Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Antique Boat Museum to Host Exhibit Opening Reception - Celebrating the opening of two newest exhibits

Event is free of charge and catered by DiPrinzio’s and Coyote Moon

CLAYTON, New York (May 20, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY, announced today the details of its newest exhibits and formal opening reception.

Join the ABM on Friday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Haxall Building, located at 750 Mary Street in Clayton, for a reception as we celebrate the opening of our two newest exhibits – Canoes to Go and Paintings by John Cooper Upham.

The event is free and will feature live music by Sam Hopkins, food catered by DiPrinzio’s, and local wines by Coyote Moon Winery. All are welcome to attend.

About Canoes to Go

Over the past century, canoeists have taken advantage of new modes of water transportation. From collapsible to new age styles made of corrugated plastic, canoes have evolved and remain one of the most portable means of passage. Canoes have long been known as elegant and effective on the water, while typically being lightweight and sometimes even compact.

The Canoes to Go exhibit, on loan from the Canadian Canoe Museum located in Peterborough, Ontario, hosts a wide array of canoe styles from throughout the ages. This fun and interactive exhibit demonstrates how canoes were stowed away in duffle bags, taken apart and carried in pieces, or even tied alongside an older model car. In addition, visitors are encouraged to jump into a canoe to catch a fish or use a foot pump to inflate a cloak.

The exhibit, which is presented in English and French, is showcased inside the Dodge Gallery at the ABM.

About Paintings by John Cooper Upham

The Paintings by John Cooper Upham exhibit features 25 unique renderings of historic steamships, or better known as steamers, that used to frequent the 1000 Islands region.  

Born in 1900, Upham spent many of his years summering at the family’s cottage located near Point Vivian, along the main shipping channel, just outside of Alexandria Bay. The Watertown native was captivated by the steamers that would pass by on a regular basis and he began to document the vessels in detailed pastels and paintings.

Throughout the era, steamers served as the only means of transportation to island locations. These ships were known for moving both passengers and freight. By 1910, there were nearly a dozen steamers operating between Alexandria Bay and Clayton and making several stops at various island communities or the once majestic hotels. Over time each of the steamers was met with an unfortunate fate and now their stories live on through Upham’s brilliant work.

About the ABM

The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 51st year this July 31-August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at