Monday, 18 September 2017 10:29

Aerospace Artists meet in Nanton at the Bomber Command Museum

Written by  Demi Knight
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The Canadian Aerospace Artists Association (CAAA) have made their way to Nanton from September 14th through to the 16th to continue their celebration of aviation heritage through art.

Members of the association gathered at the Bomber Command Museum this September for their annual meeting where many of their art pieces were on sale and display for viewers delight.
Secretary of Membership at the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association, Elizabeth McRae says each year members look forward to these events to be able to explore new facilities and meet with like-minded people.
“Each year we go to a different locale. It gives us the opportunity to meet new artists and connect with our local members. It also allows us to reach new audiences. Each location we visit offers us uniqueplanes and aviation themes to explore and paint.  We get to meet a variety of aviation enthusiasts”
Each year the association comes together in new aviation themed locations across the country to attend events and showcase their paintings.
This year at the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, Aerospace artists and members of the association saw the nighttime run-up of the Lancaster Bomber engine and a salute to the Halifax event. With the artist’s all having a passion for creating paintings that capture the beauty and essence of aviation machine’s, many new paintings were available during their visit to the Bomber Command Museum this year for the public to purchase.
“Often we have lectures by staff and volunteers at the Museum or Military Base that we are touring.  We have had chances to get up-close-and-personal with individual aircraft, with behind the scenes stories of the recovery and restoration of historic planes,” says McRae of the experience that the association gets from each new facility that they travel to.
Some of the paintings even incorporated airplanes from the museum’s collection to add a local essence for those who attended the event and wished to purchase the displayed artwork.
However, it wasn’t only artwork that the members of the CAAA brought to Nanton but also stories of their past meetings in different cities throughout the country to share with the public.
The weekend also boasted an update on the recovery of the Halifax Bomber which is currently in progress off the coast of Sweden right now.
Although the Aerospace Artists Association has only been active for 20 years, since 1997 they have attended events across the whole country to showcase their artwork from the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Nova Scotia, to Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and the Montreal Aviation Museum at Ste.Anne de Bellevue in Quebec.
Before heading to Alberta to experience Nanton’s nationally acclaimed museum, members of the CAAA found themselves at the National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario late last year. 
“By the late 1990’s the group were meeting regularlyin places such as the Shearwater Military Base, The National Aviation Museum in Ottawa, the British Columbia Aviation Museum and several other sites across Canada.  This is our second visit to Alberta,” says McRae on a final note of the journey’s that the association takes.

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