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Buzz Aldrin at Cradle of Aviation Museum 2015

About Face: The Portrait at The Art Guild

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
August 31, 2019

UPDATE – Sept. 8, 2019: 1st PLACE! – That’s what my Buzz Aldrin portrait won in The Art Guild’s “About Face: The Portrait” exhibit! To say I’m honored & thrilled is an understatement. 

I’m honored The Art Guild accepted my portrait of NASA’s Apollo 11 astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN in its juried exhibition “ABOUT FACE: The PortraIt” – on view August 31 through Sept. 29, at Elderfields Preserve in Manhasset:

Garden City, New York, U.S. October 23, 2015. Former NASA astronaut Edwin BUZZ ALDRIN is in conversation about his experiences in space and his new Children's Middle Grade book Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet. After the talk at the jetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum, Aldrin signed copies of his new book. On the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the Moon, and his first trip to space was the 1966 Gemini 12. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. October 23, 2015. NASA astronaut Edwin BUZZ ALDRIN is in conversation about his experiences in space and his new children’s book ‘Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet.’ On the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin was the second person to ever walk on the Moon, and his first trip to space was the 1966 Gemini 12. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Based on the number of entries, about 200, from across the country, this is The Art Guild’s most popular exhibit ever.

I captured the portrait of ‘The Real Buzz’ – the second person to walk on the Moon – during his talk at the jetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium in the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, on October 23, 2015.

  • NOTE: As is my practice with any exhibit I’m in, info on judge appears in post only after opening reception.

Juror ROBERT SILVERMAN,  a member of the Portrait Society of America,  has been honored in its Members Competition, and his techniques have been featured in its publication The Art of the Portrait, and in the American Artist Workshop Magazine. Silverman has conducted classes and workshops in the tri-state area, including at The Art Guild.

EXHIBIT – “About Face: The Portrait” 

TAG’s exhibit on view:  August 31Sept. 29, 2019.

Opening Reception:  Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 3-5 pm – free and open to the public  

UPDATE 9/8/2019: See photo below from Opening Reception

Manhasset, New York, U.S., September 8, 2019. Photographer Ann Parry poses by her Buzz Aldrin portrait, 1st Place winner of The Art Guild Portrait exhibit and competition. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Manhasset, New York, U.S., September 8, 2019. Photographer Ann Parry poses by her Buzz Aldrin portrait, 1st Place winner of The Art Guild About Face: The Portrait exhibit and competition, at Elderfields Preserve. (© 2019 Bob Stuhmer, Face-inating.com)


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Garden City, New York, USA. May 23, 2019. At left, ANDREW PARTON, President of the Cradle of Aviation Museum is standing at lectern and introducing, at right, ANDREW CHAIKIN, best-selling author of "A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts" in the museum’s JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium. Event was part of CAM's celebration of 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

Andrew Chaikin: Over the Moon about Space

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
May 30, 2019

VIDEO 1 [00:21] Chaikin’s favorite quote:

An Evening with Andrew Chaikin, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Thursday, May 23, began with refreshments near the “LEM” room, home of the actual Apollo LM-13 lunar excursion module built for the cancelled Apollo 18 mission.

What a great setting for photos of the bestselling author of “A Man on the Moon: Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts”!

And when asked if I wanted him to go on the surface of the (simulated) moon – the first time anyone offered that in all the years I captured photos there – I was so surprised I blurted out, “Are you sure it’s okay?” He smiled and good-naturedly assured me he had permission. 

Garden City, New York, USA. May 23, 2019. At left, author ANDREW CHAIKIN takes a selfie with ALAN CONTESSA, who worked on the real Apollo 11 lunar module, as they stand in front of the genuine Lunar Module LM-13, built for cancelled Apollo 18 mission.

Garden City, New York, USA. May 23, 2019. At left, ANDREW CHAIKIN takes a selfie with ALAN CONTESSA, who worked on the Apollo 11 lunar module, as they stand in front of the genuine Lunar Module LM-13, built for cancelled Apollo 18 mission. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After capturing photos of Chaikin at LM-13, I saw a few guests come in, including Alan Contessa, who, as a 22-year-old Grumman employee in 1969, was responsible for making and installing the gold silver thermal foil covering the lower part of Apollo 11’s lunar excursion module LM-5, the “Eagle” of “The Eagle has landed” fame.

My favorite LM area photo of the evening shows Chaikin taking a selfie with Contessa as they’re standing in front of the LM-13 thermal foil, which Contessa, as a volunteer, worked on for the Cradle of Aviation display.

Soon it was time to go to the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium, for Chaikin’s talk about growing up on Long Island and interviewing Apollo astronauts.

VIDEO 2 [44:10] Chaikin’s talk:

Chaikin became obsessed with space when he was five, and he was 12 when he met his first NASA astronaut, Alan Bean, who later became his dear friend and mentor.  

Young Chaikin literally dreamed of meeting Neil Armstrong and getting his autograph. During a trip with his parents to Washington DC in 1971, he found out Armstrong was working at NASA Headquarters. The second time Chaikin went to HQ, he ran into Armstrong in the hallway, where the astronaut signed an autograph for him, and then took a selfie of the two of them.

As adults, they got to know each other as friends, and in 2002 Chaikin’s wife Victoria Kohl took a picture of Armstrong and Chaikin, who was holding that 1971 selfie.

Chaikin, an animated, knowledgable, and fascinating speaker – and I’m not saying that just because we have the same birthday – talked about the Apollo 11 mission in great detail, with photos and videos projected on the huge screen behind him. NOTE: Video 2 above includes most of Chaiken’s talk.

During the Q&A, the first guest called on asked if Chaikin thought the [2018 biographical drama] movie “First Man” portrayed astronaut Neil Armstrong accurately. The audience laughed when Chaikin quickly answered, “Not at all….”

The evening ended with the CNN Films documentary “APOLLO 11,” but I had to leave before it ran on the giant curved screen, so I returned to the IMAX theater with a friend to see the film that Sunday afternoon.

Walking up and up and up the theater stairs, we turned into the second row from the top, sat down, and enjoyed the awe-inspiring, newly unearthed views of the Apollo 11 astronauts, support teams, and the mission itself.


Feature Photo at top of post: Garden City, NY, USA. May 23, 2019. At left, ANDREW PARTON, Pres. of the Cradle of Aviation Museum introduces, at right, author ANDREW CHAIKIN in the museum’s JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium.


Andrew Chaikin at Cradle of Aviation:  MY GALLERY

Video 1 – Chaikin’s Favorite Quote: vimeo.com/annparry/chaikinquote
Video 2 – Chaikin’s Talk: vimeo.com/annparry/chaikintalk

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