Dick Kramer Enters the Coast Guard Art Program's Annual Show

Posted by Virginia Kramer on 2/9/2017
Dick Kramer Enters the Coast Guard Art Program's Annual Show
Dick Kramer Enters the Coast Guard Art Program's Annual Show

Every year, the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) holds a show at the Salmagundi Club, a respected cultural center in New York City. 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the partnership between the Coast Guard and the Salmagundi Club, and this year the annual show will be held from July 16th to 18th.

Dick Kramer is a member of the Coast Guard Art Program and this year he has entered two of his exceptional pieces. The first, "Smoke Eater," depicts a Coast Guard firefighter. Dick is an absolute master with pencils and loves the challenge of capturing the appearance of glass and reflections the way he has done with the facemask and tank worn by the firefighter in this drawing. "Smoke Eater" measures 15" x 20" on cold press illustration board. Dick used several grades of pencil ranging from 6H to B.

The second piece is entitled "Fire Drill on Eagle" and is also in pencil, measuring 20" x 30". Dick invested approximately four to five weeks on these two drawings combined and achieved his usual extreme levels of accuracy and detail. The two new pieces are a fine addition to the Coast Guard Art Program's collection.

Dick and the COGAP have been good friends for years. He already has other pieces in the collection including "Beware of the Dog," "Semper Paratus," "Precision Marksman," and "Dog Fight." In 2014, he entered his watercolor "Squeeze" into the show and received a Public Service Commendation for the work. He is renowned for being able to capture the spirit of America's law enforcement and armed forces like no one else.

Dick is also involved in other programs besides the COGAP; he has been a member of the United States Air Force Art Program for over 40 years and more than 60 of his pieces reside in the collection, to be exhibited on Air Force bases worldwide. He was also selected by NASA to help document the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope from Cape Canaveral in 1990.

Please feel free to browse the gallery for more of Dick's artwork!

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