A graduate of the University of Vermont, Julie Nadel returned to art after a career in New York City government. “I’ve always been interested in art and politics,” Nadel writes. “For years I’ve been an advocate for historic ships and waterfront planning that doesn’t wipe out the history of the working harbor. My subjects are often the tugs, barges, and the historic ships that have managed to survive. Despite governmental policies that often exclude them, many former working vessels have managed to go on to provide valuable public programming, thus reinventing their mission in the 21st century.” Among Nadel’s passions is the tug Pegasus, now preserved and serving as a classroom on the water where children can experience the towing industry in its historic and modern manifestations.
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