ALTON — Alton artist Peter Ferber has been creating boat show posters for the New England Antique and Classic Boat Show ever since 1994 and over the years has produced an impressive collection of pieces that capture the spirit of the bygone times as well as the hearts of wooden boat aficionados.
From the graceful simplicity of the late afternoon view of the Chris-Craft triple and launch in that first painting, to the elegance of the magnificent yacht Swallow and and its equally magnificent boathouse, Swallows Nest, or to the nostalgic charm of the bride and her father on the way to the wedding chapel, the viewer is captivated by Peter's ability to portray the "feel" of antique and classic boats as well as capture the beauty of the Lakes Region.
This year's poster "Fall Rendezvous", shows boats gathering to head out of Green's Basin on Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Vintage Car and Boat Rendezvous in Wolfeboro, an event which takes place just as foliage is starting to peak in the Lakes Region.
In 1993, after almost 20 years of producing an annual Weirs Boat Show advertising flyer, which usually pictured the previous year's Best of Show winner, Phil Spencer of Wolfeboro accepted the challenge of the chapter's board of directors to improve the show posters. Phil, a local boat restorer and past president of the chapter, spent several months doodling with different ideas before coming up with the "Bingo!" idea.
He contacted Ferber, whose works were becoming well respected and included many scenes featuring boats. Peter was very enthusiastic about the prospect of perhaps memorializing each year some aspect of antique and classic boating in New England and said, "I've been waiting for your call to do this."
In 2009, Ferber began working with the then Boat Show chairman Bill John, owner of the Vintage Boat Shop in Wolfeboro,to more closely tie the poster with the current boat show and use it as a marketing tool to promote each show. The posters featured a different line of boats each year, set in a scenic, historic setting on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. The series so far has featured Garwood, Chris Craft, Hacker, Century and Layman.
Ferber, whose family owned a summer camp on Seawall Road where he spent his summers while growing up , says he has always been fascinated by Lake Winnipesaukee and its scenic beauty and serene landscapes.
He has been working as a full-time professional artist since graduating from Principe College in 1976, and approaches each new piece with a desire to try something new. He developed an appreciation for strong design and composition at college in daily painting and drawing excursions, including a 10 week painting trip to Europe. Attention to detail and precise control of the medium was honed through years of work producing architectural renderings for historic restoration projects. He paints in watercolors, oils, and most recently in acrylics.
Ferber and his wife, Jeannie Ferber, a former art director who runs a nonprofit to encourage the exchange of cultural and educational materials with students and teachers in Russia,. They have lived in a 1700's antique cape in Alton since 1994.
"Fall Rendezvous", 2014 Boat Show poster shows boats gathering to head out of Green's Basin on Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Vintage Car and Boat Rendezvous in Wolfeboro. Boats include a 1949 20' Chris Craft Custom runabout in the foreground, to the right a 1953 18' Chris Craft Riviera, a 1958 24' Shepherd, with an older 1940's Shepherd in the distance. (Courtesy of Peter Ferber)