Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

May 15, 2014 – May 15, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Chet Van Duzer

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7 pm

Members only Reception at 6:15 pm

Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).

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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

Chet Van Duzer, author of the recent book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, will trace the history of sea monsters on European maps, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century. These sea monsters, whether they are depicted swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, yet they have never been carefully studied. Sea monsters are important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important information about the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. In addition– sea monsters are a lot of fun!

Chet Van Duzer is an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, and will return to the Library of Congress to work on special projects in the Geography and Map Division this spring. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps in journals such as Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae and Word & Image. He is also the author of Johann Schöner’s Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study, the first detailed analysis of one of the earliest surviving terrestrial globes that includes the New World; and (with John Hessler) Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 & 1516 World Maps. His book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps was published last year by the British Library, and this year the Library of Congress will publish a study of Christopher Columbus’s Book of Privileges which he co-authored with John Hessler and Daniel De Simone. His current book project is the commentary for a facsimile of the 1550 manuscript world map by Pierre Desceliers, which will be published by the British Library.

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Travels with my Uncle Phil: Around the World with the Great White Fleet 1907-09

April 17, 2014 – April 17, 2014

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Bernie Schaeffer

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 pm
Members only Reception at 6:15 pm
Cost: Free (members), $10 (non-members).
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Lecture Series Sponsored by Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Silvio Di Loreto

As December 1907 approached, one of the most historic around-the-world sea voyages in the history of our country began at Hampton roads, VA.—the Great White Fleet. Theodore Roosevelt was our President. Bernie Schaeffer’s uncle was aboard one of those ships. The inspiration for the presentation came when a family member loaned him the personal log books that Phil Schaeffer kept during the portion of the trip from Hampton Roads to Santa Barbara, CA. The Great White Fleet arrived in Santa Barbara on April 25, 1908 at approximately 4:30 p.m. before eventually heading out across the Pacific. The presentation addresses the many challenges faced during this great adventure.

Bernie Schaeffer was born in Philadelphia PA and grew up in Niagara Falls NY. After graduation from Syracuse University, he served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army and subsequently completed his obligation in the U.S. Army Reserves. Two years later he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Connecticut. After working in a child guidance clinic and then as a school social worker at the secondary level, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley. The primary focus of his career was 27 years working in the developmental disabilities field serving in various capacities at Tri-Counties Regional Center in Santa Barbara, including acting director. He has been married to his wife Ruthie for 47 years and has two grown children and two grandchildren living in the Southern California area. Since 2002, his retirement years have included traveling, visiting family, having coffee with numerous friends, spiritual reading, hanging out at the Spectrum gym seven days a week, and volunteering his time to local non-profit organizations. For the past two years he has been Chairman of the Board at Alpha Resource Center.

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Surface Tension Art Exhibit Opening Reception

December 12, 2013 – December 12, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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by Pamela Zwehl-Burke

Sponsored by Mimi Michaelis

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
What: Large-scale oilstick painting-drawings reference the surface of the natural world.
Cost: Free
Please RSVP: (805) 962-8404 x115

Pamela Zwehl-Burke oilstick paintings-drawings are enlarged excerpts depicting ocean, pond, forest, garden and field, organized to show the push-and-pull, the dynamic tension in nature and in designed compositions. Organic and somewhat abstract, most are made to be viewed in any of the four orientations. Many of the images connect water, sky, fauna and flora.
Forever interested in what the natural world means, she has spent many years looking, to encode and decode visual matters. She learned (at the Hochschule fuer bildende Kuenste, Kassel and Staatliches Seminar, Goettingen (both Germany), California State University, Northridge and the University of Southern California) and then taught (at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Santa Barbara City College) drawing, figure drawing, printmaking, design and artists’ books.
The subjects of her works in a variety of scale, format and material, are for the most part a commonplace visual experiences of animal, vegetable, mineral, and their stories.

 

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Facility Rentals Coordinator

(805) 962-8404 ext. 106

SBMM Annual Fundraiser

Saturday March 9, 2013 – Saturday March 9, 2013

113 Harbor Way, Suite 190

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Harbor Treasures & Tastings
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tickets:

$200 – Patron Admission (5:00 to 9:00 pm)
$100 – General Admission (6:00 to 9:00 pm)

Patron Tables are $1,800 to $5,000
(for tables please call (805) 962-8404 x102)

Register for tickets below or call  (805) 962-8404, ext. 102 or email at  development@sbmm.org

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Deep Sea Divers Get Together

Deep Sea DiversA California Abalone Diving Lecture at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum by Scrap Lundy (seated on the left). Next to Scrap is Bob Ratcliffe, a Hall of Fame diver. Standing behind Bob is Greg Gorga, the Executive Director of the SBMM and to the left is Leslie Leaney, Co-Founder of the Historical Diving Society.

 

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Marketing Coordinator

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Jennifer Haake

Guest Services & Volunteer Coordinator
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Mike DeGruy, SBMM Board Member and Dear Friend Passes

 

SBMM has lost a dear friend and board member. Mike DeGruy will be remembered fondly for his contributions to this museum and to the community.

On Friday, February 3rd, at approximately 4pm, Mike and his good friend, Andrew Wight, were killed in a helicopter crash
while working on a production together in Australia. Details about the crash are incomplete at this point, but news reports suggest some kind of malfunction in the helicopter at take-off.

Capturing the loss of such a great man in words is impossible. We are all shocked and deeply saddened. But knowing Mike, he’d want us to try and shrug it off, laugh as much as possible, and celebrate the incredible life he lived. And what a life it was. Please join his family and friends from all over the world this Sunday, February 12th for a memorial service in his honor and a celebration of his extraordinary life.

Memorial Services

WHERE: Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in the Plaza del Sol
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara (Directions)

WHEN: Sunday, February 12th
3:00 – 4:00pm Guests arrival…Memory Book for mementos

4:00 – 5:00pm Celebration of Mike’s Life, officiated by Saral Burdette

5:00pm Circle of Friends on East Beach, across the street

5:30pm Drinks and dinner (No RSVP necessary)

Messages to Mike
Mike lives on in our memories of great times together. Consider sharing your thoughts on his website…
(www.mikedegruy.com)
…a poem, a favorite story about Mike, a photo of you and him and a big fish.
Share those times here with others that loved him. We’ll all be the richer for having known him.