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Tug Tales: Boats, Books and Art with Chuck Fowler, Bob Peck and Karla Fowler

In conjunction with the annual Olympia Harbor Days tugboat festival and races, two local authors and an artist will give an illustrated talk about their maritime-theme books and art at Browsers on Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm.

Chuck Fowler, author of Tugboats on Puget Sound, a pictorial maritime history, and Bob Peck, who has written a new memoir about researching and building boats, especially small tugboats, will discuss how they developed their longtime interests in the powerful work horses of the sea. Adding a special visual element to the talk, marine artist Karla Fowler will show how her personal attraction to tugboats has been reflected in numerous paintings through the years, including many Harbor Days scenes.

Published a decade ago and still in-print, Fowler’s book chronicles the colorful history of tug boating on Puget Sound. In engaging photos and illustrations, the book and his talk spans more than 140 years, from the operation of the first steam-powered sidewheel tugs in the 1870s to today’s energy-conserving diesel-electric hybrid workboats.
Peck’s new book tells the story of his personal history and early fascination with tugboats, with how-to boat building techniques he learned and developed through the years. The former college professor and university president will discuss why and how he has blended heads-on knowledge with hands-on craftsmanship, to build and operate his historically accurate tiny tugs.

Karla Fowler has been painting tugboats and other marine topics since she and husband Chuck moved to Olympia in the mid-1970s. One of her favorite topics is the Olympia Harbor Days event, with the vintage tugs that gather every year over Labor Day weekend. She has completed more than 40 paintings featuring Harbor Days tugboat scenes. For 23 years, she also illustrated the tugs that were featured in the annual Harbor Days logo and festival merchandise.
Event date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
107 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501
Tugboats on Puget Sound (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738559728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - February 1st, 2009

image created by sara mcnally | constellation & co | seattle, wa
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