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Marine museum to exhibit artist’s “Sea Lives”

Photo courtesy of Sonja Weber Gilkey

“Sea Lives,” the work of artist Sonja Weber Gilkey will be on display through Friday, Aug. 31, at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, including this piece, “Fishermen’s Crosses.”

SEARSPORT, Maine — Penobscot Marine Museum has on exhibit “Sea Lives,” the work of artist Sonja Weber Gilkey, through Aug. 31, in the museum’s Old Town Hall building. Born in The Netherlands, Weber derives most of her inspiration and the materials for her art from the sea. For 50 years, she has been closely connected to the people and nature of coastal Maine, and her art is profoundly influenced by the stories of those who work at sea and the life and beauty of maritime Maine.

The exhibit features “Fishermen’s Crosses,” inspired by a fisherman who told the artist that 15 of his friends had died at sea. The crosses are made of lobster crate material, fishing rope and net, wood, oyster shells, mussel shells, maritime rope and other found ocean materials. Each cross is dedicated to fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

And opening reception will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Old Town Hall. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. For information go to www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

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