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October 10, 2013

Show focuses on Rockport artist's maritime paintings

Maritime artist Ray Crane of Rockport will have a solo exhibition of recent original works at the Rockport Art Association.

The show opens with a free public artist reception this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Nearly three dozen paintings will be on display in the art association’s Pearson Gallery. The paintings explore the New England coast from Boston’s North Shore to downeast Maine, providing Crane’s perspective on the region’s familiar islands, harbors and coves.

An artist for more than 30 years and a life resident of the North Shore, Crane draws inspiration from the area’s rich maritime history. His paintings show the classic sailing vessels, lighthouses and sturdy buildings that have defined the area for hundreds of years and still survive along the coast.

“Using sunrises and sunsets, moonlight, approaching storms and other effects to evoke a mood, I strive to instill appreciation for our maritime past and show how this heritage continues to influence the views we see today,” he said in a press release.

His research is as much a part of his art as the canvas itself.

When not painting, Crane can be found searching through the archives of museums and libraries for information that will result in new works with a unique historical perspective.

“For me, maritime painting is as much a discipline as it is art, and I always enjoy the research and study as much as painting the picture,” he said. “Over the years, I found myself having to learn about weather, astronomy, history, ship design and construction, and other specialties in order to produce paintings that are not only visually compelling, but also competent — reflecting knowledge of the subject and not just the paint.”

Crane is a graduate of the Boston Museum School and is a member of the North Shore and Rockport art associations, among others. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, and is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum. His work has appeared in books, magazines and calendars, and won numerous awards.

The show runs through Oct. 25. The Rockport Art Association is at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For information, visit www.rockportartassn.org.

If you go What and who: Exhibition of Rockport maritime artist Ray Crane's latest works. When: Sunday, Oct. 13, through Oct. 25. Public reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Where: Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. in Rockport. How much: Show, reception free to the public.

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