Bob Reynolds spotlights art, ‘Onward’

Oct 6, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Bob Reynolds displayed his artwork, spoke about his legendary boatbuilding family and had an impromptu family reunion at his show at the TAG garage in Port Clinton. His sister, Jane Howerth, came from North Carolina and son Michael Zetzer and daughter-in-law Llonoa Zetzer arrived from Cleveland to celebrate with Reynolds.

Bob Reynolds is deeply rooted and beloved in the Port Clinton area for his history, humor and kind demeanor.

His grandfather, Scott Matthews, was the founder of the legendary Matthews Boat Company. That’s the reason Reynolds is a master craftsman boat builder, designer, prototype model builder, painter and patent holder.

What people didn’t know is that he is a talented watercolor, oil and scratchboard artist. On Saturday, Sept. 18, more than 125 people gathered at The Arts Garage, 317 W. Perry St., Port Clinton, to view a rarely seen collection of Reynolds’s art.

Carol Clemons views the many art talents of painter Bob Reynolds at the retrospective of his work at The Arts Garage in Port Clinton.

In addition, guests enjoyed the documentary “The Maiden Voyage of the Onward.” It was the first private yacht to make a 9,000-mile trip. The Onward traversed the eastern half of the United States, which is now referred to as the “Great Loop.”

The vessel was designed by Reynolds’s grandfather, and at six months old, Reynolds’s mother was on the original journey. The adventure took almost a year.

The event was sponsored by the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council. Currently on display at The Arts Garage is the “Eddie Adams: Vietnam” photography exhibition. For more information or questions, call GPCAAC President Carol Morgan at 419-341-0979. To learn more about the Arts Council, check its Facebook page or its website at ottawacountyarts.org.

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