Thursday, March 21, 2013

Illinois READS Project Chooses Gustafson's Mother Goose Book

Illinois READS Project Chooses Gustafson's Mother Goose Book

Scott Gustafson at the Illinois READS
launch March 13, 2013

Scott Gustafson's bookFavorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose, was selected for the birth-to-four-year-old category for Illinois' first-ever statewide literacy project. Many statewide literacy organizations including teachers, schools and libraries are planning events in support of the literacy effort.  
ILLINOIS READS officially launched on March 13, 2013 at the Old State Historical Capital building in Springfield, IL. Scott and wife Patty attended the ceremonies along with other authors, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Secretary of State and Illinois State Librarian Jesse White, and Illinois Legislators.
Favorite Nursery Rhymes From Mother Goose was published by Greenwich Workshop Press in 2007 and they published his book Classic Fairy Tales in 2003. Scott Gustafson is working on a third book in this series, Bedtime Stories, which Greenwich Workshop Press will publish in fall 2014.

James Christensen's "Low Tech" to hang in Jet Propulsion Lab's New Space Building

James Christensen's "Low Tech" to hang in Jet Propulsion Lab's New Space Building

Christensen fine art editions collector Steve Cunningham recently donated a framed edition of James Christensen's Low Tech to the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA. Receiving the gift, from the left, is Stephen Kulczycki, Deputy Director of Communications and Education for JPL, and  Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the JPL. On the right are Mr. Cunningham and his daughter, Mrs. Tracy Pellegrino, an employee of JPL.

"I donated Low Tech to JPL because of the spirit of the barnstormer and, as the poster says, 'Before there was high tech, there had to be low tech.' It seems appropriate that the framed print now hangs in a place of honor in JPL's new Space Building."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gilleon Sale Sets New Record

Hair Apparent by Tom Gilleon
Tom Gilleon entered fine art rare air with the sale of his painting Hair Apparent at The Russell Auction in Montana this past week end. When the gavel finally fell, the 50” x 50” work of contemporary American Western art, initially estimated to sell for between $50,000 & $60,000, fetched a staggering $225,000!  
"I think it was a smashing success," said C.M. Russell Museum board chairman Joe Masterson of the auction. "The whole weekend was a tremendous success. It exceeded our expectations."
"I had absolutely no idea there was that much interest (in the painting)," said Gilleon.
"That's why we have auctions," said auctioneer Troy Black.
Mark Tarrant of Altamira Fine Art in Jackson Hole, said, "Collectors love art and recognize it is an asset class. It's a good place to put their money."
Gilleon’s record of Sold Out editions here at Greenwich mirrors the excitement for Tom’s original paintings we are seeing in auction such as this. Congratulations, Tom! We couldn’t be prouder. We love it when good things happen to good people.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Doolittle Raider and Workshop Friend Passes

Rising Into the Storm
Maj. Thomas C. Griffin, navigator on a B-25 bomber, the Whirling Dervish, in the daring air raid on Japan led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle in 1942, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died in Fort Thomas, Ky., on Feb. 26. He was 96 and lived in Cincinnati.
Griffin at the time of the Raid
 He died in a veterans hospital, said Tom Casey, a friend and the manager of the Doolittle Raiders, as the airmen who flew on the raid came to be known. The raid, the first American attack on Japanese soil, followed a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific that had demoralized the American public.

“The Japanese had attacked us, and we were mad,” Major Griffin said. “We wanted to hit ’em back.” The 80 men who volunteered for the raid were told only that they would be involved in a terribly dangerous mission.

They were to fly 16 B-25s from the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet — the first time the land-based bombers had been launched on a raid at sea — to strike military and industrial targets in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka. But a last-minute change in plans, resulting from an encounter with a Japanese vessel, meant the planes would not have enough fuel to reach designated landing areas in China.
Engaging the Enemy

Despite heavy antiaircraft fire and pursuing planes, all 16 bombers made it out of Japanese airspace. After escaping Japan, the planes ran into a storm, further draining their fuel supplies as darkness fell over unfamiliar terrain. Most of the men, including Major Griffin (who was a lieutenant at the time), bailed out over China.

Major Griffin escaped Japanese capture and later participated in more bombing runs before he was shot down in 1943. He was held in a German prisoner of war camp until 1945.
Doolittle Raid Ebook

Thomas Carson Griffin was born on July 10, 1916, in Green Bay, Wis. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He is survived by two sons, John and Gary; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Major Griffin was a cosigner on numerous William S. Phillips' fine art editions. His death leaves four surviving Doolittle Raiders.