On December 3rd, I got an e-mail from “abba-dabba,” a business partner of the Marilyn Shrine artist Kabbaz.
I thought that art book had slammed shut, but with one small message, I knew more chapters were being written. Turns out “they” have heard of my interest in the work, gave me a link to the updated Kabbaz website, and wrote that if I liked what was done in the past, I’m really going to like what’s coming up.
I was simply thrilled that they had made contact, and knew how much I loved the silent art gallery. But then with the promise of something new to come? Is this a holiday miracle?
Today, I drove by the store front and SHE’S BACK! And in fitting tribute to coming back from the dead, it’s a replica of her LIFE magazine cover! Some faux marble painting was done to the display window, and when peeking in the front door, there’s another painting! At the entrance there appears to be a mural of a squatting Marilyn from the remaining footage of her last (aborted) movie, Something’s Got To Give.
Will it be a Marilyn Shrine Coffee House in competition with the Starbucks across the street? A restaurant? A full-blown art gallery for an artist-in-residence?
I’ll wait patiently for the answer. I’m just grateful that Kabbaz and Marilyn are back. Santa came to town a little early this year.
I nearly went off the road when I saw this one during my commute, partially because she’s such a striking image, but also because I knew you’d be excited.
You’re a great photographer… you make that building look much better in your photos than it seems when I’m driving by.