For 25 years, 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. “Minding the Dogvane,” his annual one-man exhibition opens on October 26 and continues through December 1. Collectors and friends will have the opportunity to visit with Marc on Friday, October 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Kent County Watermen’s Association will return to shuck oysters out on the sidewalk from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by Sultana’s Fireworks at the foot of High Street.
Concurrently, Chestertown is host to the Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend on October 26 through 28. MASSONIART is proud to have been an event sponsor of Sultana’s premier tall ship and wooden boat festival since its inception. During the weekend the gallery sponsors an Open House on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plan to stay in the party mood through Chestertown’s First Friday Celebration on November 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and join Marc’s always entertaining Gallery Talk to share the narrative of this year’s collection of watercolors on Saturday, November 3 at noon.
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 25th anniversary exhibit 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 www.massoniart.com.
Now in its 18th year, Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend, Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival, has evolved into one of the largest tall ship gatherings on the East Coast. MASSONIART is proud to feature the annual Marc Castelli exhibition as an official partner event with the Sultana Education Foundation. For a list of festival activities, visit www.sultanaeducation.org.