Streeter’s Sister Sailors & Sons of Sag Harbor Opens at Whaling Museum | Sag Harbor Express | Dawn Watson
There’s more than meets the eye in Sabina Streeter’s mixed media portraits of iconic historic characters. Every image she creates represents decades of history, and hours upon hours of research into the lives of her subjects.
For her latest exhibition, “Sister Sailors & Sons of Sag Harbor,” opening at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum on Thursday, August 27, the artist has set her sights on quite a few interesting personalities from days of yore. The poetic interpretations for “Sister Sailors,” illustrated in charcoal and ink on paper, will include likenesses of war hero Captain David Hand, Whalers Church architect Minard Lafever; Captain Benjamin Hunting II, who built the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, and a number of pioneering whaling women. The 20-piece show is a continuation of Ms. Streeter’s 2014 exhibit, “Captains, Mates, + Widows,” also at the Whaling Museum.
History, especially local lore, has always fascinated the artist. Ms. Streeter’s interest in Sag Harbor’s past is fueled by the fact that she lives in what is considered one of the oldest homes in the village. The circa-1820 house on Madison Street was built by ship maker Abraham Vail for his son, whaling captain David Vail, the master of the ship “Sabina.”