John Bowen’s Artistry Transforms Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum To Preserve History And Honor To Those Who Served

The Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale Museum will showcase the detailed artistry of well-know watercolorist, John Bowen. The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special 4th of July picnic!  Everyone is invited! John is a key team member in the Museum’s mission to preserve our history by honoring the men and women who defended our freedom, during WWI, to Korea, and WWII.  Did you know that the infamous Flight 19 departed from here?  That US President George H.W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign as he trained as a torpedo/bomber pilot?  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to take a free tour!

 

 

 

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE MUSEUM
National Register of Historic Places   .   A Florida Heritage Site  .  Home of Flight 19

4000 W. Perimeter Road, Ft. Lauderdale,Florida

(954) 359-4400

HOURS: THURSDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Free Admission / Free Tours / Pay-what-you-wish tours / Free Parking / Handicap-accessible
This is an all volunteer operation. Donations are appreciated. ​

 

SPECIAL  4TH  OF JULY  PICNIC

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Outside Museum Building: A Marine Corsair and A Navy Avenger. Both planes created from concrete and painted by John Bowen, to enhance the building. Each of the planes are seven feet long.

 

“Bikes at the Art Show” Watercolor by John Bowen, took First Place Award for Watercolor Category in Veteran’s Art Exhibition.

 

John Bowen has been an artist and illustrator for more than 45 years.  He first studied commercial art at the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.  After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator.  His duties in the Air Force included a year of documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, and his illustrations are on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.  Upon establishing a residence in South Florida, John discovered the many varied landscapes of the state containing the only subtropical climate in the U.S. and the wonderful lighting that Florida’s climate affords.

 

 

John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist of the highest order.  His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.  A detailed drawing eventually morphs into a relaxed style of painting.  Working with watercolors has always intrigued John, and the challenge and excitement of this medium has never left him.

 

Red tailed Mustang, created and painted by John Bowen honors an all Black WWIl group of U S Airmen. They flew in the European Theatre. Their main assignment during the war was to escort our bombers during their raids over the continent. They had an outstanding record of protecting the bombers. They had all their plane’s tails painted red so everyone would know who they were and when they were coming! The Memorial Garden, at the Museum, is for Lt. Colonel Gray of the “Red Tail” Squadron.

 

 

 

Photos from the Inauguration of the Zen Garden created by volunteer Veterans & Master Gardeners, in honor of Ray Rivera WWII & Korea Veteran, survivor of the Bunker Hill CV-17.  Original painting was created by artist & Vietnam Vet John Bowen.

John paints to keep Florida’s history alive.  “This is a passion with me,” says the artist.  “I believe in keeping history alive by both painting it and helping to preserve it.”  This he does by donating artwork and Giclee limited edition prints to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida charity art exhibitions of the Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, juried art shows for the Old Davie Schoolhouse Project, and a one-man art exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He will continue his outdoor show schedule this Fall.

Flight 19 Memorial created and painted by John Bowen is facing the Bermuda Triangle, where the plane and its crew were lost.

John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work.  Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my work.  Emphasizing the play of light and shadow as seen in nature.  Describing textures of time written in historic places.  Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space.  These are the feelings I try to express in my paintings.  Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution.  Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently, using established principles to create the final piece.  Hoping to express the beauty that inspired me”.  

 

John is a signature member with the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League.  He is available to do Home and Boat Portrait Commissions.  John Bowen can be reached at  954 370-2061.    jbowenartist@aol.com  or www.johnbowenwatercolorist.com

 

More about the Museum:

National Register of Historic Places.  A Florida Heritage Site.
Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

 

The Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NAS Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign, to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot.  From October 1942 to October 1946 the base would train pilots and thousands of aircrewmen from the U.S and other countries. In December 1999, the building was relocated to its permanent site at 4000 West Perimeter Rd., 2 blocks west from its original location.

 

 

On Exhibit:

  • Link Trainer Flight Simulator: historic mechanical & engineering landmark.
  • Recreated Soldier’s Barracks: The George Bush Room.
  • 25×7 naval aviation mural signed by President George H.W. Bush, John McCain, RADM Moffit, and Medal of Honor Vietnam Gary Littrell.
  • Original paintings, cartoons, lithographs, drawings, and photographs.
  • “Broward Goes To War”  Exhibit:  the war years of 1941-1945.
  • Flight 19: collection of letters, photos, artifacts, books, videos,  & displays.
  • Vintage ship & aircraft models, WWII artifacts, teaching props, flight gear, ship plaques, medals, insignia, uniforms representing all branches of the military.
  • Online-Only Exhibits: take a tour of our
  • John Payne Memorial Library: 3,000+ volumes from military history, personal memoirs, war diaries, aviator log books, veteran’s letters, cruise books, war postcard albums, magazines, and world war II newsletters.
  • Photography collection: 10,000+ images of aircraft, ships, people, naval history, technical manuals, photos of artworks, and a military video library.
  • Outdoor artifacts include WWII torpedoes from a submarine, and TBM/TBF Avenger, an anti-aircraft gun, and an anti-submarine Hedgehog.  
  • Veterans History Project: WWI & WWII collection of Veteran’s Stories.
  • Award winning Butterfly Garden with a Flight 19 memorial. 
  • Take the 360 degree Google Video tour.
  • virtual exhibits.

 

The History Project:

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum collects and preserves personal stories and other documents from World War II Veterans, with the purpose of building a lasting legacy of preserving history for generations to come. This History Project collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences. We welcome diaries, collections of letters, and photographs that tell the veteran’s story.  Maps, drawings, and other documents are also welcome. We don’t have to keep your originals as the artifacts can be scanned, or photographed, and shared this way via e-mails. This project was started in 2010, with the introduction of NASFL Museum founder Allan McElhiney, who was a sailor in World War II.  This Gallery of Veterans is not in chronological order, rather it follows a date of completion by NASFL Museum curators.  If you are interested in sharing a Veteran’s story, or your family’s military history, please go to www.nasflmuseum.com

 

You can visit Museum on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

– Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
– Business Hours: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
– Last tour is at 2:30pm (no need for reservations but it’s best to be there between 11:30 and 2pm for best timing).
– Depending on your time, and level of interest, a tour can go from 10 mins to 3 hours. It’s up to you.
– After tours, people are welcome to linger around and take photos, enjoy their time in the library, watch videos, or explore the garden areas.
– This is an all volunteer operation. For tours of more than 5 people in your party, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated (members are always free). You can also Pay-what-you-wish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet Author and Watercolorist John Bowen at Star Spangled Heroes Exhibit

The Exhibition, “Star Spangled Heroes” has many component and programs associated with it. Saluting the 100,000 plus Veterans residing in Palm Beach County and the US Military, it is presented by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  Artist, John Bowen, will be the featured speaker and presenter on Thursday, October 16th.  The Exhibit takes places from October 11 to December 7, 2014 on the 4th Floor of the Library.  The Rickie Report urges everyone to make the time to see this exhibit and participate in the many events being offered. Details are here.

 

 

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Programs

 

Meet John Bowen, Veteran, illustrator,nationally known author and watercolorist

Thursday, October 16th 5:30 to 7:00pm
Clematis Room
Presentation by John Bowen, who as an illustrator in the Air Force in Vietnam compiled his drawings and experiences for his book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, which was awarded a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s Annual Competition in the Autobiography/Memoir Category. John’s watercolors of Florida scenes are favorites at Vizcaya in Miami and he has been traveling around the state presenting watercolor demonstrations.

 

 

Film – “Taking Chance”
Friday, October 17th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium
Historic drama based on the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl as he escorted the body of a fallen young Marine, Chance Phelps, back to his hometown in Wyoming from Iraq, starring Kevin Bacon.  Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

Kids Program on Veterans
Sunday, October 19th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Hibiscus Room
Kids will be writing letters enclosed with stars from U.S. flags, to senior veterans in long term care facilities.  The kids will also sing patriotic songs and read children’s literature about soldiers and deployment. Arts, Crafts and Snacks. Led by Eileen Shapiro.

 

Remarkable Lives – Women in the Military
Friday, October 24th 5:30 to 7:30pm
Auditorium light refreshments provided
Hear about the lives of a panel of incredible women sharing their experiences in the Military and as Veterans.
Panel:
Morgan Albano (Marine)
Maxine Elizabeth Bodman (Navy)
Mary Jane Houlahan (Marine)
Kim Lindahl (Army)
Florence Elion Mascot (Air Force)
Norma Tovar (Army)
Eileen Watson (Army)
Charlotte Rebillard (Air Force)
Amber Butyn emcee

 

 

Meet Ralph Morse – WWII Photographer
Sunday, October 26th 2:30 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
Meet Ralph Morse, who when he was first hired by LIFE magazine was the magazine’s youngest war correspondent sent to photograph World War II. His pictures documented the war’s Pacific and European theatres and post-war reconstruction of Europe. Morse was the only civilian photographer at the signing of the surrender by the Germans to General Dwight Eisenhower. His photography will be on display from 1:30 to 5pm.

 

 

Meet The Vets
Sunday, November 2nd 1:00 to 4:30pm
3rd Floor Pre-Reception Gallery
One-on-one and small group discussions with US veterans from World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and other periods since the 1940’s. Former Marine Glenn Mize will present an outstanding collection of memorabilia representing all branches of the service.

 

 

Perils in Paradise – Palm Beach County and WWII
Tuesday, November 4th 6:00 to 7:30pm
Clematis Room
Hear about Palm Beach County’s fascinating involvement and response to World War II with a series of 1940’s photographs, presented by Tony Marconi, Curator of Education at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Film -” The Men”
Thursday, November 6th 2:00 to 4:00pm
Auditorium
In his film debut, Marlon Brando plays a WWII lieutenant who was seriously injured in battle and must adjust to the world without the use of his limbs. Discussion of the movie will take place after the film.

 

 

PTSD/PTSS and Our Veterans
Lunch and Learn Panel Presentation
Tuesday, November 18th 12:00 to 1:30pm
Auditorium
Understanding PTSD/PTSS from the perspective of those who help and those who suffer from it.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
RSVP to 561-868-7715.

 

Panel
Elizabeth Borsage, PhD – Psychologist, VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach
Major Raul Diaz, PhD – Supervisory Clinical Psychologist, Team Leader, Palm Beach Vet Center, Greenacres
Elaine Rotenberg, PhD – Clinical Director, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, West Palm Beach
Lisa Bergeron – Marine from 2004-2008 – diagnosed with PTSD
Ray Nazareth – Navy from 1979-1982 – diagnosed with PTSD

 

Film – Service: “When Women Come Marching Home”
Sunday, November 23rd 1:30 to 3:30pm
Auditorium
Documentary portraying the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives. Through compelling portraits we see the horrific traumas these women faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries and all their challenges receiving benefits and care. Discussion will take place after the film.

 

Second ANNUAL Countywide High School Essay Contest on
“The Draft” or “U.S. Response to Our Veterans”

 

Winning Students and Their Teachers Receive Cash Awards
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
For information on the submission format and criteria go to www.wbplf.org/ssh or call 561 – 822 – 9972.  Underwritten by Alexander “Sandy” Myers

 

Sponsors to Date

*The Palm Beach Post*
*Sandy and Stanley Trockman*
*Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA*
*Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC*
*Alexander “Sandy” Myers*
*William K. Caler, Jr.*
*Dorothy and Ric Bradshaw*
*Florida Power & Light*
*Wells Fargo, NA*
*Diane Peterson McNeal*
*South Florida Neurology Associates*

Special Thanks

Sherriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw – Honorary Chairs
Lesley Hogan and Fred Storch – Co-Event Chairs
Mark Haworth Photography – Molly Tischler
Mark Cohen – Laura Cunningham – George Fisher
Ellie Hart – Madison Harr – David Knapp
Carolyn Ledewitz – Glenn Mize – Bob Morse
Maxwell Nelson – Charlotte Rebillard – Andy Reese
Greg Rydman – Jan Stein – Morley Wiener
Event Host Committee Members
Speakers and Panelists
Board of the WPBLF
Rickie and Jeff Leiter – The Rickie Report
Florida Commission on Women
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
The Vet Center in Greenacres
Vinny Ribolitta from Digital Graphics
Donors of Memorabilia
Amber Butyn – Rebecca Weiss
Chris Murray – Lisa Hathaway
Staff of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Organizations Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

*ADRC – Your Aging and Disability Resource Center*
*Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service*
*Battle of the Bulge Veterans*
*The Children’s Coalition Inc.*
*Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.*
*Combat Infantry Association*
*Department of Corrections*
*Dial 2-1-1-Veterans/Family Services & Crisis Intervention*
*Disabled American Veterans South PBC Chapter 152*
*Faith*Hope*Love*Charity*
*Friends of the Mandel Public Library of WPB*
*Historical Society of PBC*
*Jewish War Veterans Post 440*
*Korean War Veterans Chapter 17*
*Military Officers Assoc. of America-FL Council of Chapters*
*Operation Homefront*
*PBC Veterans Committee*
*PBC Democratic Veterans Caucus Foundation*
*PBC Division of Human and Veterans Services*
*PBC Veterans Court*
*POW/MIA Committee State of FL of Disabled American Vets*
*Republican Party-PBC Vets & Military Families Committee*
*Salvation Army*
*School District of Palm Beach County*
*South Florida National Cemetery*
*Southeast Florida Honor Flight*
*Stand Down*
*Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25*
*Women Veterans of South Florida*

Elected Officials Supporting Star Spangled Heroes

West Palm Beach
Mayor Jeri Muoio
Commissioner Keith James
Commissioner Shanon Materio
Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell
Commissioner Sylvia Moffett
Commissioner Isaac Robinson Jr.

Palm Beach County
Commissioner Steve Abrams
Vice Mayor Paulette Burdick
Mayor Priscilla Taylor
Commissioner Hal Valeche
Commissioner Shelley Vana
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher
Public Defender Carey Haughwout
Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits
Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon
Town of Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio

Florida
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
State Attorney David Aronberg
Senator Jeff Clemens
Senator Maria Sachs
Representative Joseph Abruzzo
Representative Lori Berman
Representative Bill Hager
Representative Mark Pafford
Representative Bobby Powell
Representative Patrick Rooney, Jr.
Representative Irving “Irv” Slosberg

National
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Ted Deutch
Congresswoman Lois Frankel
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congressman Patrick Murphy
Congressman Tom Rooney

 

West Palm Beach Library Foundation 411 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone (561) 868-7715 E-mail wpblf@mycitylibrary.org

 

 

 

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