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New Art Exhibit Celebrates Star Trek History

Written By: Abel S. Pinedo

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It's amazing when you think about it. Star Trek has reached the half century mark. This year the long and storied franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary. Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future has stood the test of time and inspired creative minds across the globe. To commemorate this historic milestone, the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery hosted a very special exhibit titled: Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years, A Global Art Exhibition.

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"To Boldly Go" - by artist Joshua Budich

The robust display of artwork celebrates all aspects of Star Trek thoughout it's long history. It is a rather unique display of works from many celebrated artists. The impressive roster of talent included such notables as Josh Lane, Gary Pullin, Fernando Reza, JK Woodward, and Erin Gallagher. Fans even got the chance to meet and greet the artists in person, many of whom were available at various times for signings.

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Original artwork by Leonard Nimoy himself!

The major thrill for me was seeing that one of these pieces was actually contributed by the late Leonard Nimoy himself. While it is unfortunate that he is no longer with us, at the same time it's heartwarming to know that his work will live on for future generations.

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"The Final Frontier" - by artist Nicky Barkla

As an added bonus, while myself and the small crowd were waiting to be let in at opening, we spied Nichelle Nichols, Uhura herself, getting a private tour. We cheered and applauded for her as she was led out into a waiting vehicle. Upon entering, we were given a nice little piece of swag, a commemorative pin. We were also informed that while we were welcome to take pictures, to please use no flash photography so as to preserve the art.

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"Spock's Ride" - by artist Alton Takeyasu

I honestly could not single out one favorite piece as there was just too many great works to choose from, covering every aspect of Trek. From the original pilot episode, to the latest films, to pieces devoted solely to villains or aliens and even the women of Star Trek, this exhibit had it all. I'm glad I took a few moments out of the craziness of Comic Con to see these wonderful pieces and I encourage everyone who is interested to seek out this traveling tour. The next stop after San Diego is Las Vegas.

For more information on this exhibit please visit the official site. http://www.startrek.com/upcoming_events

About the Author: Abel S.Pinedo a.k.a. "Honest Abe" has written reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He can usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis & Butthead.

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