For the next four months, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will honor veterans with an exhibition of photographs taken by World War II soldiers.
"Witness to War: WWII Photographs from the Collections of Veterans" runs June 21-Oct. 27. Included are photographs from The Ringling's permanent collection and from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.
Many of the images come from a collection recently donated to the museum by Warren J. and Margot Coville. During WWII, Warren Coville photographed bombing missions from his position within a B-17 and took snapshots of the daily life of American airmen.
"Witness to War" also includes a film series, featuring World War II-era movies that entertained audiences and boosted spirits during wartime.
The films are "Wake Island," starring Brian Donlevy and Robert Preston, on Aug. 4; "So Proudly We Hail," starring Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard, on Aug. 11; and Delmar Davies' "Destination Tokyo," with Cary Grant and John Garfield, on Aug. 18.
The films are free for museum members and $5 for non-members with museum admission. All the films are slated to screen at 2 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater. Reservations are suggested. Call 941-360-7399.
Details: June 21-Oct. 23, John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors 65 and older; children 6-17 $5. Information: 941-358-3180, www.ringling.org.
-- Marty Clear