Reception: July 27 from 2 – 4pm. The Waterfront Museum’s homeport dock is Pier 44 at the foot of Conover Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Free Open Boat Tours Saturdays 1-5pm & Thursdays 4 -8pm. Donations appreciated.
Frank learned drawing and painting from two summers spent at the Chautauqua Institution fine art program and a university art education. His realistic paintings reflect a great appreciation of the qualities of light, shade and reflection. Frank also builds accurate miniature sailing ship models. For the past thirteen years he has volunteered on the South Street Seaport Museum’s fleet of historic vessels doing restoration and rigging work on the Wavertree, the Lettie G Howard and the Pioneer.
He has also crewed on the schooner Pioneer in New York Harbor. Recently Frank was hired to help rig two traditionally rigged museum ships at Boston’s Tea Party Museum under Master Rigger Jim Barry. He restores damaged ship models, most recently working on eight Hurricane Sandy flood damaged ship models at the Seamen’s Church Institute with former director of the Nautical Research Guild Dan Pariser. Frank enjoys traditional palm and needle canvas sewing doing sail repairs and makes tote bags and pants using traditional methods.
Frank’s martime paintings will be on exhibit through October 26th on the walls of the all-wooden 99-year old barge that is home to the Waterfront Museum docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Museum is open Saturdays 1-5pm and Thursdays 4-8pm. Artist Reception: July 27 from 2 – 4pm.
This summer the Waterfront Museum will travel to Tribeca for the fourth annual North River Historic Ship Festival. From June 17 -24 visitors can see the exhibit as well as enjoy free fireboat and tugboat rides, tour a Steam-powered Buoy Tender, see the all-women acrobatic troupe LAVA and attend a Showboat Circus during the many activities at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at the foot of N. Moore Street and the Hudson River. Throughout the year, the Waterfront Museum presents film screenings and performances in circus, dance and music. Schools, camps and senior tours are available any day by appointment. See the website at http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org for more information.