Covid-19 sucks. This temporary new normal of flattening the curve to save lives by not overwhelming the health care system, social distancing, and stay at home orders has created some large, and in many cases , uncomfortable challenges. We are all in this together.
With that said, NEOLUG appreciates all of the health care workers, first responders, and essential workers performing their duties to keep us all fed, safe, and healthy. Thank YOU!!
This lockdown has created some extra time for many people. For some, this time is being spent towards positive opportunities: catching up on the ‘honey-do’ list, spending more quality time with your immediate family (whom you are stuck with during lock down), getting to know your neighbors from the confines of your own home, and developing healthy habits. For some of us at NEOLUG, it is also a time for us to make some LEGO creations. In our photo gallery, you can see some of the works we built during this time, and in preparation for our cancelled May shows, as large gatherings are not permitted currently as illustrated by the illuminated closed sign in the library’s window.
Lastly, NEOLUG appreciates the invitations from the Westlake Porter Public Library for their annual comic book day give away event, and International Women’s Air and Space Museum’s family day event at Burke Lakefront Airport. We look forward to displaying our creations at these venues next year. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and come see our creations when gathering are permitted once more.
NEOLUG proudly participated at the Beachwood Schools Foundation fundraiser conducted on Sunday, February 23. This well attended event featured many works of Arthur Gugick, one of the founders of NEOLUG. Over 1,100 visitors participated in a silent auction fundraiser, play brick opportunities, and viewed creations from other NEOLUG members. The highlight of the event included a group participation building of a mosaic inspired by Arthur’s life, created by EJ Bocan.
The Arthur Gugick Scholarship Fund in conjunction with Beachwood Schools Foundation will be holding a Fundraiser on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Beachwood High School. During this event you will be able to view a selection of Arthur Gugick’s art as well as pieces from other NEOLUG artists. This event will crafts, cookie decorating and interactive activities for participants.
NEOLUG participated at Christmas at the Hollows December 5 – 8, 2019. Each day visitors participated in the collaborative build mosaic: Merry Christmas. Snowy weather merely added to the beauty of the annual event for hundreds of attendees .
NEOLUG is honored to decorate the Great Hall with Lego creations this year for Deck The Halls. Stan Hywet’s very own Todd Wolf creation of Stan Hywet will be on display. This is Todd’s fifth version of Stan Hywet, contains more than 50,000 Lego pieces, and took nearly 800 hours (over 7 months) to build. More of NEOLUG’s artists have created mosaics of Captain America, Captain Marvel, Groot, Batman, Ironman, Teen Titans, and Harley Quinn for your viewing pleasure. Please take pictures, and tag #StanHywet and #NEOLUG with your social media posts.
Also included in the exhibit is a decorated life size Lego Tree,
holiday winter village, sculptures of The Wonder Twins, and a collection of snowmen
of super heroes and villains including Wolverine, Spiderman, The Hulk, The
Tick, Poison Ivy and Batman.
Included in your tour of the manor house is 19 rooms in total which will be themed with stories of classic comic heroes including Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Robin, Spiderman, and The Hulk. New this season for Deck the Halls is a giant interactive snow globe in Gingerbread Land.
Event dates are Nov 29 – Dec1, Dec 5-8, Dec 12-23, and the estate remains open until 9:00 PM all nights.
Thousands poured into the Covelli Center this past weekend, July 6&7, 2019. Fans dressed as their favorite character were invited to participate in a collaborative build mosaic: Jay & Silent Bob, in recognition of headliner Jason Mewes.
Many dressed as their favorite super hero took their picture with NEOLUG’s display of super heroes mosaics and scenes. Many visitors returned both days, and look forward to our return next year.
The Westlake Porter Public Library hosted a free comic book day on May 4, 2019. To help the event be more festive, NEOLUG created and brought their Superhero and other comic book related Lego Creations for display.
Pictured here, is Mike Comstock’s Harley Quinn. In our photo gallery, you can see all of NEOLUG’s display items including Westlake’s own Adrian Drake & family’s Captain Marvel; and EJ Bocan’s Batman, Ironman, and Deadpool.
The International Women’s Air and Space Museum this year was delighted to have NEOLUG’s Inspiration booth this year for their Family Day.
The annual event held at Burke Lakefront Airport, is one of many stops available on the south shore of Lake Erie. Visitors on May 4th were immersed with the history of the museum in addition to other family fun activities.
Interactive activities included face painting, and aeronautical crafts from common items such as empty water bottles.
NEOLUG’s Inspiration booth pictures can be viewed in the photo gallery. Check out our calendar to see where we will be next.
Arthur Gugick, 59, was taken from this Earth on March 30, 2019. Arthur started playing with LEGO at age 7, and attended his first convention in 2005 – BrickFair Virginia. There were about 125 AFOLs in attendance. Arthur has built hundreds of scale miniatures of global landmarks and detailed portraits of pop-culture icons using nothing but LEGO. Arthur was responsible for the Taj Mahal build for the movie Taj (2011) ‘For the Taj Mahal, I actually had to write my own computer software to help me make the dome,” Arthur shared in an interview posted 4 years ago.
Arthur was a beloved high school math teacher at Beachwood City Schools, and a member of NEOLUG. You can view his other works of art on his website.
Bricks at Sea returned to port this past Friday in Miami. A great time was had by all attendees, and NEOLUG was happy to provide support for the event. There were some fun speed build events, give-a-ways, and even BINGO!!
This year Bricks at Sea left Miami Florida, sailed to Nassau Bahamas for 2 days, and took a smooth 7 knot speed back home to Miami. The event was February 17 – February 22. Next year’s tentative plan is to return to the Caribbean around mid-April for closer to 7 days. Anyone wishing to attend next year’s event can find more details on Facebook.