Spacefest X (Aug 8 - 11, 2019) in Tucson Arizona is starting to become a reality. Tickets for the show will be available, starting January 4, 2019 through the link:www.spacefest.info
Special hotel rates for the Starr Pass Resort are available now, via the same link at the bottom of the page, when you open it. If you have never been to Spacefest, then make the trip. Meet and talk, in this beautiful location,
with Apollo and Space Shuttle astronauts, mission controllers, authors, vendors and, of course, the best space artists around. This is the one event, where you can really talk and have your picture taken with these amazing people, without being rushed, and get items signed by them. With Spacefest X coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, it promises to be something special for everyone who attends. This will be my 4th Spacefest, as an exhibiting artist, and I look forward to meeting you there.
Christmas is upon us now and if you are looking for last minute stocking stuffers, then check out the next two items:
I am proud to have been chosen to have one of my drawings; "Apollo 8
" published in the December/January issue of the Smithsonian Air & Space
magazine and on the magazine's website. Fellow IAAA artists Jon Ramer, Mark Pestana, Robin Hart and Mark Garlick have also been chosen. The article is about the famous Apollo 8 Earthrise image and the idea for it came about because of a discussion between former astronaut Nicole Stott and artist Simon Kregar - thanks to you both:)
This picture is also going to be included in the art show at Constellation Earthrise: A Celebration of The 50th Anniversary of The Launch of Apollo 8 and Earthrise
, which will be held at the Kennedy Space Center on December 21. It's a really thrill for me to have my work presented alongside other amazing space artists at this prestigious event.
For tickets, click on this link:https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/launches-and-events/events-calendar/2018/december/event-earthrise-50th-anniversary-celebration
I am also pleased to announce that 3 of my drawings have been included in Dr. Steven Hobb's new book, "Imagining The Spheres"
, and is available for Kindle or Hardback:https://www.amazon.com/Imagining-Spheres-View-Neighbouring-Worlds/dp/064844760X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544913059&sr=8-1&keywords
The Apollo 8 50th Anniversary is this month (December, 2018). I'm currently busy gathering research material for new ideas relating to the Apollo 11 50th next year. I've already started working on some of those and I hope to have lots of new pieces done for summer, 2019.
It's been a good year for displaying at art shows: the most recent being OuteRimCon for the 2nd year at the Columbia Memorial Center in Downey, California. If you're not familiar with this museum, it's right in the same location where the Apollo Command Modules were built by North American Rockwell.
The other shows that I've been involved with this year are: Yuri's Night LA, Space Tech Expo, the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference, Spacefest IX and the AIAA's "Neil's Day" Apollo 50th Anniversary - the last seeing a surprise and unscheduled visit and talk by Buzz Aldrin.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - Doug