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Solvang artist to sail with Coast Guard

Solvang artist Ron Guthrie is being deployed on the Coast Guard’s newest national security cutter, the Stratton, to collect “reference material” for future paintings that will be submitted to the Coast Guard Art Collection.

The landscape and marine artist will observe the crew members as they perform their duties on the new ship and collect images that are unique features of the new class of cutters.

Guthrie has been involved in the Coast Guard Art Program, known as COGAP, for five years, but this is his first deployment on a ship.

“We COGAP artists donate our work to the Coast Guard Art Collection,” Guthrie said. “The collection is seen all over the country to promote the mission of the Coast Guard.

“There is no higher honor than to serve your country, and I served with the Army in the 1st Armored Division back in the ’70s. The pieces I donate to the collection are just my small way of continuing to help out today’s men and women who serve,” he said.

The 418-foot Legend Class cutter Stratton can patrol from the Bering Strait to South America. The high-tech ships will be replacing the aging Hamilton Class cutters built in the 1960s.

The Stratton will perform alien migrant interdiction operations, fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and homeland security missions.

“She’s a brand new ship,” Guthrie said. “It’s my first deployment, and I am honored to have been asked to spend some time on her.”

Guthrie, a member of the California Art Club and Oil Painters of America, has had three paintings juried into the Coast Guard Art Collection.

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published in Santa Ynez Valley News

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