A continuing legacy of peace and love in a collection of artwork that serves as a meeting place for fans from all walks of life — lovingly presented as an opportunity to stroll through and purchase or simply admire work that is both inspirational and generational — created by a man who left behind a potent message for future generations.
Imagine an exhibit used as a forum to view art and a venue to raise funds and awareness as timeless tunes gently sweep through a gallery where a modest and suggested-only door donation benefits a local charity — conveniently located in a bustling borough tucked between Philadelphia and New York on the west bank of the Delaware river …
As Yoko Ono and Legacy Productions prepare to bring “The Art of John Lennon” to New Hope June 28 to 30 in a collection of sketches and song lyrics and drawings, a press release says of Lennon and the upcoming event: “Few people knew that John did not pick up a guitar for five of the last seven years of his life. During those years he channeled his philosophy through his drawings. They, along with earlier sketches and song lyrics, make up the nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings that will be on display.”
The exhibit benefits FACT Bucks County (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together), a local charity established in 1992 that is “dedicated to providing financial assistance as a point of last resort to those individuals living with HIV/AIDS who reside in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer counties in order to maintain independent and quality of life.” Their website “About” page http://www.factbuckscounty.org/about-us/ states: “FACT Bucks County is also dedicated to reducing the spread of HIV through educational grants to local community-based organizations.”
Louis Licitra, president of FACT, says he is hoping for a great turnout with the second time visit from “The Art of John Lennon,” stating the first was very successful.
Rudy Siegal, coordinator with Legacy Productions, explains there is “no charge to attend the event, only a ‘suggested’ $2 donation.” He also said that all proceeds received from the door will go to FACT.
Of Yoko Ono, Siegal said the woman who was eight years older than John, who turned 80 in February, “hasn’t lost her activism” and explained that she has been bringing fans together and supporting causes for the past 20 plus years with these exhibits.”
After Lennon died, Ono took the sketchbooks of her late husband and turned them into prints. Each year she adds a few new ones to the collection.
In the press release, Ono shares her thoughts on why the shows are important to her: “…when he passed away, I felt that it was my responsibility to make sure that his artwork was known...The thing is, most people know John as a musician and a writer, and he's a brilliant one at that, but he was also a very good artist. I am promoting John’s work — because it’s John’s, but (also) because his work really gives … a sense of humor, a brightness of life. “
On how the show plays out in today’s world, Yoko Ono said:
“The world is getting very intense, people are depressed, the exhibit has incredible humor moments, John’s work had a lot of sense of humor and incredible wisdom. Now I protect John’s legacy because his art promotes peace, the more art and music like John’s, the bigger chance we all have for peace. That’s why I do this every year.”
The man who quipped “Peace and love are eternal” and wished for the world to live as one would be proud.
IF YOU GO:
“The Art of John Lennon”
will be on display at
Occasions at Union Square,
560 Union Square Drive,
New Hope, PA 18938
Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.;
& Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Donate to FACT: