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March 16, 2009

Pulaski resident Jim Bain art exhibit on display at The Center

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The latest visual arts exhibit on display at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset features a collection of acrylic paintings by retired graphic artist Jim Bain, whose work has even been featured on a Hallmark Father’s Day greeting card.

Bain, who moved to Pulaski County two years ago from Port Charlotte, Fla., has selected some of his favorite and most treasured art to showcase in an exhibit on display through May 8 in the visual arts gallery in the front lobby and second floor of The Center.

Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts and culture, said she is pleased to welcome Bain as The Center’s featured gallery artist.

“It is a pleasure to host this extraordinary exhibit at The Center,” Winstead said. “It is Somerset’s good fortune to have such a talented artist living and painting in our community.”

One of the 10 paintings in Bain’s exhibit includes a scene depicting two sail boats on the Mediterranean Sea, an image that once caught the attention of Hallmark executives.

While serving as a young sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1963, Bain pulled out his sketch pad to draw two sail boats near the Bosporus Strait on the Eastern Mediterranean. He forgot about the pencil sketch, which he had tucked inside a folder with a number of other drawings, until four years later when he was looking for an image to paint for a student art exhibit.

Bain, then a senior at the Art Institute of Boston, began painting the long-lost picturesque scene. Using a brush and pallet knife, he created “Mediter-ranean Morning,” which he considers among the best works of his 42-year career.

Bain’s talent did not go unnoticed by top executives at Hallmark, the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. In 1968, Hallmark purchased the rights to use the image in a Father’s Day greeting card, Bain said.

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