|“Sketches and Stories: One Man’s Memories” is part of Legacy of Valor, honoring service and sacrifice of veterans and their families.
The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is hosting “Sketches and Stories: One Man’s Memories” from March 7th through April 5th. This exhibit is being presented in conjunction with Legacy of Valor, a campaign created by The Patterson Foundation, and includes drawings of Cortez by artist John Miller, as well as photographs and stories about his incredible life.
Miller served as a Marine during WWII and sought refuge in art after his discharge. He attended the Art Students League of New York on the GI Bill and worked as a commercial artist in Connecticut and New York for many years, before falling in love with Cortez in 1971. Miller’s artwork is part of the American Collectors Group in New York and his paintings are in private collections throughout the US and Europe.
Amara Nash, Supervisor of FMM, says “it is rare to meet such a gem of a person as John Miller and his story exemplifies the healing effects that creative endeavors can have. He is an adventuresome soul and a wonderful story teller.”
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 6th from 5:30-7 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibit, Miller will present a casual talk on Thursday, March 27th at 2 p.m. entitled “Revisiting Cortez: Through an Artists Eyes”. Both events are free, but reservations are required as we have limited seating. Reserve today by contacting Halee Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (941) 708-6120
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About Legacy of Valor
Legacy of Valor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. A mosaic of community-driven partnerships will educate and focus the community to use time, talent and treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families. For more information, please visit FreedomPassItOn.org.