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COA launches stellar exhibition by an astronaut, glass artist and painter for Acadia Night Sky Festival

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BAR HARBOR As a participant in the fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, College of the Atlantic is bringing art and science to the Blum Gallery. A special exhibit, titled 'Art In Space,' will be on view Sept. 20 Oct. 25, 2013 and a lecture, The Marriage of Art and Science, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 from 46 p.m.

'Art In Space' features the work of glass artist Josh Simpson and painter Jane Runyeon. The lecture will begin with remarks by Runyeon, who will introduce NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Cady Coleman, and along with Simpson, the two will discuss how art and science co-exist and inform one other. Coleman, who has logged more than 4,000 hours in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and the International Space Station, will discuss the endless possibilities that the space program brings back to earth. 

Simpson creates his own universe of vibrant glass planets, complete with oceans, continents, volcanoes and clouds. The cores of these small planets are full of bubbles, threads and kaleidoscopic patterns evoking unseen landscapes and underwater worlds. In addition to Simpson's renowned "Planets," several wall-mounted glass "Orbs" from his Corona series will be shown, which evoke Hubble space telescopic images. 

Runyeon's expressionistic Galactic series is fueled by the meteor showers and the thousands of asteroids that both circle the sun and are heavily concentrated in a very wide belt between the orbits of Mars' two moons and Jupiter's 63 moons. These mammoth rocks swirling with extreme temperatures and speed have inspired a provocative theme in her work about the known and unknown mysteries of outer space.

Ivy Sienkiewycz, student director of the Blum for the fall term, will be curating the exhibit. For further information about Josh Simpson, Cady Coleman and/or Jane Runyeon, please contact Artist's Representative Kathleen Rogers at (207) 667-0733, Ext. 11.

The Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off on Sept. 26 and goes through Sept. 30. For more information, visit


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