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Cosmic Wonders: The Moon, The Stars, and the Space Between
Exhibition of drawings and photographs featuring local and nationally-known artists who convey the wonder of the cosmos by depicting the night sky
Opening Events: Saturday, September 22
* Gallery Talks – 2:00 pm
* Reception – 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Exhibit dates: September 22 – December 30
[Pictured: “FULL MOON: Earthrise Seen for the First Time By Human Eyes” Photographed by William Anders, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968; Digital c-print; signed, titled, dated, editioned; 24.5”x24.5”; edition 50, Negative NASA; digital image ©1999 Michael Light, Courtesy of the artist and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.]
Curated by Jennifer Gately
Since our earliest ancestors, humans have sought to understand the mysteries of the universe and our place within it by recording what we witness in the night sky. Across centuries, cultures, and religions, mystics, sages and scientists have documented the skies with diagrams, illustrations, and navigational charts.
This exhibition of drawings and photographs features local and nationally-known artists who attempt to convey the wonder of the cosmos by depicting the night sky with tools as humble as a pencil, through a range of photographic techniques.
Works include: detailed ballpoint pen observations by Ventura artist Russell Crotty, remarkable late 1800s heliogravures of the moon’s surface by French photographers Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux, early images of the cosmos newly printed from original glass plates housed in the Lick Observatory archives by Marin photographer Linda Connor, and digitally re-mastered original NASA photographs from the first voyage to the Moon by San Francisco photographer Michael Light.
Oakland artist Amelia Konow and NASA’s SETI Artist-in-Residence program founder, artist Charles Lindsay, marvel over the beauty of the universe with scanners, polaroids, electricity, and carbon to create mysterious cosmic abstractions inspired by the Hubble telescope and universal symbols.
Locally, Point Reyes photographer Marty Knapp captures coastal Marin’s magnificent night sky while Bolinas science teacher Don Jolley translates the wonders of the cosmos above Bolinas throughout the course of a year through the creation of detailed hand-drawn astrolabes.
Fascinating vintage observational tools and instruments from Lick Observatory compliment the artworks.
48 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA 94924
On-street parking available only.