Last Thursday my husband was giving a lecture at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. I noticed an art exhibit being hung in the room behind the one in which he was talking. After the lecture I went back to see what was there. To my surprise and delight it was a journaling exhibit. Perhaps the ultimate art journaling exhibit ever. The room was not open as the exhibit was still being hung but one of the staff offered to take me on a personal tour with comments. WOW. This exhibit is titled "A Sailors Diary - the Art of George Eisenberg."
The USS LaVallette by George Eisenberg. Courtesy of the Naval War College. This piece was painted on the back of a cancelled chart.
George Eisenberg had graduated from Mass College of Art and then went into the Navy where he served in the Pacific during WWII aboard a combat destroyer, the USS La Vallette. He journaled his experience with paintings and drawings - often on canceled charts - often under fire. The work is incredible. Hard to imagine a more unusual or dangerous plein air experience.
This is an incredible show. It opens to the public on Feb 22 at the Naval War College Museum. You should try and go. George Eisenberg has a website: www.asailorsdiary.com. Visit it for more information.
I never know what I will discover on these trips but often it's something wonderful and unexpected. There are a number of terrific figure drawings of the sailors included in this show that I didn't have the chance to photograph.