03/11/14 4:00pm
03/11/2014 4:00 PM
A work submitted for the exhibition by Olyvia Vayer took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)

A work submitted for the exhibition last year by Olyvia Vayer that took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)

Students from all East End high schools are invited to participate in the 2014 East End Challenge, in which they will be asked to create a science or engineering project on the theme of the “Littoral Zone,” and then express those results through an art form.

The littoral zone, the subject of this year’s challenge, is the part of the sea closest to the shore, which includes wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, tidal marshes, beaches and dunes, and extends out to deeper waters.  (more…)

09/20/13 5:00pm
09/20/2013 5:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | A young pirate at the 2012 Greenport Maritime Festival. This year’s event begins today and continues through the weekend.

Maritime Festival events schedule

Annual Greenport event runs all weekend long

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 22

The East End Seaport Museum and the Village of Greenport will welcome maritime ships all weekend as a main attraction of Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival. The ships will be docked at Mitchell Park Marina’s fixed piers and will be open for viewing, tours and sailaways from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. An information booth will also be located in Mitchell Park. This year’s festival will celebrate Greenport Village and the East End’s “Land & Sea.”

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

10 a.m. 

Ship Viewing, Tours and Sailaways • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop  • Carousel • Camera Obscura

All open to the public

6–9 p.m.

Land and Sea Reception: A Taste of Greenport

East End Seaport Museum

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

All day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

10 a.m.

Blessing of the Oyster Fleet

Railroad Dock, foot of Third Street

11 a.m.–noon

Opening Day Parade and Blessing of Waters

Mitchell Park Marina and
Main and Front Streets

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Long Island Band Organ

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park

Noon

Little Merfolk Contest

Mitchell Park

1 p.m. 

Constant Wonder Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

Pie-Baking Contest

Main Street

2 p.m.

Lyrical Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

BBQ Bill’s Watermelon and Rib-Eating Contest

Front Street

3 p.m.

Tattoo Contest

Mitchell Park

Kayak Derby & Demos

Harborfront

A Mermaid’s Tale of Greenport by Gail Horton

Old School House

4 p.m.

Music

Foot of Main Street

4-6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

9 p.m.

Fireworks over Greenport Harbor

Mitchell Park Marina

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22

All Day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park

Noon

Lyrical Children’s Program.

Mitchell Park

Dory Race and Water Sports

Harborfront

1–2 p.m. 

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 8 and under

Mitchell Park

1-4 p.m.

Music Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, sponsored by WPKN

Mitchell Park

2–3 p.m.

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 9–16

Mitchell Park

2–4 p.m.

Music

Foot of Main Street

4–6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

4 p.m.

Festival Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

4:30 p.m.

Eastern Long Island Hospital Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

5 p.m.  

Festival Closing

5-8 p.m.

“Flights of Fancy/Part 2” Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting

The Sirens’ Song Gallery, Main Street

06/12/12 7:00pm
06/12/2012 7:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | The Rev. Thomas LaMothe of Greenport shows off his rose tattoo; his two grandsons’ tattoos are just temporary.

When she learned she’d be guest curator of East End Seaport Museum’s latest display, Arden Scott knew she wanted to do something a little different.

It needed to be catchy, she thought. It needed to be interactive. It needed to be … tattoos.

As part of the show, local artists, including Ms. Scott, Laura Lomuscio, Rena Wilhelm and Megan Barron, joined forces with Tattoo Lou’s, a tattoo parlor with several Long Island branches, to help decorate mannequins with old maritime tattoos, such as nautical stars, ships’ wheels and mermaids.

Scott McIntire’s tattooed headless wooden statues stand waiting for patrons to put their own heads in the space above the bodies and become inked-up versions of themselves.

“I get bored in museums that strictly have things hung on walls,” said Ms. Scott, whose husband, Keith McCamy, serves on the museum board.

COURTESY PHOTO Artist Lane Scoggin commissioned famed illustrator Robert Crumb to design this tattoo, which was inked by Mike Maldono.

The exhibit explains tattooing’s roots, which date back 5,000 years. Tattooing was brought back to Britain from Tahiti by mariner Captain James Cook in the 18th century and was later adopted by sailors in the Royal Navy. Tattoos soon became the telltale sign of sailors worldwide.

One of the most identifiable tattoo artists is “Sailor Jerry” Collins, who tattooed between 1911 and 1973. His style is marked by thick black outlines and often depicts boat anchors or busty babes.

“Everyone knows about Sailor Jerry and all that, so I wanted to go beyond that history into contemporary tattoos,” said Ms. Scott.

And so the exhibit covers classical tattoo art and expands into contemporary manifestations. The walls are plastered with photos of local residents’ tattoos and the stories behind them.

“The stories behind the tattoos are the best part of the show,” said Mr. McCamy, who helped his wife set up the exhibit. “The tattoos are great, but the stories are really special.”

On one placard, Southold resident Crystal Keller shows off her ocean-themed tattoo sleeve, a contemporary evolution of the tattoo in which tattoos join together without space between them. Tattooed sailors often had freestanding tattoos, isolated by surrounding flesh, but Ms. Keller’s tattoos combine to create one large aquatic scene. Each inked item within that scene holds different significance for Ms. Keller.

“My tattoos are commemorative, one is for a lost loved one, the others relate to parts of my life,” Ms. Keller wrote in her tattoo testimonial. “Some are about new beginnings: fish are always moving. Koi are for perseverance. Flowers are about love and beauty after initial darkness. Some people go jump off a cliff — I get a tattoo.”

COURTESY PHOTO Artist Lane Scoggin commissioned famed illustrator Robert Crumb to design this tattoo, which was inked by Mike Maldono.

Even Greenport Mayor David Nyce has an entry in the show, a photo of his tattoo, a hand holding a heart, inked on his left shoulder blade, directly behind his heart.

“I got my first tattoo in 1991, when tattooing was illegal in New York [City],” Mayor Nyce wrote. “Like Prohibition, you had to know someone who knew someone, personally, not name-dropping, to get an appointment. Through friends, I found Darren of Rising Dragon to do the image I wanted. Any fears I or my wife, Jen, had were relieved when he told us he tattooed most of the cops in the local precinct.”

Reverend Thomas LaMothe of First Baptist Church of Greenport has a biceps tattoo of a rose, a tribute to his grandfather, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. One photograph showed off his tattoo along with his two grandchildren sporting temporary tattoos of their own.

“One evening last summer my grandsons, then 3 and 5, sat down at the dinner table and proudly showed me their new temporary tattoos,” he said. “It took me a few minutes to realize that they were, quite consciously, imitating me.”

The East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation’s exhibition, “Tattoo: Art of the Sailor” will be on display until October 8.

gvolpe@timesreview.com