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The Life and Work of Robert de Gast (Fall Speaker Series 2017)

Wednesday, December 6, 2pm
Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost per program for each session is $6 for members or $8 for non-members
Register for all sessions and save: $20 for members, $28 for non-members

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CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher, curator of the exhibition Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, will explore the remarkable life and work of Robert de Gast as told through CBMM’s extensive collections of his photography, writing, and oral histories.

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After de Gast: The Chesapeake Transformation Since 1972 (Fall Speaker Series 2017)

Wednesday, November 29, 2pm
Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost per program for each session is $6 for members or $8 for non-members
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Join Dr. Bill Dennison, professor of marine science and vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, as he discusses the how the Chesapeake has changed since Robert de Gast captured its landscapes and people in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impacts on the Chesapeake’s fisheries, industry, and culture.

Families invited to learn photography skills

(ST MICHAELS, MD – Monday, November 13, 2017) On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is inviting guests to its St. Michaels campus for a Family Photography Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The workshop is based around CBMM’s black-and-white photography exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, which is on display in the Steamboat Building through April.

Families will be able to explore the work of Robert de Gast to learn some of the photographic principles that make his images so captivating, and take their own de Gast-inspired pictures using their smartphones or cameras on CBMM’s campus.

This workshop is perfect for families of all sizes, with registration required. The cost per CBMM member is $5, and $8 per non-member. Accompanying younger siblings 5 and under are free. All participants must register in advance at bit.ly/FamilyPhotography_Jan2018.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting a Family Photography Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Families are invited to explore Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake and learn some of his photographic principles. Registration is required to bit.ly/FamilyPhotography_Jan2018.

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Dave Harp on the Photographic Legacy of Robert de Gast (Fall Speaker Series 2017)

Wednesday, November 8, 5pm
Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost per program for each session is $6 for members or $8 for non-members
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Award-winning photographer Dave Harp will discuss the legacy of Robert de Gast, whose evocative, understated photographic style and mastery of observation influenced generations of Chesapeake photographers, writers and artists.

Those Were The Days: Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen, 1945-1972 (Fall Speaker Series 2017)

Wednesday, October 18, 5pm
Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost per program for each session is $6 for members or $8 for non-members
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Robert de Gast’s classic work, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, documented scenes from the last days of the Chesapeake’s golden age of oystering. Join Tom McHugh, director emeritus of the Mainstay in Rock Hall, and Ron Fithian, Rock Hall town manager, Kent County commissioner and former waterman, as they share their documentary, “Those Were The Days: Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen, 1945-1972,” and the reflections of 18 watermen and women who worked on the water in the mid-20th century.

CBMM’s Fall Speaker Series begins October 18

(ST MICHAELS, MD – August 21, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., begins its Fall Speaker Series on Oct. 18 and continues on select dates through Dec. 6, 2017. All of the sessions from the four-part series will explore topics related to CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, on display in CBMM’s Steamboat Building through April 8, 2018. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed, as seating is limited.

Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake includes 80 matted and framed exhibition prints principally drawn from his three books The Oystermen of the Chesapeake (1970), The Lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay (1973), and Western Wind, Eastern Shore: A Sailing Cruise around the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia (1975), and are shown in a manner that enhances the stark aesthetic, artistic perspective, and intimate familiarity of his work.

De Gast’s classic work, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, documented scenes from the last days of the Chesapeake’s golden age of oystering. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 pm, join Tom McHugh, director emeritus of the Mainstay in Rock Hall, and Ron Fithian, Rock Hall town manager, Kent County commissioner and former waterman, as they share their documentary, “Those Were the Days: Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen, 1945-1972,” and the reflections of 18 watermen and women who worked on the water in the mid-20th century.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5 pm, award-winning photographer Dave Harp will discuss the legacy of de Gast, whose evocative, understated photographic style and mastery of observation influenced generations of Chesapeake photographers, writers and artists.

“After de Gast: The Chesapeake Transformation Since 1972,” will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Dr. Bill Dennison, professor of marine science and vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will discuss how the Chesapeake has changed since de Gast captured its landscapes and people in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impacts on the Chesapeake’s fisheries, industry, and culture.

The final offering in the speaker series will be “The Life and Work of Robert de Gast” on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 2 pm. CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher, curator of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, will explore the remarkable life and work of de Gast as told through the museum’s extensive collections of his photography, writing, and oral histories.

Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $28 for all four sessions, with tickets at bit.ly/CBMM_FallSpeakerSeries17. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or email aspeight@cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fall Speaker Series, focused on its exhibition of Robert de Gast’s work, kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 pm. The series takes place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed at bit.ly/CBMM_FallSpeakerSeries17. Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1970, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

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The four-part Fall Speaker Series at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum begins Oct. 18 and continues on select dates through Dec. 6, 2017, with all sessions focused on CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake. The exhibition will be on display in CBMM’s Steamboat Building through April 8, 2018. Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $28 for all four sessions, with registration required to bit.ly/CBMM_FallSpeakerSeries17. Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1970, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

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MEMBER NIGHT: de Gast Exhibition Preview

Tuesday, June 13
5-7 pm, Steamboat Building/Van Lennep Auditorium
RSVP required to 410-745-4991 or nwells@cbmm.org

The very first exhibition to showcase the black-and-white photography of Robert de Gast, members will have the opportunity to view approximately 80 photographs curated from CBMM’s collection of more than 10,000 by deGast and hear from Chief Curator Pete Lesher. De Gast’s photography gained widespread attention with the publication of his book, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, in 1970. This stunning exhibit is not to be missed.

 

Exhibition Opening: Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake

Friday, May 12

Robert De Gast’s photographs of the late 1960’s and 70’s documented the Chesapeake’s oystering industry, shorelines, and lighthouses at a watershed moment, both for the Bay and for photography. Deftly incorporating modern abstract elements into images that conveyed grit, humor, and atmosphere, De Gast masterfully represented the last days of the Chesapeake’s maritime golden age. This exhibition features masterpieces selected from more than 10,000 images in CBMM’s De Gast collections.

Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake is made possible through the generous support of Mr. &
Mrs. Norman H. Plummer, Anne & Frank Mickey, Maryland State Arts Council, Ashton Design, and Elizabeth C. Moose.

Public reception to celebrate opening of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake

Photo by Robert de Gast. CBMM Collection.

(ST MICHAELS, MD – Monday, April 17, 2017) Community members are invited to a public reception celebrating the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s newest major exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, from 5 to 7 pm Friday, May 12, 2017.

Photo by Robert de Gast. CBMM Collection.

With free admission, music, and a cash bar, the reception will give people a look at Robert de Gast’s photographs of the late 1960s and 70s, which document the Chesapeake’s oystering industry, shorelines, and lighthouses at a watershed moment, both for the Bay and for photography.

Photo by Robert de Gast. CBMM Collection.

Deftly incorporating modern abstract elements into images that conveyed grit, humor, and atmosphere, de Gast masterfully represented a time of dramatic changes for the Chesapeake. This exhibition features masterpieces selected from more than 10,000 images in CBMM’s de Gast collections.

A limited-edition exhibition catalogue—which will be available for purchase at the reception and in the Museum Store—includes images from the exhibition, complemented by essays from journalist Randall Peffer, editor Robert Brugger, Chesapeake photographer David Harp, and CBMM’s chief curator Pete Lesher, who curated the exhibition and collected recorded interviews with the artist toward the end of de Gast’s life. Other de Gast-themed merchandise will also be available at the event.

The exhibition Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake is made possible by, Mr. & Mrs. Norman H. Plummer, Anne & Frank Mickey, Maryland State Arts Council, Ashton Designs, and Elizabeth C. Moose.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund help preserve the objects in CBMM’s collection, with online giving and more information at cbmm.org/donate.

Experience Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake online here.

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Robert de Gast rode the state icebreaker with Tilghman waterman Ben Gowe gingerly following in his deadrise workboat Gypsy Girl back into Knapps Narrows. Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1970, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will celebrate the opening of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake with a free public reception on Friday, May 12, 2017. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Robert de Gast told his photography students “if you’re unhappy with the picture, you were not close enough.” This close-up of the Fresnel lens in Concord Point lighthouse appeared in his book, The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake. Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1973, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will celebrate the opening of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake with a free public reception on Friday, May 12, 2017. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

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Robert de Gast made several trips to Deal Island to document the work of the oystermen, and he captured this patent tonger leaving the harbor at sunrise. Photograph by Robert de Gast, 1969, collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will celebrate the opening of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake with a free public reception on Friday, May 12, 2017. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.