When I arrived in Ogunquit last week, Fran was excited to tell me that we would be attending a traveling exhibition of John Lennon's artwork on Friday. Although I had seen some of his drawings, I didn't relize he was so prolific. Yoko Ono organized "Coming Together" in 1990 and it travels to 15 to 20 different towns and cities a year, raising money for charities. I was surprised that the admission was free but donations were encouraged since that money is used for local charities. In this case, all donations would go to Caring Unlimited, a shelter for victims of domestic violence in York County.
As we entered the Dunaway Center in downtown Ogunquit, "Imagine" was playing in the background. I couldn't believe all the original drawings...as well as hand-written lyrics with small images. The images date from the early 60's to his death in 1980. For the most part they are line drawings in pen, pencil and Japanese sumi ink. The drawings are a reflection of his life with Ono and their son Sean. Others are illustrations of song lyrics. A large portrait of John was on the wall and underneath was a sign saying "No photographs allowed". After viewing the collection, I walked over to the curator and explained how "I write for Gather.com and would it be permissible to take a few long angle shots. She thought that would be fine.
I really liked the drawing "Come Together", a whimsical piece with strange stick people holding balloons....one can definitely see it was John's plea for world peace and understanding.
It was an interesting exhibit and I was able to learn more about the "whole" John Lennon. If the traveling show comes to your town, be sure to go. Well worth your time.