WEAVER’S WWII ART TO BE SHOWN IN MICHIGAN MUSEUM

 

The seven giclee's of Weaver’s WWII subject art will be on display at

The Wexford County Historical Society and Museum in Cadillac, Michigan,

starting Friday, May 24th and continuing through Thursday, June 6th . The public is invited.

 

An interview describing how Michigan veteran Joe Fuscone

discovered Douglas Weaver, the artist, and arranged to have the Exhibit

of his WWII work will be explained in the local newspaper, The Cadillac News on May 24th.

For more information on the WWII pieces click here

Hi, Y’all: The TV station in Cadillac, MI, taped this interview with our buddy Vietnam Veteran Joe Fuscone who arranged Doug’s exhibit.

 

Go to: www.mynews26.com to “A Memorial Salute to the Veterans

of the Battle of Normandy. Good interview!  Our best to you, Preshia

D-Day veteran paints images of war

 

By Mardi Suhs

 

CADILLAC — Seven graphic paintings of the D-Day invasion of Normandy will be on display through Monday at the Wexford  County Historical Museum.

The display is entitled "A Memorial Salute to the Veterans of the Battle of Normandy."

The artist, California native Douglas B. Weaver, likes his work to be historically accurate.  And since he landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, these portrayals are authentic. He was an eyewitness to D-Day.

For 65 years, Weaver has worked as an artist and illustrator. His paintings of "exciting stories wherever he found them" have hung in the Reagan White House, in governor's mansions and in museums. He especially loves researching and painting scenes from the old west.  But Weaver never painted war scenes until three years ago, after a chance encounter with a man from Cadillac.

Vietnam veteran Joe Fuscone was vacationing out west when he noticed a World War II veteran and his wife in a restaurant in Albuquerque. He introduced himself. The two war veterans began to chat.

"Next thing you know, I find out that Doug is an artist," Fuscone said. "So I asked if he did any World War II art and he said he didn't (because) there's no market for it. I said, 'Of course, there's a market for it.'"

Then he added, "I would like one for myself — I will commission one right now."

Before the meeting ended, Weaver was already creating the commissioned work in his mind. To honor Fuscone's service in the 101st Airborne, he painted the 82nd Airborne landing in Ste. Mere Eglise, France, during the invasion of Normandy.

So that's how it started. A friendship. A correspondence.  And for Weaver, a journey back in time to a place he tried to forget — World War II.

"That really started everything," said Weaver's wife Preshia, who helps with interviews because Weaver has been deaf since the war. "Doug proceeded to do all seven paintings in black and white, because color can distort. He wanted to draw the emotions on the guys' faces, the emotions he perceived around him."

Preshia added that these graphic war paintings are her husband's way of honoring all who served.

"These (paintings) came from his memories, this was closure for him," she explained. "This was how he put an end to it, no more nightmares, no more grim memories that he couldn't get away from. This helped to put it to bed."

 

Read more about Douglas Weaver's war story on June 6 as we commemorate D-Day.

 

What:  "A Salute to the Veterans of the Battle of Normandy," a 3-day exhibit of paintings depicting scenes from World War II by D-Day veteran Douglas B. Weaver of Roswell, New Mexico.

 

Where: The Wexford County Historical Museum

 

When: Friday and Saturday, from noon to 7 p.m. and on Monday, Memorial Day from noon to 4 p.m.

 

Fees: $3 for adults, $5 for a family; and 16 and under admitted free. Historical Society members free.