DOWN BY THE SEAS AGAIN, by LUCY BELLWOOD

Sequential Art Gallery presents “Down to the Seas Again”, an exhibit of original travelogue comic artwork by Lucy Bellwood. “Down to the Seas Again” documents Bellwood’s time aboard the Charles W. Morgan, a wooden whaling ship built in 1841. In addition to the original watercolor pages from the forthcoming comic, Bellwood’s exhibit will also feature a slideshow of her reference photos from the Morgan. The exhibit opens this Thursday, September 4th, with an artist’s reception for Bellwood from 6pm to 10pm.

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Famously known as the last wooden whaling ship in the world, the Morgan has been docked at Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport for the last century, and recently underwent a massive 7.5 million dollar restoration. Now seaworthy for the first time in nearly 100 years, a select group were allowed aboard the vessel during this outing, her 38th voyage in the summer of 2014, to document their three-month journey and share it with the world.

Bellwood’s “Down to the Seas Again” comic seeks to capture the excitement of stepping aboard this historical treasure after a long absence from the sea — from climbing aloft to laying in with the crew, coming face-to-face with Right whales and questioning what it means for something to truly be historically authentic, she delves into the things that make sailing truly special and gives us a glimpse into the collision of the 19th and 21st centuries at sea.

Bellwood is a cartoonist best known for her adventurous autobiographical comics and member of Periscope Studio. She attended Reed College, where she produced a 36-page autobiographical comic book, “True Believer”, about her time at the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Certificate Program in Comics and Independent Publishing as her graduate thesis. In 2007 she caught the nautical bug and began working on square rigged sailing vessels, traveling up and down the West coast aboard the tall ship Lady Washington educating school children about maritime history. Since 2010 she has been exploring the practical sides of tall ship sailing in the 21st century through her nautically-themed series Baggywrinkles. She is also a regular artist on the all-ages collaborative fantasy series “Cartozia Tales” and has contributed nonfiction stories to Symbolia Magazine and The Nib. Her most recent work is “Grand Adventure”, a 21-page travel comic drawn during a three-week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. —http://lucybellwood.com/

“Down to the Seas Again” will be on display throughout the month of September, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Saturday, September 27th.