The Artist with the Bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald after performing bell ringing duties in 2016.
About the Artist:
Anthony “Tony” Strublic is a maritime artist from Marinette, Wisconsin that specializes in fine pencil drawings done in graphite on illustration board. His work depicts vessels plying the Great Lakes, the lighthouses that surround the harbors these ships visit, and the ocean liners of the world. His work can also be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/Tony Strublic Maritime Artwork.
Strublic has attended many juried art shows over the past few years, including the Sturgeon Bay (Wisconsin) Fine Art Fair, the Waterfront Art Fair in Ludington, MI, Krasl Art on the Bluff in St. Joseph, MI and the Grand Haven Fine Art Fair in Grand Haven, MI. He is the recipient of honorable mention awards in both the 2012 and 2014 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair, the 2012 and 2013 Sault Ste. Marie Summer Arts Festival in addition to winning the Graphics Award there in 2014, 15, 16 and 17. He has also been honored with the Best Local Artist award at Art-for-All in Menominee, MI in 2013, and the Landmark Award at the same show in 2014 and 2016. In addition, he has had month long gallery shows at the Alberta House Gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, MI in both 2011, 2013, and 2016. Strublic also was featured in an international magazine in 2014 celebrating the Titanic and her heritage, the Nomadic Preservation Society. His artwork of the Titanic’s sister ship Olympic with the ferry Nomadic adorned the cover of this Belfast, Ireland based magazine, and was honored with a three page article about his work inside. Tony was honored in 2015 in Escanaba, MI with the “Best of Show” award at the Waterfront Art Festival hosted by the Bonifas Art Center with a drawing of the Titanic. Also in 2015, he was featured in another magazine from the British Titanic Society with a 5-page article chronicling his artwork. The magazine is distributed all over the world. In 2017, Strublic was honored with a 2nd Place "Best in Show" award at the Midland (MI) Festival of Arts. Additionally,he won a 2nd Place in Catagory in Tawas, MI. 2018 marked Strublic with a 1st Place award at the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Festival, as well as his 2nd Best of Show award at the Sault Ste. Marie Fine Arts Festival. He also received a 2nd place award at Tawas, MI.
Tony has also been honored to be a ceremonial bell ringer for the Edmund Fitzgerald memorial service in 2015, 16 and 17. He has performed that duty for Oiler Blaine Wilhelm's family. It is one of Strublic's most humbling and proud moments to honor a crewman of this lost ship.
Tony’s goal is to become a respected and sought after member of the maritime art community, and is always striving to improve his talent. Being a self taught artist has presented many challenges, however Tony has always tried to learn new techniques to improve the quality of his work. Tony is always available for commission work, please contact him at for more information, or consult the Commissions page.