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June 26, 2007 > Help bring mammoths back to Fremont

Help bring mammoths back to Fremont

By Joyce Blueford

The Math Science Nucleus will be hosting a reception for Mark Ferrari, a sci-fi artist and novelist who painted the Saber tooth Cat picture in the Children's Natural History Museum. The story of how we found it is quite amazing.

If you have been a visitor to the Children's Natural History Museum you may have noticed a picture of a sabertooth cat and a dinosaur and wonder about the artist. We have been telling people that it was a 14 year old boy that Wes Gordon knew. However, we have come to know the entire heartwarming story and it shows the powerful role of teachers.

Learn the story of the 14 year old boy whose talents were acknowledged by two teachers, Wes Gordon and Martin Eschen in the 1970's. These paintings were the only ones that survived from the original museum and now are part of the Children's Natural History Museum. Mark Ferrari is a well known fantasy artist and novelist. Meet Mark and Martin in memory of Wes Gordon.

Mark Ferrari is a fantasy illustrator whose work conjures as much (or more) magic as the stories it illustrates. His book cover illustration work has graced projects at Tor, Ace-Berkeley, Doubleday, Eclipse Comics, Chaosium, to name a few. He's also done gaming software illustration for Lucasfilm, Lucasarts Software, and MacGraw Hill Interactive, among many others. You can see his work on the cover of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine #49, enhancing Susan Dexter's story, "Rowan, Oak and Iron.." To see some of his wonderful artwork go to the following website

Martin Eschen was a Mark's junior high school science teacher. Martin and Wes Gordon taught in the San Lorenzo School district and were friends and colleagues. Martin had told Wes about one of his students with amazing art talent, and Wes commissioned two paintings from the budding artist. The two paintings were the only piece of art work that was saved from the Wes Gordon collection.

In addition, Spring Schoenhuth will be displaying her Springtime Creations of "paleo" jewelry which will be on sale. Spring is a Fremont teacher and helped us find Mark. Our Museum Shop will be open and prints from Mark will be available, as well as some of the prints from Laura Cunningham, paleoartist.

Proceeds from this reception will help fund a 13 foot replica of a Columbian mammoth which will become not only a landmark, but educational tool. The metal structure will cost about $9000 and will be similar to the Wooly Mammoth sculpture shown in this article.

$25.00 per person (tax deductible)
Salad buffet and other light refreshments will be available.

The student and the teacher
Tuesday, July 3
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Natural History Museum
4074 Eggers Dr., Fremont
(corner of Eggers Dr. and Fremont Blvd.)
(510) 790-6284

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