THE RAF MUSEUM COSFORD 1940's HANGAR DANCE
Picture yourself transported back the 1940's in the magical atmosphere of the worlds finest Aviation Museum. Listening to the strains of Sentimental Journey as Glenn Millers music and music of the greats of that era bring the Huge hangar of the RAF Museum Cosford to life.
A Magical Evening Turning the clock back to the 1940's and music and Fashions from the time of "The Battle of Britain".
Live 40's Music
with Paul Drakeley and his All Star Band and Singers
Top Prize for the Evening Raffle.
Artist Steve Harper presented a Beautifil Artists Reserve Print worth £400 . It was Signed by Steve for the lucky winner on the evening of the dance. The Painting reflects this years theme of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Title of the Print is "Honouring the Few"
Below Artist Steve Harper (right) with Chairman Dave Leek at the unveiling of the Painting "Honouring the Few" which was presented as a Print to the winner of the Raffle at the September Dance. The original can currently be seen on Exhibition at the RAF Museum Cosford.
Above: (Left) Artist Steve Harper standing in front of the Hurricane, with (Right) Chairman of the The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford Mr. Dave Leek together with the Painting "Defender of The Scepred Isle " . The painting was used on the tickets for the September 2010 Dance.
Steve also signed tickets and programs for the evening which have specially designed art work by him depicting the Museums Hurricane titled "Defender of the Sceptred Isle" and the Battle of Britain Painting " The Battle of St Paul's"as collectable mementos of a wonderful and nostalgic evening.
A big thank you to all the folks in the press for so kindly supporting the exhibition of Steves Art Work at the RAF Museum Cosford and the Charity Dance on the 18th September 2010.
Below more photos of the 2010 Hangar Dance
Don't forget to book early for the 2011 RAF Museum Cosford 1940's Dance! its your chance to support the valued work of the Aerospace Museum Society Cosford and have a fabulous evening to look forward to.
"an absolute must attend event!"
The Nostalgia and Glamour of the 1940's comes to life in the Atmospheric setting of The Cosford Aviation Museum!
A Real Hangar Dance!
"The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford"
Visit the Cosford Museum a Fabulous day out!
Museum Entrance is FREE! with a modest car parking charge of £ 3.00 for a full day. Its a fabulous day out for all to enjoy one of the Finest Aviation Museums
"See You there."
Want to visit the Exhibition of Steve's work
Following fantastic success, the Exhibition will now run into 2010!
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THE EXHIBITION RUNS during 2010! Your Chance to See this Fabulous Exhibition!
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Visit the RAF Museum Cosford a Fabulous day out!
An Artists View of
THE FABULOUS 1940's HANGAR DANCE
As Music filled the air and the strains of Glenn millers magical music transported us back to to days of the 1940's, the Huge hangar of the RAF Museum Cosford came to life.
I looked up from where I was strategically positioned under the Graceful and yet powerful Lincoln Bomber that I had spent so many hours studying to bring to life on canvas. This was to be the Print we were launching that evening and presenting the No 2 print of "Heritage of Cosford's Finest" as the first print to be issued as the 1st prize in the evening's raffle.
Above Steve (right) with the winner of the print (left)
The wonderful folks from the Museum had kindly provided me with a table to sign mementos of the evening for guests.
It was wonderful to be able to meet folks who collect my art work, to chat with guests to the fabulous evening and share time with the friends.
I find it a terrific honour to be able to speak with the folks who have served or had family and friends that served on or with the incredible aircraft at the RAF Museum Cosford. Their guiding and encouraging words help me to bring the aircraft to life once more on canvas. Their stories, memories and emotions captured by the artists brush and told out for all to share.
The museum is an incredible place. Not like the many static and lifeless exhibits I have seen the world over. This is a museum like no other, full of life, excitement and treasured memories. A place of learning for young and the not so young and yet a place for quiet reflection.
Well what makes it special?
I put pen to paper once more to sign a ticket, it's background taken from one of my paintings of the Spitfire at full throttle over the fields of England titled "England's pride".
Above Steve signed approximately 200 mementos for visitors to the dance
Another three tickets land in front of me to sign I look up and see the friendly face of a good friend I have made from the Cosford Aviation Society. And there we have our answer. What Makes the RAF museum Cosford Special is the people. The fantastically dedicated full time staff, the teams of dedicated craftsmen and women, the amazing volunteers, the veterans, that make this a living museum and a valued part of our heritage that we can all share.
As the music of the fabulous 40's carried us through to the era of Hollywood Glamour we were entertained by the fabulous Rat Pack tribute. Once again Frank, Dean and Sammy thrilled the audience with their legendary voices.
Now it was time for the raffle draw. My congratulations to the lovely couple who won the Print. It was lovely to chat with them and have our photos taken as a special memory of a great evening. My best wishes to you both.
Above Steve signs the back of the print for the lucky winner of the raffle in front of the 500 guests to the dance.
The raffle done there was one last surprise in store. With the Aid of the amazing Peter Bunting with his great sense of fun and with so many thanks to All the folks in The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford, who with Military precision coupled with marvelous humour and a light dash of mischief, helped Peter and Myself to surprise the recipient of the No1 print "Heritage of Cosford's Finest".
I have known Dave Leek, the Chairman of The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford for quite a while now and I'm proud to call him and his lovely family dear friends. His dedication to the preservation of our aviation heritage has inspired me to put brush to canvas, his quick whit and great sense of humour is a charm and his knowledge of aviation history is simply amazing. Having seen how hard he worked to put the evening together along with so many of the incredible folks from both the Society and the Staff, our thanks to them all. Who better to give the Number one Print to in thanks. My best wishes to you Dave.
The Music gently subsided, the dancing dwindled and happy faces made their way to waiting cars.
An incredible night in a truly amazing setting. Simply the best Aviation Museum in the world. A night of good friends and happy memories. A night of Nostalgia, Hollywood glamour and fabulous 40's music and style.
Click on the picture above for details of how to buy your own fabulous copy of the Print Heritage of Cosford's Finest
Perhaps when you next look into the Painting "Heritage of Cosford's Finest" your eye will take you to a clearing in the Cloud as the majestic Lincoln Bomber banks round with a roar of her mighty engines. And as you gaze down through the gap in the clouds you will see the RAF Museum Cosford, with sunlight gently glinting off the impressive hangars where the Strains of the Music of the 40s dance once filled the air.Behind the Lincoln you see the dark clouds of war time, She flies on into a brighter future in a moment in time captured by the artists hand as a tribute to her home and resting place, and the dedication of the people who care for her and the amazing collection of aircraft who sit along side her. Now the Lincoln rest in her majestic glory for all of us to enjoy at her home RAF Museum Cosford, cared for by a special and dedicated team of people that are part of the "Heritage of Cosford's Finest".
A Note of Thanks
My thanks to the many collectors of my work. Our family of Collectors is world wide from New York to France and back to England. Without you and your fabulous words of encouragement, marvelous emails and letters I quite simply could not do what I do. My sincere and heart felt thanks to you. It was great to meet quite a few of you at the Dance at the RAF Museum Cosford, please keep in touch, my best wishes to you.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Amazing dance at the RAF Museum Cosford. It has been a very special and treasured time to have made so many friends, shared laughter and great times. I am truly in awe of the work you all do in preserving the heritage of our aviation past. Thanks again for the warm welcome when we first put up the exhibition. Thank you to all the Members of The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford and for your friendship that I treasure.
A couple of special Thank you's to all the full time team of folks .Thanks to Peter Bunting, a Great sense of humour, big heart and someone I could listen too for hours, plus he has an amazing way of hanging paintings, and surprising a certain Chairman, thanks Peter.
Michelle a big thank you for all the Pr, paper clippings and press stuff and a warm welcome when I arrived.
To the wonderful folks in the restaurant, for a warm smile, a great cuppa and wonderful cakes (I may never fit in that uniform again! wow!)
I saved this one for last. A BIG Thank you to Dave Leek. Dedicated to his friends, dedicated in his work as Chairman of the Aerospace Museum Society Cosford. A great friend and an ambassador for all that is special about preserving our aviation heritage. (And he puts up with my daft sense of humour! Now that really needs thanks!)
A big thank you to all the folks in the press for so kindly supporting the exhibition and the Dance on the 10th of October.
A few special mentions
Thank you to Jamie Rowland and the Sutton Coldfield News for your wonderful articles and photos, a great Newspaper .
A big thank you to the Telford Journal for all your coverage of the Exhibition, photos and fantastic articles.
Thank you to Ken Ellis of "Fly Past" Magazine for so kindly putting details of the exhibition in the Opps board section, a big thank you Ken.
Thank you to Best of British Magazine for a great colour article and your kind support.
Sorry if I have missed anyone out but please accept my sincere thanks for your articles, great photos and support.
One Last Big thank you.
Yes this one is for you, the visitors to our web site, the many visitors to the exhibition and the Guests to the Dance and RAF Museum Cosford and our collectors. My sincere and heartfelt thanks. It's both humbling and an honour to be able to share my works of art with you. Your support is very much valued and when I get the chance to meet people who enjoy my work at events like the Dance or signings and exhibitions it certainly makes me realise how lucky I am to be able to share my gift with you and indeed to have made so many friends through my work.
My thanks and very best wishes to you all
See you at the Dance in September 2010, Best wishes,
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