Underwater Shipwreck Photography and D-Day Print Exhibit Opens in Gills Rock

Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by in Nautical History

After a successful run at the Door County Maritime Museum’s facility in Sturgeon Bay, the popular photography exhibit “Ghost Ships of the Wisconsin Schooner Coast” opens today in Gills Rock.

The photo exhibition features the work of Dennis Mullen, who is particularly noted for his underwater and nature photography. Dennis is an accomplished diver with over 1,000 dives logged.  His sophisticated photographic style incorporates subject, surroundings, composition and exposure to create compelling images. The show is being presented by the Neptune’s Dive Club of Green Bay in conjunction with the Maritime Museum.

“Some of the most significant shipwrecks off the Lake Michigan coast are featured in the exhibit,” says the museum’s executive director Bob Desh. The exhibit is being described as a virtual dive experience through Mullen’s photography.  The photos will be on display Gills Rock through October 16.

In addition to the dive exhibit, a dramatic painting depicting the deadly frenzy of the D-Day landing is also now on display in Gills Rock.  On exhibit in Sturgeon Bay since early June, the print, which is a copy of a mural presented to the United States Coast Guard Academy on June 5, 2009, depicts the first three Coast Guard-manned LCI’s (Landing Craft Infantry) assaulting Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The painting holds particular significance to Door County since LCI 94’s crew included several Door County residents including Commanding Officer Lt. Gene Gislason and Chief Motor Machinist Mate Elmer Sorensen Sr.

Admission to the Gills Rock museum is $5 for adults and $2 for youth (ages 5 – 17).  The Museum is located at 12724 W. Wisconsin Bay Road and is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.

For more information call 920-743-5958 or visit www.dcmm.org.

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