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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-11-2005 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Alan Bean Online Gallery:

Upcoming art exhibition: October 15 - December 31, 2005
Alan Bean: An Artist on the Moon
"The American Spirit, No Dream is Impossible"
The Butler Institute of America
Youngstown, Ohio

The exhibition will include 23 original paintings by Bean on public display.

Alan Bean plans to visit the Butler for one or more public presentations (dates TBA).


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From: Smithfield, Me, USA
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 10-12-2005 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how often Alan does these art exhibits? Has he ever had any here in Houston? His paintings are fantastic, and he is a great guy. I'd love to attend one of his exhibits, but can't make this one.


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posted 10-13-2005 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember 5 years or so ago when I came across some new web site, collectSPACE. In the sightings was one of Alan Bean being at the University of Delaware (about 2 hours away). I journeyed and not only met Alan Bean, Andrew Chaiken, and Space Stamp artist Calle, but I made lasting friendships with some guy named Rob Pearlman and a bunch of other DC collectors.


Larry McGlynn

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posted 10-19-2005 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean opened his new art exhibit at the Butler Art Institute on Friday night in Youngstown, Ohio with a gala party for invited guests and members of the museum. The show is a retrospective sampling of Captain Bean's paintings from 1982 to the present day and reflects the changes he has made in his style and color palette over the past twenty-three years.

My wife and I decided to make a weekend of it and flew to Ohio on Friday. The weather in New England attempted to conspire to delay us in getting to the event, but we made it just in the nick of time.

As we arrived at the Butler Art Institute we were greeted with immense banners proclaiming Alan's exhibit. I told Patti to stop the car, so I could snap a picture of the front of the building.

Once the car was parked, we walked into the museum and entered the main hall. Alan was there greeting guests in the front of a room filled with his paintings. The museum had surrounded the entire hall with Alan's paintings. Some of his most famous works like "The Fantasy," "In Flight" and the "The Hammer and The Feather" were hanging near it each other as well as other more recent pieces.

As we were walking around the room, my wife and I met fellow collector, Roy Gutzke. As the three of us were talking about Alan's work, Mark Gray of Spacecraft Films happened by with his video camera. Soon the four of us were walking around the hall looking at Alan's work. We saw Alan talking with people at the end of the hall and introduced ourselves. We congratulated Alan on his show. Alan was in great form and we talked for a few minutes, but there were a lot of people there and he took the time to talk with everyone.

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Larry McGlynn

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posted 10-19-2005 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Before long, dinner was served. After dinner, Dr. Zona, the museum curator, spoke of Alan, his work and his contribution to the art world. Then Alan got and delivered a wonderful talk about his trip to the Moon, his decision to take up painting and the about the people who encouraged him to paint as well as to work as an artist.

There was more time to wander around and look at his work. Slowly the crowd thinned out and I was able to look at the paintings more closely. At about that time, Alan came up and we talked about his work being in such a wonderful museum. We were looking at two of his works that flanked both sides of an open door. Through the door we could see a work by 19th century American Impressionist portrait painter, John Singer Sargent. Alan remarked that it amazed him to see his work next to such a famous artist. I asked him to stand in the doorway and I took a picture of him with all three works.

There was a small after party upstairs in a private room. Alan had invited some of the guests up for a nightcap. There Alan spent more time with us and we got the chance to talk him.

The party broke up around 11PM, but the associate director, Kathy Urnhart, took the four of us on a private tour of some of the rooms in the rest of museum. The Butler Institute of Art is a hidden gem of American art with works by many of the major artists of the country. It was a wonderful venue for Alan's works.

On the way out, the museum gave each one of it's guests an Alan Bean signed poster of the museum show. It was a nice ending to a great evening with an artist that walked upon the Moon.


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From: Netherlands
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posted 10-19-2005 02:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Larry, for giving those of us who couldn't be there a glimpse of the exhibition. Great work!

Ed Hengeveld


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From: Virginia
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posted 10-19-2005 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Larry for sharing. You did a great job at describing what must have been a tremendous evening!



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posted 10-19-2005 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a fine account of what must have been a truly priceless experience. Thanks for taking us along.


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