From mid-February to early March, a small art gallery called Q Pop in L.A.'s Little Tokyo district hosted a "Star Trek" art exposition featuring sci-fi creations from more than 80 artists. The show, titled Beam Me Up, offered a unique and often amusing take on famous characters and scenes from all things "Trek," with works ranging from an imaginary play date between a young Spock and Data to a larger-than-life Picard playing a flute on top of the Enterprise.
Aside from an out-of-this world collection of art, the gallery hosted the band Tune in Tokyo (playing "Trek" music) and served Romulan Ale as well as other refreshments. Want to feel like you were there? Check out the remaining "Trek" art still for sale at the Q Pop store.
Artist Kevin Sukho Lee created "Neon Spock" using fluorescent acrylic on an illustration board, which would undoubtedly look trippy when exposed to a black light.
In the original "Star Trek," Scotty often seemed to come off as the biggest worrywart on the Enterprise. Artist Parker Jacobs' "Bonnie Wee Sweaty Scooty" -- composed with ink and acrylic art -- perfectly captures his mood.
After a long journey exploring the cosmos, sometimes the creature comforts of home can really take a load off. In Santino Lascano's digitally created "Shore Leave," a docked Enterprise sits idle near a futuristic skyline while an explosion of lush red color coats the horizon.
"Space Is The Place," by Bryan Newton, features Worf (from "Star Trek: The Next Generation") proudly standing with a Starfleet flag while a number of ships from the various TV series shoot up into the stars. Newton created this piece digitally.
"This Side of the Paradise" by Joey Chou brings back memories of an original "Star Trek" episode with a similar name. In a classic scene, Spock falls under a love spell with a humanoid named Leila as her home planet contains flowers with mood-altering spores. Chou painted this piece with acrylic paint on watercolor paper.
Want more of the art show? Check out this great video shot during opening night at the Beam Me Up gallery: