USS Constellation Room

July 29 marks a special day in the world of maritime art as this lavish new space opens its doors for the first time with a whiskey and wine reception.

Newport, Rhode Island, will soon be home to an outstanding new gallery exclusively dedicated to maritime art. On July 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., Mariner Gallery will host its grand opening with a whiskey and wine reception. Father-and-son duo Andre and Peter Arguimbau have spent over two years refitting, restoring, and conserving a pre-1780 Colonial home into a lovely space for art display. “The gallery’s ambitious program will host events and exhibitions throughout the year,” according to the press materials. “Our leading artists, Richard Loud, Russ Kramer, David Monteiro, and Peter Layne Arguimbau, hang alongside 19th-century fine art depicting historical and modern sailing events and seascapes in a traditional style.

Peter Layne Arguimbau, “Brooklyn Bridge,” oil, 41 x 73 inches

“In addition to restoring the post-and-beam construction and wide plank floors of the main gallery, Andre, a captain himself, built a lower deck of solid oak named the USS Constellation Room. The room is constructed in honor of the second warship built for the U.S. Navy. The room will also serve as home to the Maritime League of the Arts. A Summer Party will christen the hull August 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. Richard Thursby, a lifetime sailor and student of maritime history, has been appointed director.”

To learn more, visit Mariner Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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