What are people saying about the At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic exhibit of over 160 paintings, sculptures, illustrations, posters, and album covers from the past two centuries?
A fan who writes as Calisuri reviewed the exhibit for TheOneRing.net (Allentown Art Museum Showcase “At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic”):
The presentation is quite impressive – showcase fantasy art from hundreds of years ago to present. If you ever wanted to see works in person, but really didn’t want deal with going to a convention convention, this showcase is a perfect opportunity. Tolkien themed works on exhibit: The Hildebrandt Brother’s Smaug and The Gift of Galadriel, Ruth Sanderson’s Galadriel, Mark Zug’s The Sands of Gorgoroth, Matthew Stewart’s Battle of Five Armies, Stephen Hickman’s Siege of Minas Tirith (triple WOW factor in person), Darrell Sweet’s The Slaying of Glaurung, and last but not least, Donato Giancola’s The Hobbit (Absolutely stunning in person – and gigantic!).
Jason Stershic gushed about it in the Lehigh Valley InSight (Art of the Fantastic – From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings and Much More):
Anyway, the exhibit is awesome. It is an epic journey for your mind and imagination. The amazing thing about this exhibit is the history of the exhibit. The Lord of the Rings art was all done before Peter Jackson created the movies. The futuristic stuff looks futuristic even now, but was created decades ago. This isn’t just some art created in the last few years, this is a collection with age, and it appears only to be getting better with time.
And there’s a continuing stream of news and publicity about the exhibit.
Among The Morning Call’s pictures of the June 2 preview party are good photos of several sculptures and paintings, like Greg Hildebrandt’s remarkable “Smaug Destroys Laketown,” plus shots of artists James Gurney, Tom Kidd, and Jordu Schell standing beside their work.
Patrick Wilshire introduces the exhibit in a fine three-minute YouTube video produced by the Lehigh Valley Mirror.
A series of talks and presentations is running in tandem with the exhibit (ticket info here). To hear guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire personally tell you what to think about the exhibit jump on a plane, quick! They’re scheduled to lecture June 17 (tickets $15 for nonmembers). Or you can get Patrick’s opinion here for free.