"I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,"
the poet John Masefield declared.
Those are pretty much the sentiments of the American Society of
Marine Artists as well.
The group, whose exhibition "Romancing the Sea" opens today at
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, is dedicated to portraying
the sea and its ships in art.
The rules can be relaxed to include an occasional lake or
harbor, marine birds on wing, or even some denizens of the deep
like the humpbacks whose size dwarfs the whaling ship above the
But ship or no ship, marine art means water. Water is depicted
in every way imaginable: shimmering, cresting, surging,
crashing, lapping placidly at the ocean's edge.
The exhibition of more than 60 paintings and three-dimensional
pieces takes up all of the museum's riverside Terry …