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.
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.
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”
“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 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!
Ken Muramoto’s train arts are featured in Orchard Supply Hardware® (OSH)’s 2015 Train Calendar, which will be available at OSH stores across CA and OR from Friday, November 28th, 2014.