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Uptown show of Pinball Murals

June 28, 2010 | 12:26PM

This Friday, July 2nd A new art show featuring giant reproductions of pinball art opens during the First Friday Art Murmur celebration July 2 at Uptown Body & Fender. Three local artists will display their works on the expansive walls of the community center body shop at 401 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway -- the vision of Oakland's own neighborhood dynamo, Giovanna Tanzillo. The broad brick surfaces inside Uptown make it an ideal place to display and view the colorful visions of muralists Ed Cassel, Dan Fontes and Eric J. Kos, their selections of some of the finest works of pinball designers revisioned as paintings that embody the artistry that went into the original design. Says Cassel, "These hand-painted labors of love serve as a tribute to the original artists who created the classic designs.Our over-sized interpretations are picture windows into those magical worlds reflected in the games.We invite you to step into the looking glass."

Cassel, Fontes and Kos present their works in association with the Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda, CA, which will install a limited number of games set to free play for the opening and reception scheduled for July 16. Some of the eleven murals, representing hundreds of hours of work will be for sale with a portion of proceeds to benefit the non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of pinball. The new show brings to light the art of pinball game art designers Gordon Morison, Art Stenholm, Dave Christensen, Christian Marche and others working mostly during the 1960s and 70s. The show will remain on display until the end of August.

About Uptown Body & Fender: Giovanna Tanzillo's passion for art shows from the design of the Uptown Body and Fender building, to the many talented folks she invites to display their works within her walls. Far more than insurance adjusters, her staff practices the artistry of bringing damaged cars back to their original engineered beauty. In the meantime, her impeccable shop at times transforms into an elegant fundraiser, a formal tea, a puppet theater, or an art gallery. Situated right on the path of the Art Murmur phenomenon, Tanzillo is thrilled to contribute her energies to Oakland's Renaissance, earning her this year's "Neighborhood Dynamo" award from the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.

About Ed Cassel: Ed Cassel's colorful and extensive history of making large-scale images includes painting billboards for Tower Records, rendering sets for feature films under the auspices of the Scenic Artists Union and completing a number of public arts commissions in the Bay Area. He is a regular contributor to Woodminster Theater productions in Oakland, CA. Cassel resides in Alameda. His long time association with Pacific Pinball Museum curator Michael Schiess, led to a deep appreciation for pinball art expressed in this show.

About Dan Fontes: A truly professional muralist Dan Fontes' work graces walls all over the Bay Area, from the famed Oakland Giraffes to the Playland-not-at-the-Beach mural, Fontes body of work is prodigious. Promotor, historian, pinball museum board member and San Rafael resident, Fontes takes his pinball very seriously. A true visionary who sees a mural on every blank wall, Fontes is proud to show you works from pinball history that are vastly underappreciated. Find out more about Dan at www.DFontes.com.

About Eric J. Kos: Oddly enough the co-owner and founder of the Alameda Sun newspaper in Alameda found the time to squeeze in one mural for this show. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design's illustration department, Kos dusted off his paintbrushes to get back to one of his many passions. Some may remember Kos' contributions to local history with his writing partner Dennis Evanosky. Kos penned East Bay Then & Now among other titles. With great respect for original artist Gordon Morison, Kos gladly presents El Dorado.

About the Pacific Pinball Museum: The Pacific Pinball Museum opened itís doors on Webster St. in November, 2009 after continually expanding for 8 years from itís humble beginnings as a pinball speakeasy with a back door entrance behind Webster. It has quickly risen to become the world's leading pinball museum. Since itís inception, the foundation of the museum has been the Art of Pinball. The PPM, as a non-profit has encouraged, sponsored and provided studio space for the artists to work on this incredible collection of Pinball Murals by Mssrs. Cassel, Fontes and Kos. We are proud to be part of this incredible event. Our continuing mission is: "To inspire an interest in science, art and history through pinball and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture."

The Museum is located at 1510 Webster St. in Alameda, CA. Our website is www.pacificpinball.org <http://www.pacificpinball.org/
We are open to the public 6 days a week, closed Mondays.

Recent updates

June 12, 2010 | 01:13AM

Our next concert here in San Rafael will be with the Palm Wine Boys on Saturday, July 10th at 8PM.

Been working with John Wehrle lately on his two murals in progress-At 4th & University and a little on the Richmond Plunge in Point Richmond.

I will post more photos soon. Many more photos of my recent works on facebook if you're on there and interested in visuals.

Sutro presentation

May 16, 2010 | 11:27AM


Sunday, May 23 - 1:00pm and 2:30pm
The Sutro Baths 1896-1966 (300+ views)
An Illustrated Talk by Muralist/Artist Dan Fontes
Dan Fontes has collected a small archive of Sutro's Baths memorabilia since he first visited the ruins in 1971. Dan will discuss the rich history surrounding the architecture, history and anecdotal information that surrounds this legendary fun center, arcade, museum, swimming pavilion, ice rink, and power spot on the edge of an urban neighborhood in San Francisco. Dan will also include color photos seldom seen in public.

Built circa 1894-96 in a natural amphitheater, the site served native peoples for generations prior to the arrival of the Spanish and Europeans. Adolph Sutro, a Prussian mining engineer who made a fortune in the Sierra Nevadas providing water drainage to silver miners spent the equivalent of a billion dollars building the Baths, yet very few people know much about his creations at Land's End. From the start the baths were a white elephant and borderline un-maintainable due to their vast size. The baths were remade over and over from event to event from tropic pleasure garden to giant ice rink. This five-story tall train station building situated directly next to the ocean survived the '06 quake, countless makeovers, a depression, two world wars and multiple fires. Finally on June 26, 1966 a fire of mysterious origins burned the Baths to the ground while it was being torn down to make way for condos. In 1980 its ruins became a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Today, the ruins remain a curious destination for hikers, tourists, nature lovers and just about everyone.

Next Concert

May 10, 2010 | 10:39AM

Happy to announce our first collaborative event with fellow house concert promoter and friend, Drew Pearce http://drewpearce.com/

Our special Memorial Day weekend gathering features two fantastically talented Bay Area singer/songwriters:

Rachel Efron

Drew Gasparini
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Houseconcert with Rachel Efron and Drew Gasparini
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 8:00pm
The Magic Juju Boathouse Concert Series

Erika Luckett in Concert & BBQ

April 08, 2010 | 04:03PM


Friday, April 16th-8:00PM

Magic Juju Concert Series
3rd Street
San Rafael, Ca 94901
Reservations required as space is limited
Contact: 415-785-4530 for more information
(just say how many seats you want me to hold for you & your friends)

$15 per person donation at the door-exact change helps!

BBQ starts around 5:30PM

Please bring a small snack, something for the grill or treat to share!

Jill Knight in Concert

February 26, 2010 | 11:16PM

We are thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite musicians:
Singer/Songwriter- Jill Knight!!! (This show is filling very fast-don't wait!!)

(if you haven't already heard her...)



Friday, March 5th-8:00PM

Magic Juju Concert Series
3rd Street
San Rafael, Ca 94901
Reservations required as space is limited
Contact: 415-785-4530 for more information
(just say how many seats you want me to hold for you & your friends)

$15 per person donation at the door-exact change helps!

Doors open at 7:00PM

Please bring a small snack or treat to share!

"It is hard to say which is better, the song-
or the way Jill Knight sings it."

- Performing Songwriter

Pacific Pinball Museum Murals

November 27, 2009 | 10:25AM

New murals in Alameda's Pacific Pinball Museum

The title of the mural is "The Language of the Game". Each of the sections of the mural contains words found in pinball such as bonus, rollover, special, tilt etc that are essential to the full understanding of the sport. As you enter the museum the wall on the left contains iconic sections of various machines from the 1960's and 70's. The wall on the right contains imagery that is found on games from the late 1940's through the 1950's. Special thanks to collector extraordinaire Matt Christiano for allowing me photo access to his collection of early woodrail games.

Pinball Murals

November 27, 2009 | 10:19AM

New murals in Alameda's Pacific Pinball Museum

Located inside the new Pacific Pinball Museum at 1510 Webster Street. Each wall measures 55' x 5.5'. Painted with acrylics. Special thanks to painting master Ed Cassel. Also thanks to Erik Kos, Julie Lucchesi, Dave Buchanan, Bradley Grant for all the painting help. Thanks to Michael Schiess for his encouragement and support. My continued praise of the entire Board of Directors for guiding this important project.


Thanks Laura!

November 27, 2009 | 10:06AM

I know, shouldn't laugh but did anyway...

July 25, 2009 | 09:29AM

More pinball stuff...

July 20, 2009 | 11:39PM

Update on Pinball Museum...

July 03, 2009 | 03:34PM

Thanks Chase!

June 24, 2009 | 02:08PM


Just wondering aloud what kind of painting surface it might make?

June 14, 2009 | 09:55AM

You're going to the Maker Faire? yeah?

May 28, 2009 | 08:54PM

This weekend...I'll be setting up the little juju with Mike Schiess on Friday...

Take a minute to support the arts!

May 22, 2009 | 09:20PM

Moving sculpture

May 18, 2009 | 09:20PM

"Emergent Sea"

April 29, 2009 | 12:29PM

"Emergent Sea" mural. 25' x 60'. Acrylics. Painted with Caroline Stern and James Swinson through Oakland's Redevelopment Agency. Special thanks to Girls Inc. Located in Oakland on Calcot Place near 23rd Avenue along the 880 freeway.

Thank you Chron!

April 25, 2009 | 07:02AM

Van Jones

March 11, 2009 | 08:36AM

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