March 2010 “Running Down The Road”
Newsletter from Dana Forrester Automotive Art, 6th Edition, March 2010
I’m honored to have been asked to serve in a position on both National Board of Directors for the National Corvette Restorer’s Society and the National Corvette Museum. This is the official Press Release we’ve sent to many news and media outlets:
Dana Forrester, nationally known artist from Independence, Missouri, has been named to the National Board of Directors of both the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) and the National Corvette Museum (NCM). Dana succeeds NCRS Member John Pirkle of Augusta, Georgia, who served in that position for ten years. He will attend board meetings annually for both the NCM and the NCRS. Dana will assume his responsibilities beginning with the March 1 board meeting at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The NCRS is the largest group of Corvette enthusiasts in the world.
Dana has been an active member of the National Corvette Restorers Society since 1987. He has served as Chairman for the Kansas City Chapter of NCRS for seven years and was awarded the prestigious national NCRS President’s Award in 2005. He has led seven NCRS Road Tours to National Conventions and will lead the Midwest Tour in July 2010 to Charlotte, North Carolina. Dana has achieved the level of Master Judge in NCRS and was Co-Chairman of the 2008 NCRS National Convention in St. Louis. He became Lifetime Member #523 of the National Corvette Museum in 1999. Dana has created over a hundred original watercolors featuring Corvette as the subject as well as numerous commissioned paintings for private collectors and owners. In 2004 Dana published Against the Wall, a book about his automotive art, and continues to work on another book covering his entire painting career. His art hangs in hundreds of private and public collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Wichita Art Museum, and the Hallmark Cards Collection. His entire collection of painting images can be viewed on his website www.danaforrester.com.
Plans are in the works for July’s Road Tour to the NCRS Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m planning to lead about 20-25 Corvettes on the Midwest Leg of that tour, leaving Kansas City and stopping in St. Louis to view two automotive museums, then on to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and passing through the Tail of the Dragon between Tennessee and North Carolina. We plan to tour the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC, then head on to the convention near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This promises to be the largest Convention in NCRS history and features tours of many NASCAR attractions. Judy and I plan to pre-drive our tour later this month to work out details of the tour.
The weather at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction proved to be challenging. Rain from Monday through Saturday was daunting enough, but the vendor portion of the auction was closed Thursday evening because of high winds. Their semi-permanent tent was rocking. Two miles away saw the Russo and Steele Auction tents collapse and damage hundreds of collector cars. Their auction re-opened for business on Sunday and Monday. I took a number of orders for custom paintings and sold a surprising amount of inventory as well.
I’ve begun working on several custom paintings that will be the official art for automotive events. The 20th Anniversary Eureka Springs Weekend painting is nearing completion and will appear on my website sometime in March. It will feature nine Corvettes winding up the downtown street of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, including the only ZR-1 convertible (known as the DR-1) and all three of our Corvettes.
I’m also creating art for two conventions, the NCRS Convention in Charlotte and the 2010 Cadillac and LaSalle Club Grand National Convention here in Kansas City. Also in progress is a 30” x 84” original watercolor featuring eight Corvettes and a 1955 Chevrolet Station Wagon which will be a very special painting. I really like the challenge the large watercolor presents, especially since most watercolor painters rarely work larger than 22” x 30.” I’ve also begun my first Chevelle painting. It will feature the two Chevelles that I owned from 1969 to 1972, a Marina Blue 1966 and a Nantucket Blue 1967 (which was a Nickey Chevrolet car).
Dana Forrester, A.W.S., N.W.S.
17611 48th Terrace Court South
Independence, MO 64055
Signature Member, American Watercolor Society