Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection

The 70th anniversary celebration continues with a dazzling display of eclectic art by acclaimed contemporary artists carefully chosen by Warner Brothers Consumer Products. Various mediums are used to re-imagine the 1939 film's iconic characters and themes.

Artists and Pieces are:

Angelo Aversa
Dream Oz
Woodcut print drawn, carved, printed by hand using Kitakata paper from Japan and Charbonnel black and gold inks

Romero Britto
The Good Witch, The Wicked Witch, There’s No Place Like Home, and Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz
Acrylic on canvas

Gentle Giant Studios
Wicked Witch of the West, Winged Monkey, Glinda the Good Witch, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy Gale
Resin Busts

Phillip Graffham
Father Oz
Mixed Media, beads, recycled objects

Gris Grimly
Anywhere But Home

Marcus Antonius Jansen
E Pluribus Unum
Oil enamel collage on canvas

Johnny Johns
Il Magio di Oz
Acrylic paint on cotton canvas

William Joyce
Where Happy Little Bluebirds Fly, Winged Monkeys Sit Nearby
Oil on clay board

Joel Nakamura
Tin Man’s Dream
Polymer and resin on metal

Nelson De La Nuez
Ditching Dorothy
Mixed media using acrylic paints, watercolors, and oil pastels on canvas

Glen Orbik
Emerald Beauties
Oil on Bristol board

Girl From Kansas

Alex Ross
My Pretties
Gouache on Bristol board

Todd White
Bar Tales
Oil on canvas

Surrender Dorothy
Oil on canvas

The art collection will premiere during the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair at Ocean Drive Magazine's Paint the Town Green gala Emerald City event December 5th. The spectacular Oz art exhibition will be on public display alongside The Ruby Slipper Collection at the Miami Children's Museum December 9 - 23.
Several artists will become licensees and their works will be sold through the artists themselves and authorized galleries. There are tentative plans for the Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection to tour. Select pieces will be auctioned in October 2009 benefitting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation after a year of events commemorating the 70th annivesary of The Wizard of Oz.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

R. John Wright Dolls

WOW!!!! 2009 is going to be more incredible than I thought. I've been hearing news lately of collectibles the Oz community has waited a long time for! The things always at the top of my lists are dolls. I've admired R. John Wright's felt creations for some time and always hoped for a Dorothy. Truthfully, I expected to see a Dorothy based on the book. Imagine, my shock and elation when I found this news today:

I will warn you, these dolls will be pricey. They are the creme de la creme of the doll world and they will be worth every cent.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Kmart Clock Info - Updated

I received an email from Kmart after emailing them about the problems customers have had locating this clock and this is the response I got:

"We apologize for the inconvenience experienced. Unfortunately, we could not find this item as well. We believe that it has been pulled for now due to unknown reasons. Please contact your local Kmart for further assistance, or to find the clock. "

I emailed the manufacturer of the clock as well and have yet to hear from them.

Some strange things going on lately. This clock gets pulled and the cancelled Uno game shows up. At least things are always interesting in the Land of Oz!

As of 11/13 Karen Owens heard from the manufacturer of the clock. They insist there has been no recall. The clock is difficult to find because it has been selling very well.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Uno Game!

After reports the Uno game had been cancelled, it's been released anyway! I heard the original company went out of business at this point I can only guess someone else picked up the games.
The Uno game can be ordered online at or they have been found at Target.

Thanks to Jim Whitcomb, Paula and Fred on the Everything Oz group and Pebz for the photo of the game in it's packaging.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Rick Ewigleben's New Art

Rick's newest prints of the wonderful Munchkins of Oz and our favorite cairn terrier.

Rick's Upcoming Appearances
Wizard of Oz Festival,
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10,
Hollywood Blvd Theater,
Woodridge, IL
Yellow Brick Road Gift Shop
Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 15

The Wicked Witch print is 11" x 17" and costs $20.
The others are 8 1/2" x 11" and they are $5.00
You can see the Wicked Witch and Winged Monkey prints here.
My blog cut off both of these beautiful pieces of art, but if you click on them you will be able to view the whole image.
Photos courtesy of Rick Ewigleben

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Free Sketchbook and Denslow Glasses

Marvel comics has issued a free Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook Preview to whet appetites for it's forthcoming comic series. This series looks, well, wonderful and it's going to be a big hit. The free sketchbooks are available starting today. Call your local comic stores for details.

Posted on the International Wizard of Oz Club Forum was this link to glasses of Denslow's Oz characters.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Quilting Treasures Fourth in Oz Series

Dorothy has arrived at Emerald City! This series is really gorgeous with amazing coloring! I've been really impressed with the line so far and these designs will be incredible in person. To see alternate coloring of some designs go to

This fabric has a January projected release date. I believe the next in the series will be heavily focused on the Wicked Witch.