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Sept Art: The Marine Mammal Art of Don Sineti
September 1 - September 30
Don Sineti will display his artwork for the month of September, and will perform his Sea Shanty songs in a special concert with Steve Roys following the Art Reception. Both the reception and concert will take place on Saturday, September 14. The reception runs 4-6pm, followed by the concert form 8-10. That leaves you time for dinner at one of Middletown’s many culturally diverse restaurants. For more info, call us!
Don Sineti from Bloomfield, Connecticut, began doing artwork of Cetaceans (Whales, dolphins, and porpoises) after returning from Vietnam in 1968 where he served with The 199th Infantry Brigade.
He is a Co-Founder and former president of the Cetacean Society International. He has illustrated five major publications about cetaceans and has had two shows at the United Nations. He has thirty pieces on permanent display at Hale Kohola (House of The Whale) museum in Maui, Hawaii. His desire is for the art to have the “look and feel” of traditional sailor art but with anatomically correct cetaceans.
As a shantyman (one who sings sailor work songs) Don has recorded to CDs and performed around the world. He is currently on staff at Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport Museum.
“A rare combination of artistic talent and impressive musical ability, along with a warmth and gift for communication, Don Sineti’s programs come alive with his knowledge and commitment to the environment.”
-Marshall T. Case (Vice President for Education, National Audubon Society)
“–From his vast experience with whales, careful observation of cetaceans in their natural habitats, and an unfailing devotion to the protection and preservation of marine mammals – and with his remarkable craftsmanship and keen eye for motion and detail – Sineti has created evocative, anatomically accurate portraits of whales, both great and small.”
-Kendall Whaling Museum
“Don has come to be regarded as the embodiment of the spirit of the whale,”
-Dr Robbins Barstow (Director Emeritus, Cetacean Society International)
Don Sineti singing his song Windy Old Weather along with some of his whale artwork at the Mystic Seaport 2018
“I have known Don Sineti for many years and have always found him to be a great friend and lover of sea-music and sea-art. His strong voice brings to life the shanties and songs of the days of sail, in particular the days of the sailing whaler. I can’t think, off hand, of any shantyman that could better him. Not only is he a great shantyman and singer of whaling songs but his drawings and pictures of whales surpass anything I have seen. I’d place him in the top rank of cetacean portrayers, one of the best if not the best. May he carry on with his signing, drawing, and saving the whale for many years to come.”
-Stan Hugull (Folklorist, Artist, “Tallship” Shantyman)
“Inspring master of marine art–“
-Briton Cooper Busch (Editor/Author “Master of Desolation”)
“His very robust interpretations of the great American and British sea songs have won him accolades at folk festivals – Don is also known for his great personal warmth and interaction with his audience,”
-Bill Domler (Roaring Brook Concerts)