Art

Aliens & odd things at Denver Int’l Airport

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Like zombies, the conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to underground bunkers, lizard people and secret military installations at Denver International Airport never die.

DEN officials do their best to debunk the really bizarre claims, but they have fun with them as well.

This month, to coincide with the Halloween season, the airport is even hosting a series of conspiracy theory-themed events, including a “Conspiracy Theories Uncovered” Art Exhibit (near the north security checkpoint; open 24 hours) with video, artwork, props and more that explain the most pervasive theories, free hour-long conspiracy theory art tours (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays through October 29), a “What’s Under DEN” Facebook contest and a Conspiracy Costume Party – on October 20 – with a free screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind out on the plaza between the airport terminal and the Westin Denver International Airport.

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Omaha’s Eppley Airfield sprouts a gallery

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Eppley Airfield airport in Omaha, Nebraska is now home to a gallery that will feature the work of more than 50 noted midwestern artists, stock thousands of pieces of art and, better yet, offer live art demonstrations from both core and guest artists on a regular basis.

And you don’t even need to go inside the store to experience the live art: video cameras inside the store send a feed to two screens out front.

The roughly 1,000 square foot store, dubbed “Gallery Eppley by Hudson,” is in the airport’s North Terminal, adjacent to a Hudson Booksellers store, and carries work in a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, bronze sculpting, wood turning, multi-media, metal working, photography and glass blowing.

Leave room in your carry-on for some art…

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Astronauts invade Seattle

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Peter Reiquam – Space Tourist

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Seattle’s Museum of Flight has placed 25 life-size, space-suited astronaut statues around town. Each statue began as a white fiberglass statue and was then transformed by a local artist into something new.

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SpaceSquatch Explores the Pacific Northwest – by David Newman and Ruth Cielo

The museum is encouraging locals and visitors to find astronauts around town, take selfies and post them on Instagram (tag: #astronautsonthetown) for a chance to win a pair of tickets on Alaska Airlines, good to any Alaska Airlines destination.

The statutes will be in town through mid-September, but an on-line auction for all 25 astronauts runs throughout August – in case you want an arty-astronaut for your home or office.

Here’s a link to a gallery featuring images of all statues in the Astronauts around Town project.

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Happy Concstellations -by Fin’es Scott

Fresh art at John Wayne Airport

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Wonder Slim by George James, courtesy Fullerton College

The new art exhibit at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California shares some ‘hidden treasures’ plucked from the art collections of five Orange County colleges and universities and is on display through August 2015 in the Vi Smith Gallery across from Gates 18-21.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Ed Ruscha - art book. Courtesy University of California, Irvine

Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Ed Ruscha – art book. Courtesy University of California, Irvine

The airport’s art program presents intriguing, museum-quality exhibits on a regular basis. Also on exhibit now (through April 2015) are whimsical paintings by Costa Mesa artist Cheryl Bookout –

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The Fish in her Party Dress – Cheryl Bookout

And – always there: Flight of Ideas. This wonderful, large scale three-dimensional sculpture above the baggage carousels in Terminal C is made up of 21 aluminum birds with wing spans up to 14 feet by Beth Nyback. Look closely next time you’re there: the wings of the birds display enlarged portions of multi-colored aeronautical charts.

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