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Romance of Flight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2013 by womenavart
Romance of Flight –
Double Unveiling in DC
 
Torrential downpours could not keep the crowds away.
 
Wet umbrellas were replaced with glasses of wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres as art aficionados strolled from one end of the gallery to the other, with one inevitable question….. “What’s under the big black curtains?”  Opposing walls of the gallery were draped in black silk, building anticipation until the magical moment.
Hudson & Amy Schapiro, David Silverman & Kelly James arrive early despite thunderstorms and DC traffic
 
Washington DC gallery owner Dale Johnson welcomed every guest to the Watergate Gallery, nestled in the courtyard of the historic Watergate Complex on the banks of the Potomac.  For 26 years, no thunderstorm has stopped her from celebrating an opening in style. Even new mother Amy Shapiro braved the weather with 10 month old Hudson to see the opening of the show.
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Guests discuss the backstories behind the paintings
The “Romance of Flight” show, created by four women who share a love of art and aeronautics, celebrates the mystery of space, the velocity toward one’s destination and the emotional power of aviation.

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Finally! The anticipated moment arrived with Unveiling Number One: After introductions and welcoming remarks, Dale Johnson, Kristin Hill, Crissie Murphy and Michelle Rouch unveil a wall of artwork by the three artists.
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Artists Kristin Hill, Crissie Murphy and Michelle Rouch answer the audience questions about their work
 
Former ASAA president Kristin Hill’s luminous cloudscapes bring an ethereal lightness to the gallery with “Ocean Transit” and “Some Dance with Aurora.” Her skillful depiction of the U2 is painted from a remarkable perspective, from firsthand experience of flying in the high altitude craft itself, after extensive astronaut training. The Pennsylvania artist has been active in the Air Force Art Program since 1980.

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Kristin Hill with “Ocean Transit” and “Some Dance with Aurora”
Crissie Murphy’s lustrous reds of her “Pierce Arrow” impact the viewer with vibrance and movement. The Boston-based painter is one of a handful of artists who can lay claim to having had an art show in space. Astronaut Richard Garriott launched to the International Space Station with Crissie’s “Wingman Blue,” later featured at Manhattan’s Charles Bank Gallery reception with Buzz Aldrin. 
 

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Crissie Murphy and Buzz Aldrin with “Wingman” in Manhattan
Tucsonian artist Michelle Rouch reflects upon the 40th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with “Together We Serve” in a tribute to heroes, Lt. Mike McCormick, USN (Pilot) and Ltjg. R. Alan Clark, USN (Weapons Officer), the last flight crew to give their lives during the Vietnam War. “Pioneer Combat Pilot” honors Martha McSally (USAF retired Colonel), the first female pilot in US history to pilot to fly a fighter aircraft in combat after the prohibition was repealed in 1991.  Rouch’s engineering background offers the foundation for her artistic ability to draw aviation and astronomical subjects.
 

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 Michelle Rouch describes the story behind Vietnam’s last flight crew 
Unveiling Two: Dale Johnson and artists Hill, Murphy and Rouch pulled down the last wall of black silk to unveil Mimi Stuart’s EOS-style expressionist art. “Failure Is Not an Option,” a collection of 7-foot tall paintings made with 23k gold, silver and copper leaf, was created for the red carpet procession at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills to honor Jim Lovell, John Travolta and Chesley Sullenberger as they walked down the red carpet, and the spirit of the Wright Brothers.
 
Upon unveiling, the five women struck up a Hawaiian hang-ten pose in tribute to legendary aviation artist Luther Y. Gore, who had recently flown west.
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In honor of artist Luther Gore, artists and gallery owner strike his signature hang-ten pose after the Unveiling of Stuart’s “Failure is Not an Option”
(photo courtesy of Mark Usciak)
 
Photographer Mark Usciak, looking dashing in his tuxedo, commented “This was well worth the two hour drive from Lancaster, PA. I enjoy seeing the magnificent artwork by very talented and accomplished artists in their field. I wasn’t going to miss it for the world.”

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Mark Usciak with “Roar of the Raptor”

After the show, Steven Krensky, owner of Baltimore’s Light Street Gallery wrote ” What a night! To have so much talent located under one roof for your viewing convenience was such a kick.”
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Steven Krensky admires the art of Michelle Rouch
Eventually, the guests filed out into the cold again, this time warm with the glow of an evening filled with color and surprises, with conversation about the finer things in life… romance and flight…inexorably entwined.
 

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~Team Aero 
 Photography courtesy of Mark Usciak
 
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2013 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit and Forum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by womenavart

American Society of Aviation Artists 27th Annual International Aerospace Art Exhibition was held in June with a Forum, Artist Reception and Awards Banquet in Baltimore, Maryland with the Exhibit at the Gallery at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.  This year’s exhibit is in the International Terminal, Pier E, public access and will be displayed throughout the summer, ending on September 22, 2013.

Several Women Aviation Artists members had their work selected for this juried exhibit with Pati O’Neal, Crissie Murphy, Priscilla Messner-Patterson and Cher Pruys winning awards for their works. Also this year, Kristin Hill was elected as an ASAA Artist Fellow.

Here are the accepted works (alphabetically):

9" X 13" Mixed

“Brilliant Finish” – Cher Pruys
9″ x 13″ Mixed Media
The breath taking image of this gorgeous Beech 18 with its brilliant finish, makes a worthy subject.

Cher won the “Best of the Best” award from Aviation Week and Space Technology for this work.

"Coconut Clipper" - Pati O'Neal

“Coconut Clipper” – Pati O’Neal
18” x 24” Acrylic/Mixed Media
This painting, created on actual coconut tree fiber, depicts a Martin M-130 coming in to dock beneath the fronds of tropical coconut palms. This aircraft was better known as the China Clipper, the Hawaii Clipper, and the Philippine Clipper during the Golden Age of Aviation. With the advent of their flights, the dream of exotic locales became known to the masses and a reality to a chosen few. These Clippers and their travels are still viewed as the true essence of the romance of flight.

Pati won two awards with this particular painting – First place in the Commercial Aviation category from Aviation Week and Space Technology and ForeFeathers Plaque Du Beaque Award.

“Commuters” – Priscilla Messner-Patterson
24″ x 36″ Oil
Travelers prepare to board a Bering Air Cessna Caravan in Kiana, Alaska. The village, population 361, is 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 57 miles east of Kotzebue.

Priscilla won Aviation Week and Space Technology’s Second place award in the Commercial Aviation category for this work.

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“Corner Office” – Crissie Murphy
16” x 20” Acrylic
My first assignment with the USAF Art Program was to document the Air Mobility Command Rodeo in 2007. Our escort, after much maneuvering, secured a spot for us on a C-130 from Savannah flying a medevac simulation with a Pakistani medical team. It was my first experience aboard a military flight, and I was allowed on the flight deck. As I exclaimed at the spectacular view of Mt. Rainier, one of the crew quipped, “Yeah, there’s a great view from the corner office!”

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“Gone West” – Pati O’Neal
18” x 24” Oil on canvas
In this painting, Red Tail P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” sits on the ramp facing west into the setting sun in tribute to all those that have “Gone West.” The phrase “Gone West” refers to the belief in primitive times that the blessed went off to islands in the sunset when they passed their time on earth. The term gained popularity as a euphemism for death during World War I, when wounded or dead Allied soldiers were sent west on their way home, along with the thought of the sun setting at the end of a perilous day.

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“Mission Enroute” – Sharon Rajnus
20” x 14” Watercolour
Women in Combat” are deployed in various roles, including medics, pilots, ground support, military police, and intelligence specialists. This watercolor depicts a moment in a helicopter’s journey to the scene, the calm before the storm.

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Priscilla Messner-Patterson
Preflight
18″ x 12″ Watercolour
A female Army crew member inspects the forward rotor hub and blades of a CH-47D Chinook helicopter.

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Mimi Stuart
Spirit in Space; John Herrington
24” x 24” Mixed Media
Commander John Herrington, USN (Ret.), made history as the first Native American in space when Space Shuttle Endeavor STS-113 launched on November 23, 2002. To honor his Native American heritage, mission specialist Herrington carried a Chickasaw Nation flag into space. The flag represents the past, from the ancient American peoples to the present day. Herrington’s portrait depicts the spirit of wise Chief Tishomingo rising from the astronaut’s hands, ready to face a limitless future.

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“Warbirds” – Cher Pruys
8” x 13” Watercolour
These wonderful “Warbirds” are on display for all to see at an airshow.

Cher won Aviation Week and Space Technology’s Second place award in the Military Aviation category with this painting.

2012 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit and Forum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by womenavart

American Society of Aviation Artists 26th Annual International Aerospace Art Exhibition kicked off earlier this month with a Forum, Artist Reception and Awards Banquet at the Air Zoo museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  This year’s exhibit is in a special gallery room and will be displayed throughout the summer.  WAA members in attendance at this year’s Forum were Peggie Foy, Kristin Hill, Priscilla Messner-Patterson, Crissie Murphy, Pati O’Neal, Michelle Rouch, and Mimi Stuart.

From left to right: Pati O’Neal, Kristin Hill, Crissie Murphy, Priscilla Messner-Patterson, Michelle Rouch, Mimi Stuart, Peggie Foy

Several Women Aviation Artists members had their work selected for this juried exhibit with Kristin Hill, Crissie Murphy and Cher Pruys winning awards for their works. Priscilla Messner-Patterson won the prestigious “Luther Y. Gore Service Award” for her dedication and service to the ASAA including her work with the youth mentoring program that she conducts on-site at the museums during the forums. Peggie Foy received special recognition for her continued role as the “unofficial” ASAA photographer.  Here are the accepted works (alphabetically):

Kristin Hill
Alone with The Forms
(13” X 18” Oil)
A U-2 pilot in the PSD transport van pre-breathes oxygen and awaits the walk to his jet for the imminent sortie. Around him a flurry of professional support at every level of flight preparation tightens into a finely straightened line of settled purpose. Now alone, he reviews the final forms for his solitary ten-hour mission flight at the edge of the stratosphere.

Kristin won an ASAA Award of Merit for this painting.


Crissie Murphy
Red Gearing Up
(24” X 24” Acrylic)
A USAF paratrooper getting ready for the jump, Pope AFB, North Carolina.

Crissie won an ASAA Award of Merit for this painting.

Crissie Murphy
The Task at Hand
(12” X 36” Acrylic)
During the Haitian Earthquake relief efforts, I had the opportunity to sketch the crews maintaining and repairing the aircraft in Guantanamo. Here, one of the crew deals with a somewhat daunting repair.

Pati O’Neal
Swat Valley Aid
(18” X 24” Oil)
Below the magnificent snowy peaks of the Hindu Kush lie the green meadows and clear lakes of the beautiful Swat Valley in the Khyber-Paktunkhwa Province of Pakistan. In the summer of 2010, this lush and picturesque valley was devastated by massive floods, killing over 1500 and leaving over 4 million homeless. The United States military brought in relief supplies and helped with evacuation. This painting shows a Marine Corps Sea Knight (CH-46E) helicopter from HMM-165 (REIN) unloading its cargo. It is based on a snapshot taken by my nephew, Marine Capt. Matt Wesenberg, a pilot with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, HMM-165 (REIN) while flying this mission.

Cher Pruys
Autumn Relections
(6.5” X 10” Watercolour)
This beautiful Beech 17 is nestled against a fall background with the autumn colors providing dancing reflections.

Cher won the  ASAA Award of Distinction for this painting.

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Cher Pruys
Yankee Lady
(9.25” X 14” Watercolour)
This is a portrait of the magnificent B-17. The bright patriotic colors of the Yankee Lady dance across the airplane’s metal finish.

Cher also won Aviation Week ans Space Technology’s Best of the Best Award for this work.

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Michelle Rouch
Tuscon Control Tower
(18” X 14.5” Watercolour)
Tucson International Airport’s 55-year-old control tower is an iconic symbol of Tucson, Arizona. The FAA has approved a new tower scheduled to break ground this year. The current Tucson control tower opened in 1958 and stands 119 feet high. It is the third-tallest building in town. (Tucson isn’t known for its tall buildings.) The proposed new tower will be 225 feet tall, becoming the second tallest building in Tucson.