Sunday, September 4, 2011

Celebrating Creativity and Talent

Normally, I don't post verbatim from other sources, at least not from emails. But this press release email that I received fits so well into this blog's mission that I just copied and pasted this text. Spread the word:

A Major New Art Convention Focusing on the Fantastic in Art

8/31/2011, Kansas City, MO: Announcing Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! — the Midwest’s first convention focusing solely on fantasy, science fiction, and all other forms of fantastic art, paintings and sculpture. From physical to digital Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! celebrates the creativity and talent of the world’s best visionaries of the fantastic.

A natural extension of the art anthology, Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! will take place on May 18-20, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall, located in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic downtown. It will feature 200+ exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 5000 attendees.

Spectrum co-founder Cathy Fenner explains, “Our mission is to create a convergence of fantastic art and shine a spotlight on the artists while providing a place for fans, artists, and collectors to gather, learn, shop and interact. There will be educational programs, art displays, portfolio reviews for aspiring artists, shopping opportunities for fans, contests, costumes and of course spectacular art.”

Special guests include fantasy art and comic luminaries Brom, Phil Hale, Andrew “Android” Jones, Iain McCaig, and Mike Mignola. Other confirmed exhibitors include, Michael Whelan, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.

According to fantasy artist Brom, “Arnie Fenner's decades of dedication promoting the genre and its artists comes to life in an event celebrating what we do and the artists and fans that make it happen. I am thrilled to attend, thrilled to participate, and thrilled to share such inspiring company.”

About the Fenners

Since 1993 the Arnie and Cathy Fenner have produced the art annual Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, which has become the international standard of quality for the fantastic arts community. In association with renowned painter Gregory Manchess and Tor Books Senior Art Director Irene Gallo, Cathy and Arnie served as curators of 2 Spectrumexhibitions at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City where the shows broke all the facility’s previous attendance records.

Highly respected authorities in their field, together they have written, edited, and designed art books by such well-known creators as Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Robert McGinnis, Jeffrey Jones, Dave Stevens, and Jon Foster as well as aided in the realization of (and appeared in) the documentary Frazetta: Painting with Fire and are among the producers of the forthcoming film Better Things: Life and Choices of Jeffrey Jones.

The Fenners have received 10 Locus and 2 Chesley Awards and have been nominated for the Hugo and Eisner Awards. They have two adult sons and live in Overland Park, KS.

Media Contact:

Jim Fallone


Below are just a few of my favorite images from the Spectrum 17 annual from 2010 to demonstrate just a tiny fraction of the tremendous talent always associated with the Spectrum fantasy universe.

All images are copyrighted by their respective owners. Do not infringe for any commercial purpose.

Android Jones — Kuska

Android Jones — O.P.M.

Melanie Delon — Elixir Books 2: Whispers

Scott Gustafson — A Confabulation of Dragons

P.A. Lewis — Outta Da Waaaayyyy!!!

Rebecca Guay — Chanrel

William Stout — Oberon

Howard Lyon —Seldarine

Donato Giancola — Everquest-10th Anniversary

Andrew Bawidamann — Gamers Unite


Annie said...

Hi Thom, Thanks for the information, and a great collection of images!

Sam G said...

I always look forward to Spectrum. Wish I could attend.