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Best of Earth As Art Contest

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Yukon Delta
The Yukon Delta

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA are sponsoring an Earth As Art art contest. In the contest you can vote for up to 5 pictures from the selection of 126 Earth images. Voting closes on July 6. The five winning images in the Earth as Art contest will be announced on July 23 in Washington, D.C. at a special event commemorating the launch of the first Landsat satellite.

While the purpose of these images is to provide scientific information, a great many of them are strikingly beautiful. Spectacular views of mountains, valleys, islands, forests, grasslands, and agricultural patterns have a rather unique aesthetic appeal. The combination of natural features that have been colorized using a digital palette produces images that are not only beautiful but also informative. It is worth noting that the Earth as Art concept was preceded by the Mars as Art and Sun as Art programs that were a consequence of robotic missions studying Mars and the Sun.

About the Landsat Program

Built by NASA and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Landsat satellites supply Earth scientists, land-resource managers, and policy makers with data about changes to the global landscape. Some changes, like floods or volcanic eruptions, occur quickly while others, like urban sprawl or regrowth from forest fires, appear gradually. Landsat records these and many other changes to the Earth’s landscape – whether man made or induced by natural processes. NASA is preparing to launch the next Landsat satellite in 2013, which will be turned over to USGS for operations and data distribution.

Australia Great Sandy Desert
The western region of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert

Earth As Art Images

You can download full size versions of the Earth As Art images but to do so requires that you register for an account on the USGS Earthexplorer web site. To register for an account visit

Earth As Art Contest Web Site

As previously noted the contest is open until July 6 and you may vote for up to 5 images. To view the contest entries and vote, visit

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The Artwork of John Lennon Show and Sale

Friday, June 1st, 2012

John Lennon Art Exhibit and Sale Poster
John Lennon Art Exhibit and Sale Poster – Cropped

Today I attended The Artwork of John Lennon exhibit and sale at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook IL. This was day one of a three day show and sale of the art of John Lennon. The exhibit/sale features about 100 limited edition prints of John Lennon’s drawings and sketches – as well as song-lyric sheets. With respect to Lennon’s artistic output, he created about 1,700 pieces of original artwork with the complete set housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Taking my time I went three times around as I will most likely never see such a collection again. Spread throughout the art exhibit were quotes of Lennon’s – mostly lines from songs. One I particularly liked which I did not recognize as being from a song was this: Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. And of course the soundtrack for the show was the music of John Lennon – both as a Beatle and as a solo artist.

View of John Lennon Art Exhibit and Sale
A view of the John Lennon Art Exhibit and Sale

The Art

The most expensive group of work in the show was the four Erotics from the Bag One series of 1969: Erotic 3, 5, 6, and 8. The four Erotics featured a nude Lennon and/or Yoko Ono. Along with the art were press clippings from past seizures of the art on grounds of it being pornographic.

The most expensive framed print in the show was Embrace which had a sale price of $8,000. Frankly, this was one of the pieces that I did not care for and wouldn’t want on my wall.

One of my favorite pieces was Sherlock Lennon primarily because I am such a fan of Sherlock Holmes. In this self-portrait we have a bearded Lennon in cape and deerstalker hat looking over his shoulder at us. This framed print was listed as selling for $4,000.00.

Other works I particularly liked were Morning Coffee and Free as a Bird – both being ink sketches. Perhaps my favorite sketch was Bag One – a sumi ink sketch which according to the placard was created from one continuous brush stroke with the brush being lifted to form breaks in the line. This is Lennon minimalism at its best – a very simple curved line drawing with just enough detail for the viewer to identify the subject: that being an embrace of Yoko Ono by Lennon.

The Artwork of John Lennon exhibit and sale details

I’m very glad I took the time to attend this showing of John Lennon’s art and would encourage others to do so as well.

When: Friday June 1 Noon – 8 pm / Saturday June 2 11am – 7pm / Sunday June 3 11am – 6pm
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – Chicago-Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook IL
Admission: Free admission, but a $2 donation is requested to benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago. The organization assists men, women and children who are diagnosed with cancer with a variety of services.

Information: For show information, call (888) 278-1969.


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