Tuesday, July 21, 2009

5. APOLLO 11 - 40 YEARS A MEMORY: Art Show Presentation & Reception a Success

Taking a Closer Look, by Bob Bickers, 18 x 24, oil on gessoboard, 2009
Last night's presentation and reception at my art show was a complete success with a packed gallery of people who were willing to listen to me talk for an hour and then stayed for the next hour viewing the photographs and paintings and sharing their experiences of the first moon landing. Many fascinating stories were exchanged. It was truly a wonderful and special night with friends and many interesting people I wish I could know better.

It became even more amazing when I was contacted yesterday afternoon by Alan Boyle, MSNBC's science editor and host of MSNBC's Cosmic Log. Apparently, my short story of my experience in 1969 and the photo of my family placed me in front of 1400 other entries, winning me a prize and putting that family photo on the front page of MSNBC.com and in the Cosmic Log. This was an unexpected surprise and I am truly honored, not only by Mr. Boyle, but also by each and every one of you who appeared last night, visited my art show or gave a hand of support in all my efforts over the years. To all of you I want to say "Thank You." For those who couldn't attend, the exhibition will continue through July 27th at The Gallery Space. I plan to post a summary of my comments on my blog and website soon and at the show's conclusion, I will post all the paintings and photographs as well. Please check the blog for August 10, 2009. Above Image: Taking a Closer Look, 18 x 24, oil/gessoboard. Click on painting to enlarge.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


The First Step, by Bob Bickers, 30 x 48, oil on canvas, 2009
My art show was hung this week and is now on display at the Gallery Space at the Monroeville, Pennsylvania Public Library (located just east of Pittsburgh). The image at right is one painting from the exhibit, The First Step, 30 x 48, oil/canvas (click on the picture for a larger image). Here is the Art Exhibit Price List and the Artist Biography and I am including a copy of the official Art Show Poster. More images from the show will be presented here in the weeks to come. Please see the blog of August 10, 2009.

Please note that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the Friends of the Monroeville Public Library who sponsor many worthwhile educational events and shows at The Gallery Space, including this one. Remember too that the exhibit runs July 4 - 25. A combined reception and presentation will be held at the Gallery Space on Monday, July 20, 2009 7:00-8:30pm and is free and open to the public. I will speak on my personal observations and reflections on the first manned moon landing and comparisons of what we knew about the Apollo missions then and what has been uncovered 40 years later. I will also discuss the photographs and artwork in the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served. I was recently contacted by Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. He is offering the public the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 by reading moving and poignant comments from those that lived through it, and sharing your own memories at an Apollo 11 Special Post at Blog on the Universe. The Post includes extensive resources to help you share stories with family and friends, and how to follow the mission-in real time-as it happened 40 years ago through a JFK Presidential Library online Sim. My thanks to Dr. Goldstein and here's wishing you a happy Independence Day and may we all enjoy a smooth and pleasant return to the moon this month!