Art, science of 20th c. yachting is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Artist Thurston Huntting Smith will give an illustrated talk on yacht design Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.

In the 20th century, yacht building and design became intimately connected with the rapidly changing technology. New materials, metals and fabrics, and the enormous advancements in the field of aviation, gave rise to dramatic changes in the yachting world.

Smith’s talk will feature historic photographs as well as some of his own paintings to show how the sailing yachts of this period are a perfect illustration of how form follows function.

He also will highlight some of the boat builders of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, many of whom he knew personally. Smith will speak about the advent and subsequent popularity of photography and how that allowed people to know what the maritime world actually looked like. Previously, on-site painting of boats was practically impossible and early paintings were mostly works of the imagination.

Smith grew up on a small island near Oyster Bay, N.Y., and says he knew how to sail before he knew how to ride a bicycle. His paintings cover the glory days of American yachting and various other maritime activities from Downeast Maine to the Bahamas. His work has been shown at the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the New York Yacht Club, Florida’s Society of the Four Arts and numerous private galleries. He now lives on the water in Steuben.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected] for more information.

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