Private Media Open House for Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake exhibition opening at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

. May 3, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Chief Curator Pete Lesher will give media members an overview and sneak peek of CBMM’s newest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, before it opens to the general public.

Robert de Gast’s photographs of the late 1960’s and 70’s documented the Chesapeake’s oystering industry, shorelines, and lighthouses at a watershed moment, both for the Bay and for photography. Deftly incorporating modern abstract elements into images that conveyed grit, humor, and atmosphere, de Gast masterfully represented the last days of the Chesapeake’s maritime golden age. This exhibition features masterpieces selected from more than 10,000 images in CBMM’s de Gast collections.

This is the first exhibition to showcase the full breadth of the black-and-white Chesapeake-focused photography of Robert de Gast. It opens to the general public May 12, 2017, and runs through April 2018 in St. Michaels.

For more about the exhibition, visit

When: 10:00 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Where: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Steamboat Building
213 N. Talbot St.
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Note: CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher is available for longer individual interviews on different days, which should be scheduled in advance. Media kits, including images and an exhibition announcement news release will be provided to those in attendance at this media event.

To Attend: RSVP by Monday, May 8 to Bethany Ziegler, CBMM Content Creator & Strategist, at 410-745-4995 or

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