A two month exhibit of original WWII art by the soldier/artists of The Ghost Army coming to the Edward Hopper House Art Center.
Imagine a group of GI’s who help win World War II with inflatable tanks, sound effects, and impersonation. Now imagine that many of them are artists, who never stop painting and sketching and drawing as they make their way across war-torn Europe. And some of the artists go on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass and painter/sculptor Ellsworth Kelly.
That’s the TRUE story of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka The Ghost Army, a top-secret unit that staged a traveling road show of deception with the German army as the audience. Filmmaker Rick Beyer has spent the last eight years making a documentary film about this unit that will be on PBS later this year. Illustrator Liz Sayles grew up hearing stories about The Ghost Army since her father, Bill Sayles, was one of the artists in the unit.
Now Rick and Liz are getting together to curate a traveling exhibit of original Ghost Army art. First stop: The Edward Hopper House in Nyack, NY. And we’re asking for your help to cover the costs of putting together and promoting this exhibit.
We will have original wartime paintings and drawings from nearly 20 Ghost Army artists, including the notebook Bill Blass carried with him across Europe. Rockland County artists Ned Harris and Bill Sayles will have works there, as well as famed wildlife artist Arthur Singer, who also served in the unit.
These works are in a myriad of different collections across the country. They have to be shipped, framed, and mounted for the exhibit. We also need to design and print promotional materials as well as some custom exhibit panels.
Here’s a list of artists whose work we expect to exhibit:
- Walter Arnett
- Bill Blass
- Mordecai Reese Craig
- Victor Dowd
- John Jarvie
- Ned Harris
- Harold Laynor
- Richard Morton
- Bill Sayles
- Alvin Shaw
- Arthur Shilstone
- Arthur SInger
- Bob Tompkins
- Keith Williams
- George VanderSluis
- Anthony Young
The Ghost Army is an awesome story of creativity being used to help save lives during WWII. Please help us remember the soldier/artists who helped make it happen through this exhibit.
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The gallery has booked the exhibit. The families and archives that hold the art have agreed to lend it. Our main challenge is simply going to be to handle the logistics of safely and securely bringing together this art and setting up the exhibit.
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