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Sagan video Glorious Dawn – Art Meets Science

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

It’s great when art and science come together to produce something that is both entertaining and intellectual. The video that follows is an excellent example of that. Nothing like science set to music. The video Carl Sagan – A Glorious Dawn featuring Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed) stars the words and vocalizations of Carl Sagan with a special guest appearance by Stephen Hawking. So sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy the electronic vocalizations of Carl Sagan.

FYI: The best music videos are those that appeal to both my musical tastes and my aesthetic values – with a scoop of imagination thrown in.

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Astronomical Art – Nice Surprise

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Google Results for Astronomical Art
Google Results for Astronomical Art

This morning I got down to work on an astronomical art presentation I’ll be giving later this month. This new astronomical art presentation joins my presentation on space art which I last gave in the spring at Harper College in Palatine IL and will next give at a Chicago MENSA convention on Halloween weekend. The final presentation in what is to be a trio will cover science fiction art with a focus on the category of space travel and astronomical and planetary settings.

Heading over to Google Images, I entered the search term "astronomical art". To my surprise and delight, my digital painting Planet Riding the Stream of Stars was the number one image.

Another image of mine – Spring Thaw in Northwestern Planum Australe – showed up as number 4. This image is not a digital painting but is rather my own rendition of a Mars Global Surveyor image. This picture was used to illustrate my blog post Making Astronomical Art with Your PC which discusses a class I taught at the Adler Planetarium.

Now if I can only get the number 2 and 3 spots.

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Corporate Gallery Artist’s Reception

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Geometers Dreamscape
Geometers Dreamscape digital abstract art

In July I was accepted into the Northwest Cultural Council’s Corporate Gallery Program. The Corporate Gallery Program is supported by funding from corporations in northwest suburban Chicago land and involves approximately 30 area artists whose art is on display in 9 corporate art galleries. The public may view the art during each gallery’s normal business hours. Artists display their works – oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography, mixed media (and now digital) – at the gallery sites on a rotating basis.

Upon being accepted into the program, four of my digital art works were put on exhibit at the Arlington Green Executive Centre at 2101 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights IL. The art went on display July 21 and will remain on display until October 5. The four art works that I have in the exhibit are:

  • Finding My Center of Gravity – an abstract panoramic gallery wrap canvas giclee.
  • Geometer’s Dreamscape – the abstract shown above.
  • Butterfly Effect – another abstract panoramic gallery wrap canvas giclee.
  • Harmony of the Spheres – an abstract similar in style to Geometer’s Dreamscape

Unfortunately I have made none of this art available for sale on my web site However, I did use a small scale study of Butterfly Effect as the illustration for my blog post Mensa, Algorithmic Art, and Monty Python

2010 Corporate Gallery Artists Reception – Saturday September 12

Following is the text of the reception announcement.

The public is invited to view works by seven new NWCC Corporate Gallery artists at a reception on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 1pm to 3 pm at Arlington Green Executive Centre, 2101 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL. There is no admission fee, and refreshments will be served. Works will remain on exhibit through October 5, 2009; the gallery is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-Noon.

Exhibiting artists are:

  • Gail Baar of Buffalo Grove – Art Quilts
  • Liz Buckley of Mundelein – Photographs
  • Dianne Martia of Darien – Mixed Media
  • James Plaxco of Schaumburg – Digital Art
  • Donald Stillman of Buffalo Grove – Cellulose Polymer Resin Sculpture
  • Len Upin of Buffalo Grove – Ball Pen Drawings
  • Kevin Wisor of Schaumburg- Photo Collages

The Corporate Gallery Program is supported by corporations in the Northwest Corridor. The program showcases regional artists in attractive, modern corporate settings. Artists in a wide variety of media are accepted after a rigorous 2-step jurying process. The Council’s goal is to enrich the life of the community through exposure to the arts where people work and visit.

All art is for sale. A percentage of the sale price is a tax-deductible donation to support the Council, a not-for-profit community agency bringing visual art, music, dance, theater, poetry, and our unique Kids Meet Art program to the northwest suburbs.

For additional information about the reception please call the Council at 847-991-7966, or e-mail nwcc at

About the Northwest Cultural Council

The Northwest Cultural Council was established in 1988 to respond to the need for cultural enrichment and development in the northwest suburbs and covers an area with a population of 800,000. The organization’s quarterly publication Spotlights is read by over 7,000 people and includes information about cultural events held in the northwest suburban area, focus articles on artists, and the value of art in education.

In addition to their work in support of the visual arts, NWCC also has literary programs and sponsors poetry workshops. It also sponsors a classical chamber music series featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with concerts presented at NWCC Corporate Gallery sites.

The NWCC Kids Meet Art program is a three day arts education program that brings professional artists into elementary, junior and high schools, to introduce students to the various art forms. It offers hands-on, one-on-one training in art, music, theater, writing, dance, and special units on the Mayan and Japanese cultures.

See you at the Artists Reception

If you would like to attend the September 12 artists reception (1:00-3:00pm), you can use the following Google map for directions to the Arlington Green Executive Centre. I hope to see you there.

Ad Astra, Jim

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