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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 21 is Community Day at CBMM

CBMM_CommunityDay2017isMay21(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 24, 2017) As a way of saying thank you to the regional community, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with all festivities taking place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, and including free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_SultanaHighlights for this year’s event include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. See what’s lined up for food, music, activities, boat rides, and more! 

The event’s generous sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.Shore United BankTalbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine.

The day’s events kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service,  with festival guests invited to attend, and continues to 5:00 p.m.

The Covenant Church service includes leaders and congregations from area churches, with participants engaging in gospel singing and prayer. Covenant Churches works to unite the Town of St. Michaels and surrounding Bay Hundred community by connecting African-American and Anglo-American churches from throughout the area.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_BlindWindThe day’s live music includes performances by Blind Wind, an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, along with his father, Frankie Moran on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more.

CBMM’s Model Sailing Club will hold a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks and along Fogg’s Cove from 11:00 a.m. until noon. Afterwards, festival-goers will have the opportunity to try their hand at operating the radio-controlled boats.

The Talbot County Free Library will be hosting several programs throughout CBMM’s free Community Day, including a presentation in the Van Lennep Auditorium by Maryland author and storyteller, Ed Okonowicz on “Delmarva Tales, Legends, and Ghost Stories” at 11 a.m., and a performance by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Families can also explore the Chesapeake’s critters in the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, with children invited to participate in a footrace hosted by Chesapeake Sports Alliance.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_LighthouseWhile enjoying the festivities, Community Day guests can enjoy a climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Throughout the day, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during Community Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted during regular operating hours.

CBMM_CommunityDay2017_WinnieEstelleWhile at Community Day, guests can also watch the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling opens April 8, 2017 and continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opening May 12, 2017, through April, 2018.

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 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

See photos from last year’s Community Day here:
Festival: Community Day @ CBMM

 

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PHOTOS:

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting its second free Community Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with the event kicking off at 9:00 a.m. with the Bay Hundred Covenant Churches’ tent service and including free admission all day long for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, and free boat rides. More information is at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s free Community Day event on Sunday, May 21, 2017 gives guests the opportunity climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, shown here, or talk with shipwrights and apprentices engaged in wooden boatbuilding and restoration in the boatyard, and explore any of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and the St. Michaels harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is within walking distance to the specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and bed and breakfasts in St. Michaels’ historic district, with more information at cbmm.org.

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Highlights to CBMM’s free May 21 Community Day include the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions. The event’s sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Talbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine, with more information at cbmm.org.

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On Sunday, May 21, Community Day guests can take free scenic river cruises aboard a number of CBMM’s historic vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, or get out on the water rowing or sailing aboard one of CBMM’s small craft. All boat rides are offered free of charge for this event, with more information at cbmm.org.

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CBMM’s May 21 free Community Day includes live music by Blind Wind—an award winning local band fronted by 14-year-old blind harmonica player, Cole Moran, left—along with his father, Frankie Moran, right, on guitar and vocals. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, country, Americana classic rock, reggae, fiddle tunes, and more. Now in its second year, the free event was created as a way of CBMM saying thank you to the regional community, and includes free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, and free boat rides, with more information at cbmm.org.

 

 

 

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Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake opens at CBMM May 12

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Photo by Robert de Gast

(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 12, 2017) This spring, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will open the very first exhibition to showcase the black-and-white Chesapeake-focused photography of Robert de Gast.

This major exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, runs May 12, 2017 through April 8, 2018, and features 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection.

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Photo by Robert de Gast

De Gast’s black-and-white photography gained widespread attention with the publication of his book, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, in 1970. Local author and writer for The Baltimore Sun Tom Horton wrote that de Gast “produced a work of genius, one of the finest books on the bay ever done. His black-and-white photographs captured the elemental nature of watermen and their work better than color ever could.”

Born in Holland, de Gast (1936–2016) immigrated to the United States with his family after World War II. He volunteered for the U.S. Army, which sent him to photography school. First stationed in Washington, D.C., de Gast ultimately settled in Annapolis, Md., where he briefly worked with American photographer Marion E. Warren before leaving to work as an independent photojournalist and commercial photographer. His work was published in Skipper, Popular Boating, US Naval Institute Proceedings, Sail, The Rudder, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and Smithsonian from the 1960s to the 1980s. After The Oystermen, de Gast went on to publish The Lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay (1973) and a journal of a cruise, Western Wind, Eastern Shore: A Sailing Cruise around the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia (1975).

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Robert de Gast Chesapeake Bay photos

The works in the exhibition are principally drawn from these three books and his assignment photography for various periodicals. Although he never completed high school, de Gast showed a gift for writing that is reflected in his books’ essays as well as in later books of photography and prose.

Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake will include 80 matted and framed exhibition prints, shown in a manner that enhances the stark aesthetic, artistic perspective, and intimate familiarity of his work. While it is on show, CBMM is planning a wide range of accompanying programming, including a speaker’s series.

“I’m very excited for these exquisite photographs to emerge from CBMM’s collection for all to enjoy,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Robert de Gast’s work is exceptional in capturing the Chesapeake’s stories and quintessentially Eastern Shore sense of place through his keen eye and captivating photographic style.

“Last August my son and I—along with a dear friend—traced de Gast’s journey on our own small boat adventure, an incredible opportunity and captivating way of experiencing and exploring the Chesapeake Bay. De Gast’s photographs and text take you on this journey and beyond, and will bring the timeless beauty of the Chesapeake to St. Michaels and CBMM for all to enjoy.”

A limited-edition exhibition catalogue—which will be available for purchase in the Museum Store after the exhibition opens—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.

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.

CBMM’s collection holds more than 68,000 items, all related to the Chesapeake Bay. Items include the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, along with decoys and waterfowling objects, marine engines, maritime models, paintings, prints, photography, and objects of maritime trade. Numerous historic structures are included in the collection, including the Point Lookout Bell Tower, Tolchester Beach Bandstand, and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which was moved to its current location in 1966.

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 78,000 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.

From now through 2018, CBMM’s guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Experience Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake online here.

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This self-portrait of Robert de Gast was taken in the cockpit of his 21-foot Dovekie Fiddler. He was exploring the Potomac River in September 1994 during one of the cruises that led to his book, Five Fair Rivers. On May 12, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will open Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, the first exhibition to showcase the black-and-white Chesapeake-focused photography of Robert de Gast. The special exhibition continues through April, 2018, with more information at cbmm.org.

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A Robert de Gast photograph of a hydraulic rig from 1969. In an essay in his book, Oystermen of the Chesapeake, de Gast wrote “A recent development is the hydraulic rig, which operates twice as fast … The installation of a hydraulic rig requires several thousand more dollars than the conventional rig, but with a little luck could pay back its investment in one season.” On May 12, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will open Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, the first exhibition to showcase the black-and-white Chesapeake-focused photography of Robert de Gast. The special exhibition continues through April, 2018, with more information at cbmm.org.

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A Robert de Gast photograph of neighbors’ children playing in a small rowing skiff on Mill Creek near Annapolis. According to a 2015 interview, de Gast said, “I had children of my own, and I was very often reporting on their activities, oftentimes involving the water, so I was always drawn to children in boats.” The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will open Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, a special exhibition featuring his black-and-white photography of the Chesapeake region, on May 12, 2017. The special exhibition continues through April, 2018, with more information at cbmm.org.