VIDEO: Marine masterpieces

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Renowned marine artist Donald Demers will be featured in an exhibition at the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut, from June 21 through July 3.

Demers, whose summers on the coast of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, inspired his interest in nautical subjects, studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He has won 17 awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport and his work has been featured in every major nautical publication and in several books on marine art.

One look at his paintings, and it’s clear that Demers is a man who knows his subject. He sailed as crew aboard many traditional sailing vessels and still hits the water frequently aboard DogWatch, his 1965 26-foot Lyman runabout.

Galley owner Jinishian noted that Demers has become recognized around the country, not just as a leading marine artist but also as one of America's premier realist painters of any subject matter.

“Don is an artist in his mature stride, producing confident, powerful works of art with an emotional quality that is palpable,” Jinishian says.

A special "Collector's Preview" of Don Demers: Marine Masterworks will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a presentation by the artist, followed by an unveiling of his new paintings.

The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery is at 1899 Bronson Road in Fairfield.