Monday, December 5, 2011

Art Show Opening at Moffett Field Historical Museum

Hangar One
oil on canvas 11" x 14"

Last September on a beautiful weekend, Moffett Field opened its doors and invited local artists to come and paint - The Moffett Field Paint Out. Moffett Field, located at the foot of San Francisco Bay, is a former Navy air base, now a NASA facility. It is home to Hangar One, which is one of the world's largest freestanding structures. This huge building was originally built around 1933 to house the USS Macon, a transcontinental dirigible, and dominates the landscape for miles around. Lately, its fate has been uncertain, because of the discovery of PCBs and other toxic chemicals leaking into the ground. Its outer shell is being removed, and the cost of replacing it would be enormous. Whether it will stand as a giant skeleton, or be restored to its former glory is unknown. So it seemed important to paint it while it still stands. I hope they find a way to save it, looking as it always has.

And now we get to the art show:

The Moffett Field Museum is hosting the paintings from the Paint Out, as part of their December exhibit. There is an opening reception on Wednesday, December 7 from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free. Otherwise, come and visit the Moffett Field Museum - it is a wonderful collection of things having to do with aviation and national defense. It is also a wonderful trip back through time with displays and memorabilia from 1931 through the present. For more information, you can visit their web site here.
This painting has been sold.