SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Kent Twitchell’s Incredible Mural Of Michael Jackson

Sources: The Museum of the San Fernando Valley | Thanks to Karen O’Halloran

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Attendees first enter through the New Sahara Gallery (located in Suite 202A, on the same floor and building as the Museum) to learn about the three-year process in the making of the mural. There will be photographs highlighting Kent Twitchell’s career and additional Michael Jackson artifacts on display. Then head to the Museum to see various studies done by Kent Twitchell for the mural, as well as finished pieces of the 60 feet x 100 feet mural.

Donations are required for this special exhibit. The Museum is asking for a donation of at least $10/person. These funds will be dedicated towards having the entire mural placed on a building that has already been earmarked in Sherman Oaks, right down the street where Michael lived for some time in Encino.

Please assist the Museum in having this monumental mural placed in the valley as soon as possible. Help The Museum of the San Fernando Valley continue to preserve and educate residents and guests on the history, art and culture of the Valley.

The Musuem is located at 18860 Nordhoff St. #204, Northridge, CA 91324 – cross streets are Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St. – SE Corner – Spanish-style building. Free parking. Elevator access.

Please contact The Museum at 818-347-9665 for any other information.

The Museum Welcomes Michael Jackson Fan Club Members From All Over The World!

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SPECIAL EXHIBIT – DATES & TIMES

Saturday, June 20, 2015 through October 31, 2015

Tuesdays: 1pm – 8pm

Thursdays: 1pm – 6pm

Saturdays: 1pm – 6pm

SPECIAL EXHIBITS REQUIRE A $10 DONATION – PLEASE  PRINT OR SHOW YOUR EVENTBRITE TICKET AT THE DOOR.

TICKETS ALLOW ATTENDEES ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM, NEW SAHARA GALLERY & SPECIAL EXHIBIT ROOM.

For more information about the Musuem of the San Fernando Valley, please visit the website: www.themuseumsfv.org

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Artist Completes 12ft Tall Portrait Of Michael Jackson With 1,680 Soda Cans

Sources: PRLog | All Things Michael

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Los Angeles artist Seaton Brown recently completed a commissioned 12ft tall portrait of Michael Jackson made from 1,680 unpainted soda-pop cans entitled “A Tribute to the King of Pop V2.”

The 144sqft piece was unveiled in an impromptu, guerrilla-style street-art showing on the corner of Hollywood and Highland at midday about 2 weeks ago, where the artist and his team erected the megalith on the sidewalk. Onlookers blocked traffic to get a photo of the piece, which could be seen from a block away at the El Capitan theater.

This is the second such work Brown has done in addition to similar pieces, such as a 6ft tall portrait of Pamela Anderson made from candy and candy wrappers entitled “Eye Candy” – which was ultimately eaten by rats (a fitting end to the piece and the commentary the artist was making).

The “King of Pop V2” was crated and shipped across country where it will be placed in one of the Ripley’s Entertainment museums, as yet to be determined.

A short video of the creation of the piece and it’s unveiling on Hollywood Blvd. can be seen below:

Seaton Brown’s website: www.seatonbrownfineart.com

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Pop Culture icons Featured In Designer Ad Contest

Sources: Daily Mail | All Things Michael

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Audrey Hepburn having breakfast at McDonald’s and Marilyn Monroe using her star power to market Louis Vuitton handbags are just two of the playful campaigns from a unique photo project that reimagines beloved pop culture icons from previous eras as stars of today’s ads.

DesignCrowd, a crowdsourcing marketplace for freelance designers, asked its 475,000 users from across the globe to Photoshop the world’s ‘most famous and missed pop culture icons’ into modern advertisements and campaigns as a part of its recent contest.

The winning design was created by Joel Krebs, a 29-year-old graphic designer from Salem, Oregon, who used his photo editing skills to imagine Elvis Presley modeling a pair of red Beats by Dre headphones.

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In the mock ad, Elvis has his hands photos as he looks at the camera, presumably listening to music on the over-sized headphones. The design also features the trademark Beats symbol and the words ‘The King’.

And Joel wasn’t the only designer inspired by the King of Rock and Roll. Another participant pictured Elvis selling NutriBullet blenders, having the singer posed next the popular kitchen tool.

‘Oh hey baby, why don’t you try your fruit and beg… all shook up,’ reads the clever ad.

The famous singer can also be shaking his hips in a pair of Levis jeans and posing with Audrey Hepburn in a Calvin Klein Jeans ad reminiscent of the ones starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Moss in the 1990s.

Another designer, who was thinking in pairs, created an H&M clothing ad staring Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.

While Elvis dons a grey T-shirt that reads ‘I Need A Girlfriend Call l 66542337’ and khaki pants, Marilyn models a sporty hot pink dress and black high top sneakers.

The iconic blonde was another face who inspired many contestants.

Marilyn can be seen posing in a figure-hugging red dress for a Coca-Cola ad, and sipping out of a coffee cup in an image promoting Nespresso espresso makers in some of the more popular images.

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One participant took pop artist Andy Warhol’s painting of Marilyn and added white ear buds to the image for an imagined iPod ad.

And Andy, who is an icon in his own right, is pictured in a Got Milk? ad that reads: ‘More Milk Yvette. Pop Art is for everyone, and so is milk. Adults who drink milk scored significantly higher on memory and other brain function tests. In the end, we all want to remember what a creative mind looks and acts like.’

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Two clever ads puts a spin on Audrey’s famous role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

While one image sees her eating a double cheeseburger in front of a McDonald’s store front, another takes a famous picture of her posed with a long cigarette holder and replaced it with a french fry.

Both ads read: ‘Darling, I’m loving it’, which is a play on her character’s love of the word darling and McDonald’s famous ad slogan.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson is pictured in a clever ad for Apple iPhones.

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white,’ reads the copy promoting the cell phone’s color options.

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The King of Pop also appears in a mock ad for Nike. He can be seen wearing a Bulls jersey with his arms open in the image that reads: ‘I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that’s why I succeed.’ (Note: This is a quote made by former Chicago Bull’s basketball player Michael Jordan and not Michael Jackson)2B6C2B0A00000578-3200942-Inspirational_message_This_mock_Nike_ad_sees_the_singer_holding_-a-33_1439823186474525903_6833887_1330604_c227ad4f_image40825_6851844_1330604_32897b44_image

Other mock Nike ads show Jamaican reggae singer, Bob Marley jumping rope, wearing a red sleeveless shirt and grey shorts, and rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a green track jacket.

And while Jimi Hendrix was Photoshopped into ads for Calvin Klein Jeans and McDonalds, The Beatles singer John Lennon can be seen wearing his trademark round sunglasses in an ad for Specsavers, a British optical chain.

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Toddler Meals That Look Just Like Olaf, Minions And Michael Jackson

 Sources: the Stir – By Judy Dutton| All Things Michael

Laleh Mohmedi’s 2-year-old son Jacob was always a good eater, but the mom wondered if she could inject more excitement into his meals. “I decided to cook and arrange Jacob’s pancakes so they looked like a lion,” she says. “He absolutely loved it!” And that’s how Jacob’s Food Diaries — a photo diary where Mohmedi turned toddler meals into an an art form — was born.

“Every night before bed, Jacob requests a character that he would like for me to make the next day,” says Mohmedi, who lives in Australia. “These characters are from books, toys, cartoons, or something that has caught his eye that day. He has even asked for Michael Jackson!”

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The King of Pop was made possible thanks to coconut chicken rice, nori (seaweed), peas and carrots for letters.

Mohmedi started posting photos of her dishes on Instagram, where they were met with rave reviews from friends, foodies, and (of course) moms looking for some mealtime inspiration themselves to convince their toddler to eat.

And while her creations have generally made mealtime easier, that’s not always the case: Sometimes her creations are such nice eye candy, Jacob misses them once they’re gone.

“One time after eating a Minion he started crying because he had felt so bad!” Mohmedi laughs.

Here are some of her most memorable mealtime creations, plus what they’re made of. Read more here

Image via jacobs_food_diaries/Instagram

 

Argyle Fine Art Auctions Weird Al/MJ Marionette To Aid Youth Art Connection

Sources: Argyle Fine Art | All Things Michael

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We were very fortunate to have a wonderful and unexpected guest visit us on Friday afternoon. The musical and comedic genius, Grammy Award winning and overall amazing human being, known to the world as “Weird Al” Yankovic. He popped by to see some art and show his support for a new body of work by local artist Darren Moreash while visiting Halifax to play two sold out shows while on his extensive Mandatory  Fun  World Tour.

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One of the most iconic marionettes depicts “Weird Al” from his music video “Eat It” parodying  Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, is up for auction! We’re excited to offer this autographed one-of-a-kind artwork of a one-of-a-kind celebrity. Al told us that any charity would be great, so we thought the YOUTH ART CONNECTION would be the perfect choice!  It’s a small but mighty organization that works with youth and fosters confidence in the arts and business.Youth Art Connection (YAC) is a Nova Scotia based not-for-profit working with youth, professional artists and community to make positive change. Check them out at: www.youthartconnection.ca  

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Watch the latest TV spot on this exciting project by clicking HERE

This is a wonderful way for a fan of the quirky art by Darren Moreash and a fan of Weird Al Yankovic to own a one-of-a kind work of art that can also act as a reminder to play everyday give back when you can. Play your part!

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The eight marionettes by Moreash are hand carved and painted to pay homage to “Weird Al” and the characters he has played in his popular music videos and films. Al Yankovic was very generous with his time and genuinely enjoyed the works and hanging out with all of us for a little while. There was candy and music and of course, a puppet show. The works will be on display until the end of July at Argyle Fine Art and will be online for viewing and purchase by Tuesday, July 28th.  Two have already found homes with fans and one with Al Yankovic himself. We hope he enjoys playing with his marionette when he returns back home from his extensive world tour.

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Man Creates Celebrity Portraits From Leggos

Sources: The Mirror – By Kelly Williams | All Things Michael

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A father and self-confessed ‘big kid’ has come up with a novel way of turning pictures into Lego portraits.

Paul Millett has recreated iconic pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger as The Joker from the Batman film, The Dark Knight.

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He has even used the toy bricks to create an image of the famous Mona Lisa – and all just for the fun of it, reports the Daily Post.

The 46-year-old said: “I first started doing portraits about two years ago, having seen similar online and thinking why not.

Here’s how he does it:

“I get a photo on my iPad, then I use an app that converts the picture into squares. I then take a screen shot and go into images where I can blow the picture up. I try to fit the picture into a 48×48 pin Lego base plate. I then write down 48 lines and on each line I mark a colour for each of the coloured squares, so I then have 48 lines of code such as, B for black, DB for dark Brown etc etc. Finally, after separating colours, I assemble the picture according to the code, once I have made the code the picture takes around two to three hours to complete.”

He added: “I’m a big kid really. For my birthday, my mum just buys me Lego, I have thousands of pieces now.

“I find it really therapeutic, it takes me back to my childhood.”

 

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Jackson 5 Mural Part Of Michigan Neighborhood’s Revitalization Efforts

Sources: NWI.com – By  Joseph Pete | All Things Michael

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Gary’s Miller neighborhood never suffered the same degree of decline and blight as the rest of the city, quite possibly because of all that spectacular Lake Michigan beachfront.

But things looked dire just five years ago when the iconic Miller Bakery Cafe closed.

The restaurant was a regional draw, a place you dressed up for on a date night. Chicagoans even came to dine there. The fine dining restaurant, known for its steaks, seafood and cocktails, was the pride of the free-spirited beachfront neighborhood on Gary’s eastern end.

Concerned residents decided something had to be done. They scoured around for ideas for urban revitalization, and found the arts worked. So they formed the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District in 2011 to lure people in with gallery exhibits, murals and a popular farmers market every Sunday between May and September.

The closing of the Miller Bakery Cafe, which has since reopened under new management, galvanized efforts in Miller to spur more economic development, which have lured in 10 new businesses and brought vitality back to the main commercial drag on Lake Street.

“It was a big hole on Lake Street,” said Miller Beach Arts and Creative District President Karren Lee, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 1966. “It was becoming a ghost town.”

The Miller Beach Arts and Creative District was created to bring such stores back to the neighborhood, so residents don’t have to visit neighboring towns to do all their shopping, Creative District Executive Director Meg Roman Roman said.

“There’s been a significant increase in new people coming to the community and people who moved away rediscovering Miller,” Roman said.

Despite uncooperative weather, more than 1,000 people turned out to the recent Lake Effekt graffiti expo. The Jackson 5 mural artist Felix Maldonado painted next to the Miller Bakery Cafe on Lake Street during the event has since been a huge draw.

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“There’s all the restaurants and the public art from the graffiti artists,” she said. “They’re doing fashion shoots in front of the artwork, and taking pictures of the Michael Jackson mural every day. The beach is a big draw with one of the best views of Chicago. The park has bike paths. There are plenty of physical activities and cultural things in the neighborhood. There’s shopping. It’s becoming well-rounded.”

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Watch A Mumbai Artist’s Beautiful Tribute To Michael Jackson

Source: Billboard – By  | All Things Michael

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In honor of the 6th anniversary of Michael Jacksons death, a Mumbai artist named Rob decided to use his city as part of the canvas for a unique tribute to the legendary artist.

Working on his painting on the back of a truck, he rides through the city (with Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” as the soundtrack) recreating the iconicXscape cover over the course of a day — at the end, it’s illuminated by the sunset and the city’s lights.

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