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May 18, 2016


SANTA ANA, Calif. - From May 18 through June 15, a series of oil paintings titled "Home Front Aviation" by local artist Stan Vosburg are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA's Community Focus Space Program. The paintings can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

"Orange County has a rich aviation history, and Mr. Vosburg’s nostalgic and warm-hearted paintings create a shared experience for airplane lovers of all ages," said Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "The County is fortunate to have a world-class airport with an Arts Program that highlights the many talented artists within our community."

Stan Vosburg’s historical aviation paintings depict the interaction of people in everyday life with the aircraft that were built in and flown over Southern California during World War II. Detailed research into period magazines, local archives and the artist’s extensive collection of aviation books are the foundation of these historically detailed paintings.

"Impressing the Night Shift" by Stan Vosburg

"Impressing the Night Shift" by Stan Vosburg

More images can be seen here.

"The "Home Front Aviation" series embodies a nostalgic look at America’s love affair with military aviation during the 1940s," said Stan Vosburg. "These period-paintings provide a window into one of aviation’s most exciting eras."

A native Californian, Vosburg has lived in Orange County since 1954. Vosburg graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and spent 39 years working as a structural analyst in the aerospace/defense industry. To relieve the stress from work, he took a series of oil painting classes at Fullerton College and reconnected with his passion for oil painting and art. He is a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA), which has recognized his work with numerous awards. His painting "Impressing the Night Shift" was recreated in "living art" during the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters’ 1999 Millennium season.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Maryana Wagor (June 15 - July 14) and Richard Pradenas (July 14 - August 16).

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