The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon, pleine aire paintings of Vietnam by local artist Paul Arsenault, on display from Jan. 3 through Jan. 30, 2015. The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, is open to the public at no cost and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from the conflict in Vietnam. These special paintings were created on two separate trips in 1995 and 1998, after Vietnam was finally opened to U.S. visitors in 1991. After returning home from his second trip, Arsenault acquired a unique perspective on Vietnam during a delicate time in its evolution.
Arsenault’s painting journey took him from the Mekong Delta and Saigon in the South to Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hanoi in the North, and included several small villages along Highway 1, the major road in Vietnam. Arsenault was struck by the changes, especially in the cities, that occurred in just the three years that passed between his visits.
This exhibition will benefit the U.S. Marine Corp’s Scholarship Foundation, which enables children of Marines to receive financing for college education. Members of the foundation will be in from Washington, D.C. for the opening reception.
Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heydays of the Roaring Twenties and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon by Paul Arsenault, please contact the museum at (239) 262-6525 or visit www.colliermuseums.com/exhibits