Spacecraft to send Apple Valley artist’s painting to the moon
JuliAnne Jonker will have her painting “Vision at Ghost Ranch” sent to the moon by spaceship.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (FOX 9) – – Two space flights will start later this year with a special cargo on board. The spaceships will carry works of art from all over the world to the moon. For the first time, this collection will include works of art by women.
JuliAnne Jonker has a passion for painting. Her talent has landed her work in galleries around the world. Now one of her pictures lands – on the moon.
Spaceship to send paintings by Apple Valley artist to the moon
Two space flights will start later this year with a special cargo on board. The spaceships will carry works of art from all over the world to the moon. For the first time, this collection will include works of art by women.
“People joke like I know you’re intergalactic and out of this world,” Jonker said.
The Apple Valley-based artist learned of the honor last month. Her painting “Vision at Ghost Ranch” was part of an exhibition in Chicago that will be on the way to the moon. 1,500 other works of art from around the world will join theirs.
“It all started when I realized that civilians could send a package to the moon,” said Dr. Samuel Peralta from the Lunar Codex.
Dr. Peralta is a Toronto-based writer, physicist, and entrepreneur who began collecting artwork and writings to pack into some sort of digital time capsule that will be shipped on two separate commercial moon landings for later this year.
“What it means is that you have reserved a little space, something like that [SD card holder] on a lunar lander, “he said.
The hope is that today’s artwork will be remembered beyond our earthly soil.
“We are going through some difficult times, but no matter what happens through war, pandemics and economic hardship, humanity can still find time to make art,” said Dr. Peralta.
The exhibition also gives artists a new joy in sharing their gifts.
“I thought it would be really cool every time I look at the moon from now on. I’ll think about it – there it is, it is up there,” Jonker said.