If you’re out west, be sure to check out Richard Wells’s (no relation, as far as I know) exhibit “Shipwrecks of the Washington Coast” at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington before it closes at the end of April. From the press release:
Featured in the exhibit are 36 sketches by artist Richard Wells, illustrator for “A Guide to Shipwreck Sites Along the Washington Coast” published in 1989. Wells’ works are finely detailed pen and ink drawings of ships at their wreck sites. His drawings display scenes ranging from 1775 to 1965, including two historic wrecks from 1896 and 1936 of the Potrimpos and the Iowa. The Potrimpos wrecked in 1896 after drifting into the Long Beach Peninsula while waiting for a cargo pickup and the Iowa was stranded on a sandbar at the mouth of the Columbia River in January 1936. Wells’ original illustrations were donated to State Parks after they were published in 1989.
Admission to the center is $5 per adult and $2.50 per child ages 7 to 17. Children 6 years and younger enter for free. The interpretive center, which sits on a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is worth the price of admission alone.