Lisa Stansfield sang about looking “All Around the World” for her former love, and Reid Stowe spent more than three years sailing it, nonstop, in his lifetime love.
The mariner and artist, whose “Flight into Abstraction” exhibit of 20 mixed media paintings has opened for July at Sunset River Marketplace, in Calabash, N.C., will give a talk and slide show about his journey 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. In “Reflections of an Artist at Sea,” part of the gallery’s “Creative Exchange” series, he’ll recount building the 70-foot-long schooner he named Anne and taking it on a global voyage to and from New York for 1,152 days until this past December.
That record in maritime circles, which included Stowe having his girlfriend and sailing partner, Soanya Ahmad, aboard for the first 306 days until her transfer to another ship at sea for relay back to New York, also led to another reward for Stowe: meeting his son, Darshan, to whom Ahmad gave birth two years ago.
The reunited family has resettled to care for Stowe’s widowed father in Greensboro, N.C., where he said his parents had lived for 40 years along with keeping a summer cottage in Ocean Isle Beach, Stowe’s favorite place growing up. He also brought up memories of visiting Myrtle Beach more than 40 years ago, and the former Pavilion Amusement Park downtown.
Coming back to land, I’ve had to adapt. … Now … I have to work on how to make money … how to share my story, so now as I’m working on my book, I’m realizing that I’m not in the same state of mind that I was at sea.
That’s how my art was helping me. The proof of the voyage backs up what I have to say about my art. I was able to do the sailing I did through the power of my art.
I have an underwater window in the boat. … The boat would get barnacles, and triggerfish would nibble the bottom of the whole boat on the barnacles, and that would leave a clean bottom.