Historic Apalachicola

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art

February 28, 2015

Jane Chapin – Land of the Free Exhibit to raise awareness of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

“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 March 5 to April 25, 2015.  Also on exhibit will be the 50 state paintings from Chapin’s book “Land of the Free.” A reception with the artist will be held on March 21 where signed copies of the book will be available.

Sales of the paintings fund the Land of the Free book project which is a 100% benefit to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).  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 souls were lost and they left behind 17 children. A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children became the noble cause of the SOWF. It ensures 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.

Chapin’s Land of the Free  project  began in 2007 with a 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.”  While painting, Chapin felt the farms and towns painted on the trip were the home of American veterans, our country’s heroes.  She documented her trip and her artwork in 'Land of the Free' A Painter's Chronicle of Our 50 States & Their Heroes  and chose SOWF as the beneficiary. SOWF recently received their ninth consecutive 4 star rating from Charity Navigator for fiscal management of donations.

Some of the new works offered for sale in the exhibit are studio pieces done from the studies and photos Chapin took on her 3 year journey.  The original 50 pleinair paintings will be offered as a collection only and a special donation to SOWF.

Chapin will be demonstrating her technique at the Center for History, Culture and Art on March 21, from 11am to 4pm and will be available to sign books as part of the ArtWalk festivities. Join her in the exhibition hall for a reception that afternoon from 5-7 pm. Chapin will arrive early to visit with the local schools, sharing her experiences as an artist while she traveled and painted across the country.


For additional information,      

contact:Jane Chapin, Artist and Author

Email: jane@janechapin.com      Phone:813-391-2842

Paulette Moss, Director, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art                

 86 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320

 Email:apalachicolaschoolofart@gmail.com                                                 Phone: 1-855-272-5224

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February 13, 2015

Ernest M Lee "Paints from the Heart"

 During the month of February, The Apalachicola Center for History Culture and Art is featuring the art work of Gainesville, Florida’s folk artist, Ernest M Lee and  10 of his local Art Academy students. On three different occasions, Mr. Lee instructed 2 day workshops with the children and grandchildren of Franklin’s Promise Coalition’s Circles Initiative.  The students, 10 to 15 years old, were given hands-on experience with drawing, composition and brushwork.  Mr Lee shared his unique painting techniques offering individual painting time, discussions and critiques.  Each child painted scenes that depicted special memories, honoring their home and a fun and favorite activity.

The exhibit opens Thursday, February 12, 2015 and can be viewed Thursday, Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm.  The show will close on February 28.

Join us for our meet and greet reception, honoring Ernest M Lee and the Art Academy students at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art on Friday, February 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Ernest Lee, 52, grew up in North Carolina, where he learned to love painting during art class as a high school student.  Ernest’s art teacher spent time nurturing his natural abilities then introduced him to Dr. Howard Burchette, the Dean of the Art Department at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Ernest attended college for two years.  When the grant program ended, Ernest had to take a job and became employed by a large Florida lighting company.  Ernest’s love for art never subsided and about ten years ago he started painting every day.  

He has been honored for his work not only at art shows in Cedar Key and Longwood, but also by organizations who recognize his contributions to preserving Florida’s cultural heritage. In 2013, at the Matheson Museum, the Stetson Kennedy Foundation presented Lee with its coveted Fellow Man & Mother Earth Award for thoughtfully depicting the African-American experience during the mid-20th century.

Ernest will be accompanied by his lovely wife, Gloria, who served as his studio assistant throughout the project, at the 12th Annual African American History Festival on February 20th. He will display a large selection of his work and will be available to talk about the time he has spent with the local children in the Art Academy.

The Art Academy is a collaborative project between the Apalachicola School of Art and Franklin’s Promise Coalition which is possible through the support of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition. You may visit Ernest Lee’s website at http://www.ernestleeart.com

For additional exhibit information contact; Paulette Moss, Director, Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320

1-855-APALACH (855-272-5224)



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