New Art “Uniting the Nation for 150 Years”

On May 10, 1869, the “Golden Spike” was driven into place at Promontory Summit, Utah as part of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. 150 years later, the Golden Spike National Historical Park celebrated the sesquicentennial anniversary of that historic event complete with two operating replicas of the Central Pacific Railroad’s “Jupiter” and the Union Pacific Railroad’s No. 119. The replicas were constructed by inventor and steam enthusiast Chadwell O’Connor in the 1970s, yet they don’t look a day over 100.

Ken Muramoto ©. Colored Pencils/Acrylic. 11 x 17 inches. September 2019

Two New Train Arts for 2019!

“Passing Gold Hill”

Under a bright blue Nevada sky, an excursion train of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad passes by the Gold Hill Depot on its return trip to Virginia City. Pulling the train is engine No. 29, a 1916 Baldwin-built Consolidation that formerly operated as Longview, Portland and Northern Railway No. 680. It was purchased by Robert C. Gray, who reopened the V&T in 1976 after the line’s abandonment in 1939.

Ken Muramoto ©. Colored Pencils/Acrylic. 9 x 12 inches. April 2019.

“The Ghost Train of Old Ely”

Nevada Northern Railway ten-wheeler No. 40 exits a tunnel with a pair of vintage passenger cars in tow. This 1910 steam locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was used to haul passengers on the Nevada Northern from 1910 to 1941. No. 40 is the official “State Locomotive of Nevada” and continues to haul excursion trains as well as the historic “Steptoe Valley Flyer”.

Ken Muramoto ©. Colored Pencils/Acrylic. 9 x 12 inches. April 2019.

2016 Al Smith Day

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Ken and his family were invited to Al Smith Day at the Swanton Pacific Railroad in Davenport, CA on April 24, 2016. This annual event was organized by the “Cal Poly” Swanton Pacific Historical Railroad Society to honor Albert B. Smith, the former president of Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) and the founder of the railroad. Five hundred people got together to enjoy train rides, BBQ, and more. Ken exhibited his original arts, sold his art cards and prints, and autographed more than 100 OSH train calendars! Special thanks to Ed and Mary Ann Carnegie and Mary and Lloyd Yoshida for their kind support. Ken is planning to have another exhibit at Swanton’s next event, “Cal Poly Day” on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

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Ken’s Art Exhibit at SCCRTC, downtown Santa Cruz

Ken Muramoto’s art exhibition at the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)’s Office downtown Santa Cruz will begin on September 8. The exhibit showcases 21 pieces of his work including his new original train arts for the 2016 OSH Train Calendar as well as watercolor pieces of local landscapes. The SCCRTC office (1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060) is located on the second floor of the Chefworks across the street from the Bookshop Santa Cruz. It opens weekdays only (8-5) until October 30. Please visit and enjoy his work!

Crusin' by the Three Graces. Watercolor. © 2015 Ken Muramoto

Crusin’ by the Three Graces. Watercolor. © 2015 Ken Muramoto

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Great First Show: Ken’s MAH Exhibition

Ken’s first solo show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) “One Track Mind” was a big success. Ken received many positive comments and encouragements. We thank those who visited the show. Here’s some comments from the guest book.

“Stunning work. Kudos from one artist to another. You have truly captured “the song of the rails””

“Such skill!! Congratulations on a fabulous exhibit”

“Your work is beautiful and full of perfect moments. Thank you for sharing your talents”

“Wondrous, Sublime!”

“Wonderful work. We love the trees in “Steam at Bear Mountain” and the billowing steamy snow in “Winter Cascade Express””

“Very impressive to see the same details with watercolor and pencil”

“Gorgeous trains! Self-portrait is my favorite”

“I love the realistic yet drawn art. The train drawings are amazing”

“Wonderful work! I can’t wait to see future projects!”

Special thanks to Marla Novo, Curator of the Collections, and Justin Collins, Exhibitions Manager, both of MAH, for creating such a wonderful space for Ken’s arts.

 With Justin and Marla of MAH