Artwork will chronicle South Pacific voyage

From Ocean Navigator #127
January/February 2003
One of the more difficult challenges facing voyagers who leave behind family, friends and business associates is how to maintain ties with life ashore. Too few connections and you risk assuming the role of Rip Van Winkle upon return; too many connections and you feel as though you’ve never left. Hadley Johnstone, a Newport, R.I., artist who sailed off with her family this past fall aboard their 62-foot catamaran Tribe, has cultivated her own approach. Once per month, Johnstone will be submitting work to the Newport-based gallery Arnold Art as she and her family – she is married to Peter Johnstone and has two school-age children – pursue a one-year voyage to the islands of the South Pacific.

Hadley Johnstone sketches in the cockpit of Tribe, a 62-foot catamaran equipped with a martinized printing press.
   Image Credit: Johnstone Family

Living and Cruising with Art, which will be updated once a month with Johnstone’s landscape paintings, will culminate in a one-year retrospective in November 2003 at Arnold Art in Newport. Tribe is equipped with its own print-making studio – in the guest cabin – which features an Ettan press for developing Johnstone’s landscapes. The press’ parts are constructed of stainless steel to fend off the corrosive effects of the marine environment.

Tribe was designed by Morrelli & Melvin, a California firm specializing in multihulls and whose credits include Steve Fossett’s PlayStation, and built in South Africa. (Bill Biewenga’s story about delivering Tribe from South Africa to the Caribbean was featured in Ocean Navigator’s 2002-2003 American Yacht Review, published in September 2002.)

Included in the yearlong exhibit are examples of art made by the Johnstone children. India and Nick, who are in first and fourth grade, respectively, are being home-schooled on the trip. Their artwork will also accompany their mother’s in the monthly dispatches.

Follow the Johnstones’ progress across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and southwest across the Pacific at

By Ocean Navigator