Sarasota exhibition honors WWII veterans

June 20, 2013 

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,

-- Marty Clear

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