For over 25 years, Marc Castelli has been exhibiting his stunning watercolors of the workboats, watermen, and historic log canoes of the Chesapeake at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown. “The King’s Tide,” his annual one-man exhibition, opened on October 25 and continues through November 27. Collectors, friends and all who love the Chesapeake will have the opportunity to attend two public receptions planned for Downrigging Weekend on Friday, November 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk on Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m. Each year, Marc offers an in-depth conversation as he walks the exhibit and shares the narrative of the year’s collection.
Massoniart is honored to have been involved with the Sultana Education Foundation’s premier festival since its inception. Now in its 19th year, the Sultana’s Downrigging 2019 festival Tall Ships and Bluegrass has a new twist. Taking advantage of Chestertown’s newly revitalized waterfront, Downrigging 2019 is expanding to include three days of bluegrass music and public sails on a fleet of Tall Ships. There is no other festival in the world like Sultana Downrigging. Massoniart is proud to be a sponsor and to feature the annual Castelli exhibition as an official partner event. For a list of festival activities, visit www.sultanaeducation.org.
Gallery hours during Downrigging Weekend November 1 through 3 will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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. Wherever he trains his focus, from workboats to the simplest of skiffs, he brings to the viewer a deeper understanding of the magic of the Chesapeake.
“The King’s Tide” features over 40 new watercolor paintings with a full range of subjects – including workboats of all descriptions, watermen plying their trade in wild weather, hunters in the field, and the historic Chesapeake Bay log canoes. All are 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. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.
To learn more about Sultana Downrigging Weekend visit www.sultanaeducation.org. For a complete list of activities in the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District and Kent County, visit www.townofchestertown.com, www.kentcounty.com, www.downtownchestertown.org.