Thursday, February 18, 2010


A quick shout-out to all the people that make Boskone one of the most pleasant conventions of the year. Thank you, NESFA! It’s always a smoothly run, just-the-right-size convention with a kickin’ art show.

Fuzzy iPhone or “borrowed” photos here.

Great to see John Picacio, Artist Guest of Honor. John is a unique voice in the field and dedicated to the vitality of the genre as a whole. [top image]

Michael Whelan had a 40 painting exhibit. An amazing retrospective that started with his college work and chronological built up to brand new paintings.

Omar Rayyan had a knock out out show. Man, that guy just keeps getting better.

Bob Eggleton and Marianne Plumridge where a delight to share dinner with...And made me think, why not have a Boskone panel meet at one of the nearby art museums?

The now-traditional Rick Berry Studio visit was, as tradition will have it, a mellow blast.

These photos, taken by John Picacio, made me laugh because it reminds that I didn’t leave that seat very much throughout the day...Or weekend, for that matter. Charlie Stross on the left and Michael Whelan on the right.

After the con I was able to convince now-Boston artist Scott Bakal to come out and play while the dead-dog party deaded around us.

....and it’s possible this Rick Berry painting followed me home.


John Picacio said...

1. Great idea: an art-related panel meeting up at a nearby art museum. I would love this not only for Boskone, but for other sf/f cons. Good one.

2. Saw your Flickr set. IMG_0533: At the show, I stared for minutes at the sculpting of that left arm. Doesn't make anatomical sense in certain places, but graphic perfection nevertheless.

3. You were right -- visiting Berry's studio was all that. I wish we didn't have to fly out so early the next morning or I would've stayed longer. Hugely inspiring.

4. Envious of your possible acquisition. That's a great piece.

ces said...

Possible??? :-)

Just like it's possible that Manchess"s SDCC painting of that red guy followed Martiniere home? :-)

Glad you made, what with the weather and all. I'd rather ride a train than a plane any day!

Anonymous said...

Yes, great idea, Irene!

I help out a little with Boskone program. Just wrote this up for my next year's idea seed bank.

It's about 3 miles as the crow flies to the Gardner Museum, a little less to the Museum of Fine Arts. But the Institute of Contemporary Art is only a few blocks away, on the waterfront. Special exhibits aside, any opinion on the best museum choice if we did something like this?

-- Bob Devney