I was a bit early for the meetup, and had time to look around the Visitor Center (above). Once the group was assembled and cleared security, we were shuttled through the vast Goddard campus to the building complex housing the telescope.
testing, and the morning had been dedicated to a media event. At 2:00, the room was transformed into a space for artists to create. The diversity of artists and artistic media represented was unparalleled in my experience. While the artists got busy recording images and impressions, and starting on artwork, we were treated to a variety of knowledgeable speakers who explained the telescope's mission and construction, and took questions.
PA Arts Experience. We had applied independently, and saw notices of our acceptances as we posted them on Facebook. Here's Ophelia Chambliss with her paintings in progress. Ophelia and I were both plein air artists at the PA Governor's Mansion in September.
Jessica Lee, working on her experimental poured paint canvases:
This experience will stay with me and the other artists for a long time to come, and will affect and drive my artwork in ways I'm just beginning to imagine. Plans at this point are for an online exhibit of the work we all produce, and hopefully a physical exhibit in the spring as well. Many, many sincere thanks to Maggie Masetti for conceiving of the event, and to everyone who worked to make it happen on such short notice.
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