Founder & Executive Director, The Avenue Concept Inc.
Owner of WHIRLWIND II
Yarrow Thorne developed his passion for art and design in urban spaces growing up in a design-based family in Northampton, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and for the last ten years has been learning how to support public art programming in the urban environment. While a student, Yarrow established RISD’s first public art policy to create revolving walls for artists to showcase their work.
In 2012, he was selected to receive one of twenty SEED Grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which he used to found The Avenue Concept, a platform for a scalable and sustainable public art programming in Providence, Rhode Island. Yarrow’s vision for The Avenue Concept is a private organization that leverages support for public art projects to get off the ground, to jump-start excitement and recognition for art and its value in Providence and everyday life.
Yarrow believes his dyslexia is his greatest asset because through it he has developed his ability to work outside the box in many venues, particularly in finding creative solutions to urban challenges using public art. Yarrow has installed over 150 pieces of public art since 2012.
Designer and Project Manager
Ezra Smith has been involved in the design of some of the world’s finest yachts since 2002, first as a designer at Fontaine Design Group in Portsmouth, RI and since 2009 as Principal of Ezra Smith Design. Through a lifetime of sailing and a deep understanding of the technical and aesthetic elements of yacht design, Ezra brings an artist’s eye and designer’s discipline to all of his projects, delivering thoughtful and creative solutions for his clients.
MATTHEW SMITH, NA
I have been an avid boater since I was old enough to swim. My first jobs in high school were at boatyards on the South Shore in Massachusetts. I have combined my hands on experience with my degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan to provide quality yacht designs and unique solutions to the marine environment.
The Hull: Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, Maine
President, Artisan Boatworks
Alec Brainerd grew up sailing and racing wooden boats on Maine’s idyllic Penobscot Bay, and after many years working as a schooner captain, boatbuilder in local yards and crewing on large classic yachts around the world, founded Artisan Boatworks in 2002. Alec lives in Rockport with his wife and two daughters, where they enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and ice boating during the winter months, and cruising aboard their 40 ft. wooden S&S yawl NORA in summer. Alec served on the board of the Rockland Apprenticeshop and Camden Yacht Club and is an active member of the Camden Yacht Club and Cruising Club of America.
Artisan Boatworks specializes in the new construction, restoration, storage, maintenance, and brokerage of classic wooden yachts. Alec and his crew have built more new replicas of Herreshoff designs than any builder since Herreshoff Manufacturing Company closed their doors in 1944; and store and maintain a fleet of over seventy-five wooden boats for clients between New York, Nantucket, and Northeast Harbor. For more information about the accomplishments and services of Artisan Boatworks, please visit www.ArtisanBoatworks.com.
Tim started sailing catboats at a young age out of Wild Harbor Yacht Club on the eastern shore of Buzzards Bay. He went on to race small boats in college and beyond but continually came back to Beetle Cats and catboats for racing and pleasure cruising. Eventually, Tim commissioned a large catboat that he now cruises with his family. Tim is one of those sailors that thinks excessive weather helm is normal and is perfectly satisfied with only one sheet to the wind.