2007-04-26 / News

Mecray to speak at art association meeting

John Mecray, one of the world's leading marine artists, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Conanicut Island Art Association. The dinner meeting will be held at the Portuguese American Citizens' Club on Wednesday, May 23, beginning at 6 p.m.

The annual meeting is open to CIAA members, and any Jamestowners, artists and non-artists alike, who may wish to join the art association in anticipation of the annual meeting event. For membership information, call Jocelyn Donaghue at 423-3297.

Mecray's talk will focus on the vessels, the events, and the people who were an inspiration, ultimately leading him to live and work on Conanicut Island. Mecray's original oil paintings are highly prized by collectors. Last year, Art & Antiques Magazine displayed his painting, "Ranger, America's Cup Defender," and commented that Mecray is, "Known for his breathtaking portrayals of classic racing yachts." Available, limited edition prints may be seen locally at Jamestown Designs on Narragansett Avenue. To see the body of his work, including sold-out editions, visit www. mecray.com.

Mecray was also instrumental in establishing key institutions and events that have greatly enhanced the Newport area's attraction as a sailing, boat building, and tourism destination, and helped bring countless boat-lovers, craftsmen, shipwright businesses, and artists to the region each year. He was the principal founder of The Museum of Yachting and the Museum's annual Classic Yacht Regatta, and cofounder of the International Yacht Restoration School.

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