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AstroArtist of the Month - Lucy West (1 of 4)

“Celestial Northwest” Part 1: How To Create a Space Artist I came into this world in 1964 during one of the most extraordinary times in history. NASA was in full swing of sending men and the first Gemini and Apollo crafts into orbit around our planet. I was plunked down on the good Earth just as some of us were learning how to leave it. Space exploration has been the foundation of my very existence, especially when considering that my father worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO building parts for Mercury and Gemini spacecrafts. Four years later, I remember watching the grainy black and white images of the LM-5 Eagle blast moon dust at high velocities as it came closer to the lunar surface. I remember hearing the iconic beeps transmitting back and forth from Mission Control to the surface of the moon. I remember seeing the slow methodical decent Neil Armstrong took down to the base of the LM. And I remember the palpable excitement our household expressed when a man set foot on another planet for the first time in the history of humankind. Not a bad way to start out life's journey. Three years later when I was seven years old, my family relocated to Frankfort, KY. The activities of NASA seemed as distant as the moon itself for a seven year old in bluegrass country. By this time I was immersed in a creative home environment that laid the foundation for my interests in the arts. My artistic endeavors... Read More..