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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.
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.

ImageMoments before the first Unveiling

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.
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.


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. 


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.


 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.
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.”


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.”
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.


~Team Aero 
 Photography courtesy of Mark Usciak

Art, Science, and Engineering Meet at Spacefest IV – Article by Michelle Rouch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by womenavart

(Photo Credits: Mark Usciak)

Tucson, AZ, May 31 -June 3, 2012 — Despite the vast research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), little effort is being focused on an artistic angle to approach kids with a vehicle to draw their attention to aviation and aerospace sciences. Children are creative by nature. They are born scientists and by catching them early, we can focus their energy to harvest their instinctive nature to create. Engineers are artists, illustrating the adage that if you can conceive it, we can build it.

The young artist interrupts life on the Moon with an alien holding a sign, “Hi! Dick Gordon.” Little Arianna understood the importance of astronautically drawn artwork. Fellow IAAA Artist member and Apollo Astronaut, Alan Bean scribes, “Arianna – This is beautiful artwork. Congratulations. Alan”

Novaspace Galleries, Tucson, Arizona brought Art and Science together once again at Spacefest IV. Many people believe that Art and Science are complete opposites. The space art exhibit demonstrated how the two disciplines are united, as Leonardo da Vinci illustrated in his research. Per Novaspace, “Art throughout history has reflected our hunger for the untamed frontier. Movies, TV shows, books, magazines and games devoted to space themes show our obsession with the Universe.”

Mr. Kim Poor, owner of Novaspace Galleries and internationally renowned space artist, was one of the founders and first president of International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). IAAA was founded in 1982, whose members participate in astronomical and space art projects to educate and foster relationships internationally in the area space and space exploration.

Known science journalist, founding and Fellow IAAA artist, Michael Carroll along with Senior Research Specialist at Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona and IAAA artist, Jim Scotti speak with a student from the Swiss Boarding School, Aiglon College, Switzerland alongside his escorts Christopher Starr and John Turner. The backdrop artwork is by Dr. Dan Durda, planetary scientist, astronomer, asteroid researcher, and Fellow IAAA artist. Nestled between the two IAAA artists illustrate Dr. Dan Durda‟s concept for a U.S. postage stamp that honors the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Michael Carroll dialog offered waxing poetry how art and science meet together, and how rich they overlap. This joining of art and science stated by Carroll, “has been likened to what biologists call the „Edge Effect,‟ where two disparate biomes meet. At the interface of these two biomes (for example the Arabian desert and the Gulf of Aqaba) the life is richer and more diverse than in either of the adjacent biomes. Astronomical art (and more generally science illustration) is like that: where science and art meet, there is a creative explosion!”

IAAA Artists: Marilynn Flynn and Pamela Lee at the Artist Table at Spacefest IV

Renowned founding IAAA artists, Marilynn Flynn next to Fellow, Pamela Lee, both are members of the NASA Fine Arts Program sit at the artist table studying Lee‟s painting of an alien seashore. The artists were discussing what would be the best placement of an alien life form in the scene for an alien sea visual and whether to use a binary star to infer a xeno planetary landscape or add a second sun.

Flynn participated in the Ars Ad Astra, theme “Space & Humanity” international competition to accompany the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter to the Mir space station during his 180 day stay on the EUROMIR 95 mission. Ars Ad Astra understood the importance of art representation to merge art and science.

IAAA Artists (Left to Right): Marilynn Flynn, Pamela Lee, Michelle Rouch, Dr. Dan Durda, Lucy West, and Michael Carroll

Expressionism art takes on many forms. Writers have the ability to transcend readers‟ imagination by the use of carefully selected words. Spacefest IV was a time to share experiences between artists and engineers. Matt Angiulo shared his experience with author Andy Chaikin. When Matt Angiulo checked out a copy of “A Man on the Moon” from his high school library, he would never have expected that it would inspire him to become an aerospace engineer. As he started reading the book, he learned of the personal lives of the Apollo Astronauts and their struggles. “For the first time I grasped the significance of the accomplishment and I was fascinated by the details of the work required to make it possible,” Matt shared with author, Andy Chaikin that “A Man on the Moon” inspired him to become an Aerospace Engineer. Becoming an engineer has its challenges. The book gave Matt the strength during college to do the extra work and to stick with it. As he saw his classmates drop out around him, the stories offered in the book carried him through by reminding him that what seems to be impossible is indeed possible with a lot of hard work. For years after reading the book Matt shared how it changed his life.

America‟s well known author, speaker and space journalist, Andy Chaikin with Aeronautical Engineer and Lifetime Senior Member AIAA Matthew J. Angiulo

Many astronauts had joined American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at some point in their career. AIAA is a professional society for aerospace engineering. The society merged two earlier societies: Institute of Aerospace Sciences (IAS) and American Rocket Society. Appropriately, its first AIAA Fellow was Orville Wright. Author Tom Crouch chronicled fascinating historical events of AIAA history in his book, titled “Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers.”

AIAA Members: Matthew Angiulo, Michelle Rouch, Elishka Jepson and Dr. Jeff Jepson

Spacefest IV brought people together to share stories. Dr. Jim Horkovich, AIAA Fellow, Champion, Founder and Chair of Directed Energy Program Committee tells Dr. Aldrin his experience when working as a cooperative engineering student at Grumman Aircraft during the Apollo 12 Program. Backdrop painting by artist of energy Mimi Stuart’s expressionist art added a splash of color to Dr. Aldrin’s booth. Her Energy of Subject (EOS) style uses 23k gold and silver to capture the vibrant energy of space exploration.

Last man on the moon, Gene Cernan articulated his experience on the lunar surface with Michelle Rouch‟s abstract oil and gold plate painting, titled “Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary Commemorative.”

Second man on the moon, Apollo Astronaut and MIT graduate, Dr. Buzz Aldrin offers the next generation a message scribed “Go To Mars!” on the late and great American artist, best remembered for his space art stamps, Paul Calle, reproduction giclee, titled “POWER TO GO.”

Following in his father‟s footsteps, Chris Calle, who is well known for his 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing postage stamps, had each of the astronauts at Spacefest IV sign his father‟s giclée The artwork, “POWER TO GO” by Paul Calle shows the launch of the Saturn V and the POWER depicts the moment of thrust of the Atlas rocket motors. Each Astronaut wrote a significant quote about the rocket, their Mission or the future for space exploration. After Dr. Aldrin wrote Go To Mars!, he signed his name and paused. He looked at Chris Calle and said “This is for your father,” adding a personal touch by dotting the „i‟ in Aldrin.

Last man on the Moon, Apollo Astronaut and Aeronautical Engineer, Gene Cernan offered, “This is where it started with the Atlas.”
Retired US Air Force Brigadier General, Apollo Astronaut and an Eagle Scout, Charlie Duke added, “What a Ride! This thing is really shaking! I‟m holding on!”

Apollo Astronaut and doctorate in Astronautical Engineering from University of Michigan, Dr. Al Worden offered, “The Ultimate Launch! Great Painting.”

Apollo Astronaut, Aeronautical Engineer, and Fellow IAAA Artist Alan Bean wrote, “Chris – You have the DNA of the great artist that created this magnificent painting. An icon of the space age.”

Apollo Astronaut and Navy Captain (retired), Dick Gordon shared, “Get ready for the lightning strike!!”

Year after year, AIAA Tucson Section, award-winning Kids Club with Michelle Rouch offering a collaborative effort to combine art and engineering into one, conducted a mini project modeled after government acquisition examples for 8-9-10 year olds. These kids compete in the development of a simulated mini-program in conjunction with an art project to paint a unique rendition of the 4 forces of flight. Rouch had no doubt that kids armed with the right motivation and attitude, as well as working in teams would be able to complete the project. Art is a vehicle to communicate. If you can conceive it, the kids can build it.

Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by womenavart

Here is an article submitted by two of our members, Mimi Stuart and Michelle Rouch about a great event that they recently participated in:

Living Legends of Aviation Awards

“If I create a light everywhere I touch, that’s what I want to be remembered for.”

Lynn Tilton, the first woman to be named Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year, expounded on what drives her to rescue companies on the brink of bankruptcy and bring them back to life: “You want to give people hope, empower them, give them dignity, to make life better for other people.” Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, presented Ms. Tilton with the prestigious award at the star-studded 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton on January 21st. The red carpet walk was further enhanced by a series of seven-foot tall paintings of aviation legends created by Michelle Rouch and Mimi Stuart.

Lynn Tilton & Michelle Rouch with portrait of Lynn's MD helicopter

Buzz & Lois Aldrin

Living Legends is known for bringing together “aviators who have became celebrities and celebrities who have become aviators” to raise money for Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to instilling an interest and appreciation for aviation in children. The guest list reads like a veritable Who’s Who, with Dr. and Mrs. Buzz Aldrin and other award winning legends in the audience.

Aviation Legend Zoe Dell Nutter & Michelle Rouch

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy & Stuart's painting Legends of Aviation

Host John Travolta introduced the evening’s emcee Sean Tucker, the man who turned his fear of stalling an airplane into a “passion for perfection in the sky.” With wit and a sparkle in his eye, the aerobatic legend welcomed to the stage such notables as Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Clay Lacy, Bob Hoover, Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter, Pres Henne and Jerry Lips.

John Travolta signs Mimi Stuart's EOS portrait

Sean Tucker with Rouch's portriat of his aircraft for Team Oracle

Harrison Ford presented Pat Epps with the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award. “I feel like Mickey Mouse here” said Ford, looking around the room at the aviation greats present. “This is my favorite day of the year,” quipped Kurt Russell, before presenting the Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award to Sean Tucker. On behalf of the Dolittle Raiders, Jimmy Doolittle III accepted the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award from Bob Hoover himself.

Harrison Ford and Mimi Stuart with Stuart's EOS painting


Marilyn & James Lovell

“The thing Jim Lovell and I have in common is that we both landed in water. The only difference is, he meant to,” joked Captain Chesley Sullenberger as he introduced Captain James Lovell to present him with the Captain Cool Award. Other award winners included Jeffrey Puckett, Laurent Beaudoin, Clay Jones, Delford Smith, Frank Robinson and Congressman Sam Johnson.

Cliff Robertson, the presiding Aviation Legend & Ambassador of Aviation Emeritus, gave Closing Remarks to resounding applause. Audience members with special passes proceeded to the rooftop reception to party amid a charity auction and the “Legends of Aviation” art display by Rouch & Stuart. Rare wines, airplane sculptures and select paintings were auctioned to benefit Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

-Rouch & Stuart