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  Be part of the “History Project”, which collects unpublished written memoirs of personal wartime experiences, diaries, maps, drawings, photographs, and letters, that tell the veteran’s story.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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Marilyn Johansen Is Featured At “Portrait Of A Warrior” Exhibition

Marilyn Johansen is a Featured Artist at the “Portrait of a Warrior” Exhibition at Studio 18, presented by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division.  The public is invited to this exhibit, showcasing paintings honoring U.S. Military veterans.  The Opening Reception takes place on Friday, June 3rd and the Exhibit continues through July 14.  The Rickie Report shares Marilyn’s prolific artistry, the details of this Exhibit and another Exhibit taking place in Sunrise, FL commemorating Veteran’s Day and Marilyn’s acceptance into the ASAA 2016 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the James C. Weston Gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.  Her zest for color and bringing deeper meaning to the viewer make her a popular instructor.  We urge you to not only see these exhibits, but connect with this internationally recognized artist who lives locally!

 

 

 

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“P O R T R A I T

OF   A

W A R R I O R”

 

Presented by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division

Opening Reception:

Friday June 3

 7-9 PM

Studio 18

1101 Poinciana Dr.       Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

The Exhibit is available June 3 – July 14

Gallery Hours:
Mon- Fri 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Sat. 10 AM – 2 PM

 

  “Soldier Series” in Sunrise, FL

October 8 Through November 26

 

Reception Date To Be Announced

 

City of Sunrise Cultural Arts Center

10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.    Sunrise, Fl 33351
(just off of Nob Hill and Oakland Park)

 

For more further details please contact Marilyn: 954-943-5492 or marilynjohansen@gmail.com

 

Marilyn Phillips Johansen

 

 

“Soldier Series, War And Remembrance”

 

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“Leaving Quang Tri to Phu Bai”, by Marilyn Johansen

 

 

Local artist, Marilyn Johansen, of Lauderdale by the Sea has been honored with the acceptance of her work in the ASAA 2016 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the James C. Weston Gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. Mrs. Johansen was one of the 36 artists from around the world whose work was selected from over 100 entries. The display opens June 1st and runs through July 25th. Her work, titled “Leaving Quang Tri to Phu Bai” depicts the conflict in Southeast Asia during the 1960s. The American Society of Aviation Artists was formed in 1986 to bring together, in one professional body, artists who are acknowledged leaders in the field for the purpose of recognizing and promoting interest in aviation art as a fine art form.

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “Marine 1968”

 

 

 

Artist members are selected by a group of their peers on the basis of their demonstrated abilities and experience. Membership currently numbers over 200 artists and associate members representing all corners of the United States. Foreign affiliates are also welcomed, with members hailing from a number of countries around the globe. The ASAA holds annual forums which cover a variety of subjects and valuable information for artists, collectors and aviation enthusiasts alike. This year’s Forum opens its six-day program in Kalamazoo on June 2nd.

 

 

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “WWII P38 Cadet”

 

 

 

Marilyn is proud to present a series of art work titled “Soldier Series, War and Remembrance”. She honors our US Military through time and events based on her strong connections of the past. Her father was a career military Air Force pilot who flew in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. She tells The Rickie Report, “I’m from’ the world’ as I lived from Brussels, Belgium to Okinawa to Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, Texas and Florida following my father’s assignments”.   Her husband served as a Marine in Vietnam and her nephew did a tour of duty in Afghanistan. These events are included in the paintings of her series to date. The series will continue to grow as she reaches out to family and friends who wish to honor their family members for their military service. The series began with a painting to honor her husband’s service during the Vietnam War. This painting has three elements: a letter, a photo and the American Flag. The painting is currently in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the American Society of Aviation Artist Exhibition. The second painting speaks to her father’s experience as a WWII POW. A P-38 pilot in WWII, he was shot down on his 43rd mission and ended up a POW at Stalag Luft III (site of the Great Escape). Attending some of the reunions of these POW’s, Marilyn has gained deeper insights into the drive and seriousness of these men, now in their nineties. She took a photo and painted these four men watching a film made about their own experiences as POW’s. They were first held in one of Hitler’s Concentration Camps before being ‘saved’ and sent to Stalag Luft III POW camp.

 

 

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “Soldiers”

 

 

 

Marilyn uses different styles to change the feeling of each painting for the viewer. Continuing with WWII, she painted her Father at age 20 as a WWII Army Air Corps Cadet. He graduated from flight school at Luke Field in 1942 and served under General Jimmy Doolittle in North Africa. In order to honor all WII veterans, she read about the Honor Flights which provide WWII veterans the opportunity to fly to Washington and other sites to see the monuments and museums left in their memory. Another painting is of a group of kids at the Fort Lauderdale Airport waiting to welcome home the WWII veterans from their trip to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial. It bridges the generations.  She used yet another style of painting to illustrate her husband’s service in Vietnam in 1968.  Photos of her nephew were sent to celebrate his service in Afghanistan in 2012.  Marilyn’s painting styles vary as much as the wars and places and details themselves. She captures commitment, service and sacrifice in each of her presentations.

 

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “Pause To Refresh”

 

 

Marilyn Johansen paints in all mediums but concentrates on watercolor and mixed media.  She is a popular instructor at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. As an award-winning artist, she reflects the skills necessary to challenge her students toward higher accomplishments, new techniques and continuing interest. She tells The Rickie Report, ” As a former school teacher, I’m able to present these skills and challenges in an environment that will create interest and effort through my ability to teach by creating the best possible learning environment. I do art demonstrations, teach workshops, judge art exhibitions and coordinate art exhibitions”.

 

 

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “Landing”

 

 

 

 

Marilyn is a Signature Member of Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Miami Watercolor Society and Palm Beach Watercolor Society. She has memberships with several local, state and national watercolor organizations and competes in local, state, national and international art shows. Marilyn recently served as President for Gold Coast Watercolor and Florida Watercolor Societies.

 

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Marilyn Johansen, “Running Man”

 

 

You can view Marilyn’s art:

www.marilynjohansen.com

Facebook: The Art of Marilyn Johansen
https://www.facebook.com/The-Art-of-Marilyn-Johansen-217657328406928/?ref=br_rs

For more information:

Marilyn Johansen (954) 943-5492
marilynjohansen@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

For more information about:

ASAA 2016 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the James C. Weston Gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.

Marilyn Johansen OR Nanette O’Neal

1900 S. Ocean Blvd. #9E ASAA Executive Secretary
Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33062 581 Airport Rd.
(954) 943-5492 

Email: Marilynjohansen@gmail.com
Email asaacontact@asaa-avart.org
Website: www.asaa-avart.org

 

 

 

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The Rickie Report

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