Recently at the Schack Art Center, artist Chris Hopkins unpacks a few of his Tuskegee Airmen paintings while exhibit hanger Josey Wise (background) prepares walls. The painting he carries is titled “Roscoe Brown.” The painting sitting against the wall at left is “The Flyer of the 332nd.” (Dan Bates / The Herald)

New exhibit showcases historic airmen and planes

EVERETT — Aviation buffs are in for a treat this week with the opening of a new exhibition at the Schack Art Center.

Retired Boeing designer Robert Parks has combined his life’s work with his artistic passion to offer an exhibit in the Schack’s loft gallery — Historic Aircraft Profiles — which includes dozens of colorful and detailed drawings and paintings of planes.

Displayed in the main gallery will be more than 50 paintings by Everett artist Chris Hopkins from his series on the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

The Schack’s show — “Red Tails, Silver Wings” — opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the art center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. Admission is free.

Parks, 90, of Shoreline, will be on hand to talk about his time in the Army Air Forces during World War II, his long career with Boeing and his lifelong interest in aviation. Parks’ name is on the Wall of Honor at the National Air and Space Museum at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport for his contributions to aviation.

Hopkins, 63, also an Air Force veteran, began his Tuskegee project as part of the Air Force Art Program. A number of paintings from the series are hung permanently in the Pentagon.

The paintings illustrate the heroism and ground-breaking work of the country’s first African-American military pilots.

“Black Aviation through World War II” is the title of a lecture at the Schack to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday by Hopkins and his friend and fellow Air Force vet Guy E. Franklin, who has written extensively about the Tuskegee Airmen.

The lecture is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

For more information, go to www.schack.org and look for a story in Friday’s Herald A&E section.

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