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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


Wilma Martinez Art by Artist James Kuhn

James Kuhn is an incredible painter and lately his face has been his canvas. His face has transformed into characters from the Wizard of Oz, Betty Page, stained glass windows, monsters, cartoon characters..you name it. And now, incredibly, he has contributed a Wilma Martinez piece for my Artscape installation. Just take a look at this video and dig that crazy sample from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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Wilma’s Artscape Installation

I’ve had several artists ask for more information about the Wilma Exhibit I will be putting together for Artscape 2009 so here is more about that if you are interested in contributing a drawing or painting of Wilma or submit whatever “fan art” or photos of yourself dressed as Wilma.

I will be creating an exhibit at this years Artscape in Baltimore. Artscape is a HUGE outdoor art festival that is seen by 1,000s of people over the course of three days…July 17-19, 2009.

The exhibit was co-curated by John Waters production designer Vince Peranio and my installation will be in his section of a Midway that will run the length of Charles St. Bridge near Penn Station.

In addition to an extensive collection of Wilma Martinez memorabilia, press clippings, posters, movie stills, etc , I will also be including Wilma art which can come in the form of  illustrations, drawing, paintings or photographs of anyone dressed up like Wilma.  I have already gotten an amazing amount of interest and some fantastic artists on board who will be exhibiting Wilma art in their own unique style!

Simple drawings or illustrations are perfect and can either be sent to me or scanned and emailed. Photographs can be emailed and I will print from your high res files. I would also like all art contributions by June 30th.  All contributing artists will be acknowledged in press releases, on site printed material and links to their websites will be made from The Wilma Martinez Project blog.

The whole exhibit will be like an old style sideshow. The image below was the graphic I used in my proposal for the project.

Illustration proposal for the Wilma Exhibit at Artscape.

Illustration proposal for the Wilma Exhibit at Artscape.