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An example of work by Cecil Darby Herring
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|The following, submitted June 2006, is from the artist.|
Space dreamer and inventor of Spacescapes®, Artist Cecil Herring says this about her 50 year career:
"I have trekked down many blind alleys, tried many technologies for my
space art. Welding, electroforming, spraying vinyls, painting,
recycling space junk, casting plastics. I have experimented for
decades. I never quite understood my drive until now, as we are
in the new Millenium, plan space colonies and stations. The puzzle
comes together in a magical way!
My early memories are my Father, Cecil J. Darby, pointing out
constellations and stars to me, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' A
Princess of Mars, The Chessman of Mars for bedtime stories! He
would point to Mars and say, "See that red star? We'll go there
someday." I remember thinking of the colors, strange shapes and
having vivid dreams every night!
I'm sure I got my love of space and space art from him. He was a
dreamer with a car garage, welded and built racecars. We went
everywhere. Pan American World Airways Clipper Ships took off
from Dinner Key in Miami, my home town. We watched the big planes
taxi out on Biscayne Bay and takeoff. We went to air shows where
planes did loop-t-loops and dives all over the place. Somehow it
all got jumbled together - my passions for art, metals, space and
technology. I studied art and breathlessly watched the space
launches on TV.
In 1965, we moved to Brevard County where there were weekly
launches. By 1967, I was a space writer - photographer for the
local paper. Then, I got to watch every awesome launch from a
press site three miles away. I got to meet astronauts, Dr.
Wernher von Braun, and climb around in the Vehicle Assembly
Building. Press and famous people were everywhere. We all
had stars in our eyes! It had a huge impact on my art forms!
I began welding steel and 'space junk' armatures I got from area
junkyards and sprayed polyvinyl chloride (a material used to mothball
Navalfleets) over the welded armatures. I added electrical wiring
so they would light up! That is how my Spacescapes© came to
be. They are lightweight, other worldly, holey, curvilinear
shapes, covered with a spanable cobweb material, built up into a
durable hidelike covering. Using a diesel compressor and a
pressurized spray system sprayed the molasses-like liquid that floated
over the armatures, leaving holes. I painted them in swirling
Some had black-lights blinking and some included moving parts.
Naturally, they all had space-related names like Crater Craft, Cool It
Charley - A Lunar Experiment, Take Me to Your Leader. They were
shown in black rooms, illuminated with a pulsing black light system I
synchronized with synthesizer music of eery screams. roars and thumps -
sounds of outer space They glowed in the dark! They were a hit at
my one-woman show in New York in 1971. I called the show
Spacescapes© and was invited to be on ABC Eyewitness News Channel 9
there in New York City.
For 30 years, I've kept the name and spacey imagery going through some
tough times. I don't weld or use metal-forming methods now.
I got very sick in the early 80s with metal poisoning. My lungs
were black. 'Give it ALL up or die', several doctors said.
I thought I was through as an artist. All metals, solvents,
chemicals, plastics, even oil paints became toxic tome. I thought
I was through as an artist so I went to college, EVEN LAW SCHOOL!
That was a 10-year down period in my life! I was glad the Digital
Art Age came around in the late 80s, just in the nick of time for
me! It is cleaner and safer, believe me. Now, I paint oil
paintings using walnut oil capturing the fast disappearing Florida
Still Space is ever present since I can see the launches from her
studio. Recently, Discovery Channel's London production company
interviewed Herring about her involvement with the Apollo 13
launch. The interview is scheduled to air in July, 2006.
Cecil Herring has had 33 solo shows, over 100 juried, group
invitational in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Miami, New York, San
Francisco, and in her first digital showing internationally in the 10th
Women's Congress called World's Women On-Line (WWOL) in Beijing,
China and Cologne, Germany. She was in the Festival of the
Masters, Disney World, 8 times, and Winter Park Sidewalk Show 9 times.
Her digital art work won a Kodak National Innovator award for large
format digital printing and was published in Photography, 7th Edition,
She studied at Arrowmont School of Crafts, the University of Florida,
Seminole Community College, Brevard Community College, McFatter
Technical School, and received her Bachelor of Arts & Humanities,
in sculpture, painting, writing, theatre, and music at U.C.F. in 1986.
For the past three years, Cecil has begun artistically recording
Florida's fast disappearing & unique beauty. She has taken
hundreds of photos and painted many Florida landscapes, seascapes and
Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA
Lane Bryant Collections, Florida
Orlando Modern Art Collection
1st Lady Betty Ford, Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Kodak, Rochester, N.Y.
Titusville City Hall
Saint Charles Cathedral, Orlando
University of Florida Medical Center Library, Gainesville
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
Americatel Corp., Miami, FL
Phase 2 Publishing, Los Angeles, CA
Heart of Florida, United Way, Orlando, FL
Paulucci Enterprises, Sanford, FL
ReMax Realty, Indialantic, FL
Crealde Sculpture Garden, Winter Park, FL
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:
2004 Cologne Art Fair, Germany, Electronic
Energy Wall, 12 international artists from U.S.A., Japan, Germany and
France showed digital works on a 30 foot wall in the Palladium, World
War II munitions plant converted into an art exhibiton venue in
Cologne, Germany. Invitational group show.2004
2000 - Invited by NASA to exhibit space art and publish a
paper on life on Mars in a project called Mars Millennium Project
sponsored by NASA, The Planetary Society, Getty Foundation, White House
and NEA about artists living in a Martian Space Station at
This site features architects, scientists, artists, designers,
musicians, composers, of international reputation. Invitational group
2000 - "Seybold San Francisco "National Digital Symposium, George
Mosconi Hall, San Francisco, won 2nd place National Innovator Award for
large format digital printing, work exhibited. juried.
1996, 97, 96, Art & Technology Show Orlando Museum,, juried. exhibitions of original digital art work, Invitational.
1998 - Mt. Dora Center for the Arts, 7th Annual Exhibition, Mt. Dora, Fl (award)
1997, "A Company of Women:", Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL (award)
1997 - Florida Artists Group 47th Annual Exhibition, Venice Art Center, Venice, FL .
1997 - First Annual National All-Media Exhibition, Ridge Art Center., Winter Haven, FL, juried, invitational (award)
1997 - NASA WEBSITE: Cassini Tracking SaturnI painting on JPL/NASA
1995 - Sarasota Art Center, Women's Caucus for Art, '95, show.Sarasota, FL, invitational
1995 -Digital Images, Electronic Design Association, Palm Beach Jr. College, Palm Beach, FL.
1994 - Coral Springs Artist Guild, Broward Community College, Coral Springs, FL (best of show)
1994 - Annual Women's Juried Show, St Thomas University, Miami, FL,
1995"World's Women On-line,"
shown in Beijing, China at the United Nation's 4th World Conference on
Women Juried by Arizona State U. Professor Murial Magenta.
1992 - Bonnet Lily Painting Juried Competition, Bobnnet House, Fort
Lauderdale, FL 1991 Brevard Art Center and Museum Members' Show,
Melbourne, FL, 1988 "Oriental Rugs as Inspiration," Maitland Art
Center, watercolor, invitational
1982."Electroformed," 10 Artist National Invitational at George Mosconi
Hall, San Francisco, Invited by American Electroplaters Society.
Artist's work was cover story for Plating and Surface
1982 - Rollins College Invitational, Cornell Fine Arts Center, Winter Park, FL
1979 - A Salute to Belgium, Southeastern Crafts Invitational, Birmingham Museum, AL Invitational
1979 - Loch Haven Art Center (Now Orlando Museum of Art) Members Annual Show,
1977-Loch Haven Art Center (Now Orlando Museum of Art), "Museum's
Choice", 1977- Maitland Art Center, Designer Showcase, sculpture,
Invitational group show.
1978 - Maitland Art Center, Designer Showcase, sculpture, Invitational group show.
1964 - Pensacola Art Center, Pensacola, FL
1960 - Florida Federated Artists Annual Show, DeBary Hall, DeBary, FL,
1959, Motorola 6th Annual National Show, Chicago, Ill.
2000- Spacescapes® Show, University of Central Florida Main Library, Orlando
1996- Digital Art, Osceola Public Library, Kissimmee, FL
1981 - Multimedia show, painting, sculpture, wearable art, Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL
1977 - Sculpture Show, Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL
1975 - Paintings, Melbourne Public Library, Melbourne, FL
1972 - Spacescapes® Sculpture Show, U.S. Air Force Space Museum, Cape Canaveral, FL
1972 - Spacescapes Show, Stetson University, Deland, FL
1969 - Paintings - Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
1966, 1969 - Painting Shows, Eau Gallie Library, Melbourne, FL
1964 - J. Hillis Miller Medical Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Life member of the Space Pioneer Club (writers and photographers, press
people), National Museum for Women in the Arts, Central Florida
Chapter, Volusia Cultural Alliance Committee, DeBary Art League, Board
member Gateway Center for the Arts, a new 17600 sq foot art center
for West Volusia County, Mac Users Club, Orlando Chapter
2004 - Won "Red is the Color of" Best in Show purchase award Orlando Modern Art Collection
2002, won best in show, painting, Broward Art Guild
2001, won Kodak National Award for large format digital printing
1995, 1st sculpture award, Indialantic Art Festival,
1974. 1st sculpture, Mainsails, St. Petersburg, FL
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