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Spacefest
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posted 04-06-2010 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greenwich Workshop will be publishing a new Alan Bean print "Fender Lovin' Care." It's a very small edition of just 125.

Apollo 17 Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt are doing some “low-tech” body work on their high-tech Lunar Rover. During their first moonwalk Gene accidentally hooked the hammer he carried in his right leg pocket onto the Rover’s right rear fender extension, knocking it off. He fixed it temporarily by taping it on with duct tape. Unfortunately, somewhere on their lunar drive the tape gave way and the fender extension fell off and was lost for good.

Losing a part of a fender, a minor problem on planet earth, is a serious one in the light gravity of the moon. Gene would report, “Oh, it pretty near makes me sick at losing that fender. With the loss of any of the fender extension the dust generated by the wheels is intolerable. Not just the crew gets dusty, but everything mechanical on the Rover is subject to dust. I think dust is probably one of our greatest inhibitors to a normal operation on the moon.”

Back on planet earth, Astronaut John Young and other friends in mission control conceived a nifty repair. After wake-up the next morning, Gene and Jack would select four plasticized maps already used on the mission and tape them together. Back with the Rover on the surface that morning, they could continue with the repair. I painted Gene and Jack aligning the maps to the fiberglass fender. When Gene is satisfied, Jack will hold the maps steady as Gene secures them using two small clamps normally used to mount auxiliary lights inside the lunar module cabin. The fix worked!

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posted 04-07-2010 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sold out. Call us, AstronautCentral.com, at (800) 727-NOVA to be placed on the waiting list.

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posted 04-09-2010 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ArtUSA   Click Here to Email ArtUSA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean's new release "Fender Lovin' Care" has sold-out at the publisher, but ArtUSA.com still has the piece available for the issue price.

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posted 06-20-2010 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received Alan's giclee Fender Lovin' Care for fathers day; love it. I'm looking online for how to frame giclees but have not found a lot of directions, and not sure the local framers here in Maine will know how. Any suggestions?

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posted 06-21-2010 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a photo of Alan explaining to a small group at the Kansas Cosmosphere how and why he painted this particular painting.

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posted 06-21-2010 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MCroft04:
I'm looking online for how to frame giclees but have not found a lot of directions, and not sure the local framers here in Maine will know how. Any suggestions?
Any frame shop will know how to frame this. UV glass or plexi, acid free mat, etc.

paulushumungus
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posted 06-21-2010 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that this edition was a canvas only edition, in which case they are framed without glass normally.

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posted 06-22-2010 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that is the question; how to frame without glass. The giclee is mounted on a pine wood frame 5/8" thick. I have many prints and several of Alan's prints, all matted and framed with UV protection glass. But this piece is different and cannot be framed in the same fashion. If a wood frame is used (just like many original oil paintings are framed), does it matter if stain and varnish are used, or is there a risk that such finishes may react with the giclee?

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posted 06-22-2010 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DON'T use glass or plexi on canvas. It is cloth. It will mildew. Mats are only good if you have thin material (paper) and something to hold it down (glass or plexi.)

The trick is to find moulding with sufficient depth to handle a stretched canvas if you go with metal. You'll be rather limited in your choices, however.

Wood is more expensive, and has to be beefy enough to stand the staplers or nails which are usually used to fit them together. In my opinion, wood looks lousy on space art.

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posted 06-22-2010 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Kim! I agree; wood doesn't seem right. Perhaps a nice gold metal frame? Probably not available here in Maine, but maybe a trip to Houston is needed. Oh, my daughter is graduating from UT this December; how convenient!

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posted 06-23-2010 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gold is good, and available in a profiles of sufficient depth.

We used frosted blue pewter. The giclee has lots of colors, so many moulding colors work.

Try Southwest Galleries when in HOU. They sell a lot of Bean prints.

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posted 06-23-2010 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it is all a matter of taste. I think metal frames are excellent for transporting art. Wood, on the hand, when used a frame can highlight a painting. The colors, hues and grains can provide a wonderful accent to the art work. Some of my favorite space art works are framed in wood.

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posted 06-24-2010 12:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try to ship one somewhere.

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