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  • DesignerCon 2016

    For the past few weeks, our staff has been hard at work with assisting various artists print their artwork on wood pieces to prepare for DesignerCon.

    DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that will feature collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel - as well as urban, underground, and pop art. Artists and designers will be able set up their own booths and showcase their artwork and designs. This year, DCon will take place on November 19-20, and will feature over 150+ artists.

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    (created by artist Matt Gondek)

    With Designer Con quickly approaching, many artists have asked for our help with creating wood prints. Typically, these artists send us their designs and we take care of the rest of the work.

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    (created by artist Joe Ledbetter)

    Why wood prints? Well to start, they're a truly unique canvas that adds another beautiful dimension to artwork. It enhances and transforms the original piece with a natural, more vintage feel. The wood grain gives the artwork a unique appearance, so in a way - no two pieces are the same. Printing art on wood creates a durable, beautiful image that these artists can proudly display anywhere.

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    (created by artist Tara McPherson)

    The photos above are just a few examples of the awesome pieces we've created for previous artists. These pieces will be displayed at DesignerCon, so keep an eye out while you're there!

    If you're an artist and you want to see what the hype about printing on wood is about, contact us or check out our website for more information! You won't regret it!

  • PRINTS ON WOOD: D-CON 2016

    For our third year in a row, PRINTS ON WOOD is rocking the house at D-CON 2016!

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    What is D-CON you might ask? Besides sounding like a Transformer with a 2.0 grade average, D-CON actually stands for DESIGNER CON. Although that might sound like a bunch of bearded hipsters wearing plaid shirts, congregating at their local coffee shop to argue the merits of Arial Vs. Helvetica, I assure you it’s way less pretentious than it sounds!

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    Underneath that man-bun, he’s secretly judging your font choices.

    D-CON is kind of like Comic Con... minus the long lines, summer heat, and gender neutral / body positive cosplay. It’s an annual art and design convention taking place November 19th & 20th at the Pasadena Convention Center, featuring 150 different Comic Book Artists, Graffiti Artists, and… uh.. Artist Artists. The best part is that all these weird wonderful people get together to sell awesome looking toys, posters, dolls, t-shirts, and… *drumroll*... PRINTS ON WOOD!!!

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    Prints On Wood Booth: D-Con 2015

    That’s right, PRINTS ON WOOD is bringing it’s big ‘ol honkin juggernaut of a wooden booth. and a whole slew of exclusive limited edition wooden art prints from the some of the biggest names attending D-CON this year, with featured art from all of your Prints on Wood favorites!

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    Some of them are even going to stop by our booth and hang out to sign your prints over this 2-Day Shabang!

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    Plus we’re bringing along a whole stack of t-shirts! “Big deal, there’s all sorts of cool t-shirts a D-CON.” You might say, well guess what? We’re giving ours away FOR FREEEEEEEE!

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    That’s right, all you kids have to do is take a picture of our booth with your fancy computer phones and post is all over your instasnaps and facegrams, just make sure you tag us in the process!

    Rad Art, Cool Artists, and Free T-shirts? Could D-CON get anymore awesome!!?

    Yeah… it could if we saw you there! Come by and say “Wasssup!”, you can find us at Booth #517, look for the CMYK color bars!

    In the meantime, check out some of the art we’ll have for sale at our booth from…

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    BEN MENDELSOLIN RACCOON by RENEE FRENCH

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    THE FOUNTAIN by TARA McPHERSON

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    TELL ME HOW TO HELP YOU by JERMAINE ROGERS

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    THE NOSE KNOWS by LUKE CHUEH

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    THE SKATE SEEKER by JEFF SOTO

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    BOOTLEG POP by MATT GONDEK

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     HELLO HERO HERO HELLO by JOHNNY “KMNDZ” RODRIGUEZ

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    BUBBLE BATH by SIMONE LEGONE

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    THE PROTECTORS by EMEK

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    For more information on D-Con 2016, please visit www.designercon.com

  • OuterSpace Projects x ABV Gallery x POW Release Party

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    Thursday, June 23rd, Atlanta's ABV Gallery -- which is founded by friend of POW and skilled muralist Greg Mike -- is joining forces with Prints on Wood and OuterSpace Projects to celebrate the release of several limited edition prints. This is the place to be Thursday to grab some exclusive eco-friendly art, plus grab some sold out prints from the POW vault. Each print comes with the option of including a custom frame.

    All of the prints included in this release measure in a 14"x14" and will be availalbe for $100. While prints will be available at ABV Gallery, they will also be available in a time released online release beginning at 1pm PST on Thursday and ending Wednesday, June 29th at midnight. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will go towards benefitting the FCancer Organization.

    Simply RSVP here for entry into the event, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those exclusive online released prints to come.

    The following is the list of the artist that will have releases:

    Arlin

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    Matt Gondek

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    Greg Mike

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    Drew Merritt

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    Mac Stewart

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    Felipe Pantone

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    Tommy Bronx

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    Wolfdog

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    In another part of the gallery, find exclusive, sold out POW collaborations from artists:

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    Nick Walker
    Tara McPherson
    Drew Merritt
    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez
    James Haunt
    Craola
    Mab Graves
    Jeff Gillette
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    Luke Chueh
    Ron English
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  • POW Chats: Jeff Soto Talks Owls, Origins and Future Plans

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    Prints on Wood chats with long-time painter, illustrator, muralist and POW collaborator, Jeff SotoCheck the Q&A below!

    1. Hi Jeff. You have been at this art thing for some time now and have gone through various thematic phases of your career. From your box boy to cat-like figures and other muses. You have taken a noticeable lean towards owls in recent years. How come?

    I enjoy nature and particularly birds. I've always found owls to be fascinating creatures and aesthetically beautiful. It's a creature of the night, so lives in the shadows yet can see very clearly. There's this thing in western culture that owls are wise, maybe they are... but I think they're most interesting as a night predator.

    Several years ago, I was exploring the ideas of life and death and felt that the owl could symbolize an older matriarch or patriarch of a family. I also envisioned the antlers as a sort of mix up, where the twisted antler tips could represent a family tree. There's more to it, but yes I have been working with the owl imagery quite often lately.

    2. You're an artist that seems to revisit tried-and-true characters in his work. I wonder, do they have names, back stories?

    I feel like anything an artist creates is fair game to re-explore. I feel like I jump around often artistically and when I look back there's ideas I didn't fully realize. So I return to older imagery or thoughts and create new work based on it occasionally. Some of the characters I have created may have some back story. Often the figures represent me or my situation at the time- or their meaning changes over the years!

     

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    3. How do you feel your creative processes have changed over the years as you've adapted to your own rhythm and style?

    The basic way I work- sketch, write notes and then create has not changed much. But I feel that I have gotten slower... whereas a few years ago I'd work on multiple pieces at the same time. I'd have five or six paintings going on-- now I tend to work almost too slow and have to work on one at a time. I give each piece a little more love I think. I am interested in revisiting my old ways and work on ten pieces at a time. I think if I had a larger space, I'd try it again.

    4. What's your studio space like right now?

    I'm working out of a small spot at my house right now! I moved from a real nice large space to be home with my kids more, and to be able to work late easier. I enjoy it, though it's taken some getting used to. We're exploring the possibility of building a studio in our yard so I can have more space, but keep it close.

    5. What are your creative processes when getting ready to draft a piece? What types of rituals or practices get you in your zone leading up to beginning a painting, illustration or mural?

    I just draw and take notes and keep working on it till something clicks. Illustration work is different and sometimes tougher because you're trying to solve a problem visually and also please the client. But yeah, just a lot of drawing.

     

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    6. You grew up around the Riverside, Ca area from what I understand, and spent time in the local graffiti scene in the 90s. Can you talk about those days of youth running around with a backpack full of spray cans and what the overall vibe of your life was like during those times?

    It was fun and I have fond memories of riding my bike around town to look for graffiti. Our art community was small, we knew most of the kids at our high school and maybe a few other schools in the area, but we knew nothing of what was going on in the next town, let alone the graf scene in L.A. This was all pre-internet, so it was a quest to go and meet other graffiti writers. No one was interested in having their identities discovered by the police, so we had to be careful who we spoke with. It was good times and we had fun, but when I look back, Southern CA in the early to mid 90's was dangerous!! It could get pretty crazy...

    7. What was the transition from street art into the gallery world like for your personally? What kind of dynamics were you met with when beginning to do exhibitions? Did the process of creating work change for you or become more difficult?

    I had a foot in both worlds early on. Or I should say, I was aware of both and wanted to do graffiti, but also show in galleries, some day. It was always a goal of mine. My first solo exhibit was in 2001, and it came at a time where I had given up on graffiti actually. I just felt it wasn't what I wanted to do and I couldn't hang with graf crew politics and all the bullshit. I'd been interested in showing my work in galleries since 1993, so it had been 8 years of working towards that, showing in coffee shops, member shows, juried exhibits, and of course painting walls. In 2000 I had given up on graffiti and pursued the gallery scene and illustration. I decided to pick up graffiti again in 2009 on a trip to London. It felt freeing this time and there were no constraints!

     

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    8. What projects or creative obligations are you looking forward to in the coming months?

    I am painting a mural for Empellón Taqueria in NYC in a couple weeks, really looking forward to painting and eating there! There's plans in the works for Germany, Spain and Tokyo, currently working on these... and I am curating some shows for the Riverside Art Museum over the next couple years. Also the usual gig posters and some projects on my list with Prints On Wood. I have been super busy since last summer, and my to do list is several pages long... good problems, but I never seem to catch up.

    9. Completely aside from work or career obligations, what do you have going on personally that you're excited to dive into in the coming months?

    I have been taking an hour here and there to prepare my planters for our veggie garden. I missed last year because I was too busy, but this year I'm just.. making the time. I enjoy working outside, digging, building stuff. Its a very different frame of mind from making art. It's a good break. We will have some nice vegetables on the dinner table this summer!

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  • Watch: Air + Style x Prints on Wood Recap

    Last month, Prints on Wood set up shop for the weekend at Shaun White's Air + Style LA. The event was a highly attended, adrenaline-infused success, bringing together rad elements for lovers of music, snowboarding and visual arts.

    For the two-day half music festival, half extreme sports competition, Prints on Wood had the pleasure of hosting the production of four paintings by POW artists Nick Walker, Jeff Soto, KMNDZ and Bumblelovesyou. The celebrated artists live painted in real time for eager attendees, producing a team of awesome mini murals for the audience's viewing pleasure.

    Day 1 and Day 2 are chronicled here on the POW blog with a photo essay to illustrate each day, but to get an in action taste of the festivities, check out the video recap below!

     

  • Recap: Day 2 of Air + Style with Prints on Wood

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    Prints on Wood wrapped up Day 2 of Air + Style Los Angeles  2016, Sunday February 21st with a lot of great memories en tow. The day began and ended with fans stopping in to pick up one of our 4 in. x 4 in. mini wood prints from our Air + Style 2016 artists Jeff Soto, Bumblebeelovesyou, Nick Walker and KMNDZ. Over the course of the two-day event, 800 mini prints found new homes, many of which were signed by the artists on site.

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    Congregating over the love of art, extreme sports and music, Air + Style 2016 was a hugely enjoyable day for the artists and performers as well as the fans. Travis Barker, Kaskade and Incubus were among the performers of the night, adding a much appreciated soundtrack to the day's vibes. Several hours of painting brought into fruition 4 expertly rendered pieces by the aforementioned POW artists, which will make their way to a benefit show in Los Angeles this week!

    To view images of the day's festivities at the POW booth, as well as the lively happenings around A+S 2016, scroll below!

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    Illustrator and painter Bumblebeelovesyou executed his signature striped style, creating a dreamy rendition of his original titled "Somewhere I'd Rather Bee," showcasing a kid and some very Cali-centric palm trees against an equally Cali sunset. Bumblebee enlisted the help of his friends during the weekend event to help color in portions of the piece seen above using markers, crayons and paint, adding to the community feel of the space and in line with the guy's bubbly personality. What's birthed is a crazy cool multi-medium piece with big kid vibes in the art and execution.

     

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    Painter and muralist Jeff Soto brought quite a few smiles to the Prints on Wood creative space, with plenty of fans stopping in to nab photos and chat with the artist while he executed up his colorful and layered panel. Sans his signature owls, Soto reached for a different animal representation for this piece, one of which may very well be a mythical creature straight from the Soto thought process. Furry, antlered and faceless, the creature is a very cool execution of a mix between the Abominable Snowman and an elk. Of course, Jeff Soto can bring this odd description to life with some expert skill and cool usage of paint brushes and spray cans.

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    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez kept it elegant and simple, offering up the imagery of a bird mid-flight, narrowly missed by an arrow. As the definite romantic among us, Johnny's work speaks volumes to sentimental vibes and all things that pull at the heart strings. Check out an interview with KMNDZ from this year's DesignerCon 2016 to get a feel for the artist.

     

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    Stencil artist Nick Walker came through with a super unique piece for A+S 2016. Titled "Numbers," Nick adds a visual layer to the piece using numerical stencils to represent his background. The artist's varied range of work can be seen here, as well as his recently released limited run  piece titled "Amour Plated."

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    Till next year!

  • Recap: Day 1 of Air + Style with Prints on Wood

    Day one of  Air + Style Los Angeles 2016 successfully kicked off today at Expo Park at the Coliseum in Downtown Los Angeles. Per usual, Prints on Wood was happily in the building soaking in the extreme sports and music-centric vibes. 24 athletes competed on the event's 16-story snow jump, while eleven musicians took to the stage including J. Cole, A-Trak, Action Bronson and A$AP Ferg.

    Founded in 1993 by Andrew Hourmount, the event was the first Big Air snowboarding event of its kind. Since '93, Air + Style has held 27 editions of the competition in locations such as Austria, Germany, China and the US, drawing in thousands of fans. This year was no different, as several thousand attendees flowed through the Expo Park fair grounds, enjoying the festivities, catching the Big Air show, peeping musicians, picking up free POW prints and stopping in to watch this year's POW lineup of artists get down.

    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, Jeff Soto, Bumblebeelovesyou and Nick Walker started on the early stages of 4 wood panels that will shape up to become a few fantastic works by the end of Day Two. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how things pan out. To see shots of the fest grounds and festivities, images of the performers, the monstrous 16-story ramp and our POW artists in action, scroll below!

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    Families and friends looked on at the gigantic 16-story snow ramp set up at Air + Style 2016. The finalists of the day's competition include:

    KADONO, Yuki
    MCMORRIS, Mark
    SANDBECH, Stale
    PARROT, Max
    BERGREM, Torgeir
    KLEVELAND, Marcus
    SHARPE, Darcy
    WILLETT, Eric
    CICCARELLI, Michael
    HANSEN, Kim Rune
    TONTERI, Roope
    TRUCHON, Antoine
    THORGREN, Sven
    TOUTANT, Sebastien
    MACK, Kyle
    ULSLETTEN, Emil
    PIIROINEN, Peetu
    DE BUCK, Sebbe
    LUNDSTROM, Tor
    PREISSINGER, Maximilian
    MOUTON, Boris
    WEISSENBACHER, Mathias
    ROISLAND, Mons
    MILLAUER, Clemens

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    More angles of the ramp in action, plus, a couple of snap shots of the festival's host, Shaun White.

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    Bumblebeelovesyou hanging out in the Prints on Wood section working on his wood panel piece, plus signing one of his mini prints for a fan. Environmentalist group Global Inheritance had their Rain Supreme team on the grounds during the event as well, with a full-on art show displaying water canisters painted by a medley of artists, including Bumblebee!

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    A look at Day 1 Air + Style 2016 performers All Time Low, Allie X, Action Bronson, Paz and Haim! The crowds were pumped the entire day from start to finish, with each performer putting in work for a high intensity show.

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    Fans pose by a David Bowie tribute piece water canister at the Rain Supreme exhibition.

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    Over at the POW tent, festival attendees got their hands on a variety of free mini prints from Bumblebeelovesyou, Jeff Soto, Nick Walker and KMNDZ.

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    Nick Walker adding in some elements to his piece during Day 1 of Air + Style utilizing his signaure stencil style. Below that, you can get a look at Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez' piece in the foreground, and a glimpse of Jeff Soto's work in the background.

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    A look at the 5 Points tent, where festival attendees were welcomed to work on an Air + Style group mural, adding in whatever artistic elements they'd like.

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    ASAP Ferg was a crowd favorite of the night, keeping energy high at the event's 'City Stage.' And of course we can't forget about A-Trak, offering the crowd a high intensity mix to ring in the night. J Cole was the long-awaited finale out the night on the event's 'Mountain Stage, closing out the show. Check out a video of Day 1 festival highlights here!

  • Are you Ready: POW x Air + Style 2016 Going Down Feb. 20th- 21st

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    It's that time again! Extreme sports athlete Shaun White is hosting yet another year of his highly anticipated Air + Style Sports and Music Festival. Beginning February 20th, the two-day event features entertainment from top international athletes including Eric Willet, Antoine Truchon, Markus Kleveland and He Wei. The tour athletes will be dishing out pro tricks on the event's gigantic snow ramp, keeping all of our adrenaline high.

    Of course, you can't forget about the undeniably on point music line up offered at this year's event. From Travis Barker performing on the drums, then hitting us with a DJ set, to Action Bronson and headliner, J. Cole, this is a stand out year for the fest for sure.

    POW attended last year's Air + Style and can vouch the event is quite unlike any other event offered locally in LA. Half extreme sports and half music festival, it brings the best of both worlds to the forefront. And since art is the world's universal language, you know we had our hand in the festivities as well.

    Last year, we brought along Greg Craola Simkins, James Haunt and Jeff Soto to paint live or audiencesThis year, we couldn't be happier to announce that we'll have Jeff Soto returning, as well as Nick Walker, Bumblebee Loves You and Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez coming along for the ride, and painting live with us at Air + Style!

    Each of the four artist will be undertaking a 4 foot by 8 foot wood panel, creating something awesome for our viewing pleasure. Additionally, we're stoked to announce that we'll have 4 in. by 4 in. mini wood prints to share with Air + Style attendees. Be very sure to stop by and nab one of these mini prints, and catch our artist roster in action. See you this weekend, February 20th and 21st, at Air + Style!

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  • Baby Tattoo: Carnival of Astounding Art

    If you have ever had the chance to experience an event curated by Bob Self, then you have had the opportunity to be swept off your feet with amazing talent and wonder that surrounds his events.  In his upcoming exhibit Baby Tattoo: Carnival of Astounding Art at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Bob Self is bringing a collaborative experience from all of his events to one place. This is a huge exhibition featuring the many artists who have been apart of the Baby Tattoo story, including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Jeff Soto, Tara McPherson, Luke Chueh, Joe Sorren, Audrey Kawasaki, Robert Williams, Travis Louie and Lola to name a few.

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    Bob Self has been hosting Baby Tattooville events that bring together artists and collectors in an intimate weekend experience at the timeless Mission Inn.   The exhibit will feature the art collaborations created at each Baby Tattooville event, the Art Jam.  The Art Jam is the culmination of the weekend long collaboration by all the attending artists.  The Art Jam piece from each of the last eight years will be on exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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    The ninth and final Baby Tattooville event will feature Mark Ryden and Marion Peck.  The culminating event will feature, for the first time, a Surrealist Ball with grand costumes and more to be announced.

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    The Carnival of Astounding Art will present a sampling of all the art and artists that have contributed and have been a part of Bob Self's events and book publishing.  We have had the privilege to be a part of two of the Beyond Brookledge events in 2014 and 2015. We were able to donate two fine art prints on wood, "The Amazing Mort" by Travis Louie and "We See What We Seek" by Zelda Devon, shown in the top and bottom photos.

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    The Carnival of Astounding Art at the Oceanside Museum of Art opens Saturday, August 22nd and will be on exhibit until January 3rd, 2016.  Please visit this link to find out more: http://www.kpbs.org/events/ongoing/oceanside-museum-art-presents-baby-tattoo-carnival/

  • Pow! Wow! Long Beach Recap

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    POW!WOW! is an art event that started off as a week-long event held in Hawaii, but has expanded globally over the years. This event has brought together hundreds of international and local artists to create beautiful murals and other forms of art. POW! WOW! has become a large platform for the global artists to network and organize art events such as, lectures, art schools, concerts, and live art installations around the world. MEGGS_WALLINSTALATION_POWWOW

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    We had the opportunity to attend the POW! WOW! week long event held at Long Beach. This week long event consisted of mural paintings by all the POW! WOW! artists in Long Beach, a screening of "The Deepest Depths of the Burrow," Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibit, and a POW! WOW! School of Music Concert and much more!alex_yanes_POWWOW_Longbeach

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    Although we were unable to attend all five days, we were amazed by the art work we were able to see at the Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibit held in Long Beach Museum of Art on Friday, June 26, 2015.

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    The Vitality and Verve exhibit examines the current developments in the urban contemporary art field. This exhibit consisted of stunning murals and multi-media installations created by the many emerging artists involved in the event. It was amazing to see these artists use their creative juices to change and transform the urban landscape.

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    Soto Creating His Mural

    On the way to to the Vitality and Verve exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art we stopped by Jeff Soto's mural at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Jeff was in the midst of completing the mural when we stopped by, with his gallery opening the following night, he was busy getting as much done as he could before heading over to the Vitality and Verve exhibition. Next to Jeff's mural was the Low Bros mural, still in the works.  These were just a few of the many murals created for the event around the city by Jeff McMillan, Benjie Escobar, Cryptik, Hueman, Madsteez, Tristan Eaton, James Jean, Aaron De La Cruz, Fafi, and Bumblebee.  If you guys get the chance, go check it out. It is definitely worth seeing.

    For more information on Pow Wow Long Beach, please visit: http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/

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