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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.

As to Wilma, she is still busy and I will update her next little project in the following entry. Continue reading


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 Lives…and she is Pissed!

Wilma has been having some crazy tabloid drama (1997)…the impersonators are coming out of the woodwork and she is trying to maintain her composure. If you can’t read the actual copy here, you can go to my Flickr page to read it and click on All Sizes to see a larger version: HERE




R.I.P. Farrah and Michael.

The Suppositories Are Back!

Wilma has an amazing spread in this week’s Baltimore OutLoud. I interview her and talk about her punk days in New York City. I’m thrilled that she is reforming her band, The Suppositories. Here is the article and a couple of Polaroids from the shoot. You can read the article here.




Wilma Martinez: All Gassed Up!

Wilma Martinez: All Gassed Up!

Another Unusual Modeling Gig

It’s no secret that Wilma was often booked for unusual modeling gigs. Besides catalog work for mid-level department stores, Wilma was a popular model in mail order catalogs for regional department stores as well as for knitting, crochet and sewing brochures and magazines.

Here she models with a “Bulky Afghan” in a knitting magazine called Knit-Wit.

Knitting catalog with Wilma.

Knitting catalog with Wilma.

Boxing Kick Ass Wilma!

She made boxing movies! I never knew!! Thank you so much to Michael in Atlanta for sharing this from his collection of boxing magazines.

Wilma was not adverse to any type of work or adventure…she is the ultimate inspiration and lives life the way it should be lived. I am still reeling from this new information about her life!

I have only been sent a scan of the actual page from this magazine, but hopefully I will have the original on display this summer at Artstcape, but what is interesting is that in the description of Wilma’s film, they refer to her as “Vilma”. I would like to know if that was a typo or if Wilma gave them a fake name..?? Either way…she looks awesome and I’m sure she kicked Lucy’s ass!



Styles for ’68

The bulk of Wilma’s modeling work was done in the late 60s and early 70s, much of it catalog work such as this sample found in a country and western apparel mail order catalog. This catalog, dated 1968 makes Wilma about 22 years old.

The quarter page image below is part of a two page spread which will be on display at the Wilma Martinez exhibit this summer at Artscape.