Presentation on Fred Pilkington

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The Life of Fred Pilkington the Subject of History Talk at the Historic Camano School House

The extraordinary life of this World War II POW and Camano Island artist will be the focus of this presentation at the Camano School House this September 15th at 2 PM.

As a platoon sergeant, Fred Pilkington was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 spending four months in captivity.  Fred wrote an account of his time as a soldier during wartime combat and what life was like in those German prison camps.  After the war he earned a Master’s Degree in Art from New York University and was an art educator in New York for many years.  He moved to Camano Island in 1987 and was a long-time member of the Camano Arts Association, creating and printing his art until the end of his life.

His wife, Mary Pilkington, will talk about Fred’s lifetime experiences and read excerpts from his story.  A movie of his art work, set to music, will be shown on the big screen following her talk.  Working beside Fred for many years has given Mary a wealth of knowledge about his artwork.  An artist herself, she enjoys painting and printmaking, but truly loves telling the stories behind their collection and experiences during their life together.  Fred was 90 when he died in 2013.

Fred’s mediums included painting, sculpture, serigraphy, ceramics, leather, pen and ink, pastel, and watercolor. However, his love was printmaking; creating and printing block prints and etchings. Mary will demonstrate printmaking after the presentation and movie and will show how etchings and block prints are made.

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