Monday, May 21, 2012

Spectrum Expedition

I just completed this little video about the long journey to attend Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, which ended yesterday.


(Video Link) The whole experience seems like a dream now that I'm sitting in a hotel room along the highway, waking up and heading home.
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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
Book: Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Announcement of Spectrum 19 award winners.

Credits: Music by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. Images and artists in the video include: Phil Hale Jon Foster (poster), Arnie Fenner, Jeff Preston, Paul Tobin, Greg Manchess, Thomas Kuebler (full-size figure sculpts), Tim Bruckner, J.B. Monge, Paul Bonner, Mike Mignola, Donato Giancola, Brom, Omar Rayyan, Michael Whelan, Vanessa Lemen, G. Manchess, Bruce Mitchell, Bobby Chiu (diving).

23 comments:

Janet Oliver said...

Nice Wizard of Oz reference!

JaneBorn2Fly said...

What an enjoyable journey! Thank you for bringing us along with you.

David Yanchick said...

You conveniently forgot to mention that you are the 2012 Spectrum Grand Master! Congratulations!

Denman Rooke said...

fantastic! it was a great journey indeed.

uglymuffin said...

That's a good presentation of the event.

uglymuffin said...

That's a good presentation of the event.

Joe Vicas said...

Jim - It was wonderful seeing you again at SFALive!

When you were announced as the winner of the Grand Master Award, I literally jumped out of my seat, applauded as loud as my hands would allow, and yelled “Woo! Woo! Woo!” For the record, I never yell “Woo! Woo! Woo!”. Ever. :-)

I think everyone would agree that no one deserved the recognition more. It was very moving to see you receive a standing ovation.

Congratulations! Again.

-Joe Vicas-

Dan Gurney said...

Congratulations, James!

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Gina Florio said...

I really love seeing these videos. Thanks for this peek into Spectrum - I really wish I could have gone.

Christian said...

Wow! Congratulations for the Grand Masters Award!!

(And thanks for sharing those great impressions from Spectrum live!!)

Anonymous said...

I think the poster is by Jon Foster

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Chris Topper Art said...

Loved the show! Thanks for the autographs and drawings inside my "Color and Light" and "Imaginative Realism" books. I really enjoyed your presentation as well. I was pretty tongue tied, but it was great to meet one of my favorite artists!

-Chris

vlad74 said...

Great video James. I wish I was there.
Congrqtulations for the Master award.

ben said...

Great post.
I was wondering, was that Jeffrey Jones documentary shown at Spectrum?
I read somewhere that they planed to.
I'm so looking forward to see that film.

James Gurney said...

Anon and Jon - thanks! I fixed the attribution of the poster to Jon Foster. I was moving fast and forgot.

Ben, yes, the documentary "The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones" was premiered on Friday night to a packed house of Spectrum attendees, and received a standing ovation. I was deeply moved by it, having known Jeff from many of the "First Friday" gatherings.

Thanks, Joe, and everyone else for your support on my big moment to receive the awards. I was so shocked and thrilled, and there were plenty of other deserving people in the audience.

Chris, I got to meet some of my favorite artists, too, and was just as tongue-tied as you.

ben said...

Great. Was there any word about when the documentary will be released?

Forgive my ignorance, but what was/is "First Friday"?

SVSART said...

I knew I should have gone! bummed I missed it, but at least I got to see what I missed

Tom Strom said...

Hello James, I have to say one more time that it was great to meet you at the show. I couldn't be more honored to shake your hand. Thanks for the books and inspiration! See you in the future.

Laura G. Young said...

Love the mini-documentary! :)

Here's some photos from the night of the awards. (Heard you'd forgotten your camera.)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84757001@N00/sets/72157629865385322/with/7256888592/

Russell Dickerson said...

It was great getting to meet you in person, and congratulations on the Grandmaster award!

James Gurney said...

Thanks everybody, and thanks for the photos, Laura. I did forget my camera, but even if I had brought it, I couldn't have taken such nice photos.