"Limestone for Duluth" was just selected for an upcoming show of the American Society of Marine Artists North Regional Exhibit. I was one of 50 ASMA artists from across the country that had work juried into exhibit at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN from April 15 - July 24, 2016.
More information can be found on the Upcoming Shows & Exhibits page.
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Whos Who Among America's Teachers listed in 1994, 2002 and 2004 editions after being nominated by former students.
Ohara, Japan International Watercolor Exhibit
1996 - My work was chosen for exhibit, and won the Encouragement Award. Also, one of my high school student's work was also chosen for exhibit.
1997 - My work was chosen for exhibit, and won the Encouragement Award. I was the highest ranking North American artist, and also 4 of my high school student's works were chosen for exhibit, one student winning the Encouragement Award as well.
1998 - My work was chosen for exhibit, and won the Encouragement Award. Also, 6 of my high school student's works were chosen for exhibit, two of them winning the Encouragement Award as well.'
1999 - My work and 7 of my high school student's works were chosen for exhibit.
Minnesota Section for the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Art Exhibit
1996 - 4th Place
1997 - 2nd Place
1998 - 1st Place
1999 - 1st Place
2000 - 1st Place
2001 - 1st Place
Minnesota's World Port magazine, winter 1997-1998 edition, featured my watercolor of the S/S Buckeye on its cover.
In 2000, A book written by Dr. Patrick Dorin, Passenger Trains of the Post War Era, featured my watercolor of the passenger train Flambeau 500 on the cover.
Along with other area artists, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin included my painting of "St. Clair Leaves Missabe with Bluebill Escort" (M/V St. Clair ) in their 2001 calendar. Proceeds from the calendar fundraiser went to the local Epilepsy Foundation.
The 2001 Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition, held at the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, MN included work from artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada. Accepted and juried into the exhibit was my painting "Unloading Limestone" (S/S John G. Munson).
In 2006, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic of Duluth, MN purchased 2 of my wildlife originals to be part of their permanent collection in the SMDC Virginia Clinic expansion in Virginia, MN. On public display are "Dawn" (bull moose) and "Cautious Approach" (3 whitetail deer).
In 2007, the U.S. Forest Service purchased a number of my prints of "Ely Airfleet" (3 of their Dehavilland Beaver aircraft) for retirement gifts and display in their offices. Of the displayed and framed works, one was sent to the Regional Forester's Office in Milwaukee, WI, one went to the Interagency Fire Command Center in Boise, ID, one was sent to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Control Center in Grand Rapids, MN, one hangs in the Superior National Forest Supervisor's Office in Duluth, MN and one is in the Forest Service Seaplane Hanger in Ely, MN.
Beginning in May 2007, the periodical The Great Lakes Pilot of Grand Marais, MI began using my marine paintings to feature the cover of their publications.
From June - August 2007, 4 of my marine paintings were juried into the American Society of Marine Artists, Great Lakes Regional Exhibit held in St. Joseph, MI. Chosen for exhibit were "May Morning" (M/V American Spirit), "Canal Park Sunset" (M/V Edgar B. Speer), "Light Show" (S/S Arthur M. Anderson) and "Reserve Christmas" (S/S Reserve). "Reserve Christmas" was also reproduced as postcards and brochures to promote the show.
The Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. of Duluth, MN made their 2008 calendar out of 13 of my marine paintings featuring their vessels.
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Milwaukee, WI purchased 3 of my original marine watercolors and commissioned me to do a 4th in June 2008. Originally purchased were "Summer Evening" (S/S William A. Irvin and tug Lake Superior), "Welding the Clarke" (S/S Phillip R. Clarke), "Light Show" (S/S Arthur M. Anderson) and the commissioned work was "Duluth Departure" (M/V Indiana Harbor). All 4 become part of their permanent collection as part of their new building during the fall of 2008.
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Milwaukee also commissioned me to complete 3 original wildlife watercolors in August 2008. "Red October" (red fox), "Wally of the Woodpile" (chipmunk) and "Roadside Robins" (American robins) become part of their permanent collection as part of their new building during the fall of 2008.
In the fall of 2008, Sheila Packa's writing of Bruce Liberty: Up the Hawse Pipe - a Brief History of a Ship's Engineer, featured a reproduction of my painting of "Duluth Sunrise" (M/V Roger Blough) on the cover. The same image was on the front cover of the 2nd quarter 2009 issue of the Nor'easter, a publication of the Lake Superior Marine Museum in Duluth, MN.
In June 2010, the American Society of Marine Artists North Regional Show, Between the Shining Seas, juried 2 of my marine paintings into exhibit. "Turning to Port" (M/V Oglebay Norton and tug Kentucky) and "Duluth Sunrise" (M/V Roger Blough) were part of an exhibit of 50 marine works from artists across the country that were selected from over 140 submitted works. The show ran from June 26 - August 22, 2010 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI then moved to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN from September 7- November 13, 2010.
Spee-Dee Delivery Service, a package delivery service covering the upper Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebarsaka, North Dakota and South Dakota, commissioned me to do two original paintings for their 2013 wall calendar. For the month of July, "Grand Forks AFB" was completed depicting the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the month of February showcased the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, entitled "Gateway Arch."
The Summer 2015 edition of North Star Report published by the Duluth Port Authority had a story about a video of my marine paintings, Great Lakes Iron. The Port Authority sends out nearly 7000 copies of the quarterly magazine to their clients across the globe although most of their clients are in the U.S. and Canada.
During October - December 2015, the Rudy Nautical Museum, 25650 VanDyke in Center Line, MI and a suburb of Detroit, purchased 19 of my original watercolors of Great Lakes freighters. Purchased for their permanent collection were "Sunset Departure" (Edwin H. Gott), "Enter the Callaway" (Cason J. Callaway), "Loading the Speer"(Edgar B. Speer), "Refueling Stop"(Mesabi Miner), "Passing Storm" (Adam E. Cornelius), "Tough Trip" (Roger Blough), "Around Rice's Point" (American Spirit), "Downbound in December" (Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.) and "Minnesota Assists the Barker" (James R. Barker and tug Minnesota), "July Afternoon" (Armco), "Spring Departure" (Adam E. Cornelius), "Approaching Storm" (Saginaw), "Tourist Attraction" (Joseph L. Block), "Unloading Limestone" (John G. Munson), "Duluth Sunrise" (Roger Blough), "First Ice" (Kaye E. Barker), "The Survivor" (Arthur M. Anderson), "Across Lake Michigan" (Presque Isle) and "Lake Michigan Rolls" (Carl D. Bradley). The Museum also is commissioning me to do more Great Lakes freighters and also Great Lakes passenger ships over the next 3-4 years.
In February 2016, the American Society of Marine Artists North Regional Show juried my watercolor "Limestone for Duluth" (Arthur M. Anderson) into exhibit at the upcoming show at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN. The show runs from April 14 - July 24, 2016 and represents over 50 artists from across the U.S.