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The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) brings a rarely viewed collection of Bob Reynolds watercolor paintings, prints, note cards and other works of art. In addition, there will be viewings of “The Maiden Voyage of the Onward”, a 1-hour documentary of the first vessel to make the 9,000-mile trip known as the Great Loop at noon and 2 PM. The documentary has a family connection to Bob, as his mother was on that yearlong voyage.

Bob Reynolds was born in Lakewood, Ohio and moved to Port Clinton, Ohio when he was 2 years old. His mother, Catharine Matthews, was 6 months old when she made the Great Loop adventure on The Onward in 1905. Bob’s father, Robert E. Reynolds, Sr., was the Sales Manager at the Matthews Company and past Commodore of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, (1941). Bob’s grandfather, Scott Matthews was the founder of the Matthews Boat Company in 1890 in Bascom, Ohio.

In 1890, Scott J. Matthews founded the Mathews Boat Company in Bascom, Ohio. In 1905, Matthews, designed and built a 70-foot yacht. This vessel was capable of taking himself, and family of four, plus two others, on a 9,000-mile trip.

The adventure, of almost one year, traversed the eastern half of the United States,

which is now referred to as the “Great Loop.” This trip was a first for a private yacht

and its success resulted in moving the Matthews Company to Port Clinton, Ohio in 1906.

A documentary was made with the collaboration of Bob Reynolds, the Maritime

Museum of Sandusky, and Mike Munn. It includes many of the original photos taken on the trip. The narrative is based on the written account of Scott Matthews.

 

Bob Reynolds Art Show will include over 40 pieces in various mediums, including

watercolors, oils, and scratch boards. A list of title of Bob’s Art on display include:

> Portage River Lighthouse

> Marblehead Lighthouse

> Time Out

> Life Is Good

> Wine & Fruit

> Blizzard on Rock Ledge

> Island Grape Harvest

> Robin on Bird bath

> Oil Lamp & Wine

> Island Grape Harvest

> Island Corn Crib

> Misty with Flowers

> “Isadora”

> Nite Watch

> Café Rendezvous

The event is free and is open to the public.

Please email us if you're interested in attending.