Mississippi County Library System to feature Alan Bean paintings

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Mississippi County Library System is proud to announce this year's summer reading program "Dig into Reading" will feature a special showing of artwork and memorabilia from Apollo 12 and Skylab 3 astronaut Alan Bean.

Pictured from left: Misty Adams, of Adams Land Company, Sandra Kennett, chairman of the Mississippi County Library Board of Trustees, and Tobey Johnson, former Blytheville High School science teacher and current Blytheville School Board member, in front of two of Alan Bean's paintings that will be on display during the special program being offered at Leachivlle, Manila, Blytheville and Osceola Public Libraries.

The artwork is being loaned to the county library system by Myrna Adams and her late husband Boe Adams of Leachville. Bean was chosen by NASA in 1963 as Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, which was the second manned mission to land on the moon. At 37-years-old Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. He took his second and final trip to space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973.

After retiring from the Untied States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, Bean decided to pursue his long time interest in painting. His paintings, some of which include moon dust, document his experiences in space as well as those of his fellow astronauts. The Adams and Bean became friends and throughout the years the Adams acquired several of his paintings, patches from his suit, several personal letters and other personalized memorabilia.

"Boe always felt this collection should be shared," Sandra Kennett, chairman of the Mississippi County Library System Board of Trustees, said. "Myrna and the rest of the Adams family are excited to be able to share this art and history with the county through the Library System."

Bean's work will be on display in four separate library programs starting June 17. Blytheville School Board member and former Blytheville High School science teacher, Tobey Johnson, will be on hand during all four programs to provide information about Bean and his work.

"These programs are open to everyone not just kids," Johnson said. "These painting are incredible and will be wonderful for anyone to see. I'm going to try to make each program interesting, but the work alone is amazing."

The artwork will be on display at 2 p.m. June 17 at the Leachville Library, 2 p.m. June 18 at the Blytheville Library, 2 p.m. June 19 at the Manila Library and 2 p.m. at the Osceola Library. The program is free to anyone that wants to attend. There will be posters and pictures of Bean given away at each program.

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