Marine Art at Maritime Museum

James LaMalfa hangs artwork at the Door County Maritime Museum. Submitted photo.

James LaMalfa’s About Ships exhibit of pastel, pencil and watercolor art is now on display at the Door County Maritime Museum. The exhibit will be open now through June 14. Located in the museum’s Reddin Bridge Room, the exhibit chronicles ships and Great Lakes maritime scenes. Pieces of art in the collection range from “Sturgeon Bay from the Iron Bridge” to “Herring Boats Dry-docked, Bayfield, WI”.

“I love painting ships and marine subjects,” says Professor James LaMalfa, UW-Marinette emeritus. “We have some of the most beautiful scenery and ships literally at our door step here in Northeast Wisconsin. I appreciate the Door County Maritime Museum exhibiting my marine art.”

Fourteen color photos of Sikuliaq adorn the exhibit. The Sikuliaq was built in Marinette Marine, launched in 2011 and departed Marinette in July of 2014. LaMalfa toured the ship in July of 2014 in exchange for donating a painting of the vessel breaking ice in the Bay of Green Bay, a copy of which is on display at the Door County Maritime Museum. The original now hangs in the mess of the vessel, which is based in Seward, Alaska.

The museum is located at 120 N. Madison Avenue on the city’s Westside waterfront between the two downtown bridges. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm. For more information call 920.743.5958 or visit