“I fell in love with America again. The realization of my freedom on the road reawakened me to the debt I owed our veterans, past and present. I began thinking of the paintings as symbols of the land they had fought to defend. I wanted to thank those who allowed me the privilege to wander freely across this great country and do what I love…”
Paintings by nationally recognized artist, Jane Chapin will be on view from October 4- December 22, 2014. A reception with the artist will be held at 5:30 on October 22nd.
Jane Chapin’s Land of the Free project began in 2007 with her painting journey across America. Chapin wrote “The more ground I covered, the more I realized how blessed my life was, and how lucky I was to be born into this time and place. The realization of my freedom on the road reawakened me to the debt I owed our veterans, past and present.” Jane realized the farms and towns she painted on the trip were the home of American veterans, our country’s heroes. Jane documented her trip and her artwork in Land of the Free A Painter’s Chronicle of Our 50 States & Their Heroes and chose Special Operations Warrior Foundation as the beneficiary. The exhibit will include all 50 state paintings from Chapin’s book Land of the Free. It will also include new works Jane has created from the studies and photos she took on her 3 year journey.
Sales of the paintings and the Land of the Free book benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The SOWF began in 1980 after a daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran, which ended in tragedy when a helicopter and C-130 aircraft collided. Eight died and they left behind 17 children. A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children became the noble cause of the SOWF. The foundation provides full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Chapin’s paintings will be donated to Pease Greeters. The Pease Greeters are a group of local patriotic Americans who welcome men and women in our Armed Forces who pass through Pease International Airport either on their way to or their way home from Afghanistan, Iraq, or other conflicts. The Pease Greeters have met over 600 flights and welcomed over 170,000 troops since 2005 providing food, drinks, and other goodies along with the use of free telephones so troops can call loved ones anywhere in the world.
The Portsmouth Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates a museum and visitor center in downtown Portsmouth, publishes books, manages the Black Heritage Trail and advocates for historic preservation. We tell Portsmouth stories and our mission is to provide a central city location where, in cooperation with other groups, we can introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of Portsmouth history.
Included images by Jane Chapin top to bottom: Pure Folly, 18” x 21” and Pick Your Own, 8” x 10”
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