May Pang will be painting the town on John Lennon’s birthday.
Pang, who was John Lennon’s long-time personal assistant and lover, will be the featured guest at Denver’s Imagine Peace Paint-In on Thursday, October 9. The one-day event will be held in Civic Center Park starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. The celebration commemorating the life of John Lennon’s life is free and open to the public. Hundreds are expected to gather to paint, play music and celebrate peace.
“John and I came through Denver in 1974 on our way to Caribou Ranch to join Elton and the boys for the Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds recording session,” Pang said. “He was amazed at the mountains and the clean air at 9000 feet up. This is where he got his first pair of Frye boots, which he wore all the time.”
Civic Center Park, located between Broadway and Colofax Avenue, is over a city block of landscaped park connecting the Denver Art Museum and the State Capitol.
Art classes, from all grade levels, will also be participating. In addition to the art and music, the Paint-In will feature various local and national peace groups, food and drink vendors and a few other vendors who fit in with the themes of peace, art and music.
In addition to speaking about her decade-long relationship with the icon, Pang will be on hand to sign copies of her best-selling photo book, Instamatic Karma. The book shows Lennon from 1973 to 1975 in a variety of settings: at work, at play, at home, and away.
The Imagine Peace Paint-In will benefit the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Student Peace Alliance, Colorado Department of Peace Campaign and ImaginePeace.com.