OSHKOSH, WI – July 29, 2013 – A new painting by well-known aviation artist Bryan Snuffer celebrates the future of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) while recognizing the aviation ministry’s historic past.
Currently on display in space 256 at AirVenture, The Path of Saints shows one of MAF’s new KODIAK airplanes flying over the Curaray River in Ecuador where five missionaries were martyred in 1956, including MAF pilot Nate Saint. The aircraft flown by Saint is seen in the water far below.
“Bryan has a unique God-given talent for depicting aviation,” said Gene Jordan, Vice President of Human Resources at MAF. “It’s exciting to see this first example of missionary aviation art that ties our history to our future.”
The Path of Saints will be formally presented to MAF at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, during a ceremony to dedicate MAF’s newest KODIAK aircraft. This public event will be held in exhibit space 256, near Hangar B at AirVenture. All are welcome.
Snuffer hails from Muskegon, MI, and is best known as a painter of military subjects, particularly military aircraft. He has been aware of MAF’s life-saving work for many years and is pleased to honor the organization with this gift.
“The KODIAK is the future of MAF’s work in the remote places of the world,” said Snuffer, “while the Ecuador location represents the organization’s roots. This is where Nate Saint and the other gentlemen were martyred, something that many people remember. I hope The Path of Saints reminds people of the important work of MAF and all missionary aviation groups.”
Visitors to AirVenture can meet Snuffer in space 256 all day Monday and Tuesday, and through 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The painting will be on display for the duration of AirVenture.
The Path of Saints is acrylic on masonite and measures 24” x 36”. Visitors to the MAF exhibit can sign up for a chance to win a signed print of the painting. Following AirVenture the piece will be on display at MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, and prints will be available for purchase at the MAF online store, www.mafgiftshop.org.