Jan 12, 2017

Los Angeles Art Show Littletopia x 3DRetro Party (1.13)

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3DRetro/DesignerCon founder Ben Goretsky was recognized as the Collector of the Year by the Littletopia curated section of the LA Art Show in a ceremony Thursday night. The award recognizes his impressive art collection (2D and 3D) as well as his support of art and artists through 3Dretro and DesignerCon.

To celebrate the award, as well as the love of art and toys, Littletopia and 3Dretro are throwing a party on Friday (1.13) from 8 to 11 PM at the 3DRetro store in Glendale, and you’re invited!  Be sure to come hungry, the free event will feature three food trucks: Mangia Ristorante On Wheels, Achara Food Truck and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream Truck. Congratulations Ben!

Los Angeles Art Show Littletopia x 3DRetro Party
Friday January 13th, 2017 (8 to 11 PM)

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd.
Glendale, California 91201

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Jan 05, 2017

Shawnimals – A Town… Of Ninjas! at Rotofugi (1.6)

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If you love Ninjatown (and who doesn’t?), you’ll be stoked to know that Shawnimals will open a retrospective (ten years in the making) of his stealthy plush world at Rotofugi on Friday (1.6.17).  A Town… Of Ninjas! will feature all manners of Ninjas including the OG plush (2005, yo!) as well as most of the NOTM release too(Ninja of the Month).  It sounds like many of the NOTM releases will be available for purchase.  And… the show will also double as the launch for the new snap & hang Shawnimals Eeensy Charms from Rotofugi + Squibbles Ink.

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Jan 03, 2017

Woot Bear Presents: Zachary Sweet in “Hear Me Spirit” (01.13)

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Make your way to Woot Bear Gallery for a special exhibit, featuring the works of Zachary Sweet in “Hear Me Spirit”. This art show will feature a number of original artworks by Zachary, as well as the debut release of his Zozo resin figure! The exclusive debut release is best known as the Bonedaddy colorway! The show will take place on the spookiest of nights, Friday, January 13th aka Friday the 13th from 6-9PM. Zachary will most be in attendance and beverages will be supplied by Lagunitas!

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Dec 27, 2016

Mothership & Dex Black Presents – Yetimageddon (01.21)

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Hosted by Philadelphia's very own Mothership, comes a show curated by Dex Black, titled Yeti Season 2! This show will feature some top notch artists around the world, all sharing one theme, Yeti’s! This show will take place on Saturday, January 21st  at 6PM. Participating artists include: Igor Ventura, Gary Ham, Kong Andri, Jason Limon, Brent Nolasco, Nugglife, Yetis & Friends, Frank Montano, Tougui, Yomadachi Island, IBreakToys, Jelly Koe, Misformadness, Playful Gorilla, 2OZ, Newfren and of course Dex Dexign. Fun times are indeed to be had, so be sure to stop by Mothership!

Mothership Art Gallery And Designer Toy Store
223 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Dec 14, 2016

Woot Bear’s 3rd Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive–Hosted by Vampy Bit Me & J*RYU (12.17)

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In conjunction with their Kidrobot Mascots Show, Woot Bear Gallery will also be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive with Vampy Bit Me and J*RYU. They will be taking in any donations of toys or non-perishable food that will be donated to a local  church that offers meals to disadvantaged individuals and families all year round! In return, they will be giving raffle tickets to those who donate, which will get you in the running for some awesome prizes from amazing artists and toy companies! Check out their Instagram HERE for some of the offerings. The big event will take place on Saturday, December 17th from 6-9PM.

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Gallery Nucleus Presents: Junko Mizuno in Takarabune (12.17)

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Gallery Nucleus will once again be brining the artwork of Junko Mizuno to Alhambra, CA! Taking place this Saturday, December 17th, join them and Junko for her very own solo exhibition, “Takarabune”. This show will feature her latest series of her exploration of pop and spiritual aspects of Japanese culture, which emphasize on the Seven Lucky Gods. There will also be a collection of handmade head dresses and accessories based on her artwork. There will also be live music as well for the opening reception, beginning at 7PM. For more information on the exhibit, take a look at their event HERE.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

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Woot Bear Presents – The Kidrobot Mascot Show (12.17)

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From 6-9PM on Saturday, December 17th, get your butts down to Woot Bear Gallery, where they will be hosting their very own KIdrobot Mascot Show! They will have custom Kidrobot Mascots blessed by the talented Sekure D, Jon Paul Kaiser, Ink Visuals, J*RYU, kaNO, Salamander, Zebulon, Ben Seto and Big C! They will also be exhibiting a collection of the classic Kidrobot Mascot figures that’ll knock you back to 2004.

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Dec 01, 2016

myplasticheart Presents - Seulgie in “Starry Eyed” (12.02)

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Can you believe it’s already December! Taking place this Friday, December 2nd, myplasticheart will be hosting an exhibition featuring the new works by Seulgie. “Starry Eyed” will feature numerous variations of the Brooklyn artist’s Satyr character. There will be a mix of hand-sculpted figures and original artwork on display. The show will begin at 7PM10PM.

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St. NYC
646.290.6866

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Nov 15, 2016

Coarse Los Angeles Studio Gallery and Open House (11.19)

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It’s DesignerCon weekend, which means plenty of art toy awesomeness, including a Coarse event!  That’s right, last year’s event went so well, that Mark, Sven and crew are throwing open the doors of their Frogtown studio and gallery on Saturday evening (11.19). 

Coarse will be showcasing select sculptures from their most recent exhibition. If you couldn’t make it out to Chicago, this will be a great opportunity to see the work firsthand.  Releases?  Yep – exclusive drops + warehouse finds. Come hungry and thristy-–there will be a German sausage truck (free)  as well as free beverages. Sketches?  Mark, Sven, and Amanda Visell will have you covered. finally, enjoy tunes spun by Jonathan Snipes.   Parking is very limited by the studio, so plan to carpool or take an Uber to enjoy the evening with the Coarse crew.

Coarse Studio and Gallery Open House
Saturday, November 19th 2016 (7-10 PM)

Coarse Los Angeles
2940 Denby Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Nov 10, 2016

Clutter Gallery Presents: Boglins Custom Toy Show (11.12)

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Clutter Gallery are happy to host the upcoming Boglins Custom Toy Show, which features none other than Tim Clarke and Maureen Trotto’s Boglins as the platform. The show will take place this Saturday, November 12th from 6-9PM. Participating artists include: Attaboy, Doktor A., Greg Mishka, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Kimberg, Maureen Trotto, Mike Strick, Scarecrowoven, Squink, Tim Clarke, Triclops, Tru:Tek, UME Toys and many more. Good times will be had! Be sure to check out the show, which will be up until December 2nd.

Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

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Oct 29, 2016

Andrea Kang – Puff Puff at PiQ Grand Central (10.29)

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Andrea Kang opened her Puff Puff solo at PiQ Grand Central in NYC earlier Saturday evening (10.29).  The show features a collection of 10” x 10” gouache on wood panel original paintings, each for a very reasonable $300.  The work drifts effortlessly between cute and mysterious.  PiQ also has three of her pins—including the new Puff pin from myplasticheart—available as well.  If you can’t make it out to the store, check out the web catalog of the show complete with online ordering.

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Oct 26, 2016

Mariangela Tan – Day’s Eye at Wootbear (11.5)

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Brooklyn artist Mariangela Tan will bring her signature wool + crepe paper soft sculpture flowers to SF with Day’s Eye opening on Saturday (11.5) at Woot Bear. Under glass, innocent faces nestled at the center of the petals deliver an eye-pleasing and heartfelt aesthetic.  On a deeper level, the pieces explore spontaneous and unexpected transformations through plant mutations known as fasciations.

Mariangela Tan || Day’s Eye
Opening: Saturday, November 5th (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Oct 17, 2016

Junko Mizuno In-Store Event and Signing at Woot Bear Gallery (10.22)

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Make your way to Haight Street in San Francisco for a special Junko Mizuno In-Store event and signing at Woot Bear Gallery! The event will take place this Saturday, October 11th from 6-9PM. She will be releasing a special exclusive print, which will be available as 8 x 11 silkscreen prints and  unisex T-shirts. Those will retail $30 each or $50 for both. Bring your Junko Toys, bring your Junk prints, bring you sketchbooks to get signed by the one and only!

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA.

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Oct 04, 2016

Goody Gravy Pop-Up Party in Brooklyn!

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Bwana Spoons will be taking things to the outside of NYCC! Rather than keeping things inside, Bwana will be having a Good Gravy pop-up party in Williamsburg. There will be a run of limited edition handpainted toys, paintings, t-shirts, and much much more. The even will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 6-9PM. Be sure to get in on this action as good times will be had!

Good Gravy Pop-UP Party
36 South 4th# D8
Brooklyn New York 11249

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Pushead and Friends -- Hyperstoic Returns (10.8)

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Pushead will continue his NYCC-weekend tradition with Hyperstoic Returns, a new collective art show featuring a himself and a wicked group of fellow artists including Rockin’ Jellybean, Brandon Holt, Shane Pierce, Usugrow, Wes Benscoter, Lango, John Cebollero, and perhaps a few surprises. It all goes down on Saturday (10.8) from 2 to 9 PM at basement 91 (Toy Tokyo).  Open to the public.  For more info, drop a line to the mailing list address: basement91@hyperstoic.com and keep an eye on @hyperstoic_returns.

Pushead and Friends||Hyperstoic Returns
Saturday, October 8th 2016 (2-9 PM)

Basement 91 (Toy Tokyo) 
91 2nd Ave (btwn 5th and 6th st)
New York, NY 10003

 

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Sep 29, 2016

Chris Austin - “As We Knew It” at Rivet Gallery (10.1)

 

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Rivet Gallery is excited to announce their latest exhibit in their fine gallery space, "As We Knew It", a solo show featuring the artwork of Canadian artist Chris Austin. This show will feature both 2D artwork, as well as sculptural pieces.

Is this a glimpse into the not so distant future? A dream? A utopia? Will things get better? Will they get worse? What is to come....?
Only time will tell, nobody knows... But what we can be sure of is that life will never be....AS WE KNEW IT

The opening reception will take place this Saturday, October 1st from 7-10PM. Chris will also be in attendance, so be sure to stop by and give a big ol' Ohio welcome!


Chris Austin || As We Knew It
Opening: Saturday, October 1st 2016

Rivet
1200 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
614.294.8697

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Sep 03, 2016

Kontasuya Exhibition at myplasticheart (9.16)

 

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Konatsu, the creator of the rather popular Negora, will offer new paintings and several new sofubi editions at her Konatsuya Exhibition opening on Friday (9.16) at myplasticheart.   Special releases of Negora, Daioh Negora, Shibara & Mamera figures will be available in conjunction with the show. Plus, expect customs from Konatsu and friends.  Beyond the exhibition itself, Konatsu makes each exhibition extra special for fans and collectors with both a live painting session and a separate sketch session (limited to 20 people) held the day after the opening:

7PM – 10PM Opening night reception w/ Konatsu
8PM – 9PM Live painting session
9PM – 10PM Meet & greet with Konatsu (signatures allowed, NO SKETCHING)

Saturday Sept. 17th
2PM – 5PM Sign & sketch session

 

Konatsuya Exhibition
Friday, September 16th 2016 (7 to 10 PM)

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St. NYC
646.290.6866

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Aug 26, 2016

CurioCon is a New Toy, Art and More Convention

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Ayleen Gaspar has announced CurioCon, a new convention specializing in Toys, Art, and other intriguing objects,‘curios’.  The show will be held on May 13-14th 2017 at the Pasadena Convention center.  Does the Curi Owl mascot look familiar?  If so, that’s likely because it was created by Scott Tolleson!  With her previous role organizing DesignerCon, her ongoing Bricks LA Lego show, and now CurioCon Ayleen is becoming the Queen of Conventions(tm). 

Beyond the basic focus of the show there isn’t too much information to go on, but the late Spring time slot is promising—spaced out nicely from DesignerCon and two months (or so) before SDCC—as is Ayleen’s considerable experience.  Though honestly San Diego is becoming less and less relevant for designer toys.  It’ll be interesting to see if CurioCon will have a greater focus on awesome, well… curios that go beyond toys and ‘collectibles’.  That seems to be the elusive element—finding ways to bring a broader audience to these art toy-centric shows and by extension to the scene as a whole. 

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Aug 16, 2016

Woot Bear Presents: JP Neang & Candie Bolton in KAMIKAKUSHI “Walking with Spirits” (8.20)

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Woot Bear is proud to present KAMIKAKUSHI “Walking with Spirits” a duo show featuring the works of JP Neang and Candie Bolton. This exhibit will showcase a collection of original sketches, paintings and custom figures by both of these talents. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, August 20th from 6-9PM through September 18th. If you attend early enough, you can score yourself a FREE special 'Finger Spirits' pin created by JP. Take a look after the jump for a preview of the show.

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St.
San Francisco CA 94117

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Aug 14, 2016

A Look at ‘Cold Ways: Nights that Haunt the Past’ by Coarse at Rotofugi

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CoarseMark Landwehr and Sven Waschk—opened Cold Ways: Nights that Haunt the Past at Rotofugi on Saturday evening (8.14).  For their annual exhibition in Chicago, Coarse presented a new collection of fine art multiple sculptures exploring the passage of time and the pull of the past.   Thanks to the  great photos of the opening from fans and collectors—Rico Alonso, Michael Walker, Sin091, and Lizardhandz—here’s a look at the show.

The new sculptures seem to offer two narratives—a reflective look at youth gone by and the unfolding saga of cat, fish, and raccoon through three striking mono pieces (Going Up, Going Down – Memento, Vacancy – Memento, and Do Not Disturb – Memento).  While the entire collection is impressive and thought-provoking, Years Adrift (above) seems to float just a bit above the rest.  The piece features what at first blush appears to be a grown-up, winged Fever.  With a double take, it’s clear that the wings belong to an exhausted goose, slung over Fever’s back.  Perhaps a comment on unfulfilled potential, Adrift showcases Coarse’s duality—expressing their visions in both  fine art sculpture and art toys with equal skill.  Beyond what many will likely consider the anchor piece, Coarse also continued its playground motif with a series of thought provoking pieces featuring a young child and an elder (presumably the older self) on a swing set, see saw and slide.

In addition to the numerous resin sculptures, coarse also released two new vinyl editionsCancan Ignited (280 pcs, $149) and the Cold Ways Collection (50 pcs, $400) box set.   The Cold Ways collection features what appears to be a GID edition of Do Not Disturb, the Cold Ways book by Sven Waschk and Andrew Greenberg, two new serigraphs featuring Raccoon and Fish—all in a deluxe wooden box.  Look for an announcement shortly from Rotofugi about an online release of remaining stock.

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Aug 08, 2016

Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit Los Angeles (8.9) at SMHLA

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The touring Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit hits Los Angeles for a one-week stop (8.9 – 8.16) at Self Made Hustler Los Angeles.  The show features artist customs of the large-scale Blank Boy (Tian Tian) sculptures.  The inquisitive and forward-looking character began life in a series of conceptual comics from HK creative Danny Yung.  The artist roster includes Elisabeth Weinstock, Cristina Maya, Muertitos de Hambra, Zebulon the Magnificent—a new addition joining the tour in LA—and more.  

As the tour introduces Blank Boy Canvas to folks across North America, the Mini Blank Boy Canvas DIY vinyl produced by Mindzai gives the curious and creative a chance to bring Tian Tian home and make him their very own by customizing him as they see fit. 

For a first-hand look at Blank Boy and an opportunity to purchase the vinyl, drop by the Blank Boy Canvas Exhibit in LA through August 16th. 

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Aug 02, 2016

myplasticheart - Rooftops + Sidewalks : Illustrated Works on Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits (8.5)

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myplasticheart in collaboration with Boundless Brooklyn will present the opening of Rooftops + Sidewalks on Friday August 5th, 2016. The group show will feature artist customs of the Boundless Brooklyn’s water tower and mailbox no-fuss-assembly chipboard models.  Curated by Leo Espinosa, the exhibition will showcase the work of Sonni Adrian, Jordan Awan, Calef Brown, Andrea D’Aquino, Rob Dunlavey, Sandra Equihua, Leo Espinosa, Lisk Feng, Bob Flynn, Charles Glaubitz, Raul Gonzalez, Jorge Gutierrez, Don Kilpatrick, Loris Lora, Aaron Meshon, Roman Muradov, Keith Negley, Robert Neubecker, Laura Osorno, Claudia Pearson, Micah Player, Julia Rothman, Himanshu Sharma, Bob Staake, Ellen Surrey, Jacob Thomas and Marius Valdes.  Hit the jump for a select preview.

Rooftops + Sidewalks
Opening:Friday August 5th, 2016 (7-10PM)

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St. NYC
646.290.6866

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Jul 08, 2016

Gunnzo Presents: Paul Kaiju & Bwana Spoons Off-Site SDCC 2016 Event (7.23)

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Gunnzo, Paul Kaiju and Bwana Spoons will once again be doing another amazing off-site event during this years SDCC. On Saturday, July 23rd once you’re done with the convention, make your way to Gunnzo for an evening of amazing toys and tacos! Raffle tickets will be distributed at 6PM with numbers being called at 730PM. What do these folks have in store? Check out some shots after the jump, but don’t forget to follow them on Instagram for sneak peaks! Paul Kaiju IG & Bwana Spoons IG.

GUNNZO
2445 Juan Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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Jul 06, 2016

Huck Gee & Clutter Gallery Present: The Blank Show (7.09)

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Speaking of Huck Gee’s Skullhead, he and Clutter Gallery are proud to present “The Blank Show”. A group show featuring over 30 artists to showcase their talents on one of Huck’s Skullhead resin figures. Participating artists include: 2PetalRose, Artmymind, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Charles Rodriguez, Daniel Fleres, Doktor A, Dolly Oblong, Fakir, Frank Montano, Goreilla, Huck Gee, Sket-One, J*Ryu, Jamie Lee Cortez, Jason Freeny, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Ledbetter, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Jonathan Legarte, Jump Jumper Ant, kaNO, Kevin Gosselin, Luke Chueh, MAD, Malo April, Otto Bjornik, Quiccs, Rsin, RXse7en, and Squink. The opening reception will take place this Saturday, July 9th at the Clutter Gallery in Beacon, NY. Take a gander after the jump for some WIP photos!

Clutter Gallery
163 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

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Jul 01, 2016

Strangecat Toys Presents: “Bearly, A Custom Toy Show” @ Redefine Arts (9.2 & 9.3)

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Strangecat Toys is proud to present, “Bearly, A Custom Toy Show” at Redefine Gallery in Orlando, Florida. This show will feature custom Luke Chueh bear heads by various artists from all around the way! Participating artists include: Frank Montano, Charles Rodriguez, Emelie Jensen, Eos, HX, Ink Visuals, iROC, JFURY, John Suarez, Josh Divine, Malo April, MAp-MAp, Playful Gorilla and Wendy Williford. The big show will take place on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd. Be sure to follow Strangecat Toys on Instagram for work in progress photos. For those not able to attend, customs will be available online on Sunday, September 4th.

Redefine Gallery
29 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801

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