For our friends and family in California, Dominican University of California will host an exhibition of drawings and memorabilia by William A. Smith, curated by his daughter, Kim Smith, and produced during his time as an OSS operative in WWII China. The exhibition, free to the public, includes a few of Smith’s propaganda illustrations which were created to demoralize Japanese soldiers, but most of the show is devoted to the beautiful, sympathetic drawings and paintings of the people and places he encountered during his tour of duty. The exhibition, held in cooperation with the School of Natural Health and Sciences, will be on display in the Science Building at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Avenue, in San Rafael. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., from June 7 to December 18, 2010.
We had the pleasure of putting together a show of Bill’s work here in 1996, and his work is fine art filled with empathy and a real sense of storytelling. If you are in the San Rafael area sometime between now and December, we encourage you to check out this show.