Restoring a Past, Charting a Future – Dalvero Academy exhibits at Mystic Seaport!

We are so proud to announce the April 28, 2012 opening of our exhibit: 

Restoring a Past, Charting a Future: An Artistic Discovery of America’s Whaling Legacy by Dalvero Academy.

art by Alexander Charner

The exhibit is three years in the making and the product of many, many classes held up at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, documenting the restoration of the whale-ship Charles W. Morgan, the only one of her kind left in the world. Not only did the artists create reportage of the restoration itself, they used the ideas and research conducted during their reportage work to illustrate the history and cultural significance of the ship. The renewed Morgan will set her course on an environmental mission, and the work in the show addresses that as well. The exhibit features 24 artists, including Dalvero instructors Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst, and showcases our illustration through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, video and animation.

Please read more about the exhibit on the Mystic Seaport website HERE. And visit our website to read more about the artists in the show:

art by Sara Dilliplane

The exhibit opens on April 28, 2012 and runs until September 9, 2013. We hope to see you there!


Evan Turk featured in Varoom magazine!

Dalvero student Evan Turk is featured in the current issue of Varoom magazine! The magazine featured his reportage of the Gay Pride parade in Seattle, that he did while there with the Dalvero Academy last summer. Congratulations Evan!

From VAROOM: “Depicting the celebratory nature of a Gay Pride march is always going to include the most flamboyant participants, and Evan Turk’s drawings from this year’s parade in Seattle capture the muscle guys and drag queens with rapid lines and streaks of colour. He expands the story by turning his eye to those watching the march and equally celebrates the older people and possible first timers sharing an empowering event such as this.” -Derek Brazell for Varoom!

Here is the full interview:

Brief:  I was in a reportage workshop with Dalvero Academy in Seattle, and I discovered that the trip intersected with the Gay Pride Parade. Since I was missing the parade in New York after the gay marriage bill had just passed there, I decided I needed to go and draw the parade in Seattle.

Materials:  China marker, fountain pen, pastel, gouache

Research:  I looked at the work of inspiring reportage artists like Feliks Topolski and Daumier before heading out. Looking at different artists helps to get me in the right mindset for each event and to see things differently. I also try to do a little reading about the event and its history to help pick up on important symbols while I’m there.

Process:  I created a plan of thumbnails before starting the reportage, to figure out what I want, to make sure I cover the entire event. Then I just draw things as they come by, and make sure I capture everything I need to tell the complete story. It helps to have a plan, but then be able to deviate when unexpected things come along.

Motivations:  I created a project called “A Picture For A Thousand Voices” ( to collect stories and create illustration for the gay rights movement. Since starting the project, I’ve gone to reportage various events related to gay rights in different cities, including this parade in Seattle.

Distractions:  Public nudity, lots of glitter, and people firing squirt guns into the audience.
Great work Evan! See more of Evan Turk’s work at

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Dalvero students Julia Sverchuk, Danielle McManus, Rosa Lee, SiYeon Lee, Laura Vila and Todd Rawson are featured on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund website. The Fallen Heroes Fund provides financial support for the dependents of US military personnel lost in performance of their duty.

The assignment Ronnie gave the digital class last fall at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum was to design a poster commemorating the Fallen Heroes Fund and highlighting the patriotism of the soldiers and their families. The poster above (by Julia Sverchuk) and the others featured on the website were the results of that day at the Intrepid. The work is also on the fund’s Facebook page.

From the website:

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty.This continued an effort begun in 1982 byZachary and Elizabeth Fisher, founders of the Intrepid Museum Foundation and the Fisher House Foundation.  Following the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1982, the Fishers sent contributions of $10,000 to every child who lost a parent in the attack.  Until Zachary’s passing in 1999, the Fishers made hundreds of similar contributions following military losses.  These gifts, usually of $25,000, were intended to assist military families through any financial hardships they might face following the loss of their loved ones. This tradition was carried on by Zachary’s nephews, Arnold, Richard and Tony Fisher, who quietly supported these efforts through the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the United States’ involvement in the war on terrorism, the need for this support greatly increased and this effort was expanded to the public to help generate the growing need for funds. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established officially as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003.”

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please visit them at

Beautiful work everyone – a wonderful contribution to a wonderful cause!