26th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
Friday, May 16th – Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Weekend kicks-off with 5th Annual Nautical Antiques Show
Since it was first launched in 1989, the annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only regular forum where collectors, dealers, curators, folk art enthusiasts, whaling history buffs, and casual bystanders nationwide can gather to share their interests in, and insights into, the whalers’ indigenous occupational art of scrimshaw.
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2014 Schedule and Registration
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
5th Annual Nautical Antiques Show
Browse hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.
Admission $5.00, free with Museum admission or membership.
See Registration information below.
Keynote Address – Highlights of Scrimshaw in the East India Maritine Society / Peabody Essex Museum
James Vaccarino, J.D. (Scrimshaw Forensics ® team, New Bedford Whaling Museum; and volunteer assistant to the curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum)
Saturday May 17
Registration and Coffee – including scrimshaw registration
Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15 – 11:00 AM
The Britannia Engraver and Edward Burdett
Hon. Paul E. Vardeman (retired judge and scrimshaw historian, Kansas City, Missouri)
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Facts in the Case of Edward Burdett
Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D. (Scrimshaw Forensics ® team and Senior Curator Emeritus)
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
My Life In Scrimshaw
Gary Tonkin, scrimshaw artist (Albany, Western Australia)
12:15 – 1:30 PM
1:30 – 2:15 PM
The Scrimshaw Collection of the Late Thomas Mittler
Nina Hellman (antiques dealer, Nantucket), who is currently writing a catalogue for 2015
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Curator’s Corner: Collecting Around a Theme
Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D
3:00 – 3:30 PM
3:30 – 4:15 PM
Market Report 2013-14
Andrew Jacobson (antiques dealer, Ipswich, Massachusetts)
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Proposed Legislation Banning the Sale of Ivory; and the Proposal for a Scrimshaw Collectors’ Society, Association, or Guild – Panel and Discussion
5:30 – 6:00 PM
Optional Scrimshaw Retrieval
Adjourn to First Unitarian Church
Saturday Evening – May 17 – at the First Unitarian Church
“Scrimshaw Goes Hollywood” -- film by Gregg Hurwitz (Encino, California)
“More About Canes” – PowerPoint by Stuart M. Frank
Sunday Morning – May 18 – at the Whaling Museum
Registration and Coffee
Optional Scrimshaw Retrieval
10:30 – 11:00 AM
How To Do Pictorial Scrimshaw: Workshop 1 – Gary Tonkin, scrimshaw artist (Albany, Western Australia) (camera: Kathy Mierzwa)
11:30 AM– 12:30 PM
How To Do Pictorial Scrimshaw: Workshop 2 – Ryan Cooper, scrimshaw artist (Yarmouthport, Cape Cod) (camera: Kathy Mierzwa)
Final Scrimshaw Retrieval
Members: $295.00 ($330 after May 1)
Non-Members: $335.00 ($370 after May 1)
Plus 1 Dinner Guest $75.00
Nautical Antiques Show Admission $5.00
(Included with full Scrimshaw Weekend Admission and free with Museum admission or Membership)
Mail: Send payment to address below.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Checks should be made payable to New Bedford Whaling Museum and include Scrimshaw Weekend in the check memo.
Phone: Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100
Defined as the making of utilitarian and decorative objects from the hard byproducts of whaling — sperm whale ivory, walrus ivory, baleen, and skeletal bone — scrimshandering had its heyday on American and foreign whaleships in the Age of Sail, and scrimshaw-making carried over to the modern shore-whaling stations and factory-ships of the 20th century.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive scrimshaw collection, and has uniquely been hard at work examining and cataloguing scrimshaw from its own collection and from all over the world, disseminating the results. The Scrimshaw Weekend is characterized by a wide spectrum of world-class scrimshaw, fine food, new ideas, and high camaraderie. Calculated to come at the tail end of the popular, all-week Brimfield antiques show in May, the Weekend attracts seasoned collectors and distinguished experts as well as antiques dealers, neophyte collectors, whaling history devotees, and interested bystanders from all over the country, coast to coast.
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