COSMOS: E LEE WILSON JR

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  • 7 Oct 2019 12:36 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    Following the Space for Art Foundation fundraiser at the White Porch Gallery at R House in Miami, Florida, on September 19, the space-themed group art exhibition continues through the month of October. Five of Lee's Cosmos paintings are currently in the exhibition, and a collaborative painting with curator JonLouis Gonzales is now being created, just ahead of the international art exhibition, Art Basel, which spawns numerous satellite shows, including in the Wynwood art district, where the gallery is located.




    Space for Art Foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds of any sales during the exhibition. Contact JonLouis at info@jonlouisstudios.com for information about purchasing artwork from White Porch Gallery.


  • 23 Sep 2019 10:45 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    The Space for Art Foundation fundraiser on September 19, 2019, held at White Porch Gallery and R House (in the Wynwood art district of Miami Florida) was a spectacular showcase of space-themed original art and high-tech interactive art therapy techniques for pediatric cancer patients. The art show was curated by JonLouis Gonzales of White Porch Gallery, which exhibited his work and several others, including E. Lee Wilson, Jr. 

    Space for Art Foundation was the brainchild of artist and veteran NASA astronaut Nicole Stott. She and a group of talented and dedicated team members developed a way to increase awareness for both art therapy for severely ill children and the wonders of art in space, and about space.

    Promotional video:


    It was a magical evening, as the gourmet food was sampled and the libations flowed, while the crowd viewed the artwork.  They were also entertained by young dancers and the amazing art therapy technology was displayed and experienced.

    More information about Space for Art Foundation can be found on their Facebook page Space for Art Foundation and website spaceforartfoundation.org.


    Caption above: E. Lee Wilson, Jr. with artist astronaut Nicole Stott and the Exploration Art Spacesuit.


  • 19 Aug 2019 3:44 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    E. Lee Wilson, Jr. returned to Spacefest in August for a second year to exhibit his Cosmos artwork. Spacefest X was the 10th year that this event has been held, and was the largest in both artist exhibits and in general attendance to date. The show is run by Novaspace, which also sells space art and astronaut memorabilia online. 

    This year Lee rented a large van and drove 2000 miles, from the Tampa Bay area in Florida, all the way to Tucson, Arizona, passing through Houston, Texas on the way.  He was able to bring many large paintings that would have been too expensive to ship to the event.

    Here is a shot of the initial display for Spacefest X.



    Due to his active presence on Facebook, the first painting sold before it was even displayed at the show! It was purchased by a collector from Hawaii who had seen a similar piece at Spacefest last year, but had not made the decision to buy before someone from Switzerland snapped it up first. This year when he saw the new painting on one of Lee's Facebook posts, he asked for first dibs and plucked down a deposit to hold it for the show.



    You never know who you're going to meet at Spacefest! This year Lee had the distinct honor to show his lunar painting "Six Giant Leaps" to Rick Armstrong, son of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon!



    Lee was very lucky to have some expert help with his exhibit space at the show. Linda did a great job of representing his work when he had to be away. Thank you Linda!


    It was so much fun to see the cosplay folks walking around. They had some of the most creative space-themed "costumes" out there.



    As a final surprise on the last day of the show, at the very end of the day, who came by to see Lee's work but the amazing Geoff Notkin, co-host of the TV show "Meteorite Men" and president of The National Space Society.  Lee is looking forward to working with him on future projects.

    Overall, Spacefest X was a fabulous and successful event! Lee will definitely be back in 2020 for Spacefest XI.

    More information about this event at Spacefest.info

  • 24 Dec 2018 9:53 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 and the famous "Earthrise" photo taken from lunar orbit in 1968, the Constellation Foundation held a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida on December 21, 2018. E. Lee Wilson, Jr. was invited to show his Cosmos artwork for the event, along with some other members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA).

    Part of the event was held directly underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis, within the Atlantis exhibit building. Lee and the other IAAA artists setup an art show in the shadow of Atlantis. They also donated some prints and smaller pieces to a silent auction for the event, in which proceeds went to benefit the Foundation. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the larger artwork also benefitted the Foundation.


    Founders, members, and friends of the Constellation Foundation pose for a PR photo opportunity.



    Lucille, one of Lee's favorite collectors, traveled from Kentucky to Florida to attend the event and got to meet Al Worden, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15 (who also saw Earthrise from the Moon). Here they pose in front of Lee's Earthrise painting.


      

    It was such an honor to be asked to participate in this event, especially in this location!



  • 20 Jul 2018 10:50 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    E. Lee Wilson, Jr. was accepted to exhibit his Cosmos artwork at Spacefest IX in Tucson, Arizona, in July of 2018. This was his first time showing his work at this event, and it was very exciting! To be in the same show with some of the best space artists on the planet, as well as being able to meet notable astronauts and space experts of various kinds was certainly a dream come true for him. Lee even got to meet moonwalkers for the first time! It was truly stellar!

    Lee brought a combination of small originals and Artography Impressions™ framed prints. People seemed to gravitate to the original work. Two were sold to a collector from Switzerland, and one when to the daughter of a moonwalker. The last one was later purchased by a Shuttle and ISS astronaut.



    As Lee later realized, you never know who you're going to meet at Spacefest. Tim Dodd, The Everyday Astronaut, a famous Youtuber, came by to look at his work. It was a magical moment!


    A bittersweet moment came near the end of Spacefest, when Lee got to meet the daughter of Apollo astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon, Alan Bean.  As Lee recalls:

    "Alan had been a hero of mine, because in addition to being an astronaut, he was also an amazing artist, who painted about his time in the Apollo space program. I had received his coffee table book Painting Apollo just a few weeks before (on my birthday in May)."

    "Alan was supposed to come to Spacefest and exhibit his work, as he had done several times before, but tragically, he died just a few weeks before – on my birthday! I was heartbroken! I was really looking forward to meeting him, and showing him my work. Alan had a reputation at Spacefest for spending time with the other artists, critiquing their work, and encouraging them. I never got to do that."

    "When I found out Alan had died, a few days after my birthday I decided to create a new Cosmos painting, in honor of him. I selected am image from his book and used elements from it as inspiration. I painted a moonscape with an Earthrise, barely peeking over the horizon. My painting style is a little like his, so I exaggerated that for this piece, then placed a small meteorite fragment in the lunar surface of the artwork. It was my therapy art."

    "When I met Alan's daughter, Amy Sue Bean, I told her the story, and then decided to give her the painting. It was my way to connect with Alan, through her. It warms my heart to know that now she shares that connection with my art."

    There were other connections made during that first exhibition at Spacefest. One of those was meeting Dustin Dickins, with Top Meteorite. Dustin loved Lee's work and they decided to start trading art for meteorite material. This has allowed Lee to obtain much more rare and expensive samples, like Lunar and Martian meteorite specimens. Some of them are now embedded in the newest works that Lee has created.

    Spacefest is now a goal for Lee to attend and exhibit in every year!






  • 30 Jun 2018 9:27 PM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    2018 was a busy year for E. Lee Wilson, Jr.! One of the three major events that occurred during this year was at the Sawmill Center, Maitland Exhibition (Summer, Fall 2018).

    The Sawmill Center, a professional building in Maitland, Florida, invited Lee to come back in 2018 for a group public art exhibition. He had previously mounted a solo exhibition there in 2017, which filled all three floors of the building. The new 2018 exhibition began in June of 2018 and continued well into the spring of 2019. The entire third floor featured Lee's work!

    Veteran NASA astronaut and accomplished artist Nicole Stott came to the opening of The Sawmill Center exhibition in June, and purchased one of his paintings, which he later delivered to her home (below).


    Lee, Nicole Stott, and her husband Chris Stott, with "Cosmos: Voyager I Captures Pale Blue Dot". The painting features an actual meteorite fragment, painted pale blue and embedded into the artwork.


    "Cosmos: Portals – Seven Views for Seven Sisters" which incorporates meteorite dust and diamond dust into the painting. 72"H x 39"V.



    During an event at the Sawmill Center in October 2018, art collectors, Chris and Tracy decide to purchase "Cosmos: Loving Pluto". They have since added more Cosmos artwork to their growing collection.

    Several more paintings were sold as a result of The Sawmill Center exhibition over the course of the show, including to some of the tenants in the building. Thank you to Susanne Sabbatino, the owner of Sawmill, for your patronage and support!


  • 1 Dec 2017 8:33 AM | E Lee Wilson Jr (Administrator)

    This is a past news archive of E. Lee Wilson, Jr. art events and exhibitions:

    • The Sawmill Center, in Maitland, Florida, is hosting a solo public art exhibition, featuring 44 of Lee's tropical and astronomy inspired original artworks. These works are being displayed throughout the public areas of the three story building, located at 711 North Orlando Avenue. The Sawmill Center's public hours are 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. There will be various art events held during the exhibition. The exhibition runs from February 24 to June 30, 2017. Sponsored by Trevi International Design Center.

    • The Eastern Florida State Planetarium, in Cocoa, Florida, hosted a solo exhibition of 19 of Lee's astronomy-inspired artworks, "Visions of the Cosmos". The exhibition was on display from February 17, 2016 until Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. Sponsored by the Brevard Cultural Alliance. Official Press Release | Exhibition Docent Brochure 




        



    • The Brevard Cultural Alliance has selected works from Lee's tropical nature series for a group exhibition at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida. The exhibition runs from September 30th, 2015 until January 29th, 2016.

    • Lee's painting Essence of Petrified Would is being exhibited in "Connections: Art Show", held at the Mary Campbell Fine Arts Center at Battle Ground Academy (BGA) in Franklin, Tennessee. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between BGA and the Arts Council of Williamson County, and runs from September 10th to November 11th, 2015. 

    • The Brevard Cultural Alliance has selected works from Lee's newest Cosmos series for a group exhibition of space art at the Eastern Florida State Planetarium Gallery in Cocoa, Florida. The exhibition runs until October 15th, 2015.

    • The Sweet Art Gallery is now representing E. Lee Wilson, Jr. in Naples, Florida, located in the design district on Trade Center Way. The opening reception for an exhibition of twelve pieces of Lee's work occurred on April 1, 2015. The next artist reception for his work will be on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016.

    • HU Gallery exhibited selected artwork by E. Lee Wilson, Jr. at the prestigious 2014 Spectrum Miami art fair which was held in Miami during Art Week Miami, December 3rd – 7th. This nationally acclaimed venue ran concurrently with city-sponsored Art Miami and internationally acclaimed Art Basel.

    Past Artist Event/Exhibition Schedule:
    • February 24 to June 30, 2017; The Sawmill Center, Maitland, Florida
    • February 17 to August 13, 2016; Eastern Florida State Planetarium Gallery, Cocoa, Florida 
    • Wednesday, January 6, 2016: Artist Reception, The Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, Florida
    • November 14-15, 2015: Artnado (Fine Art Show), West Palm Beach, Florida
    • September 30, 2015 to January 29, 2016: Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne, Florida 
    • September 10 to November 11, 2015; Mary Campbell Fine Arts Center, Franklin, Tennessee
    • July 23, 2015 to November 19, 2015: Lexus of Melbourne, Melbourne, Florida 
    • June 10, 2015 to October 15, 2015: Eastern Florida State Planetarium Gallery, Cocoa, Florida

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