Barbara Ernst Prey has donated a series of signed and numbered limited edition prints of her original painting Parade Route, currently on exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong, in support of the historic voyage of The Hermione. A portion of the series will go to Friends of the Hermione-Lafayette in America as part of the Raise the Flags campaign to support the voyage and a portion will be donated to the Castine Historical Society. The authentic replica of the 18th century ship the Marquis de Lafayette arrives in Castine, ME July 14 – 15 for the visit.
Artist Proof of Prey’s Parade Route print are included in her current Exhibition "Barbara Ernst Prey: Prints and Drawings" at Blue Water Fine Arts through July 20th. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the ship’s Castine visit.
Prey states “My Painting Parade Route is currently on exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong as part of the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Program. The painting depicts the Annual Maine Schooner Race and serves as an important focal point at the embassy. There is a good correlation with the Franco-American friendship exemplified by the Hermione voyages, past and present. As I have deep family connections to this region at the time when the original Hermione made her first visit, it’s exciting for me to support this project.”
Barbara Ernst Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14 member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are elected for their established record of distinguished service and achievement in the arts. She was invited by The President and First Lady of the United States to paint the official White House Christmas card. Barbara’s paintings are in many of the nation’s most esteemed museums and collections including The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center, New York Historical Society, Dartmouth College and are owned by private collectors and celebrities including: Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks. As an artistic Ambassador, her artwork is displayed in more than 100 Embassies and Consulates worldwide through the U.S. Art in Embassies program including Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague and Hong Kong. As a NASA artist she joins an elite group of American artists who have documented space history. Barbara is the recipient of many honors and awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award joining Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony. The New York Times writes, “Prey is going where icons Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before”. A graduate of Williams College with a master’s degree from Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. She is Adjunct Faulty at Williams College and lectures on American Art both here and abroad.
LAFAYETTE’S HERMIONE VOYAGE 2015
Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA this summer for an unprecedented voyage.
CASTINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Castine Historical Society Castine, Maine, collects, preserves and exhibits materials that illuminate the rich history of the Castine-Bagaduce River area and, through it, that of New England and America, from pre-Colonial times to the present. In doing so, the Society seeks to engage residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration and stewardship of Castine's diverse historical resources. The Hermione visited Castine in 1780 on a reconnaissance mission to gauge the British strength at Fort George, which was located in present-day Castine. For more information, please visit: http://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/