New Art “Williams Flyer at Red Lake”

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On a cold winter afternoon, the southbound Williams Flyer led by Grand Canyon Railway steam locomotive No. 29 and a FPA-4 diesel helper speeds through the Espee Rd. crossing at Red Lake, Arizona on her way back to the station at Williams. No. 29 is a 2-8-0 Consolidation built by the American Locomotive Works in 1906, who worked on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in Michigan prior to entering service on the Grand Canyon Railway in 1990. She remained in active service until 2008 when the railway’s famed steam program was cut. However, after being converted to burn Waste Vegetable Oil, she returned to the rails in August of 2016 to celebrate the National Parks Service’s centennial.

Ken Muramoto ©. Watercolor. 10 1/4″ x 14″. September, 2016.

New Art “Down by the Station Platform”

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The Oigawa Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan began operations in 1927. It is now a popular tourist attraction for those visiting the local hot spring resorts along the line. Early in the morning at Shin-Kanaya Station, steam locomotive C11-227 and its train wait patiently at the platform for an electric commuter to depart first.

Ken Muramoto ©. Colored-pencils. 9″ x 12″. June, 2016.

2016 Al Smith Day

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Ken and his family were invited to Al Smith Day at the Swanton Pacific Railroad in Davenport, CA on April 24, 2016. This annual event was organized by the “Cal Poly” Swanton Pacific Historical Railroad Society to honor Albert B. Smith, the former president of Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) and the founder of the railroad. Five hundred people got together to enjoy train rides, BBQ, and more. Ken exhibited his original arts, sold his art cards and prints, and autographed more than 100 OSH train calendars! Special thanks to Ed and Mary Ann Carnegie and Mary and Lloyd Yoshida for their kind support. Ken is planning to have another exhibit at Swanton’s next event, “Cal Poly Day” on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

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Ken’s Exhibit at Al Smith Day on April 24 (Sun)

Ken will showcase his train arts at the Al Smith Railroad Day, one day fun-filled event, at the Swanton Pacific Railroad, Davenport, CA on April 24 (Sun).

Bring your copy of the 2016 OSH calendar, if you have one, so that he can personally sign it. Some of his original art works, prints, and art cards will be for sale.

RSVP is required for the event.

Steam at Swanton Pacific

Steam at Swanton Pacific

For more information and reservation, visit website of the Swanton Pacific Railroad.

See a blog post on Ken’s 2015 Al Smith Day exhibit below.

Ken’s art display on “Al Smith Day”

 

 

New Art “Via Fern Creek”

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Garden railroaders take great pride in showcasing and running their model trains in their backyards like Eric Child and Trevor Park’s Fern Creek & Western Garden Railroad in Santa Cruz, California. Here, a passenger train headed by South Pacific Coast 4-4-0 #3 passes by the Priya Canyon Sand Mines and onto the Priya Canyon Trestle.

Ken Muramoto ©. Watercolor. 10 1/4″ x 14″. February, 2016.

New Art “Morning at Fort Bragg”

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On a bright summer morning at Fort Bragg, CA, the steam locomotive #45 simmers at the depot, while getting her passenger cars ready for a trip up to Northspur on the California Western Railroad. Popularly known as the “Skunk Train“, this railroad runs both steam and diesel-powered trains as well as vintage rail motor cars through the towering redwood forests along Pudding Creek and Noyo River.

Ken Muramoto ©. Colored pencils. 9″ x 11”. November,  2015.

Ken’s Art Exhibit at SCCRTC, downtown Santa Cruz

Ken Muramoto’s art exhibition at the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)’s Office downtown Santa Cruz will begin on September 8. The exhibit showcases 21 pieces of his work including his new original train arts for the 2016 OSH Train Calendar as well as watercolor pieces of local landscapes. The SCCRTC office (1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060) is located on the second floor of the Chefworks across the street from the Bookshop Santa Cruz. It opens weekdays only (8-5) until October 30. Please visit and enjoy his work!

Crusin' by the Three Graces. Watercolor. © 2015 Ken Muramoto

Crusin’ by the Three Graces. Watercolor. © 2015 Ken Muramoto

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Ken’s art display on “Al Smith Day”

To honor the tradition of Albert B. Smith, the former president of the Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) and the former owner of the Swanton Pacific Railroad, Ken’s original arts for the 2015 OSH Train Calendar and the new train art “Steam at Swanton Pacific” were displayed at the Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, CA on April 12, 2015, “Al Smith Day”. Five hundred people joined this fun filled event under the beautiful weather. Ken autographed about 60 OSH calendars provided by the “Cal Poly” Swanton Pacific Historical Railroad Society and gave all away! We specially thank Edgar J. Carnegie, the president of the society, and his wife Mary Ann Carnegie for their wonderful support.Ken and his art display on Al Smith Day

New Art “Steam at Swanton Pacific”

Steam at Swanton Pacific

In 1979, then Orchard Supply Hardware President Albert B. Smith obtained four live steam locomotives built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Smith restored these locomotives and formed the Swanton Pacific Railroad on his ranch in northern Santa Cruz County, California. Today, Mr. Smith’s legacy lives on by the efforts of the “Cal Poly” Swanton Pacific Historical Railroad Society. Here, locomotive No. 1914 simmers in preparation for the occasional public train rides.

Ken Muramoto ©. Watercolor. 10 1/4″ x 14″. February, 2015.

Great First Show: Ken’s MAH Exhibition

Ken’s first solo show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) “One Track Mind” was a big success. Ken received many positive comments and encouragements. We thank those who visited the show. Here’s some comments from the guest book.

“Stunning work. Kudos from one artist to another. You have truly captured “the song of the rails””

“Such skill!! Congratulations on a fabulous exhibit”

“Your work is beautiful and full of perfect moments. Thank you for sharing your talents”

“Wondrous, Sublime!”

“Wonderful work. We love the trees in “Steam at Bear Mountain” and the billowing steamy snow in “Winter Cascade Express””

“Very impressive to see the same details with watercolor and pencil”

“Gorgeous trains! Self-portrait is my favorite”

“I love the realistic yet drawn art. The train drawings are amazing”

“Wonderful work! I can’t wait to see future projects!”

Special thanks to Marla Novo, Curator of the Collections, and Justin Collins, Exhibitions Manager, both of MAH, for creating such a wonderful space for Ken’s arts.

 With Justin and Marla of MAH

Ken’s art displayed at the MAH

Ken’s original train arts are being displayed at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History along with Toy Trains 2014 exhibition http://www.santacruzmah.org/2014/toy-trains-2014/ from now till January 11, 2015 (EXTENDED!!). The Museum is open 11-5 from Tuesday to Sunday. It closes on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closes early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Ken and his family will be there between 11am and 12pm on Friday, December 19th and some other times during the exhibition. Please visit and enjoy his beautiful works of art!One Track Mind???????????????????????????????