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Arthur Beaumont's 'Art Of The Sea' And Plein Air Painting Exhibits


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until September 30, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $8 - $18

Maritime Museum of San Diego is proud to announce the opening of two new exhibits for maritime and art enthusiasts Saturday, Feb. 23 – Sept. 30, 2019.

The new exhibitions are included with general admission ticket purchase and located aboard the Maritime Museum's 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley Gould Eddy and Compass galleries.

“Art of the Sea” Exhibit:

Arthur Beaumont’s “Art of the Sea” curated by The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine will be open in the Gould Eddy gallery, located on the lower deck of the Berkeley.

Beaumont’s body of work encompasses numerous portraits of specific naval vessels, including mighty aircraft carriers and battleships as well as personal yachts of presidents and celebrities.

His art portrays not only admirals but also common sailors and soldiers. They formed the core of his series of significant wartime commissions for National Geographic Magazine. In 1958, Beaumont was named Artist Laureate of the U.S. Fleet.

To the artist Arthur Beaumont (1890-1978), the sea and the vessels that sailed on it held endless fascination. He sought to create an artistic record of the activities and accomplishments of the U.S. Navy, from the launching of the U.S.S. Constitution, to the fierce battles of World War II, to the Atomic Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, and to the expeditions to the North and South Poles. All these historic events are recorded in his paintings.

“Sea and Shore” Exhibit:

Open concurrently with the Beaumont art exhibit, the Museum is proud to introduce “Sea and Shore” on display in the Compass Gallery located on the main level of the Berkeley.

This art exhibit features submissions from members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN). The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego have been on the plein air scene since 1999, painting the essence of San Diego, whose very identity is uniquely defined by the sea.

PAPASAN members paint San Diego’s beautiful beaches, tidepools, estuaries, harbors and marinas. The art of painting en plein air, or painting outdoors, is an essential endeavor for an artist. Plein air painting is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to master.

This group of professional fine artists are regionally and nationally known, have independently exhibited their works in museums and galleries throughout the country, and are members of national professional art organizations.

Many of their works appear in national art publications, and some are included in recently published books such as "California Light: Seascapes and Beach Towns." They continue to contribute to the artistic record of San Diego, especially documenting its vibrant maritime scene.

Visits to all exhibits found aboard the Museum’s historic fleet are included with one general admission ticket purchase. Visitors can purchase tickets to the Maritime Museum of San Diego online or visit the ticket booth and Gift Shop located at 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101.

For more information, call 619.234.9153.

Museum: Hours of Operation:
Open daily from June 1 to September* – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(*some ships/museum do close for special events/maintenance)
Fall hours starting after Labor Day weekend – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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