May 21, 2018
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Museum invites public to create small boats for exhibit

SEASRPORT — An exhibit of whimsical, boat-themed sculpture is going on display at Penobscot Marine Museum, and the public is invited to contribute additional pieces to the community art project.

The exhibit, “ShipShapes,” features boat models made from a variety of unexpected materials — buttons, felt, cardboard, costume jewelry, alphabet blocks, sea shells, bottle caps or just about anything that spurs the artist’s imagination. Any kind of boat or ship, real or imaginary, can be depicted. The only requirements are that it stands up by itself and would fit into an imaginary one-foot-square cube.

“Ships and boats have been built and modeled in endlessly creative ways for millennia,” said Betty Schopmeyer, the museum’s director of education. “’ShipShapes’ is a chance to participate in that tradition in creative, artistic and possibly whimsical ways.” She explained that artists will donate the models to the museum, and they will be sold to raise funds for museum programs.

A few models are already on display in the museum’s admissions center. No admission fee is required to view the exhibit.

Artists are invited to bring their own contributions to Admissions Center at 40 E. Main St., Searsport. On Saturday, July 23, the museum will hold its 75th birthday party, Penobscot Bay Day. The event will feature free admission, live music, refreshments, demonstrations and special exhibits. On that day,  the “ShipShapes” models will be offered for sale in a silent auction.

For more information, contact Betty Schopmeyer at 548-2529, ext. 206, or or visit

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