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Saturday, March 1, 2014


   I love visiting thrift shop art galleries, seeing the lonely discards of wanabe artists.   Sometimes I buy these bizarre, unloved paintings but don't know quite what to do with them.  

    Our walls are filled with art already.   Friend, Gina, suggested that I add to these old artworks, turning them into something new. That's how the  King Mango Thrift shop Painting Project got started.

    I began with the purchase of a hand-painted reproduction of Van Gogh's "Night Cafe". One of the chairs was empty so I painted in King Mango having a caffe au lait.

Same for  Hopper's "Nighthawks".

 These paintings are actually very good reproductions painted by professional artists in China.  Researching their product,  I learned they sell for about $150 in reproduction galleries.    I didn't want to tinker with these two too much so I made the king -like "Waldo"- barely noticeable.

   You can't say the same for the others.  In "King Mango and his New Best Friend, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,
 the King is "somewhat easy" to locate.

Check out the others...

All of them will be offered for sale at tomorrow's art show on Gifford Lane, priced from $35 to $85.  
   Stop by anytime between noon and 5 and
check them out.  Maybe they will inspire you to become a thrift shop artist!

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