The first hangout of 2015 will be held this Thursday, January 29 at 17:00 UT. AWB's president, Mike Simmons, will be chatting with many guests including our AstroArtist of the Month, Erika Blumenfeld, Daniela de Paulis, and Bob Eklund.
Erika Blumenfeld will be talking about her experiences in the polar regions and the work that has been inspired by it. She has a keen interest in the natural world which includes her use of light and dark in her photographic works. She is a nature and dark sky advocate.
Daniela de Paulis, our resident AstroArt editor will be chatting about the Virtual Residency Program while Bob Eklund, our AstroPoetry editor will be describing the annual GAM AstroPoetry contest.
All this and a run down on GAM 2015 activities with Andrew Fazekas.
Comet Lovejoy was a sight to see last week as it came the closest to the Earth in its orbit. This green beauty served as inspiration for Thor Dockweiller as he likens it to a hummingbird. Here's an excerpt from "Emerald Green Comets!":
Emerald Comet Lovejoy! Surprise from Lepus, Orion's rabbit-shoed feet!
Q2! Green fuzzball of Eridanus, Escaping Orion's Hunting Bow!
Erika Blumenfeld delves into her experience with Bioluminescence or Living Light in this episode of our AstroArts blog. These haunting and beautiful streaks of light brighten the depths of the oceans and the blackness of Erika's oversized canvasses. Her interest in the oceans taught her that globally the population of phytoplankton has decreased as much as 40%. This is a surprising finding since 50% of the air we breathe is produced by these organisms.
While thinking about Earth's decreasing air reserves, Erika thought to study Wildfires. She's documented five wildfires in fours states. In her works she has taken the carbonized remains of trees, bone and cacti and ground them to create a unique medium.
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