Michal Godard Art Show

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Living in Las Vegas for a few years, I was introduced to the art of Michael Godard.  He's a very unique artist and I love his work as it embraces much of the stereotypical view of Vegas life.  He now has a gallery at the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops and he happened to be doing a public show while we were in town.  We had passed the gallery the day before while they were setting up for a private party that night and got an invite to the public show the next day.  I am kicking myself for never buying an original piece years ago when I got turned on to his work because now, originals (if you can manage to get one) do not go for less than $75,000.  He does a lot of giclees now which start around $1000 for the smaller ones and go up from there.

Card Shark

We checked out the gallery while they set up for the private show and got quite a history on his current pieces.  He has a series of pieces that involve card and pool sharks and the pool shark keg tap handle instantly caught my eye.  I have a large game room at home, complete with pool table and kegerator.  Needless to say, alongside all my Disney collecting, I've started with tap handles - can't serve beer without the corresponding tap handle! :-)  Anyways, this pool shark tap handle has an olive base (fitting with Godard's theme) and you unscrew it to actually use on a tap.  I decided I had to have this and since he was going to be signing the next day, we decided to come back and so I could buy it then.

C'mon Will...smile. It's not that bad - really! :-)
..I just didn't know I was going to be standing in line for about 5 hours. 

Since we had been hanging out with Will (w_clemmons) earlier in the day, I invited him to the show too.  Unfortunately, it turns out Will does not share the same passion for his art that I do.  He cannot seem to see what I find so fascinating about a bunch of olives and grapes on a canvas!  I say, "to each his own!".  In Will's defense, he did hang for the entire show and even was kind enough to carry my bags while I was roaming the store protecting my tap handle from the wall to wall fans. 

Godard started off the show by doing a custom drawing to be auctioned to raise money for the Sharon Osborne Cancer Foundation.  The money was not for Sharon directly but for the foundation she started for other cancer survivors.

Completed auction piece
  He sat on his custom chopper in the gallery and proceeded to complete a Vegas drawing in what seemed like seconds.  He's incredibly fast and has quite an imagination.  I've included photos of him completing the piece and also of the couple who purchased it for around $4000 I believe.  He will do custom drawings similar to this one for around $2500.  You give him an idea of what you would like on it and he does the rest.  If you are lucky enough, he will complete your piece at the gallery show which means you could video and/or photo while he's actually drawing it. 

After standing in line for a couple hours (hard to complain since they had catered food and free alcohol while you wait), we finally got up to meet Godard.

Meeting Godard after he signed my tap handle!
  I got to talk to him while he signed my tap handle and take a photo with him.  It was like a dream come true for me!  I am hoping next year I will be one of the lucky ones to get chosen to have their piece completed at the show.  I am already inspired for my piece - after seeing a photo of an "Olives of the Caribbean" one he did for someone else, I knew it was possible to finally tie Disney into my gameroom!  I want him to incorporate the Haunted Mansion ride into mine somehow...perhaps olives as the three hitchiking ghosts?!?!  Yes, I know...I probably need to seek help! 

Although it may sound strange, I highly recommend checking out the gallery and his art if you are in Vegas.  He's very talented (despite what Will may think) and he's a very popular artist right now.  You can also see some of his work in a bar called Ollie's in the SW, off Decatur and Blue Diamond.  I am including a review of the gallery - definitely worth a look if you like art!!!

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Flaming 1000 Bill
Flaming 1000 Bill
Card Shark
Card Shark
Cmon Will...smile.  Its not that…
C'mon Will...smile. It's not tha…
Completed auction piece
Completed auction piece
Meeting Godard after he signed my …
Meeting Godard after he signed my…
Starting the auction piece
Starting the auction piece
Custom Chopper
Custom Chopper
Completing the piece for auction
Completing the piece for auction
The gallery was packed!
The gallery was packed!
Finished auction piece
Finished auction piece
couple who won the piece
couple who "won" the piece
Nervous grapes 502 (DUI Penal Code…
Nervous grapes 502 (DUI Penal Cod…
Custom stingrays and shark
Custom stingrays and shark
Michelle posing by Godards custom…
Michelle posing by Godard's custo…
Scott...and a random woman with Go…
Scott...and a random woman with G…
Michelle meeting Godard
Michelle meeting Godard
Signing my Pool Shark tap handle
Signing my "Pool Shark" tap handle
Meeting Godard!!!
Meeting Godard!!!
Scott with Godard
Scott with Godard
19th  Hole
19th Hole
Heavenly Chards...he did the 7 Dea…
Heavenly Chards...he did the 7 De…
Pain in the Ass
Pain in the Ass
Zen Martini piece
Zen Martini piece
Grapes Escape
Grapes Escape
Wall Street
Wall Street
Other Xmas
Other Xmas
Lava Lounge
Lava Lounge
Phat Cat
Phat Cat
Last Call Hector Lupe (Supposed to…
Last Call Hector Lupe (Supposed t…
Emotional Rollercoaster
Emotional Rollercoaster
Party with a Purpose
Party with a Purpose
Godard working on someones custom…
Godard working on someone's custo…
The almost finished product - appa…
The almost finished product - app…
Right by the gallery, there is a H…
Right by the gallery, there is a …
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