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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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WAA members at EAA AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh

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July 29 – August 4, 2013  were the dates for this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, also known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”. In attendance among the more than 500,000 attendees this year were WAA members Kristin Hill, Michelle Rouch and Pati O’Neal.  The three artists were involved in very different ways.

For Kristin Hill, it was her 36th year of exhibiting at the show.  She had a booth in Exhibit Hangar A, where she displayed examples of her work in the form of originals and reproductions as well as digital displays of some of her other works. Also at her booth this year as a guest was SR-71 pilot and author Terry Pappas.

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Kristin Hill and her works on display at her booth at EAA AirVenture 2013

Michelle Rouch was hosted this year by Ford to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth. She and her works were on display at the Lincoln Lounge area of Ford’s exhibition tent. While on-site in the exhibit area, visitors were able to watch her work on one of her oil paintings.

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Michelle at the Ford-Lincoln Exhibit

Michelle Rouch at her exhibit in the Ford/Lincoln Exhibition Tent. On the far right is the painting that she worked on as visitors watched.

Pati O’Neal has been attending EAA’s convention since 1994 and has volunteered in different capacities.  Part of her time this year was spent assisting the Texas Flying Legends Museum honor WWII veterans. She also had prints of her “Tuskegee Tales” for sale at the CAF’s RedTail Project exhibit.

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Pati in front of the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s TBM Avenger

New Article from Michelle Rouch – 10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by womenavart

Living Legends of Aviation

The Living Legends of Aviation honors aviators – astronauts, pilots, entrepreneurs, innovators, and record breakers – who have become celebrities, as well as celebrities who have become pilots, at a charity gala that raises funds for Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

R.A. "Bob" Hoover presenting the Aviation Inspiration Awards on the same stage as the Golden Globe Awards just five days earlier.

R.A. “Bob” Hoover presenting the Aviation Inspiration Awards on the same stage as the Golden Globe Awards just five days earlier.

John Travolta, dubbed the “Official Ambassador of Aviation,” hosted the 10th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Special honors were bestowed upon the first and last human beings ever to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong had been scheduled to appear in person, but his passing on August 25th, 2012 transformed the honors into a timely tribute to his memory and the importance of space travel.

Kurt Russell wishes R.A. "Bob" Hoover Happy 91st Birthday.

Kurt Russell wishes R.A. “Bob” Hoover
Happy 91st Birthday.

Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo XVII and Last Man on the Moon, accepted the second Freedom of Flight Award. Cernan said, “Bob Hoover defines the meaning of Living Legends and what it is all about,” adding that Neil Armstrong’s accomplishments will live longer than anyone else in our lives. Danny Clisham, air show announcer, actor, pilot and aerial film coordinator, talked about Cernan’s experience driving across the lunar surface in the moon rover. He relayed a conversation with David Scott, Commander of Apollo XV, “What ever happened to the rover on the moon?” Scott’s reply, “Who cares; it was a rental!”

Tony Bill, pilot and director of Flyboys, presented the prestigious “Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award” to David Ellison, one of Hollywood’s youngest producers. Passionate about combing aviation with cinema, Ellison recently produced Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise and World War Z with Brad Pitt. He emphasized, “Since I just turned 30, I hope the most important of aviation is still to come.”

Invitations were extended to Mimi Stuart and Michelle Rouch to enhance the night’s event with uniquely designed artwork to embody the First and Last Missions to the Moon.

Mimi Stuasrt with "Moonbuggy" and Michele Rouch with "Splashdown" Artwork on the Red Carpet.

Mimi Stuart with “Moonbuggy” and Michelle Rouch with “Splashdown” Artwork on the Red Carpet.

Their series of Apollo paintings illuminated highlights of the space program. At the end of the red carpet entrance, legends autographed the matting around the artwork for an auction to raise funds for Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

Morgan Freeman narrated a tribute to four Legends who have “Flown West” in 2012: Neil Armstrong, Carroll Shelby, George McGovern, and Al Ueltschi.

Harrison Ford presented the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum President Greg Anderson for his work with EAA and the creation of the Young Eagles program with Tom Poberezny.

Wendy Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Mag Scott, Apollo XV Commander, David Scott and Rick Armstrong. (Photography courtesy of Steve Shapiro/Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.)

Wendy Armstrong, Mark Armstrong,
Mag Scott, Apollo XV Commander – David Scott and Rick Armstrong.
(Photography courtesy of Steve Shapiro/Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.)

Aerobatic legend Sean D. Tucker energized the crowd by asking, “Who is the most beloved in aviation?” In unison, the guests yelled, “Bob Hoover!” Clips of the documentary film “Flying on Feathered Edge” showed the “Pilot’s Pilot” Bob Hoover’s unparalleled life of flying. In celebration of his 91st birthday, the banquet hall audience rose to their feet for a standing ovation. Hoover presented the Freedom of Flight Awards to the First and Last Man on the Moon. Rick and Mark Armstrong, sons of Neil Armstrong and wife, Carol Armstrong accepted the award on behalf of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Rick commented that although the world sees Neil Armstrong as a hero, to him he’s always just Dad.

Michelle Rouch, Barron Hilton, Apollo XVII - Gene Cernan with Award, and Mimi Stuart

Michelle Rouch, Barron Hilton,
Apollo XVII – Gene Cernan with Award, and Mimi Stuart

Kurt Russell discusses the Apollo Collection paintings with Artist of Energy Mimi Stuart and Aerospace Artist Michelle Rouch

Kurt Russell discusses the Apollo Collection paintings with
Artist of Energy Mimi Stuart and Aerospace Artist Michelle Rouch

Flanking the stage were the Kiddie Hawk Trainers which give children a simulated flight experience in comprehending yaw, pitch and roll through a manual joystick and foot pedals. Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, focuses on youngsters to spark their interest in aviation. More information on Kiddie Hawk Air Academy can be found at http://kiddiehawkairacademy.org.

Rick Armstrong and Michelle Rouch with Artwork "We Came for All Mankind"

Rick Armstrong and Michelle Rouch with Artwork
“We Came for All Mankind”

Honoring the Tusgekee Airmen at Oshkosh – Article by Michelle Rouch

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OSHKOSH, WI – Aviation Artist, Michelle Rouch, Tucson, AZ has donated in her third consecutive year several of her original artworks to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program. The organization, established in 1992 and currently co-chaired by Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles, offers our youth between the ages of 8 through 17 an opportunity to learn general aviation skills and how to fly.

The Gathering of Eagles Gala, known for bringing together aviators, raises funds for the Young Eagles Program. This year’s celebration salutes our American veterans from the highest Medal of Honor, Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., our nation’s greatest generation, Col. Bud Anderson, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan, living Doolittle Raiders, Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher and Col. Richard E. Cole, and the Tuskegee Airmen, Col. Charles McGee, Lt. Col. George Boyd, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, Lt. Col. Harold Brown, Lt. Col. Bob Ashby, Lt. Col. Washington Ross, and Lt. Col. William Thompson.

The Gathering of Eagles Gala recognized “The Tuskegee Airmen, as a living reminder and knows how to change the shape of our future. They held their head high with dignity and grace.”

This year’s Young Eagle event raised an astonishing $3 million. The highlight of the auctioning night was a handsomely designed 2013 Ford Mustang themed on the Tuskegee Airmen, in honor of their service and dedication during WWII.

Rouch’s contribution included four original pieces that were inspired by George Lucas’ “Red Tails‟ movie, a true story detailing the plight of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, African-Americans who had fought and died for their rights that were denied to them by their own country.

The fundraiser acquired Rouch’s original graphite artwork, titled “Call to Duty” which rendered four Tuskegee Airmen under a P-51 fly by formation.

Call to Duty

The second piece, titled “Honoring Col. Charles McGee” in 24k gold leaf and oil carefully selected to ensure 100% made with USA material, depicts the Tuskegee Airman Pilot, Charles McGee posing next to his P-51B Mustang, nicknamed “Kitten,” an endearing name, after his wife.

Honoring Col. Charles McGee

Inspired by Col. Charles McGee, a highly decorated aviator, holding a record of 409 combat missions during WWII, Korean, and Vietnam, was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Rouch continued and created “Here’s Kitten.”

Here’s Kitten

While doing research for material, Rouch had discovered Tuskegee Airwomen that served as nurses during the war.

Nurses – Tuskegee Airwomen

EAA youth educational program offers an opportunity to fly for free of charge and all made possible because of generous EAA members and their donations. The artwork was auctioned off during the Gathering of the Eagles fundraising event. Rouch’s mission is to encourage kids to aim high and actively donates her time annually to AIAA Kids Club program, facilitating an Engineering/Art exercise for 8-10 year olds.

Michelle Rouch is a self-taught artist, who combines technical knowledge and accuracy with ability to define abstraction between finite lines. She continues to explore and test new mediums and her current goal is to redefine aviation art with a contemporary approach. Rouch’s engineering background offers the foundation for her artistic ability to draw aviation, aerospace, and astronomical subjects.

Tuskegee Airmen Panel at Warbirds in Review

Rouch believes that her aviation artwork can be used as a communication tool to encourage kids in the field of math, science, and engineering.

 

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.

2012 ASAA Retrospective at the Art Center of Battle Creek

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This year’s ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition and Forum also included a retrospective exhibit at the Art Center of Battle Creek. The Art Center of Battle Creek opened its doors in 1948.  Since its founding, the mission of the Art Center of Battle Creek has been to present high quality programs in the visual arts for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of the citizens of Battle Creek, Michigan and beyond. The Art Center hosted the ASAA Retrospective Art Exhibition as the community is highly enthusiastic about aviation and aviation art. The retrospective exhibit is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a large collection of ASAA winning paintings in one setting and will be on display throughout the summer. Included in this retrospective show were works by members of the WAA. Also selected for the exhibit was a work by Priscilla Messner-Patterson, but was previously sold.  Here are the images (alphabetically):

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Peggie Foy
Foggy Morning Take-off
(12″ x 24″ Oil)
Ring-necked pheasants flushed from the grass by a Curtiss “Hornet” 18-B. In 1918, the Hornet, built with advanced aerodynamic design and powered by Curtiss K-12 engine, attained 163 mph and climbed to 34,610 feet, breaking all world records; however, the end of WWI signaled its early demise.

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Kristin Hill
Vectoring from Thor
(20″ x 36″ Oil)
“Vectoring From Thor” depicts a responsibility shared by all pilots. In mythology, the Norse god of thunder Thor and man have a long history of interaction, respect and admiration. In the demanding world of flight, the aircraft’s pilot in command must weigh wisely the forces of nature, technology and man’s ambitions.

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Pati O’Neal
Afternoon Delights
(18″ x 24″ Oil)
Friends out on an afternoon flight, enjoying the last golden rays of a splendid Georgia day, one in a 1946 Piper Cub and the other in a peaceful hot air balloon.

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Cher Pruys
Polished
(12″ x 7.5″ Acrylic and Watercolor)
“Polished” is a portrait of an amazing Beech 18, which has been lovingly prepared for a showing at an air show, most apparent in its incredible shiny finish.

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Sharon Rajnus, ASAA
Boeing PB-1. US Navy -1925
(30″ x 22″ Oil)
In 1925 the U.S. Navy was looking for a reliable design to fly over 1000’s of miles of ocean to Hawaii. The PB1 was Boeing’s contribution to the search. Powered by two 800hp Packard engines mounted in tandem, it was one of the largest flying boats of its day.

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Michelle Rouch
Aspiring Pilot
(14″ x 11.5″ Watercolor)
The child’s inspiration starts early when he visits Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona and dreams of flying.

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Mimi Stuart
Tuskegee Airmen, American Royalty
(24″ x 24″ Mixed Media)
During WWII, African-Americans vanquished the notion that they “could never fly airplanes.” They became such revered aviators that bomber pilots requested “Red Tails” for their most dangerous missions. Official recognition came decades late; yet those brave souls known as the Tuskegee Airmen have conquered our hearts as true American Royalty.

To start off the event for the Forum attendees,  a critique session was given by top Artist Fellows in the ASAA explaining the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of great aviation art so as to better to enhance the attendees talents.

ASAA Artist Fellows Keith Ferris and Charles Thompson discuss at Art Center of Battle Creek.

This was followed by a wonderful reception at the center with great interaction between the public and ASAA artists.

Paul Rendel, Mimi Stuart and Charles Thompson next to their paintings at the Art Center of Battle Creek.

Pati O’Neal next to her painting “Afternoon Delights” at the Art Center of Battle Creek

2012 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit and Forum

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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.