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  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story.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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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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