Dale Adkins, the featured artist at the 2018 Whitesboro Art Show, will be working with Perrin Air Force Base Museum to raise money this weekend. The painter and illustrator will be signing copies of his illustrations from Louis L’Amour western novels from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
All proceeds from the event will go to Perrin, a site that Adkins is no stranger to.
In 2016, Adkins was commissioned to create a painting depicting the National Aerobatic Championships at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. The painting was completed just in time for the last championship competition held at the airport.
“I am a pilot myself, so this is something straight from the heart,” Adkins said in 2016. “We are witnessing the closing of a very historic door here.”
Adkins recently won first place for adult painting at the 2019 Shauney P. Lucas Community Art Show. The show and competition was held earlier this month at the Jimmie O. Rector Community Center in Whitesboro.
“Art is such a release,” Adkins said in 2018. “The biggest piece that I did was on the side of a building in California. I did it in sections.”
Adkins was stationed at Perrin Base for eight weeks while he completed his military training. Adkins served in Korea.
“I started life producing art,” he said. “It is my heart and soul. It is an escape for me. It requires all concentration for like three to four hours. When that time is over, I am completely exhausted.”
Adkins said for the Saturday event, he has had people bring books all the way from Kansas City for him to sign.
“It is important for us to support the museum,” he said. “They are our history and the history of the base needs to be supported and remembered.”
Perrin Air Force Base Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The base is located at 436 McCullum Avenue in Denison. For more information, call 903-786-8741. Here are five more things to know about Perrin Air Force Base Museum:
1. Perrin Air Force Base, originally an Army air field, gots its first employee on Aug. 9, 1941.
2. The base was named after Colonel Elmer Daniel Perrin, an Army Air Corps officer who was killed in 1941 in a crash with a test flight in Baltimore, Maryland. He served from 1918 until his death.
3. By 1942, the base had enlished 4,280 servicemen.
4. The base closed on Nov. 30, 1946 and then reopened in 1948. The base closed for the final time in 1971.
5. The Perrin Museum opened on Valentine’s Day in 2004. The site is about 5,000 square feet.