Peak Inside ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ with CBS 2

CBS Vitality and Verve

Los Angeles’ CBS 2 visited the Long Beach Museum of Art last Friday hours before the grand kick-off event for ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’. Get a look at the mind-blowing murals adorning the walls of Long Beach Museum of art and hear interviews with artists Greg ‘ Craola’ Simkins and Alex Yanes. Bonus: They show footage of the first half of artist Hueman’s mural. Visit the CBS 2 website for the full video and story.

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Pow! Wow! Long Beach receiving love from NBC 4 Southern California

NBC Vitality and Verve

Los Angeles’s NBC 4 covered the Mural Magic happening down in Long Beach this week for Pow! Wow! Long Beach. Camera crews interviewed artist James Jean bringing to life the story behind a historic LBC hotel. View the full report and video on the NBC website.

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Installations Underway at Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art

The opening of ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ is only a week away. Murals are being finished while new ones are beginning inside the Long Beach Museum of Art. The current state of LBMA is like navigating through a quarantined building, an intense ventilation system pumps in fresh air for the artists and drop cloth covers the doorways and floors. Andrew has been Periscoping his trips to the museum which can give you a sense of  the different world the artists are working in and creating.  The Long Beach Museum of Art is right on the coast and the second-floor muralist have the treat of  natural light flooding from windows that look out onto the beach.

The ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art is made possible via a collaboration with Thinkspace and Pow! Wow! and will be open to the public 6/27 through 9/27.  Tickets are still available to come and kick off the event with us June 26 from 7 -10 pm with Long Beach Museum of Art After Dark.

Audrey Kawasaki LBMA


Audrey Kawasaki

Aaron Horkey LBMA

Aaron Horkey 

Greg Simkins LBMA

Greg ‘ Craola’ Simkins

Jeff Soto LBMA

Jeff Soto

James Bullough LBMA

James Bullough

Brendan Monroe LBMA

Brendan Monroe

For more information on ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landcape’ visit the Thinkspace Gallery website or

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Long Beach Post picks up LBMA ‘Vitality and Verve’ exhibition

Long Beach Post covers Vitality and Verve

The Long Beach Post interviewed Thinkspace curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner for their story ‘LBMA Opens Doors to Urban Contemporary Art with Upcoming Exhibition, Vitality and Verve’. Visit their website for the full story.

Hosner said that both upcoming and established artists were chosen to be a part of this thought-provoking show to “hopefully” change how museum goers view public art as a whole. – Long Beach Post

Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape
Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Friday, June 26, 2015
6:00pm – 11:00pm

The exhibition will focus on current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art. It will feature site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging cutting-edge artists who will be demonstrating the skilled and nuanced application of their craft. The exhibition will run through September 27, 2015.

For more information on the exhibition please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website.

POW! WOW! Long Beach : Imprint Presents Jeff Staple 1-2-1 Talk with Fafi

jeff staple 1-2-1 with Fafi

Pow! Wow! Hawaii always delivers when it comes to fantastic talks and show stopping murals. So it’s no surprise the Jeff Staple 1-2-1 with Fafi SOLD OUT before we had a chance to share about this amazing event. Congratulations to the lucky Fafi fans who were able to reserve a seat, and we’ll see you all for the opening of Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape.

By exploring femininity through stereotypes and using them to her advantage, Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their socks, she also locked toy manufacturing deals with Sony and Medicom, countless press stories and illustrations for Commons & Sense, Vogue, Elle or The Face, big market collaborations with Adidas, M.A.C, Hennessy, Swatch, Samsung and Le SportSac, not to mention many solo and prestigious group shows in the most respected galleries around the globe.

Her presence during the last Miami Art Basel at Wynwood walls “Women on the walls” curated by Jeffrey Deitch, brought her back to the art world with two art pieces showcasing her usual Fafinettes and a flower “SALOPE” installation opened to new mediums.

Becoming a mother, her next natural move was animating the ‘Fafinettes’ in music videos like Lily Allen and Mark Ronson’s ‘Oh My God’ or her co-directed ‘Do Do Do’ for Ed Banger act Carte Blanche. She also directed full-kino videos for Mademoiselle Yulia and Azealia Banks, those latters becoming real-flesh characters.

Her last but not least director’s job was to shot live M.I.A for the first Youtube Music Award in New-York in November 2013 along with Spike Jonze’s team.

Her first comic book ‘THE CARMINE VAULT’ released in April 2012 on eminent Rizzoli Books and Alternatives.
Fafi ran for the occasion a Signature world tour in major cities around the globe gathering her friends and throwing parties from Mexico city to Tokyo and L.A to London.

Now not only the Fafinettes are fly girls, they also run a whole universe of creatures, homes and vehicles. It’s a dreamy and peculiar place.

Get in an in-depth look into the world of Fafi through Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks.