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Local Artist Chris Hopkins to Showcase Tuskegee Airmen Art at

“Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight”

Opening April 3, 2015 at Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA

Mukilteo, Wash – March 24, 2015 – Local artist and resident Chris Hopkins will be on hand during the opening weekend of  “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight,” between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 3 – 5, 2015, at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA, 98275.  The artist will be available the entire weekend to answer questions and to talk about what inspired the Tuskegee Airmen project. Six signed, numbered prints from the Tuskegee Airmen Series will be available for view and purchase during the opening weekend, and available for purchase at the Future of Flight Gift Shop through the duration of the exhibit.

About the exhibit: “Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight,” presented by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), is an exciting and vibrant exhibition that examines the contributions of some of the most important African American aviators from the past and present who helped make the dream of careers in flight and space exploration possible. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the MetLife Foundation. The local presentation is supported by Snohomish County Airport. The exhibit will be available daily through June 14, 2015. Local Snohomish County residents are invited to attend the opening weekend of the exhibition, April 3 – 5, 2015, for FREE.  Proof of residency required (driver’s license or utility bill).

About the artist:  Chris began his painting career as a commercial illustrator working in the entertainment industry. Among other things, he produced iconic posters for movies including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Return of the Jedi. He was also nominated for a Grammy for his album cover art for Styx's Paradise Theatre.

Hopkin's career began to change from slick airbrush advertising to a more painterly style working on private commissions to depict historical events. Hopkins produced works depicting the histories of Northwest Native tribes and portraits of Northwest Native American artists. He also became known for his military artwork. Hopkins produced works honoring the men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm and in the war in Vietnam.

Hopkins began work on his Tuskegee Airmen series as part of his work for the Northwest chapter of the Air Force Art program. Over the years, the series has moved beyond the Air Force Art program to become a personal mission and passion for Hopkins. The Tuskegee Airmen project is a tribute that consists of more than 40 paintings that accurately portray the foreign and domestic exploits of the first African American fighter pilots, their support crews, their families, their predecessors as well as their legacy. With the help of surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Pentagon personnel, and noted historians, this body of work has been created with tremendous attention to detail and accuracy.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center is located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA 98275. The facility is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Parking is free.

Admission to Black Wings is FREE for members (www.futureofflight.org/membership) and included in Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour admission with advance purchase, $18 adult, $12 youth (age 15 and under; children must be at least four feet tall to take the Boeing Tour). Admission for the exhibit also is included in Gallery/Strato Deck only admission (no Boeing Tour), $10 adult, $5 ages 6- 15, and FREE for ages 5 and under.  For tickets and information visit www.futureofflight.org/black-wings or call 425-438-8100 x 240.

The Future of Flight Foundation, an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a 36-member board of directors, operates the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, Snohomish County’s premier visitor attraction. In addition, the Foundation offers conference and meeting spaces, education programs and provides financial assistance for schools and students in need.

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