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                              Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society April Program
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:00 PM
Gates Hall
Roland (Chip) Stevens
A Unique Evening of Discovery:
Lake Ontario Shipwreck Exploration and Art


Roland (Chip) Stevens is an accomplished artist, well known and honored for his work in watercolor.  In addition, Chip is an “Old Shipwreck Hunter”, along with Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski.  Together, they search and locate shipwrecks in Lake Ontario, explore the wrecks with side scan sonar and remote control video, then create detailed drawings of their finds.

On April 1st, Chip will present a truly unique program.  Chip will talk about his experience as a shipwreck hunter.  We will hear how the adventurous trio goes about locating and then exploring sunken ships on our lake, including finding canal boats that likely date to the 1800’s and, most recently, the Nisbet Grammer, the largest ship to ever sink in Lake Ontario.

While we hear about shipwrecks, Chip will be producing a watercolor painting of one of these shipwrecks.  He will tell us about his methods, show us his materials, talk about design and composition. And before our very eyes, he will create a one-of-a-kind “Roland Stevens”.  The painting, when completed, will be donated to the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society and 
will be made available through a fundraiser later this year.

Chip is a native of Rochester, a resident of Pultneyville and a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture.  He enjoyed a 30 year career as a NYS registered architect, including 5 years as a County Planner.  He has been retired for 13 years; 10 of those years have included shipwreck exploring.

Speaking of his success as an artist, Chip says, "As an architect, having been trained to explore the multiple possibilities of every design, I have found it equally exciting and rewarding to apply that training towards watercolor painting. I search for natural subject matter that presents an interesting challenge, frequently changing the focal point of interest by how I apply color. “


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