March Update for 2017 Conference

27 Mar 2017 4:30 PM | Kim Shaklee (Administrator)


2nd  NATIONAL MARINE ART CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 19-22, 2017  -  Mystic, CT

This year, the NMAC is five weeks later in the fall than our conference was in 2016 at WIlliamsburg last year, so we are a bit behind schedule for registration which will begin in early April.  Please read all the way to the end, to see the new programming information for this event.

The American Society of Marine Artists will host the 2nd National Marine Conference in beautiful Mystic, CT on October 19-22, 2017.  Attendees will want to make their reservations for arrival on Wednesday evening, October 18th.  Our host hotel will be the Inn at Mystic, which is conveniently located 1 mile from Mystic Seaport and other popular Mystic attractions!  Their beautiful grounds encompass nearly 14 acres, offering lovely waterfront views from the property.  We have secured the best rates possible during peak season in New England and essentially have held all of the rooms at the hotel for our group, with the exception of a handful that had been booked before securing our contract.

The hotel has offered their regular rooms to our group (17 rooms) at $139 per night plus tax.  They have offered their remaining deluxe rooms to us at $159 per night.  These rooms offer upgraded features – some with balconies, patios, fireplaces, and some with water views.  There are a variety of bed configurations – 2 doubles, 1 queen, 2 queens and 1 king.  All rooms include a Continental Breakfast with your room rate, and on the weekends, the continental breakfast may be upgraded to items from their weekend Brunch menu for a fee of $6.00 per person.   Room rates will be good for any night from Monday, October 16th through Monday evening, October 23rd.  Individuals are required to cancel reservations at least 72 hours prior to arrival (3:00 pm day before arrival) to avoid a charge including one night’s room rate plus tax. Individuals can cancel by calling the Inn at Mystic directly at: (860) 536-9604.  If the reservation is no longer required and is not cancelled by 3:00 pm 3 days before arrival, the reservation will be released and one (1) night’s room and tax charge will be billed to the credit card on file. 

The Inn has a restaurant and bar onsite that will be open for Breakfast, happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, and dinner nightly.  The property includes a lovely Mansion that is used for weddings and special occasions, and a beautiful expansive covered terrace area, which overlooks the waterfront, along with a permanent, year-round tented area for parties and various functions (with heaters), which will be used by our group for a portion of the conference. 

Activities onsite will include a special conference kick off dinner on Wednesday evening, at the modest price of $35 per person.  This will feature 3 different pastas, salad and bread. PLEASE JOIN US!

We have just completed our program schedule and hope to have early registration available by the end of the first week of April.  We have a wonderful lineup of presentations in store for our members!  

CW Mundy will open the conference on Thursday morning at the beautiful indoor tented area of the Haley Mansion with a special painting demonstration beginning around 9:30 a.m. that will give keen insight to his theories on painting upside down.  More details will follow soon!  Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., Don Demers will give a painting demonstration at the Mansion as well.  Don't miss out!   Signature Member Scott Penegar will follow with an intriguing demo on stone carving.  To finish out Thursday afternoon, at 4:30 p.m. we will have an opportunity for the first 95 registrants to take a special hour and a half sunset cruise and lighthouse tour out of Mystic on a historic boat; Patience or Prudence.  Many thanks to ASMA member Joyce Harvey for arranging this special event for an UNBELIEVBLE price of $15 per person!!  Special thanks to Captain Jonathan R. Wilkes from Mystic Harbor Cruises for being so generous to make this cruise possible for our conference attendees!

Friday morning, Chris Blossom, William Davis, Don Demers, Lisa Egeli, Len Mizerek, CW Mundy, Len Tantillo and others will be simultaneous participate in a terrific Plein Air paint out, where conference attendees can walk about to see the various techniques being used by each of these Fellows.  Mystic Seaport will have one of their Curators speak about the extensive Maritime collections house at Mystic Seaport. After lunch, Russell Jinishian (our 2017 ASMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) will be highlighted in a discussion on the maritime art business as it pertains to galleries.  Friday evening Mystic Seaport will host a reception for the ASMA 17th National Exhibition at the Rudolph Schaeffer Gallery from 5  to 6:45 p.m.  Dinner will follow at the hotel, where we will also conduct our ASMA members slideshow following the dinner.  Cost of the dinner is $45

Saturday morning, we start the morning with our annual general meeting at the hotel at 9 a.m., then we will move to the harbor area of beautiful Stonington, CT, where we will host the days activities at the La Grau Center, a charming stone building.  Loretta Krupinski will give a great presentation at 11 a.m. on painting historic subjects in Maine.  We will break fro lunch and return with Russ Kramer, who will do an enlightening live painting demo.  Our Keynote speaker ALAN GRANBY will follow Russ, giving us trememndous insite into some of the most important private maritime collections of our time.  Mr. Granby is a noted Author and co-owner of Hyland-Granby Antiques.

Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. we will meet for cocktails and our Captains dinner in the Davis Gallery at the Mystic Museum of Art located at 9 Waters Street, just less than 1 mile from our hotel.  Our 2017 ASMA Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Russell Jinishian will follow the Captain's dinner.

Dinner cost : $68

Sunday, we will have a Brunch reception for an Invitational Marine Art Show and Sale that will feature more than 40 ASMA artists whose work will be selected from a large number of our members who will be invited to submit for consideration for this additional opportunity at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT.  Following the show reception, we will do a tour at the Florence Griswold Museum, with several Fellows giving inut on some of the CT River painters who are included in the Museums collection.

You will not want to miss this fabulous conference! 

We hope to see you in Mystic this October!


                                                 The Inn at Mystic 



                      Year round heated function tent on the hotels property



  Lower dining area at the onsite Harbor House Restaurant and outdoor patio area


                            Hotel grounds overlooking the Mystic River



Mystic Museum of Art - Main Gallery for Saturday evening's ASMA Captain's dinner



                                                       Mystic Seaport


                       Greenmanville Church/Anchor Circle - Mystic Seaport

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