“Chasing the Silver” Exhibit

Set sail on a visual voyage spanning 40 (or so) years, as MassoniArt celebrates the passion, dedication, and camaraderie that define the world of sail racing as captured by renowned artist Marc Castelli. Sailing enthusiasts and Castelli collectors alike will be transported to the heart of the action through this stunning exhibition, “Chasing the Silver – 40 (or so) Years of Painting Racing Sails.”

Opening First Friday, June 7, “Chasing the Silver” presents an opportunity to widen the lens on subjects that Marc has painted during his long career. It’s the first time such a collection has been gathered from Marc’s personal portfolio for exhibition. This retrospective features watercolors of major world yachting events from over the last 40 years.

“Scenic Overlook – Rainbow,” by Marc Castelli

The exhibition will be on view from June 7 through August 7 at the gallery at 113 South Cross Street in Chestertown. There will be Artist Talks on June 8 and June 9 at noon. An Artist’s Reception will be held June 7 and July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Showcased will be paintings, pen and inks, posters, cartoons, and prints featuring the America’s Cup challenges and defenses from 1987 to the last traditional monohull America’s Cup in 2006, as well as the Whitbread races in 1997-98, the sea trials and starts for the Global Challenges 2004-05, the 2006 Soling World Championship, the Star Boat World Championship 2016, and the USNA’s Kennedy Cup Regatta and the J-Class Yachts Regatta 2015.

For Marc, this exhibition represents not only four decades of races but four decades of friendships, travel and the unexpected joy found in their connections.

Reminiscing on his trip to Auckland, Marc shares, “Such events draw many disparate types of people. At times many syndicates would find spots for sponsors on the photo boats. I met a lady whose company made the yarns which were used as rot line to bundle spinnakers for Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes challenge. I shared a boat with James Spithill’s father and eventually gave him a painting of the Steak and Kidney 87 challenger, which was skippered by his son in that regatta.”

Marc’s work is in the collections of yacht clubs around the world and of renowned sailors, including Dennis Conner, Jon Wright, Paul Cayard, Mick Atkins, Guy Gurney, John North, and Dan North. Marc gives special thanks to Jon Wright for his help in curating this exhibition. In addition to the work on loan and memorabilia, over 25 original watercolors will be available for purchase. Looking ahead, Marc’s Annual One-Man Exhibition, “Merroir,” is scheduled for October 24 through November 24.

Hours during the show are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Private appointments may also be scheduled in advance by contacting either Carla Massoni at 410-708-4512 or Kate Ballantine at 410-310-0796. For additional information, visit www.massoniart.com.

Upcoming exhibitions at the MassoniArt Gallery location at 203 High Street in Chestertown include Michael Kahn’s “Sailing Into Summer,” from June 15 through July 14, also featuring Katherine Cox’s “Coupling/Uncoupling.”

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