Lecture transcript: https://bit.ly/37Hb79J
From 2012 Press Release: In his illustrated talk, All the Ships at Sea, Bill Trayes takes a closer look at the history of marine painting with an emphasis on artists who went to sea to get it right. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Ships at Sea: A Celebration of Cape Ann’s Role in the Maritime Trades currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum until May 27, 2012. The exhibition features a selection of marine paintings, prints and ephemera. The heart of this special exhibition is made up of works from the collection of Roswitha and William Trayes. Additional items have been pulled from the Museum’s own collection to round out the display. Bill Trayes has a deep interest in the history of Cape Ann and has been a resourceful and enthusiastic collector for decades. He has also been an avid sailor since childhood. Today, Bill’s love of the ocean and passion for collecting are clearly reflected in Ships at Sea. From early portraits of merchant vessels bound for distant lands to contemporary renderings of steel hulled fishing draggers working on the offshore banks, the Trayes’ collection spotlights and celebrates the rich maritime history of Cape Ann. It includes works by an array of Cape Ann artists, including Charles Allan Winter, Mary Blood Mellen, D. Jerome Elwell and Thomas Hoyne. Ship models and additional artifacts from the Museum’s collection are on display, including a captain’s desk and other objects related to a sailor’s time at sea: a sailor’s valentine, scrimshaw and a squeezebox.