February 19, 2018
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Historic maritime paintings on permanent loan to SMCC

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 SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Marine Society has loaned Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) a collection of maritime art dating back roughly to late 1800s and early 1900s.

The paintings are all of ships, including schooners, a steamer and a bark, among others. The college has hung the paintings in SMCC’s Culinary Arts Center Dining Room, which has an unparalleled view of Casco Bay. The room is open to the public for sit-down meals, and diners can now enjoy fine maritime art as well as the breathtaking views.

“For years the public has visited our South Portland campus where views of Casco Bay complement exquisite meals prepared by Culinary Arts students,” said SMCC President, Ron Cantor.  “Now, thanks to the Portland Marine Society, the fine dining/viewing experience is enhanced by historic maritime paintings. Beauty, learning and enjoyment make a powerful combination.”

The artwork is in different media, including oil on canvas and watercolor and crayon. While the artists who created the works aren’t known in each case, three of the paintings are attributed to Samuel F. Morse Badger, John Henry Mohrmann and Ed Adam.

“The exhibition of these paintings is a great way to connect our current art students with local masters of this unique style of New England art,” said Jeff Badger, SMCC Art Instructor.

SMCC will formally accept the artwork and thank the Portland Marine Society at a reception planned for Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Culinary Arts Center. The media is invited to attend.

“The Portland Marine Society is very pleased to be able to display pieces of our nautical painting collections with our friends at SMCC. We look forward to continuing to build our already strong relationship with the college,” said Charles Sherman President of the Portland Marine Society.

The Portland Marine Society was formed in 1796 to provide for the widows and families of sea captains lost at sea. Early members include prominent Portland residents Eliot Deering, John McLellan and Lemuel Moody – builder and owner of the Portland Observatory.

The group continues to meet today on the SMCC South Portland Campus to talk about, preserve and celebrate the region’s maritime history.

 Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) was founded in 1946 and serves students throughout Southern Maine through its South Portland and Midcoast Campuses, 10 satellite locations and online offerings. The college has the lowest tuition and fees in New England and offers more than 45 degree programs, ranging from Business to Construction Technology, Culinary Arts to Biological Sciences. SMCC empowers students to respond to a changing world and enhances economic and cultural development in Southern Maine by providing a variety of educational opportunities and partnerships.