Peter Max to present posters
eter Max, one of America's most recognized artists and
the official artist for Earth Day 1995, will be in San Diego for Earth Week.
An important exhibition of his art will open at the Circle Gallery in Old
Town on April 21.
Max has exerted a sweeping and enduring influence in
the world of art that has often been compared to the Beatles' impact on
the music of our time. His art represents a unique blending of cultural
symbolism with an intense and vivid color palette. Recent works are more
painterly and sensuous than his art from the 1960s, but are still rendered
in bold intense colors.
The original poster created by Max for the 25th Anniversary
of Earth Day, features a large image of the earth seeming to float on the
horizon behind two ships heading out to sea, against a background of swirling
clouds and the sun with brilliant rays emerging. A figure in the foreground
The signed posters will presented to San Diego Earth
Day during his visit here and then offered for sale as part of the Silent
Auction at the VIP (Very Important Planet) Reception at Scripps Aquarium
Museum on Thursday, April 20 (call (619) 496-6666 for reservation information).
As a passionate environmentalist and defender of human
and animal rights, Max has frequently directed his artistic energy toward
noteworthy causes. In 1992, he created the official postage stamps commemorating
the first environmental Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. As official artist
of Earth Day 1995, he embraces a cause for which he has long felt a personal
Throughout his artwork, Max celebrates the American
experience and revels in popular American imagery - as reflected in the
vibrant and exuberant images he created as official artist for World Cup
USA '94 and for Super Bowls XXVII and XXIX.
Unabashedly patriotic, he has created numerous works
celebrating our nation's principles of freedom and democracy, including
his famous Statue of Liberty painting, series of American flags, and portraits
of five United States presidents.
European-born and raised in Shanghai, Tibet, Israel
and France, Max's multicultural background has given his work a rich artistic
character, with influences as diverse as classical Western art, European
expressionism, American jazz and the ancient traditional culture of China.
Says Max, "My art is an expression of myself. My
art has to do with where I am and what I'm doing . . . I'm like a jazz musician,
only I play with colors and I love it."
Circle Gallery hours are Sunday through Wednesday, 10AM
to 6PM, Thursday through Saturday, 10AM - 8PM. The exhibition runs though
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson to speak
idely considered to be he Father of Earth Day, Gaylord
Nelson, former Governor and Senator from Wisconsin, will speak about, "The
Future of the Environmental Movement: Twenty-five Years After the First
Earth Day," at 7pm, Thursday, April 13, in the Institute of the Americas
Auditorium on the UCSD campus. The program, sponsored by the Helen Edison
Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
The 25th anniversary of the first Earth Day will be
celebrated on April 22 of this year. The anniversary comes at a time when
political pressure is being exerted to cut budgets for environmental programs
and private donations for environmental groups are on the wane.
Nelson is a staunch environmentalist with a record of
notable achievements. As a Senator from Wisconsin, Nelson introduced the
first legislation in Congress to mandate fuel efficiency standards in automobiles,
control strip mining, ban the use of DDT, ban the use of agent orange, and
ban the use of phosphates in detergents.
As counselor to The Wilderness Society, Nelson continues
to work for the protection of the environment. The Wilderness Society is
the only national organization that is devoted primarily to public lands
protection and management issues.
There is a $3 fee for parking on the UCSD campus. For
more information, call 534-3400.
Dr. Vogel shares wisdom of the Himalayas
by John Dorsey
or Earth Day '95, Dr. Erhard Vogel, Ph.D. will speak
at the Vogel Institute, 3033 Central Avenue, on Wednesday, April 19th from
6pm - 8pm.
Dr. Vogel has lived among the sages of the Himalayas,
teaching seekers from all over the world. He has traveled extensively throughout
many countries, experiencing their cultures. For over twenty-five years,
he has been teaching the means to live in tune with nature and to be truly
fulfilled in the awareness of our true, interconnected Self.
Learn how to become truly fulfilled in life by awakening
to subtler and more deep-reaching self-experience. See how you can bring
a greater sense of peace, purpose and true contentment into the routine
activities of your daily life.
"One of the most powerful and pervasive influences
upon the environment is the human being," says Dr. Vogel. "If
the internal state of human beings is one of harmony, cleanliness and health,
there is the likelihood that human beings will project that positive state
upon the environment.
"If the internal state of human beings is toxic,
unhealthy and in disarray, there is a strong likelihood that this negative
state will be projected onto our environment. Therefore, it is of fundamental
importance for each one of us to create a powerful and lasting positive
state within ourselves in order to have a beneficial influence upon the
After the event, from 8pm - 9:30pm, there will be a
presentation and information on the Vogel Institute's Expert in Life program.
Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by Saturday, April 15 to 282-2111. Proceeds
will be donated to San Diego Earth Day and the Nature Conservancy.