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Wilma Artscape Wrap Up

Overdue thank you and update.

The Wilma Martinez Exhibit was a HUGE success. I had hundreds of delighted, confused and entertained people come through the booth at Artscape. I was also singled out by Vince Peranio who mentioned me and Wilma on NPR, and had a photo and mention in the City Paper (below).

A fews after the Wilma Martinez Exhibit at Artscape, I posted this note on Facebook:

I want to thank everyone who stopped by to see the Wilma booth at Artscape and to give an especially big thanks to everyone who participated in this fun project. I also want to thank Vince Peranio for all of his support and appreciation of this project, Lania D’Agostino and Andy Gore for his amazing work printing the Wilma Warhol shirt!

For the past few months I have been wondering how people would react to this exhibit and the responses did not disappoint. There was a great diversity in reaction to the booth and an incredible amount of positive feedback. Some of the things people said on exiting included:
“Genius!”, “Brilliant!”, “Outstanding!”, “Awesome!”, “Awe-inspiring!”, “Hilarious!”, “Miraculous!” and on and on…it was fantastic.

These reactions came from people who gave the exhibit more than a passing glance and actually took a little time to digest what I was doing. They were the ones who got the most out of it and understood it.

Other reactions were typical, “What’s wrong with her lips?”, “Weird.”, “Scary.” and multitudes of sour-looking faces from girls between the ages of 13-23…they hated it!

My favorite reaction came from a woman who thought Wilma was a disfigured freak who I was helping. She thought I was doing such a good deed helping this poor, unfortunate creature get work and gain recognition for her efforts. “This is so wonderful what you are doing.” she said, shaking her head in sincere sadnes.

Vince Peranio and Delores Deluxe

Vince Peranio and Delores Deluxe

I also want to give a huge thank you to Lawrence Snelly, who designed the Wilma Make-Up Doll and Dave Erlich whose copywriting talents on the “mail in coupon” entertained many visitors to the Wilma Exhibit.  I was so preoccupied with meeting and greeting the throngs of people coming through the Midway that I did not get a decent photo of Larry’s awesome creation which stood under a bell jar on a rotating mirrored platform…it was a real  crowd pleaser.  If anyone has a good photo of the doll in the booth, please let me know.

Thanks again everyone.

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Vintage Wilma Martinez Doll

Packaging and action figure designer, Lawrence Snelly, created this amazing Wilma doll which will be on display at Artscape (July 17-19 in Baltimore) along with vintage advertising.


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Flash Tattoo Art of Wilma!

Illustrator and tattoo designer Paul Harting created some super cool flash art of Wilma! Done in an old school and pin-up style Wilma looks as good as any Sailor Jerry girl! I especially like the rubber gloved praying hands. So smart and classic!  Good work, Paul!wilmatattoo

Paige Pumphrey Wilma Romance

Brooklyn based artist, Paige Pumphrey has submitted a superb romance comic book cover for the Wilma Project. I knew Wilma was a lot of things, but now rumors will be flying that she’s a size queen too!


Wilma Fan Art by Jim Sheely

Seattle artist Jim Sheely, has contributed a diverse number of art inspired by Wilma, each done in a different style. I cannot recommend enough that you check out his work here and his Etsy store. Just look at the carving he did of lovely Ms. Martinez! I have a dream to own a ten foot totem pole done by this artist to some day have in my backyard.

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Wilma Stencil Art

Stencil artist extraordinaire, Adriano Paulino, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has created several stunning Wilma Martinez stencils which will soon be seen around Baltimore and featured in the Wilma exhibit at Artscape this summer.

Adriano has created stencils of countless icons such as Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Andy Warhol and many, many more. His work adds an important dimension to this Wilma exhibit and illustrates the broad influence that she has had on so many levels of our cultural landscape.

Adriano Paulino stencil art of Wilma Martinez.

Adriano Paulino stencil art of Wilma Martinez.

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Wilma Martinez: The Muse

Baltimore artist Nicole Wittelsburger has submitted a nice portrait of Wilma. I think the artist captured the demure glamour and intensity of Wilma nicely.  It’s always interesting to see the power that Wilma has over other artists and how she can function as a muse to so many people with diverse talents and styles.

Wilma Martinez portrait by Nicole Wittelsburger

Wilma Martinez portrait by Nicole Wittelsburger