John Lennon embodied the Libra ideal: He was easy to like, endlessly charming, and nonconfrontational, with a tremendous ability to make others feel special. And his birthday fell right smack in the middle of the sign, allowing him to more easily realize his vision with confidence. And before you turn the page, keep in mind that he wouldn’t have scanned over this mumbo jumbo. He believed in the power of unseen forces, especially those of love. You can view some of the visual manifestations of his beliefs at Come Together: The Artwork of John Lennon, showing this weekend only in downtown Walnut Creek. Lennon’s work is as playful and honest as the man himself was, imbuing a cartoony aesthetic with elegance and wit. He used drawing as yet another way to depict his inner and outer worlds, putting everything from the daily news to his own dreams on the page.
The exhibit, curated by John’s widow, Yoko Ono (herself an avatar of Aquarian intentions), includes over one hundred pieces of Lennon’s work, from 1968 until his death in 1980. Included in the show are original drawings, signed albums, Beatles and solo Lennon lyric sheets, estate pieces signed by Ono, and selections from “Real Love,” the drawings that John in the last year of his life did for son Sean. Perhaps the biggest attraction in Come Together is erotic works from the “Bag-One” collection. These infamous pieces were seized by Scotland Yard on the second day of their original exhibit at the London Art Gallery in 1970. They are now part of a permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art New York.
Come Together takes place this weekend only on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the former Oakville Grocery, 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek. A $2 donation is requested at the door to benefit the Adopt-a-Classroom project, a nonprofit offering moral and financial support to kids and teachers in northern Bay Area schools. Call 925-933-6778 for directions, 888-ART-1969 for show details, and 877-444-7666 for information on Adopt-a-Classroom.nJohn Lennon’s artwork comes to Walnut Creek for one weekend only.