Hello Los Angeles
We are Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin owners of Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings, the Epicenter of Art. We are opening Velveteria on December 11, 2013 at 711 New High Street Chinatown, Los Angeles, California 90012.
We will be open FREE to the public on Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 11am – ???
We open regularly on Thursday December 12 from 11-6 Thursday through Sunday 11am –6pm. The Price is $10 for the most life changing experience without crawling over hot coals and broken glass. Race you there.
Anthony Bourdain “Genius”
Andrew Zimmern “The greatest move in the history of Pop Culture.”
COME SEE THE GREATEST ART IN THE WORLD
See The Sixities on Velvet, BLACK POWER, JFK, BEATLES, STONES, ROCK N ROLL, VIETNAM, TIKI and the largest display of work from the LORD of the ART EARL FRYSINGER.
CECELIA RODRIGUEZ GREAT VELVET ARTISTS from the 60’s
HALL OF ELVIS- He never leaves the Building
Velveteria Fighting Cultural Deprivation
Did I say Tiki?
The Canadian Museums Association magazine Muse
The Canadian Museums Association magazine Muse current issue July/August 2013 has an article “Does Artistic Expression Translate to Public Understanding?” by Yves Laberge. The article in French and English explores the challenges facing museums in the presentation of their content and how today’s ever changing patrons react and interact with the subject presented. A very interesting article exploring the relationship between museums and their audiences, how things are observed, the role of marketing to audiences tastes and much more is discussed. The observations Mr Laberge makes about Velvet Art and the respect it is getting are precious to read. Edgar Leeteg’s “ Tahitia “, Daniel Guerrero’s “Candlelight Procession”,a Cecelia Rodriguez wahine and an Elvis are pictured in the article. Velveteria thanks Lindsay Mann, Editor at Muse magazine and Yves Laberge for including us in this insightful article in Canadian Museums Association’s Muse Magazine July/August 2013 issue. Leeteg those mossbacked bastards are getting it.
Thanks to all the wonderful people of Lubbock, Texas. It is true that West Texas is the friendliest place on Earth. It was great to be back in America. We arrived in 90 degree heat and it snowed the next morning. We ate Breakfast at the Pancake House where the special of the day is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. We set up the show with our new friends Linda Cullum and Maisie. Linda showed us the campus of LHUCA, The art center was put there after a tornado destroyed the neighborhood. Beautiful and impressive. Our friends Larry the Lighting master and Heidi [whose relative Black Jack Ketchum the outlaw, who was the victim of a botched hanging... his head came off] own the Tornado Gallery a fantastic place. Larry does wonders with neon. We met Brittany Price and her cool cameraman from Fox 34 Lubbock for some early morning news. Lubbock is a musical hotbed. We saw the Buddy Holly Center. Thanks to our talented velvet artists we brought Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison from the brushes of Richard Bustamante.
Thanks to Diane Bombshelter for her stunning paintings of Tanya Tucker TNT and Mac Davis. Miguel in Tijuana, Mexico for his Buddy Holly. Thanks so much. Jennifer “Juanita” Kenworth for her painting of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. People really enjoyed it. Diana Cone’s painting of the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari reminded a few people of their wanderings. We were happy to meet Baron Batch artist and NFL star from the Pittsburgh Steelers. What a nice guy! We met the Legendary Johnny Hughes Texas Gambler and Raconteur extraordinaire. His book Famous Gamblers, Poker History and Texas Stories is a must read. Anchors Away on the Permian Seas as we have met Admiral Foghorn who reminded us he is a higher rank than Captain Kangaroo. Lubbock Arts Festival is for the children showing art, music and theatre. This festival is molding the future artists of Lubbock. Who will carry on the originality and creativity from this wellspring of Talent? Here are some photos of their reactions to the “Velveteria Experience”. Most of all, Caren and I want to thank and send our love to Elizabeth Regner the genius and driving force of nature who puts the Lubbock Arts Festival together. She is the hardest working person in Texas. A TRUE VISIONARY. What a Blessing she is for the good people of Lubbock. We love your Phrase the “Velveteria Experience”. We can’t wait to see what Elizabeth comes up with in 2014. Good Luck! We will treasure this experience for all our days and always remember with great appreciation and fondness the wonderful people of Lubbock and the Great State of Texas.
On the way out from Lubbock we pulled into a small town for a pit stop. I wanted to see what this place looked like. Then we found this. There it was the Waylon Jennings trailer park. It was free. Then we saw that. The Fannie Mae Jennings Whitfield Horseshoe Court set in the Littlefield National Forest. We were on to something. Downtown was barren. Then driving out we found it. The Waylon Wall. This was turning into a pilgrimage. We went inside and there was the Waylon Museum and the most well stocked liquor store I have ever seen in My life. We met Waylon’s sister Helen. And there was Waylon’s niece Darla. While Caren got betting tips from Darla, I went crazy taking photos and looking at the museum. Visiting with the Jennings we found out there was a big family reunion in June on Waylon’s Birthday. Around the country various birthday celebrations take place to raise money to conquer Diabetes which took Waylon and Johnny Cash. Jeff Bridges “the Dude” played a concert in Phoenix to support the cause, as many others have done all over this land. To contribute to this cutting edge research contact thewaylonfund.org. When we heard about this great work being done by Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings we had to help so we gave them Waylon’s portrait done by Richard Bustamate. We gave them a book for the auction. The painting may still be in the museum. The museum is filled with interesting mementos, Waylon’s first guitar, so many cool photos.
A wonderment in Littlefield Texas. We left the Jennings headed for Billy the Kid’s Gravesite in Fort Sumner New Mexico. Then we got a call to be on TV in Las Vegas. We saw the Petrified Forest seeing the visage of Duke Mantee in the Cumulus. Across the desert snow wind blazing heat battled our old van. We charmed the Vegas boys then headed to California where we are plotting and planning the Next Big Thing. Stay Tuned. Look here for announcements about upcoming media stories about to happen. We will Open the Velveteria soon. Look Out!
Jesus and Mary Velvets in Nogales, Arizona
Thanks to everyone at the Hilltop in Nogales, Az . It was a very rewarding show. We were touched by the story of the school children Genuflecting and doing the Sign of the Cross in front of the paintings as if they were doing the Stations of the Cross. We love the people on the border and hope to do another show in Nogales “The Wellspring of all Creativity”.
Velveteria did a show in Nogales, at the Hilltop Gallery 730 N. Hilltop Dr. Nogales, Arizona show was velvets of Jesus and Mary.
Here’s a little write up in the Tucson Weekly by Irene Messina.
Whats New Pussycats???
The Queen by Royal Proclamation has Declared “Line the Palace Walls with the Velvets!!!”
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, She’s a Lady. Thank You Your Majesty. God Save the Queen…..
Inquiring minds want to know what happened to you guys?
What about the paintings?
Are we going to reopen? When? Where? We are dying from cultural deprivation!
O.K. we are still here, seeing old friends and meeting new friends
sniffin down the trail for something new to see.
We are looking for the right spot. Think you’ve got it send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many new stories for a new book. We thank everyone for their inquiries and stories.
We are here to answer any questions anyone has about their velvet paintings. We love to hear any and all stories you want to share. Our collection grows like weeds. We are always looking for paintings that are new and different.
We continue to discover new artists working on velvet and would love to hear from y’all.
We are taking applications for traveling shows for any museum that wants to put itself on the map. Send inquiries to email@example.com
Finally, look out for clowns. Unicorn alert!
We are ready for anything!!
Caren and Carl April 2012
Velveteria t-shirt are back in the shop
Velveteria t-shirts are BACK! We have restocked the shop by request.
Thanks for the support,
Velveteria Closed in Portland on January 24, 2010
We are opening in parts unknown, but warmer climes. Keep up with the latest at velveteria.com for further news. We want to thank all of our friends in Portland and worldwide. We will be back better than ever. You ain’t seen nuthin yet.
Keep the Faith,
Caren & Carl
Andrew Zimmern visits Velveteria
Velveteria with Tom Green on the Tonight Show
Velveteria was chosen as one of the most
Interesting People of Portland by Tom Green
Video is from NBC The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, September 27, 2006
Bill Geist from CBS “Sunday Morning” visits our Velvet Painting Museum
Here is video of Bill Geist of CBS Sunday Morning coming by and doing a nice TV segment of Velveteria.
Anthony Bourdain and Chuck Palahniuk visit old Velveteria
Anthony Bourdain, Travel Channel’s “No Reservations”, and special guest Chuck Palahniuk, Portland author of “Fight Club”, visited our Poodletopia show at the first Velveteria, available on Season 3, Episode 4 Pacific Northwest, first aired on 1/15/2007.
Voice of America, VOA News, visits Velveteria
Velvet fabric is often seen as a sign of luxury. As a canvas for art, however, velvet is considered by many to illustrate poor taste. Velvet art is considered “kitsch”, a gaudy, cheap style of art rarely displayed in art galleries or museums. But this hallmark of thrift shops and flea markets is embraced as fine art at Portland, Oregon’s Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings.
The Velveteria in Portland, Oregon is out to change that. This small museum is dedicated solely to velvet paintings. VOA’s Yi Suli takes us for a tour of the Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings. Elaine Lu narrates a shortened version in English. See longer version in Chinese.