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Shag exhibit in Santa Monica
johnnievelour
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: LongBeach
Posted: 2003-05-30 12:14 am   Permalink

One of the local freebie papers The Argonaut has a short article on the opening.

Slick Shag art blurs the line between pop culture fad and gallery fodder


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McDougall
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Joined: May 02, 2003
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From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2003-05-30 04:43 am   Permalink

Tikichic, would you explain the process of buying the painting to me? You say it was unusual. I want to be prepared to get one next possible chance.


 
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tikichic
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Posted: 2003-05-30 09:02 am   Permalink

My biggest piece of advice is be persistent! My motto's always been, "if it was meant to be then everything will fall into place".
All I can say is buy an original that you really like and one you'll be happy looking at every day. Good luck!

[ This Message was edited by: tikichic on 2003-06-13 00:25 ]


 
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Cultjam
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
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From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: 2003-05-30 1:03 pm   Permalink

Tikichic is so right. Check Shag's Shows page daily for updates and Shagmart's new page. As soon as you see a gallery name for an upcoming show, contact them via phone and email, find out if there's prints and/or originals. So far the galleries seem to consistently have a buyer's list for originals that's not hard to get on early and not everyone buys. I was 23rd for 18 originals and still got my first choice. So if you're not crazy about the choices for one show, don't just buy one to have one. It's possible to get one you really want.

I could go on about how much harder it is to get an artist proof print. Jeez. Each gallery has handled the sales differently and being first to email them or first in line can still get you zip. The prices were worth it when I got the chance to buy, but oh what it took to get there.
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paranoid123
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Joined: Dec 13, 2002
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From: New York City
Posted: 2003-05-30 2:08 pm   Permalink

Yeah, I already inquired about the Ox-Op gallery in Minneapolis a few months back and they already told me that they are limiting it to people who show up to the actual gallery on opening night, after that, if there is anything left over, they will take waiting list names.

The La Luz de Jesus waiting list has been filling up for the last few months.


 
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tikichic
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Posted: 2003-06-01 11:16 am   Permalink

What a wonderful opening night it was! We got there early to ensure a parking spot and see the originals with no crowd. Every single one of the originals looks more stunning in person, especially the T painting. 2 of the commissioned paintings were hanging, and while they both were outstanding, my favorite was the "Bali Hai".

SHAG arrived early and was gracious enough to sign things that people had brought all the while drinking the "blue drink" concoction. (It was quite good "Kool Aid") Poor guy was stuck with a line to sign instead of walking around and talking to everyone, but I guess that's the "perks" of being an artist. Thanks SHAG!

I highly recommend viewing this exhibit, when you get a moment, even if it's only to view the T or the Bali Hai. The entire show is a winner and even a couple of stars own a few of the originals. You won't be disappointed!


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Futura Girl
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Joined: Oct 01, 2002
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Posted: 2003-06-01 3:04 pm   Permalink

This was my favorite Shag show ever!
I love the diminutive size of the paintings! I hope Shag puts out an Alphabet book basedon these paintings...


 
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tikichic
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Posted: 2003-06-01 6:12 pm   Permalink

We specifically asked if there would be a book on the event. He said that there wouldn't be a book because SHAG is so busy and is about 3 years ahead of schedule right now. That's why there was no show print at the exhibit. There was a typed listing of all the SHAG originals with their titles at the front by the postcards.

It was definitely a fabulous show!

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tikibob
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-06-02 7:09 pm   Permalink

I thought the Shag fans on our board might like to see this Shag painting.



This painting is called "The Martin Denny Group at the Hanalei Hotel."

Shag so graciously accepted this commission about 4 years ago. I was very grateful that he wanted to do it.

As many know, Martin Denny's music was the cause for my entrance into the Tiki Scene about 8 years ago.

I became acquainted with Shag about 6 years ago while visiting LA. Later, I brought up to him my love of Denny's music and humbly inquired about commissioning a painting.

He said he had always wanted to paint the Denny Group and thought that the Hanalei Hotel sounded like an exotic venue. I was excited by his excitement over painting this picture.

And for me, this painting was a "defining" moment in my "tiki-life."

I agree with a previous poster that says just be persistent with the galleries if you would like to own one of Shag's originals.

I am not a "collector" as I only have this one painting and don't plan ever to sell it.

Shag has really added a lot to our tiki culture. In many ways, he has defined a major sector of our retro, Polynesian pop culture.

I continue to be fascinated by his art. I think we are lucky to have someone like this depicting Tiki culture the way he does.

TB


 
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paranoid123
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Joined: Dec 13, 2002
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From: New York City
Posted: 2003-06-02 7:35 pm   Permalink

Tikibob,

That is a great painting! Congratuations on getting a commisioned painting from Shag. Was this on display at BGM Gallery this past weekend?

I read on a previous post that there were 3 comissioned paintings at the exhibit, but I only saw 2 of them, and inside of the office. So I'm wondering if you had the 3rd commisioned painting and already picked it up. I believe from another post Tikichick said that one of the paintings was named "Bali Hai". The second painting, (the one with several drunks with wine), I'd like to know the name. The person working there didn't know the name.

But thanks for sharing the painting with us!

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tikibob
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-06-02 7:59 pm   Permalink

No Para,

Mine was done in late 99. Thanks for the nice comments

TB


 
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tikichic
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Posted: 2003-06-03 12:21 am   Permalink

Hey TB! Thanks for sharing your tiki original with us. What an outstanding piece and how nice to hear the background about the original and how it came about. That's the best part for me knowing the "history" and how Shag came up with his idea for each original. Thanks! You've got a real winner there.

Paranoid....when we arrived early at the show only the "Bali Hai" and the rest of the show originals were hanging. When Shag arrived he brought in the other original hanging in the office but not the 3rd. I was hoping to find out the name of that 2nd commission original too.....

Too cool a show! We're going back again this weekend to take pictures.


 
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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Posted: 2003-06-03 10:52 am   Permalink

Hey there Bob,

The guy in the middle with red hair is supposed to be you, isn't it?

Too cool!

-martin


 
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tikibob
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From: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: 2003-06-03 7:30 pm   Permalink

Yeah, that is supposed to be me.

As many can tell, I had a lot more hair then.

Maybe I can get Shag to paint some hair on my head the next time I see him.

Either that or I am going to knit me a rug from some of that "hair" stuff that is on the outside of a coconut.

TB


 
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ModMana
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Joined: Sep 05, 2002
Posts: 263
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2003-06-09 1:47 pm   Permalink

The Shag: A to Z show is really spectacular! You really need to see these paintings in person to truly appreciate them. I highly recommend visiting the gallery if possible. There are dozens of other galleries at that complex as well so you could easily make a day of it if you wanted to. The Shag exhibit ends July 6th.

I was lucky enough to be there when there weren't many people in the gallery and took photos of the show (with their permission). I know the show images are on Shag's website but I thought you might want to see how they looked in the gallery setting, matted and framed. Also, there are photos of the larger commissioned paintings that were part of the show. Very "cool", in my opinion!

Here's the link to my Shutterfly album:

http://www.shutterfly.com/view/pictures.jsp?aid=67b0de21b36a4539a4d3

I'm not sure but I think you have to sign up with them before you can view the album. Let me know if you have any trouble viewing. Oh, and sorry about the glare on some of the photos. Cheers!

ModMana


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