2019 Summer Exhibit: You can't get near Vinalhaven without seeing hundreds of pot buoys. They form a sort of minefield around the island that lobster boats and ferries navigate daily. From the beginning, lobstermen have needed a marker for their traps and a way to distinguish their gear from everyone else. Each lobsterman has their own unique color combination and design - sometimes passing those combinations (or variations of) down to children and grandchildren. The feature exhibit this summer will pay tribute to past and present Vinalhaven lobstermen with a display of mini pot buoys.
Each year we sit around the table and throw out ideas for our next summer exhibit. Some come up by accident, some things just jump out at us and it snowballs into an exhibit, and other ideas take more than a little planning. Here are some of our previous exhibits.