Sunday, April 07, 2013

Imagine That!

Above is an image of a plastic model of a WW2 ship. When I was growing up I built dozens of models...the USS Franklin, Titanic, Queen Mary, P51's, P47's, P40's, B17's, B24's, B25's, Lancasters, F4F Phantoms, Sabres, the Saturn 5 rocket (a 5 ft tall model!)....not in a million years would I have ever guessed that one day one of my paintings would be displayed on board one of these real life! But low and behold, yesterday I received an email from the Coast Guard of what paintings in the collection would be displayed during the 2013 year. One of my paintings titled "Capsized" is going to be displayed aboard the USS Yorktown which is now a museum in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina from the later part of May till the early part of June in conjunction with the Spoletto Festival activities.
....And can it get any better than that? But of course! Turns out that Linda's Dad served aboard the USS Yorktown when he was in the Navy. Sometimes it is really cool being an artist. 

The 4 paintings that were juried into the Coast Guard Art Collection this year will be on display at the Salmagundi Club in New York May 26 through June 14 as part of the Inaugural Exhibit.

Another painting of mine, "Surf Training", will be part of a show at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon,  August 2 through September 28, 2013. Yahoooooooo!


Sheila Tajima said...

That is so AWESOME Ron! Fantastic and pure kismit.

Jim Serrett said...

Loved to build models as a kid, probably built every Revell warship and airplane they had. Built the USS Yorktown. So I am as trilled as you are. Congrads! That is just way too cool to have all of those connections.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Shiela,
Thanks so much for the good words. Kismit it must be for sure! I couldn't believe the email when I read it.

Hi Jim,
We had a great model shop/toystore nearby and I lived at that place. I also built models at the Boys Club. What a fun life those days were. I am just totally jazzed about all of this! Thanks Jim.

Dianne said...

Congratulations!! That's a wonderful honor, and the recognition must feel great!
Ah, Revell, our house was full of their models too.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Dianne,
It is really such a kick having this happen. I'm still smiling everytime I think of it. Smiling now!

Mick Carney said...

Brilliant news Ron and well deserved.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick,
Yeah, I couldn't believe it. If I wasn't still sick I'd be jumping for joy, haha...instead I'm coughing with a big smile! Thanks Mick.