Fairfield Museum to hold War of 1812 exhibit
Published 8:29 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will have an art exhibit chronicling the sea battles of the War of 1812 -- some of which occurred off the Connecticut coast -- from Saturday, July 28, through Sunday, Sept. 9, at the museum, 370 Beach Road.
The display, "The War of 1812 at Sea: Marine Paintings from the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery Collection, Fairfield, Conn.," will feature dramatic marine paintings and models from art dealer J. Russell Jinishian, according to a museum news release.
The exhibit will show 16 works from marine artists, including oil paintings by the late Robert Sticker, of ships such as the USS Constitution and the USS Vixen; and oil paintings by Paul Garnett, of Marlborough, Mass., of the USS Constitution, U.S. Frigate Essex and a whaler. It also will feature watercolors by Arthur Shilstone, of Redding, of the war ship Niagara fighting the British and the Battle of Lake Erie; as well as an oil by Patrick O'Brien, of Baltimore, of the USS Enterprise fighting the HMS Boxer off the coast of Maine.
Other works will include a watercolor of the Brig Oneida by William Walsh, of Grand Isle, Vt.,; a watercolor by Victor Mays, of Clinton, of the HMS Atalante off Killingworth Harbor in Connecticut; and two different models of the USS Constitution by noted model builder Lloyd McCaffery, of Boulder, Colo.
The 1812 conflict, which broke out after Congress declared war on Britain for restricting America's right to sail and trade freely, was felt in Fairfield as its vessels were threatened and residents feared attacks as the British blockaded Long Island Sound. In response, Fairfield residents organized into militias and built the Powder House, which still stands behind Tomlinson Middle School, to defend the area.
The artwork on display will be for sale through the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield and a portion of the proceeds will go to support programs at the museum, the release states.
The gallery, which has an inventory of more than 250 paintings, drawings, scrimshaw, and ship models, specializes in fine contemporary and antique marine and sporting art from Europe and America.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and free for children age 5 and under. Call 203-259-1598 or visit www.fairfieldhistory.org for information.