One-Man Show: “Swinging the Lantern”

For nearly a quarter of a century, Marc Castelli has been exhibiting his stunning watercolors of the workboats, watermen, historic log canoes and sporting events of the Chesapeake at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown.

“Swinging the Lantern,” his annual one–man exhibition, opens on October 20 and continues through December 2. Collectors and friends will have the opportunity to visit with Marc and attend the Collector’s Reception on Friday, October 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Valiant/2016 Kennedy Cup,” by Marc Castelli, is another watercolor in his five painting series of the “K-Cup” in Annapolis.

The festivities continue the following week with the Sultana Education Foundation’s annual Downrigging Weekend from October 27 to 29. Massoniart is proud to have been an event sponsor of this premier tall ship and wooden boat festival since its inception. The Gallery is hosting a reception for the opening of Downrigging on Friday, October 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., where they will welcome the return of the Kent County Watermen’s Association to shuck oysters out on the sidewalk followed by Sultana’s Fireworks at the foot of High Street. During the weekend the gallery will sponsor an Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plan to stay in the party mood through Chestertown’s First Friday Celebrations on November 3 and December 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

During Downrigging, Marc Castelli will be honored with a special exhibition, “Building Sultana – A Selection of Marc Castelli Paintings,” at the Sultana Education Foundation’s new center. Between 1997 and 2001, Marc captured the construction of the schooner Sultana in more than 50 vibrant watercolor paintings. Taken together, these works represent one of the finest and most complete artistic surveys of the construction of a traditional wooden schooner produced over the last half century. Most of Marc’s paintings of Sultana’s construction were rapidly acquired by private collectors and haven’t been seen by the public for almost 20 years. With the assistance of Marc, Massoniart and multiple private collectors, the Sultana Education Foundation is assembling a selection of these paintings for a special Downrigging Weekend exhibit. Also of note, Marc’s “Building Sultana” exhibit shares its name with a new limited-edition book of his pen and ink drawings of the construction of Sultana that will be released during a special event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 at Sultana’s Holt Center.

Marc is considered a master of his genre. He is on the water over 100 days a year gathering material to paint. Forty years of crewing on racing sailboats and over 20 years actively participating on workboats has enabled him to get past the spectator view that represents the majority of marine and regional art.

The potential for abstraction, still life, figurative, atmospherics and sharp focus vignette, may exist in all the subject areas he explores but for Marc it is the strongest when on the water. It is the light, as it moves on and in water and is then reflected back on the watermen and their boats, that pulls at him. Wherever he trains his focus, from the Sultana to the simplest of skiffs, he brings to the viewer a deeper understanding of the magic of the Chesapeake.

This year his annual exhibition, “Swinging the Lantern,” features over 40 new watercolor paintings with a full range of subjects guaranteed to delight both collectors and those new to his work. For additional information, contact Carla Massoni at 410-778-7330 or visit To learn more about Sultana Downrigging Weekend, visit

On the Cover, “Bringing the Wind”

When we at Attraction magazine heard about recent budget cutbacks effecting the Naval Academy Sailing program, we were happy to feature Marc Castelli’s beautiful image of sailboats participating in the Kennedy Cup championship on our October cover. Read more about the event here.

The Naval Academy Sailing Foundation, Inc. announces a sale of limited edition, signed, fine art prints celebrating the Corinthian Spirit of intercollegiate yacht racing. Every autumn, the US Naval Academy hosts intercollegiate and service academy teams in a series of regattas onboard the Navy’s 44 foot sloops. The culminating event, the Kennedy Cup, is the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) national big boat championship. The spirit of competition in this iconic Chesapeake Bay regatta has been captured by celebrated Eastern Shore watercolor artist Marc Castelli in a series of five remarkable paintings. The five original works will be exhibited at Marc Castelli’s annual one-man show at the Massoni Gallery in Chestertown during the Downrigging Weekend on October 27 through 30 and in the gallery until December 2.

Marc has graciously donated 50 limited edition, signed, fine art prints of one of the paintings in the Kennedy Cup series. “Bringing the Wind,” which depicts the iconic fleet of Navy 44s on the downwind leg of the “K-Cup,” is available now through the Naval Academy Sailing Foundation. All proceeds from this sale of the limited edition prints will directly benefit the Naval Academy’s sailing program and its competitive and leadership development programs.

The Naval Academy Sailing Foundation, is a 501(c)3 charitable tax-exempt corporation, chartered in the state of Maryland in 1973. Its sole function is to further the mission of the United States Naval Academy, primarily through direct support to the sail training program at the Naval Academy. Over the 44-year history of the Sailing Foundation, more than 200 racing yachts have been provided to the Academy under no-cost bareboat charters to support Midshipmen’s athletic excellence, character and leadership development under sail.

To purchase a limited edition print of “Bringing the Wind,” contact Les Spanheimer, Executive Director of the Naval Academy Sailing Foundation, at 443-758-4698 or


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