A show of boats constructed locally and organized by Gerry Saunders will run from November 9th to December 8th at the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at Unity College.
The art and craft of building boats has been handed down through the generations, and continues into the present with traditional and modern materials. This show assembles boats loaned to the college from their makers, as well as The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine.
There will be a variety of boats and construction methods on display, including a dugout canoe made at WoodenBoat School with machetes, chainsaws and adze by Hondurans; an antique birch Bark Canoe; a cedar strip canoe made as a high school shop project; a canvas on cedar canoe made as a senior project by a Unity College student working with Jerry Stelmock; a boat that was built from a single sheet of plywood and weighs less than a 15 pound bag of potatoes; a skin on frame kayak built by a person with no previous experience following directions in a book; and a replica of a classic lapstrake construction dory built by master builder Greg Rossel. These boats are both beautiful objects and tools meant for use.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, November 9th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public.
The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot Street (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine. Open M-F 9-4 and by appointment.