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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 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

2011 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition

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American Society of Aviation Artists 25th Annual International Aerospace Art Exhibition kicked off last month with a Forum and Awards Banquet in Pensacola, Florida at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.  It followed the museum’s Centennial Celebration of Naval Aviation.  This year’s exhibit has been given top viewing priority just inside the entrance and will be displayed through August 31, 2011. Out of 77 accepted works,  9 of them were done by Women Aviation Artists. Cher Pruys and Pati O’Neal both won awards in the General Aviation Category. Here are the accepted works:

Merana Cadorette - Off Duty at the I Bar

Crissie Murphy - For Those Who Keep 'em Flying

Pati O'Neal - Afternoon Delights - Second place award winner in the general aviation category given by Aviation Week and Space Technology

Pati O'Neal - Taylorcraft Heading Home

Pati O'Neal - Taylorcraft Heading Home

Cher Pruys - Polished - Third place award winner in the general aviation category given by Aviation Week and Space Technology.

Sharon Rajnus - Boeing PB-1 U.S. NAVY 1925

Michelle Rouch - Pioneer Aviator Eugene Ely

Mimi Stuart - Angel Dance

Mimi Stuart - Aviation Pioneer Eugene Ely

In addition, in the Unjuried show at the Forum, Kristin Hill won the “Matt” Jeffferies Popular Choice Award and Merana Cadorette won the ASAA Founder’s Silver Ribbon Award.

Merana Cadorette - Impressions of a Seahawk Crew

Kristin Hill - Operation Fish Hawk: Classified

All award winners can be viewed here: http://asaa-avart.org/exhibits_forums/awards2011.php

It was a great week full of education and camaraderie. WAA members attending were: Crissie Murphy, Kristin Hill, Merana Cadorette, Michelle Rouch, Mimi Stuart, Pati O’Neal, Peggie Foy, Priscilla Messner-Patterson and Sharon Rajnus.

Women Aviation Artists at 2011 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida.

Some of us at the 2010 ASAA Forum in San Diego

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At the 2010 ASAA Forum in San Diego

From left to right: Priscilla Messner-Patterson, Mimi Stuart, Sharon Rajnus, Crissie Murphy and Pati O’Neal