///A real love for his art

A real love for his art

by Janice De Jesus, Contra Costa Times

For decades, the name John Lennon has been instantly associated with The Beatles, and with music. But very few know him as an artist and, hence, few people have seen his artwork.

As he was creating music, the artist Lennon very few people knew about continued to draw, sharing his message of peace and love through his artwork, said Rudy Siegel, director of media relations for Legacy Fine Art and Productions.

“Not a whole lot of people knew he was an artist,” Siegel said. “For most people, it’s a different side of John Lennon they’re able to see.”

The company, in conjunction with Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, has been touring with Lennon’s artwork across the United States. The show will make a stop at 1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd, downtown Walnut Creek from Friday through Sunday.

Titled “So This is Christmas,” the traveling exhibit showcases limited edition prints reproduced from Lennon’s drawings as well as lithographs signed by the former Beatle in 1970. Some of the pieces will be offered for sale to the public.

“Yoko has set this up, so we’re able to benefit local causes wherever we go,” Siegel said.

The exhibit visited Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, and proceeds from the show benefited a local Chicago charity, said Siegel, who will be soliciting donations for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at the Walnut Creek event.

There is no greater time than the holiday season to share Lennon’s timeless message of peace and love through his creative, whimsical style of quick sketching, free hand drawing, caricature and illustration, Siegel said.

Through the years, Lennon’s art has attracted people from all backgrounds — the wealthy and the less fortunate, Siegel said.

In addition to viewing many of Lennon’s never-before-seen artwork, visitors will be treated to an audio hit parade of Lennon’s music — his almost universally known songs with The Beatles to pieces from his solo career.

“This will be an audio-visual, multimedia experience,” Siegel said of the show.

Included in the exhibit will be drawings Lennon gave to his wife as a wedding gift in 1970. At that time, the drawings were deemed to be controversial because some critics believed they depicted erotic themes, Siegel said.

“We’ll have a few of those prints from that collection,” he said.

John Lennon artwork
“SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS” THE ARTWORK OF JOHN LENNON
WHEN: Noon-9 p.m. Dec. 12; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14
WHERE: 1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd., at Locust Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 [map]

INFORMATION: $2 suggested donation at the door to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
For details, call 925-933-6778 or 888-ART-1969
or visit www.johnlennonartwork.com


So This Is Xmas

YOKO ONO presents “SO THIS IS XMAS”

A Look into John’s Life through his Artwork – Celebrating John’s Message of Peace, Hope & Love
THE ARTWORK of JOHN LENNON
December 12th, 13th & 14th

Downtown Walnut Creek
1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd
(Corner of Mt. Diablo & Locust St.)

For Show Info Call: (888) ART-1969

FRIDAY – December 12th ~ 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SATURDAY – December 13th ~ 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
SUNDAY – December 14th ~ 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

So this is Xmas…and what have you done – John Lennon

Legacy Fine Art Productions, in conjunction with Ms. Ono, are pleased to showcase the Artwork of John Lennon in the exhibit’s much anticipated return to Walnut Creek. For the past 15 years, the John Lennon Art Exhibits have been a place of refuge for John’s legions of fans to literally “Come Together” and share his messages of peace and love through his artwork. This is a special opportunity to re-affirm those positive messages, as they are as powerful now as when John was still alive. Join us in remembering John Lennon. This internationally acclaimed exhibit includes the largest collection of Lennon’s works on paper ever assembled:
~ Over 100 pieces of art created by John Lennon, encompassing the years 1968 through 1980 featuring selected NEW RELEASES… “Give Peace a Chance” – “Land of Milk & Honey” – “United We Stand”
~ Rare works from the controversial “Bag-One” suite hand-signed by John in 1970
~ Serigraphs, lithographs, copper etchings and aqua tints of John Lennon’s drawings, signed by Yoko Ono including Song Lyrics and the “Real Love” children’s drawings sketched for his son Sean during the last few years of his life

 

INSTANT KARMA

In the spirit of John & Yoko’s benevolence, we will be raising money to help benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, whose mission is to alleviate hunger & provide an efficient, coordinated system for collecting & distributing food that reduces food waste & increases public awareness regarding hunger & food security issues. We are suggesting a $2.00 donation at the door. For more information please call (925) 676-7543or visit www.foodbankccs.org

For a media kit or further information contact:
Legacy Productions (561) 651-1156 or Email: [email protected]

THIS EXHIBIT INCLUDES: BAG ONE LITHOGRAPHS SIGNED BY JOHN LENNON IN 1970 AND LIMITED EDITION PRINTS REPRODUCED FROM JOHN’S DRAWINGS, SIGNED BY YOKO ONO, INCLUDING THE “REAL LOVE – THE DRAWINGS FOR SEAN” EDITIONS

THE EXHIBIT IS TOURING THE UNITED STATES, AND PIECES ARE BEING OFFERED FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC. JOHN’S CREATIVE STYLE OF QUICK SKETCHING, FREE HAND DRAWING, CARICATURE AND ILLUSTRATION, BEAR WITNESS TO THE KEEN SENSE OF OBSERVATION, WIT AND PROFOUND IRONY WITH WHICH LENNON ENVISIONED THE WORLD AROUND HIM. EXPERIENCE THIS VISUAL JOURNEY!

THIS EXHIBIT WILL BE ON VIEW FOR THREE DAYS IN WALNUT CREEK, WHERE THE EVENT WILL BE RAISING MONEY TO HELP BENEFIT THE FOOD BANK OF CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO

 

DIRECTIONS:

From Oakland
Take HWY 24 East
Take the Mt. Diablo Blvd. exit
Go straight onto Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Event is located at the corner of Locust St. and Mt. Diablo Blvd. (1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd.)

From Sacramento
Take 80 West to 680 South
Take the Olympic Blvd. exit off of 680 South
Turn left onto Olympic Blvd.
Turn left onto S California Blvd.
Turn right onto Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Event is located at the corner of Locust St. and Mt. Diablo Blvd. (1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd.)

From Pleasanton
Take 680 North
Take the Olympic Blvd. exit
Turn right onto Olympic Blvd.
Turn left onto S California Blvd.
Turn right onto Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Event is located at the corner of Locust St. and Mt. Diablo Blvd. (1601 Mt. Diablo Blvd.)


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2008-12-11T18:37:34+00:00 December 11th, 2008|Events & Exhibitions News|