Celebrating the Kid at HeART

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Now LA Artist Bonnie Harris is helping some find joy in Toy Portraits…yes, Toy Portraits! Harris will be showcasing her work at Art Share Los Angeles on August 9 at their Downtown location. All proceeds from the show to benefit the outstanding kids and programs at Art Share Los Angeles. Celebrity guest list includes...

Everyone has a child within; whether it be a laughter that is released at any chance, a playfulness that is free, or maybe an imagination of storybooks. Each person expresses it through their own unique way. Now LA Artist Bonnie Harris is helping some find joy in Toy Portraits…yes, Toy Portraits!

Bonnie's work first started with the creation and paintings of "Ed the Chicken". As told by Harris, "Ed is truly a dynamic and giving chicken soul." HE is a chicken. He is not a rooster. Therefore, he is different than all other poultry. He's had it tough, being so different, but then again, he is completely himself -- sparkles and all. In her paintings of Ed, Bonnie places him in different environments and surroundings, designs, colors and situations; showing how diverse he is and relating to so many different people.

Bonnie continued with her work creating portraits of people's toys. Filled with personality and sparkle these toy portraits have caught the attention of many. Most may think that these toy portraits sound like a child's desire but they are commissioned by adults, including celebrities, to inspire the child within. "Toys remind us to take a second and play and visit the lighter side of life," Harris states. "They all have little quirks and their own personalities." Clients are amazed at how proud the toys look when they stand next to their portraits.

Harris will be showcasing her work at Art Share Los Angeles on August 9 at their Downtown location. Art Share LA is a community arts incubator whose mission is to shape lives through art, education, and community action and has been servicing the community for the last ten years. They bring opportunities to the inner-city and continue to promote cultural excellence to under-served communities in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the show to benefit the outstanding kids and programs at Art Share Los Angeles. To read more about Art Share LA go to http://artsharela.org.

Some celebrities that have commissioned pieces and others that are included on the guest list include Rosario Dawson (Sin City starring Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Brittany Murphy; Death Proof starring Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Quentin Tarantino; Rent starring Taye Diggs), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly starring Piper Peraboo, Tyra Banks; Riding in Cars with Boys starring Drew Barrymore, Britney Murphy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosie Perez; Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen starring Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox; The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest starring Rosario Dawson), Nickolas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green), Ty Taylor (Rock Star INXS, Ghost Hounds), Randy Olsen (Acclaimed Documentary film maker), Kye Brackett (Emmy Award winning choreographer for Barry Manilow), Jay Lowi (Award Winning Director, 12 Stops on the Road to Nowhere; winner of 7 film festivals, Tangled starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lorraine Bracco), Shaun Baker (V.I.P starring Pamela Anderson; CSI Miami starring David Caruso, Emily Proctor, Adam Rodriguez), BJ Bedford-Miller- Olympic Gold Medalist (swimming 2000, Sydney Olympics), and Celeste Prince (Singer/Songwriter - Soundtrack for Sweet November starring Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron), Dennis Starks, Celebrity Chef (has cooked for Barbara Streisand, Jane Goodall) and Kendra C. Johnson (Phat Girlz starring Mo'Nique; The Game), Stacy Arnell, (Drillbit Taylor starring Owen Wilson; Strong Medicine starring Whoopi Goldberg), Melissa DeSousa (Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen; Laurel Canyon starring Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale), Azikiwe Andrews- Local Famed Artist, and TC "Terrence" Carson (Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith starring Samuel L Jackson, Ewan McGregor; Living Single starring Queen Latifah, Erika Alexander, Kim Fields, Kim Coles).

Come express your inner child and see the sparkly creations of Bonnie Harris, Chick Mogul, and hear more about "Ed the Chicken" and Art Share LA on August 9th from 7-11 at 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013. For more information or for questions, call 213.687.4278. To read more about Bonnie Harris, Chick Mogul, go to http://chickmogul.com.

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