"The Greatest Generation: A Visual Tribute" by artist Chris Demarest
A Military Portrait Art show kicks off its national tour here in Amherst, a town not always known as a bastion of old fashioned patriotism, in the sun splashed atrium of our own Jones Library, "the people's living room."
Hometown artist Chris Demarest, a cross between illustrator Norman Rockwell and writer Tracy Kidder, has put brush to canvas on over 80 scenes of our WW2 generation going about their daily business of contributing to the war effort. A hard won victory only made possible by teamwork, skill and unwavering dedication to the cause that defined a generation.
And with more than an equal share of the paintings highlighting the significant contributions to the war effort made by our secret weapon: women.
Some 350,000 women served in US Armed Forces during WW2