“Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott” opens at Dowling Walsh

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“Flag of the Whaleship Abbott,” by Scott Kelley,   2015, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22″ x 30″

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland  kicks of the summer season with an Opening Reception May 1 from 5 – 8 pm for “Scott Kelley: Aboard the Whaleship Abbott,” a show of Scott Kelley’s watercolor and gouache paintings for the month of May. “I could never have been a whaler, but would love to have been aboard a whaleship in 1856, to see how it was done, meet those men, hear their stories, somehow get it all down in my own sketchbooks and journals, my fingers black from soot, as well as ink.” Scott Kelley was born in 1963 in Binghamton, New York and studied at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York; The Slade School of Art, London; and was a fellow at The Glassel School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He had his first solo exhibition at the age of eighteen with The American Realist Gallery in New York, and has had over 15 solo exhibitions since then. The artist lives and works on Peaks Island, Maine, with his wife, Gail, their son, Abbott and their dog, Francis.

Looking through whaling logbooks at the Providence library, my fingers went black from turning the pages. It was as though some small part of whaling had rubbed off on me, the soot from the try pots, fires that burned night and day. Melville called it “the left wing of the day of judgment”. The true history of American whaling is in those logbooks, and hundreds like them, written by the men who went to sea. Those pages hold the excitement of the hunt, the chase, the danger, as well as the boredom and near-constant longing for home, all of it the sum parts of whaling.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.