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Honoring the Tusgekee Airmen at Oshkosh – Article by Michelle Rouch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by womenavart

 

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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.

 

Michelle Rouch featured in Tuscon Lifestyle Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by womenavart

Our very own Michelle Rouch was recently featured in the May 2011 edition of Tuscon Lifestyle Home and Garden Magazine. She was their featured Regional Artisan. The article is a great introduction to Michelle and her work. You can find the article on pages 14 and 15, or click on the link here: http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=66929

Which then leads into her Rouch Aviation Art Exhibit at the Pima Air and Space Museum. You can meet the artist on Opening Night, June 23rd, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. (RSVP – 520-618-4818) The exhibit will run through September 30, 2011. She will also have a kids mural painting session during Night Wings on Sat. June 25th, 2011, 5 pm to 9 pm.

Wonderful Article from Michelle Rouch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by womenavart

WAA member, Michelle Rouch has been making news…

OSHKOSH, WI – Aviation Artist, Michelle Rouch donated a painting to the 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 and how to fly.  The original painting, titled, “We’re Going Into the Hudson,” was signed by both co-chairmen and unveiled on 29 July 2010 at the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala.  The artwork is a heroic rendition of US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Skiles, who made a miraculous landing into the Hudson River and saved the lives of all the 155 passengers and crew members on January 15, 2009.

This year’s Young Eagle event rose over $2.1 million.  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 painting was auctioned off during the Gathering of the Eagles fund raising 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.  Jeannie Rose, introduced Rouch to Tom Poberezny at the 2010 Living Legends of Aviation, a Kiddie Hawk Air Academy fundraiser in Beverly Hills.  EAA Chairman, Tom Poberezny has over 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters, all sharing the same passion of aviation.  He holds annually the world’s top class celebration of aviation at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.  The air show offers year after year spectacular aerobatic events and forums.

Docent guide, John DeLong introduced Ms. Jessica Cox, Tucson-based, inspirational speaker at an EAA forum.  The 27 year old offered to never let your fears get in the way of opportunity.  Jessica, born without arms and who uses her feet as her “hands”, earned her LSA (Light Sport Aviation license) in an Ercoupe aircraft whose design requires no rudders. She is the first woman licensed to fly without arms and is currently working on her instructor’s license.  On Monday, 26 July 2010 she met President Obama for celebration of the anniversary of the American Disabilities Act.  Sean Tucker, an extreme stunt aerobatic pilot, offered to work with Ms. Jessica to figure out how to fly a loop.  She describes that there is more than one way to accomplish anything.  Desire is 80% of success.

Rouch believes that her aviation artwork can be used as a communication tool to encourage kids in the field of math, science, and engineering.  She believes that her educational program can be integrated into the Young Eagles.

"Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles holding painting titled, “We’re Going Into the Hudson”

For more information on Michelle and her work, go to www.rouch.com