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Page 10, Cloverdale Reveille, April 2, 1997 ART two years ago, and before it was purchased by the US Coast Guard National Art Collection, 25 pictures were displayed in the rotunda of the US Senate building in Washington DC. Now the artwork is exhibited at the Coast Guard's museum in Maryland, but 25 drawings will be lent to the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia--one of the world's most prestigious nautical art museums--for the next three years. Besides Coast Guard National Art Collection curator Gail Full- er, several other people visited Fisher last Thursday at a special reception, including, family members, friends, museum cu- rators, and many of those in- strumental in getting his pictures the recognition they de- serve. Of those who attended was Chris Couser, former captain of the ship where Fisher created his works; and Couser's wife Jackie who commissioned the ship. Residents of Sausalito, the couple hadn't seen Fisher since World War II. Pat Everette, also attended the reception. She started out as a stranger Purcell sat next to on a return plane trip from Washing- ton, DC where he had been show- ing Fisher's paintings, andfended up being a long lost cousin of Fisher's. . Purcell and Everette struck up a conversation about geneal- ogy when they realized she was related to Fisher. "When we got offthe plane, I showed the draw- ings to her husband, Retired Navy Commander Oliver Ever- ette. He sent some letters to Washington," Purcell said. He believes Everette's letters had a lot of influence in gaining the drawings national attention. Early Influence Fisher studied under the fa- mous American artist Thomas Hart Benton. "Benton had spent time in Paris in the early 1900's with Picasso, Gertrude Stein and the lei bank and found him- selfpaintingabstract things. But when he came back to America he came back to join the Navy in World Warl. It was there in the Navy, working alongside other Americans that he was inspired for the rest of his life to paint scenes of Americans at work and at play," Purcell said. Benton became a Woodie Guth- rie type, hitchhiking and stay- ing at people's homes across the country, paying them back for their hospitality with his sketch- es. "Phe interesting part is that Benton was inspired to do what he did when he was in the Navy and its a shame he never did see Jim's artwork--he would have been so proud of his student who actually chronicled the very thing that had inspired him in the first place," Purcell said. After World War II After the war Fisher lived in New Orleans, working as an art- ist. He had a studio in the French Quarter and sold a lot of linocut prints. One interesting story con- cerns a popular print Fisher made in 1947. "There was a street car that went up to Desire Streetand back and it was going to be torn out. Some friends said to him why don't you 'get a picture of that before it goes and he thought it was a good idea. That particu- lar day when he went out and did a sketch of that--he said it was one of the few times when he knew he had it'--something that happens to an artist when they've really captured some- thing," Purcell said. Later that year Ella Kazan was to open a play by Tennessee Williams in New York entitled =The Poker Game" but right be- fore it opened the title was changed to =A Streetcar Named Desire'. Life in SonomaCounty According to Purcell, Fisher's former wife Maggie had been raised in Santa Rosa and at one point had enough of New Or- leans. =She let1 and took the kids with her and came to Santa Rosa. Jim followed after. That was 1975," Purcell said. In Santa Rosa Fisher contin- ued carving wood. His son be- came a wood-carver himself and carves handmade guitar bodies for Olympic Guitars in Santa Rosa. Fisher's daughter Molly works at Dry Creek Winery and is also a graphic artist. , r,. C LOVE RDALE , The SALES PRICES EFFECTIVE APRIL 2-9, 1997 t Drugstore in Town LONI CHOCOLA11 OVEEmD OOKImB, 12 TO 16 OZ, AlIOEnlO OB LOW FAT |ILl  CHOCOLA11 COOKIE AKII, 6.75 OZ AoM GAIN ULTRA 2 Regular, 83 OZ or Bleach, 87 Oz PEPSI, DIET PEPSI, CAFFEINE FBEE DIET PEPSI, OR MOUNTAIN DEW .,,:,,,; "'* 12 Pack ! 12 Oz Cans ,, ..... !i! >i:!i: :!: ii:! !:i : : single Ro, Whites or Prints KINGSPORO CHARCOAL emmoum 10 LB BAG VALUE! IBACK  Why're or (#t0501, , 0505) : " I I ". =....= *...----r .DII IOal & IlLOIgml KltUlI 0" galnt .': Be  all season tong. LILLY MILLER PACKAGE VEGETABLE AND FLOWER IiiD! I00mlLlrZ-mmTJUlV ImmlCT 24 OZ Ready- .or Houseplant 1 ! I PRICE ASSORTED I c.NomxTus7 1 4 Pack "AA" or "AAA" or 2 Pack "C" or "D" or One "9 Volt" 9 OLYMPIA 12 Pack, 12 0z Cans Assorted 79 Plus CRV OAiT, ZlIT OR BAR SOAP 3 PACK 50Z 69 !iiii!i II ,