A collection of wooden sailboats glides through the waters of a busy, working dock.
The Wooden Sailboat Festival in Port Townsend, WA, is a step back into another era – a visual leap into the 19th century when the sail craft on the sea possessed a beauty of form and structure.
Although there are hundreds, thousands of people in attendance, there is not the noise that one expects in large gatherings. With no motors to break the soft lapping of the water in on the Sound, there is simply the laughter of the people sailing, the sound of one person crying out to another to adjust this or fix that, the conversational hum of spectators watching the boats gliding through the water.
In many ways, the activity in the water is like a dance. Close to the docks, there are more ships in proximity to one another, and as one looks further afield into the Sound, the distance between the vessels increase. But always, the sailboats look out for one another, keep a healthy distance even when forced to pass close, and the gentle movement is soothing, graceful, beautiful.
Because the dock at Port Townsend is also a working dock, there is a purposeful sense of work to the activity, even though the activity during the Wood Boat Festival is one of leisure. This is a place where wooden boats are always around, always welcome, a place where history blends into the present, and you can get a sense of what it was like to live during a time long before most of us were born.
Harbor Faire, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into the moment of the past, to listen to daily noises that don’t have to revolve around cell phones ringing, stereos blaring, and cars backfiring. Harbor Faire invites us to enjoy a moment of quiet, gentle peace, and the beautiful dance of the wooden boats.
Featured in 23 Fine Art America groups.
June 6th, 2017
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