In the summer of 2016, Bob Moritz and I approached the Mariners’ Museum regarding a suitable means to celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the HRSMS in 2017. After several meetings and discussions on the details of when and where, an agreement was settled upon. It was decided to showcase our work in the temporary gallery adjacent to the Huntington Room in the Mariners’ Museum. The work to prepare and set up the exhibit started in earnest in early summer of 2017. The exhibit would run from August 5, 2017 thru February 11, 2018.
Much preparatory work was put in before the models started coming in. We had to select the models to show, establish the exhibit’s order, design the spaces and set up an organized method to input the models. The logistics of what, on the surface, appeared simple. Quite the contrary.
IN CAME THE MODELS
One by one the ships sailed in thru the business entrance of the museum to be logged, photographed and processed into the spaces allocated by the exhibit master plan. You know what they say about plans…
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Priscilla and Rachel started to place the models. A carefully designed arrangement soon fell to adjustments and tweaking. Each model’s position was balanced between lighting and visibility while trying to remain true to the original scheme.
THE RECEPTION PARTY
A reception, hosted by the Mariners’ Museum, opening the 50th Anniversary Exhibit was held in the Huntington Room at the museum. Officiating the event was Howard H Hoege III, President and CEO. His exuberance for the exhibit and welcoming nature put everyone instantly at ease.
After a few comments by Ron Lewis, “Skipper” Gene Berger, of the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society welcomed the attendees and said a few words about the hard work putting this event together. Many people within the museum pulled together to make this a success. From Priscilla Hauger, Director of Exhibitions, who designed the exhibit, Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, Director of Collections, and her staff Cindy and Rachel, to the carpenters and helpers who made this all happen.
It was then time to celebrate, and for many, view the exhibit for the first time. To the club members who contributed their efforts and beautiful models, it was time to humbly accept the accolades. There was very little restraint shown. Let the party begin…
The day ended with all the modelers reclaiming their pride and joy’s and thus, the exhibit came to an end. The past six months went by far too quickly. Everyone who had the opportunity to view the models at the Mariners’ Museum went away with newfound appreciation for the art of ship model building and the caliber of workmanship involved.
The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society is honored the Mariners’ Museum gave us the opportunity to showcase our art. The exhibit represented a life time effort by a group whose meticulous workmanship would otherwise have gone unappreciated. Thank you.