Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA) is honoring one of its featured artists, Edward Stephenson Bates, with a Hometown Heroes banner to be displayed in his hometown of Deer Park.
Mr. Bates served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2 and was assigned to the Floyd Bennett Naval Air Station in Brooklyn, New York. Bates traveled to share his story with students and received countless community and county awards. After his discharge from the Navy, he embraced oil painting as his main artistic medium. Bates’ artistic talents were self-taught and consistently nurtured through everything he achieved. Mr. Bates died on January 29, 2021.
The Hometown Heroes project was started by the Kiwanis Club of Lindenhurst in 2020 as a way of honoring veterans or those currently serving in the U.S. military. It has since expanded throughout the town of Babylon. From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, banners of nearly 400 service members will line the streets of the town. Mr. Bates’ banner will be hung on Deer Park Avenue. On June 5, 2021, the town also named a section of Carll’s Path, between Tell Avenue and Cara Court, in honor of Mr. Bates’ 96th birthday.
A full profile and written tribute to Mr. Bates appears in the Artist Profile section of the BACCA website, written by BACCA Programs Coordinator, Jason Jenkins.www.babylonarts.org/artist-profiles.