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OPENING NIGHT – MEDIA INVITED Media Invited to the World’s Largest Collection of Vintage Mid-Century Tiki Opening at La Luz de Jesus Gallery A Literal History of U.S. Pop Culture on Exhibit Friday,  October 6 2017 Media Sneak Peek – 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Opening Night Festivities Begin at 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Rare Artifacts From 30 Years of Collecting Include Trader Vics, Kona Kai, Kon Tiki, The Polynesian Village Apartments and More and has Resulted in the Most Extraordinary Display of Tiki Art and Mid-Century Movement Ever Los Angeles, California – (October 6, 2017) – La Luz de  Jesus Gallery and the extraordinary private collector offering a vast array of vintage Tiki art and artifacts has announced an exclusive media invitation to opening day/night for “The Art of Tiki” today  Friday, October 6, 2017. Press is invited to a sneak peek beginning at 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. The opening night festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Media is invited to attend. The highly anticipated “Art of Tiki” exhibition and sale is a virtual treasure trove of Tiki history. The show and sale will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. that night with other festivities beginning at 4:00 p.m  Media is invited to attend at any time but must  RSVP to media contact below.  Media will get the exclusive sneak peek at items that transcend the history of some of the world’s most famous venues while celebrating the Polynesian Pop movement.  The exhibition is in two parts, “The Art of Tiki” and “The Art of Tiki – 21st Anniversary Show.”  La Luz de Jesus is an art purveyor and epi-center of the low-brow art movement and one of L.A.’s most famous venues insde the WACKO Superstore located  on the corner of Hollywood and Rodney in Los Feliz. The assemblage of vintage commercial art is unprecedented and celebrates the popularity of this cultural phenomenon simply known as Tiki.   The Art of Tiki show also represents the preservation of this remarkable history of pop culture. Vintage Tiki memorabilia from fabled venues such as The Kona Kai in Philadelphia and Kansas City, The Kon Tiki in Cleveland, Ohio and The Polynesian Village Apartment complex in Playa del Rey, are all part of this curated collection. The Art of Tiki – The 21st Anniversary show will offer a reunion of many of its original artists, as well as, a gathering of new disciples. The second part, The Art of Tiki – No False Idols will feature the world’s first and most comprehensive public offering of original, mid-century Tiki décor ever. The collection includes commercial carvings, fixtures, furniture, lighting, and decorative items from some of the most famous and obscure Tiki temples hailing from the mid-century era.  The two separate exhibitions together observe the present while celebrating the past.   Legendary period Tiki artists including Leroy Schmaltz, Barney West, William Westenhaver, Jim Casey, Milan Guanko, Richard  Ellis and Andres Bumatay will be represented in the collection of vintage originals. Each of these key figures are generally unknown to the general public, yet for Tiki fans, they all have a far reaching influence.  Schmaltz for example, is famous for helping design Tiki installations at Disneyland and movie sets including “Forrest  Gump”, “Gilligan’s Island” and the reality show, “Survivor”.   Schmaltz’s art can still be found throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Adventureland. Included in the shows highlights are the KONA KAI FRIGATE BIRD, a remarkable 10 foot tall artifact from the historic Philadelphia Kona Kai restaurant; KONA KAI LAGOON RAILING POSTS that are exquisite hand-carved, janus-faced railing posts, many with original hardware; KONA KAI INTERIOR COLUMN PANELS designed by famed Googie architecture firm Armet & Davis; a KONA KAI OUTRIGGER CANOE, an authentic 14 foot long Tahatian outrigger canoe which was used as ceiling décor; a WITCO HUNTER SHIELD LIGHT SCONCE which serves as an example of fanciful wall lights also found in the home of the King, Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s Jungle Room; a WITCO TIKI THRONE; a WITCO TIKI BAR AND STOOLS with outrageous leopard pattern; a HAWAIIAN HUT GABLE TIKI which stood as the guardian sentinel over the famed Hawaiian Hut in Waikiki for over 40 years; MILAN QUANKO HAWAIIAN THEMED APARTMENT COMPLEX TIKI dating back to the 1960s; a MASSIVE MARQUESAN TIKI GOD FROM A PAGAN ROOM measuring 7 feet tall; TRADER VIC’S ST. LOUIS MARQUESAN TIKI GOD, an 8 foot hand carved Marquesan Tiki idol which stood at the St. Louis Trader  Vic’s location; a TRADER VIC’S CHINESE TILE WALL SCONCE; three amazing Tiki gods completing a POLYNESIAN VILLAGE APARTMENTS TRIO in Playa Del Rey,  California and much more. WHO: Private collector Jordan Reichek, Billy Shire of WACKO Superstore, Matt Benedict of La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Art of Tiki author and expert Sven Kirsen and other Tiki artists including Barney West, William Westenhaver, Jim Casey, Milan Guanko, Richard Ellis and Andres Bumatay WHAT:  The Art of Tiki – World’s Largest Collection of Historic Tiki Art from One Private Collector EXCLUSIVE MEDIA INVITE TO OPENING DAY/NIGHT. WHERE: La Luz de Jesus Gallery located at the famous WACKO Superstore WHEN: TODAY/TONIGHT - Friday, October 6, 2017 beginning at 11:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Sneak Peek) and Opening Night Event 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. . MEDIA SHOULD RSVP TO PRESS CONTACT NOTED BELOW PRESS CONTACT Caroline Galloway M2M PR & Partnerships (440) 591-3807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.