This Friday through Sunday (September 26 – 28), fans of John Lennon have a unique opportunity to view pieces of his artwork through Yoko Ono presents Working Class Hero – A Look into John’s Life through his Artwork. The exhibit (located at 902 Pearl St. in Downtown Boulder) will feature over 100 pieces of art created by Lennon between 1968 through 1980. For the past 15 years, this ever-changing exhibit has been one of the highest attended art showings in America and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities throughout the world. (The Boulder exhibit will raise money to help benefit the Emergency Family Assistance Association. The organization dedicated to helping those in the community with immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities. A $2 donation is being suggested at the door.)
Many are familiar with Lennon’s music, but few have had the pleasure of viewing his art. Before the world came to know him as a member of the Beatles, those close to him knew him as an artist. (He studied three years at Liverpool Art School.) The drawings featured in the exhibit are whimsical and intimate portraits of Lennon’s life. His creative style highlights his keen sense of observation, wit and profound irony of the world as he saw it.
On display will be ‘Bag One’ lithographs signed by Lennon in the 70s, rare original drawings from the early 60s and limited edition prints reproduced from Lennon’s drawings (signed by Yoko Ono, including the ‘Real Love – The Drawings for Sean’ editions (children’s drawings sketched for his son (Sean Lennon) during the last few years of his life).
“I think John’s art, for the most part, represents old fashion family traditions,” said Yoko Ono. “He made a lot of social statements, but there’s a lot about the family in his works.” Lennon will be remembered as one of the great visionaries of the twentieth century. His message of peace, hope and love still resonates through his artwork and is even more powerful and provocative nearly three decades after his untimely death. Come celebrate his life and artistic talents through this highly anticipated exhibit!
Hours: Friday – 5 to 9 p.m. / Saturday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Sunday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 902 Pearl Street (Corner of 9th and Pearl streets in Downtown Boulder)
For more information, contact Legacy Fine Art Productions at 888-ART-1969. For more information on the Emergency Family Assistance Association call 303-442-3042 or visit: www.efaa.org.
by Terri Takata-Smith, Boulder Examiner