The Seacoast’s Influence

{ Through Sunday, October 15th } 30 New England sculptors interpret the sea’s influence in “Sea to Seashore” now on view.

The poet John Masefield (you know the one we mean: “I must get down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky”) isn’t the only artist influenced by the sea and its pull. A new sculpture exhibit, “Sea to Seashore: Sculpture Inspired by the Seacoast,” at the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth explores that timeless topic.

While having a seacoast sculpture exhibit at a historic house might initially seem to be an artistic non sequitur, the site in fact does make sense. Langdon was a merchant ship builder and very influential in America’s earlier history. Pairing historic homes with sculpture exhibits is something HIstoric New England and the New England Sculptors Association started two years ago, says Marilyn Ewer, president of the NESA.

“We did an exhibit with historic New England two years ago that was more of an open exhibit,” she says. “This time we decided to theme it. We thought it valuable for the history of New England and to see what the sculptors would do, what they would submit.”


The exhibit includes 30 artists from around New England, with a total of 45 pieces. “One of the thins that pleased us is that although they are all sea-themed, they’re very different from each other.,” Ewer says. “It’s wonderful to see how a theme can be interpreted in so many ways.”

Sea to Seashore: Sculpture Inspired by the Seacoast
Governor John Langdon House
143 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Through Sunday, October 15th
Tickets: $8, adults; $7, seniors; $4, students; free to Historic New England members and Portsmouth residents
Top image: Flotsam and Jetsam by Morris Norvin, photo courtesy of New England Sculptors Association
Janet ReynoldsThe Seacoast’s Influence

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