The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum Announces 2015 Summer Calendar of Events

The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum is proud to announce their 2015 Summer Calendar of Events which will feature the Museum’s 3rd annual A Whale of a Show exhibit, curated by Dan Rizzie and Peter Marcelle; Shark! The Misunderstood Fish featuring the work of renowned artist and marine biologist Richard Ellis; a 40th anniversary screening of the film, JAWS; Sister Sailors, portraits by Sabina Streeter, curated by Dan Rizzie, and much more. The full calendar of the events is below:

May 22nd - June 21st
A Whale of A Show
Curated by Dan Rizzie and Peter Marcelle
Opening Reception: Friday, May 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Returning for its third summer, "A Whale of a Show" kicks off the Museum's "Salt Air Exhibition III" series on Memorial Day Weekend and features the works of local artists curated by Dan Rizzie and Peter Marcelle. Dan Rizzie will also be signing editions of his brand new book in limited quantities! And the 2015 season "Whale" t-shirt, designed by Mr. Rizzie, will be available to purchase during the evening.

June 12th
Live Reading of Moby Dick at The Museum
3:00pm - 6:00pm

The MOBY DICK Marathon returns and will move to different Sag Harbor locations during the weekend. Join us at the Museum on Friday, June 12th for our reading from 3:00 to 6:00pm.
In 1983, Canio Pavone started the yearly Marathon to celebrate Sag Harbor's seafaring history and its literary tradition. The Marathon ran for several years at the bookshop, in the 1990s it was held at the Whaling Museum for a few years, and then at John Jermain Memorial Library in the early 2000s. 2015 is the 375th anniversary of the town of Southampton and the Marathon will be part of the town's celebration. Partially funded by the Town of Southampton.

June 13th
A 375th Birthday Celebration
2:00 - 5:00pm

We're celebrating the 375th Anniversary of Southampton Town with music, games, and refreshments on the grounds of the Museum and the Custom House. FREE admission to both historic sites!
Partially funded by the Town of Southampton.

July 10th - August 2nd
SHARK! The Misunderstood Fish
Featuring the work of Richard Ellis
Curated by Peter Drakoulias and Stephen T. Lobosco
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6:00pm

Featuring the work of renowned artist and marine biologist Richard Ellis along with work by April Gornik, Donald Sultan, Joe Alves (production designer on the film Jaws), Dan Rizzie, Dalton Portella, James Katsipsi, FIN jewelry and more. This exhibit will examine the extraordinary history and biology of sharks through art, fossils, film, and life-size replicas.

July 10th
SHARK! The Misunderstood Fish | Opening Reception and 40th Anniversary Screening of JAWS
6:00pm - 10pm

Join us for the opening reception of SHARK! The Misunderstood Fish featuring the works of world renowned artist and marine biologist, Richard Ellis. We will be hosting a special 40th anniversary outdoor screening of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS. Wine, beer, light food, and refreshments will be served.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

July 11th
SHARK! The Misunderstood Fish | Family Night
6:00pm - 10pm

Join us for a picnic and a movie (TBA) at the Museum! It will be a fun-filled and kid friendly evening complete with arts and craft activities.

July 12th
Lecture with Richard Ellis

Ellis is an American marine biologist, author, and illustrator. He is a research associate in the American Museum of Natural History's division of paleontology and creator of their famous blue whale, special adviser to the American Cetacean Society, and a member of the Explorers Club. He was U.S. delegate to International Whaling Commission from 1980 to 1990.

His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He is the author of more than 100 magazine articles, which have appeared in National Geographic, Natural History, Audubon, Curator, National Wildlife, Geo, Australian Geographic, and Reader's Digest. He has written 23 books.

Robert Gwathmey, The Gathering, c. 1959, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

August 7th - August 23rd
East End Artists: Then and Now
Curated by Peter Marcelle
6:00 - 8:00pm

August 27th - September 8th
Sister Sailors: Sabina Streeter
Curated by Dan Rizzie
6:00 - 8:00pm

A continuation of Sabina Streeter's previous show, Captains, Mates, + Widows, the upcoming Sister Sailors & Sons of Sag Harbor is inspired by the lives and personae of the great whaling era. It will include a poetic interpretation of iconic Sag Harbor characters, as well as the wives who accompanied their husbands on their voyages to sea.

Sister Sailors & Sons of Sag Harbor is curated by Dan Rizzie and features an original soundtrack by Carlos Lama.

September 11th
A Whale of A Picnic

Our annual Harbor Fest party returns to kick off Harbor Fest Weekend in Sag Harbor! Join us at the Museum for a family friendly night of celebration and good fun! Let's eat, drink and dance in the shadow of the gorgeous Benjamin Huntting house!

September 11th - October 15th
Michael Butler and Barbara Hadden: Our Town

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The second exhibit of a 2 part series that's part of the 375th Anniversary of Southampton Town.

Barbara Hadden is a self-taught artist whose works can be found in many collections. Settled in Sag Harbor, she is a long-time resident of the Hamptons who finds the architecture and landscapes of Eastern Long Island a continuous source of inspiration. Beginning to paint in the late seventies in a primitive style using acrylic and ink, she made a departure to watercolor and now enjoys working in oils. She has had covers on five Dan's Papers and created a poster series 1992-1996, reproduced from her original paintings of the towns of Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Southampton.

Michael A. Butler is a self-taught, regional artist whose preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. The deep jewel tones in his paintings are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau or the early works of Romare Bearden. His style has been described by others as naïve and/or primitive but his preferred description is intuitive or narrative. His works do tell stories with source material derived from mythology, either current or ancient, religious or spiritual references, stories overheard or purely from his imagination. Often there is a dream-like quality to the paintings. Another important component of his work is that of historian or documentarian. His paintings may depict events or occurrences to which the general public may not be privy, especially where the African-American phylogeny or Native-American experience is concerned. It is important that as much information as possible be conveyed to the viewing audience. Mr. Butler has a Masters degree in Public Administration, is semi-retired and describes himself as a full-time, summer resident of Sag Harbor.

Partially funded by the Town of Southampton.