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|Marc Castelli - Working the Edges
May 14 - June 11, 2005
Opening Reception: Open House - Saturday, May 14, 10 - 5
Gallery Talk 12 noon
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From May 14 through June 11, 2005, the Carla Massoni Gallery will feature the work of internationally known artist Marc Castelli in an exhibition entitled “Working the Edges.” There will be a Gallery Open House for the public on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Castelli will be in attendance at 12 noon to discuss his work with gallery visitors.
Castelli says that the show’s title “Working the Edges” is an apt reflection of a life lived on the water. Oystermen work the edges of oyster bars. Fishermen work the edges of deep water as well as working the edges of the shoreline. Both groups also work on the edges of economic and species survival.
Those that sail the bay for pleasure also “work the edges.” Anyone who has been out sailing a log canoe knows that the edge between going fast and going over is a razor thin one indeed!
In talking about his new work, Castelli said “Those that have followed my work for the past several years will see the current paintings as a natural progression. Also a stronger sense of technical confidence is allowing me to continue to pursue more complicated and demanding imagery.” This new exhibition at the Carla Massoni Gallery includes over forty paintings of watermen, workboats and a variety of other bay watercraft, including one of Castelli’s favorite subjects - the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe.
Castelli has been frequently recognized for the excellence of his work. His original watercolor Flight Risk/Island Bird was accepted in the summer of 2004 by the 59th Annual Royal Society of Marine Artists competition (it is also available in the Gallery as a limited edition IRIS print.) His painting Slice and Dice/Mystery was awarded the Yachting Award at the 2004 Mystic International Marine Art Competition, Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. Castelli’s watercolor Stern Man Waiting/Winter Harbor was juried into the 25th annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibition (April 4 - June 6, 2004), also at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Ten of his pen and ink drawings were used as illustrations in Ned Bustard‘s “Squalls Before Wars; His Majesty’s Schooner Sultana”(Veritas Press) and one of his watercolors is on the cover. Two hundred and four pen and ink drawings chosen from the over 2,000 drawings in 12 sketchbooks documenting the Sultana’s construction will be included in Castelli’s new book, Building Sultana, due for release in 2005 and published by Quantuck Lane Press (a division of Norton Publishing). Castelli is also a fine photographer - his photographs of men rockfishing will soon be published in the magazines Edible Chesapeake, and National Fishermen.
Mr. Castelli’s work has also been purchased by the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for their permanent collections. Peter Lesher, Curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, said the following about the acquisition of their Castelli: “The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been very cautious about collecting contemporary marine art, but Marc's work is among the finest by any living artist working in this region, and I thought it was important that he be represented in our collections. We selected one of his log canoe paintings because the subject is representative of his work, and we selected a painting in which he gets close to the action, a tendency that particularly marks his style.”
Visitors to the Carla Massoni Gallery’s exhibition “Working the Edges” should also be aware the show will include three-dimensional Chesapeake Bay boat models by local artist and third generation waterman Denny Hampton.