Mare Island Naval Shipyard, established in 1854, was the
first naval facility on the Pacific Coast. At one point
in its history, more than 40,000 men and women worked at
the islandís drydocks, shops and warehouses. The Navy closed
its doors in 1996, surrendering it, in various parcels,
to the City of Vallejo in the subsequent years. and the
U.S. Navyís flag was lowered for the last time on April
19, 2002 at the former naval shipyard.
The reuse plan for Mare Island calls for preservation of
many of the islandís historic buildings while allowing for
industrial, commercial, retail and residential development.
The creation of 8,000 to 10,000 jobs and 7 million square
feet of commercial office space, as well as 1,400 residential
units are planned in the redevelopment project.
Show 'n' Tell
The Nocturnes held our first AlumNight on
Mare Island on March 11, 2006. Participation was by email
invite only, and was open to all Alumni of our various programs
- Workshop, College Courses, Open Studios, and online Exhibits.
Look for more work done by our illustrious Alumni, in this
space, in the future!
Also of note: night work done on Mare Island by two of the
original 'Nocturnes' - Tom Paiva and Tim Baskerville, was
included in an exhibit, Shooting the Island: Photographers
View Mare Island at the Fetterly Gallery, March 25 to
April 29, 2006. The gallery is located at the Vallejo Community
Arts Foundation, 3467 Sonoma Bvd. Ste. 10, in Vallejo, CA.
A reception for the Artists was held on Saturday, March
25, from 2 to 4pm - hosted by the Vallejo Camera Club.