To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum has created a special exhibit. Located on the Catherine Freed Galleria Wall, the original artworks depict the historic event as well as stories featuring the moon itself.
The exhibition will be on display through January.
Artists from near and far include Tom Lichtenheld, Paul Owen Lewis, Pamela Dalton, Christopher Canyon, Lynne Avril, and Merrill Rainey.
Museum Deputy Director Kerry Teeple, Ed.D., said the art is vibrant and inspiring. She offers some lively descriptions of the works:
- Lichtenheld’s illustration for “This is a Moose,” written by Richard T. Morris, shows a moose whose aspirations to become an astronaut have come true.
- Lewis created a scene for “The Jupiter Stone” (which he also authored) where an astronaut sends a unique stone sailing into space.
- Dalton’s artwork in “Under the Silver Moon: Lullabies, night Songs and Poems,” (which she also authored) features little ones who are ready for bed gazing at the big moon outside.
- Canyon’s work in “Did you Hear Wind Sing Your Name? An Oneida Song of Spring,” written by Sandra De Coteau Orie, depicts an opossum in a tree with a giant full moon in the distance.
- Avril has two pieces in the exhibit, both from her book, “Mable One and Only,” written by Margaret Muirhead, about a young girl with a vivid imagination.
- Rainey, a Toledo resident, has a collage that features two children and their dog getting geared up for a trip into space. His work was featured on the cover of Jack and Jill Magazine, January/February 2018.
Also included in the exhibition are illustrations by:
- Thomas Wharton for “21st Century Dog: A Visionary Compendium,” written by Michael J. Rosen;
- Peter Catalonotto for “An Angel for Solomon Singer,” written by Cynthia Rylant;
- Wendell Minor for “Reaching for the Moon,” written by Buzz Aldrin; and
- Ted Rand for “The Owl Who Became the Moon,” written by Jonathan London.