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John Bowen, Artist, Author, Illustrator, To Be Featured At Two Events In Coral Springs And Colonial Williamsburg

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will feature a SOLO Exhibition by watercolorist John Bowen.  The Exhibit runs September 12th -November 14th, with a Public Reception on Thursday, September 17th.  John is also an award – winning author and illustrator.   He will also be presenting a Book Talk on his illustrated book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, at the Museum on October 24th at 2pm and later at the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be at the Sportsplex  at 6:30 pm. The Traveling Wall will be at the Sportsplex  from October 22nd – 26th with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans.  If you are near Colonial Williamsburg,VA Oct. 3 – 4th stop by and see John at the Art Show! The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

J O H N    B O W E N

 

 

 “Touched by the Sun”

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 17th  

6PM

Book Presentation:

Saturday, October 24th

2:00 pm 

Admission Cost: $6 (Members Free)

Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Closed Sunday.

Exhibit: September 12  – November 14, 2015

Coral Springs Center For The Arts

2855 Coral Springs Dr.  Coral Springs, FL  33065

(954) 340-5000

 

"Charleston Carriage Ride" by John Bowen

        “Charleston Carriage Ride” by John Bowen

 

 

John Bowen describes his work as “realistic expressionism”.  His art is created by capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes.  His paintings place an emphasis of the play on light and shadow as seen in nature.

 

 

 

"Ladies in Waiting" by John Bowen

              “Ladies in Waiting” by John Bowen

 

John expresses a moment in history and a sense of place, which is why his paintings are popular in the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Gift Shop in Miami, FL.!  His vision of a scene transports the viewer right there, next to him!

 

 

 

 

"Vizcaya Courtyard" by John Bowen

           “Vizcaya Courtyard” by John Bowen

 

 

 

 

John combines both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb.) Arches archival watercolor paper. John’s work is meticulous.  He shares his passion and enthusiasm with each brushstroke. His reproductions are done through the Giclee process, are of the finest quality.

 

"Rainy Season" by John Bowen

                   “Rainy Season” by John Bowen

 

 

 

John has been a Commercial Artist and Fine Art Painter for more than 50 years. He first studied commercial art at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, at Newark, New Jersey. After two years of working in local advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator. His duties in the Air Force included a year of graphically documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, in 1968. Upon his discharge, John moved to South Florida, working at the Miami Herald’s Art Department. He spent the next 38 years working in newspaper advertising.

 

"Keys Nightlights" by John Bowen

                 “Keys Nightlights” by John Bowen

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist. His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.

 

 

Medal Of Honor

                                  Medal Of Honor

 

 

 

 

John Bowen has many artistic achievements, which include being an artist for the United States Air Force, a Signature Member of Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a published artist in “Watercolor Magic”, American Artist and “International Artist” Magazines, a self-published author of the illustrated book “ Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” and a Resident Artist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Florida. His work has been seen in many exhibition throughout Florida and the country.

 

 

 

 

"Sketching At The Front Gate" by John Bowen

          “Sketching At The Front Gate” by John Bowen

 

See more at:

http://coralspringsmuseum.org/john-bowen-sept-12-nov-21-2015/#sthash.qLXoo7sN.dpuf

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

 

“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”

Saturday, October 24th

6:30 pm 

Sportsplex

 

2700 Sportsplex Drive

(West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expressway)

 

 

johnbowenMy book

 

 

 In conjunction with the Vietnam Memorial “Traveling Wall” being in Coral Springs between October 22nd and 26th, John Bowen will  give a book presentation on Saturday, October 24th.. The wall will be on display at the Sportsplex, with daily ceremonies honoring Vietnam Veterans. The Sportsplex is located at 2700 Sportsplex Drive (West Sample Road and Sawgrass Expy.).

 

 

Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

                   Traveling Wall: Vietnam Memorial

 

The Wall is a replica of the original memorial in Washington D.C. listing the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Residents will have the opportunity leave mementos at the Wall. Items will be sent back to Washington D.C. to The Moving Wall Museum.

 

 

 

A Coral Springs resident for almost 25 years, Commissioner Lou Cimaglia served in the Army Reserve for eight years. When he heard about The Moving Wall four years ago, he made it his goal to bring it to his City. The Moving Wall is a great reminder of the loss endured in the Vietnam War. The idea behind it is to bring about healing for veterans, their families and the community.

 

 

 

 

“When I talk to veterans who lost buddies there, the tears flow,” Commissioner Cimaglia said. “The whole purpose of this is to bring the Wall to the people. They say when you go there, it’s an emotional experience.” The Veterans Coalition is sponsoring this initiative and there will be fundraisers throughout the year to raise the $5,000 needed to cover costs. Any additional funds raised will be donated to The Moving Wall and their organization to maintain The Wall. 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to get involved, e-mail lcimaglia@coralsprings.org
Anyone interested in joining the Veterans Coalition, please email vasquezw@bellsouth.net.    People interested in getting more information about the Wall events can go to the Sportsplex website or email Lou at : icimaglia@coralsprings.org

 

 

Colonial Wiliamsburg, VA Art Show:

www.aofta.org

 

For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:

www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

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