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Catalina Island Museum presents Journey to the Titanic

The Catalina Island Museum presents the exhibition Journey to the Titanic, featuring the first public display of 33 watercolor paintings by the late Los Angeles artist Gayle Garner Roski, which document her journey through the North Atlantic Ocean to visit the haunting remains of the RMS Titanic. The exhibition will be available for in-person viewing once the museum reopens.

“We are excited to showcase these watercolor paintings for the first time and share this extraordinary journey with our members, residents, and guests,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum. “Through Roski’s watercolors, photographs, and film of her exploration below the surface, viewers are invited to experience the legacy of the Titanic and her wreck site from an entirely different perspective.”

A plein-air watercolorist and avid world traveler, Roski explored some of the most remote parts of the globe, always with paints and a sketchbook in hand.  In 2000, Roski boarded the MIR I submersible to explore 12,500 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean to view and paint the remains of the Titanic from the ocean floor. Roski was the first artist to paint the notorious ship from life. Journey to the Titanic is the first public display of the watercolors that document her journey to the bottom of the sea, poignantly revealing the power that the Ship of Dreams still holds today. Through the pages of her sketchbook diary, Roski’s descent into the depths brings the thrill of adventure and the humanity of Titanic back to the surface for viewers to experience.

Journey to the Titanic presents an additional opportunity for viewers to explore the drama of the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage and complements the museum’s feature Titanic: Real Artifacts, Real People, Real Stories exhibition, which premiered virtually during the Museum Benefit on October 17. Titanic is a one-of-a-kind exhibition assembled specifically by the museum bringing unique items from private collectors together for the first time since 1912. The exhibition follows twelve passengers onboard and tells their stories through extant artifacts, images, and personal belongings many never having been publicly exhibited before.

Catalina Island Museum looks forward to welcoming back members, residents, and island visitors once it reopens to the public and is pleased to extend the Titanic exhibition through September 26, 2021. The museum is also excited to bring a new touchless interactive experience to members and guests as part of the in-person exhibition and has partnered with Theatrical Concepts to create an experience allowing visitors to explore the decks of the Titanic and learn more about the passengers highlighted in the exhibition. Due to the current health concerns, the museum has worked to develop cutting-edge technology to allow visitors a hands-free exploration experience — a first in the industry.

The museum’s outdoor exhibits and sales galleries are currently open for viewing and shopping Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at a reduced capacity with enhanced health and safety precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. For more information, please visit catalinamuseum.org. To stay connected and enjoy the museum’s virtual programming during this time, follow the museum’s social media platforms @CatalinaMuseum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This article was released by the Catalina Island Museum.

Artist Gayle Garner Roski paints watercolors inside of the MIR I submersible 12,500 below the surface. Photo courtesy of Gayle Garner Roski.
Artist Gayle Garner Roski paints watercolors inside of the MIR I submersible 12,500 below the surface. Photo courtesy of Gayle Garner Roski.