Sea Lives

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Fishermen's Cross #1 Sculpture © Sonja Weber Gilkey
Sea Lives

40 E. Main St. (US Route 1)
Maine 04974
August 3rd, 2012 - August 31st, 2012

United States
December 15, 2012 through February 24, 2013 The Museum Gallery, Framer and Shop are open Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm; February 28 through May 24, 2013 Museum Framer and Museum Shop are open Thursday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm
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The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine ( will feature the artworks of Sonja Weber Gilkey from August 3 until August 31, 2012.  The exhibit, entitled SEA LIVES, explores the intertwined nature of the ocean inspired sculptural art works of Sonja Weber Gilkey.  Sea Lives conveys both the changing nature and importance of the oceans in our lives through the vehicle of sculpture.

Sonja Weber Gilkey is a visual artist born in The Netherlands who derives most of her inspiration and materials from the sea.  Her work is tactile and moving.  

My rope sculptures are each manifestations of our infinity on earth.  Rope is universal and used in all aspects of life.  It is essential for infinity, life, death, and rebirth.  The interwoven pattern of the rope can be seen as symbolic of the DNA strands that make up all of life.  The results of these patterns are rope sculptures that represent a unique Universe.  A Universe that is full of life.

- Sonja Weber Gilkey

There is a tangible connectivity demonstrated in Sonja's work.  Everything is linked.  And there is a message - let's preserve what we still have.  The exhibit will feature the celebrated Fishermen’s Crosses and select large scale works including Les Ames En Route which received a special prize from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

In Maine, Sonja is surrounded by the deep power of the sea, activities of the lobster men, their boats, crates, the sound of the fog horns and the eddies of water that go by her wooden cottage.  She is called to the ocean, a beautiful and fragile environment increasingly impacted by humans.  For over 50 years, Sonja Weber Gilkey has been closely intertwined with the people and nature of Maine.  Her life and art is profoundly influenced by the stories of lives working at sea and the life and beauty of Maine.

For more information about Sonja Weber Gilkey, please visit

For more information about the Penobscot Marine Museum, please visit

For museum inquiries please contact Liz Lodge

For media and artist inquiries please contact Amos Gilkey

Sea Lives will exhibit from August 3 until August 31, 2012

The Penobscot Marine Museum is located at 40 East Main Street

Searsport, Maine 04974

Reception August 3rd from 5-6:30pm


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