I’ve either driven past Redwood or stopped in briefly to drop posters at the front desk, but I never went on a proper tour until last weekend with my parents.
The original part of the building is closest to Bellevue Avenue, but the Redwood has expanded to accommodate its growth over time.
The main reason why my parents and I went to the Redwood was to check out their current art exhibit, Marine Paintings by John Mecray, in the Van Alen Gallery. John Mecray, a Jamestown resident, is “internationally renowned for his depictions of historic sailing ships.” His bio on his website elaborates:
Nine offshore yacht deliveries between New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean and countless yacht races have given the artist a personal knowledge of the effects of wind, sea and light on a variety of sailing vessels. Those experiences imbue his paintings with a sense of reality appreciated by sailors and non sailors alike. John Mecray’s authoritative images evoke an era that produced sailing vessels which are almost beyond comprehension today. His work has helped engender a greater appreciation for the magnificent racing yachts that are his trademark.